Great Months in Jays history
Monday, August 31 2015 @ 01:51 AM EDT
Contributed by: John Northey
This has been an amazing month (with one day to go). Have the Jays ever been this hot?
Doing a bit of checking as I cannot recall a month this nuts. So best months in key years... W-L, Runs for-Against
- 1977-1982: Last place every year and earned it most of those years. I cover some of the nightmares below.
- 1983: May 18-9 130-90 - this was the Jays first non-basement year
May 19-6 106-87 - wow, lots of luck to get that record, but no one
noticed after the Tigers started 35-5 (18-2 in April, 120-63)
- 1985: May 17-8 140-105, seeing a trend here.. May's were a lot of fun in the mid-80's
- 1986: Aug 18-10 164-124; 3 very good months (550+) 3 sub 500 months too that year.
- 1987: Sept 19-9 154-104...just imagine if they didn't go 0-4 the last 4 games then 0-3 in Oct.
- 1988: Sept 20-7 135-98, 2-0 in Oct 16-6...quite the run but too little too late
- 1989: Aug 20-9 132-91, stayed hot the rest of the year to get to the playoffs (17-11)
- 1990,91: no month stood out
- 1992: April 16-7 101-90; Sept 18-9 138-75
- 1993: June 19-9 151-111; Sept 17-8 140-93 a Pythag of just 91 wins vs the 95 they had
- 1994-1997 ; less said the better but 1996 didn't see a single winning month
Sept 17-8 128-98; Aug 17-10 170-126 - who would've thought dumping
expensive players and the manager being revealed as having as much
honesty as a politician would've resulted in such good results
- 1999: July 19-7 149-116 then sub 450 in both Aug & Sept
- 2000/2001: depressing
- 2002: Sept 19-8 150-111
- 2003: May: 21-8 193-116; Sept 19-7 137-96 same year had 2 months in the 300's for winning percentage. Weird year.
- 2006: Sept 17-10 123-94 I think we were all getting hopeful then
- 2007: no month over 540, just one sub 500... opposite of 2003 a very consistent year
- 2008: May 20-10 119-94
- 2009: April 15-9 142-112 then 4 straight sub 500 months. Sigh. Bye-bye JPR
- 2010: May 19-10 164-117 then a 9-17 month, all others were 500+. Gaston's swan song.
- 2011/12: meh
- 2013: June 17-9 129-87, only month over 500 that year
- 2014: May 21-9 165-124, another year with a few horrible months
- 2015: August: 21-5 168-79 with a game to go. Wow. 18-9 in June 156-96
Of note: 1981 June 0-10 22-67 is the worst month in Jays history. That strike couldn't come early enough for that team. For full months it might be 1979 May: 5-23 91-143 or 1978 Sept 4-21 62-126
So the closest I see is May 2003 with a 21-8 record and 193-116 runs scored. A 77 run spread. Myers & Delgado led the offense with 1000+ OPS (as did Howie Clark & Jayson Werth in limited action) The team as a whole hit 298/358/500. Kelvin Escobar was amazing with a sub 2 ERA that month, Cory Liddle was sub 3, Roy Halladay was himself, 9 saves for Cliff Politte, Mark Hendrickson was the lucky one with a 3-0 record despite a 4.46 ERA. 3.78 team ERA that month. Impressive but this month is at 99 depending on Monday's game vs Cleveland. A win and we have our first +100 month ever I suspect in Jays history.
With one game to go some Jay stats...
- Encarnacion: 402/458/927 - that 927 is his slugging percentage, not his OPS.
- Colabello: 415/422/756 - this is our bench guy...good way to make other teams pitchers wet themselves...he cannot crack our everyday lineup.
- Donaldson: 327/408/723 - MVP, MVP, MVP...keep that chant going
- Bautista: 287/374/653 - weakest of the Jays Fantastic Four this month, all over 1000 for OPS
- Goins: 303/439/439 - over 400 for OBP from Goins? That is when it is time for other clubs to just wrap up and go home.
- Revere: 316/371/347 - OK, not a bad leadoff choice
- Smoak: 206/247/441 - Taken over by Dave Kingman on offense this month...luckily not on defense.
- 3 guys with 10+ HR this month in Donaldson, Encarnacion, and Bautista but no one else has 5.
- 4 over 10 for BB in Goins, Donaldson, Bautista, Tulowitzki, with Encarnacion, Martin, and Revere at 9 each
- Stolen Bases: the weak slot for this team no one has more than 2 - Bautista, Donaldson, Pillar. 9 total for the entire team with just 1 caught stealing (Martin). No need to steal if you are cranking it.
- 10 doubles for Encarnacion to go with his 11 HR
- 30+ hits for Encarnacion, Donaldson, and Revere while Bautisa could join them sitting at 29.
- 4 guys with 20 runs scored, Donaldson at 29 leads
- RBI's see 30+ for Donaldson & Encarnacion then Bautista at 20 and Smoak at 17
- ERA sub 2 for Cecil, Osuna (both sub 1), Hawkins, Sanchez, Price. In the 2's for Estrada, Hutchison, Schultz, a 3.12 for Hendricks the rest have issues (Dickey, Buehrle, Lowe & Loup)
- 41 K's for Price, Estrada, Hutch, and Dickey in the 20's.
- Osuna has a 1-14 BB-SO ratio this month while Cecil, Loup & Lowe haven't walked anyone.
- 4-0 records for Price, Hutchison, and Dickey, while Osuna got 10 saves in 10 chances.
Phew. What a month indeed. All of us who've been here since the World Series years needed that.