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Spring Game Thread: Braves at Jays

Spring Game Thread: Braves at Jays

I’m going to be missing for a couple of days, I’m going up to Edmonton to check in on my parents. I won’t be able to put up lineups for today’s game.
Mar 19, 2019
Better know your Blue Jays 40-man: Sean Reid-Foley

Better know your Blue Jays 40-man: Sean Reid-Foley

Sean Reid-Foley has been on our prospects lists for a few years now. This year he was number 7 on our list after being 3rd in 2017 and 9th in 2018. He was our second round pick in the 2014 draft. Last season he made it up up to the Jays for 7 starts, coming up in August and staying in the rotation for the rest of the season. And we saw the good and the bad. The good? He struck out 42 guys in 33.1 innings, a very nice 28.0% strikeout rate. The bad? He walked 21 guys for a 14.0% walk rate. It is pretty tough to successful when you walk 14% of batters. That’s been the worry about Sean....
Mar 19, 2019
Tuesday bantering: Trout signs for $430 million

Tuesday bantering: Trout signs for $430 million

And Alford down, McKinney, Biagini, Mayza, Borucki make the team Bryce Harper plan to entice Mike Trout to get to free agency to sign with the Phillies didn’t work. Trout signed with the Angels for 12 years and $430 million. So we have a new record for an MLB contract. Trout will be making $35.83 million a season. Or averaging that, I don’t see details on a year-to-year break down yet. It is an extension to his current contract, which has two years left at $33.25 million each. There is no-opt outs announced so Trout should be an Angel for life as Trout will turn 40 during the last year...
Mar 18, 2019
Quick Recap: Hernandez Homers

Quick Recap: Hernandez Homers

Clayton Richard throws 6 good innings. Tigers 2 Blue Jays 3 I figured the Jays would be looking for 4 innings out of Clayton Richard (I know I’m going to add an ‘s’ to his name about 1000 times this season), but Clayton completed 6 innings today. That’s after I made a bit of fun of Jesse Goldberg-Strassler calling him an ‘innings eater’, one of my less favorite backhanded compliments that sportscasters use, Richard ate 6 innings and did a very nice job. I thought Jesse did a nice job on the broadcast. His first 4 innings were very good. He had a bit of trouble in the 5th (I...
Mar 18, 2019
Monday Bantering and GameThread

Monday Bantering and GameThread

There are a couple of bits of Blue Jays news. The Jays have said that Eric Pardinho is ‘experiencing mild soreness in his right elbow’. He’s not throwing now and will stay in extending spring training for the time being. Do they always say ‘mild’ when they first tell us a pitcher’s arm is hurting? Charlie Montoyo has said there will be ‘less’ video game playing in the clubhouse. They aren’t banning the games, but it sounds like games will be turned off at 6:00 for 7:00 games. If I was a player, I think I’d just not play. But then, I’ve been addicted to various games...
Mar 18, 2019
Better know your Blue Jays 40-man: Dalton Pompey

Better know your Blue Jays 40-man: Dalton Pompey

I’ve always felt that first impressions and timing are the most important things in life. All the good things that have happened in my life have been due to those two things. Bad things? Well, they often have had to do with one or the other of timing or first impressions. But there haven’t been many bad things happen, I’ve been lucky. Dalton Pompey? Not quite as lucky. At the start of the 2015 season, Pompey was our center fielder. Dalton had a crappy April, hitting ,203/276/354. Kevin Pillar had a good start to the season, hitting .314/.314/.486 in his first 9 games. Pillar would...
Mar 17, 2019
Happy Birthday Cito Gaston, Scott Downs and Danny Ainge

Happy Birthday Cito Gaston, Scott Downs and Danny Ainge

Cito Gaston turns 75 today. As player Cito came up thru the Atlanta Braves system and was a September call up in 1967 and shared the outfield with Hank Aaron for a few games. Then, in 1968, he was picked up by the San Diego Padres in the expansion draft. He had one amazing season there, hitting .318/.364/.543 with 29 homers and 93 RBI. The rest of his career was up and down, maybe mostly down, but he did have an 11 year career and was a good defensive center fielder. Being a black player, coming up in the 60’s thru the Atlanta Braves system, it must have been, well, at very least...
Mar 17, 2019
Sunday Bantering: Jays to pay minor leaguers more

Sunday Bantering: Jays to pay minor leaguers more

And Open Thread for Sunday Jays Spring Game Good morning. I hope you all have a nice St. Patrick’s day. I had a couple of Guinness last night, at my favorite within walking distance bar. Ireland is on my list of places to visit (since Minor League didn’t take me along with him). I’ve been to England, Scotland and Wales. I had a very nice biking tour around Cornwall a couple of years ago. Of course, no one told me that there is no flat ground in Cornwall, but Cornwall is as beautiful as any place I’ve ever been. Anyway.... There is some good news in the world. The Blue Jays are...
Mar 17, 2019
Blue Jays News: Surgery for Travis

