Sunday, October 28, 2012

Jay Killers: 2012

As a fairly lackluster World Series creaks to its inevitable conclusion, let's look back at what was a far-less-than-stellar Blue Jays season1, and, specifically, the players that helped the Jays limp to their sub-.500 season.

Oddly, the only repeat offender from last year's hitter's list is, of all people, Desmond Jennings.

Catcher


Carlos Santana, Cleveland Indians


















Santana only went 5-for-20 off Jays' pitchers this year, but two of those hits were homeruns, and he also drew nine walks. A 1.033 OPS more than made up for, by far, the fewest hits on this list.

First Base

Mitch Moreland, Texas Rangers















Moreland, on the other hand, had a 7:1 K:BB ratio against the Jays - certainly nothing to be proud of - but raked two homers and two doubles, drove in six runs, and hit .429.

Second Base

Robinson Cano, New York Yankees





















Cano is the first person on this list to have actually faced the Jays for a decent hunk of the season, and he certainly did not perform against them like he did in the post-season.  Three homeruns, nine doubles, 11 RBI, 25 hits and 14 runs scored.  Let's just say, if Detroit treated him more like the Jays did, it would be the Yankees getting pounded in the World Series by the Giants right now.

Third Base

Evan Longoria, Tampa Bay Rays


















Realistically, Longoria could have been on this list last year, but Michael Young was so frustrating in 2011 it was difficult to ignore him.  This year, though, Longoria was above the rest, injuries notwithstanding (to anything but my fantasy team).  He drove in 14 runs and scored seven more, and did it all with a tidy 1.011 OPS.

Shortstop

Elvis Andrus, Texas Rangers
 


















Andrus is the only person on this list that didn't homer against Toronto this year, but he was still able to drive in seven runs, score six himself, and generally torment the Jays with a .389 batting average and .450 OBP.

Left Field

Desmond Jennings, Tampa Bay Rays



















Screw you, Desmond Jennings.  A 1.008 OPS, three homers, five RBI, three stolen bases, and 15 runs scored.  Stay outta Toronto.


Center Field

Adam Jones, Baltimore Orioles


















Oh, those pesky Orioles.2 Although he eventually cooled, Jones was well on his way to a career season, and the Jays felt the brunt of it.  A 1.296 OPS (1.296) that included seven homeruns and five doubles was merely padding to his 13 RBI and runs scored.  And he's not even the top Oriole on the list!

Right Field

Josh Reddick, Oakland Athletics

















Pesky little bugger this guy was.  Only a .280 average, but seven runs scored, four homers, 12 RBI, and even a stolen base just to be a dick.


Designated Hitter

Chris Davis, Baltimore Orioles



















Put it this way - if Chris Davis' 2012 season against Toronto was extrapolated to an entire season, we wouldn't care if Barry Bonds' or Mark McGwire's homerun records should have asterisks next to them.  He might have struck out 16 times in 61 at-bats, but when we wasn't whiffing, he was hitting nine homers, driving in 17 runs and scoring 14, and cruising to an obscene 1.365 OPS.  Gross.

Starting Rotation

James Shields, Tampa Bay Rays




















James Shields loves pitching against the Jays, even when he doesn't have a great season.  He made the list last year, and makes it again, after going 2-0 in three starts, striking out 25 Jays batters in 22 innings, and pitching to a 1.21 ERA.

David Price, Tampa Bay Rays


















Not many people hit David Price all that well this year, and truth be told, he wasn't exactly lights out against the Jays, but I'll bet the Jays wished they had a starter that pitched to a 3.26 ERA and went unbeaten in his three starts.

Gavin Floyd, Chicago White Sox

















Although he only pitched 13 innings against the Jays, Gavin Floyd picked up two wins in two starts, and pitched to a 1.98 ERA and 1.02 WHIP.

Yu Darvish, Texas Rangers



















One hundred and fifty million dollars might have been a bargain in hindsight, considering it would have stopped Yu Darvish from striking out 22 Jays in 19 innings with a 3.32 ERA on his way to two wins against Toronto this year.

Justin Masterson, Cleveland Indians



















Justin Masterson only went 1-0 in his two starts, and both games were mind-bendingly boring, but you can't argue with 15 strikeouts against two walks, and an ERA of 0.60.

Closer

Jim Johnson, Baltimore Orioles


















And why not wrap it all up with another Oriole.  Johnson only gave up three hits in the five innings he pitched against Toronto, picking up four saves, and not giving up an earned run.

1 - Not that we went to a ton of games, but we actually didn't see a single win this year
2 - More on them again soon

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