Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Jays Bullpen might be its saving grace - Beat Yankees

The biggest difference from last year to this year has to be the starting pitching.  The Blue Jays have lost every member of the rotation, save Marco Estrada.  And he has not been himself.  This has been a very challenging year for a team that is built around homers and starting pitching.  When you lose the ERA leader in the American League.  You know its going to be a tough go. 

But the Bullpen has really stepped up and more so of late.  Leone, Loup and Barnes have been terrific.  Roberto Osuna, somehow won the reliever of the month for June.  I think that was called the rolaid relief award.  On the verge of a mental break down, he was tremendous.  Its definitely not an easy job by any stretch.  The starting rotation has suffered so bad, they needed to steal pitchers from the Bullpen.  Joe Biagini was elevated to starter, and that has had mixed results.  Joe is a big league pitcher, but that doesn't mean he is a starter.  Taking 2 of 3 from the Yankees, was an important step in getting back to 500.  But we must be sure to understand, they are not as good as most of the American League East.  Its time to make the right moves for the future.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Blue Jays acquire Miguel Montero - Nice addition

Do the Blue Jays need another Catcher?  Well in a word.  YAHHH!

Not that Luke Maile isn't a quality catcher.  He is a much better receiver than a hitter.   The Blue Jays are in need of some hitting from behind the dish.   Russell Martin misses too many games for the Jays to run Luc out there 45-60 times a year.   Montero has proven he can swing the bat.  He hits big home runs and calls a good game.  His inability to throw out runners will be less of an issue in the homer happy American League.  He will also make a nice addition to the order and potential bat off the bench.    Maile is never going to be much of an offensive contributor.  That is just not his forte.  He is a great receiver and pitchers enjoy working with him.    In a league by runs scored, where the Yankees and Red Sox continue to pound out homer after homer.  The Blue Jays need to add runs where ever they can and a veteran bat off the bench or starting every 4th day would be a drastic improvement on our situation.

Is Montero a good team mate?  Its funny, no-body is saying that his comments are untrue.  Jake Arrieta is slow to the dish.  Does he care if people are running on him?  It appears not.  So, Montero's comments were not without merit.  The problem is, the Cubs are not performing to expectations. He was an easy guy to point out and remove from the equation.  Arrieta needs to do a better job holding runners.  When his stuff was better, it didn't matter nearly as much as it does now.  Being mortal again, he is much more beat able.  That said, its never good to air your dirty laundry.

Blue Jays should bring in Montero for the next couple months and then call up Luke for Sept when rosters expand.

And for all those CUBS fans who have forgotten. Just remember last fall when Miguel Montero did this against the Dodgers.