A few thoughts about the Blue Jays on this somber anniversary.
Do you ever notice how rarely we discuss when things go unexpectedly well for the Jays?
Yesterday Dave Bush walked 3, struck out 3, and allowed a homerun, but only gave up 2 runs? This was largely due to only allowing 4 hits over 8 innings. If we exclude the walks, the strikeouts, and the homer, there were 20 batters who put the ball in play. Only 3 of them got hits - a .150 average. Call it good defense or good luck - either way the Jays should have given up far more hits and far more runs than they did. Given that they only scored 3 runs, they were exceptionally lucky to win yesterday's game.
Pre : 0-5, 4.41 K/9, 1.70 BB/9, 1.70 HR/9, 4.89 ERA Post: 5-3, 5.31 K/9, 1.64 BB/9, 0.95 HR/9, 3.27 ERAWhich David Bush will be seen in 2006? The margin between journeyman and 2/3 starter is pretty low, as shown by the K/9 and HR/9 rates.
Yet this team is still roughly league average in runs scored, thanks to having no real sinkholes with the bat:
Shea: 289/343/428 Cat: 289/358/419 Reed: 274/336/427 Hill: 272/333/393 O-Dog: 271/315/412 League Av: 269/330/428 (approx) Wells: 269/316/466 Rios: 263/309/390 Hinske: 260/336/421 Zaun: 260/359/381 Koskie: 245/325/413I can't remember any other team where all of the everyday players were all about average. This is a big contrast to last season, when you had highs like Delgado and lows like Mr. Dave Berg.