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The Blue Jays have sent Travis Snider to AAA Las Vegas to get his swing back in order.  The 21 year-old left fielder has struggled this season with a .242/.292/.394 mark with just three home runs and 12 RBI.

Update May 22/09 @10:20 a.m.:  Joe Inglett gets the call back to the bigs according to the FAN 590.

Update May 22/09 @ 11:25 a.m.:  Jays assistant GM Alex Anthopoulos confirms Inglett's call-up on the FAN 590.

Update May 22/09 @ 5:15 p.m.:   "Rapid" Ricky Romero and "The Fugitive" Casey Janssen are back Bobby/Robert Ray and Brett Cecil will say yo to Cosmo!  Tip o' the cap to our posters for pointing this out.

Snider had struck out 25 times in 99 at-bats to start the season after a solid spring training and a .301 batting average during his August/September debut in 2008.  He hasn't sent one over the fence since his two-homer game against the Twins at the Metrodome that included a laser beam that wound up in the popcorn stand in the upper deck at the Metrodome in mid-April.  Snider's demotion comes with interleague play beginning this weekend and resuming again in June.  Adam Lind is expected to take over in left field.

Speculation from Jordan Bastian of indicates that Russ Adams or "Voodoo/Mighty" Joe Inglett will be called up from "Lost Wages" and the Toronto Star's Richard Griffin thinks it'll be Adams coming back to Baseball North.  However, Adams hasn't played for the 51's since May 5th and is currently listed on the team's seven-day disabled list.  Adams, hitting .324 in 14 games, has been out with a hand injury.  Meantime, Inglett has been bothered by a sore hamstring but he returned to the 51's lineup Thursday night and went 1-for-5 with an RBI.  He's batting .310 in seven games so far this season.

Snider should be in the Las Vegas lineup at some point this weekend as the 51's open up a series at Cashman Field against Oklahoma City, the Texas Rangers affiliate.  He'll be meeting the affable Cosmo during his stay in Nevada.

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Thomas - Friday, May 22 2009 @ 04:53 AM EDT (#200364) #
Some of us thought that it was too early for Snider last year and he seemed to have proven us doubters wrong. However, it's not uncommon for rookies, especially someone so young, to go through some rough patches and there's been nothing in his performance that makes me worried for his long-term prospects. The gamble with Snider was worth taking because of the upside and now the team has to find a capable replacement (well, against right-handers, as Bautista is doing fine against lefties).

In the other thread WillRain speculated about callups and dismissed the Triple-A veterans of Harper, Lane and Ruiz. I think Ruiz in particular could do decently against major league pitching, but unfortunately the team already has a man playing Ruiz's role and Kevin Millar is doing everything asked of him very well.

I think Mighty Joe deserves the shot, but the way JP's been making promotions this year (aside from Burres) I'll wait a while before playing Armchair GM.
Richard S.S. - Friday, May 22 2009 @ 05:18 AM EDT (#200366) #
Travis snider is good enough to be with the big club.  He needs to be somewhere he doesn't have to think to hit.  He needs to have fun and we need to control his Service Time.  Bring Snider back after Interleague Play is over.  Bring up someone who can play the outfield and sit on the bench, pinch hitting if necessary.  Oh yes, don't expose anyone who has to clear waivers to be returned to the Minors
Paul D - Friday, May 22 2009 @ 08:26 AM EDT (#200367) #

Snider won't have to clear waivers because he still has option years left.

How about the Jays trade some of their young pitching for Matt Holliday?  :)

Pistol - Friday, May 22 2009 @ 08:37 AM EDT (#200368) #
I'm not too worried about Snider.  Delgado is a good example of someone starting out how and then hitting a big slump, getting sent down and then turning into a great player.  (And unless Snider's going to send

Inglett seems like the obvious call up to me - LH bat and positional flexibility.

brent - Friday, May 22 2009 @ 08:49 AM EDT (#200369) #
I think this is the perfect opportunity to send down one of the bullpen guys and bring an extra hitter up. Having an extra hitter to pinch hit at least gives the team a chance at that at bat, but it should be only to save the pitcher's the injury risk of "trying" to hit and run bases.
chris_jays - Friday, May 22 2009 @ 09:19 AM EDT (#200370) #
I'd love to see Russ Adams called up.

We also really gotta bring Janssen up.

