Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Yankees at Jays - Game 3 of 3

Tried to form a composition about the game using position elements - the foundation of Web 3.0 coding - and the Compose wysiwyg didn't show what would publish - and the Preview wouldn't show that either.

Not impressed with New Blogger (Blogger in Draft).

Jays win the series 2 games to 1.


Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Rays still a Joe Maddon Team

With a runner at third, with 1 out, and the Jays intentionally walking a runner, the Rays are fainting a steal of home on the intentional ball pitch.

Every angle - and one's we didn't know there were.

Next batter the Rays take a 1 run lead on a sac fly in the 8th.


Monday, August 11, 2014

In-Game Report: Jays at Mariners - Gm 1, Aug 11, 2014 - top of the 1st Inning

After last night's 19 inning spectacle - and after the first 2 outs at the beginning of tonight's game, could the Blue Jays be thinking,

'We're so tired that all we can do is just hit the ball as far as the pitcher?'

The Fly Out to medium-deep Centre Field was a great relief.


M Kawasaki SS

M Cabrera DH

J Bautista RF



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Jays at Mariners - Gm 1, Aug 11, 2014 - top of the 1st Inning

Image is a screen shot captured at 10:11pm edt - of ESPN Box Score - Jays at Mariners Aug 11, 2014 -


Jays win in 19 Innings, Take series; Kick stuffing out of Detriot pitching - and Theirs

The 19 inning affair, lasting six hours and 37 minutes was the longest game in Blue Jays history, both in terms of duration and the number of innings.

But the longest game in Blue Jays history was not a boring affair.

The Detroit's had runners at 1st and 3rd in the 13th and the 16th; had runners at 1st and 2nd in the 12th, 14th and the 18th. The Jays had the bases loaded in the 13th, the 15th, and the 19th; they had runners at 2nd and 3rd twice. The Jays' had the winning run 90 feet away holding last at-bats 5 times in extra innings!

My earlier synopsis here that the Jays were a Second Division team outside of the American League East, was proved wrong this weekend. The Toronto Blue Jays played the first division Detroit Tigers tit-for-tat - in a just-like-September run for the Pennant --- which IS what this already is.

The American League west-coast to east-coast is so close that it is not obsequious to state that the Pennant race has already begun. The local media fetish for the Wild Card standings is not vain or provincial - it is real.

Even considering - that the game turned on a line drive base hit by Velencia to David Price's groin in the 5th (which he blocked with his knee cap) after which a 2-run home run by Dioner Navarro - that lead to his removal in the next inning - that then lead to a 2-run inning in the 7th to make it a 1-run game, that lead to the tie game in the 9th.

It was after all that - Detroit's 6-man bullpen was the deciding factor after both teams shut each other out for a further 9 innings. Finally in the 19th it ended, with a walk and an error and a hit - to decide the series.


ESPN Box Score:

MLB Box Score:


Thursday, August 7, 2014

Is the Blue Jays Pitching Good Enough to get them to the Post Season?

Baltimore Orioles (64-48) at Toronto Blue Jays (60-54)
August 6, 2014

Toronto Blue Jays
Pitchers               IP   H   R   ER   BB   SO   HR   PC-ST    ERA
D Hutchison (W, 8-9)   8.2  1   1   1    1    8    1    115-76   4.39
C Janssen              0.1  0   0   0    0    0    0    4-3      2.83

This is what I wrote in real time:

Hutchison: off-speed, slider, and a change wild enough to set up the other 2.
Great game calling; execution.

Kawasaki is the player of the game; for both situational hitting and defense.

ESPN Box Score -


Saturday, August 2, 2014

Jays are a 1st Division team in AL East - 2nd Division in AL West

The Houston Series - and the previous two series against the AL West teams, the Athletics and the Angels - has made something apparent: The Jays are a 2nd Division team in the American League - a 1st Division team in the American League East.

Once again tonight the Jays played head-to-head against a .404 team.

Immaculate baseball once again in this scintillating game - with the 4th place AL west team trumping this night with their late homer to win a one run game in late innings.

The Jays must win tomorrow night to take the series - and differentiate themselves from this second division AL West team.

Due to computer problems (which I am attacking from 4 different vectors) I am unable to score with the HTML5 scorecard - so tonight I scored the game in analogue. I apologize for the incredibly unreadable script and the incredibly amateur scoring craftsmanship; this is the first analog scorecard I have written in 20 years.

But all the same - an intriguing odyssey - analog is as important to our understanding of the IofT+Humans as anything - therefore I accept the challenge that this problem/opportunity has placed before me. I imagine a writing interface as thin as a piece of paper; one that can search the internet, hear the spoken word, and feel the tip of a pencil.

Jays Innings:

Astros Innings:

ESPN Box Score - Toronto Blue Jays at Houston Astros, Game 2 of 3 - evening of Friday, August 1, 2014 -


Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Boston Red Sox's extreme Defensive Shift on Colby Rasmus

In this series Boston is Playing a shift against Rasmus that has the 3rd baseman, with runners at 2nd and 3rd, playing pick-off depth from the 2nd Base bag. (The 2nd baseman is playing a regular 2nd base position, short and towards the line; the Shortstop is playing shallow right, shaded to the right field foul line; and the first baseman is playing on the baseline, shaded towards the bag - so a triangle the base of which draws a line starting half-way between 1st and 2nd.)

Diagram of the Boston Red Sox's extreme Defensive Shift on Colby Rasmus in the Top of the 5th in game two of a three game set played in Boston on the evening of Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - with runners on 2nd and 3rd and 2 Outs, Toronto leading 3-1.

In the top of the 5th Bautista is down the line about half-way to home, but he could come further than that - the safe lead-off in this situation, is how fast the 3rd baseman can run from near second base over to 3rd base to take a pick-off throw from the pitcher; so theoretically Bautista could lead-off 3rd about as far from 3rd Base as the 3rd baseman is from 3rd base! (See the line I marked on the sketch above.)

So even playing it safe,one could imagine that the runner could stand so close to home that they could just start running and score as soon a the pitcher stepped on the rubber.

As play-by-play announcer Buck Martinez points at the moment the situation revealed itself - what if the runner with a lead like that tried to steal home?

At approximately 30 feet from home, even with a left handed batter at the plate (so standing in the 1st base side batter's box, therefore not blocking the view - or partially inadvertently blocking the catcher's path to the top-left corner of the plate), the runner could likely succeed at a steal of home by just breaking for home as soon as the pitcher comes set on the mound!

Michael Holloway

ESPN Box Score: Toronto Blue Jays at Boston Red Sox, Game 2 - Play-by-Play, 5th Inning -