Beautiful, isn't it?
It is bye bye to Messieurs Burres, Bullington and Purcey, and hello to you Messieurs Wolfe, Ray and Cecil. Here’s hoping you can do the job a little more effectively than your predecessors (although Bullington was somewhat effective – why he was sent down is not immediately clear).
The Jays are 11 games into their 20 straight games without a day off, and if you recall I had asked for 14 wins in this strectch. With nine games to go the Jays have secured six wins, meaning they would have to win eight of their next nine to achieve this feat. A tall order indeed. You could see them sweep the Orioles and maybe the Athletics, but a looming series with the powerful Angels might be too much to ask. I wasn’t counting on Romero landing on the DL and David Purcey being unable to find the strike zone. Such is basbeball, though, and you’ve got to factor the unexpected into your predictions.
It’s May 2nd and the Jays are still leading the American League East. They’ve now won a game against a division rival, but I’m sure the naysayers will now point out that it was against the lowly Orioles. Fuck them, they’re just eager to get some egg off their faces after predicting a season of doom and gloom for the Jays. As it stands, the Jays have given us one month of pure bliss, which is more than most expected out of them.
Today we get to watch a kid make his major league debut on the mound. Robert Ray is 25 and was drafted by the Jays in the seventh round of the 2007 draft. He played his college ball with Texas A&M. He has very little experience in pro ball, but the stats he’s amassed so far are pretty decent. Here’s hoping the Orioles hitters have hard time figuring him out.
Oh, and JP? Sign Pedro.
0.00 No More
It wasn’t quite the SI curse, but the Jays did accomplish something last night despite losing 11-3: they put an end to Zach Greinke’s 43 consecutive innings without allowing an earned run. It’s a long season, and you look for positives where you can.
Brian Tallet’s E.R.A. ballooned to 6.45, but believe it or not I thought he was a hard luck loser last night. Sure he gave up a couple of no-doubt bombs, but many of the other hits he gave up seemed to be bloops, squeakers and 1st or 3rd base grazers. When it comes down to it he allowed 10 runs, but I don’t think it was as bad as it looks in the box score.
The other issue that is soon to become urgent is the fact that Cito can only rely on two starters right now; Roy Halladay and Scott Richmond. Jesse Litsch and Ricky Romero are apparently very close to returning, which is good news. If Casey Janssen can continue his rehab successfully we can ship the Bri(y)ans back to Las Vegas or the bullpen.
On top of all that: SIGN PEDRO.
Aaron Hill continues his feel-good season. He leads he Majors in hits, stretching his advantage to four over Victor Martinez, who has 34. The man is on fire and we’re all happy to see it. I’m also ready to declare Marco Scutaro as leadoff hitter a success. His OBP is .422 (22nd in MLB) and he’s second in the league in walks with 22 (Jason Bay leads with 23). What more can you ask of a leadoff hitter not called Rickey Henderson than to get on base almost half the time? I really enjoyed his hustle during his first at-bat last night, hitting a bloop and stretching into a double when Mitch Maier lazily fielded the ball. Way to go get ‘em, Scoots.
Today’s game, which will be the Jays attempt to earn a draw in this series, goes at 2:10 Eastern. Ex-Ottawa Lynx Brian Burres gets the call for the Jays while Kyle Davies is the man for the Royals. We’ll see if I get hit with the blackout rule on MLB.tv!