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Doc does it with the ball, O-Dog with the glove and Wells with the bat as the Jays take it 5 - 2.
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westcoast dude - Sunday, May 15 2005 @ 04:08 PM EDT (#116658) #
Two home runs in two days for Rios and a .300+ BA is great news. Carlos will soon be ancient history. I tell ya, the AL East is up for grabs. But Giambi? No thank you, please!
Mike Green - Sunday, May 15 2005 @ 04:39 PM EDT (#116660) #
Gibby made a fine decision to bring Batista in early with the big lead. He needed the work, and it saved an otherwise tired bullpen. All hands will be on deck for Tuesday's game.
Jdog - Sunday, May 15 2005 @ 04:51 PM EDT (#116662) #
I am just curious as to whether anyone else shares the following feelings i have.
I want to see Adams play everyday, it seems like it is hard for him to get in a good rythmn when he only gets 3 games and then sits or so. However I cant complain because Mcdonald is batting over .300 when in for Adams and is getting the job done.
Good win for the Jays , lots of positive signs
Anyone else from Western Canada planning on going to Seattle to see the games?
uglyone - Sunday, May 15 2005 @ 05:02 PM EDT (#116665) #

I think everyone's happy to see a 'real' home run from Rios....just turning on a high fastball and driving it out. Hey, he's now on pace for 9 on the year! If he can start driving them out with any regularity, this jays team may be a LF upgrade away from having a very solid batting order. (The move to leadoff to replace a scuffling Hudson had to be expected sooner or later. If Cat had continued to struggle, I wouldn't have been surprised to see Adams join Rios up at the top there. It's nice to have some speed at the top of the order.)

Hopefully this is the start of good things by Wells as well. Without him hitting, the jays will be hard pressed to keep a winning record.

Game Note: That double by Boone was the first extra base hit given up by Miguel Batista this season.

Jdog - Sunday, May 15 2005 @ 05:04 PM EDT (#116666) #
Next up Minnesota, where the Jays face Santana. His ERA is .09 lower than his opponent Josh Towers. And Santana has one more win. They look like similar pitchers.
westcoast dude - Sunday, May 15 2005 @ 06:11 PM EDT (#116669) #
Jdog,I have a hard time getting to Vancouver Island, much less the lower mainland, or I'd be there at Safeco. Couple people are going, tho, maybe they'll make themselves known to you. A bus load of Bauxites would be a blast. (Too bad there's a border:).
I know what you mean about Adams and Johnny Mack, who continues to confound with his bat.
You had a good post couple days ago about Lilly. He's done, but look what we gave up for him: Bobby K. Last year was Ted's year, this year his arm is gone. That's pitching for you.
Jdog - Sunday, May 15 2005 @ 06:21 PM EDT (#116671) #
westcoast dude,
Ya I figured there would be some bauxite's heading down, I'm not 100% sure i am going, but if i can talk my girlfriend or buddies into i will be there , its about a 12 or 13 hour drive for me but I have yet to attend a major league game, so it will be worth it. The only game i have seen was when i was a teenager and the Bluejays played a game in Medicine Hat against their old rookie league team. Anyways I am excited to go and thought it might be fun to sit with some other Jays fans.
About Lilly I dont think he is done, im guessing he gets it figured out sooner rather than later, I think he will be close to his old self come June. That may simply be wishful thinking, but i dont think so. Like i said if he doesn't ever win another game, the trade still looks good to me.
Alex Rios could be something great! Its exciting.
Ron - Sunday, May 15 2005 @ 06:23 PM EDT (#116672) #
A key play was O-Dog showing off his range to get the last out in the 6th inning.

He finished the game with 9 assists one shy off his personal best.

If he can boost his offensive numbers a bit, he might get consideration for the all-star team.
Keith Talent - Sunday, May 15 2005 @ 06:53 PM EDT (#116673) #
What's the contract situation on the O-Dog? I know if I were his agent, I'd wait until after this year crossing my fingers for the all-star team and gold glove and then make the Jays pay.
uglyone - Sunday, May 15 2005 @ 07:01 PM EDT (#116674) #
Has anyone noticed the extreme L/R splits in the Jays' lineup?


S.Hillenbrand: 1.004ops
V.Wells: .988ops
R.Johnson: .928ops
A.Rios: .891ops


S.Hillenbrand: .886ops
R.Johnson: .733ops
A.Rios: .716ops
V.Wells: .476ops

LHB vs. LHP:

E.Hinske: .717ops
G.Zaun*: .705ops
F.Catalanotto: .667ops
C.Koskie: .567ops
O.Hudson*: .429ops
R.Adams: .000ops


G.Zaun*: .896ops
E.Hinske: .860ops
R.Adams: .819ops
C.Koskie: .819ops
O.Hudson*: .778ops
F.Catalanotto: .758ops

* = switch hitters, but obviously better from the left side.

