Blue Jays by the numbers …

With a 7-5 win over the Cincinnati Reds Tuesday night, the Blue Jays improved their record to 39-33 on the season, putting them in a tie with the New York Yankees for the AL wild card. Here’s a look at some of the numbers Tuesday night …

8 – Number of quality starts made by Brian Tallet this season. That’s eight more than the Blue Jays had planned. After all, Tallet was only forced into a starting role due to a plethora of injuries to Toronto’s pitching staff. Tuesday night’s quality start was just his second in June after going an impressive 6-for-6 in May. Overall, he’s made 8 in 14 starts this year, going 5-4 with a 4.20 ERA.

.332 – Batting average owned by Scott Rolen after the Jays’ third baseman went 2-for-4 with a homer Tuesday night. Rolen, who extended his season-high hitting streak to 12 games in the win, is batting .462 (24-for-52) with nine multi-hit games during that stretch. Just how good has Rolen been hitting? This .332 mark is currently second-best in the American League behind Ichiro Suzuki.

12 – Number of hits pounded out by the Blue Jays during Tuesday’s 7-5 win. That marks the fifth time in the last seven games that Toronto has posted double-digit hits. During that span, Toronto is hitting .291 (82-for-282) with 12 doubles, 12 homers and 43 RBIs.

3 – Number of stolen bases by the Jays Tuesday night. Alex Rios had a pair, and Vernon Wells had one of his own. Combined, they’ve now stolen 25 bases this season.

4 Responses to “Blue Jays by the numbers …”

  1. eyebleaf Says:

    The quality start statistic is dead to me.

  2. TD Says:

    How so?

  3. eyebleaf Says:

    Halladay’s start on June 2 – a complete-game, 6-4 masterpiece win, in which he struck-out 14 guys and threw 133 pitches – was NOT a quality start.

    That stat is flawed. SO FLAWED!!1

  4. TD Says:

    Well, I have to give you that one. But as a general rule, I think the quality start stat is pretty good. Gives you perhaps as good an idea of a starter’s ability to ‘keep you in the game’ as there is — especially in today’s style of play where bullpens are used waayyy more frequently than in years past. An interesting stat I believe they had on sportsnet last night was that the Jays have the most quality starts in the majors since 2007. Quality!

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