With the season just passing the official half-way point, let’s look at some numbers for the Blue Jays heading into the second half. The 15 numbers listed below cover all kinds of statistical categories, and are current as of Sunday’s 7-6 extra inning loss to the Yankees.
41 – Wins by the Jays through July 4th (41-42 record). Toronto was 42-40 through July 4th last season.
120 – Toronto home runs, still 1st in all of baseball, but now only ahead of the Boston Red Sox by 10.
0 – Wins by the Blue Jays in games that David Purcey makes an appearance. After Sunday’s loss they are 0-11 when he pitches.
11 – Runs allowed by the Jays in the third inning yesterday, tying a franchise record set August 6, 1979 vs. KC. (Thanks @MLBastian for the info)
17 – Games in which the Jays scored three runs or fewer in June. The offense has not returned in July, with Toronto scoring three runs or less in two of the first four games this month.
7 – Blue Jay players who hit under .200 in June (Hill, Lind, Bautista, Encarnacion, Hoffpauir, Wise, McDonald)
82 – Rank of DH Adam Lind in the AL in OPS (out of 85). His .617 OPS puts him ahead of only Jose Lopez of Seattle, and two White Sox: Juan Pierre and Gordon Beckham. Lind ranks behind such notable sluggers as Yuniesky Betancourt, Jason Kendall, and Chone Figgins.
85 – Rank of 2B Aaron Hill in the AL in batting average. His .189 average puts him in dead last among hitters with enough AB to qualify for the batting title.
3 – Toronto Blue Jays named to the AL All-Star team: Vernon Wells, John Buck, Jose Bautista
4 – Years since the Jays have had three or more All-Stars. 2006 saw B.J. Ryan, Roy Halladay, Vernon Wells, Alex Rios, and Troy Glaus named to the AL squad.
2 – Blue Jay catchers to be named to an All-Star team: Ernie Whitt (1985) and John Buck (2010)
.310 – Batting average for Lyle Overbay since dropping below the Mendoza line on May 28th. From May 29 to July 4 his average has risen from .197 to .241. Apologies accepted.
4 & 5 – Rank among AL pitchers in ERA for the month of June for Brandon Morrow and Ricky Romero. Despite the stellar ERAs (Morrow 1.91, Romero 2.12) each pitcher had only one win.
9.27 – K/9 ratio for Brandon Morrow in June, 4th among AL Pitchers. Only Jered Weaver, Francisco Liriano, and Max Scherzer were higher.
20 – Number of draft picks signed by Alex Anthopoulos since the draft held between June 7-9. The GM has until August 15 to sign his remaining 36 picks. Last year JP Ricciardi could only sign 30 of his 52 picks.