Friday, 20 July 2012
Could It Be?
This is such big news that I had to get up really, really early and write about it. Well, not really. I'm always up this early, and I'm not really sure why. I wake up at about 7 every morning like clockwork. Assuming I'm not getting ready for work, I could probably do shit like go for a run, or hit the gym, or pretty much anything productive, but instead, I typically just sit on the couch and set my fantasy lineups. Which brings me to my main point, actually.
Maybe, just maybe, we can finally take Travis Snider off of the bench, and plug him in to the everyday "OF" slot on our fantasy teams. Shi Davidi of Sportsnet reported last night that Snider was pinch-hit for in his 2nd AB of a bat-around inning in Las Vegas last night, and has apparently been sent to join the team in Boston!!! Exclamation marks!
Nothing has been officially announced yet, but I certainly can't think of a reason as to why this would happen other than this being the much-awaited return of the Amazing Sniderman, which sounds like a photoshopportunity.
Snider had been enjoying a little mini-hot streak in Vegas, on the heels of a 4-for-5 night in which he hit 2 HR's and knocked in 6, he homered in his first AB last night as well, before being yanked from Thursday's game. The former 6th ranked prospect in baseball is hitting .332/.420/.582 over 245 plate appearances for the 51's this summer, which, as always, is less impressive than it looks, since Las Vegas is an offensive haven, and Snider has about 800 career plate appearances in that particular league over parts of 4 seasons. Snider's recent offensive outburst has gotten his OPS over 1.000 on the year, which may or may not be a coincidence. Alex Anthopoulos suggested recently that they (the organization, I suppose) were pleased with Snider's work and progress, but weren't ready to bring him up yet because he hadn't gotten hot yet to this point in the year, which explained the Anthony Gose call-up, I guess?
We're going to have to wait to see what's up here, as Anthony Gose was just called up to replace Jose Bautista in RF, when Bautista hit the DL with a wrist issue, and Yan Gomes was called up as an insurance policy, just in case Brett Lawrie isn't good to go tonight against the Red Sox, after smashing his ankle in New York on Wednesday. Snider obviously can't be of much use at 3B, unless the plan to get Snider in the lineup is to have him play 1B and let Edwin play 3B, but I think the more sane of us can safely assume that Snider will be playing everyday in the outfield, and that the Rajai Davis experiment is over with.
Davis came pretty close to establishing some trade value during his little stint as a starter, peaking on June 24, with a .282/.343/.450 line, but has since dropped to .245/.298/.380 in the 4 weeks since then. Rajai Davis is who we thought Rajai Davis is (and we let him off the hook). I really think the Jays were trying to showcase Davis as something he isn't while he was actually hitting well, but losing 100 points off of his OPS in a month doesn't exactly do wonders for that,so it's time to hit the pine, Raj.
Our alternative, my friends, is something that we've been waiting for for about a year. It's a celebration, bitches.