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The Jays affiliates were 3-3 today, with the wins coming from Buffalo, New Hampshire and Dunedin.  The losses came from the lower affiliates in Lansing, Vancouver, and Bluefield.  Daniel Norris had a fantastic outing for New Hampshire, Jon Berti had a bunch of hits while adding to his stolen base total, and Sean Nolin was solid for Buffalo.

Buffalo 2 – Norfolk  1

Buffalo faced a rehabbing Ubaldo Jimenez and was able to score one run off of him.  They scored a run off a bunch of singles in the 6th which lead to Kevin Pillar scoring.  The second run came when Johnathan Diaz scored on an Adron Chambers sacrifice fly.

Sean Nolin got the start and lasted 5 innings giving up one unearned run.  Mike Zagurski followed up with 2 scoreless innings and got the win improving his record to 4-1.


Reading 1 – New Hampshire 7

Daniel Norris was fantastic pitching 6.2 innings, allowing one earned run on 5 hits, with no walks, and 8 strikeouts.

The Fisher Cats scored 6 runs in the third, off of a bunch of singles and doubles.  Jon Berti had 3 hits, swiped his 36th stolen base and scored a run as well.


Palm Beach 4 – Dunedin 5

Ben White had a quality start, allowing 2 earned runs over 6 innings.  Justin Jackson followed up with 2 innings allowing 2 earned runs, and Wil Browning closed the game out with a scoreless 9th inning.

Nick Baligod, Pierce Rankin, and Ian Parmley each had 2 hits.   Pierce had 2 doubles, and 2 walks, to go along with 2 RBI.


Lansing 3 – Great Lakes 4

Chase De Jong put together a fantastic outing of 5IP 3H 0ER 0BB 5 SO.  Jimmy Cordero gave up 2 runs in the 6th, and Phil Kish gave up 2 runs including the game winning run in the bottom of the 9th.

DJ Davis doubled home two runs in the 4th inning, and Daniel Klein doubled home Jason Leblebijian in the 5th.


Vancouver 2 – Boise 3

Daniel Lietz allowed 3 runs over 3.1 innings pitched.  But the remaining relievers didn’t allow a run, which included appearances from Adaric Kelly, Alberto Tirado, Justin Shafer, and Michael Kraft.

Max Pentecost had a single in the 6th which scored Franklin Barreto.  Max scored later in the 6th on a Tim Locastro sacrifice fly.

Bluefield 6 – Burlington 9

Bluefield’s pitching continued to struggle as they allowed 9 runs today.  Starter Joey Aquino allowed 4 earned over 5.2 innings, Tim Mayza allowed 3 earned over 1/3 of an inning, and Conor Fisk allowed 2 over 1.2 innings pitched.

Rowdy Tellez continued to hit well, as he had another 2 hits which brings his line to 442/457/581 over his last 10 games.  Gabriel  Cenas contributed offensively as well, going 2-4 with 2 RBI and a walk.


Three Stars

1.  Daniel Norris

2.  Sean Nolin

3.  Jon Berti

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ayjackson - Monday, August 04 2014 @ 10:01 AM EDT (#291296) #
Dejong's line looks better than Nolin's, imo.
Richard S.S. - Monday, August 04 2014 @ 12:45 PM EDT (#291300) #
Yes, that's true. But,

Sean Nolin is an established AAA pitcher working his way back from the D.L. Chances are excellent he earns a call up in either August or September.

Chase De Jong needs to finish the season almost perfect to have any chance of promotion from Mid-A Lansing. His season to this point, isn't that good - nah, it sucks.
Kelekin - Monday, August 04 2014 @ 02:17 PM EDT (#291301) #
Tellez creeps ever closer to .300! That SLG still has a long way to go for a power hitter but if he can keep hitting for August he'll have put together a promising season.

I must say in general, we seem to have a power zap in the system. Mitch Nay has a near identical line with a .380 SLG. Matt Dean's a bit higher with .450, but it does seem all the 'power' hitters we draft end up lacking in power. Where are all the Chip Cannons?
metafour - Monday, August 04 2014 @ 02:28 PM EDT (#291302) #
Where are all the Chip Cannons?

