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Weren't the Red Sox supposed to be bad this year? Did they not get the memo?

Surely they should be undergoing decades of punishment for trading Mookie.

But here they sit, atop the AL East. They have what has so far been the best offense in the American League. They've scored more runs than any team in the majors. J.D. Martinez clearly seems to have put 2020 in his rear-view and has returned to the old, scary form we all saw in 2018 and 2019. We already knew Xander Bogaerts, Christian Vazquez, and Rafael Devers were good players and all three are off to excellent starts, so excellent we should expect some cooling off to set in. Likewise with Christian Arroyo and Kike Hernandez. Now would be a good time.

On the hill, Nathan Eovaldi has been at the head of the rotation. He's always been an odd pitcher. Not too many guys in the game throw harder, but he's never been able to strike out a lot of hitters with his impressive heat. He's also had a very hard time staying in the rotation for an entire season. The Jays won't see him anyway. We'll see Eduardo Rodriguez, who's the pitching equivalent of the J.D. Martinez story. In Rodriguez's case, he's coming back after a difficult bout with COVID-19, which left him with myocarditis and caused him to miss all of the 2020 season. But Rodriguez was a very fine starter in 2018 and 2019 and he's won his two starts this season. That's reasonable, and good to see. Even if he plays for Boston. But Nick Pivetta? Who went 19-30, 5.50 in bits of four seasons for the Phillies? How is he unbeaten as a Red Sock? Who knows? The Jays won't see him anyway - they'll see Garrett Richards, who had a couple of good seasons in the Angels' rotation. That was back in 2014 and 2015, though, and in the five seasons since he's managed to make just 41 starts.

It's all a puzzlement.


Tue 20 Apr. - Rodriguez (2-0, 3.60) vs Ryu (1-1, 1.89)
Wed 21 Apr. - Richards (0-1, 6.00) vs Some Guy (?-?, ?.??)

Unless he's needed in tonight's game, I'm betting David Phelps gets the call as an Opener on Wednesday (get that J.D. Martinez at bat out of the way), to be followed by Anthony Kay.
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scottt - Tuesday, April 20 2021 @ 12:38 PM EDT (#396404) #
Boston was always a dark horse candidate to do well.
They're not a huge surprise because they won a World Series recently and haven't churned that much since then.
They can hit, but they lack pitching.
It's easy to see that they won't be maintaining a .647 winning clip for long.
They are going to run out of pitching and it's not clear that they have money to spend at the deadline.

In the immediate, they got roughed up a bit by the other Sox.
Against E-Rod, I would have sent down a pitcher and recalled Espinal.
Tellez loves hitting at Fenway.
They should really just walk Martinez.

Next 2 sets are against the teams ahead of them, so it would be a good time to have good ABs.

I vaguely remember in '16, I think every club went hot for one month and played around .500 the rest of the time so it looked really close at the deadline--and it was like that at the finish line as well.

Eephus - Tuesday, April 20 2021 @ 01:00 PM EDT (#396407) #
I don't believe in the 2021 Red Sox (and wrote about how I feel so!) but... they have huge potential to be an annoying good team and so far they've caught that memo. Hitters like J.D Martinez, Bogaerts, Devers... and now Christian Vazquez looking like he can actually hit now (he's 30! There's still time for Danny Jansen!) are gonna make it difficult for pitchers. Still don't think they'll be above .500 when it's all said and done, but I've wrong many, many times before.

Imagine this team with Mookie Betts! On that reason alone, they deserve to lose.
Gerry - Tuesday, April 20 2021 @ 04:57 PM EDT (#396412) #
Another pitcher to the IL, this time it's TJ Zeuch.

Espinal recalled.
Gerry - Tuesday, April 20 2021 @ 04:59 PM EDT (#396413) #
Biggo in right field tonight, Espinal at third. Palacios and Davis sit.

Zeuch has shoulder tightness.
scottt - Tuesday, April 20 2021 @ 05:37 PM EDT (#396414) #
I like Espinal at 3B, but Biggio in RF quite less.
DH goes to Kirk instead of Tellez. I don't like that much either.
Tellez is 2 for 3 against E-Rod. Both homeruns. Davis is 1 for 3.
Semien and Grichuk are both 3 for 15.

Zeuch would have been my pick to send down even if he was healthy.

They haven't announced a starter for tomorrow.
Panik is 0 for 3 against Garrets, Semien 2 for 6.
Nobody else has faced him.

