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Wednesday Bantering: Jays Stuff



There isn’t much for news about the Jays. I’m going off for a longish bike ride. I’m less than two weeks from the MS Ride and I haven’t been riding enough. If you would like to donate, here is the link. I’ve raised over $2000. I’m lucky to have good friends.

This is the truth:

The team stays where it is, and it is hard to be a seller.

Our friend Nick Ashbourn wrote about Yusei Kikuchi.

In 2022, he had the highest walk rate among the 140 pitchers who threw 100 innings or more (12.8 per cent) and it was more than a percentage point higher than the second-worst mark (Michael Kopech’s 11.5 per cent).

Now his control has gone from a debilitating issue to a genuine asset. In the last calendar year his walk rate (5.8 per cent) is the lowest among Blue Jays starters and the 15th best in the majors among pitchers with 150 innings pitched.

And the Score has a post up about robo umps. The sooner it happens the better.

“I don’t think there’s a place in our game for full ABS,” Burnes told theScore. “A lot of guys like the human element of it. There’s gamesmanship behind the plate with the catchers stealing strikes, and a lot of guys have a lot of value to a team with that type of skill set.

“The challenge system is probably something that I think we can benefit from. You don’t need a robot ump for every pitch in the game. It’s more about the big pitches that can change the course of the game, change an at-bat.”

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