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The Jays cube the Orioles 8-2 and move to 11-8, one back of the Red Sox.

Star of the Game: Let's give it to Alex Rios, I'm still getting used to seeing him turn 'star of the game' type performances every night. Wells was outstanding too, but I'm conditioned to expect it from him. Rios was three for four with a couple of runs and ribbies and a homer. He was also clearly loving it out there last night, he had a smile a mile wide at the end of the game.

Unsung Hero: Shea was great, going three for four and pulling his average up to .290. He's six for his last eight now going back to the last game against Boston.

Defensive Play of the Game: Jointly awarded to Rios and Johnson. Sparky put on his usual clinic, charging balls hard and making quick strong throws in to stop Orioles runners even thinking about taking extra bases. Rios meanwhile made a couple of top drawer running catches in the seventh, with Tabler noting he is getting much better jumps on the ball this year.

Mis-Play of the Game: Pick any Orioles defensive blunder from about a half-dozen, Millar's botched run-down on Rios in the eighth sort of summed up the Orioles night defensively.

DP-Watch: Just one for the Jays, and three for the Orioles, gotta love that. Who would have thought having Conine follow Millar would result in a DP. To be fair to Perlozzo he probably wasn't expecting Millar to get on-base when he's busy thinking of slogans to put on t-shirts

Perlozzo: Continues to baffle with his bullpen usage. Last night as Rob noted Rleal was too important to bring into a tie game, tonight he comes in when they're down by four. I'm looking for some mop-up work from Chris Ray in the sixth tonight.

Boxscore: right here

WWJP: Nothing too remarkable from the GM, except to note that Janssen will not be an up-and-down call-up, he'll get the chance to stick around for all of Burnett's time on the DL if he pitches well.

Elsewhere: Tim Wakefield's knuckleball was not behaving last night, as the Indians got a 7-1 win over the Sox behind an good outing from Cliff Lee. The Devil Rays got to Mo Rivera in the tenth for a couple of runs and beat the Yankees 4-2, despite walking 14. Walking 14 really takes some doing, Seth McClung had to really pull out all the stops to walk seven in five innings. Jason Giambi hit fifth and only had one official at-bat in five plate appearances.

Today: I'm greatly looking forward to the debut of Mr Janssen, he takes on Kris Benson who has been suprisingly efficient for the Orioles so far, good time for that to come to an end.
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Skills - Thursday, April 27 2006 @ 09:19 AM EDT (#145905) #

I'm very excited about Janssen's start. MLB debuts are always a crapshoot, but I think Janssen has the stuff and the makeup to be a solid major-leaguer, a Josh Towers type with better stuff. If we're lucky, he'll exceed expectations and continue to dominate as he did in the minors.

On a sidenote, I will be benching Benson in my fantasy league as I do not expect the Jays' bats to fall silent.

Named For Hank - Thursday, April 27 2006 @ 09:50 AM EDT (#145907) #
I'm photographing today's game for Batter's Box -- luck of the draw, I tried to schedule myself in for Burnett and I'll get Janssen's debut.

Does anyone know if Mrs. Benson made the road trip?

hugh - Thursday, April 27 2006 @ 09:55 AM EDT (#145912) #
Not likely, NFH. She filed for divorce earlier this year. Too bad -- she woulda make a great Photo of the Day.

Named For Hank - Thursday, April 27 2006 @ 10:03 AM EDT (#145913) #
I am more disappointed than words can convey.
GrrBear - Thursday, April 27 2006 @ 10:03 AM EDT (#145914) #
After a shaky first week, doesn't it seem like the Jays' defense has really come together? As Jerry Howarth said last night, six outstanding defensive plays in the last three innings, with Rios, Johnson, Overbay, Hill, McDonald all saving hits and runs with the glove. I know there was a lot of concern before the season started that the defense might have a dropoff from last year, but these guys seem steady with the potential for spectacular. Glaus can pick it, Wells is still excellent, and even Catalanotto has made a few decent grabs out there. If Russ Adams can just find some consistency in his throws, and if Benji can hold on to the baseball (does he need a bigger glove or something?)...