92-93 - Tuesday, April 20 2021 @ 05:43 PM EDT (#396415) #
Good choice. Espinal has looked like the team's best 3B while Palacios and Davis have done little at the plate, in the field, or on the bases that would warrant more starts.

However, it remains a poor choice to have Semien leading off. If Montoyo insists on having someone in front of Bichette/Guerrero it should be Biggio.
Nigel - Tuesday, April 20 2021 @ 06:10 PM EDT (#396416) #
I think that I would have gone with Espinal at 3B and Davis in CF, with Davis leading off - but, for the reasons 92-93 mentioned, tonight's set up also makes sense. Semien definitely needs to move down the line up.
dalimon5 - Tuesday, April 20 2021 @ 06:55 PM EDT (#396417) #
16 games, some in a park they've never played in. The past performance will grade out over small sample size.
grjas - Tuesday, April 20 2021 @ 07:22 PM EDT (#396419) #
Palacious has better numbers to date than Biggio, and Biggio has a bad arm. So no, I donít understand him being played in RF...nor why Semien sits atop the order.

Biggio is swinging more often at pitches out of the strike zone, and not taking his walks.I do wonder if he has a different mindset when heís not in the lead off spot. HIs only skill at the plate is getting on base, so hopefully he re-adjusts.
Gerry - Tuesday, April 20 2021 @ 09:00 PM EDT (#396420) #
I am surprised at how bad Gurriel is in left. He has been out there for over a year now.
Magpie - Tuesday, April 20 2021 @ 09:33 PM EDT (#396421) #
He has been out there for over a year now.

He's still got less than a season's worth of professional games in the outfield. He does seem to have some trouble just tracking the ball out there.
uglyone - Tuesday, April 20 2021 @ 09:52 PM EDT (#396422) #
Another clutch 9th inning outside "strike" call from our dear umps.
uglyone - Tuesday, April 20 2021 @ 09:53 PM EDT (#396423) #
John Northey - Tuesday, April 20 2021 @ 11:06 PM EDT (#396424) #
The way Gurriel is playing right now it is hard to believe he was a finalist for the gold glove last year in LF. I suspect his poor hitting is affecting his fielding probably distracted while out there.
Nigel - Tuesday, April 20 2021 @ 11:47 PM EDT (#396425) #
Gurriel Jr was never deserving of a Gold Glove finalist nomination. He has a good arm and is definitely athletic enough to play a corner OF position but neither of those qualities mean he can actually play good OF defence. Hernandez is another example of said species. If they can fight the corners to a draw defensively that would be a major win for the team but that may not be realistic. Of course, run prevention isnít the problem right now.
Eephus - Wednesday, April 21 2021 @ 12:58 AM EDT (#396426) #
Gurriel definitely strikes me as a "my great athleticism makes up for my mistakes" guy defensively, but geez his initial reads on flyballs are exceptionally poor. A line drive right at ya is the hardest read for a corner outfielder, and he is Exhibit A for that.
scottt - Wednesday, April 21 2021 @ 06:32 AM EDT (#396427) #
Still some awful strike calls.
I think it's messing with the hitters.
They argue about some good calls right on the corner and then just stand dazed after the bad ones.

Ryu wasn't as sharp after 3 innings.
I hope it's not a trend.

Chuck - Wednesday, April 21 2021 @ 08:11 AM EDT (#396428) #
Anyone noticing what Corbin Burnes is up to in Milwaukee?

24 IP, 8 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 40 K

Because he dared to give up a solitary run, he has a 2-1 record.

scottt - Wednesday, April 21 2021 @ 09:42 AM EDT (#396429) #
There's a set of measures that kicks in to reward teams that have achieved 85% vaccination rate.
Stuff like not having to wear masks in the dugouts.
I haven't heard of a single team reaching the mark yet.

earlweaverfan - Wednesday, April 21 2021 @ 12:41 PM EDT (#396430) #
Has anyone here a point of view about the Jaysí hitting coaches and the generic ability of people in those roles to help batters turn their slumps around? We seem to admire what Pete Walker and other pitching coaches can achieve with pitchers - help them add a new pitch, shift their pitch mix, adjust their delivery. I recognize that bad hitting by some in the lineup is far more contagious than bad pitching by some members of the rotation, but shouldnít a great hitting coach be able to intervene and immunize the rest of the batters from this virus? (Sorry for the analogy)

Right now, it seems mysterious how a team can break out of the slump or how any individual can do so.