Mike Green - Friday, May 22 2009 @ 09:29 AM EDT (#200371) #
Snider may have had a rough time with the bat, but his defensive play was much better than it had been in the minors.  When he was drafted, he looked like a sure DH, but the club's development staff can take a bow as it now seems that he will be able to be an effective outfielder at least through his mid 20s. 
Moe - Friday, May 22 2009 @ 10:18 AM EDT (#200375) #
If the Jays want to make this matter in terms of service time, Snider would have to stay down until the end of August: between last year and this year, Snider accumulated almost 3 months of service time. If you add that a service year is slightly shorter than a season, you can't call him up much before September for him to end the year with less than a full year of service time.

I'm sure the hope is he gets his swing  back quickly and can come back and help rather than that he struggles and the Jays get an extra year of control. It's about winning now and not saving money in 6 years.

Mike Green - Friday, May 22 2009 @ 10:41 AM EDT (#200376) #
Welcome back, Joe Inglett.  He'll make a fine #9 hitter against RHP, with a career .300/.352/.414 line.  Obviously, you'd like a little more from a LF/DH, but the offence should be just fine.

mathesond - Friday, May 22 2009 @ 10:48 AM EDT (#200377) #
Can Kevin Millar handle full time DH duties, or is he overmatched by RHP?
Christopher - Friday, May 22 2009 @ 10:57 AM EDT (#200378) #

Welcome back, Joe Inglett.

Is this official?

Paul D - Friday, May 22 2009 @ 11:07 AM EDT (#200380) #
Pistol - Friday, May 22 2009 @ 11:11 AM EDT (#200381) #
If service time was at all an issue with Snider the Jays wouldn't have called him up last year and they certainly would have started him in the minors this year.
Chuck - Friday, May 22 2009 @ 11:16 AM EDT (#200382) #

Can Kevin Millar handle full time DH duties, or is he overmatched by RHP?

His career L/R splits are an unusual 802/824... slightly better vs. RHP. Last year, in 384 AB vs RHP, his OPS was just 709.

I wonder if Overbay wil now resume his fulltime job at 1B with Millar becoming the fulltime DH. An already very right-handed lineup figures to become even more right-handed still... unless Gaston has designs of incorporating Inglett (if he's the new guy) into a semi-prominent role.

Mylegacy - Friday, May 22 2009 @ 11:53 AM EDT (#200384) #
As I sees it...

Snider is NOT ready for the bigs yet. Very talented kid - no question - but he can't hack it here yet. Let him get it together at LV when he EARNS a return to the bigs - we'll know. Millar's career stats mean doggy doo - the guy is 232 years old. He has a little left if used a little. Any thought of regular use of the Cowboy is whimsy.

Mighty Joe is a good(ish) call up. He'll do until JP makes a trade for ARod.

Now - time to sissy slap Altanta - no problem.

Chuck - Friday, May 22 2009 @ 12:13 PM EDT (#200387) #

Before Snider was sent down, there was much talk speculating that it might happen, and, as a result, some questions about what, if anything, the team should do to attempt to bolster LF/DH (wherever Lind doesn't play).

I agree that Millar as a fulltime DH is not the solution. A lefty bat would be nice, but who? I don't see anyone in the organization being a good fit. And if the organization sees 2009 as presenting a surprising window to go all 2008 Devil Rays on the league, then maybe there is cause to take action and not necessarily count on a new and improvied Snider returning in a month or two, instead deferring his meaningful return to 2010.

Though many arms are not currently in full working order, there does some to be some tradable pitching, especially with the anticipation of some subset of Janssen, Litsch, and Romero returning. Would any of this surplus pitching fetch a DH/LF, if even just for the balance of the season? I imagine it would, but which expiring contract to target?

Matt Holliday would be a candidate but (a) he's yet another RHB and (b) it's not clear how good a non-Coors Holliday would be. He's definitely very available what with the A's destined for a season of crapitude. And he seems to be awakening from his early season funk.

Aubrey Huff, a LHB, could be good for an 850-950 OPS vs RHP (he's at 995 this year, 937 last year). You'd figure he'd be available.

