What a way to start the season!
My #1 take away from yesterdays game was the demeanour of the Toronto Blue Jays dugout. Even when they were down, getting owned by a ‘Masterful’ (pun intended) pitching performance, the team never seemed to waiver or get down on themselves.
Here are some numbers from opening day;
Game Stats[styled_list style=”circle_arrow” variation=”blue”]
- The game was the longest opening day in MLB history going back to 1901 (1360 games according to STATS inc)
- Official game time clocked in a 5:14
- FanGraphs listed the Indians Win Probability as a 97.4% during the bottom of the 8th.
Pitchers[styled_list style=”circle_arrow” variation=”blue”]
- Six relief pitchers were used.
- All six relievers + Romero combined for 280 pitches thrown.
- Ricky Romero threw 96
- Relievers Carlos Villanueva & Luis Perez threw a combined 103 pitches
- Jays pitchers had a 21 – 11 ground ball to fly ball ratio
- While Justin Masterson recorded 10 K to Romero’s 4, Ricky had nearly as many swing and misses (11 vs Masterson’s 13)
Positional Players[styled_list style=”circle_arrow” variation=”blue”]
- While Rajia Davis was an 9th inning replacement as a pinch runner, he led the team with 6 LOB in 3 AB.
- Omar Vizquel has played in 2909 career games. Yesterday was his first ‘official’ appearance in LF and only his second at 1B.
- Lawrie & Rasmus were at the bottom of pitches seen per AB, both seeing 26 in 7 PA. The two were a combined 0 for 13 with 1 BB
- Johnson led the team in pitches seen, with 38 in 8 PA (4.75 per PA)
- The Jays top three in the batting order (Escobar/Johnson/Bautista) forced the Cleveland staff to throw 98 pitches
- Jose Bautista’s 3 for 4 day with Sac Fly & 2 BB gives him a .835 wOBA and 0.4 WAR after opening day.
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