If a strong hitting coach is worth their salt, canít they do more than this?

Or do the Jays specialize in acquiring streaky hitters who are especially prone to this weakness and who are also resistant to making improvements year-over-year?

After just re-reading how the Jaysí coaches turned Bautista from a mediocre hitter to elite, I do believe itís not impossible.

What am I missing?
scottt - Wednesday, April 21 2021 @ 01:11 PM EDT (#396431) #
Small samples?

Lots of hitters struggle in April.
The Red Sox were a mess last year.
Some hitters are more dependable then others, which is why they got Springer.
There's barely one season of data on Bichette, Biggio, and Guerrero.
Barely anything on Kirk, Espinal, Palacios, Davis.
Only 2 seasons on Gurriel and Tellez and those had lots of ups and down.
Grichuk has been more or less what one would expect and Henderson has been away for a bit now.
And Semien would not be with the Jays if he was a sure thing.

They don't seem to be swinging at bad pitches.
They're mostly striking out on called strikes and hitting the ball in the wrong spots.
The home run rates are not bad.

The days off are good for the pitchers, but they don't help the hitters.
The Yankees had their days off earlier and the same happened.

Just a half game ahead of the Yankees for last place.
Really need a win now as they're spending the weekend in the House of Horrors.

dalimon5 - Wednesday, April 21 2021 @ 01:22 PM EDT (#396432) #
Biggest disappointments so far:

* Nate Pearson always injured
* Julian Merryweather looking the same
* Bo Bichette getting Mike Trout leader, premium position, etc when he is not best in fielding, hitting or fundamentals on this team. Must be his dad's influence in the dugout on the whole team.
* Marcus Semien's hitting...atrocious
* Danny Jansen...his lack of hitting seems to be the real DJ.

I'd put Semien at SS, Bo at 3B and Biggio at 2B with Vlad at 1B and Teoscar at DH. Gurriel, Springer and Grichuk take the OF with maybe Gurriel going to RF to make it easier for him.

Kirk has to be your catcher, Jansen just looks like an automatic out every time up...May as well put Davis in the OF every game if you're going to give an at bat away every time through the order, at least he fields really well and can steal bases

bpoz - Wednesday, April 21 2021 @ 02:09 PM EDT (#396433) #
The rebuild got full approval from ownership after the 2018 trade deadline because it was crystal clear that this team was never going to compete.

The 2nd half of 2018 and all of 2019 was rebuilding. After the 95 losses for 2019, 2020 was a continuation of the rebuild. 1 great part was added in Ryu. A short season and 8 playoff teams allowed Toronto, Miami and Cincinnati to make the playoffs. Should be interesting to compare how fast Toronto, Miami and Cincinnati become legit contenders. The ALE and NLE are both very tough.

Adding Springer has not helped yet. Springer, Semien, Yates, Matz and Ray make Toronto the team that is trying the hardest to build a contender for 2021 anyway. Boston will make big additions for 2022 and Baltimore for 2023 I expect . Cincinnati is doing well in a very weak division.

I count Toronto as one of the strongest AL teams of 2021. All the AL teams are weak IMO including NYY with their ageing lineup and fragile rotation. Currently SSS is a big factor in the standings. Covid will be a season long negative factor to be dealt with by player depth. As an example can Castro become an important pitcher on the team. He was a starter in the minors as well. My answer is "why not".
jerjapan - Wednesday, April 21 2021 @ 02:41 PM EDT (#396434) #
Agreed on the disappointments dalimon, and I'm pulling hard for Merryweather.  the guy has gone through a lot of garbage, and remains a high end talent.  Inspiring. 

I'd add Biggio to your list, instead of Semien.  This might be the player we signed, and I'm still good with that deal. 

As for Bo, this isn't really our 'all-in' year, barring some radical improvements.  So I say leave him at SS, try Biggio round the field, try Vlad at 3rd now and again.  Were you cool with him there last night?  In that sort of situation, it makes sense to me. 

Not only is there a chance of upside by letting the guys play where they want, it's a reward for their having bought so fully into the team concept.  Let them try and prove you wrong at this point in their development. 

