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The #LetsGoBlueJays visit the Oakland Athletics in the Kendrys Morales cage match this weekend.


Series Schedule / Probable Starters

Friday at 10:07 pm ET - Marcus Stroman vs. Aaron Brooks
Saturday at 4:07 pm ET - Matt Shoemarker vs. Mike Fiers
Sunday at 4:07 pm ET - Aaron Sanchez vs. Brett Anderson

Oakland began its homestand by splitting a two-game set against Houston to remain one game above sea level at 11-10.

Looking at former Blue Jays on the Athletics roster, Marco Estrada is out with a back issue. He has been lit up like a Christmas tree. Kendrys Morales and Liam Hendriks are still on the Athletics roster. Morales is hitting .200 over 45 at-bats with a homer and three RBI while Hendriks has a 1.69 ERA over his first nine appearances. Oakland also signed slugger Khris Davis to a two-year extension.

The Blue Jays finally won a series as they took three of four in Minnesota. They are 8-12, tied for third in the AL East with Baltimore. Both are ahead of Boston in the race for the division cellar. Nothing else happening right now in Blue Jays land except for Vladdy watch. My excitement for Eric Sogard's call-up was well-founded. He's 6-for-12 with three RBI and an OPS of 1.205.
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Mike Green - Friday, April 19 2019 @ 10:21 PM EDT (#372849) #
Brito's route to that ball was, um, sub-optimal.  Chapman got the double, but it looked very catchable.
Nigel - Friday, April 19 2019 @ 10:38 PM EDT (#372850) #
I really canít see why 2 of 3 of Brito, Drury and Hansen arenít gone for Vladdy and Biggio right now.
hypobole - Friday, April 19 2019 @ 10:49 PM EDT (#372851) #
Morales looks better in green than blue,

So 20 games without a 2nd inning run and the streak is snapped by the guy no one had in the pool
Nigel - Friday, April 19 2019 @ 10:53 PM EDT (#372852) #
That was a heck of a play by Sogard. Between the defence, plate discipline and LH batting heís the most useful of the utility AAAA guys for this roster.
hypobole - Friday, April 19 2019 @ 10:54 PM EDT (#372853) #
Great pick and throw by Sogard to get Profar.
Thomas - Friday, April 19 2019 @ 10:58 PM EDT (#372854) #
Nerd Power is a wonderful thing to watch.
dan gordon - Friday, April 19 2019 @ 11:47 PM EDT (#372855) #
I think they should have challenged that call at 3rd. McKinney looked like he got the hand in before the tag on the ribs.

Enjoy Sogard's fluky hitting while it lasts. He has a career OPs of .627, slightly above Ryan Goins territory.
uglyone - Saturday, April 20 2019 @ 12:22 AM EDT (#372856) #
while some of our pitchers have been a bit lucky this year, stroshow has been legit dialled in. pitching as well as he ever has. his stuff looks awesome.
SK in NJ - Saturday, April 20 2019 @ 12:26 AM EDT (#372857) #
Really hope the Jays find a way to sign Stroman to an extension at some point.
Kelekin - Saturday, April 20 2019 @ 12:51 AM EDT (#372858) #
If it was between Stroman and Sanchez, who would you pick?

For me, it's Stroman. It brings me back to when we traded Syndergaard and I was absolutely devastated that they kept Sanchez because of a "higher ceiling", as opposed to the player actually dominating. This is how I feel with Stroman. When he's on, he's on, and he's on a lot more than Sanchez. He adapts, and seems like a smart pitcher who could last for a number of years by being able to adjust. I think I rather a consistent #2, than a maybe occasionally sometimes ace.
uglyone - Saturday, April 20 2019 @ 12:55 AM EDT (#372859) #
i don't think it's a particularly close call.

Sanchez only had one good year where his ERA looked pretty fluky compared to his underling numbers.
Glevin - Saturday, April 20 2019 @ 01:20 AM EDT (#372860) #
Agree with Ugly. Not close. Stroman has been a very good pitcher every year except last. Sanchez has had one good year and that was in 2016.
grjas - Saturday, April 20 2019 @ 08:22 AM EDT (#372861) #
Stroman for sure.
85bluejay - Saturday, April 20 2019 @ 08:45 AM EDT (#372862) #
Excellent start Marcus - Keep up the good work

I know you love T.O but in all fairness, San Diego is an excellent place to spend your summer.
BlueJayWay - Saturday, April 20 2019 @ 08:50 AM EDT (#372863) #
Stroman's better than Sanchez, yeah. Last year was his only year when he wasn't good, and that was largely due to the shoulder issue, and then blisters later on. He looks back to his regular self this year. Sanchez is kind of the other way - as a starter he's only had the one good year. I like Stroman's command and 'pitchability' a lot more.



dalimon5 - Saturday, April 20 2019 @ 08:53 AM EDT (#372864) #
Latest rumours from Ken Rosenthal in The Athletic yesterday have Houston looking for starting pitching help because Forest Whitley will be on an innings limit this year come playoff time. So he mentions Stroman, Sanchez and Bumgarner. If we can get 1/3rd the return the Rays got for Archer for Stroman I'd be happy. I'd rather keep Sanchez because of his frame and "less used" arm.

Between the two I would agree it's not even close right now, Stroman is the much better pitcher, which is why we may net out stronger by trading him and keeping Sanchez (may - all depends on if a strong return is had).

I have to say that "Marcus looks fresh and strong." How many times did Pat say that?

85bluejay - Saturday, April 20 2019 @ 09:52 AM EDT (#372865) #
While I'd prefer trading with San Diego/Atlanta, this FO loves trading with the Astros - probably value players similarly and Shapiro/Atkins always seem to mention Houston as an organization to emulate - of course, we are not getting Whitley.

The Stroman/Sanchez debate seems mute to me as I expect the Jays to say sayonara to both this year assuming they are having solid years.
Mike Green - Saturday, April 20 2019 @ 10:15 AM EDT (#372866) #
Moot not mute.

I am hoping that the club can extend Stroman as they did for Grichuk. Don't know that there will be a match.
hypobole - Saturday, April 20 2019 @ 10:21 AM EDT (#372867) #
Jays should only trade if extension(s) not possible, and yes, Stroman should be the extension priority.
85bluejay - Saturday, April 20 2019 @ 10:22 AM EDT (#372868) #
Thanks Mike - I should really learn to use the preview option.
scottt - Saturday, April 20 2019 @ 10:37 AM EDT (#372869) #
When he's on, Stroman can hit the corners. Sanchez is more like Reid-Foley, throw it right down the middle and see where it ends up.

