Explaining Marco Estrada
Sep06

Explaining Marco Estrada

When Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos acquired SP Marco Estrada from the Brewers this past offseason for 1B Adam Lind, the logic behind the move was fairly easy to see. The Jays needed arms, and they had an extra bat to use as currency. They made the deal and both sides have enjoyed success from their respective players. Lind is on pace to up just over 2 WAR for a team that is going nowhere while not paying him a ton, and Estrada is...

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Blue Jays Have Bulls In The Pen
Aug29

Blue Jays Have Bulls In The Pen

The 2014 season began with a lot of promise for the Blue Jays, having taken a commanding lead of the AL East division. However, it ended with the Jays on the outside looking in, finishing behind the Baltimore Orioles and New York Yankees. General Manager Alex Anthopoulos publicly blamed the bullpen, a strength for the team in 2013, as the reason for their downfall. High expectations were set by fans and media alike but, for whatever...

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Can Justin Really Smoak It?
Aug21

Can Justin Really Smoak It?

Originally noticed by scouts who were initially looking at his teammate and friend, Matt Wieters, Justin Smoak became a top 5 rated talent in the 2008 draft due to his ability to hit and hit for power. Taken 11th overall by the Rangers, Smoak continued to impress in the minors with his bat, being ranked by Baseball America in the Rangers organization in having best power, best strike zone discipline and best hitter for average. He was...

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Aaron Sanchez Approaches Batters Differently As A Reliever
Aug18

Aaron Sanchez Approaches Batters Differently As A Reliever

(Title image courtesy of Arturo Pardavila, https://www.flickr.com/photos/apardavila/) The Blue Jays entered the 2015 season with Aaron Sanchez in their rotation, in large part due to Marcus Stroman’s devastating knee injury. That injury and the one to Michael Saunders triggered what became a confusing time for Blue Jays fans. What seemed a very promising team entering Spring Training was reduced to one that, according to pundits...

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Kevin Pillar Is What We Thought He Was, And That’s Okay
Aug14

Kevin Pillar Is What We Thought He Was, And That’s Okay

(Title photo credit to Keith Allison, https://www.flickr.com/photos/keithallison/) Kevin Pillar has been a productive player for the Blue Jays this year, doing an admirable job filling what looked like a possible gaping hole in Spring Training. With two relatively untested players in Pillar and top prospect Dalton Pompey competing for playing time, it was a distinct possibility that both busted and the Jays would lose large swaths of...

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Has Russell Martin Changed His Approach?
Aug12

Has Russell Martin Changed His Approach?

Title image courtesy Kim Klement/USA Today Sports Going back to his days with the Dodgers, Russell Martin has been known as a patient hitter. An on-base machine good for a walk rate somewhere in the vicinity of 11%, at the sacrifice of prodigious power. However, in 2015, he has changed his m/o, posting a career-best .204 ISO and career-worst 9.4% walk rate. When we dig into his batted ball profile, we notice one glaring change: his...

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