Thursday, 19 May 2011
Okay let's relax
I mean, yeah. 5 errors is a lot, and that kind of game is the kind that's going to give a fan some headaches. It was a good effort to make the comeback, but having (eventually) watched this game after hearing that they were down 6-0 and had made 4 errors, I honestly thought it was going to look way worse than it was (Fuck... did Bautista get an error for hitting the base with the ball? The odds of that.... and then for that to lead to another error? Give me a break).
But there are a couple of things I do want to point out about this team. The first is that when this team is winning in a a year or two, Jesse Litsch is pretty unlikely to be tossing the meatballs to Matt Joyce (which, by the way, doesn't appear on Pitchf/x for me), let alone making throwing errors. And if he is pitching, then he's probably going to have to improve a hell of a lot.
Next, this team is worse than what the results have shown. With Jose Bautista being worth like a billion wins, and pitchers not named Ricky or Brandon throwing 3 out of 5 days, plus injuries, the Snider and Cecil demotions, etc., well, to be perfectly honest, I'm thrilled to see a .500 record on this club. I mean Jojo fucking Reyes pitches every 5th day. There's a reason that a lot of people think this team is going to get good within the next few years: it's because they are, in fact, going to get good within the next few years. Have you noticed these little conveniently placed "farm report" things on the Jays telecasts this year? The ones that have never been there before in any other year? It's not really a coincidence that the Jays (Anthopoulos) focus on improving this team via the farm system (draft, international signings, trades), then the Jays suddenly have a top-5 ranked farm system, and suddenly we get to know these guys who are down there.
Know who else managed to make a throwing error playing first base? Edwin! And you know what? He'll be gone soon too. We're going to be seeing these farm guys soon, but until then, there's going to be the odd game that a shit-baller starts, or that Jose Bautista doesn't go 4-5 with 2 HR's, or 5 errors get made. This kind of thing happens from time to time, and to better teams than this one. I'm not really all that interested on breaking the internet every time it happens. Granted, they came back and made it interesting, so hey. And let's not forget that they had won like 6 in a row last week.
Some Adam Lind news for you: despite saying that he felt good like a week ago, Adam Lind will apparently need somewhere in the area of 10 more days before returning, and is a week away from any game action (which would be rehab assignments, not MLB time). That's a far cry from this past weekend, where he said that he was surprised to be held out of the lineup on Friday. Then there was that time earlier this week when he was placed on the DL retroactive 9 days so that he'd only be out a few more days.
What's going on tonight, anyway? Just Ricky Romero, no big deal. And that means that Matt Joyce might be held out under control, since that dude doesn't hit lefties well at all. Big fucking relief the way he's been lately. And hey, remember the last time Romero pitched? Sure, it was against Minnesota, but still. Wade Davis pitches for Tampa. He's ok I guess.
Juan Rivera gets the start at first base tonight. Farrell said in an interview with someone that this was unrelated to EE's adventures at 1B last night, but who believes that noise?