Houston is in win now mode and still have prospects.
Atlanta and San Diego are loaded with pitching prospects but might not be interested.
Stroman's ERA looks pretty good right now though.

ayjackson - Saturday, April 20 2019 @ 10:44 AM EDT (#372871) #
It doesn't seem to be that mgt has any interest in opening extension discussions with either. I am ssuming both are gone August 1st.

But clearly extending them both is key to competing within Vlad's 5-yr window.
greenfrog - Saturday, April 20 2019 @ 10:53 AM EDT (#372872) #
I can understand the desire to extend Stroman, but it should be acknowledged that last season he was hampered by shoulder problems and that he has had stretches of ineffectiveness (perhaps due to the shoulder issue). Itís unclear whether he can be a 180-220 inning per season pitcher for the next five or six seasons.

If the team can extend him at somewhat of a discount because of the health issue, they should probably do it. Would 5/$100m (for 2020-2024) be a reasonable extension for both sides?
SK in NJ - Saturday, April 20 2019 @ 10:59 AM EDT (#372873) #
Stroman seems like someone who would bet on himself so an extension that doesn't pay him like an ace might be hard to get done. Regardless, you have to adjust to market conditions. A year ago I would have said that as a rebuilding team the Jays should move Stroman, but the market has shifted to where free agency is not as lucrative for players, and teams are holding on to good prospects for dear life. There should be a reasonable price point to where there is more value in keeping him than there is in trading him. Both sides have to agree on a number though, and that's always the hard part.

The Jays are in a unique spot where they have no real financial commitments beyond 2020 except Gurriel and Grichuk, and plan to build the entire team around 0-3 (service time) players by the end of this season/beginning of next season. They could conceivably re-sign everyone (Stroman, Sanchez, Giles) and still be able to field a good young competitive team if their prospects pan out. I would still move Giles, though.
snider - Saturday, April 20 2019 @ 11:02 AM EDT (#372874) #
Over/under on how many more MLB games Brito has in his career. Would you go over 100?
Nigel - Saturday, April 20 2019 @ 11:07 AM EDT (#372875) #
The rationale behind signing Grichuk applies to Stroman as well. Heís an above average player at a position where the Jays simply donít have internal assets to fill his position. The Jays paid market value for Grichuk - that was no ďdiscountĒ deal. Why wouldnít they pay market for Stroman? They will have to pay market value (in free agency or in prospects) to replace him. There doesnít seem to be any interest in extending him so I would guess that the relationship is fractured.
dalimon5 - Saturday, April 20 2019 @ 11:14 AM EDT (#372876) #
The return for Archer (team friendly contract with 3 years left I believe) with longer track record but similar ceiling to Stroman was Shane Baz, Meadows and Glasnow.
uglyone - Saturday, April 20 2019 @ 11:15 AM EDT (#372877) #
Sounds like the vladdy/tuesday rumor was fake news.
hypobole - Saturday, April 20 2019 @ 11:55 AM EDT (#372879) #
Itís unclear whether he can be a 180-220 inning per season pitcher for the next five or six seasons.

Does matter as much as it used to? Last year only 32 pitchers had 180 IP, 13 200 IP, and only Scherzer hit 220 (barely).
hypobole - Saturday, April 20 2019 @ 12:13 PM EDT (#372880) #
I could swear someone (Atkins?? Montoyo?? Meacham??) said 20-30 AAA AB's? That should be the upcoming homestand.
greenfrog - Saturday, April 20 2019 @ 12:16 PM EDT (#372881) #
Well, Stroman himself was a 200+ IP pitcher in his last two healthy seasons, so 180-220 IP seems like a reasonable benchmark for what you would hope to get out of him on an annual basis, given what it will take to extend him.
hypobole - Saturday, April 20 2019 @ 12:53 PM EDT (#372882) #
OK, I could see 180-200 as reasonable. The year after those 200+ IP's he had shoulder issues.
uglyone - Saturday, April 20 2019 @ 01:05 PM EDT (#372883) #
Stroman has had 2 injured years but has mostly been a horse.

Including postseason and milb:

Yr1: 33gms, 27gs, 5.3fwar/32, 4.6ra9war/32
Yr2: 9gms, 9gs, 3.2fwar/32, 10.4ra9war/32
Yr3: 34gms, 34gs, 3.4fwar/32, 2.2ra9war/32
Yr4: 33gms, 33gs, 3.3fwar/32, 4.8ra9war/32
Yr5: 20gms, 20gs, 2.4fwar/32, -0.7ra9war/32
Yr6: 5gms, 5gs, 7.0fwar/32, 7.0ra9war/32

Tot MLB: 113gs, 3.6fwar/32, 3.4ra9war/32

Sanchez: 73gs, 1.8fwar/32, 3.1ra9war/32
Chuck - Saturday, April 20 2019 @ 01:37 PM EDT (#372884) #
Khris Davis has his 2019 average at .247. The man can't help himself.
grjas - Saturday, April 20 2019 @ 01:46 PM EDT (#372885) #
There doesnít seem to be any interest in extending him so I would guess that the relationship is fractured.

Maybe, but this off season it wasnít clear how Stroman was going to perform, so Iím not surprised that management was quiet. Moving forward, I would be disappointed if they didnít at least try.
Nigel - Saturday, April 20 2019 @ 01:57 PM EDT (#372886) #
If youíre only interested in signing players when you are sure of how they are going to perform (which is pretty rare anyway) you are only ever going to pay top dollar- which we know this team wonít do. Mid salary teams need to take risks on players on occasion.
uglyone - Saturday, April 20 2019 @ 02:05 PM EDT (#372887) #
For better or worse, this FO will never take a significant risk. That is their entire MO.

Grichuk has performed as a 3+ war guy per 650pa in his career. Signing him for $10m is very very low risk, even if he never actually becomes a consistent healthy fulltime player. If he stays what he is, or even a little worse, he's still decent value....and then there's plenty of room for them to get surplus value out of the deal if he becomes a legit fulltime player and maintains a similar level of performance.

Stroman will cost double that, and his per/full season numbers are only moderately better than grichuk's, and his more established full-time player credentials are belied by the inherent extra riskiness of pitchers vs hitters. Paying $20m for stroman gives them very little room to get surplus value out of the deal.

Signing Gurriel for 7yrs on a bench player level contract is about as much risk as you'll see them take, imo.
Nigel - Saturday, April 20 2019 @ 02:28 PM EDT (#372888) #
Grichuk isnít getting $10m for his free agency years itís more like $14m. You need to compare apples to apples. If Stroman got $17-20m per for his free agency years then that would be in line with Grichukís deal. I agree that I donít see this FO taking on that risk though.
bpoz - Saturday, April 20 2019 @ 02:33 PM EDT (#372889) #
Agreed UO. I feel that they will be 40% more expensive that TB.