Anyone else think the Jays' use of the alternate site has some real similarities with how the Raps use the 905?  They seem to have a competitive advantage with using it to develop key prospects like Martin.  And if they have anywhere near the success the Raps have had with the 905, that's a big win. 
Gerry - Wednesday, April 21 2021 @ 02:46 PM EDT (#396435) #
Anthony Alford has been DFA'd by the Pirates.
scottt - Wednesday, April 21 2021 @ 02:59 PM EDT (#396436) #
Thorton will be starting tonight.

scottt - Wednesday, April 21 2021 @ 03:20 PM EDT (#396437) #
Springer is the CF this year but will have to move to a corner eventually.
Hernandez is a free agent after 2023.
Grichuk is signed until 2023 as well.
Gurriel is on a relatively cheap contract until 2023 also, but will be arbitration eligible for an extra year.

Ryu is signed until 2023.
All the others pitchers are gone after this year.
Matz, Ray, Chatwood, Phelps, Dolis.
So, obviously, the next winter will be all about finding some pitching.

The infield is a totally different story.
Bichette, Biggio, Guerrero, Jansen, Tellez, Kirk, are all under team control for many years.
And there's another wave of young players who'll be trying to earn playing time.
Martin, Groshans, Martinez, Moreno, Hidalgo.

I'm not sure there is a single player currently with Baltimore that will still be there once they are ready to compete.
The Boston core is starting to age, same thing with the Yankees.
The Jays are just going through some growing pains.
The Rays could be very good for a while still.

uglyone - Wednesday, April 21 2021 @ 03:28 PM EDT (#396438) #
Biggio leadoff tonight.

I'm still moderately annoyed that semien was up there so long.
grjas - Wednesday, April 21 2021 @ 03:33 PM EDT (#396439) #
Glad to see Thornton starting tonight. Heís earned it. Letís start to see if he can become a long term solution as a starter.
scottt - Wednesday, April 21 2021 @ 04:19 PM EDT (#396440) #
3 left bats, 2 right bats between each.

Gurriel doesn't have a homerun yet.

Boston was pretty hard on Thornton back in 2019, but they can keep him there as long as he'll last or switch to Kay after 1 inning.

hypobole - Wednesday, April 21 2021 @ 04:22 PM EDT (#396441) #
Anthony Alford has been DFA'd by the Pirates.

Yeah, the writing was on the wall. Didn't even make it to the 43 PA's we gave Socrates.
scottt - Wednesday, April 21 2021 @ 04:34 PM EDT (#396442) #
Is it though? He most likely clears waivers and get regular play at AAA while the Pirates host a rule 5 player in their outfield.
This team is built to lose.

scottt - Wednesday, April 21 2021 @ 04:50 PM EDT (#396443) #
Alford is 2 for 24 and the guy who'll replace him is 1 for 16 and has no power.
They are both 26.

scottt - Wednesday, April 21 2021 @ 05:30 PM EDT (#396444) #
Weather does not look great in Boston.
13 celsius at 7pm with 71% chance of rain.
Rain is clearing in the evening but it's down to 7 celsius by 11pm.

Magpie - Wednesday, April 21 2021 @ 06:16 PM EDT (#396445) #
I'd put Semien at SS, Bo at 3B and Biggio at 2B

I would assume they're thinking that Semien is only going to be here for the one season. Little point moving Bichette off his position for that.
Gerry - Wednesday, April 21 2021 @ 08:37 PM EDT (#396446) #
Montoyo showing a lot of faith in Tommy Millone, bringing him into a game with a lead.
dalimon5 - Wednesday, April 21 2021 @ 08:58 PM EDT (#396447) #
I don't think this front office has any illusions about Bo Bichette manning SS on a contending team, they're too smart for that. I bet you they move him to 2B and sign Seager or Correa for SS in the off season while signing pitchers and trading some of their prospect capital for a legitimate ace, if they can't sign one.

Bo at SS is no different for me than Vlad at 3B. Can it be done, sure, but uphill challenge...just let the guy hit and play an easier position. Championship teams rarely have average to below average players in key positions.

greenfrog - Wednesday, April 21 2021 @ 09:02 PM EDT (#396448) #
Hot take! Milone is actually really good.*

* I may have trouble making up my mind about players.
Gerry - Wednesday, April 21 2021 @ 09:25 PM EDT (#396449) #
Where's the D?
dalimon5 - Wednesday, April 21 2021 @ 09:34 PM EDT (#396450) #
I never thought that Vlad would be the best defender out of Biggio, Bo, Gurriel and Vlad. I guess that's what happens when you have 3 guys playing out of position and learning in the professional league on the fly.