You mean the complete and utter non-prospects?
Richard S.S. - Monday, August 04 2014 @ 03:28 PM EDT (#291303) #
In AAA, Buffalo, the big power hitters are:
Dan Johnson: 17;
Brett Wallace: 11;
Jared Goedert: 10;
Matt Tuiasosopo: 10.
In AA, New Hampshire, the big power hitters are:
Ryan Schimpt: 15;
Andy Burns: 12.
In A+, Dunedin, the big power hitters are:
Kevin Patterson: 9;
Dwight Smith JR.: 8;
Emilio Guerrero: 7;
K.C. Hobson: 7.
In A, Lansing, last of the full season teams, the big power hitters are:
Matt Dean: 8;
D.J. Davis: 7.

In A-, Vancouver, the last of the short season teams, the big power hitters are:
Ryan McBroom: 7.
In RK+, Bluefield, short season, the big power hitters are:
Dan Jansen: 5.
In RK-, Gulf Coast, first of the short season teams, the big power hitters are:
Juan Tejada: 4.

In the DSL, there are no big power hitters, as no one has more than one.
uglyone - Monday, August 04 2014 @ 06:35 PM EDT (#291309) #
Lawrie activated.

a bit rushed but still the right move imo.

I hope to god its goins going down.
Richard S.S. - Monday, August 04 2014 @ 06:43 PM EDT (#291310) #
So much for him getting the full 7 days hitting practise/fielding practise (2B,3B) they said they would. They also said they're not rushing anyone back.

Please consider: loud swearing and name calling occurring now.
John Northey - Monday, August 04 2014 @ 07:32 PM EDT (#291312) #
No question there is some panic in Jays land.  This is the biggest series they've had in over a decade.  Sweep the Orioles and the Jays are super-exciting and will see sky-high ratings.  Get swept and watch TV viewership go south quick.

Buehrle, Hutchison, and Happ take the mound, the O's go R/L/R for pitchers who have ERA+'s of 100 to 106, K/9 in the mid-6 range, Chen the only one who is visibly below 3 BB/9 (also only LHP), homer prone (1.0 to 1.6 for the 3).  This should match up well for the Jays but we'll see.

So vs the RHP I guess we'll see Navarro/Francisco/Kawasaki or Goins/Lawrie/Reyes/Cabrera/Rasmus/Gose/Bautista (DH) and the middle game gets Navarro/Valencia/Tolleson/Lawrie/Reyes/Cabrera/Rasmus/Bautista/Reimold

The pen will be well rested, Redmond the only one not available game 1 (37 pitches on Sunday).  Sanchez/McGowan/Jenkins were used Sunday but 15 or fewer pitches.  Loup 3 days rest, Janssen 4 days, Cecil 2 days.  So for game 1 pretty much anyone Gibbons wants to use is there to use.  If Buehrle can have a really good game and go deep it would be great as that'd open up the pen for Hutchison's start.  Ideally Redmond will be able to rest until Happ's game. 

Lets hope Washington can pound Baltimore and eat that pen up tonight.
Mike Green - Monday, August 04 2014 @ 07:45 PM EDT (#291313) #
Shouldn't the lineup against RHPs now would be Navarro C, Bautista 1B, Kawasaki/Goins 2B, Reyes SS, Lawrie 3B,  Cabrera LF, Rasmus CF, Gose RF, Francisco DH?  Against LHP, you've got Tolleson at 2B, Valencia at 1B, Reimold DHing and the traditional Cabrera/Rasmus/Bautista OF...
uglyone - Monday, August 04 2014 @ 08:04 PM EDT (#291314) #
I'd have Reimold in there against RHP too. He has no platoon split in his career. Actually slightly better vs. RHP.
Mike Green - Monday, August 04 2014 @ 08:11 PM EDT (#291315) #
Replacing Gose, uglyone?
whiterasta80 - Monday, August 04 2014 @ 08:35 PM EDT (#291316) #
Love the length of the outing from Norris. Very encouraging.
uglyone - Monday, August 04 2014 @ 08:35 PM EDT (#291317) #
after looking at the numbers.....I'd probably boot Kawasaki to the bench (and i'd have already sent down Goins for Lawrie today).

Gose might actually be able to hack it at an MLB level vs. RHP. 88wrc+ this year vs. RHP 86wrc+ for his career - with his defense, that's a decent player.