We know how TB tries to operate. Their #1 rule is to have a low payroll. With that rule they cannot trade for expensive contracts. No expensive FA signings and no expensive extensions.

We have seen inexpensive extensions around the league lately. Acuna and Albies in Atlanta. B Snell in TB. C Archer was traded before he got expensive. I expect B Snell to also be traded before he becomes expensive. The return for Archer was T Glasnow and A Meadows who currently are cheap. When you trade good talent like Archer who also has a team friendly contract you should get a very good return.

I am eager to see how the C Morton FA acquisition is dealt with. Not cheap but only 2 years I believe.

All TB's moves have a minimal backlash from their fans.
scottt - Saturday, April 20 2019 @ 02:42 PM EDT (#372890) #
Archer was traded by Cleveland along with 2 other prospects for Mark DeRosa.

Then Archer was one of 5 prospects traded to Tampa for Matt Garza, Fernando Perez and Zac Rosscup.
I'm pointing that out in reference to the quantity over quality argument.

Tyler Glassnow is not a prospect. He's out of options and was a 100 ERA+ sinker/slider pitcher that Tampa converted into a  4-seamer/curveball pitcher. (Kinda like what Sanchez is trying to do.)
Meadows was an outfielder similar to Teoscar Hernandez, above average offense, below average defense. He was a first round pick and has taken a huge step forward so far this year Offensively at least. He spent equal time at all 3 outfield position with Pittsburgh. Tampa is keeping him out of centerfield.
Shane Baz was a player to be named later. He's actually the Pirates' 2017 first round pick.



scottt - Saturday, April 20 2019 @ 02:55 PM EDT (#372891) #
There's nothing wrong with waiting to be sure a pitcher is healthy before extending, unless the deal is team friendly. Remember the Ricky Romero extension? That was a huge part of why the Jays were not able to contend from 2013 to mid 2015, when AA cashed all his chips.

The Jays offered a market value deal to AA and he refused.
They passed on Bautista because he was declining quickly.
They couldn't agree on value with Donaldson either and they seemed to have been right.
They might have overpaid a bit with Morales, but at least he was healthy.

Just this year, the Jays are mostly paying for players no longer on the roster.
That is the biggest risk to the team, locking dollars into sunken deals.
They are doing quite well with 1 year contracts+ options.
The Rays are doing the same thing with Morton. 
Btw, Snell's broken toe could be a huge deal.


hypobole - Saturday, April 20 2019 @ 03:00 PM EDT (#372892) #
Jon Berti is coming back to the majors with the Marlins.
dan gordon - Saturday, April 20 2019 @ 05:05 PM EDT (#372893) #
They may have just lost one of their better trading chips in another fluky play. Shoemaker hurt his knee in a rundown. It didn't look good.
hypobole - Saturday, April 20 2019 @ 05:16 PM EDT (#372894) #
Being a Jays trading chip has become akin to being a drummer for Spinal Tap.
Thomas - Saturday, April 20 2019 @ 05:18 PM EDT (#372895) #
There is a definite possibility Shoemaker did his ACL there. Not good.

Sogard for MVP.
hypobole - Saturday, April 20 2019 @ 05:45 PM EDT (#372897) #
Drury doesn't seem overly interested in getting a Buffalo vacation.
Magpie - Saturday, April 20 2019 @ 05:46 PM EDT (#372898) #
Drury hearing footsteps.
dan gordon - Saturday, April 20 2019 @ 05:58 PM EDT (#372899) #
The Sanchez/Stroman situations will be interesting to see play out. Important calls for the team's future. I see that some prefer Stroman. If you want to take the opposite view, you could look at bWAR per 180 IP in their careers so far. Sanchez has a definite edge, with a 3.56 bWAR/180 compared to 2.90 bWAR/180 IP for Stroman. Sanchez also has a career ERA of 3.41 vs 3.82 for Stroman. Sanchez has done a better job of limiting hits in his career with 7.76/9 compared to 9.01/9 for Stroman. Sanchez is 14 months younger than Stroman. Sanchez' current salary is 47% lower than Stroman's, so you have a much lower number as a negotiating point with which to compare a possible future salary.
scottt - Saturday, April 20 2019 @ 06:08 PM EDT (#372900) #
Stroman pitched to contact for a bit and got his bWAR up in the sky.
Sanchez has changed and keeps changing. He has a lot to prove right now.
We'll see where  they are at the end of June.

Hopefully Shoemaker is not out for too long.
The Jays have him for another year and his history will make hit hard to get a decent return for him.

They have a couple of days off, Monday and Thursday.
Then they might go with an opener, if Borucki isn't ready.
Waguespack could get a start.
They don't really have a reliever they can recall on the 40.

dan gordon - Saturday, April 20 2019 @ 06:12 PM EDT (#372901) #
They just showed the replay of Shoemaker being examined while he was sitting down on the field. He looked very upset, and punched the ground really hard twice in frustration. I think he knew he suffered a bad injury. I wouldn't be surprised to hear he's done for the year.
SK in NJ - Saturday, April 20 2019 @ 06:51 PM EDT (#372902) #
Tough break for Shoemaker. He was pitching really well. I never viewed him as a trade deadline piece. Teams might give up value for a pitcher that could be in their playoff rotation, but I can't imagine many teams would have viewed Shoemaker as that sort of pickup. The extra year of control probably has more value to the Jays than anything they could have gotten for him at the deadline.
dan gordon - Saturday, April 20 2019 @ 07:03 PM EDT (#372904) #
Left knee sprain. MRI tomorrow. Maybe he dodged a bullet.
scottt - Saturday, April 20 2019 @ 07:30 PM EDT (#372905) #
He's upset because he has hardly played the last 2 years.
He was dealing an in line for his 4th win.
He's on a guaranteed 3.5M contract, but he just lost a chance at an extra 1M in bonuses.

scottt - Saturday, April 20 2019 @ 07:47 PM EDT (#372906) #
I forgot that Borucki is on the 60IL.
Clayton Richard is the one who might be ready early May.

They don't really need an another starter until May 4th.


hypobole - Saturday, April 20 2019 @ 10:42 PM EDT (#372910) #
Hey, no compliments for #2JB for the prophetic photo in his preview?
rpriske - Sunday, April 21 2019 @ 12:48 AM EDT (#372911) #
There was a report on twitter that Vladi is coming up on Tuesday.