Blue Jays News: Surgery for Travis

I really bad for Devon Travis. He has had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee to fix a ‘small’ meniscus tear. The team says he will rehab in Dunedin and be reassessed in 4 to 6 weeks. I would think he’ll start the season on the 60-day DL. I can imagine that he’ll pretty depressed about it all. I can’t imagine we’ll see him in Toronto until June at the very best. And Mark Leiter had UCL reconstruction surgery on his right elbow. He will miss the season. The team also announced that they have acquire right-handed pitcher Jason Adam from the Royals for cash. He has been...
Mar 16, 2019
Quick Recap: Split Squad Losses

Quick Recap: Split Squad Losses

Two games. Neither went well. Orioles 4 Blue Jays 3 The game that wasn’t on TV. Our batters had trouble with Alex Cobb for 4 innings, but then got 3 runs off him in the 5th. That would be all we’d get. Sam Gaviglio was good, once again. He allowed just 1 hit in the first 3 innings, but had some troubles in the 4th inning. In the 4th, he gave up a leadoff walk, got a fly out, give up an RBI double and got a ground out. And that was his day. Brad Wilson allowed the inherited runner to score so Sam’s line was 3.2 innings, 2 hits, 2 earned, 1 walk with 5 strikeouts. His spring ERA is now...
Mar 16, 2019
Open Thread for Saturday Split Squad games

Open Thread for Saturday Split Squad games

And some Jays news. We have two games today for the price of one. The one against the Yankees is on Sportsnet TV. The Orioles game is on radio. There isn’t much for Jays news, unless you consider $5 beers news (but it is only Bud and Bud Lite for $5 and I wouldn’t drink that stuff if you paid me $5). Also the 50/50 prize for opening day is guaranteed to be half a million dollars. Not bad money. And Charlie Montoyo has talked to Randal Grichuk about hitting leadoff. Apparently Randal is good with the idea. Sounds like it will be Billy McKinney or Grichuk most games. For those of us...
Mar 16, 2019
Better know your Blue Jays 40-man: Kevin Pillar

Better know your Blue Jays 40-man: Kevin Pillar

Kevin Pillar is, at least offensively, in some ways, the most consistent player you will ever see and, in some ways the most inconsistent player you’ll ever see. Consistent? Career he has a .696 OPS. If you ignore his first season in the MLB, in which he played just 36 games, each season his OPS has been within .017 of that number. He, pretty much, has the exact same season year after year. We know he’s going to have an OPS of about .700 (slightly worse than the average MLB batter). And yet, inside a season he’s extremely inconsistent. He has hot streaks, where he is a terrific...
Mar 15, 2019
Quick Recap: Galvis and Pillar Homer

Quick Recap: Galvis and Pillar Homer

Blue Jays 2 Phillies 3 It was a day for the pitchers. Jays scored 2 on solo homers. Freddy Galvis went the opposite way, a fly that just barely cleared the wall, and Kevin Pillar hit one out to left. Brandon Drury almost homered, the ball hit the top of the wall in center. I thought it was out at first, but not quite. Ryan Borucki had a nice day. Went 4.2, allowed 3 hits (all singles), 1 earned, 1 walk with 5 strikeouts. He threw 77 pitches. He has a 3.24 ERA on the spring. Pretty good, considering he had some troubles to start the spring. Other pitchers: Trent Thronton: 1.1, 1 walk, 2...
Mar 15, 2019
Open thread for Friday’s Jays spring game

Open thread for Friday’s Jays spring game

There isn’t much for Jays news. Well, there is this. Ken Giles ‘slept on his shoulder wrong’ and wont’ be available today: Yesterday Charlie Montoyo said that Ken Giles had been unavailable to pitch the previous couple of days because of the flu. Today, he said Giles is unavailable after sleeping on his shoulder the wrong way. Giles just 2 2/3 IP so far this spring, worth monitoring. #BlueJays— Gregor Chisholm (@gregorMLB) March 15, 2019 Yeah this is worrying. He is to pitch Sunday and Monday now. We shall see. And Giles apparently yelled at David Paulino for “dogging...
Mar 14, 2019
Quick Recap: Good start for Shoemaker

Quick Recap: Good start for Shoemaker

Yankees 1 Blue Jays 1 (finishes in a tie) Matt Shoemaker became our first spring starter to make it to the 6th inning. Matt threw 5.1 innings, allowed 4 hits (all singles), 1 walk, 3 strikeouts, and just 1 run. Nice to see him have a good outing. He has a 4.85 ERA on the spring. Other pitchers: Elvis Luciano: 1.2, 2 hits. 9.95. Tim Mayza: 1 inning, 1 hit. 0.00. Joe Biagini: 1 inning, 1 hit, 2 walks but got out of it without allowing a run. We didn’t get the big offense we’ve seen over the last couple of weeks. Only managed 5 hits today. Starting lineup: Freddy Galvis: 0 for 2....