The Blue Jays are now seven games up on Baltimore after another 6-3 win over the O’s

The Orioles have been a great story this year, and they’ve been a pain in the side of the Blue Jays, who are looking to establish themselves down the stretch in the playoff race. Now, it looks like Toronto has found their stride against their AL East rival, as they have now won six of their last seven games against Baltimore.

Raimel Tapia and George Springer combined for a pair of big hits leading the Blue Jays to a 6-3 win over the Orioles on Saturday afternoon. Jose Berrios earned his 11th win of the season, as well as his third straight quality start for the month of September.
The day started off with a bang, as Tapia made a leaping catch against the left field wall to rob Cedric Mullins of an extra-base hit to lead off the game. Tapia, who has logged more innings in the outfield due to the injury of Lourdes Gurriel Jr., even gave a Dikembe Mutombo-esque finger wag after the catch, as if to say “Don’t hit it this way.”

Raimel Tapia…
Wearing red Climbing walls Made a web gem
Spider-Man? pic.twitter.com/ue44w7xwmR
— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) September 17, 2022

For the second consecutive game, Matt Chapman got the Blue Jays on the board first. Springer and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. each singled to start the bottom of the 1st. Bo Bichette grounded into a fielder’s choice to advance Springer to third, with Bichette hustling to first to stay out of a double play. Chapman followed by hitting a sac fly to center field, scoring Springer. The Blue Jays’ lack of ability to score runs with runners in scoring position has been a frustrating thing for fans to watch all season, so it was good to see the Blue Jays get baserunners into scoring position and get them home.
Santiago Espinal and Cavan Biggio led off the second inning with single each, opening the door for Springer to drive them both in with a 2-run double.
Berrios let the Orioles back into the …

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Author: Evan Stack / Blue Jays Nation

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The Toronto Raptors have not made any significant point guard additions this offseason despite names like Dennis Schroder remaining in the free agent miasma for most of the last few months. With Fred VanVleet fresh off being severely overworked, that comes as a bit of a surprise. The Raptors appear to be moving on with […]
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The Toronto Raptors have been accustomed to their status as perpetual underdogs. Not only are teams that could compete rarely given the time of day by the larger NBA media, but teams that are regarded as being deficient in one or two key areas are immediately cast into the lottery without a second thought. That […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

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The Toronto Raptors have never been above scouring the free agent market for underperforming assets that could hit their stride with just the right amount of seasoning and coaching. If anyone is in need of such a boost from Nick Nurse, it’s former No. 6 overall pick Jarrett Culver. After leading Texas Tech to one […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

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The Toronto Raptors had to have been in a state of complete disbelief when the Cleveland Cavaliers managed to pilfer Donovan Mitchell away from the rebuilding Utah Jazz. With veterans like Bojan Bogdanovic next up on the chopping block, contenders from around the league are hitting up Danny Ainge. While names like Malik Beasley and […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

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The Similarities Between Kevin Gausman and Pedro Martinez, and thoughts on the Blue Jays’ Ace Righty

Since the turn of the century, there have only been four full seasons in which an American League starter has posted a FIP of less than 2.25…

Pedro Martinez, 2002 (2.24 FIP)
Pedro Martinez, 2003 (2.21 FIP)
Pedro Martinez, 2000 (2.17 FIP)
Kevin Gausman, 2022 (2.01 FIP)
The side note to this is that Shane Bieber technically did it too, with a 2.07 FIP in 2020. The reason that’s easily excludable though, is that Bieber only pitched 77.0 innings, and all of them were against statistically weaker Central division teams.
So, since 2000, the only American League pitchers that have been this good are Pedro Martinez and Kevin Gausman. But the similarities between the righties don’t stop there. Let’s take a closer look.

The extent to which Martinez and Gausman are similar does not start early.
Pedro spent his first two years as a Dodger, where he didn’t often make starts, but was a great impact pitcher out of the bullpen. He only pitched 115 innings in L.A. but had a sub-3.00 ERA and FIP. After the 1993 season, the Dodgers made what has to be considered one of the worst trades in franchise history. Manager Tommy Lasorda, in need of a second baseman and not believing Pedro to be a starting pitcher, dealt the young right-hander to Montreal for the original Delino DeShields. DeShields was a very good Expo, he had recorded 11.6 fWAR and a 111 wRC+ in the four seasons prior to making his move to the City of Angels. He was, however, an okay Dodger at best. He only spent three seasons there, was a 20 percent below-average hitter, and averaged 0.9 fWAR per season.
Pedro Martinez was just a little bit better as an Expo. He averaged 5.0 fWAR per season, including a whopping 8.5 in 1997, the year in which he won his first …

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Author: Tate Kispech / Blue Jays Nation

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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