Saturday, October 05, 2013

Canada's Most Wanted: 2013 Jay Killers

Catcher

Jason Castro, Houston Astros
So, the Astros were the worst team in baseball last year, and it was deemed that they would be moving to the American League this season.  They were even worse this year.  Jason Castro liked hitting against the Jays, though:

.333/.455/.833, 4 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, 6 RBI

First Base

Mark Trumbo, Los Angeles Angels
This could have gone to Chris Davis as he had a monster year against Toronto, but there will be more on him later.  Trumbo had a very good year overall, but would probably be in MVP talks if he got to play the Jays 18 times - his OPS against the Jays was higher than against any other team.

.357/.400/.893, 10 R, 3 2B, 4 HR, 10 RBI

Second Base

Ryan Flaherty, Baltimore Orioles
Ryan Flaherty didn't even get half as much time at the bat against Toronto as his Oriole teammates, but that didn't make him any less effective.

.333/.500/1.000, 9 R, 1 2B, 5 HR, 9 RBI, 6 BB/4 K

Third Base

Evan Longoria, Tampa Bay Rays
Longoria's been here before; he exemplifies the success the Rays have historically had against the Jays.

.348/.444/.710, 15 R, 10 2B, 5 HR, 15 RBI, 12 BB/16 K

Shortstop

Jayson Nix, New York Yankees
The first of what I thought would be many more former Jays on this list - didn't it feel like ex-Jays were killing them all year?  Lyle Overbay and Vernon Wells also looked good in pinstripes while playing their former Toronto mates.

.313/.415/.406, 7 R, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 2 SB, 6 BB/8 K

Left Field

Kelly Johnson, Tampa Bay Rays
Hey!  A former Blue Jay!  Johnson was nearly unstoppable against his former mates, and while he primarily played left field in Florida, the Jays were dying to find some production and consistency at the second base position that Johnson vacated.

.341/.383/.705, 11 R, 4 2B, 4 HR, 8 RBI

Center Field

Adam Jones, Baltimore Orioles
Adam Jones wasn't in MVP talks quite as much as he was last year, but he played like it against his division rivals.

.347/.382/.708, 17 R, 5 2B, 7 HR, 12 RBI, 1 SB

Right Field

Josh Reddick, Oakland Athletics
Sigh...Josh Reddick.  Reddick had an off-year, hitting just 12 homers.  He hit five of them against Toronto, including three in one game (I was lucky enough to be there for that game.  Yay.)

.333/.423/1.095, 8 R, 1 2B, 5 HR, 11 RBI, 4 BB/2 K

Designated Hitter

Adam Dunn, Chicago White Sox
Someone forgot to tell Adam Dunn that JP Ricciardi is no longer with the Jays organization, and he does not need to take his stupid comments out on them.

.238/.360/.667, 6 R, 3 HR, 6 RBI, 3 BB/5 K

Rookie

Kole Calhoun, Los Angeles Angels
I'm often struck by how...generous?...the Jays seem to be to rookies, players in slumps, players looking for milestones, etc., so this year's version of the Jay Killers will feature a rookie hitter and pitcher that owned them this year.  Kole Calhoun is featured as this rookie.

.444/.452/.815, 5 R, 1 2B, 3 HR, 8 RBI, 1 SB

Rotation

Jon Lester, Boston Red Sox
I kinda hope the Jays don't have to play Boston in the playoffs anytime soon - Jon Lester would probably just pitch in the first four games of the series, throwing about 450 pitches on a total of one day's rest, and The Slobs would sweep.

6 GS, 42.1 IP, 32 K/9 BB, 4-0, 0.87 WHIP, 2.55 ERA

Andy Pettitte, New York Yankees
Go home, Andy Pettitte, you're drunk.  The Jays were God-awful against the Pinstripers this year, and while Pettitte wasn't perfect against them, he did more than enough.

4 GS, 27 IP, 16 K/8 BB, 3-1, 1.07 WHIP, 1.67 ERA

Chris Tillman, Baltimore Orioles
Remember a few years ago when the Jays used to own Baltimore?  Those days might be over for a few years.

5 GS, 32.2 IP, 28 K/7 BB, 2-1, 1.22 WHIP, 3.31 ERA

Jose Quintana, Chicago White Sox

Quintana didn't pitch much against the Jays this year, but when he did, there wasn't much they could do against him.

3 GS, 20.1 IP, 18 K/4 BB, 2-0, 0.98 WHIP, 1.77 ERA

David Phelps, New York Yankees
David Phelps had a pretty rubbish season, finishing with an ERA near 5.00, and contributing a -0.1 WAR.  And he beat the Jays twice.

4 GP/1 GS, 15 IP, 20 K/7 BB, 2-0, 1.20 WHIP, 3.00 ERA

Closer

Mariano Rivera, New York Yankees
Mo had a season-long goodbye tour, and made sure that the Jays weren't going to spoil his last season in baseball.

8 GP, 8 IP, 11 K/0 BB, 1-0, 6 SV, 1.13 WHIP, 0.00 ERA

Rookie

Chris Archer, Tampa Bay Rays
Archer performed more than admirably in his first big league season, and the Jays were just one more team in his way.

3 GS, 16.1 IP, 10 K/5 BB, 1-0, 1.16 WHIP, 1.65 ERA

Jay Killer Hall of Fame

Like the first Cooperstown induction, two pitchers and three position players will be inducted into the Mike Statement Jay Killer Hall of Fame (partially in hopes that they won't continue to kill the Jays).

These five gentlemen - Chris Davis, Evan Longoria, Josh Reddick, David Price, James Shields - represent the spirit of "Jay Killers".  While all have generally been above average during seasons in which they have enjoyed playing the Jays, it's their constant, season-by-season torching of the Jays that's earned them this prestigious honour.  Maybe now they'll stop.

Chris Davis

2010-13: .324/.395/.744, 23 HR, 58 RBI, 47 R, 23 2B

Evan Longoria

2010-13: .319/.404/.550, 11 HR, 46 RBI, 42 R, 22 2B

Josh Reddick

2010-13: .294/.352/.794, 15 HR, 36 RBI, 25 R, 19 K/13 BB

David Price

2010-13: 11-2, 2.12 ERA, 14 GS, 1 CG, 101.2 IP, 92 K/24 BB, .207 OPPAVG

James Shields

2010-13: 6-2, 2.48 ERA, 10 GS, 3 CG, 72.2 IP, 71 K/17 BB, .187 OPPAVG

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