Something To Shake Your Head About


This has been an awful summer to be a Blue Jays fan, and if you can somehow believe it things are getting worse.

Already in dead last place, already performing so far below expectations, and already missing many key players, now comes this: Josh Johnson might miss the rest of the season, and Colby Rasmus is headed to the DL with an oblique injury.  At least Bonifacio is gone!

Just to show how bad things have been, let’s take a look at six shockingly bad stats that show exactly why the Jays are in last.

But I’m a glass half-full kind of guy too!  So I’ll also throw in three stats stats that you can shake your head about in a good way.

The Bad

1 – J.P. Arencibia’s OBP:  .249 

There are 150 players in all of major league baseball who have enough at-bats to qualify for the batting title.  Of those 150, J.P. Arencibia ranks dead last with a .249 OBP, lower than such notable hitters as Matt Dominguez, Darwin Barney, and Jeff Keppinger.

2 – HR by LF: 5

Left field was such a black hole for the Jays last season, as they threw Eric Thames, Travis Snider, and Rajai Davis out there with little to show for it.  The signing of Melky Cabrera was supposed to fill that hole, and fill it with some power.  Instead, with just 5 HR, the Jays LF rank 29th in the majors.  They’re not much better in OPS either, where a .673 mark ranks 27th.

3 – ERA by Starting Pitchers: 5.12

The Jays boasted one of the best rotations in baseball on paper in the spring, but man have they fallen on hard times.  The 5.12 ERA by SP’s is good enough to rank dead last in all of baseball, 30th overall, behind even the Twins and Astros.  This with a staff lead by the 2012 NL Cy Young winner! 

4 – IP by Relievers: 420

This goes hand in hand with the above stat.  Because the starters have been so awful, Toronto’s bullpen has been forced to throw the most innings in all of baseball.  With 420 IP, they have tossed 11.1 more than Minnesota, yet somehow, despite the workload, they still rank 11th in ERA.

5 – WAR by 2B: -1.1

The cumulative WAR by the three players who have played the majority of Toronto’s games at second base is a woeful -1.1.  That includes a 0.0 by Emilio Bonifacio (54 games at 2B), -0.9 by Maicer Izturis (52 games), and -0.2 by Mark DeRosa (17 games).  For context, Kelly Johnson, the guy the Jays let go in the offseason, has a WAR of 1.7 with Tampa Bay.

6 – Winning % vs AL East: .367

You have to beat the teams in your own division in order to win your division, and the Jays have not been able to.  Though they have a winning record (7-6) against Baltimore, they have been bad against the other three, including a miserable 1-8 record against the Yankees.

The Good

1 – HR by Bautista and Edwin: 57

As mentioned on this site yesterday, Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion have combined to hit 57 HR, which trails only Baltimore’s Chris Davis and Adam Jones (68) for the most home runs by teammates. 

2 – Colby Rasmus bWAR: 3.8

Rasmus ranks second on the Jays and 31st in all of baseball in Baseball-Reference’s version of the WAR stat with a 3.8 WAR.  Pretty good for a guy who most thought would be gone in favour of Anthony Gose by the summer.

3 – Brett Lawrie’s August OPS: 1.135

It took him a while to heat up, but Lawrie is finally hitting the ball.  His OPS in August is a staggering 1.135 (.444 average, 1 HR, 5 2B), which trails only Miguel Cabrera for the highest among 3B.

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