It’s September 4th. There are 30 days remaining in the 2010 MLB regular season. The Blue Jays have 28 games left and sit four games above .500 – a much better record than many predicted in the off-season. They need to win 13 games down the stretch to finish the season with more wins than losses. Can they hang on and do it?
Let’s look at some other numbers heading into the season’s final few weeks.
0 – Pennant races closer than three games in the majors at this moment. Yes, Tampa trails the Yankees by 1.5 in the AL East, and Philadelphia is one game back of Atlanta in the NL East. But in both cases the chasing team also has a healthy lead in the Wild Card race, meaning they would make the postseason finishing second. Talk about lack of drama.
8 – Consecutive losses by the San Diego Padres, who are doing their best to refute the point made above. Their lead in the NL West has shrunk from 6.5 games to 3 games in the last week-and-a-half.
2 – Canadians to win an MVP award – Justin Morneau, 2006 AL MVP for Minnesota, and Larry Walker, 1997 NL MVP for Colorado. Joey Votto could very well be the third this season.
1 – Toronto Blue Jay to win an MVP award – George Bell in 1987. I doubt Jose Bautista finishes in the top-10 in voting, despite his monster campaign.
10.95 – Final K/9 ratio for Brandon Morrow in 2010, a Toronto Blue Jays team record. The previous record was 10.39, set by Roger Clemens in 1998.
30 – Saves for Kevin Gregg this year. He needs two in the final 28 games to tie his career high of 32, set in 2007 with the Marlins.
23 – RBI for Alex Gonzalez since joining the Braves. Yunel Escobar has 12 for the Jays. I thought the numbers would be flipped.
5 – Home runs for Johnny Mac, a career high. His .483 slugging percentage and .765 OPS are also career highs.
10 – Home run lead Jose Bautista has over Miguel Cabrera for the AL home run title. That is the biggest margin since 2006 when David Ortiz hit 54 and Jermaine Dye finished second with 44.
2 – AL Player of the Month awards for Bautista, after winning in July and August. Only John Olerud, in 1993, has won two as a Blue Jay.
3 – AL Player of the Week awards for Bautista (May 10 – 16, July 26 – August 1, August 23 – 29), the most for a Blue Jay in a single season.
.270 – Batting average for Adam Lind since July 1. After ending June at a season low .203, his average now sits at .230 – not good, but much better than it was.
.115 – Batting average for Adam Lind against left handed pitching. Horrendous.
21 – Games started by Travis Snider since returning from injury on July 30. The Jays have played 32 games in that stretch. So much for letting the young guys play.