While I would really like to see Rios play every day, I understand the platooning strategy, and it may continue to pay off well into the season if it keeps all the players fresh. It's certainly different from the Cito Gaston days when it was the same nine guys every night.
Thomas - Thursday, April 27 2006 @ 10:10 AM EDT (#145917) #

I wouldn't be too sure she's not on the trip. It appears many of you missed the great news that she and Kris are attempting to reconcile. Given the fact they are working to save their marriage, it wouldn't surprise me at all if she was on the trip.

I'd do some scouting of the 100-level if I were you, NFH.

Mike Green - Thursday, April 27 2006 @ 10:11 AM EDT (#145918) #

With Rios, Wells and Glaus all hitting well, I wonder if opponents will try to avoid starting lefties for awhile.

Geoff - Thursday, April 27 2006 @ 10:16 AM EDT (#145919) #

Here is Benson's game log:

 Date 	Opp.	Score 	Dec 	IP 	H 	R 	ER 	HR 	BB/K 	IP 	ERA
Apr 21 @ NYY W 6-5 W 5.1 8 4 3 1 3/4 24.1 3.70
Apr 16 LAA L 3-9 L 5.0 9 4 4 1 1/1 19.0 3.32
Apr 11 @ TAM W 8-4 W 7.0 5 2 1 1 1/5 14.0 1.93
Apr 6 TAM L 0-2 L 7.0 4 2 2 0 3/3 7.0 2.57

I wouldn't describe Benson as suprisingly efficient against any team that isn't the Devil Rays so far.

And in the topsy-turvy world of Anna, she does say, "It was a big misunderstanding and we are in love and we are staying together." News of reconciliation broke two days before Benson's first start: story.

Pepper Moffatt - Thursday, April 27 2006 @ 10:17 AM EDT (#145920) #
I wouldn't get too excited about Anna Benson.  Magazine photos of her tend to be very heavily airbrushed.  See:

Craig B - Thursday, April 27 2006 @ 10:44 AM EDT (#145926) #

Presented without comment, here are the top 10 American League hitters in Runs Created per Game (qualifiers only)

  1. Jason Giambi
  2. Jim Thome
  3. Alex Rios
  4. Jermaine Dye
  5. Derek Jeter
  6. Vernon Wells
  7. Jonny Gomes
  8. Nick Swisher
  9. Travis Hafner
  10. Paul Konerko
Mike Green - Thursday, April 27 2006 @ 10:47 AM EDT (#145927) #

THT has new team fielding numbers by ground/air.  This is a significant advance, in my view.  Separating out the contributions to defence among the various members of the infield and outfield is very difficult especially because of positioning issues.  I have much more confidence in team infield and outfield statistics. 

So far, the Jay infield and outfield have each been above average defensively, with the outfield a little better than the infield. 

subculture - Thursday, April 27 2006 @ 11:11 AM EDT (#145931) #

I also think credit has to go the platoon situations, which has improved our offense AND it seems our defense (at least, it hasn't hurt our defense).  Being able to run out Johnson, Rios, and McDonald when we need to to makes our D among the elite.... also having both Molina/Zaun means no give away at-bats like we've had the last few years.

Rios, Wells and Cat can't keep up these gaudy numbers, but the good news is that Hill, Adams, and Hillenbrand should improve upon theirs...  the bullpen is looking strong as expected despite a shaky start, and the rotation at a worst-case scenario is average, with the potential to be rock-solid...  the best thing to me is seeing the confidence just spreading throughout this team... and everybody is getting playing time...

Mike D - Thursday, April 27 2006 @ 11:44 AM EDT (#145936) #

My vote for unsung hero -- even less "sung" than Shea last night -- would be John McDonald, who was smooth defensively, lined an RBI double and stole third on a real heads-up play.

Gwyn's pick for Mis-Play of the game cannot be denied.  Throw forward; chase back; never give up the extra base.  A well-coached Little League team would probably have not played that like Millar did.  Rios' sheepish look after his "stolen base" was priceless.

