Archive for May, 2012

Start the montage

Every great baseball movie has a montage where the team starts to put it all together. Like the upstart 1989 Cleveland Indians of Major League. Is this the beginning of the Blue Jays 2012 one?

Okay, I know it’s a stretch. We’ve got some serious problems. The bats need to be more consistent. We have some closer problems (despite Casey doing an admirable job). And nagging injuries are starting to show up. But, this homestand is off to a good start and we’ve seen some promising performances from players that have been quiet all year. This is what the good teams do. Depth.

Colby Rasmus is scorching the ball. Drew Hutchison was masterful on Monday. JP is looking better at the plate and behind it. Ricky didn’t have a stellar outing, but the walks were down. And Rajai Davis is off to a good start as the starting left-fielder.

Plus, reinforcements are on the way. Vlad, Snider (maybe) and Santos. Things are looking up. Let’s sweep these O’s outta town.

Cue Wesley Snipes and Tom Berenger.

Uncertain the future is…

I’m afraid I did watch Saturday’s game. Who would’ve thought that 2/3rds of an inning would screw us up so much? Brandon Morrow being pulled in the first on Friday night seems to have taxed the bullpen and made yesterday’s game a very tough one to win. I admit, Igarashi (now demoted) not finding the strike zone and Frasor shaking off JP to serve up whatever piece of garbage he threw to Hamilton sure didn’t help, but we ran out of arms. Because of whatever happened to Morrow on Friday — we can’t pretend that game didn’t happen Brandon. Sorry.

So the Jays are in some uncertain territory here. After such a great start to the Tampa series, they’ve now lost four in a row and are in danger of hitting the bottom of the AL East standings. Yes, it’s only 47 games in but there are some bad trends happening here. I’ll dissect the team at 50 games again but the bullpen is concerning me a lot these days and the first 25 games, despite the closer situation, seemed to go smoother. Fresh arms called up today. Hopefully we won’t need them.

Things won’t get easier this week as we take on Baltimore and Boston. At least the Jays will be back at home. I’ll be in my perch for at least a few of them.

Today, Drabek tries again against Yu Darvish. In their meeting in late April (?), Kyle didn’t pitch badly. I remember being very good actually and Darvish just dominated with an array of pitches that had the Jays flummoxed. We’ll see how Darvish handles the heat today.

The eve of Adam?

Sorry, couldn’t resist some kind of pun in that line.

So despite the fact I lived like the Kings do in the 100-level the last 3 games, the topic is our (former and hopefully future) 1st baseman Adam Lind. For those of you that don’t know (and let’s face it, all six of you reading this probably do), Adam Lind was sent down to AAA Vegas by the Jays yesterday morning. A bit of a shocker for sure. First of all, I didn’t even know Lind had an option left to be sent down. Another blog pointed out that in mid-June he would’ve had enough ML service to prevent the team from sending him to the minors ever again.

But it seemed warranted. I’m not sure how long this topsy-turvy AL East world is going to last this season, but right now it seems that the division is ripe for the taking. Or at least, the Jays could contend for that 2nd Wild Card berth. With that in mind, we couldn’t have a huge hole in the lineup. We already have Jose scuffling (although the last few games have been very good for him), JP hoping to turn things around, and Colby Rasmus not doing much either. Given the expectations for Lind, what else could they do? Sit him down and have him rot on the bench? Nope. They had to send him down. Let him play every day, clear his head.

Hopefully he does come around. I’m not sure what Chad Mottola, the 51′s hitting coach can do for him but even if he doesn’t make it back to Toronto, as someone pointed out on the radio (maybe Zaun?), there are 29 major league  hitting coaches that would love the opportunity to straighten out Adam Lind’s swing in the same way that the Jays wanted Rasmus.

Hope we see you soon Adam. The lineup seems strange without you. Get well soon.

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