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Echoes From 527: Spring Training Roundup

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Spring Training has come to an end and as of Tuesday, Blue Jays games will begin to mean something as Toronto begins their push for a postseason berth, their first in 20 years. Despite pounding out a losing record of 16/17 while in Florida/ Philadelphia, the Blue Jays 25 man roster managed to put up some serious numbers during Spring Training play.

Sure, these guys weren’t facing MLB regulars for the entirety of the Spring, it’s a sample size showing and to quote Major League 2, some of their opponents may vary well be “bagging groceries in a couple of weeks” however its hard not to get excited about some of the numbers this team put up.

 

Regulars

Jose Reyes – 15/36, 1 HR, 7RBI

Melky Cabrera – 23/66, 3 HR, 15 RBI

Jose Bautista – 17/60, 6 HR, 12 RBI

Edwin Encarnacion – 6/24, 1 HR, 5 RBI

Adam Lind – 23/63, 2 HR, 9 RBI

*Brett Lawrie –4/15, 1 HR, 4 RBI*

Colby Rasmus – 8/47, 2 HR, 8 RBI

J.P. Arencibia – 18/41, 5 HR, 13 RBI

Emilio Bonifacio – 19/70, 2 HR, 7 RBI

*Brett Lawrie will begin the season on the Disabled List, likely coming back at some point during this weekends series vs Boston.

As a unit, the Blue Jays “regulars” clubbed 133 Hits over 422 At Bats (a .315 collective Batting Average) while launching 23 Home Runs and  80 RBI over the Spring.

 

Bench

Henry Blanco – 10/35, 1 HR, 3 RBI

Mark DeRosa – 19/43, 2 HR, 9 RBI

Rajai Davis – 14/55, 3 HR, 9 RBI

Maicer Izturis-14/61, 0 HR, 9 RBI

The likely back up’s amassed 57  Hits over 195 Spring Training AB’s ( a .277 Batting Average) with 6 HR and 30 RBI during exhibition play.

Collectively, the Blue Jays offense (breaking camp) hit at an impressive .308 clip on the Spring.

 

Starting Rotation

R.A. Dickey – 5 IP, 5 ER, 1 K

Brandon Morrow – 22 IP, 15 ER, 11 K

Mark Buehrle –18 IP, 9 ER, 12 K

Josh Johnson – 20 IP, 6 ER, 23 K

J.A. Happ – 23.2 IP, 5 ER, 18 K

Over the course of 88.2 Innings Pitched, The Blue Jays rotation allowed 40 Earned runs (4.08 ERA) to go with 65 Strikeouts.

 

Bullpen

Sergio Santos – 8 IP, 7 ER, 10 K

Casey Janssen – 2 IP, 0 ER, 5 K

Aaron Loup – 11 IP, 1 ER, 13 K

Steve Delabar – 7.1 IP, 3 ER, 6 K

Darren Oliver – 4.1 IP, 0 ER, 2 K

Esmil Rogers – 12.2 IP, 9 ER, 17 K

Jeremy Jeffress –13 IP, 11 ER, 14 K

Brett Cecil – 16.1 IP, 12 ER, 20 K

During 74.2 IP’s, the Bullpen allowed 43 Earned Runs (5.22 ERA) complimented by 87 Strikeouts throughout the Spring.

As a whole, the Blue Jays pitchers breaking camp with the big club threw 163.1 innings this spring allowing 83 Earned Runs, a 4.58 collective Earned Run Average.

 

Naturally, hitters tend to come out of Spring Training with a slight advantage as Pitchers are generally trying to get stretched out and sharpen their arsenal before Opening Day.  That being said, you can read into Toronto’s totals what you will as with out question, the Blue Jays offence appears to trump its pitching numbers.

Take these totals for nothing more than what they are… Which, at the end of the day, isn’t much. Success in Spring Training doesn’t necessarily translate into success during the regular season (Think Ricky Romero, circa 2012), that being said, it certainly doesn’t hurt when it comes to building team chemistry and confidence.

In the final week of Spring Training, the Blue Jays  went 5/2 outscoring their opponents 43 to 33.  We saw a little bit of everything from blow outs to pitching duels  however most importantly, we saw this team come together for the first time since the World baseball Classic began.

If this club can play up to the capability of its roster, there’s no telling where the Blue Jays can end up come the September stretch drive. All we do know is that 2013 should be one of the most exciting seasons since the dynasty years…. Lets. Go.

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