No idea how legit it is.
vw_fan17 - Sunday, April 21 2019 @ 02:19 AM EDT (#372912) #
Hey, no compliments for #2JB for the prophetic photo in his preview?

Yeah, I was thinking that just as I entered this thread..

Let's hope Shoemaker is only out a little. All of a sudden, the hitters are, well, hitting. And the pitchers are pitching. This team could be fun to watch, especially if we can swap out, say Hanson or Brito for VGJ and he progresses as projected.
85bluejay - Sunday, April 21 2019 @ 08:11 AM EDT (#372913) #
Who needs Vlad?

Derek Law has been pitching well in Buffalo and has ML experience but needs a 40 man spot, so maybe the great Jacob Waguespack makes his ML debut when Shoemaker hits the DL.
greenfrog - Sunday, April 21 2019 @ 08:22 AM EDT (#372914) #
Smith Jr. with another home run for Baltimore yesterday. Now hitting .288/.333/.513 (0.7 WAR) in 87 PA. Teoscar still at zero WAR.
grjas - Sunday, April 21 2019 @ 08:38 AM EDT (#372915) #
Glad to see Smith Jr doing well. Pity Pompey got injured after they traded Smith or heíd probably still be around
scottt - Sunday, April 21 2019 @ 09:34 AM EDT (#372916) #
Teoscar is at .5 bWAR. Dwight Smith is at 0.4 bWAR.

Hernandez should hit more and Smith might get more playing time overall.
I certainly wouldn't swap them.

bpoz - Sunday, April 21 2019 @ 09:51 AM EDT (#372917) #
Baltimore is interesting. 5 teams in the AL East.

NYY & Boston will very rarely do a rebuild. Their fans would not like it and probably not even understand.

TB is constantly re tooling. Would usually have a nice mix or talented young and veteran players.

Baltimore and Toronto will do rebuilds. We know that because they are currently doing that.

What would be Toronto's and Baltimore's goal when they have opened their contending window? We don't know. Just be ok? 82-88 wins or have higher goals 89-96 wins for example.

For the 89-96 wins we know that NYY and Boston will use expensive FAs/players which will result in a V high payroll. JD Martinez and Stanton for example.

Baltimore currently does spend big. A Cobb and C Davis.

Toronto's current FO may or may not spend big. TB will not spend big.

I see every method working except maybe Baltimore. They should build a good core by losing like they are now and thereby getting the high draft picks. Then sign or trade for expensive players, to supplement.

greenfrog - Sunday, April 21 2019 @ 10:12 AM EDT (#372918) #
Teoscar career (811 PA):

.241/.306/.470
0.9 fWAR
1.5 bWAR

Smith Jr. career (191 PA):

.291/.351/.488
0.9 fWAR
0.4 bWAR

It will be interesting to compare the two players over the course of their careers. In any case, there is no need to speculate about a swap of the two players, as the Jays controlled both a couple of months ago.
bpoz - Sunday, April 21 2019 @ 10:46 AM EDT (#372919) #
Nice to compare Smith Jr and Teoscar. Smith Jr can never produce if is not given playing time.

Smith could not earn playing time because he was considered mediocre at just about everything except being healthy which was not valued enough.

Teoscar has incredible power and could develop into a 30 Hr guy this year. He also has to improve his K ratio. His defense is getting better.

Smith Jr looks like he is outplaying Grichuk. Grichuk's K rate is worse.
Nigel - Sunday, April 21 2019 @ 10:55 AM EDT (#372920) #
Moralesí WAR/162 as a pitcher may well exceed what he can do as a position player.
scottt - Sunday, April 21 2019 @ 11:42 AM EDT (#372921) #
Boston has the worst system in MLB. Dead last. 30th.
At some point the present group will run out of steam, it looks like it could happen very soon.
They'll probably trade a star or 2 for prospects if they can at that point.
They've traded key players in the past.

The Yankees just went through a rebuild.
Most of their players are on the DL, right now.
Their rotation is very old. They passed on signing a young starter this winter.

You don't rebuild when you have an MVP candidate in the lineup.
Boston has Betts, New York has Judge. Toronto had Donaldson.
It's very similar, except Donaldson was older.
It's like the Angels never doing a rebuild because they have Trout.

Boston could look a lot like Baltimore very fast, because they have no prospects.


grjas - Sunday, April 21 2019 @ 12:53 PM EDT (#372922) #
Boston seems to be doing the weird Jeckyl and Hyde routine they mastered from 2011 to 2015 where they alternated first and last positions in the division from year to year. But yeah, their lack of minor league talent has to be a worry for the fans. Even Price was commenting he and other vets might be traded for prospects.

Still, they have lots of money to burn and a hatred for the Yankees that is medieval.
hypobole - Sunday, April 21 2019 @ 02:15 PM EDT (#372923) #
Been trying to keep my posts positive since there are plenty of posters who cover negativity much better than I possibly could.

However on Wednesday I felt compelled to bring up the brittleness of our starting staff. Took all of 3 days. Still trying to learn to think before I post.
hypobole - Sunday, April 21 2019 @ 03:41 PM EDT (#372924) #
Shoe on 10 day IL. Urena recalled.
Magpie - Sunday, April 21 2019 @ 05:10 PM EDT (#372925) #
I'm the guy who said Smith, if he ever gets an opportunity, might turn out to be a better player than Hernandez, in every way imaginable. Smith isn't the type of player who gets as many opportunities as a player like Hernandez, but in truth there's a pretty good reason for that. Hernandez might hit 40 HRs if everything goes right for him. Smith doesn't have that kind of upside.
Nigel - Sunday, April 21 2019 @ 05:11 PM EDT (#372926) #
Tellez has had two days in a row of really good ABs.
Nigel - Sunday, April 21 2019 @ 05:22 PM EDT (#372927) #
I donít know about Hernandez v. Smith, I do know Hernandez has to hit a lot in order to be useful at all as an OF. His early season increased BB% would definitely help in that regard.
uglyone - Sunday, April 21 2019 @ 06:35 PM EDT (#372928) #
Cracked fingernail for Sanchez. That'll linger.
dan gordon - Sunday, April 21 2019 @ 06:37 PM EDT (#372929) #
They were saying on the radio broadcast that a broken nail is actually fairly easy to recover from, and Sanchez might not need to miss a start. His next scheduled start isn't until a week from today.
uglyone - Sunday, April 21 2019 @ 06:44 PM EDT (#372930) #
Depends on the reason for it i guess.
krose - Sunday, April 21 2019 @ 07:18 PM EDT (#372931) #
Grichuk looks like he just signed the kind of contract that allows for less concern about quality of at bats.
scottt - Sunday, April 21 2019 @ 07:29 PM EDT (#372932) #
What a game. If Urena doesn't come in, Galvis does not make that catch on a wobbly knee.
Paul D - Sunday, April 21 2019 @ 07:47 PM EDT (#372933) #
Shoemaker out for the year with a torn ACL. Yikes, I feel bad for him.
Thomas - Sunday, April 21 2019 @ 07:52 PM EDT (#372935) #
As I predicted yesterday, Shomaker tore his ACL and is out for the year. I feel really bad for him; he's had a career of hard luck.
grjas - Sunday, April 21 2019 @ 07:55 PM EDT (#372936) #
Well if Sanchez goes down, theyíll already have had injuries to 5 of their top 6 starters. Pity now that theyíre playing good offence and defence.
dan gordon - Sunday, April 21 2019 @ 08:12 PM EDT (#372937) #
Yah, it was obvious that Shoemaker thought it was bad right away, the way he was pounding his fist into the ground. What a tough career he's had for injuries, with the skull fracture, the nerve damage in his forearm, and now this. I guess it opens a spot for a guy like Pannone or Gaviglio to show what he can do as a starter.
scottt - Sunday, April 21 2019 @ 10:10 PM EDT (#372938) #
Thornton and Bochholtz just moved up in the charts.
Moving Shoemaker to the 60IL will open up a 40 roster spot.
They should probably put Sanchez on the 10IL too.

