With the Toronto Blue Jays having clinched the AL East this past week, I wanted to write an article explaining to Jays’ fans that we should have no expectations for the team in the post-season; we should just enjoy the ride and live in the moment. After all, this is the first time in 22 years that we’re experiencing playoff baseball and we should just enjoy it.
However, after watching the clinching game this past week and getting all excited that they finally did it, I got to thinking … Continue reading→
With the Blue Jays about to clinch the AL East division any game now, and possibly today in Baltimore, I’ve begun to think about who might make their playoff roster. The starting nine of Revere, Donaldson, Bautista, Encarnacion, hopefully Tulowitzki (he may actually return this series in Baltimore), Smoak, Martin, Pillar, and Goins should be joined by a starting rotation of Price, Dickey, Stroman and then Estrada (5th overall in the AL in ERA; 2.78 ERA in 2nd half which is tied with Verlander for 2nd best for any starter having pitched greater than 80 innings) when you need a Game 4 starter. Continue reading→
Upon completion of my top 10 list of baseball literature, someone recommended to me that I read Pat Jordan’s book entitled, A False Spring, which was his real life account of the time he spent in the minor leagues between 1959-61 as a bonus baby prospect in the Milwaukee Braves organization.
Some refer to Jordan’s book as … Continue reading→
TORONTO, CANADA – JUNE 8: Drew Hutchison #36 of the Toronto Blue Jays makes his way from the bullpen to the dugout before the start of MLB game action against the St. Louis Cardinals on June 8, 2014 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
So far in 2015, it’s been well documented the road struggles of Blue Jays’ starter, Drew Hutchison, who sports a .372 BA against opposing hitters on the road versus a minuscule .219 BA at Rogers Centre. The thing is though, it hasn’t just been a problem this year; this goes back to 2014.
For those that recall, Hutchison, rather curiously, had a hard time pitching at home early in ’14 …Continue reading→
Brandon Decker over at Beyond the Box Score wrote in March about trading top prospects for veteran starting pitchers and deduced that teams tend to over value their prospects when too often they don’t meet expectations. In fact, according to Baseball America which the article quotes, “nearly 70% of top 100 prospects fail, or can be considered busts.” So I undertook the initiative of checking which top prospects indeed were traded for current major league talent and… Continue reading→
Grantland’s Jonah Keri wrote today of the Toronto Blue Jays’ season and of them being just two games above .500 despite the league’s best offense, “thank a terrible pitching staff, consisting of a phalanx of mediocre veterans and a bunch of kids who’ve been occasionally good and often terrible.” While that is a pretty honest and accurate description, they have had 19 quality starts out of the last 40 games… Continue reading→
The Houston Astros at 36-28 still lead the division by 2.5 games over the surging Texas Rangers which is still very good. There might be no reason to worry considering that more injuries could unceremoniously hit the Rangers at any moment in time, and the Angels sure aren’t on fire. The Mariners are still very much a mess and Oakland can’t seem to build any consistency with their own injured roster. However history says young teams … Continue reading→
On June 2nd, Tampa Bay Rays’ pitcher, Chris Archer, set a career-high with 15 strikeouts in his 6-1 win over the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. What’s interesting is not so much that Archer struck out 15, it’s that he struck out Angels’ slugger, Mike Trout, three times! Let’s have a look … Continue reading→
It’s been well documented the needs of the Los Angeles Dodgers – to bolster its starting staff behind Greinke and Kershaw – especially with the news of Hyun-Jin Ryu’s injury and to augment their back end rather than relying on Carlos Frias or Mike Bolsinger for the whole season (although they’ve both been very good to this point). They also can’t rely on the continued health of … Continue reading→
Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Aaron Sanchez works against the Boston Red Sox during first inning MLB baseball action in Toronto on Friday, May 8, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese
In the second half of last year, the Toronto Blue Jays called upon prized pitching prospect, Aaron Sanchez, to pitch out of their bullpen and boy did he ever impress. In 33 MLB innings, he only surrendered 14 hits and 4 earned runs along with 9 walks and 27 strikeouts. He relied on a sinker, fastball, curveball and occasional changeup mix, but last September, he essentially became a two pitch pitcher … Continue reading→