Joe - Thursday, April 27 2006 @ 11:58 AM EDT (#145937) #
Since Gwyn's referred to Orioles Hangout on Tuesday, I haven't been able to get enough of their hometown cheer. From their ludicrous predictions (Orioles sweep), to the stunningly large number of them who have positions on the Orioles roster ("We're going to win this one"), to their dismissive attitudes (actual quote from their game recap: "Blue Jays fans were so excited that they almost cheered.  Not quite, but I can tell they were considering it." I guess we just assumed the Jays would win against the sad-sack Orioles.), to the fact that, apart from Tejada, the Orioles are a long way away from being interesting -- well, I've got a new favourite team to hate.
Named For Hank - Thursday, April 27 2006 @ 12:07 PM EDT (#145940) #
Compare that to the Yankees - Devil Rays tilt in which the D-Rays eliminated two Yankee baserunners in two rundowns on the same play --
the guy running from second to third stopped to watch the rundown between third and home and promptly found himself in the same situation.

I thought Joe Torre's head would explode like in Scanners.

Geoff - Thursday, April 27 2006 @ 12:21 PM EDT (#145942) #
To answer my own question earlier, it looks like Randy Jo will pitch this weekend, either tomorrow night or Saturday. He last threw this past Sunday.

Mussina, after defeating TB this past Tuesday, should likely face Gus on Sunday.  And after throwing Wang out last night and Chacon today, I imagine that Jaret Wright must be used for his second start of the year, either tomorrow vs. Roy or Saturday vs. Towers.

Any more knowledge out there?

Geoff - Thursday, April 27 2006 @ 01:03 PM EDT (#145946) #
The success against lefties had me curious, so here are the stats:

vs LH:
 Player  	  G 	AB 	R 	H 	2B 	HR 	RBI 	BB/K 	  AVG 	 OBP 	  SLG 	  OPS 	 
Gregg Zaun 1 1 0 1 1 0 0 0/0 1.000 1.000 2.000 3.000
Vernon Wells 11 26 6 15 1 1 3 1/3 .577 .593 .731 1.323
Álex Ríos 11 28 8 13 3 5 13 1/2 .464 .483 1.107 1.590
Troy Glaus 10 25 7 11 4 3 9 1/3 .440 .462 .960 1.422
Reed Johnson 9 26 9 11 0 0 2 3/2 .423 .531 .423 .954
Bengie Molina 10 25 4 10 1 3 6 0/2 .400 .400 .800 1.200
John McDonald 6 12 1 4 1 0 2 1/1 .333 .357 .417 .774
Shea Hillenbrand 10 22 3 7 0 0 3 2/2 .318 .360 .318 .678
Aaron Hill 10 25 3 7 3 0 1 0/3 .280 .280 .400 .680
Lyle Overbay 9 24 2 6 0 0 1 1/7 .250 .280 .250 .530
Russ Adams 4 10 0 2 0 0 1 1/0 .200 .273 .200 .473
Eric Hinske 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 .000 .000 .000 .000
Total 226 43 87 14 12 41 11/25 .385 .417 .606 1.024
vs RH:
 Player  	  G 	AB 	R 	H 	2B 	HR 	RBI 	BB/K 	 AVG 	 OBP 	 SLG 	  OPS 
Frank Cat. 13 38 8 16 5 1 6 9/3 .421 .542 .632 1.173
Reed Johnson 11 11 5 4 0 0 0 2/1 .364 .462 .364 .825
Eric Hinske 9 27 5 9 0 0 2 3/4 .333 .400 .333 .733
Álex Ríos 17 25 4 8 2 1 5 1/5 .320 .333 .520 .853
Vernon Wells 19 54 10 17 2 8 19 4/7 .315 .373 .833 1.206
Lyle Overbay 19 45 6 14 1 2 10 9/5 .311 .426 .511 .937
John McDonald 7 7 3 2 0 0 0 0/1 .286 .286 .286 .571
Shea Hillenbrand 16 40 4 11 2 1 4 0/5 .275 .302 .400 .702
Russ Adams 15 49 9 13 3 1 5 2/9 .265 .294 .388 .682
Gregg Zaun 6 21 3 5 3 2 7 0/4 .238 .238 .667 .905
Troy Glaus 19 46 10 9 2 3 7 12/18 .196 .362 .435 .797
Bengie Molina 13 26 1 5 1 0 1 2/1 .192 .250 .231 .481
Aaron Hill 18 43 4 6 3 0 3 0/1 .140 .156 .209 .365
Total 436 73 120 24 19 71 44/64 .275 .346 .470 .816
But shhh...don't feature this comment and let word get out.
Mike Green - Thursday, April 27 2006 @ 01:39 PM EDT (#145948) #
Happy Birthday, Frank Catalanotto.  The April 27 team would be pretty good with Carpenter on the mound, Eusebio behind the plate, Upshaw, Hornsby, Joe Kappel and Feliz in the infield and Slaughter, Gathright and Cat in the outfield.  Silent John Whitehead, Sassafrass George Winter, Charlie Chech and Runelvys Hernandez would round out the rotation.  Gathright would jump over an SUV during the 7th inning stretch and see if John remained silent.
jjdynomite - Thursday, April 27 2006 @ 02:23 PM EDT (#145950) #
Don't know if this was linked to already, but if not, Chad Hillman of has a June 10, 2005 interview with Casey Janssen.  Welcome to the Show, Casey; don't forget to put on some Chacin cologne before your start.
HoJu - Thursday, April 27 2006 @ 03:32 PM EDT (#145953) #
I imagine that Jaret Wright must be used for his second start of the year, either tomorrow vs. Roy or Saturday vs. Towers.