uglyone - Wednesday, April 21 2021 @ 09:37 PM EDT (#396451) #
I understand so few of the pitching changes our manager makes. So little rhyme or reason to me.
Shoeless Joe - Wednesday, April 21 2021 @ 09:59 PM EDT (#396452) #
Bo Bichette, Career 0.4 UZR/150 at SS
Marcus Semien, Career -0.4 UZR/150 at SS
Carlos Correa, Career -4..4 UZR/150 at SS
Kasi - Wednesday, April 21 2021 @ 10:05 PM EDT (#396453) #
Career defensive stats are not a valid stat there for Semien who was a really bad defensive shortstop the first 3 years in the majors but remade himself into an above average defender. Not to say Bo canít do the same but itís not easy and right now reshuffling the if would make our defense better.
uglyone - Wednesday, April 21 2021 @ 10:21 PM EDT (#396454) #
Start Borucki.
Magpie - Wednesday, April 21 2021 @ 10:32 PM EDT (#396455) #
Start Borucki.

You're just messing with me, right?
johnny was - Wednesday, April 21 2021 @ 10:39 PM EDT (#396456) #
Borucki for closer.
Magpie - Wednesday, April 21 2021 @ 10:41 PM EDT (#396457) #
A tale of two hitters. Career numbers:
660	579	73	116	22	1	22	71	0	1	64	136	.200	.290	.356	.645
598	519	49	117	29	1	9	34	9	1	26	113	.225	.263	.337	.600	

Danny Jansen, not including tonight. And Zack Greinke.
uglyone - Wednesday, April 21 2021 @ 10:46 PM EDT (#396458) #
Yes and no.
Gerry - Wednesday, April 21 2021 @ 10:51 PM EDT (#396459) #
Is Biggio developing the yips?
Eephus - Wednesday, April 21 2021 @ 10:52 PM EDT (#396460) #
Cavan whatíre you doing... this is reaching EE levels over there.
Eephus - Wednesday, April 21 2021 @ 10:54 PM EDT (#396461) #
Thatís better.
Magpie - Wednesday, April 21 2021 @ 10:56 PM EDT (#396462) #
It looks like he simply doesn't have a third baseman's arm. He can only make a strong throw if he has time to set himself.

I'm starting to wonder if the team would be better off if he and Vladdy swapped spots...
92-93 - Wednesday, April 21 2021 @ 11:01 PM EDT (#396463) #
That error was the price paid for getting one more AB from Biggio (which turned out to be vs. a lefty) instead of shoring up the D with Espinal.

The decision made sense, as did leaving in Jansen to hit for himself with two runners on. Montoyo must not trust Kirk defensively with a one run lead.
uglyone - Wednesday, April 21 2021 @ 11:05 PM EDT (#396464) #
Kirk getting around to third there surprised me.
99BlueJaysWay - Wednesday, April 21 2021 @ 11:15 PM EDT (#396465) #
It felt like Danny made hard contact several times tonight but hit it right at guys. Can someone tell me where I find exit velo data like that?
92-93 - Wednesday, April 21 2021 @ 11:15 PM EDT (#396466) #
If Montoyo won't pinch run for Kirk when he's on first in a 2-run game he probably shouldn't do it either when he's on third in a 3-run game.
Magpie - Wednesday, April 21 2021 @ 11:17 PM EDT (#396467) #
Career saves:
Dolis        9
Phelps       6
Chatwood     4
Stripling    3
Milone       3
Merryweather 2
Romano       2
Ryu          1
Roark        1
There can't be another team with so few guys who've closed out games, can theree?
Magpie - Wednesday, April 21 2021 @ 11:21 PM EDT (#396468) #
Another staff with so few collective saves! That's the phrase I was looking for!

The Orioles, probably.
Magpie - Wednesday, April 21 2021 @ 11:28 PM EDT (#396469) #
Had 'em all the way.
greenfrog - Thursday, April 22 2021 @ 12:05 AM EDT (#396470) #
There is a lot of talent waiting to rejoin/join this ballclub: Springer, Teoscar, Pearson, Romano, Merryweather, Hatch, Manoah, Martin, SWR.

Iím pleased the Jays added Springer in the off-season, but I also stand by my position that Realmuto would have been an excellent acquisition (arguably the top FA). The Jays certainly could have afforded both players.

Currently Jansen is -0.3 WAR and Realmuto is +0.7 WAR.
hypobole - Thursday, April 22 2021 @ 12:31 AM EDT (#396471) #
After today's games, only 2 qualified batters have a higher wRC+ than Vladdy - Acuna and Trout.