I'd suggest Jim Thome but the AL Central figures to be weak enough that the White Sox won't (potentially) see themselves as out of the race for quite a while. Thome would be nice to slot in as a DH vs RHP. Even in his gimpy state, he'd draw enough walks and smack enough homeruns to nicely tuck into the fat part of a RH-heavy lineup.

mathesond - Friday, May 22 2009 @ 12:36 PM EDT (#200389) #
It seems obvious to me that the guy to get is Jack Cust. Course, it'll probably cost a Romero...
cascando - Friday, May 22 2009 @ 12:40 PM EDT (#200390) #
How about Nick Johnson?  He seems to be healthy and is once again a hiting machine.   His .435 OBP with lots of doubles would look pretty nice in the 3 spot, not to mention breaking up the parade of righties.
Chuck - Friday, May 22 2009 @ 12:40 PM EDT (#200391) #
I think Cust would cost more than the others (in terms of who would have to be given up) because he is not an impending free agent and he doesn't have a large contract.
Matthew E - Friday, May 22 2009 @ 12:47 PM EDT (#200392) #

Does anybody else hear Charlie Daniels' voice when reading the title of this thread?

"Snider sent down to Vegas, he was looking for a base to steal / He was in a bind, Jays were way behind, JP was looking to make a deal..."

johnny was - Friday, May 22 2009 @ 01:07 PM EDT (#200393) #
Nick the Stick would be a nice addition (DH, Lind to LF?), and apparently wouldn't cost much according to Gammons via MLBTR:

  • Washington would like to deal Nick Johnson, Austin Kearns and some of their "semi-attractive" relievers. 
  • The Nationals offered Johnson to the Red Sox for Manny Delcarmen.

Mike Green - Friday, May 22 2009 @ 01:17 PM EDT (#200394) #
Nick Johnson is finishing up a 3 year contract in 2009, and would be owed a pro-rated portion of $5.5 million.  "Cone, Henderson and Johnson" sounds like a law firm, but would make a reasonable matched set of Gaston-era player rentals...
Ducey - Friday, May 22 2009 @ 01:19 PM EDT (#200395) #

Whoa fellas,

Sure the Jays are in first place but they have shown they can't play with the Yankees and BoSox and still have not taken their yearly beatdown by their nemsis, the Rays.

The offence looks great but the pitching is quickly coming back to earth.  Lets face it, Cecil needs more time in AAA. Ray needs some time in AAA, and Tallet and Richmond are not exactly proven starters. 

Adding a bat and the expense of pitching is bad idea at this time.  Wait until they until they put together a balanced staff with the requisite experience.  I know, Litsch, Marcum, McGowan, Romero, Purcey and Janssen are all around, but they are either real short on experience or have not proven they are recovered from injury.

Like it or not, this year is still about figuring out the best 4 guys to start after Doc next year.

The team looks promising but I sure hope the Jays don't get ahead of themselves.  If they are still overachieving at the deadline, then maybe they could make a deal.

Richard S.S. - Friday, May 22 2009 @ 01:27 PM EDT (#200397) #

Let's assume we'll need a trade package(s), sooner or later.

Of the group of Jesse Litsch, Cassey Janssen, Scott Richmond and David Purcey, offer: 1) David Purcey (27), (LHP), (6-4-240), and/or 2) Scott Richmond (29), (RHP), (6-5-215), and/or,

Of the group of Ricky Romero, Brett Cecil, Robert Ray and Brian Tallet, offer: 3) Robert Ray (25), (RHP), (6-5-195) and/or 4) Brian Tallet (31), (LHP), (6-6-215).

This makes a good start; Halladay R., Janssen C., Litsch J., Romero R., Cecil B.,  Marcum S. and McGowan D. are still too many starters.  With more in AAA and lower yet to come, decisions must be made early, not later.  Any top player, pitcher or batter, from any team is available, at a price, The Blue Jays CAN AFFORD! 

John Northey - Friday, May 22 2009 @ 01:38 PM EDT (#200400) #
So, it is May 22nd today and the Jays are in first place in the AL by 1/2 a game over Boston and 1 1/2 over NY.  This is with the Yankees on a 9 game winning streak and getting swept by Boston.  The D-Rays are 5 1/2 back and sub-500.

While I did predict the Jays would win the AL East (check old threads - 93 wins for the Jays, 92 for Boston) this is a very good situation.  Especially with Litsch on the DL and Purcey in AAA and McGowan out for the year vs just 2 months. 

This is also with Travis Snider hitting for an OPS+ of 79 vs last years LF'ers Lind (99), Wilkerson (68), Stewart (69) and Mench (81) plus DH Frank Thomas (71).  Scary that a 79 would be better than 3 guys who were regulars at various times last year.  Wells at 95 and Rios at 98 also is scary (121 and 111 last year respectively). 

