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Umpire Jeff Nelson's fingerprints were all over the Toronto Blue Jays' 7-5 loss to the Oakland Athletics on Saturday.
According to Twitter account Umpire Auditor, which tracks missed calls across MLB, the 56-year-old missed a total of 27 calls in the game.
Umpire Jeff Nelson missed a shocking 27 calls today.
In the bottom of the 8th, he rang up @yunitogurriel on a pitch 2.63 in. outside, ejected manager Charlie Montoyo, and then rang up the next batter, @mattchap6, on a pitch 4.55 in. outside.#Jays #Athletics pic.twitter.com/FjFZhTUWJB
— Umpire Auditor (@UmpireAuditor) April 17, 2022
The called strikes were so egregious that typically timid Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo got heated enough after two calls on Lourdes Gurriel Jr. and Matt Chapman – both called strikes that were several inches outside of the strike zone – to get .
No, your eyes were not deceiving you. Just take a look at Nelson's scorecard, which makes it obvious just how costly his mistakes ended up being.
— Umpire Scorecards (@UmpScorecards) April 17, 2022
Even the most staunch traditionalist can't deny that getting only 68 percent of the strikes called correctly is an abomination that should not happen at the highest level in the sport. In total, Nelson's calls led to an approximate 1.41 run advantage for Oakland, which makes the 7-5 score sting a little bit more.
The Blue Jays weren't the only ones who had calls go against them, but there certainly were some discrepancies.
— Chris H (@the_manekin) April 16, 2022
In one example, a Hyun-jin Ryu curveball going just 69 mph fooled the batter and apparently Nelson, as it was called a ball on the outside. This was just the third pitch of the game. Shortly after, in the bottom of the second, Blue Jays infielder Santiago Espinal got dinged with a strike on the first pitch he sees. The pitch to Espinal was called poorly enough for broadcaster Dan Shulman to even let out a “wow” live on air.
— Thomas Hall (@ThomasHall85) April 16, 2022
Fortunately for the Blue Jays, they were able to put the early-season loss behind them and win the series against Oakland with a 4-3 victory in the rubber match on Sunday.
The Blue Jays have now been involved in the three least accurately umpired games this season, according to Umpire Scorecards. Toronto's April 9 and 10 matchups against the Texas Rangers ranked second and third worst, respectively.
After the first 10 games of the 2022 season, Toronto sits atop the AL East with a 6-4 record.
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