Daily Archives: January 3, 2016

Blue Jays’ Jose Bautista’s Power on the Road in 2015

Jays From the Couch looks back at the power Jose Bautista displayed in 2015 when the Blue Jays visited other ballparks across MLB.

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2015 saw the Toronto Blue Jays produce a league leading 232 home runs. Jose Bautista was responsible for 40 of those. He had some pretty dramatic ones, just ask Darren O’Day. Last April, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet chronicled the history between these two, if you need a refresher.

Of course, the blast Bautista hit last April doesn’t even compare to THE BAT FLIP HR from the ALDS. But, between these two home run moments, he collected 40 round trippers. I wanted to see just how much of an advantage he had hitting in Rogers Centre. More specifically, I wanted to see how much power he displayed in other ballparks. This is not meant to look at they “why” behind his power in each park, it is merely a breakdown of said power.

Most of the sample sizes are too small to make any real inferences about they “why” anyway. For this exercise, I simply took the number of dingers Bautista hit and his average ISO for each series to get a quick idea of his power numbers. His Fangraphs splits saw him hit 17 HR with an ISO of .253. Let’s get to it.

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WILL 2016 TORONTO BLUE JAYS USE PLATOON AT 1ST/DH?

What do you do when you have three power bats, but only two positions? The 2016 Toronto Blue Jays will face this situation at 1st and DH

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Not every player hits .296 against RHP and .299 against LHP like Toronto Blue Jays Josh Donaldson did in 2015. Some players offer more in the field, while others hit better against certain handed pitchers. It’s these players which makes platoons a great way to get the most out of the 25-man roster.

Current manager John Gibbons of the Toronto Blue Jays is no stranger to using platoons. Gibby’s platooned Frank Catalanotto and Reed Johnson, Orlando Hudson and Aaron Hill (a little), and Adam Lind and anyone who could hit RHP. Gibbons has made the most out players that consistently hit LHP when submitting lineups card. He got +.300BA  from bench players  like Steve Tolleson,Danny Valencia, and Rajai Davis.

Is it possible that Gibbons can somehow make the 1st/DH trio of Edwin Encarnacion, Justin Smoakand Chris Colabello into a three-headed monster in 2016?

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Baseball Hall Of Fame Voting

Pick 10 players who you believe should be in the Baseball Hall Of Fame this year.  We will post the results after the class of this year is posted.  We will use the number of total votes divided by 10 (as per 1 selection).  The player will then have his total number of votes divided by the ballot.

 

 

Carl Scheib, the 16-Year-Old Major League Bullpen Pitcher

Appearing in 267 games during an 11-year major league career, pitcher Carl Scheib had a solid yet unspectacular showing as a big leaguer. However, he would likely have never gotten the change if not for a traveling salesman, who wrote Philadelphia Athletics manager Connie Mack to recommend the high school phenom— resulting in a 16-year-old Scheib working as the team’s batting practice pitcher in 1943 and making his debut before the year was over.

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Blue Jays Top MiLB Starters

Which minor league starting pitcher posted the best FIP in the Toronto Blue Jays farm system in 2015?

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The evolution of Saber-metrics has changed the way fans, coaches, scouts and managers value the traditional stats, such as, win/loss record, ERA, strike outs and walks. Stat geeks now look at the rate at which a pitcher gives up home runs, batting average of ball in play (BABIP), the rate a pitcher strands base runners, and more.

One such stat is FIP (Fielding Independent Pitching) which Fangraphs does a wonderful job of explaining here. For those that want a dumbed down version, FIP removes everything a pitcher can’t control (defensive errors or a poor defensive team) and focus’ what the pitcher can control (innings pitched, walks, hit batters, strike outs, and home runs).

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