Monday, April 4, 2011

Blue Jays - Problems - 3rd Base - Edwin Encarnacion

The Blue Jays broke camp with the idea of letting the newer fitter version of Edwin Encarnacion play third base.  Unfortunately, the erratic throwing and fielding which has been EE for the last 2 years is still there.  Manager John Farrell gave him a day off on Saturday and put him back out there Sunday.  On a team with lots of Outfield depth, it will be hard to find a place to put Edwin other than DH if this continues much longer.  Unfortunately, Edwin has a very unorthodox style of throwing and doesn't repeat the same motion 2 times in a row.  He has developed some very sloppy habits, and needs a complete overhaul.  

1. Takes the ball on the side more than he should.
2. Doesn't surround the ball well.
3. Poor throwing mechanics allows the ball to sail.

These issues will always be there and unfortunately, Edwin continue to be a major problem for Toronto's infield defense.

Options: Jayson Nix - not a long term solutions but he has hit 28 Home Runs in just over 600 MLB at bats.  His defense is excellent and if he could hit 260-270 would be a real option at the hot corner.

 Jose Bautista - Jose is a very good thirdsacker, his range and arm strength give the Jays a real option.  I think the Jays, are more concerned about the wear on is body and keeping him healthy.

Brett Lawrie is the long term option and given the spring he had, this could be something that might happen sooner rather than later.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Jays Bullpen Gets complete revamp

Wow, with all the talk about the new lineup and the trading of V-Dub, Alex Anth has done more to improve the club this year than any club in baseball.... YES even more than the Red Sox.  The additions of Jon Rauch, Franky Francisco, Octavio Dotel and Chad Cordero to go along with Jason Frasor/Bryan Tallet/Josh Roenicke/David Purcey/Jesse Carlson/Casey Jansen and anyone else that will be down at Las Vegas.

True the Yankees have the most incredible 1-2 or Eighth and Ninth inning duo - maybe ever.  Soriano will make up for alot of the mess Joba and crew cause.  But the Jays are deeper and more experienced than any bullpen in the league.   The Rays are definitely hurting with the loss of Soriano and Balfour in their BP.   The Red Sox are also very concerned about P-bon, causing them to make a serious run at Mariano Rivera. 

Cordero may not be what he once was, but if he can find the magic that made him one of the best short men in baseball.  The Jays may have the best bullpen in team history.