Friday, June 29, 2007

AJ Burnett - Burn-Out??

WOW - that was not pretty yesterday. It seems that it isn't all quiet on the Blue Jay Front. Everyone says this is such a cohesive locker room. And that everyone loves each other....Not sure how true that is. Given the amount of players that have had run ins with Gibbons, I am not convinced he has the support of all the players. Lilly, Hillenbrand, Halladay, Molina and now Burnett, have all had run ins with him. When do we start to think that he isn't the best guy for the job.

I do have to say that AJ is pretty wacked out - the Damaso Garcia routine that he pulled was pretty childish. AJ unfortunately is never going to be anything more than a 500 pitcher. If he showed as much desire on the hill - he would be that much more successful. As a Jays fan I am sick of the circus show that surrounds AJ. Right down to the chasing the Chili act.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Captain Stairs to the rescue!! Twins fall

What a great game - a little pitching, a little defense(Lind) and a some power - Rios, Wells and Stairs. Vernon looks as though he is about ready to get his shit together and about time. Superstars aren't supose to go on slumps like this....

Matt Stairs has been the biggest surprize of the first half and perhaps the team MVP. Rios would probably give him a run for his money on that one. I think that he really feels comfortable being back in Canada - Recent comments tell of how being a true Canadian is very important to Stairs. How do you take this guys bat out of the line-up??

What to do when Lyle is back. If Matt continues at his current clip - I think Lyle will have to wait for his chance. Being 39 - Stairs won't be around forever, but be rest assured he will be back next year.

Friday, June 22, 2007

John Gibbons - Are you for real?

First off, let it be known that I am a life long Blue Jay Fan - love the team and the game it self.

My articles have turned from bad to worse. Ripping on everything Blue Jays; that is wrong. I think there is some great things happening down at the Rogers Centre.

John Mcdonald has been terrific. His defense has been just ok - but mixing in the offense he!

Alex Rios - Everything we expected and then some. Who drafted this guy... Oh right Gord Ashe.

Aaron Hill has done a terrific job at 2nd. Adding power to his game has been terrific. I just hope he doesn't sacrifice avg. for the power numbers. He is a pure hitter - the power would come with time.

The Bad:

John Gibbons continues to prove that he is not astute enough to be a Major League Manager.

His inability to manage a bullpen - continues to rear its ugly head. The pattern of burning out a young reliever - then having him languish in the dog house is getting pretty tired. Just because you have a guy who is going great - doesn't mean you bring him into to the game EVERY time its his situation. Gibbons has over used at times - Accardo, Ryan, Jansen, Speier and Frasor. As a result - all of them have either blown up and been terribly ineffective or gone on the DL.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Ricciardi - A bust??

At what point do we recognize that Frank Thomas - is a big hurt to this club. In disecting this ball club - we look at the performance of the highly paid players. Your so called super stars.

Troy Glaus - Brought in to shore up third base, the oft injured former Silver Slugger is an accident waiting to happen. He walks around like he is 40. His off season conditioning leaves much to be desired - especially considering how much they pay this guy. Now if we had brought this guy in as a free agent - the money would be well spent. But no - we gave up the best defensive second baseman in Baseball. Orlando Hudson was the heart and sole of the 2005 Blue Jays. I understand that Aaron Hill was waiting in the wings - how good would Aaron Hill look at 3rd base??

The Numbers - Orlando Hudson is the 3 hitter for the Diamondbacks and is on pace to win another Gold Glove.
BAT: .305
OPS: .869

Troy Glaus has provided Home Run power - But at what cost. 11.5 Million a year - that's what cost. The production has been there... But i would much rather have a young, energetic - exciting player - than a moody slow footed bum. In baseball - it is all about the dollars. What is the best spend for your dollars. Trading quality young players with lots of upside for older established players has never worked. Remember Milt Pappas for Frank Robinson.

Getting back to Frank Thomas - True the Blue Jays need a big bat. And Frank was the best available option. But where else was he going to go??

JP came to Toronto with the tag of being able to do alot with a little. I have yet to see this brilliant baseball mind make an appearance in Toronto. Not one Free Agent this side of Matt Stairs has done anything above their expectations.