Pannone, Gaviglio, Waguespack, opener, tandem start.
Gio Gonzales is possibly available.

The Jays are just 1 game below .500.

dalimon5 - Sunday, April 21 2019 @ 10:53 PM EDT (#372939) #
Dwight Smith is in the bottom half of the rankings for advanced hitting metrics. I think it explains why the front office retains some of the players they do over others. They are big on "advanced" underlying numbers, like hard hit rate, velocity off bat, and independent slugging percentage...all categories where Smith is in the bottom half of the league.
scottt - Monday, April 22 2019 @ 06:59 AM EDT (#372940) #
To put things in perspectives, most of the Yankees are on the Injured list, Boston has lost Eovaldi to an elbow issue, Brock Holt has a scratched cornea, out indefinitely, Pedroia's knee is acting up and Nunez has a strained back

Back in Tampa, Meadows is on the IL with an injured thumb, Snell, with a broken toe, Matt Duffy with an hamstring and Ji-Man Choi is dealing with a calf.

Baseball is like that.

Thomas - Monday, April 22 2019 @ 07:59 AM EDT (#372941) #
Ji-Man Choi is dealing with a calf.

I know the Rays are cutting costs, but to have players work as farmers during their down time seems extreme.

bpoz - Monday, April 22 2019 @ 09:10 AM EDT (#372942) #
So Toronto and Baltimore gave up on 2019 before the end of 2018 and committed to a rebuild.

Of the 3 left standing TB seems to be doing the best. C Morton was a big pickup for them.

L Severino was a big loss. Very few are consistently durable.
Tanaka, Paxton, D German and Sabathia are carrying the load quite well. They also have Happ. They may survive.

Boston will have to compete with their bats and defense. Only D Price is pitching well so far.

Maybe the AL East division title and the 2 WCs are up for grabs this year.

Mike Green - Monday, April 22 2019 @ 09:21 AM EDT (#372943) #
Baseball teams know that the farm has the kids, and someone's got to tend to them...

Fangraphs Base Runs' chart gives a pretty fair description of what clubs have done so far, with adjustments for the (relatively) unsustainable (hit bunching, 1 run success).  The Blue Jays have scored 3.89 BaseRuns per game and allowed 3.72 BaseRuns per game.  The run prevention number is much better than expected- the pitching has been good (with Stroman, Shoemaker, Giles, Pannone and Gaviglio leading the way) and the defence has been solid. 

You'd anticipate that one of Gaviglio and Pannone would move to the rotation with Shoemaker's knee injury.  It doesn't look to me like there is a natural candidate in the farm to fill out the role left vacant, but they do have a 7 man pen now.  VGJ for Hanson and Jonathan Davis for Brito in a few days, and you've got an interesting club. 
Mike Green - Monday, April 22 2019 @ 10:04 AM EDT (#372944) #
Music for Easter Monday.  The Mountain Goats' "Doc Gooden", accessible here

And your ears do not deceive you, it contains the lyric: "Looked bad last week against the Blue Jays". 
scottt - Monday, April 22 2019 @ 11:00 AM EDT (#372945) #
We'll see. If it's down to Pannone and Gaviglio, Montoyo could go to an opener.
I think Clayton is starting to throw. Maybe mid-May if there's no set back.
They have a 40 roster spot to fill with a pitcher.
All the other pitchers on the roster are currently starting in the minors, most with little success.

Derek Law has looked good so far in a his 4 AAA game. That's an option.
Justin Shafer has been better in his 4 Buffalo games, but I'd be weary of losing him since he's already been outrighted once.
Then Waguespack is  pretty much the only starter who has  earned an MLB start.

Profar did not look in that last series.
I checked on the scout favourite. -1 bWAR -0.6 fWAR.
Struggling both offensively and defensively.



Nigel - Monday, April 22 2019 @ 11:09 AM EDT (#372946) #
The defence behind the run prevention passes the eye test as well. The infield defence, with the exception of Gurriel, has looked above average (particularly on the right side), as has the C defence. The OF defence hasnít looked a total mess either, although Iím not sure the defensive metrics will ultimately be kind to either of McKinney or Hernandez.
Nigel - Monday, April 22 2019 @ 11:16 AM EDT (#372947) #
Err left side - Iíll get my left and right sorted out one day.
SK in NJ - Monday, April 22 2019 @ 11:41 AM EDT (#372948) #
Drury has definitely passed the eye test defensively to me. He looks very good at 3B so far, a lot better than I expected. Having Galvis up the middle has been great as well. The team seemed to make it a priority to improve Teoscar's defense in LF. Fangraphs has rated him positively so far (+4 DRS, +2.1 UZR). I haven't seen enough plays from him to judge, but if he's improved enough to be average defensively, combined with improved plate discipline, then he has a chance to take a step forward overall. The power he has shown the past two years has to show up though, combined with the other things.
Mike Green - Monday, April 22 2019 @ 11:48 AM EDT (#372949) #
Was it just my old eyes, or should Drury have been able to make a play on Laureano's single in the ninth?  Off the bat, it looked to me like a 5-4-3 to end the game and Drury was playing off the line enough (I thought) to make the play.
Magpie - Monday, April 22 2019 @ 12:01 PM EDT (#372951) #
Challenges of Life, Part 379: Explaining to your friend the hockey fan that the pitcher had to come out of the game because he broke a fingernail.
bpoz - Monday, April 22 2019 @ 12:38 PM EDT (#372953) #
Hahaha Magpie.