Goins is useless even against RHP (55wrc+ this year, 60wrc+ career), and while Kawasaki isn't as bad (82wrc+ this year, 78wrc+ career) his defense isn't quite the weapon that it is for the other two.

for now I'd want to see:

vs. RHP

SS Reyes
LF Cabrera
DH/1B Bautista
3B Francisco
DH/1B Reimold
CF Rasmus
C Navarro
2B Lawrie
RF Gose

vs. LHP

SS Reyes
LF Cabrera
RF/DH Bautista
RF/DH Reimold
1B Valencia
C Navarro
3B Lawrie
2B Tolleson
CF Rasmus/Gose
TangledUpInBlue - Monday, August 04 2014 @ 09:21 PM EDT (#291318) #
after looking at the numbers.....I'd probably boot Kawasaki to the bench (and i'd have already sent down Goins for Lawrie today).

If you look at their FanGraphs pages, though, the rest-of-season projections for Kawasaki and Goins show a much smaller gap.

ZIPS rest-of-season:
Kawasaki: .252/.306/.306, .612 OPS, 69 wRC+
Goins: . 236/.273/.331, .604 OPS, 63 wRC+

Steamer rest-of-season:
Kawasaki: .239/.304/.313, .617 OPS, 71 wRC+
Goins: .240/.278/.325, .603 OPS, 63 wRC+

Factor in the defense and I think you have to prefer Goins.
Richard S.S. - Monday, August 04 2014 @ 09:40 PM EDT (#291319) #
Blue Jays need a huge amount of luck to turn their way, considering they've had so little in 2012 and 2013. A.A. needs some luck in acquiring someone. Edwin and Adam need luck in returning soon. The Jays need some luck in having our competition getting beat by someone else for a change. Skill and talent only go so far, a little luck helps.

Right now Baltimore is making the next three days less significant by leading 5-3 going into the bottom of the 7th/top of 8th.
uglyone - Monday, August 04 2014 @ 10:30 PM EDT (#291320) #
tangled - do we risk losing Kawasaki on waivers if we send him down?
Richard S.S. - Monday, August 04 2014 @ 10:42 PM EDT (#291321) #
Right now we are at the stage where any relevance to postseason play could fade. We are 4 GBL with Baltimore's win tonight and just one game ahead of New York. In the Wild Card race we have a 1 game lead over New York, 1.5 game lead over KC and 2 game lead on Seattle with Cleveland 2.5 GBL.

Much more losing (ever) might eliminate the need for acquisitions, which we do need.
dan gordon - Monday, August 04 2014 @ 11:19 PM EDT (#291322) #
I'd have preferred to see them give Lawrie a couple of games with Buffalo. The Jays have Monday off, and don't play vs a left hander until Wednesday. Lawrie doesn't have significant platoon splits, actually slightly better vs righties for his career, but the Jays can put out a decent lineup vs righties without him, so the urgency is really for Wednesday's game. I think the Jays have a tendency to bring players back too quickly after lengthy absences, and I wouldn't be surprised to see Lawrie struggle for a couple of games here. I'd be tempted to let him do that in Buffalo Monday/Tuesday, and bring him up for Wednesday's game. I guess that's a minor quibble. Not like my dismay at seeing them start Valencia vs a righty starter, something which they, thankfully, didn't do yesterday.

Looking forward to a very important series.
TangledUpInBlue - Monday, August 04 2014 @ 11:40 PM EDT (#291323) #
Uglyone, I assume they would, which raises a good point. Perhaps that does tilt things in favour of Kawasaki. The thing is, though, you want to have your best roster set on Aug. 31st, which means at that point, if it comes down to the two of them (which, granted, it probably won't), you might have to ship out Kawasaki anyway. Maybe when it's that close to the deadline, though, you can finagle things so as not to lose a player, I don't know.
eudaimon - Tuesday, August 05 2014 @ 08:50 AM EDT (#291333) #
I'd keep Kawasaki over Goins any day. Goins has an edge over Kawasaki in fielding (he's still pretty decent himself) but is much worse at hitting. I think sometimes we put too much faith in these projections. Outside of a short good streak Goins has been terrible offensively. Kawasaki has produced a serviceable batting line and OBP.

It might be productive for Goins to get a bit more seasoning as well.

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