Archive for April, 2012

Doh

I’m still too stunned and mildly angry to fully dissect what happened last night or what is going on with the bats in this lineup.

I will just say what Brett Lawrie and every fan knows: a solid MLB-worthy throw wins that game with 2 out in the ninth, but I guess these things are going to happen to Brett Lawrie once in awhile. But yes, it was amateur inning. J.P. and Cordero weren’t much better.

I’m still not sold on Cordero being our closer while Santos is out, but I swear I said that during Sergio’s paternity leave and am not just doing the Saturday morning quarterback thing. I think the bullpen needs some rethinking. Despite Perez’s outing last night, I think he’s the closer while Santos is away (or longer).

Grrr. I hope they’re at least learning because the fans are getting antsy.

 

The arrival of Drew

Man, keeping up a blog about the Blue Jays season of 162 games is a long slog. I mean I pay attention to every game but writing about it is going to be an ongoing challenge.

I went to three games last week and the best of them, despite the score, was the last game of the homestand. The roof was open and we had a great time. It’s a different park when the top is popped. A bit concerning that there were only 16,000 average for the Rays series… Anyhow, lots of fun at the Rogers Centre. I’ll post more about my experiences as a Season Ticket holder in the coming weeks but there are certainly perks and the Jays have been very accommodating despite my 500-level low-life stature.

So tonight, after the first triple play since 1979, the Blue Jays call on pitching prospect Drew Hutchison. This should be good.

I hate KC. Ever since that Jim Sundberg wind-blown triple off of Dave Stieb in 1985…

Down 2 to the Orioles?

I admit I’ve been a bit distracted since going to the game last week. I teach at OCADU here in Toronto and have been concentrating on getting some papers marked for final grades. But what I have seen of the Jays since then has me worried.

The bullpen, rebuilt this offseason and supposedly more reliable this year, has coughed up a lot of late-inning leads. I know it’s unfair but the last couple are on Santos I think — with him being away for his 3rd child being born, we’ve had to shuffle jobs in the bullpen and Cordero hasn’t been sharp — Janssen, reliable last year has looked awful the last two days as well. Personally I don’t think Darren Oliver should be throwing full innings (just key batters, and lefties at that). So yah, things are off-kilter.

In fact my dad, who normally won’t leave til the last pitch is thrown (“Like Yogi says it ain’t over til it’s over”), left in the ninth on Friday night he was so discouraged.

I know it’s not the end of the world. We have 154 games to go. But Baltimore isn’t supposed to be good this year and if there’s one team in our division that we should be beating up on every chance we get, it’s Baltimore. Also, in other news, has anyone seen Jose Bautista? He’s missing.

Here’s Hoping Kyle Drabek straightens the ship today. Going into the offday with a win would be very good. It doesn’t get easier this week with Tampa Bay coming in for 3. I’ll be at 2 of those 3 games for sure.

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