We did well against Minnesota and Oakland. Got swept by Cleveland.

So 40 more games gets us and the league to 60 games played. I think if we are still in play for the AL East and both WCs that we should scrap playing the dumpster acquisitions. I mean a serious roster evaluation. No point in holding back any help from the minors unless there is a very good reason to. For example holding Bo and Biggio back for service time reasons. We have to keep Smoak and Galvis etc... contributing veterans for the whole year. Not trade them for average returns.
Mike Green - Monday, April 22 2019 @ 02:18 PM EDT (#372955) #
The Blue Jay pitching staff leaders by xwOBA in order are: Gaviglio, Pannone, Giles, Stroman, Giles, Luciano (!) and Shoemaker. 

The league-wide difference between xwOBA and wOBA is .001.  The Blue Jays' pitcher wOBA is .040 on average better than xwOBA, through 831 PAs.  That's a large difference, which could result from modest sample size/luck/ballpark differences and good defence.  It's probably a combination of all of the above. 

So I wanted to check back on the records of Gaviglio and Pannone.  Both have been successful the first time through the order in both relief and starting roles.  Pannone has done better than Gaviglio the second time and third time through the order, although the big difference is HR/FB rates and sample size warnings apply.  I wonder if they might consider a tandem or an opener/main event split. 
uglyone - Monday, April 22 2019 @ 02:29 PM EDT (#372956) #
Last Calendar Year:



1B Smoak (32): 588pa, 14.1b%/25.2k%, .302bip/.253avg, .232iso, 132wrc+, 2.8war650
CF Grichuk (27): 491pa, 6.1b%/26.3k%, .302bip/.259avg, .263iso, 124wrc+, 3.2war650
DH Tellez (24): 135pa, 5.2b%/30.4k%, .351bip/.282avg, .274iso, 133wrc+, 2.9war650
RF McKinney (24): 205pa, 7.8b%/23.9k%, .300babip/.250avg, .185iso, 102wrc+, 0.6war650
LF Teoscar (26): 579pa, 8.3%/30.6k%, .301babip/.231avg, .206iso, 97wrc+, 0.1war650
SS Galvis (29): 661pa, 5.4b%/21.8k%, .306bip/.256avg, .151iso, 89wrc+, 1.8war650
2B Travis* (28): 327pa, 4.6b%/14.7k%, .259bip/.245avg, .168iso, 87wrc+, 0.0war650
C Jansen (24): 158pa, 9.5b%/22.2k%, .270bip/.219avg, .131iso, 86wrc+, 3.7war650
3B Hanson (26): 347pa, 2.9b%/24.2k%, .300bip/.244avg, .155iso, 77wrc+, 0.4war650

UT Drury (26): 140pa, 5.0b%/32.1k%, .253bip/.177avg, .115iso, 41wrc+, -2.3war650
OF Brito (26): 72pa, 9.7b%/27.8k%, .159bip/.125avg, .047iso, 4wrc+, -7.2war650
IF Sogard (32): 95pa, 11.6b%/15.8k%, .239bip/.198avg, .025iso, 49wrc+, -1.4war650
C Maile (28): 232pa, 10.3b%/31.0k%, .302bip/.212avg, .118iso, 74wrc+, 4.5war650


CF Pompey* (26): 11pa, 9.1b%/54.5k%, .500bip/.200avg, .000iso, 35wrc+, 0.0war650
RF Alford (24): 24pa, 8.3b%/41.7k%, .167bip/.091avg, .000iso, -25wrc+, -5.4war650
LF Gurriel (25): 302pa, 4.0b%/23.2k%, .312bip/.264avg, .158iso, 94wrc+, 0.0war650
3B Urena (23): 135pa, 5.9b%/28.9k%, .434bip/.301avg, .081iso, 100wrc+, 2.4war650
SS Bichette (21): ----
2B Biggio (24): ----
1B Vladdy (20): ----
C McGuire (24): 33pa, 6.1b%/27.3k%, .350bip/.290avg, .290iso, 146wrc+, 7.9war650
PeterG - Monday, April 22 2019 @ 02:36 PM EDT (#372957) #
Being in contention for the WC will not cause any rethinking of roster decisions although a surprise contention for 1st place might give cause to ponder. I dodn't think they are committed to trading Galvis or any other player with term to 2020 (have option on Galvis) but Smoak ,being a pending FA, will be moved as soon as there is a taker.

I think that Stroman will either be extended or dealt by the end of July. Others can wait till off or next season if necessary though Giles is a strong candidate to be moved in July.
Mike Green - Monday, April 22 2019 @ 02:49 PM EDT (#372958) #
Being in contention for the WC will not cause any rethinking of roster decisions although a surprise contention for 1st place might give cause to ponder

Hypothetical.  It's July 15, and the Blue Jays are a game behind the Yankees and Twins who share the wild card positions and 5 games behind the Rays.  The Mariners trail them by a game and the Red Sox are at .500. They are 3 games over .500- Guerrero Jr., Biggio and Bichette are all up and performing exactly at par with their Steamer expectations (VGJ- ..308/.372/.521; Biggio- .235/.331/.406; Bichette- .263/.313/.405).  Assume that the club could use some help in the rotation if they wish to contend.  Should they be selling, buying or standing pat?   
dalimon5 - Monday, April 22 2019 @ 03:05 PM EDT (#372959) #
They should be making the best deals for the team with an eye to 2020 and beyond whether that means buying OR selling.
Mike Green - Monday, April 22 2019 @ 03:18 PM EDT (#372960) #
All right.  The Astros in 2017 acquired Verlander principally for Daz Cameron.  Verlander was under contract for $28 million in 2017, 18 and 19 and the Tigers agreed to assume $8 million in 2018 and 2019.  I guess that you'd approve of that kind of buying, but not the guy with just the remainder of the year on the contract.  Is that it?
pubster - Monday, April 22 2019 @ 03:20 PM EDT (#372961) #
Luke Maile as expected is the Jays best player.

If the Jays are in the WC chase, clearly the best thing to do is trade VG/Bichette/Biggio for a 3 year playoff window and then rebuild.

