Monday, May 12, 2008
The Blue Jays for the past decade have been the third wheel of the division mostly due to holes in their roster. This list shows many of these holes from year to year that have kept them looking up at Boston and New York yearly.
Lineup (min. 100 games)
C:Darrin Fletcher 2001:.226 Batting Average with a .274 On Base % and only 36 runs scored in 416 at bats.
1B:Lyle Overbay 2007: .240 average with only 10 home runs and 44 RBI in 425 at bats for the usually reliable and consistent Overbay.
2B:Carlos Garcia 1997:.220 with an OPS of .562 and only 3 homers and 23 rbi in 350 at bats.
3B:Ed Sprague 1997:.228 with an On Base % of .306 and only 48 rbi in 504 at bats.
SS:John McDonald 2006:.223 average with a .271 On Base % and a miserable .308 Slugging Percentage is the reason why McDonald isn't an everyday player.
OF:Alexis Rios 2005:.262 batting average with a .306 Batting Average and only 10 homers over 481 at bats.
OF:Vernon Wells 2007:Typically Wells is an awesome baseball player, but last year he sucked. He hit 16 homers in 584 at bats, but with a .245 average and a .304 on base percentage.
OF:Jose Cruz 2002: .245 average .317 on base % and 106 Ks in 466 at bats.
DH:Jose Canseco 1998:.237 batting Average and a .318 On Base % and Infiltrated the Clubhouse with Steroids.
BN:Eric Hinske 2003: .243 with 104 Ks in 449 at bats.
BN:Russ Adams 2005:.256 batting average with a .325 On Base %.
BN:Craig Grebeck 1998:.256 with an OPS of .673 and only 2 home runs and 27 rbi in 301 at bats.
BN:Alex Gonzalez 1998: .239 average with a .281 On Base % and only 51 RBI over 568 at bats.
Starting Pitching (min. 18 starts)
SP:Chris Carpenter 2000:6.26 ERA with 12 losses in 27 games prior to blowing out his elbow and eventually becoming one of the best pitchers in major league baseball.
SP:Cory Lidle 2003: 15 losses over 31 starts with an ERA of 5.75.
SP:Esteban Loaiza 2002:Loaiza has pitched for so many teams you forget he posted a 9-10 record with a 5.71 ERA for the Blue Jays back in 02.
SP:Joey Hamilton 1999:7-8 with a 6.52 ERA in 18 starts.
SP:Josh Towers 2006:I'm bending my own rules a bit here (only had 12 starts) but Towers started as the teams 4th starter and posted a 8.42 ERA and lost 10 games in 12 starts.
Relief Pitching (min. 25 appearances)
RP:Tim Crabtree 1997:7.08 ERA in 37 appearances with 3 wins, 2 losses and 2 saves. 65 hits and 17 walks over 40 2/3 innings pitched.
RP:Pedro Borbon 2000: 6.48 ERA and 38 walks in 41 2/3 innings.
RP:Dan Plesac 1999: 8.34 ERA and 3 losses in 30 appearances and 22 2/3 innings pitched.
RP:Scott Schoeneweis 2006:He's been Met bullpen enemy #1 for the past two seasons but before that he was hated in Toronto posting a 6.51 ERA over 55 appearances.
RP:Kerry Ligtenberg 2004: The former Braves closer flamed out of the league following his 6.38 ERA and 6 losses for the Jays in 55 innings pitched.
RP:Tanyon Sturtze 2003: Before Sturtze became victim #256 of Joe Torre's bullpen abuse, he was a bad pitcher for many teams including the Blue Jays when in 03 he posted a 5.94 ERA while mostly coming out of the pen.
CL:Billy Koch 2001: The end of Billy Koch's awesomeness as a Blue Jay came in 2001 when his ERA balooned to 4.80 and he was shipped out of town.
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