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Who Is Raffy Lopez?

If you’re looking at the Blue Jays lineup for tonight, you probably asked yourself the same question. Who the hell is Raffy Lopez? Apparently he’s what happens when you mix Russell Martin and Jose Bautista together.

Holy shit. That’s actually really accurate.

But anyways, Raffy Lopez is the most recent addition to Toronto’s backup catcher game of musical chairs. When Miguel Montero got placed on the 10-day disabled list with a groin injury, the Jays called up Lopez, who had been killing it for Triple-A Buffalo.

For the season, Lopez is slashing a .288/.370/.563 line between Double-A New Hampshire and Buffalo with 16 homers. He’s a career minor leaguer who was originally drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 16th round of the 2011 draft, and has only played 16 games at the Major League level between the Cubs and Cincinnati Reds.

The expectations for Lopez are, uh, not very high to say the least! All told, the Jays have rolled through four different backup catchers — Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Mike Ohlman, Luke Maile, and Miguel Montero — and the three have combined for -1.8 wins above replacement according to FanGraphs.

Godspeed to you, Raffy! Let’s hope you can etch your name in Blue Jays history by going Randy Ruiz level nuclear for a couple weeks en route to a Blue Jays playoff run!

  • The Humungus

    33 G, 130 PA, 7 2B, 10 HR, 17 RBI, 10 BB, 35 K, .313/.385/.635, 1.019 OPS, 162 OPS +, 1.0 WAR

    Just for anyone who doesn’t remember what Randy Ruiz did in September 2009

  • lukewarmwater

    That is why I love fangraphs so much as Price WaterHouse produces that envelope that announces the winner of the best picture is, wait, wait, waiti, it is 90 degrees out here in God’s country, I got mixed up wrong envelope. The winner is scientifically proven that the Jays catchers cost not two games but 1.8 minus. Lord give me strength with this ever increasing diarrhea of l.s.d. induced flash back of stats. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.
    B.T.W. thank you baseball stats whiz for totally eliminating daily stats on a pitchers win and loss record. I know, I know it is totally irrelevant in 2017. Tell that to McNally, Cuellar, Dobson and Palmer who all won 20 games in one season with the Baltimore Orioles.

    • lukewarmwater

      If only I was younger and didn’t have a life and could stay up all night creating new but exciting irrelevant stats. Don’t worry you will eventually find a girl friend or boy friend.

      • lukewarmwater

        That is not what they tell their grand kids. But heh you are indeed right as soon the whiz stat kids will make Maurice Richard’s 50 goals in 50 games or the great ones goal scoring records irrelevant. You are right El I got to get with the plan man, CORSI RULES MAN. IT IS ALL ABOUT NEW AND NEWER AND NEWER AND NEWER STATS MAN.

      • lukewarmwater

        El your brilliant reply helped me to see the light man. It was as if I was on the road to Damascus and yes the light blinded me temporarily but then I became a stats guru, mind you a correct stats guru. Why when I head a good Canadian kid from God’s country, Delta B.C. to be precise had been voted pitcher of the month for Seattle as he won God forbid 7 freaking games last year. I immediately contacted the local station bragging about those 7 wins and demand they renounce, denounce that comment about the 7 irrelevant wins that has kept Seattle in the wild card run. Thank you, El, Thank you from the bottom of my big heart for edifying me, educating me and elucidating me on the ever growing, and growing and growing and growing stats. STATS BABY IT IS WHERE IT IS AT.

  • lukewarmwater

    For those fans who wined and dined their better half or were watering their drying up garden. Just a quick brief summary of the Jays 6th victory in 11 games against the Cranky Yankees. Happ continues to gain his 20 win game win form of 2016, sorry I mentioned he won 20 games, as he has recovered from the arm problem. M.V.P. Donaldson for the 12th time hits 2 homers, 2 run shots that supplies the Jays offence in a 4 to 2 victory. More importantly the Jays closer forgets the previous games and shuts down the hated Yankees in the 9th much to the delight of another plus 40,000 crowd. Sorry for bring up old news, but sadly I couldn’t find a summary of last night’s game. I again profusely apologise for giving a short but sweet summary of the Jays winning the opener of a 10 game home stand.

    • lukewarmwater

      Okay, Okay we have been going through a heat spell out here in God’s country. I would prefer a chilled Chardonay. But I got to thinking that maybe staying up all night and studying and studying every freaking baseball stat in the world and creating new ones isn’t such a crazy idea. I give you exhibit A namely A.A. who bragged about being up all night with his teddy bear and his little computer studying, studying. Look where it got him from an Expo’s mail clerk to G.M. of the Jays which he raided their farm system and promptly landed in La La land where he takes turns getting the coffee with the 4 other former G.M.’s. But A.A. will possibly be shortly be wearing a world series ring with that amazing Dodger crew of 2017.
      So yeah if I’m reincarnated I’m coming back as a whiz kid who stays up all night reading with those taped reading glasses and studying and studying and studying some more some baseball stats and creating even more stats. You get my drift, or sadly maybe you don’t. But cheers with the alcoholic beverage of your coors and my Chardonay. Thanks for your wonderful and thoughtful reply.