It’s just been one of those years…
— James G (@james_in_to) July 24, 2017
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For those of you who can’t be arsed to click on the series of images, let me explain what James has boldly done here: He’s shown us the 2017 batting lines of Ezequiel Carrera and Josh Donaldson.
Carrera has slashed .292/.361/.436, posting a 115 wRC+ in 220 plate appearances.
Donaldson has slashed .238/.358/.421, good for a 111 wRC+ over 240 plate appearances.
Fuck my fucking life.
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I did a little bit of horrifying math in my previous post, but it’s worth repeating, and is more appropriate here:
Like everybody else in the goddamned universe, when camp broke at the end of March, I didn’t expect we’d be sitting here four months later with the Jays having got a combined 1.2 WAR out of Donaldson (+1.2), Tulowitzki (+0.3), Bautista (+0.1), Morales (-0.4), and Sanchez (0.0) — plus less than three wins combined from Devon Travis (+0.7), J.A. Happ (+0.6), and Marco Estrada (+1.6).
That’s 4.1 wins combined for Donaldson, Tulo, Bautista, Happ, Travis, Morales, Sanchez, and Estrada in 2017. (All numbers per FanGraphs).
Here’s what that group did in 2016:
I remember staring, jaw agape, at these kinds of numbers back in 2013 — which tells you exactly what kind of season this has been. Twenty five wins above replacement turned into four. For those of you out there desperate to blame John Gibbons, or Mark Shapiro, or Ross Atkins, or anybody else, there are your real culprits — most of the team’s best players. Players, it should be noted, who — Morales excepted — just about every fan would have been horrified if the Jays had moved last winter.