Not much to report from yesterday's game. At least not much good. Well, Batista and Chulk didn't give up any runs. Alex Rios got two hits, one of them double in 4 at-bats. I'd tell you more, but...
I didn't actually listen to the game. I was too busy building shelving for my far too many video games. But fortunately some of you heard it. Which is good because it was Warren Sawkiw's first game on Fan 590. Here's what the Bauxites had to say:
"The Beav" thought Sawkiw had a rough first few innings:
He sounds like he's hanging out and having fun at a ballgame, which appeals to me -- since I want to be hanging out and having fun at a ballgame, I like to be able to hear someone doing it for me.
Since I'll be listening to some of the games, I do hope Sawkiw excels in his role. I know it's going to be tough and he'll be facing a lot of criticism. That's what happens when you pinch hit for a legend.
I quite liked Magpie's piece yesterday on how the Jays could score 100 more runs than they did last year. Although I've been very critical of the off-season, I do think Magpie is right. This team has the potential to surprise a lot of people if things break right.
Consider these "Runs Above Replacement Position" stats for the 2004 Jays:
Rios (RF) 460 PA 7.7 RARP Cat (LF) 274 PA 3.6 RARP Hinske (3B) 634 PA 2.1 RARP Johnson (LF) 582 PA 1.7 RARP Phelps (DH) 321 PA -1.4 RARP Woodward (SS) 232 PA -1.6 RARP Clark (RF) 133 PA -2.3 RARP Pond (DH) 56 PA -3.4 RARP Gross (LF) 148 PA -3.7 RARP Cash (C) 197 PA -4.9 RARP Berg (LF) 162 PA -5.5 RARPThat's a combined total of 7.7 runs under replacement value in 3,199 plate appearances. If the Jays aren't hit by the injury bug and if their young players perform well and if Hinske can improve, they can make up more than 100 runs here alone.
Fordin: "Barnett's prognosis improves"
Fordin: "Catalanotto in midseason form"
Fordin: "Hits abound as Reds top Jays"
Rutsey: "Gross in the plans"