Sunday, 1 May 2011

May 1- Hungover recap and Jays vs. Yankees

Kind of early for a ballgame today, no?

Rough about yesterday.  Seemed like it was going to be another standard blue jay comeback, but meh.  Can't win 'em all I guess, or in this case, slightly more than half. 

But how about that bullpen?  Shawn Camp is quickly becoming my favorite guy on this team.  Just goes out there and nasties his way to outs.  Some of those pitches that he threw yesterday just looked like they moved so much, though the camera angle and the herp derp armslot that he throws from probably exaggerates that a bit.  It's a shame that he's finally pulled it together in the last 2 years instead of being awesome before the age of 33.  He was drafted in the 17th round of the 1997 draft and just kind of shitballed in the minors for a while before finding a job in Tampa, and then being yet another scrapheap guy in Toronto.

Mike Mccoy hit a dinger yesterday, and also made a real nice running overhead catch.  Close, Mike, but I think Camp gets the Zaun head on this one.  Naturally, Mccoy finds a seat on the bench today, because you don't want the egos to get too big.

AJ Burnett was pretty much AJ Burnett yesterday, minus the walks.  And really, if you're drawing 0 walks against AJ Burnett then you're probably being a little too aggressive. 

And speaking of drawing 0 walks, Jose Bautista took a break from destroying the Yankees pitching staff and opted to only get on base once yesterday, with a double in the 3rd or 4th or something.  I dunno, I'm kind of mad.  Maybe the party's over.

And speaking of aggressive... Mr. Farrell.  I have a bone to pick with you, sir.  Do you realize that you told Juan Rivera to steal third base with 1 out?  With Edwin at the plate? Against AJ Burnett?  JUAN RIVERA?    I don't understand how anybody could possibly think that sending your fat guy with no effort level is good baseball.  Typically I can think up some logic failure to go behind a silly coaching move (i.e. stay out of the double play, create a hole in the defensive alignment, etc.), but this one leaves me baffled.

Hit-and-run?  No, he's on 2nd base, against a pitcher who's had control problems his whole career and a batter who, to this point in the season, has done fuck all with the bat (and has been worse with his defense, by the way), and swings out of his shoes anyway.

Hope to score on a groundball to the outfield?  No, Gardner has a good arm, so he's getting a stop sign/being thrown out on anything right at him and probably scoring regardless on something not right at him, and he just straight up scores on a ball to CF or RF.

Straight steal?  No, if he's fast enough to steal third, then he should be fast enough to score on a dribbler to the outfield.  The advantages of having a runner on 3rd and 1 out vs. a runner on 2nd and 1 out just don't really make up the risk of having no runners on at all and 2 out (or in this case, end the inning after the strike him out-throw him out), during a rally, no less.

And if that was just an audible that Rivera called on his own then he had better be fucking benched for the rest of eternity (and he's in the lineup today, so...).  I do like how that fat fuck is starting to pull his weight around here with the slightest bit of offense that he's delivered over the last 10 games, getting the average over the Aaron Hill line, but as a DH and non-tender candidate, it's probably bad for your career to put up a negative WAR (fangraphs actually has him at 0.0WAR so far this season... 10 game hit streaks do wonders for that, apparently).

Gingerballs Litsch gets to pitsch for the jays today in NYC.  He's up against Ivan Nova, who, without doing any research and based solely on memory of a sample size of 1 or 2 games, hasn't pitched well against Toronto.  I dunno, I might be wrong, I can't be bothered to look that shit up.  I'm writing this on my girlfriend's computer and don't really have all my bookmarks and pictures and whatnot, so fuck you.

And finally, according to jays beat writer and fellow St. FX alum, Gregor Chisolm (@gregorMLB on twitter), Travis Snider went 4 for 4 with a double and walk.  Get him the fuck back up here.

So yeah, get better Juan, stay awesome Campy, you get a free pass for being mediocre for a day Bautista, and do well today Ginge.


Davis CF
Escobar SS
Bautista RF
Lind 1B
Rivera LF
Arencibia C
Cooper DH
Encarnacion 3B
Macdonald 2B 

Jeter SS
Granderson CF
Teixeira 1B
Rodriguez 3B
Cano 2B
Swisher RF
Posada DH
Gardner LF
Cervelli C

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