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.