There isn’t much for Blue Jays news yet today. Of course, as soon as I hit publish, stuff will happen.
Mike Wilner asked @tangotiger some questions about Lourdes Gurriel’s throw last night. The cool thing was he caught it within 2 feet of where he let it go on the throw. So totally flatfooted, he threw it 259 feet, leaving his hand at 85 MPH and hitting Danny Jansen’s glove without a bounce.
Hitting the target without getting moving towards the plate before throwing is something else.
He caught it 261 from home and released it 259. I should look, as I'd like to know where this 2 feet of "exchange distance" ranks in terms of smallest we've ever recorded. Bo Jackson-esque, minus ~50 feet!— Tangotiger (@tangotiger) May 8, 2021
If you didn’t see Joe Siddal’s talk on how Jansen might have been tipping pitches, go look here.
It will be interesting to see if Danny does things differently tonight.
It is kind of hard to believe that Correa could hit this for a home run without knowing what he was looking for, not that trash cans were involved (*this time):
Teams always look for ways the other team may be tipping pitches and, of course, after all the coverage of this, all teams will be watching to see if Jansen sets up early.
Three years ago today, James Paxton no-hit the Jays in Rogers Centre. From the recap:
James Paxton no hit us. Paxton just up just 3 walks, and got 7 strikeouts. The only baserunners we had were Smoak, Morales and Alford, who each took a walk.
There was really only one terrific defensive play behind Paxton. Third baseman Kyle Seager made a terrific play on a hard ground ball down the third base line, in the 7th inning. Kevin Pillar hit the ball hard, Seager dived to the line, got up quick and made a great throw to first. Russell Martin hit one to the left field wall in the 8th (I thought it was out, but then the camera work was pretty terrible on that ball). and Kendrys Morales, up next, lined one hard to center but right at the center fielder.
Congratulations Paxton. You earned that.
Marcus Stroman didn’t have a good day: 9 hits, 5 earned, 2 walks, and 2 strikeouts in 5 innings. But then giving up one run would have been too many.