Blue Jays victimized by egregiously bad umpiring once again

Blue Jays victimized by egregiously bad umpiring once again

Blue Jays victimized by egregiously bad umpiring once again

Home plate umpire Doug Eddings missed a season-high 29 calls in Tuesday’s game between the Blue Jays and White Sox. (Twitter/@UmpireAuditor)

Calling balls and strikes in Major League Baseball isn’t an easy job, but it’s apparently a little harder for umpire Doug Eddings than most.

His last outing wasn’t very good, to say the least.

As the Blue Jays continued their three-game series versus the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday, both teams, but especially Toronto, battled a horrendous strike zone all night as frustrating calls from behind the plate came in droves.

In the end, Eddings missed a season-high 29 calls across 12 innings, resulting in an 86.2 percent correct call rate, according to Umpire Auditor. He also blew six strikeouts.

Right-handed hitters endured the majority of these blown calls, as the strike zone was largely extended by a few additional inches off the plate away from them. This led to plenty of agonizing plate appearances for both teams.

Eddings finished with a miserable 64 percent called-strike accuracy rate, which is 24 percent below league average, according to Umpire Scorecards. His overall accuracy came in at five percent below league average at 89 percent.

Thanks to Edding’s embarrassing performance, the White Sox ended up being favored by 2.03 runs, ultimately helping them outlast the Blue Jays in extra innings. A walk-off single from infielder Josh Harrison scored the game-winning run in the 12th inning, earning Chicago a 7-6 victory.

Unfortunately, this isn’t the first time Toronto’s hitters have experienced issues involving the strike zone this season. They encountered a similar situation with home plate umpire Jeff Nelson during their 7-5 loss to the Oakland Athletics back in April.

During that contest, Nelson missed 27 total calls, resulting in an 86 percent overall accuracy rate. He also eventually ejected Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo for arguing balls and strikes.

After witnessing these types of instances, it’s understandable why many have quickly grown frustrated with home plate umpires. And this isn’t limited to just the Blue Jays, it’s quickly become a league-wide problem.

Suffice to say, the automated strike zone — or “robot umpires” as they’re often referred to — can’t arrive soon enough for most.

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