Jays Roundup - Don't Wanna Wait 'til Tomorrow

Friday, September 17 2004 @ 11:00 AM EDT

Contributed by: Pepper Moffatt

Why put it off another day?
One by one, little problems
Build up, and stand in our way.

Orioles 9 - Jays 5

  1. Recaps:

  2. Fordin Notes on Miguel Batista:

      They've seen enough.

      Miguel Batista's erratic campaign as a starter is over, or at least put on hiatus. The Blue Jays are going to try the right-hander as a reliever, testing his arm in late-inning situations. That move comes after he lost six of his last seven decisions, sinking his record to 10-12 for the season.

      "We're working on seeing what's going to happen for next year. We might try, in the 15 games that are left, making me a short reliever," said Batista after Thursday night's 9-5 setback. "I've relieved before. I've been in almost every relief situation -- short and long. ... If I can pitch every day, I've got to try."

    In reverse chronological order, here are stats from Batista's last ten starts:

    1. 3.1 IP, 2 HR, 2 BB, 2 K
    2. 7.0 IP, 0 HR, 6 BB, 1 K
    3. 7.0 IP, 1 HR, 2 BB, 0 K
    4. 5.1 IP, 1 HR, 4 BB, 2 K
    5. 4.0 IP, 0 HR, 2 BB, 2 K
    6. 6.1 IP, 0 HR, 5 BB, 0 K
    7. 5.0 IP, 2 HR, 2 BB, 3 K
    8. 7.0 IP, 2 HR, 3 BB, 4 K
    9. 7.0 IP, 1 HR, 2 BB, 1 K
    10. 6.0 IP, 1 HR, 2 BB, 4 K

    Do you see a single decent start in there? I sure don't.

    I'm not going to win any friends in the organization by saying this, but I have to: What took you guys so long? Miguel Batista has clearly not been Miguel Batista lately. There's something obviously wrong with him, and throwing a guy out there who is pitching hurt does not help the player nor the team. I can't count how many games the Jays have thrown away the last few years by throwing a pitcher out there who was clearly not himself. That's inexcusable when you keep 12 to 13 arms on your roster like the Jays often do.

    Pitchers get hurt at an alarming rate to begin with, but it seems the Jays pitchers do so an above average rate. I'd love to see statistics on that; I'm just speculating that it's true. Perhaps the Jays need to look into their training staff or in installing a new mound in the Dome.

    I'm just curious why the Jays are putting Batista in the pen rather than shutting him down entirely. There's a great deal I don't know about the situation, so on this one I'll give the Jays the benefit of the doubt.

  3. Rutsey Notes on Roy Halladay:

      Roy Halladay yesterday threw a three-inning simulated game, his final tuneup before his scheduled return to the Blue Jays rotation next Tuesday in New York.

      "He threw 15 pitches, sat down for five to six minutes, then threw another 15 pitches -- he did that three times," manager John Gibbons said. "Everything went well."

      Hitting against Halladay was the trio of Dave Berg, Eric Crozier and Kevin Cash. Gibbons said that Cash hit one out against Halladay.

  4. Tonight's 7:05PM EST start at the Dome: RHP Doug Waechter (3-7, 5.77 ERA) vs. Josh Towers (RHP Josh Towers 9-5, 4.66 ERA). More details in Spencer Fordin's game preview.

  5. In other news, check out yesterday's fan of the game.