Batter's Box Interactive Magazine Batter's Box Interactive Magazine Batter's Box Interactive Magazine
She throws like a girl. Who cares. Maybe she can hit...

The Jays had a hazillion chances to score some runs - the Brewers issued seven walks. Oh, it was ugly. There was Hinske's golden sombrero. There was Reed Johnson going 0-5 (does this man need some rest or what?). Alex Rios, 0-4. Ken Huckaby 0 for June...

Game 69: Carmen Electra is in the House | 10 comments | Create New Account
The following comments are owned by whomever posted them. This site is not responsible for what they say.
GeoffAtMac - Sunday, June 19 2005 @ 07:09 PM EDT (#120024) #

I went to today's game at the Dome / Rogers Centre and I have to say, it wasn't necessarily a brutal game, but it featured some very bad play by the Jays.

In particular, bad fielding was a major problem. There seemed to be significant communication problems between Rios in CF, and Catalanatto in LF, as well as between Rios and the infield. I am thinking that Wells' absence is the major problem here -- people are not necessarily in their regular roles, and aren't 100% on what should be happening.

That being said, there were just bad plays that were being made as well. Rios dropped a fly ball, missed a flyball, Cat missed two fly balls, someone threw over Gregg Zaun's head, and Hinske dropped a crucial throw from Russ Adams at one point that resulted in two men on and nobody out.

Hinske actually had the worst day on the team by far. He went 0 for 4, with 4 strikeouts, and he dropped the throw from Adams. Where I was sitting in 130C on the LF side, fans were outwardly booing him, and not the calls made against him. Although I like to be a Hinske booster, today he was not at his best.

Another bad thing -- Capuano walked five(!) and we scored only once on him. It was ridiculous.

After seeing the '05 Brew Crew live in action, I believe we too need a slugger of the calibre of Carlos Lee. Even just one guy with that kind of power potential gives your team a bit of a psychological, competitive, and home-run power edge. When Lee was up to bat, he seemed to work the at-bats well, and keep the pitcher focused on his plate appearance and away from who was on base, leaving opportunity for them to get good jumps etc. It's too bad we never nabbed him in the off-season, he struck as being really good. He too dropped a ball at one point in LF, but the Jays knew better than to run on him.

Turnbow, in person, is quite a dominant force too. He hit 95-97 for many of his pitches on the radar gun, and his "change up" was rated at 85 MPH. Quite impressive, and when you see his very quick and explosive windup in person, you are impressed as well.

But although the game had its weak points, there were a few notable points:

  • Schoeneweis struck out his first two batters

  • Chulk struck out two

  • The Cat hit a third homerun

  • Aaron Hill went 3/3 with a walk

  • Carmen Electra was at the game

  • The crazy man sitting next to my Dad was eating ziploced radishes, and he won a "baby tee" fit for a pre-teen girl

All-all-all, it was a game.

kinguy - Sunday, June 19 2005 @ 07:29 PM EDT (#120025) #
And don't forget, we got free pizza.

I don't think it was just a lack of communication between Rios and the Cat, Rios looked completely lost in CF today. Hopefully Wells will be back tomorrow and Rios will be back where he belongs in RF.
King Ryan - Sunday, June 19 2005 @ 09:44 PM EDT (#120030) #
It would be interesting to see a graph of Josh Towers' ERA this season, start-by-start. It seems like only a week ago it was in the low threes, and the week before that in the high fives.

Boy, I can't wait for Wells and Koskie to come back...
VBF - Sunday, June 19 2005 @ 09:49 PM EDT (#120031) #
And don't forget, we got free pizza.

Oh, God. Don't remind me.

I have two questions related to this game:

1. Who the hell are Hoopy and YoYo?

2. Will we be seeing any more of them?

Pistol - Sunday, June 19 2005 @ 09:58 PM EDT (#120032) #
Towers' ERA as the season has progressed:

VBF - Sunday, June 19 2005 @ 10:11 PM EDT (#120034) #
There was Reed Johnson going 0-5

I love Reed and I was a prior supporter of him in a full time role, butthis is evidence that he is not. He'll do a damn fine job in a fourth outfielder/sparkplug role, but full-time I don't think so.

sweat - Sunday, June 19 2005 @ 11:55 PM EDT (#120036) #
I was also at the game today, and I agree with a few of the statements above. Hinske definately got a pretty loud booing after his last K or 2. Johnson was terrible at the plate. That double play with men on first and second and nobody out was a killer. I was a little surprised they didnt consider a bunt in that situation, but maybe they were trying to surprise the brewers.
Also, did Rios just not run for that one fly ball till it was too late? What a bad read. The brewers starter had a pretty balky pick off move. He looked like he was down the middle between 1st and home with every mopve, and the pick off a little more home than 1st.
After seeing some of the swings today, especially by Eric, when is the hitting coach gonna take some responsability?
GeoffAtMac - Monday, June 20 2005 @ 08:48 AM EDT (#120040) #

To VBF, I was wondering the same thing about Hoppy and YoYo. My thoughts were that they were particularly craptacular character designs -- they looked on screen as though they had been conceived and animated using MS Paint.

As for some other comments building on the Hinske-bashing, it was also noted in the Toronto Star, with them asking Eric if he was hearing the boos. His answer? "No".

Today I am reading online through some of the links at Baseball Rumors that Roy Oswalt is potentially going to be made available if Houston keeps losing, as they instead try for a complete rebuild. I say we pay through the nose for Oswalt and have him in our rotation next year. Halladay + Oswalt + Lilly would be a great one-two-three, with our other guys filling the final two spots through competition. If Houston is going to let him go, Toronto needs to step up and get him.

And then, we should snag Austin Kearns from the Cincinati AAA team. Actually, we should do that first and then trade for Oswalt, as so not to overpay for Monsieur Kearns. In any case, we definitely need more offense!

After watching yesterday's game, I really think LF needs a serious upgrade. As noted above by other posters, Reed 'Sparky' Johnson is a pretty solid player, but he should be a platoon guy, and not an everyday starter. And the Cat is just not strong enough to throw in missiles from LF, thus he shouldn't be out there. It should be DH or the bench for him.

Chuck - Monday, June 20 2005 @ 09:00 AM EDT (#120043) #
I can't imagine that even a rebuilding time would want to get rid of Oswalt. What would be the point? It's not like he's an old, expensive player on the decline.

If money is a concern, the Astros will have plenty once Clemens comes off the books, either via a mid-season trade or via retirement after the season (or if he elects to sign a FA contract on the east coast). Further, if Bagwell is forced into retirement, there's even more money back in the coffers.
GeoffAtMac - Monday, June 20 2005 @ 09:21 AM EDT (#120045) #
'Tis true, it would be completely insane to dump Oswalt. Nonetheless, if it were or is true, we should pursue him.
Game 69: Carmen Electra is in the House | 10 comments | Create New Account
The following comments are owned by whomever posted them. This site is not responsible for what they say.