Most of this spring training I've been saying that Spring Training results and statistics are virtually meaningless. However, even the biggest cynic has to be impressed with a 16-10 record, the best in the American League, during these exhibition gamess. There would no doubt be a lot of carping if the Jays went 10-16, so let's take a moment to enjoy their fine record.
From the "Power of PECOTA", I give you the 1980's version of the 2005 Toronto Blue Jays. Here is the team as it stands today:
C Gregg Zaun C Greg Myers 1B Eric Hinske 2B Orlando Hudson SS Russ Adams 3B Corey Koskie DH Shea Hillenbrand IF Frank Menechino IF John McDonald LF Frank Catalanotto CF Vernon Wells RF Gabe Gross OF Alexis Rios OF Reed Johnson SP Roy Halladay SP David Bush SP Gus Chacin SP Josh Towers RP Miguel Batista RP Jason Frasor RP Justin Speier RP Scott Schoeneweis RP Vinnie Chulk RP Brandon League RP Pete Walker DL Ted LillyAnd here are their 1980s equivalents. Please don't take these comps too seriously. This is for entertainment purposes only.
C Rick Cerone (1988) BOS 264 AB .243/.320/.345 C Rick Dempsey (1988) LOS 167 AB .251/.338/.455 1B Jack Howell (1989) CAL 474 AB .254/.323/.422 2B Ron Oester (1983) CIN 549 AB .264/.322/.384 SS Danny Heep (1982) HOU 198 AB .237/.311/.379 3B Wayne Gross (1984) BAL 342 AB .216/.346/.442 DH Mickey Hatcher (1985) MIN 444 AB .282/.308/.365 IF Kurt Bevacqua (1981) PIT 27 AB .259/.333/.407 IF Mario Mendoza (1981) PIT 229 AB .231/.254/.266 LF Rick Leach (1988) TOR 199 AB .276/.336/.372 CF Kevin McReynolds(1986) SDP 560 AB .287/.358/.504 RF Gerald Perry (1986) ATL 70 AB .271/.342/.376 OF Jeff Leonard (1980) HOU 216 AB .213/.274/.333 OF Dave Gallagher (1989) CWS 601 AB .266/.320/.314 SP Mike Witt (1988) CAL 4.15 ERA 249.7 IP 13-16 SP Brian Kingman (1980) OAK 3.83 ERA 211.3 IP 8-20 SP Bob Ojeda (1982) BOS 5.63 ERA 78.3 IP 4- 6 SP Bill Long (1988) CWS 4.03 ERA 174.0 IP 8-11 RP Rick Mahler (1987) ATL 4.98 ERA 197.0 IP 8-13 RP Jeff Montgomery (1989) KCR 1.37 ERA 92.0 IP 7- 3 RP Steve Bedrosian (1989) PHI 3.21 ERA 33.7 IP 2- 3 RP Shane Rawley (1987) PHI 4.39 ERA 229.7 IP 17-11 RP Dave Stewart (1983) LAD 2.14 ERA 59.0 IP 5- 2 RP Tommy Boggs (1978) ATL 6.71 ERA 59.0 IP 2- 8 RP NO COMP FOR PETE WALKER DL Pete Falcone (1983) ATL 3.63 ERA 106.7 IP 9- 4There you have.. the 1980's 2005 Toronto Blue Jays.
Question of the Day: Word has it that Phillies minor league slugger Ryan Howard wants a trade. What's the absolute most you'd give up for him? Not what you think it will take, but your absolute maximum price.
For me, it wouldn't be too much. 48 homers is impressive, but given his huge number of strikeouts, he looks to me to be the bastard son of Josh Phelps and Bob Hamelin. But that's just one man's opinion. What's yours?