Think about this...
  • All 3 regular outfielders are sub 100 for OPS+
  • Our pre-season #2 and #3 starters have 7 starts between them with ERA+'s of 51 and 65
  • Our closer has under 9 IP and has allowed 7 runs
  • The 'perfect timing' kid Romero was DL'ed after just 3 wonderful starts
  • Our only free agent, Mike Barrett, has been DL'ed most of the year and hit just 40 for OPS+ while here and his replacement has a 28 OPS+ which still isn't the worst on the team (John McDonald 25).
And the Jays are in first place with the best offense and 3rd best pitching in the league with a +50 for runs for/against.
damos - Friday, May 22 2009 @ 01:58 PM EDT (#200403) #
Just heard on The Fan that Janssen & Romero have been re-called & that Ray & Cecil are headed down to AAA. 
Tenobia - Friday, May 22 2009 @ 02:01 PM EDT (#200404) #
I haven't seen this posted anywhere here, but the press release on the Jays website says Snider, Cecil and Ray were sent down.

Casey Janssen has been called up and Romero will be up in time for a start on May 26th.

Pistol - Friday, May 22 2009 @ 02:02 PM EDT (#200405) #
Just heard on The Fan that Janssen & Romero have been re-called & that Ray & Cecil are headed down to AAA. 

Good move!

johnny was - Friday, May 22 2009 @ 02:04 PM EDT (#200406) #
The offense certainly would get a lot sexier with Lind back to LF and Johnson at DH, where he hopefully wouldn't be able to hurt himself.  If the Nats were fishing for Manny Delcarmen, JP could offer League or Accardo plus minor league sweetener if necessary without upsetting the 2010 pitching staff in any significant way.  I see no downside whatsoever.
Magpie - Friday, May 22 2009 @ 02:15 PM EDT (#200407) #
Johnson at DH, where he hopefully wouldn't be able to hurt himself.

Alas, I fear such a place can not be found on a baseball diamond. Which is a shame, I like him too.

But I suspect he'd hurt himself going for a hot dog between innings.
Alex Obal - Friday, May 22 2009 @ 02:16 PM EDT (#200408) #
Yeah, with the Nats desperate for all the bullpen help they can find, that seems like a very logical match.

Cecil demoted? Interesting. Ray was obviously a stopgap measure, but I thought they might be willing to stick with Cecil a bit longer than they did. Tallet has been very impressive, though I wonder whether people are going to figure him out. I think of him as basically a trick pitcher, since he has the funky crossfire pitching motion, which (I bet is the main factor that) gives him Rivera splits. I think he'll start facing lineups stacked with lefties soon enough. If he can handle that, maybe he is for real...

I disagree with the notion that Cecil 'needs' more time in the minors, but I'm prepared to accept this move in light of the Jays' rotation depth and the fact that they're not obviously settling for mediocrity in the process, unless you consider Tallet mediocrity.
Magpie - Friday, May 22 2009 @ 02:27 PM EDT (#200410) #
A couple of stories on about Cito Gaston's return to Atlanta - one from Jordan Bastian, natch and a second from Braves writer Mark Bowman on Bobby Cox renewing acquaintances with an old friend. The Jays, of course, won the last game Gaston managed in Atlanta. Otis Nixon made the final out.

As is generally known, Gaston's coaching career started as a minor league hitting instructor in the Braves organization - Henry Aaron, his old roommate,  got him started.

Here's the thing - isn't it weird that Henry Aaron even had a roommate?

Things done changed...
codyla - Friday, May 22 2009 @ 02:40 PM EDT (#200411) #

Casey Janssen and Ricky Romero have also both been recalled. Cecil and Bobby Ray got sent down.

ayjackson - Friday, May 22 2009 @ 03:16 PM EDT (#200412) #
So unless I'm missing something, we've decided to only use a 24-man roster on the Braves?
Chuck - Friday, May 22 2009 @ 03:17 PM EDT (#200413) #
Inglett, Janssen, Romero up.
Snider, Cecil, Ray down.
Mike D - Friday, May 22 2009 @ 03:33 PM EDT (#200414) #

According to the Bastian article, Janssen is scheduled for Saturday and Romero for Tuesday.  I guess that means an extra day of rest for Richmond and (importantly) Tallet.

The rotation order morphs from Doc-Richmond-Tallet-Cecil-Ray to Doc-Janssen-Richmond-Tallet-Romero.  I like the idea of Janssen having the benefit of a Halladay-rested bullpen.

