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Now that we are at the '1/2 way point' (actually a bit past) I got to wondering if anyone is on pace for new records for a Blue Jay.

Checking good ol' Baseball Reference we can see what the records are. 100 games at a position (counting full outfield as one for this) for position records.

For SS - WAR record is 5.5 (Scutaro 2009). Escobar is at 2.9 thus on pace for a 5.1 season (2nd best ever, past Fernandez best year 1987 5.0).
For OF - WAR record is 7.3 (Barfield 1986). Bautista is ALREADY at 6.6 - #2 is 6.7 (Wells '06) on pace for 11.6.
For team - WAR record is 8.2 offense (Olerud 1993), 10.3 overall (Clemens 1997). As above, Bautista is on pace to shatter it. Yeah, that was a good signing.

Continuing on the Bautista watch... for OPS+ we see his 217 as well above Olerud's 186. His 14 intentional walks so far are on pace for the 2nd most ever (on pace for 25) but no shot at the record of 33 by Olerud in 1993 (hitting in the high 300's plus no speed = lots of walks). For pure walks Bautista could break Delgado's 2003 record of 123 as he is on pace for 130. For total bases he is at a 370 pace which is in eyeshot of Delgado's 378 in 2000. His 129 run scored pace is in eyeshot of Shawn Green's 134 in 1999 as well. Slg% of 702 is well above Delgado's 664 in 2000, and his OPS is at 1.170, well above Delgado's 2000 figure of 1.134 while his OBP of 468 is in eyeshot of Olerud's 473 in 1993.

For the non-Bautista category you start to wonder about Davis and his 24 steals as this has been a slow team for awhile but Collins'1984 record of 60 is very safe and he'll need to get 39 to reach to the top 10 (Moseby, Damaso Garcia, Otis Nixon, Alomar and Shannon Stewart are all over that list). Davis' 6 triples are also impressive, pace for 11, but no shot at Tony Fernandez' record of 17 (1990).

So, are there any other Jay records (weird or not) that we could see broken this year (single season, not career)?
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Matthew E - Monday, July 11 2011 @ 03:04 PM EDT (#238469) #
Well, Frasor, obviously, for Games Pitched. Needs one to tie and two to pass.

I hope the Jays commemorate this in some way.

James W - Monday, July 11 2011 @ 03:08 PM EDT (#238470) #
There's no reason Bautista can't challenge the single-season record for home runs (54). He's on pace for 57.
John Northey - Monday, July 11 2011 @ 03:29 PM EDT (#238471) #
Guess because he just set it I was 'eh, so what' to that record :)
scottt - Monday, July 11 2011 @ 05:28 PM EDT (#238474) #
WAR and OPS+ are not real records.

What's the most blown saves by a Jay pitcher in a year? Frank has 4 in 14 attempts. His personal record is 6 in 11 attempts.

Alex Obal - Monday, July 11 2011 @ 06:17 PM EDT (#238479) #
I hope the Jays commemorate this in some way.

Dedicate the clock.
Anders - Monday, July 11 2011 @ 07:12 PM EDT (#238482) #
Bautista also has an outside shot at runs scored. He's at 73 (in 84 games), the record is 134 by Shawn Green, and the team has 70 games left. The pace he's on at the moment makes it a close bet.
greenfrog - Monday, July 11 2011 @ 07:39 PM EDT (#238484) #
Especially as the lineup gets deeper. With Lind's return and the addition of Snider and Lawrie, you would expect Bautista to score a few more runs.
Magpie - Monday, July 11 2011 @ 11:36 PM EDT (#238494) #
Dunno, but Duane Ward had 12 Blown Saves in 1989, so I don't think anyone's getting that one.
uglyone - Tuesday, July 12 2011 @ 12:19 AM EDT (#238495) #

Current Franchise single season K/9 leaders:

1) Ward '91: 11.068
2) Morrow '10: 10.948
3) Clemens '98: 10.393
4) Clemens '97: 9.955
5) Ward '89: 9.576

Morrow 2011: 10.636
uglyone - Tuesday, July 12 2011 @ 12:22 AM EDT (#238496) #
I believe Morrow's blue jay career 10.831k/9 is tops in Jays history as well.

