Friday 20 April 2012

Tampa Bay Ray Stay Away

Too much fucking Tampa.  Their style is both entertaining and effective, but just don't do it against the Jays man.  At least it's just the Royals this weekend.  Anyway, I'm sleepy from working today and I'm probably going to go drink a bunch now, so this will likely be brief.

If I'm not mistaken, Edwin got on base three times yesterday (ZH), and nobody else really went out of their way to look good after the third inning or so, save for JP Arencibia, who, as it happens, couldn't catch a throw from RF.  Henderson Alvarez looked pretty mediocre, and didn't really get much help from John Farrell, who, again, didn't yank his homer-prone starter until it was a little late.

I think the big news du jour is the revelation that tomorrow's starter will be Drew Hutchison, the 21-year old 2009 5th rounder.  I talked a bit about Hutchison yesterday, though I didn't think it would mean anything since I figure he shouldn't be called up yet, given his 230-ish professional innings, including 30 or so above A-ball.  But, if they think he's ready, who am I to say anything different, right?  All I can do is snark on the internet when it all goes awry, since I wasn't sitting there telling everybody that he should come up.  It's not like there's any option that's a whole lot better; in a perfect world, you're bringing up someone who gives the team a chance to win without mortgaging the future development and service time, but all the options were either crappy, or young and slightly raw.  If they really wanted Joel Carreno to pitch, they'd have probably altered his throwing calendar in some way.

The Jays optioned Evan Crawford to AA New Hampshire to make room for Hutchison (or they will, if they haven't yet), and transfered Jesse Litsch to the 60-day DL to make room on the 40-man.

It looks like Brett Cecil left his start last night after the first inning with an apparently groin strain, according to Barry Davis of sportsnet.  Not sure how serious it is.

By the way, just as a little reminder and a sort of "relax, it's still early" kind of thing, tonight's pitcher, Kyle Drabek, looked pretty good after two starts last season, before shittiness set in and he went crazy before getting sent down.  This isn't to say that Drabek hasn't figured out the control/command issues, but two starts just isn't very much in the parlance of a season.

Escobar SS
Johnson 2B
Bautista RF
Lind 1B
Encarnacion DH
Thames LF
Lawrie 3B
Rasmus CF
Arencibia C

Drabek P

You don't post your lineup, I don't put it up.  Fuck you.

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