Blue in SK - Friday, May 22 2009 @ 03:42 PM EDT (#200415) #
R - R - R - L - L. Would be nice to stick a lefty to break up the three RHs. Maybe flip Janssen with Romero?
Magpie - Friday, May 22 2009 @ 03:44 PM EDT (#200416) #
So unless I'm missing something, we've decided to only use a 24-man roster on the Braves?

Yup. They could have let either Cecil or Romero fly to Atlanta and watch games they wouldn't be pitching in, but they decided against it.

There are, curiously enough, no position players on the 40 man roster who are not either: a) with the Jays right now, or b) on the Disabled List. Not a one.  Will suggested that the Jays might consider calling up Arencibia instead of Inglett, which is an interesting thought. But he'd have to be added to the 40 man roster, and if you send him back to AAA this year, you'll have used up one of his option years.
Magpie - Friday, May 22 2009 @ 03:48 PM EDT (#200417) #
And before I forget, let me commend your attention to this fine piece on tonight's starting pitcher. Who is, as you all know, a Living God.
Mike Green - Friday, May 22 2009 @ 04:22 PM EDT (#200418) #
Personally, I wouldn't be sending down Cecil at this particular moment for a variety of reasons.  The major problem is that he really doesn't need to go down to Las Vegas to get better.  He could use time in the major league bullpen at some point in the season.  It is a problem when your triple A club is not really the best place for a young starter, be it Cecil or Romero or Ray or whomever, to develop or recover.  Cecil's game is in large part based on the ground ball and if the defence behind him is poor, it will create incentives for him to try to pitch in a way that he is not suited to.  Really, the best thing for the club might be to ship Ryan out on another rehab assignment and to have Cecil/Romero both on the roster, one in the rotation and one in the pen.  Alas, that aint gonna happen.

Cito left Cecil in a long time in Wednesday's game.  The confidence that he expressed (and which I support) is undermined to some degree by the rapid return to Triple A. 

Mylegacy - Friday, May 22 2009 @ 04:37 PM EDT (#200420) #
Mike I agree. Cecil should stay - for now - even if only in the pen. However, I suspect that Cecil will be the first one recalled.

Marcum? Anyone heard if he's still turning heads with how far he's come back?

Mick Doherty - Friday, May 22 2009 @ 05:02 PM EDT (#200422) #

"Snider sent down to Vegas, he was looking for a base to steal / He was in a bind, Jays were way behind, JP was looking to make a deal..."

Good Lord, Matthew, this is brilliant. Don't stop there! Keep the lyrics coming!

And the man said "I'm the Doctor ... and you can't hit me, son
I'll throw my pitch, make you my bitch, one-two-three you're done ..."

John Northey - Friday, May 22 2009 @ 05:13 PM EDT (#200423) #
Of course, we don't know if Cecil knew ahead of time that would be his last start if things went poorly - it is possible the Jays told him or he assumed as much.  Thus Cito leaving him in would be a sign to him that he was getting every chance to save himself. 

I suspect Ray and Cecil both know that they need to figure out how to deal with what happens when things pile on - ie: you get in trouble, get yourself out without panic.  They knew as well as anyone that Romero and Janssen were ready and that Litsch would be close behind. 

Now, as to LV - at least they won't have Inglett at SS now.  Keeping the ball down in LV is vital as the PCL is a homer haven, which is a good thing for them to know.  K's are vital as well when the defense is poor. Thus the two things needed for long term success are there, and the penalty for wildness or leaving the ball up is high. 

Matthew E - Friday, May 22 2009 @ 06:24 PM EDT (#200424) #

Mick: I actually thought of more but I think doing the whole song is more effort than I want to put into it. I have bits like

Travis rosin up your bat and play your position hard / The Jays play down in Georgia while the Royals play the Cards / And if you win you'll get this shiny glove that's made of gold / And if you lose the waiver wire gets your soul

but that's about it.


jgadfly - Friday, May 22 2009 @ 06:50 PM EDT (#200425) #

"Making it up as we go along" ... anybody else uneasy with that approach ?   Pardon us for winning but ... Anthopoulos' justification for sending Snider down because he was not getting as many at bats as expected ... "being in first place ...each game is important..."  "Bautista... Millar are productive" ... excuse me but why is anybody messing with the head of the Jay's uber number one prospect ?   He made the team coming out of springtraining.   At that time the discussion should have been "OK Cito, we don't want to visit a 'Shawn Greene Two' scenario with Bautista morphing into Maldonado (or whomever it was ?)  Win or lose, protect him where you must but Snider plays as much as possible. We sink or swim with him so  get ready to get wet " Last time into Boston Snider played quite well ... so much so that he was a 'leading' player and not badly enough to warrant watching two out of three games from the bench. Next time into Boston the team would have been better with Snider getting at bats this time. Which lineup poses or is perceived to be the more dangerous or explosive ;  the one with Bautista or the one with Snider  ?  

