Friday, July 18, 2014
The 2014 blue jays have an all or nothing addition. The offense has been at times the best in baseball and at others the worst in baseball. Winning the 1 run game is the most important part of a championship season and the blue jays have had the finger on a great team only to let it slip away. The recent additions have been the most troubling. Batting career minor leaguer Dan Johnson in the cleanup spot against David Price was nearly the stupidest move I have witnessed in Baseball. DJ is hitting well, for him, at triple A but a 241 avg is not a major league clean up hitter Gibbons thinks he can find players when the rest of baseball has missed him. Dan Johnson is a fringe player and this shows how desperate the jays are for anything in the way of production. Bouncing players up and down in and out is not how you build a winner.
Sunday, March 23, 2014
It is very disappointing to watch prospect after prospect be touted around the MLB as the future of the given franchise. From D'Arnaud to Nicolino to Syndegard, the Blue Jays have done a great job stockpiling the rest of baseball and I am not we are the better for it. The one shining light is Aaron Sanchez, the Cubs were adamant that Sanchez be included in the jeff samardzija trade offers. The Blue Jays have wisely retained Sanchez and many scouts project him as a top of the rotation, number 1. His stuff is already better than most of the pitchers heading north. Routinely clocked in the mid nineties. Sanchez will probably be assigned to the Bisons and could see the big leagues after the All Star break.
Monday, March 17, 2014
Something that has been lossed in the moves that were made last year is that way it left the Blue Jays minor league system. The Blue Jays have been sending top prospects all around MLB; Noah Syndegard and Travis D'arnaud are both poised to put the Mets into an incredibly powerful position. The Marlins are also incredibly stacked, only leaving the Jays with basically a raped farm system de-void of anything future inspiring. Toronto only has 1 player in the top 50 - Aaron Sanchez, with many other top prospects having started with the Jays.
Sunday, December 29, 2013
So, if you weren't disappointed enough in the 2013 season, step into the 2013 off season. Yes, shedding JP Arencibia is an addition by subtraction. And we are very happy to have Dioner Navarro onboard. His leadership and experience in the AL East will be a great asset. Anyone that has played for Joe Maddon is smarter for it. Navarro should give the maturity to the catching position that will ensure a rebound season for all under-performing pitchers. That said, not everything can be saddled on Arencibia. But everything begins with the catcher and JP would rank as the worst offensive and defensive player at his position in all of baseball. His lack of awareness of his short comings must have been an incredibly frustrating situation for all management. Pitching is what wins you championships, the Blue Jays have some potential upside many players that will be needed to fill the 4-5 rotation spots in 2014. Dickey, Buerhle, Morrow are an established group. The Second group of Jenkins, Happ, Rogers, Drabek and Redmond will be in until Prospects like Aaron Sanchez are ready to contribute. Management seems committed to this group, having turned down several offers for top prospects like Aaron Sanchez and others for stop gap pitching like Jeff Samardzija, the current Cubs ace. The hope for 2014 is in the second group of arms.
Friday, April 26, 2013
Watching a Jays game with Buck and Pat is getting pretty stale. Buck Martinez blabs on and on about Mariano Rivera... I watch the odd Yankee broadcast and they NEVER EvER gave ANY other player this kind of lip service. This is not a slight on Rivera, he is a great player but.. Oh my gosh, give it a rest. He is not the second coming of the lord himself... but Buck, also the President of the Mariano Rivera Fan club needs to remind us of all the accomplishments.
Sunday, April 21, 2013
I know I am writing this before the weekend series with the Yankees is over but I am already pretty disgusted with the effort that has been put forward. From Vernon Wells going deep to Lyle Overbay going deep to Ben Francisco even getting some playing time. Yes we are missing perhaps our best player in Jose Reyes, but the Yankees are missing 3 sure fire hall of famers and they nutted up better than the Blue Jays. Plane and simple, this team lacks the intensity and ability to work at bats and get big hits. Lets start with Saturdays game, Maicer gets a lead off single in the 10th inning and Bonifacio moves him up. Rajai has a chat with Jose Bautista right before he goes to hit. Bautista says watch out for the Slider. What does Rajai do, well he swings at the first pitch, a slider on the outside corner. Lack of mental rehearsal or mental preparation. Something the Jays not possessed since the last won a world series. Guys like Joe Carter, Dave Winfield and Paul Molitor all had a plan. Now for a team that relies on the long ball to score a large majority of their runs. The Jays are going to struggle madly in close scoring games. That brings us to the mismanagement of the Bull Pen. Tom Lasorda was the worlds greatest match up king. He would ensure that his pitchers always had the best chance for success. Leaving Aaron Loup in for back to back Righties and then a switch hitter was a guaranteed disaster. No body ever called JG the brightest bulb. Go Jays Go!
Saturday, April 13, 2013
Blue Jay fans have been going crazy for Brett Lawrie for almost 3 years now. Unfortunately, I fear the second coming of Larry Walker is not going to be the Tip Oneill we all hoped he would be. Potential aside, Lawrie plays with a reckless abandon that will only put him on the DL for longer and longer stretches. Similar young players like Scott Rolen and Kirk Gibson played with the same tenacity only to suffer late in their careers to stay healthy and produce at a high level. Rolen is the perfect parallel, producing Hall of Fame numbers his first few years in Philadelphia before being limited by a chronic shoulder injury. Lawrie needs to understand that each injury today will cost you 50-100 games in your career - perhaps more. Now, I think Lawrie is going to be a fine alround player and should make a couple all star games. But he is not the next Mike Schmidt, perhaps he is more of a Scott Brosius or on the high side Eric Chavez.