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Baseball Savant’s Spin Mirroring Tool and the Blue Jays’ pitchers

Baseball Savant unveiled a new tool last week, spin mirroring. With Hawk-Eye cameras installed they are able to measure the direction of pitch spin. With this information we are able to see how pitches play off of each other or “mirror.” Mike Petriello at MLB.com wrote an introductory piece on this, explaining what this is…

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Taking a look at some interesting pitchers in the Rule 5 Draft

It’s no secret how valuable relievers are in today’s game. And hard throwing relievers even more so. In recent years we have seen Emmanual Clause, and Brudstar Graterol be key pieces in trades for good players. Last season we saw first hand what Tampa Bay did, with their stable of relievers who throw 98.  With…

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Vladimir Guerrero Jr. to Play in Dominican Winter League

It was reported Monday night that Vladimir Guerreo Jr. has been granted permission and will play Winter Ball in the Dominican Republic.  Vladimir Guerrero will play with @EscogidoBBClub in the Dominican Winter League. https://t.co/qTAGBU4ao1 — Héctor Gómez (@hgomez27) November 30, 2020 Vladdy will be joining the Escogido Baseball Club, a team already loaded with young…

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Blueprint for Beating the Tampa Bay Rays

Its official the Blue Jays will play Tampa Bay in the Wild Card round. Tampa Bay was the class of the American League in this shortened season. They went 40-20 to lead the AL finishing just three games behind the Dodgers for the MLB lead. The Blue Jays went 32-28 taking the second wild card….

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Was it all a mirage for Randal Grichuk?

Randal Grichuk started this abbreviated season hot. The first 11 games he was hitting .289 with a .372 on-base percentage.  Great numbers no doubt, but the question remained, as it did for a lot of the Blue Jays where is the power? Grichuk responded by rattling off six home runs over his next six games….

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Blue Jays strengthen their bench with the speedy Jonathan Villar

The Blue Jays bench has been a weak point for them this season. They lacked a true power threat, they lacked a good base runner and with Bo Bichette hurt they didn’t have a great backup shortstop. Joe Panik is exposed defensively at SS, and Santiago Espinal is still young and developing. They addressed the…

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Ross Stripling, A Fitting Blue Jay

It’s been mentioned time and time again that the Blue Jays have a “type” when targeting and acquiring starting pitching. They have been targeting pitchers with lower velocity who have a large pitch mix. Their acquisition of Robbie Ray didn’t quite fit that, but their second pitching add of trade deadline day sure does. Ross…

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Can the Blue Jays fix Robbie Ray?

For a team that has struggled on defence like the Blue Jays have, getting a strikeout pitcher like Robbie Ray should be a great add. Ray has struck out 12.48 batters per nine this season, his fourth consecutive season over 12 K/9. Though any pressure Ray takes off the defence with strikeouts he gives right…