Some things one should make up as one goes along but it should not involve one's approach or treatment of your number one prospect .  FWIW ... IM(ns)HO

jerjapan - Friday, May 22 2009 @ 07:02 PM EDT (#200426) #
Some things one should make up as one goes along but it should not involve one's approach or treatment of your number one prospect .

Prospects get called up and demoted all the time ... this isn't messing with anyone's head.  Even if Cecil and Snider somehow avoid the media, their agents wont - these players know exactly how much this organization values them, and they also know that they have a bright big league future ahead of them. 
scottt - Friday, May 22 2009 @ 07:47 PM EDT (#200427) #
Halladay and pray for rain. Any chance tonight's game is canceled?

If it looks bad, I would not hesitate to start Wolfe and bring Halladay in after 2 or 3 innings, just to make sure we're not wasting his start. That's just me, of course.

Magpie - Friday, May 22 2009 @ 08:02 PM EDT (#200429) #
It may make for a tedious weekend, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

The Memorial Day weekend could be damp at times, with a good chance of showers and isolated thunderstorms daily through Monday.... The National Weather Service said a low pressure area meandering through the Gulf of Mexico will pump moist air into Georgia all weekend. The chance of rain is 60 percent Saturday and 50 percent Sunday and Monday, forecasters said.

But this is the Jays' only visit to Atlanta, so the umpires will do everything to get the games in.
slitheringslider - Friday, May 22 2009 @ 08:36 PM EDT (#200431) #
The home plate umpire is really squeezing the plate on Halladay. When he went 3-0 against prado, all 3 pitches were on the border of the strikezone but none went Halladay's way. I've read somewhere that even umpires have a hard time picking up Halladay's pitches cause it s moving so much. I wonder if this is the case with these umps since they are unfamiliar with Halladay. Do Umps work both leagues or just one?
Moe - Friday, May 22 2009 @ 09:47 PM EDT (#200433) #
Do Umps work both leagues or just one?

It used to be that umpires had a league attachment but since 2000? they work both leagues.
sduguid - Friday, May 22 2009 @ 10:08 PM EDT (#200434) #
Halladay really battled out there today - it's too bad they couldn't put a run or two across for him.
sduguid - Friday, May 22 2009 @ 10:25 PM EDT (#200435) #
That's another loss that's hard to take.  Hopefully the bats can start to pick it up again, as they seem to have gone cold.  The theory has been that Wells and Rios would eventually catch fire when some of the others cool off and I think the Jays will need a bit of that if things are going to keep going well.
Sherrystar - Friday, May 22 2009 @ 10:37 PM EDT (#200437) #

Welcome back 2008 offence!

I really hope Gaston gets over his Jesse Carlson obession soon. That's 3 games that Carlson has cost the Jays.

I feel much more comfortable with Frasor and his new changeup

snider - Friday, May 22 2009 @ 10:45 PM EDT (#200438) #
Time to send a few messages and move Lind up to third in the order. 
sduguid - Friday, May 22 2009 @ 10:52 PM EDT (#200439) #
Bastian notes on Twitter that Halladay's run of 26 consecutive starts with a decision ended with tonight's game.
scottt - Saturday, May 23 2009 @ 08:34 AM EDT (#200443) #
Sorry for Halladay's streak, but that's how it goes in the National League where a pitcher can be be removed for a pinch hitter.

It's sad to see Doc outpitched by Kawakami, but did anybody here think he was going to win 30 this year?

zeppelinkm - Saturday, May 23 2009 @ 09:38 AM EDT (#200447) #



cybercavalier - Monday, May 25 2009 @ 12:20 AM EDT (#200497) #
johnny was - Friday, May 22 2009 @ 02:04 PM EDT (#200406) # The offense certainly would get a lot sexier with Lind back to LF and Johnson at DH, where he hopefully wouldn't be able to hurt himself.  If the Nats were fishing for Manny Delcarmen, JP could offer League or Accardo plus minor league sweetener if necessary without upsetting the 2010 pitching staff in any significant way.  I see no downside whatsoever.

That sweetener can be Davis Romero. So Accardo and Romero for Nick Johnson.
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