Tom Henke is #2 at 10.295
92-93 - Tuesday, July 12 2011 @ 02:11 AM EDT (#238498) #
Delago's 2000 season was ridiculous; he carried a .364/.482/.718 into September.

2011 Bautista, @All-Star break : .334/.468/.702
2000 Delgado, @All-Star break : .363/.476/.709

Even if you recognize the difference in run scoring environments, the actual results on the field were similar.

Jonny German - Tuesday, July 12 2011 @ 09:09 AM EDT (#238507) #
"Current Franchise single season K/9 leaders:

1) Ward '91: 11.068
2) Morrow '10: 10.948
3) Clemens '98: 10.393
4) Clemens '97: 9.955
5) Ward '89: 9.576

Morrow 2011: 10.636"

Morrow's current pace is significant in that he and Ward were not "qualified" for single season records in the seasons listed - i.e. they pitched less than 1 inning per team game. So Morrow has a shot to displace Clemens this year.
Lylemcr - Tuesday, July 12 2011 @ 10:31 AM EDT (#238517) #

I was having drinks with a freind(?), who was a Yankee fan. 

He told me that the Jays fans doesn't deserve Bautista and we should trade him to the Yankees where there are actually fans in the stadium to appreciate him.

I can't believe with Bautista, Lind and Romero, we are a little closer to capacity...

sweat - Tuesday, July 12 2011 @ 01:51 PM EDT (#238530) #
Your friend sounds like an idiot.  Please have him beaten with a bag of baseballs.
perlhack - Tuesday, July 12 2011 @ 02:33 PM EDT (#238533) #
Aside: Juan Rivera was dealt to the Dodgers for PTBNL or cash.
greenfrog - Tuesday, July 12 2011 @ 03:04 PM EDT (#238534) #
The Dodgers have any cash?
John Northey - Tuesday, July 12 2011 @ 03:06 PM EDT (#238535) #
Heh. Just like the Yankee fans didn't deserve Don Mattingly and Bernie Williams back in the early 90's when they drew under 2 million a season. Heck, in 1996 when they won the series for the first time in a long time they were still just 7th in attendance in the AL and 5th the following year despite having Jeter, Williams, Boggs, Raines, Strawberry, Pettite, Cone, Key, Gooden, Rogers, Wetteland and Rivera on the team (dang that was an all-star team in '96).

All fans stay away when a team is doing poorly. All (but Tampa Bay) fans come back when it is winning.
Mike Green - Tuesday, July 12 2011 @ 03:14 PM EDT (#238536) #
It wasn't actually cash.  It all started when ESPN interviewed the old hippie who formerly lived in the McCourts' guest house.  The senior with the hair to his knees muttered that things were so bad that the last of the McCourts' "bread" went for Rivera.  "I'm starving here", he moaned.  Who would have guessed that he was speaking literally?
MatO - Tuesday, July 12 2011 @ 04:57 PM EDT (#238542) #
Who made the Rivera deal?  The bankruptcy judge?  He still had $2M left on his deal.
Jevant - Wednesday, July 13 2011 @ 11:42 AM EDT (#238578) #
How are those "not real records"?

Although not pure counting stat records, they do a better job of describing the quality of a season better than many.

Jevant - Wednesday, July 13 2011 @ 11:43 AM EDT (#238579) #
First problem is being friends with a Yankees fan. :)
John Northey - Wednesday, July 13 2011 @ 11:58 AM EDT (#238580) #
I can see how some feel WAR and other newer stats are not 'real'. The point is more that we have, by Blue Jay standards, 2 of the all-time best seasons ever potentially going on in Bautista and Escobar. Most figured out Bautista but Escobar is still under the radar mostly. The idea that Escobar could have a more valuable season than any other shortstop in Jays history is quite the thing. It also points how how much the various holes on the team are killing them this year if two historic performances can't push the team over 500.
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