Numbers game

TORONTO – I’ve got nothing. That being the case, I’m going to just throw some stats out here to fill some space on the blog today. That’s how exciting life is at Rogers Centre these days.

THE GOOD

  • Since taking over at short for Davohn EckDonald, Marco Scutaro has hit .333 with a .414 on-base percentage in 15 games
  • Aaron Hill entered Thursday riding a season-high nine-game hitting streak, over which he’s hit .394 with four multi-hit games
  • Catcher Rod Barajas has an eight-game hitting streak, over which he’s hit .423 with two homers and seven RBIs
  • Among American League rotations, the Jays lead in innings (301 1/3), complete games (four) and are second in strikeouts (233) and opponents’ batting average (.236)
  • The Jays bullpen leads the AL with a 3.09 ERA. Lefty Brian Tallet has not allowed a run in 10 straight outings (11 innings)
  • Catcher Gregg Zaun has reached base safely in 28 of his 32 starts this season
  • Seven of Lyle Overbay’s last 15 hits have gone for extra bases

THE BAD

  • The Jays are 10-11 at home and have lost their past three at Rogers Centre. In those three losses, have hit just .156 with runners in scoring position and have stranded 33 runners
  • Jays are dead last in the Majors with a .221 average with runners in scoring position and rank 24th with a .212 average with RISP with two outs
  • With men on third base, the Jays own a .200 average and with men on third with two outs are batting just .160
  • The Jays’ batters have struck out 270 times (third-fewest in the AL) and have drawn 178 walks (fourth-most in the AL), but have grounded into a Major League-leading 58 double plays and have collected a Major League-low 111 extra-base hits

THE UGLY

  • Vernon Wells broke his left wrist on May 9 and subsequently landed on the disabled list and is potentially out until around the All-Star break. Even so, here on May 22, he STILL leads the Jays with 24 RBIs. The next closest Jays are Alex Rios and Aaron Hill with 18. Amazing.

Ah, there it is again: “Hangin’ Tough” by the New Kids on the Block as A.J. Burnett’s warm-up music. Unbelievable. Oh, Matt Stairs is out with a stiff neck, leaving Joe Inglett with the DH duties today out of the nine hole in the lineup. Kevin Mench (bruised right knee) is still out, but available off the bench, if needed, said skip John Gibbons.

Today’s lineups:

LOS ANGELES (28-20) at TORONTO (23-25)
at 7:07 p.m. ET at Rogers Centre

ANGELS
Maicer Izturis, SS
Gary Matthews Jr., DH
Vladimir Guerrero, RF
Garret Anderson, LF
Torii Hunter, CF
Casey Kotchman, 1B
Jeff Mathis, C
Brandon Wood, 3B
Sean Rodriguez, 2B

PITCHING: RHP Ervin Santana

BLUE JAYS
Brad Wilkerson, RF
Aaron Hill, 2B
Alex Rios, RF
Scott Rolen, 3B
Lyle Overbay, 1B
Shannon Stewart, LF
Rod Barajas, C
Marco Scutaro, SS
Joe Inglett, DH

PITCHING: RHP A.J. Burnett

2 Comments

Wow! the jays are actually getting some breaks in the 4th. Definitaly nice to see. Burnett’s looking good too.

Untill Marco Scutaro shows he isnt capable of handling the SS position everyday, I think he has earned the right to stay there. He has more pop than either McDonald and Eckstein and is doing a job there right now. I would also like to see Barajas getting more starts, he has had some big games lately and has put up some decent numbers in the past. Zaun being 37 might have his best days behind him.

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