Friday, May 10, 2024

Jays Fall to Mariners and Rays Despite Bichette's HR and Little League HR

 Toronto hosted Seattle and Tampa in back-to-back Statis-Pro baseball games (since players do not get tired in card games and thus can play back-to-back) and perhaps the best hitting card in the game - Bo Bichette - hit one of the 7 home runs in the two games. 

But while his first homer off Seattle in the debut of both teams 2024 projected cards was a traditional homer, he accomplished a much more rare feet in the second game against Tampa. Bichette his a triple (3B8) and when Tampa's centerfielder Richie Palacios misplayed it into an error Bichette raced home for what we jokingly call a "Little League Home Run" (meaning a player hits the ball in a little league game and the other team makes errors until he races around all the bases).

However, neither was enough as the Blue Jays lost 6-3 to Seattle and 8-5 to Tampa. With the Yankees and Orioles being upset in their debuts, all three of our "Eastern Pod" teams surprisingly had losses in the league we set up for the top nine AL teams in Statis-Pro this year.

One disappointment was that Julio Rodríguez was never able to show off his ultimate A/AAA speed with any steal attempts on an 0 for 4 game.

A couple of PB2-9 pitchers (top 5% of all pitchers who control the action on rolls of 2-9 to only put it on the batters card if 10-12) were vulnerable.

In a rare starting pitcher match-up of two PB 2-9s both Tampa's Zach Eflin and Toronto's Kevin Gausman gave up four runs. When the Rays Pete Fairbanks, with one of the most dominant cards in teh game at a PB2-9 that only allows hits on 11-15, came in to wrap up the game he allowed the first two batters of the 9th inning to reach. 

Everyone's favorite Daniel Vogelbach pinch hit to start the 9th, and after a wild pitch the very slow runner would score on a single by Spencer Horwitz to pull Toronto within 8-5. 

Seattle 6-3                        1                  2    3          4   5  6  7    8    9         
Julio RodríguezRPCFA/AAA40001 
Cal RaleighSPCE/D41111HR
Mitch GarverRPDHE/D50100 
Ty FranceRN1bE/D50000 
Jorge PolancoSP3bD/C21003 
J.P. CrawfordLNSSE/C312012-2B
Luke RaleyLPrfB/B41230HR
Mitch HanigerRPLFE/D41110HR
Josh RojasLN2bB/A31111 
Totals0.235  346867 
Luis CastilloR2'-86.163315W
Gabe SpeierL4'-71.200000H
Andrés MuñozR2'-9100000S
Bo BichetteRPSSC/B31111HR
George SpringerRPRFB/B411002b
Vladimir Guerrero Jr.RP1bE/C402102b
Alejandro KirkRNCE/E40000 
Davis SchneiderRP2bC/C40100 
Daulton VarshoLPLFB/B40000 
Cavan BiggioLN2bC/C31110HR
Justin TurnerRN3bE/D30000 
Kevin KiermaierLNCFA/B30000 
Totals0.188  323631 
Chris BassittR2'-7563324L
Alek ManoahR4'-7123312 
Yimi GarcíaR4'-7100010 
Erik SwansonR4'-7100011 
Chad GreenR4'-7100003 
Tampa 8-5123456789
TampaChtSP                 ABRHRBIBBEB
José CaballeroRN2bA/AA51110 
Randy ArozarenaRPLFB/B50100 
Yandy DíazRN1bE/D42231HR
Isaac ParedesRPdhE/D41220HR
Richie PalaciosLNCFB/C50000 
Curtis MeadRN3bD/C51300 
Amed RosarioRNssA/B40200 
Jose SiriRPCFA/A42100 
Alex JacksonRPCD/E31100 
Totals0.333Bat 3981361 
Zach EflinR2'-96.2744110Win
Shawn ArmstrongR4'-7120001 
Pete FairbanksR2'-91.111113 
Bo BichetteRPSSC/B511103b
George SpringerRPRFB/B51100 
Vladimir Guerrero Jr.RP1bE/C50000 
Alejandro KirkRNCE/E41210 
Davis SchneiderRP2bC/C40200 
Daulton VarshoLPLFB/B30101 
Cavan BiggioLN2bC/C40100 
Justin TurnerRN3bE/D30000 
Daniel VogelbachLP E/E01001 
Kevin KiermaierLNCFA/B31100 
Spencer HorwitzLN D/C10010 
Totals0.243Bat 375932 
Kevin GausmanR2'-9544314L
Alek ManoahR4'-70.214401 
Yariel RodriguezR2'-62.110011 
Mitch WhiteR2'-5100000

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