Before the rebuild its best to go to a different team.

scottt - Monday, April 22 2019 @ 04:05 PM EDT (#372962) #
I'm glad you remembered Travis. I didn't.
85bluejay - Monday, April 22 2019 @ 04:16 PM EDT (#372963) #
I'm setting aside Friday evening to attend a baseball game.
vw_fan17 - Monday, April 22 2019 @ 04:46 PM EDT (#372964) #
I guess my feeling (and I say this as very uninformed mlb-watching-only fan) - we're gonna need pitchers for the next few years no matter what we do.

Shoemaker's out for the year - that's a hole. He might return next year all healed to pitch another 50-60 innings before getting hurt again - he seems to be Brett Anderson part 2 - alas. Buchholz is on a one year deal, and it's unknown if he is even here by the end of the year.

Stroman and Sanchez could be kept for one more year through arb, but one will most likely be traded before next year, I would imagine.

Thornton is an unknown, but AFAICT, he's the only one pretty much guaranteed to be here next year, if he can keep pitching at a reasonable level and not get injured.

At this point, I would be picking up contracts like Verlander's that was mentioned - "overpriced vet" who had good years in the past and isn't too old, but currently not pitching to full value. Are there any out there? No idea. But, someone pitching at eg. ~2 WAR making $20M/year. We have so much money available in the next few years, even if we pay $80M for 8 reliable WAR in the pitching staff, with a chance to get to 10-12, it would be a huge impact, IMHO.

But that's just because I haven't seen / heard much about any prospects who could step into the rotation, other than Borucki or Reid-Foley, and neither one has really impressed me.. The others all seem 2-3 years away before they make an impact.
bpoz - Monday, April 22 2019 @ 05:18 PM EDT (#372965) #
L Maile is our best player?? I know that he is outplaying D Jansen so far. How close is the numbers evaluation for Maile (26 AB) and Sogard (22AB). Galvis at SS also plays a key defensive position and is definitely better offensively than Maile. Smoak is the DH and would need a monster performance to be considered better than a catcher.
pops - Monday, April 22 2019 @ 05:49 PM EDT (#372966) #
bpoz: I think pubster is looking at ugly's chart over the last "calendar" year, which list Maile as our best player by WAR650
hypobole - Monday, April 22 2019 @ 06:04 PM EDT (#372967) #
Yeah, pubster be pubsterin'. :)
hypobole - Monday, April 22 2019 @ 06:11 PM EDT (#372968) #
And Smoak has has a monster start to the year. 175 wRC+ has him as the 13th best hitter in baseball.
bpoz - Monday, April 22 2019 @ 06:43 PM EDT (#372969) #
Thanks pops. Sorry pubster. I skipped reading the chart.

But I am going to follow this Jays team like it has a chance to make the playoffs until it is out. If out I will cheer for trades and promotions. So I looked at 2010's final standings. I did check the results for July 15,2010. Our record 44-45. No 2nd WC in 2010. 5 teams ahead of us for the non existent 2WC July 15. So do nothing is good even if there was a 2WC.

The leader of the non existent 2WC was Boston 51-38. The final 2WC standings were Boston 89, CWS 88 and Toronto 85 wins.

So we definitely had a shot at the 2010 2WC.

I loved that team Cito was the manager and he was doing a farewell to Toronto.

The 2010 team hit a lot of HRs. Dumpster dove D Eveland, J Accardo, M Valdez. A lot of youth that did well. Many veteran position players.
So a couple of similarities to this team. Both did play hard IMO.


dan gordon - Monday, April 22 2019 @ 07:06 PM EDT (#372970) #
Back in the 2016 draft, the Jays took J.B. Woodman in the 2nd round just before the Giants took Bryan Reynolds. At the time, a few of us mentioned that we thought the Jays should have taken Reynolds. The Giants traded Reynolds to the Pirates in the McCutchen trade, and I see the Pirates just called up Reynolds to the big leagues a couple of days ago. He was OPS'ing 1.181 in AAA and has gone 4 for 6 in his 1st 2 major league games. We all know what happened to Woodman, although at least he was turned into Aledmys Diaz/Trent Thornton.
dalimon5 - Monday, April 22 2019 @ 07:10 PM EDT (#372971) #
I would basically buy anyone that I thought made the team better starting from next day forward. I would have trade Bo Bichete for Yellich when the Marlins were selling. I would trade any prospect or player for another prospect or player if it made the team better. Basically just take risks with the best calculation you can and with the willingness to eat money. That would be my strategy. It could mean extending a bunch of guys and trading away guys. The main point for me is that you can't just go selling or buying, they're different and both necessary in my version of a reset/rebuild.
hypobole - Monday, April 22 2019 @ 07:15 PM EDT (#372972) #
Bo just got hit with a pitch on his left hand and removed from the game.
diamonds38 - Monday, April 22 2019 @ 08:37 PM EDT (#372973) #
Bichette was in obvious pain...it did not look good. Hopefully not broken.
hypobole - Monday, April 22 2019 @ 09:08 PM EDT (#372975) #
Wasn't the rumour the Jays offered Bo, but the Fish wanted Vlad?
SK in NJ - Monday, April 22 2019 @ 09:18 PM EDT (#372976) #
I don't think it was ever stated who the Jays were offering. It was just said that the Marlins wanted Vlad, and once the Jays said no, they went with the Brewers offer instead. I vaguely remember reading that the Jays tried to give up lesser prospects while eating a bunch of bad contracts, but the Marlins weren't interested in saving money on that particular deal. Given how bad Brinson has looked, maybe they should have in hindsight.
bpoz - Monday, April 22 2019 @ 09:53 PM EDT (#372977) #
My personal opinion of Miami is "cheap and unlovable". But let Stanton or maybe a Miami fan explain it better.
hypobole - Monday, April 22 2019 @ 10:24 PM EDT (#372978) #
Jeff Blair had Bo offered for Yelich in a tweet. I never read or follow Blair so I don't know how credible he is.
dalimon5 - Monday, April 22 2019 @ 10:32 PM EDT (#372979) #
Jeff Blair is connected. He has called a lot of things before they unfolded, such as Pillar to the Giants.

