Let's begin this recap with something different. We all know that the Toronto Blue Jays have the best offense in baseball; their 538 runs scored going into tonight is an absurd 59 runs more than second place. But they are particularly suited to destroying a certain type of pitcher.
Here's the Blue Jays lineup and their split versus lefties this year:
- Tulowitzki, RH, .375/.403/.583, 150 wRC+
- Donaldson, RH, .329/.387/.646, 180 wRC+
- Bautista, RH, .243/.378/.419, 122 wRC+
- Colabello, RH, .310/.365/.552, 154 wRC+
- Martin, RH, .308/.423/.538, 168 wRC+
- Valencia, RH, .324/.367/.473, 133 wRC+
- Pillar, RH, .267/.316/.367, 88 wRC+
- Navarro, RH, .211/.286/.211, 40 wRC+
- Goins, LH, .225/.256/.400, 72 wRC+
In the meantime, the best offensive team in baseball had its way with Duffy. Duffy did not have his best stuff to begin with; he hit Troy Tulowitzki on a 1-2 count and served up a double to Josh Donaldson with a fastball. Duffy wriggled out of the inning allowing only one run, but walked his first batter of the night after that run scored on a Jose Bautista sacrifice fly. The walk would not be his last.