Game 2. Can Ramon Ortiz continue to pitch like the ace of the staff? When will the bubble burst? The Jays trot out the usual lineup as of late. No Izturis, Bonifacio is at second base.
There has been a lot of talk about the Dickey effect, meaning the pitcher who pitches the day after Dickey has a benefit. I could possibly see a benefit if the following pitcher was Brandon Morrow or Josh Johnson, both of whom are very different pitchers to Dickey. I am not confident that Ortiz will have a Dickey effect.
I was recently in Dunedin to watch four Dunedin Blue Jays games. Here are my impressions of the players I saw.
The affiliates took three out of four on Monday, one of them in extra innings.
Will the Jays reverse course? Tampa are 8-2 over their last ten games. Will home cooking work for the Jays? Can Dickey do it?
The answers to these, and many other questions, will be revealed over the next 3 hours.
Tonight was the long awaited debut of Jays Pitcher Marcus Stroman, and he did not disappoint in his first outing of the year. As well, today was a good day for the farm going 4-0.
Honestly, honestly, unless it hurts why do it?
Control was the story on Saturday. Aaron Sanchez didn't have much, Daniel Norris had a little more. Combined they pitched seven innings. Sean Nolin was excellent, Claudio Vargas was not. Dustin McGowan made his first AAA appearance of the season, Danny Barnes made his first appearance for Dunedin. Both went well.
Kevin Patterson had 6 RBI's for Lansing. Lansing won, as did New Hampshire. The other two teams did not do that well.
Morrow's long-awaited return.
Andy Burns hit a solo home run and that was all the Jays needed in a 1-0 win. Kevin Pillar had four hits and scored the winning run in the ninth. Dalton Pompey scored two of Lansing's three runs. The Bisons had only 3 hits and lost.
The Jays made a number of roster moves yesterday. Dustin McGowan was sent to AAA. Dustin Antolin was promoted to AA. Austin Bibens-Dirkx was sent down to Dunedin. Danny Barnes was added to the Dunedin roster. Efrain Nieves was sent to Lansing.
Never sleep, 'cause sleep is the cousin of death.
Ricky Romero continued his impressive decline into the annals of baseball trivia, which his team shrugged off (as most of us wish we could) his performance to win 6-4. New Hampshire was blown out, Dunedin lost a low scoring affair, and Lansing topped an Indians affiliate. The bookends won tonight.
Tonight the farm went 2-2, including 2 stinkers and highlighted by a great pitching performance from a former 1st round pick.
Can you feel it, see it, hear it today? If you can't, then it doesn't matter anyway.
The Monday MLU was rained out with the numerous tears in my beers due to the Leafs epic, ball-busting collapse. So today, it's two for the price of one to get everyone all caught up. The affiliates won five of seven over the last two days.
Trouble ahead. Trouble behind.
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