By the numbers …

An Opening Day rainout, an uplifting three-game sweep of the world champs, and an equally disappointing sweep at the hands of the supposed-rebuilding A’s. The Blue Jays head into tonight’s game against the Texas Rangers with an even 5-5 record. Not bad, but certainly not great. Here’s a look at some notable numbers as the Jays get set for Game #11 tonight in Arlington …

10 — The number of walks Alex Rios has totaled through the first 10 games this year. For a player who struck out nearly twice as much (103) as he walked (55) last season, this has to be a great sign that the 27-year-old is improving his plate discipline. Rios’ 10 walks actually tie for the second-most in the AL heading into action today. And his on-base percentage? A club-leading .457.

.182 — Batting average for Frank Thomas through 10 games. You know what? We don’t care. His three homers, 10 RBI and multiple clutch hits have more than made up for this number. If the Big Hurt can provide this kind of pop, the Blue Jays are in business.

2.57 — ERA for right-hander Shaun Marcum through two starts. Depending on the day, Jays fans will either tell you that Marcum is an overrated #4 starter or that he is a major asset in Toronto’s rotation. With a team-best 2.57 ERA and 16 strikeouts (compared to just two walks), it’s hard right now to argue with the latter.

17 — Number of attempted steals (13 successful) by the Blue Jays in 10 games this year. There’s no way this keeps up …

.341 — The team-leading batting average of centre-fielder Vernon Wells. After a dismal 2007 campaign, Wells appears to have regained his all-star swing — at least in the early going. He’ll have to keep it up if the Jays hope to compete with the Sox and Yanks at the finish line.


One Response to “By the numbers …”

  1. fantasybaseballmacbookpro Says:

    I hope you start posting more frequently.

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