Tuesday, June 25, 2019

#80 - Toronto Blue Jays (29-50) at New York Yankees (50-28)

Tuesday, June 25, 2019 | 7:05 pm
Yankmee Stadium | Bronx, N.Y.

Clayton Richard (0-3, 7.46, 1.74) vs. Chad Green (1-2, 6.75, 1.62)


The Blue Jays look to even up the series against the Yankees after losing 10-8, making it a close game with six late runs to send a few heart palpitations through the Yankee faithful in the stands.

Clayton Richard continues to look for his first win as a Blue Jay, and first anywhere since almost a calendar year ago (winless in 17 starts since last June 27th).  He'll face an opener, Chad Green (or maybe it's Nestor Cortes Jr. or David Hale), for the Yankees.


Four straight games with double-digit hits, six straight with 5+ runs and 21 HRs in their last nine games. Things are looking up for the Blue Jays' offence.  Lourdes Gurriel is hitting .330/.372/.679 with 10 HR in 121 plate appearances (1.051 OPS, 2nd in the AL) since being recalled from Buffalo on May 24th.  Eric Sogard is producing a better wRC+ and at a similar fWAR level to two expensive free agents (Machado, Donaldson) in fewer at-bats so far this season.  Freddy Galvis is having a nice few games after coming out of a deep, cold spell.

Now, all we have to do is to fix the pitching and we can go on a nice little run...

All-time, the Blue Jays are now 285-350 vs. the Yankees for a 45% win percentage, averaging 4.4 runs scored and 4.8 runs given up.


For a little something different, let's take a look at Jackie Mitchell. Who, you say?  The 17-year-old girl who struck out Babe Ruth in an exhibition.

  • Born in 1913 in Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • Her next door neighbour was Dazzy Vance, a Hall of Fame pitcher mostly with Brooklyn, and he taught her to throw a breaking ball
  • At age 17, she was part of the Engelettes, a women's team in Chattanooga
  • Caught the eye of the owner of the Chattanooga Lookouts Class AA minor league baseball team and was invited to pitch in an exhibition against the New York Yankees to drum up some publicity for the team
  • Struck out both Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig - Ruth was so pissed at the umpire's called third strike that he had to be led away by teammates to the bench.  Gehrig swing and missed all three pitches from Mitchell
  • After the game, Ruth said, ""I don't know what's going to happen if they begin to let women in baseball. Of course, they will never make good. Why? Because they are too delicate. It would kill them to play ball every day."
  • Quit baseball at age 23 as she was tired of being treated as a side show.

Story/video here on Jackie Mitchell