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Teo! Sogard! Brito...

MLB: Toronto Blue Jays at Minnesota Twins Marilyn Indahl-USA TODAY Sports

Yesterday’s win was a nail biter for sure. We’ve shown a knack for scoring runs late in games. The Jays scored two runs in the seventh inning yesterday, and have scored 38 runs in the seventh through ninth innings this season, compared to scoring 29 runs in the first six innings.

Yesterday was mostly about Teoscar Hernandez, who did a bit of everything:

  • strong throw from left nabs runner at second:
  • walk
  • advances from first to second on a fly ball
  • 2-run single
  • runs into an out on the bases for the second day in a row
  • and adds a second outfield assist stopping that tying run from getting to the plate -which was a thing of beauty!

Other positives from the victory:

Eric ‘The Bespectacled Badger’ Sogard made his debut as Toronto’s latest leadoff hitter one day after being called up from Triple-A Buffalo. Sogard had three hits, scored twice and had a stolen base. Veteran presents for all!

Randal Grichuk tied his career high with 3 walks last night. He last did that on April 10, 2016 with the Cardinals in a game he didn’t even start...

And the wild win means the Jays have more lineup decisions to make.

Brutal Brito

Of course not everything was pretty about the game yesterday. By going 0-4 yesterday Socrates Brito has now set the franchise record by going 0-for-21 (with 10Ks) to start his Blue Jays career. He surpassed David Delucci’s 0-for-19 mark.

For comparison Anthony Alford is only hitting .205 at Buffalo but at least he has an average.

And going into yesterday’s game Dwight Smith Jr would have been 2nd in HRs, BA and RBI for the Blue Jays. Just saying....

Jays notes

Today sees Trent Thornton pitching who will try to rebound from his first rough start to claim a place in the rotation.

And yesterday was a pleasing night of sweeps for the whole organisation!

All the results and stats from the games are here.

MLB bits

The Orioles and the Nationals are suing each other...again!

What the 16-Game mark tells us about teams’ futures (surprisingly, the Jays have only a 1.2% chance of making the playoffs)

I think we all appreciate the power of good stats. Here are some pleasing ones:

The Red Sox surrendered 647 runs last season. They’ve allowed 106 in 17 games this year.

Best/worst run differentials so far this year:
1. Rays +40
2. Mariners +31
3. Dodgers +28

28. Orioles -29
29. Red Sox -40
30. Marlins -43

Christian Yelich either hates the Cardinals or loves the Cardinals. He is the first player EVER to hit a HR in 6 straight games against the Cardinals. 8 out of his 9 HR this year are against St. Louis.

Galloway’s gun

Ramon Laureano has some serious company in Isaac Galloway:


The LOLMets gave up 10 runs in the first inning vs the Phillies and ended up losing 14-3. This is how it felt:

Play Avoid of the day

And Colin McHugh avoids death by Morales by channeling the Matrix. It looks scarier the more times you watch it.