85bluejay - Tuesday, April 23 2019 @ 10:10 AM EDT (#372986) #
I was crazy for Yelich especially after he signed that team friendly contract in Miami (I remember some here were rather negative about Yelich) - As I remember, after the criticism for the Stanton & Ozuna trades, it was reported that Miami was determined to get the #1 rated prospect from whichever team they traded Yelich to and for the Jays that was Vlad.
Mike Green - Tuesday, April 23 2019 @ 10:24 AM EDT (#372987) #
I remember some here were rather negative about Yelich

I was one.  Yelich took a big step forward last year, and may take another big step forward this year.  He's just hitting the ball a lot harder in Milwaukee than he did in Florida.  He's a bit of a different hitter entirely so far this year- he has gone from being an extreme ground ball hitter to a fly ball hitter.  It makes sense for him to try to do that given how hard he hits the ball. 
bpoz - Tuesday, April 23 2019 @ 11:07 AM EDT (#372989) #
Yelich has definitely taken a big step forward. So far this year looks better than last year. 16 bb and 16 K. Also just about everything looks better.

Drafted by Florida in 2010. Florida won 87 games in 2009, so a pretty good season. Better than 19 other teams, so picked #20 in round 1. Many teams passed.
ISLAND BOY - Tuesday, April 23 2019 @ 11:39 AM EDT (#372993) #
They actually picked Yelich at the 23rd position. The Jays picked Deck McGuire at the 11 slot. (Sob)
Shoeless Joe - Tuesday, April 23 2019 @ 11:42 AM EDT (#372994) #
Last week I noticed that the Jays were throwing fewer fastballs and more breaking pitches this year with much better results as a team. I tried to figure out of this was just the new pitchers working their way in, or significant changes to pitchers in last years staff. The example I want to highlight is Marcus Stroman.

Year / FB% / xwOBA / K%
2019 / 56.3% / 0.296 / 22.8%
2018 / 64.6% / 0.325 / 17.1%
2017 / 66.0% / 0.322 / 19.7%

To dive a little deeper lets looking into his pitching splits for 2019:

Pitch Type / xwOBA / K%
Fastballs / 0.362 / 14.7%
Breaking / 0.195 / 38.3%
Offspeed/ 0.255 / 0.0%

It seems that increasing his breaking ball usage from 30.9% to 37.4% he is getting more strikeouts and allowing less hard contact which is a big part of his success.

Other pitches with lowered fastball percentages include Thomas Pannone (64.2 to 58%), Sam Gaviglio (54.7% to 49.5%), Ken Giles (59.1% to 51.0%). The pitches who still have high fastball usage are Aaron Sanchez (63.4% to 63.2%) and Joe Biagini (76.6% to 73.9%).
bpoz - Tuesday, April 23 2019 @ 12:16 PM EDT (#373002) #
Miami has a reputation for being cheap. Gord Ash was told to cut costs (be cheap). Correct me if I am wrong V Wells and A Rios were cheap signings I believe.

Was Yelich a cheap signing? G Stanton was also a HS pick. Yelich reached the majors quickly and always had a good BA .280+
AWeb - Tuesday, April 23 2019 @ 12:42 PM EDT (#373007) #
Vernon Wells was definitely not a cheap signing, he had a famously large albatross of a contract when AA got rid of him without having to pay for it all. Rios was somewhere in between, with his contract buying out an arbitration year or two. Probably about the right $ amount for his time, give or take.

Increasing breaking ball usage, I think, ties into the overall baseball approach of getting every pitcher to go closer to max effort all the time. Part of that is throwing more breaking balls, which have traditionally been thought to put more wear and tear on arms. Don't "save" any pitches until later, because it gets late awfully early these days for starters.

Sanchez needs to learn a new breaking ball (and maybe a new grip on every pitch), or something (permanent bullpen assignment?), because his fingers can't seem to handle his current pitches (blisters, fingernails, arthritis next?). His GD fingers.
Chuck - Tuesday, April 23 2019 @ 12:56 PM EDT (#373008) #
fewer fastballs and more breaking pitches

Apparently, this is a league-wide trend.

rpriske - Tuesday, April 23 2019 @ 12:59 PM EDT (#373009) #
Bo Bichette has a broken hand, per ESPN.
hypobole - Tuesday, April 23 2019 @ 01:05 PM EDT (#373010) #
"Part of that is throwing more breaking balls, which have traditionally been thought to put more wear and tear on arms."

Just read this at The Athletic :

"The fastball might be the most stressful pitch on the elbow, according to the most recent research featuring stress-measuring sleeves.
And the fastball has the worst pitch-by-pitch results of any pitch type. Batters like them and hunt them for a reason."

https://theathletic.com/756814/2019/01/14/sarris-pitchers-who-could-have-a-breakout-season-in-2019-by-making-one-small-adjustment/
mathesond - Tuesday, April 23 2019 @ 01:08 PM EDT (#373011) #
I think bpoz was referring to the signing bonuses Wells & Rios received upon being drafted. I think Miguel was another such 1st rounder who was picked due to his affordability.
mathesond - Tuesday, April 23 2019 @ 01:09 PM EDT (#373012) #
Marcus did allude to that here: https://blogs.fangraphs.com/robbie-erlin-tommy-hottovy-and-marcus-stroman-expound-on-curveballs/
bpoz - Tuesday, April 23 2019 @ 01:27 PM EDT (#373015) #
Thanks Mathesond. I was referring to draft signing bonuses.

You think Miggy Cabrera may have been a cheap Int'l signing bonus? We don't know.

L Severino cheap but catcher G Sanchez v expensive.

As I mentioned before I am 67 years old and love this site. Poor memory unfortunately. I cannot remember the Int'l player successes of Ash and Richardi. Henderson Alverez is all.



Mike Green - Tuesday, April 23 2019 @ 04:49 PM EDT (#373019) #
Urena gets the start at shortstop today.  Can we guess that whatever was troubling Galvis on Sunday (a hammy perhaps) is still bothering him?  Socrates Brito gets the start and plays centerfield with Teoscar getting the night off. 
mathesond - Tuesday, April 23 2019 @ 04:53 PM EDT (#373020) #
Hopefully Brito playing tonight means he isn't playing tomorrow, when our company takes in our annual Jays game. Silver lining!
Mike Green - Tuesday, April 23 2019 @ 04:56 PM EDT (#373022) #
The Giants are sending lefty Drew Pomeranz to the mound tomorrow, so the skies are bright on the Brito front. 
scottt - Tuesday, April 23 2019 @ 05:03 PM EDT (#373023) #
This is Galvis' first day off since 2016.

I'm guessing he won't play tomorrow either, that would give him 4 days off.

Charlie gave Smoak some time off and it paid off.

No reason to do anything differently here.

Guerra is down in Buffalo. They'll need to add a pitcher to replace Shoemaker, but they can wait a whole week if they want.


Bichette will probably end up in the AFL.

It's bad for Buffalo. The pitching sucks and none of the big hitters will stick around.



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