Aside from Shea, everyone is absolutely pathetic against same side pitchers, even though almost all of them are very good against the opposite side.

I know some difference is normal, but this seems a little extreme.

And I think these stats are from before today's game, when once again the righties (Rios/Wells) mashed a lefty, while the lefties (Hinske) did nothing.

Check out that Wells split.

Does this mean anything?

Pistol - Sunday, May 15 2005 @ 07:47 PM EDT (#116675) #
I think it means it's still early in the season.

Hudson will be in his first year of arbitration this offseason.
Keith Talent - Sunday, May 15 2005 @ 08:04 PM EDT (#116676) #
It's a good sign that the Jays were talking long-term deal with Orlando Hudson, I'm sure he'd take it. Who wouldn't? People thought Johan Santana would end up a Yankee, but when a team offers you years and years and millions and millions of GUARANTEED MONEY, when you're always one injury away from calling it a career, who is going to say no?

Well, Scott Rolen and Nomar Garciaparra said no. It worked out for Rolen, didn't for Nomar. That's the risk.

Funny that some thought Santana extending with Minnesota wasn't the most financially sound choice he could have made. I would say the only smart move is to take the millions today, invest them, and not dream of hundreds of millions in the future which may never materialize.

My rant has transcended O-Dog's situation. But this is something I like about baseball's CBA. Really, if a team wants to hang on to one of their players, they have every opportunity to.
Magpie - Sunday, May 15 2005 @ 08:12 PM EDT (#116677) #
Was Sabathia upset by the Wells HR? Not nearly as ticked as he was about hitting the previous batter, Menechino:

He's a guy who has no business getting on base against me. That guy is an out, and I should have gotten him out... I was so upset about hitting Menechino that it was 3-0 to Wells before I knew it.

Hey! He's dissing our cleanup hitter.

Chuck - Sunday, May 15 2005 @ 08:42 PM EDT (#116679) #
Not surprising that a man who dresses like a clown (with stylishly crooked hat and all) talks like a clown. Looks good on him (as would a big red nose).
VBF - Sunday, May 15 2005 @ 08:54 PM EDT (#116682) #
Makes you really appreciate having your Ace being Roy Halladay. Sabathia is a great pitcher but the attitude is what really makes you appreciate the player. Kids can look up to a Roy Halladay type pitcher--Sabathia just doesn't cut it.
King Ryan - Sunday, May 15 2005 @ 09:23 PM EDT (#116687) #
I don't see anything wrong with what Sabathia said.

He's upset at himself for beaning a hitter with a .167 average. No biggie.
Matthew E - Sunday, May 15 2005 @ 09:38 PM EDT (#116690) #
Here's an interesting note: this is, I believe, the first series all year that the Jays have lost in which they have not been swept.
BallGuy - Sunday, May 15 2005 @ 10:13 PM EDT (#116693) #
Hey, C.C. when you figure out how to put your cap on straight, I'll take what you have to say a little more seriously.
Did anyone notice that in the still picture of C.C. that Sportsnet would show it looked as if he was wearing one of those stylish mesh trucker caps that all the kids were wearing 2 years ago?
That might say it all right there.
Magpie - Sunday, May 15 2005 @ 10:58 PM EDT (#116695) #
I don't see anything wrong with what Sabathia said.

Yup, and almost every pitcher is going to be more upset about the free pass than if a guy actually hits the ball.

Jordan - Monday, May 16 2005 @ 10:39 AM EDT (#116709) #
I think Sabathia might have wandered across the line of good sportsmanship with the "that guy is an out" comment. In the closely watched polite-speak of post-game statements, you're supposed to regret giving away a base without making comments about the hitter's questionable ability to get on base on his own.

Menechino had 3 singles in 16 plate appearances against Sabathia coming into the game.

Rios pulling a homer over the wall against one of the better lefties in the league is tremendously encouraging. He's actually hit worse in May than he did in April, but he seems to gain more authority in his swing every week. I might be inclined to keep him in the leadoff spot right now -- he's walking a little more this month, and he has the speed to swipe some bases. The big breakout could come anytime.
huckamaniac - Monday, May 16 2005 @ 02:30 PM EDT (#116741) #
I wouldn't say that how Sabathia wears his hat is a big deal nor do I think it has much to say about his personality. Remember, O-dog used to do it before the jays said he couldn't While Sabathia's comments may not have been politically correct in a sports sense, there's a reason why menechino doesn't play everyday. If he was tough out the Jays would find a way to get him in there everyday. I would actually prefer to hear what a player actually thinks as opposed to just hearing the same old cliches.
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