Blue Jays 10 Mets 3
I have to say we might be losing but damn it the defense has been good lately.
- Cavan Biggio looks excellent (and confident) in third place.
- Lourdes Gurriel made another superb left field throw.
- George Springer had one of the best catches you’ve ever seen in center field (yes, he lost one later in the game).
- They shot three double games, including a nice 3-6-3 double game. That of the seventh was very beautiful. Bo Bichette also had an excellent catch on a hard-hit ground ball this round.
- Teoscar had a nice catch up the wall in right field in the eighth inning.
There’s been a lot of talk about Charlie changing the batting order and, well, that definitely didn’t hurt. I’m a fan of getting guys moving when the team is in the funk.
It was a home run day for our Blue Jays. We had 5 (with a handful of flying bullets on the track):
- Springer hit one to start the third inning.
- Teoscar Hernandez had a two-run homer later in the round.
- Marcus Semien hit a three-run homer in the fifth.
- Bo hit the longest, 414 feet (I think Statcast is underestimating this one), 109 MPH from the start.
- Teoscar hit his second of the game in the ninth, a two-point shot. However, we did get a run that wasn’t a home run this round. Semien started the round with a single. He went from first to third on wild terrain (a good bit of baserunning there), and Bo got him home with a single.
All of those home runs, but the two hardest-hit balls of the game were off Vladimir Guerrero’s bat. He had a double of 115.9 MPH and a single of 111.2 MPH.
We had 17 hits in all. Bo had three. Marcus, Vlad, Springer and Lourdes had two hits each. Everyone on the starting lineup (other than Ryu) had a hit. And we had pinching shots from Breyvic Valera and Santiago Espinal (both hit hard in doubles).
Hyun Jin Ryu did not have a good night’s sleep. He didn’t give up a run in the first four innings, but found himself struggling in all but one of those innings. Unfortunately, his luck changed in the fifth.
He got the first out (Kevin Pillar), then allowed five straight hits and three wins before being taken out of the game. Nothing has really been crushed this round. He was sort of BABIPED to death (perhaps balancing the luck he had with the runners on base earlier in the game).
Trevor Richards came in with one out and two ons and got two strikeouts to save Ryu’s ERA (and our blood pressure).
Our enclosure was awesome:
- Richards got the first of the sixth, another strikeout.
- Tim Mayza had the last two strikeouts in the sixth, with one strikeout.
- Taylor Saucedo got the first two outs in the seventh and allowed a hit and a walk.
- Adam Cimber got the last of the seventh and pitched the eighth without giving up a base runner.
- Rafael Dolis got the ninth round (and it took forever). He allowed two hits but did not allow a run.
Teoscar had a bad time on the bases. He was on third base, with a runner on first and no outs. Then he didn’t run home to a ground ball in third when the Mets turned a double play. It turned out that it didn’t matter (and since he hit two shots circuit we can forgive him, but it was a strange moment, i have no idea what he was thinking.
It wasn’t a good start for Taijuan Walker against his former teammates. He played 4 innings (plus 3 batters), allowed 8 hits, 6 earned, 2 walks, 1 strikeout with 3 homers. Three of those runs came on the fifth after it appeared Walker had some sort of shoulder problem. He did not look healthy. It looks like management’s professional misconduct to leave him in the game after that. Hope he never fails.
And it was fun seeing Kevin Pillar (1 for 4) again. We’ve seen a lot of former Jays: Jonathan Villar, Miguel Castro, Brandon Drury, and Yennsy Diaz. I’m sure I missed someone.
Jays of the day: Hernandez (.156 WPA), Springer (.109) and Richards (.093). Richards coming in and getting those two outs when it looked like the Mets were making a comeback was huge.
No Suckage Jays, McGuire had the low number at -0.041 but deserved some credit for helping pitchers out of trouble in several places.
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