ESPN says that Wright will pitch tomorrow vs. Halladay.
Magpie - Thursday, April 27 2006 @ 06:50 PM EDT (#145960) #
Lyle Overbay ranks 7th, with 19 saved throws.

STATS has added this to the many, many things we're supposed to keep tabs on - if the possibility even exists, I am now supposed to say yea or nay on whether the first baseman was asked to scoop a throw in the dirt - i.e., did he successfully scoop a throw in the dirt, did he just come off the bag and block the throw, did he try the scoop and miss. Overbay was 6 for 7 at the beginning of the week, and made two successful scoops in the Tuesday night game. He's doing fine...
Leigh - Thursday, April 27 2006 @ 11:19 PM EDT (#145966) #
Dayn Perry was writing about Overbay's pickin' ability and its added virtue for the Jays with special regard to their infield defence, as it existed at the time.  It seemed like he soured on that after the Glaus trade, but one would be inclined to think that pickin' skills are more valuable on a team with questionable infield defence.

I had a thought during tonight's game (I actually had many thoughts, but only one that is worth mentioning here):
- As has been mentioned here and elsewhere, both Adams and Hill have very real walk-taking abilities but their patience is somewhat muted by the fact that pitchers have no fear of the infielders' power and thus throw strikes as often as possible.  If this theory is valid (not necessarily its application to Hill and Adams), what does that say about guys like Frank Menechino and Ryan Freel who manage to draw walks despite their lack of power?  Drawing walks when the pitcher has no reason to avoid your bat must be some sort of quantifiable skill.
js_magloire - Thursday, April 27 2006 @ 11:56 PM EDT (#145967) #
Leigh, that is a really interesting point. Because when you look at the huge power hitters, their walk numbers are inflated because they are pitched around. Maybe some sort of ratio of homeruns to walks, or slugging percentage to walks. You could also look at and tabulate the percentage of strikes a player is pitched to (would that make sense)?
Mike D - Monday, May 01 2006 @ 01:11 AM EDT (#146097) #
Leigh, with regard to your Freel/Menechino point, I think the ability to spoil two-strike pitches with foul balls is relevant to a punchless hitter's ability to draw walks.  Mark Bellhorn is good at this, too. 

It was Eddie Joost's calling card.

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