|SEA||Ken Griffey Jr||-0.238||-0.238||0.000||0.000||0.000||0.00||0|
Player of the Game: Jose Bautista (1.995 NRuns: 0.631 hitting, 1.364 fielding)
Players with more than 1.000 hitting NRuns: 2 (Josh Wilson and John Buck)
Toronto's lineup: -1.652 NRuns
Seattle's lineup: -2.691 NRuns
Toronto's defense: 3.387 NRuns
Josh Wilson's defense: -1.429 NRuns
Rest of Seattle's defense: 1.896 NRuns
Goat: Mike Sweeney (-1.735 hitting NRuns)
Toronto got three runs during two bad innings by Doug Fister, but to Fister's credit he had such a good game in his other six innings that he got back above average for the night (4.09 EXERA) after he finished the 8th inning. David Aardsma shook off a leadoff double and a runner on 3rd with one out to put down the Jays in the 9th.
Aside from that, Mike Sweeney killed some rallies, Franklin Gutierrez killed some rallies (in one of his worst games of the season), and their most productive hitter tonight, Josh Wilson (1.541 hitting NRuns) got lifted in the 9th for Ken Griffey Jr, who popped out. Many of the M's hits came in low-percentage situations, such as two outs and the bases empty (a single or walk here is worth 0.119 NRuns). They amount to hollow victories and baserunners left behind 9 out of 10 times.
The M's had their moments but couldn't get a real rally going more than 2-3 times. Toronto's outfield defense was great tonight, and when the other team's outfielders are making catches there's usually not much you can do, especially when your team blows.
Not that Jack Zduriencik or Don Wakamatsu deserve to lose their jobs, but I wonder how long ownership puts up with this before they put the heat on. This team is partially their fault (Griffey would have been gone weeks ago if not for Chuck Armstrong), but owners will absolve themselves and blame the GM and field manager when things go south.