One At-Bat: (Special All-Star Edition) Miguel Cabrera vs. Adam Wainwright

It’s that time again, time for one big at-bat. In a big game, hopefully. Generally a baseball game.

This edition will focus on the All-Star game, the biggest game of the week. Obviously, because This One Counts For Something™. You might be thinking I’d focus on the first plate appearance of the game, wherin Adam Wainwright tipped his cap to the greatest Yankee of our generation, gave in completely, and threw him 90mph fastballs until he doubled.

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Blue Jays Mid-Season Report Card: Offense

Although Blue Jays fans wish the 2014 MLB season would have ended a couple of weeks ago, we’re sadly only half way through the grind of the 6 month schedule. As the players go on hiatus next week for the All-Star Break, I’m going to be releasing a series of articles grading the Blue Jays players. It will consist of 3 articles. The first dealing with the offense, second with the pitchers, and the third with the various fill-ins and replacement players John Gibbons has had to use for too often so far this season. Let’s jump in!

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One At-Bat: Marco Estrada vs. Jose Bautista

It’s time for another One At-Bat. And maybe you came here thinking that it would be Edwin Encarnacion walking off the Blue Jays on July 2nd. Everybody is talking about it. In fact, if you would like to read about why it might have been the worst pitch of the year, Drew Fairservice has you covered! In fact, he has it covered pretty much the same way I cover things in this column, so, yeah, not gonna do that. Maybe in a year end retrospective, when the Jays are deep into the playoffs or something.

So let’s rewind by one more day, and cherry pick a Jose Bautista plate appearance from the first inning of July 1st 2014. This is a game at the Rogers Centre vs. the best-in-the-NL Milwaukee Brewers.

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Scoops at First- July 4th

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The goal of every blog on the internet is to deliver the best content to you, the reader, at all times. However, in the blogosphere, many articles get written that might get missed and lost in the shuffle of the eternally updating internet. With that in mind, I’ve compiled some of the best articles of the last week, let’s get to some baseball links!

Blue Jays Links
Jesse Spector of The Sporting News has a great review of the Blue Jays broadcast.  A great thing about the review is that it is a neutral, non-biased opinion. He figures out-as most Jays fans can attest-that Buck Martinez and Pat Tabler offer little analysis and are irritating to listen to. He basically says that the Jays have a bottom-third broadcast booth when compared to others, and that if you have the chance to watch a Jays game on another broadcast, you should probably do it.

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Scoops at First – June 27th

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The goal of every blog on the internet is to deliver the best content to you, the reader, at all times. However, in the blogosphere, many articles get written that might get missed and lost in the shuffle of the eternally updating internet. With that in mind, I’ve compiled some of the best articles of the last week, let’s get to some baseball links! Continue reading

One At-Bat: Jose (Jumbo) Diaz vs. Juan Francisco

At the risk of being repetitive, welcome to another One At-Bat! I’ve written several of these, by now, but you may not have read any of the others. If you have read others, skip to the next paragraph. Since you are still reading, and haven’t seen a One At-Bat before, allow me to explain the concept. I am going to reach back into the last week of baseball games, rummage around a bit, and pull out exactly one pitcher-batter match-up. I will have found something interesting (or maybe two things) about it. I will then attempt, pitch by pitch, to illustrate that interesting thing (or maybe two things) to you, the reader. Enjoy! I certainly will.

This week’s at-bat comes from Friday, June 20th, 2014, Blue Jays visiting the Reds at the Great American Ballpark. This game included a ton of things you may have already read about, as it was the second largest comeback in Blue Jays history, the team having fallen behind 8-0 by the third inning. There were 26 hits, and only seven batters struck out the whole game. Stuff was happening all the time. The ‘stuff’ I will be focusing on is from the top of the seventh inning. ‘Jumbo’ Diaz is pitching for the reds, in his Major League debut. He has allowed a home run in-between the first 2 outs of the inning. The batter is Juan Francisco, pinch-hitting for the pitcher. This is a larger than life matchup. As per Fangraphs, these two men combined weight 540 pounds. That’s three Munenori Kawasaki‘s worth. Both rely on their raw power to keep their jobs, Diaz throwing around 100 mph. Francisco hits a home run and average of every 15.2 at-bats.

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