Something I found interesting. There are still 11 players in MLB who were part of AA's 2015 Jays team, but none are Jays or Braves. JD, Sanchez, Hendricks, Tepera, Price are scattered around the majors. The Tigers still have Boyd and Norris. The other 4 are all Mets - Pillar, Loup, Castro and Stroman.
Nigel - Thursday, April 22 2021 @ 01:29 AM EDT (#396472) #
Since Alomar left, Jays 2B have been the equivalent of the drummer from Spinal Tap. Theyíve finally found one in Biggio and yet they seem intent on turning him into a super utility player or a 3B. I canít really understand it. Biggio doesnít have the arm to be an ever day 3B and thatís been obvious since before the Semien signing.
uglyone - Thursday, April 22 2021 @ 02:30 AM EDT (#396473) #
Yeah just stick Semien at 3B. He's at least used to throwing from that side of the diamond.
Chuck - Thursday, April 22 2021 @ 06:45 AM EDT (#396474) #
Yeah just stick Semien at 3B.

I agree that this sure looks like the obvious answer, but I can't help speculate that to be able to sign Semien in the first place, they had to guarantee him 2B. A Biggio/Semien flip-flop sure seems to make sense, but can they get Semien to agree? How much leverage might he have to resist?

Given the number of shortstops on the impending FA market, and how lowly Semien ranks among them, perhaps having both 2B and 3B on his recent resume might make him all the more marketable, especially if he ends the year with his typical 90-something OPS+ (his 140 from 2019 is absurdly anomalous).

Magpie - Thursday, April 22 2021 @ 07:15 AM EDT (#396475) #
Jays 2B have been the equivalent of the drummer from Spinal Tap.

Orlando Hudson had the job during the Brainhammer era - we all remember "Big Bottom" fondly, I would think. And they had a fine run with Aaron Hill for Intravenus de Milo through to Rock'n'Roll Creation. Possibly their peak period, giving us such classics as "Tonight I'm Gonna Rock You" and "Stonehenge."

But lately... well, I can smell the glove. And it's not so nice.
scottt - Thursday, April 22 2021 @ 07:46 AM EDT (#396476) #
This was a must win game and they won it.
Boston's pitching isn't that deep.
Garrett Richards is a mixture of Ray and Roark, but they don't have too many other options.
Sale is coming back eventually, but their real problem is trying to last the year with Eovaldi and Rodriguez.

Semien is on a contract year and there are not that many great 2B in baseball right now, so it's safe to assume he wants to remain there.
If all goes well this year, Biggio goes back to 2B next year and 3B becomes a wait for Groshans.
They still would like to find another left bat somewhere.

Bichette is young enough to continue to improve defensively.

The pitching plan was Thornton once through the lineup, then same with Milone.
Mayza to close was not the plan.
Now the big question is do they outright Castro when Hernandez comes back or outright/DFA someone else?

The ump behind the plate wasn't that bad actually.

grjas - Thursday, April 22 2021 @ 07:59 AM EDT (#396477) #
Biggioís value in a lineup only shows up when he leads off, given his usually high walk rate. Once they stick Springer in that spot, heís likely to become another anchor at the bottom of the lineup. So why not turn him into a super sub now and put Espinal at third? I donít think Espinal will contribute much less at the bottom of the lineup, and he certainly looks to have better defensive skills at third.
ISLAND BOY - Thursday, April 22 2021 @ 08:19 AM EDT (#396478) #
" Since Alomar left, Jays 2B have been the equivalent of the drummer from Spinal Tap."

I'd argue that Devon Travis was a pretty decent 2B for two years, 2015 and 2016, when he accumulated 4.6 WAR before his career was tragically derailed by injury.

The obvious solution does seem to be flipping Simien and Biggio, but is Simien the type to say, " Yeah, sure, play me where ever it will help the team win.", or is he playing for his next contract?

I noticed on the broadcast last night that it mentioned that Biggio was going back to his more patient approach at the plate rather than swinging at the first pitch most of the time. I'd say that, if anything, he should change his two-strike approach. Too often last year I saw him watch close third strikes go by him - quite a few might have been called balls but a player can't depend on the umpire to give him those calls. I'd rather see him swing at those borderline pitches and maybe he'd get a foul ball or at least put the ball in play.
Chuck - Thursday, April 22 2021 @ 08:32 AM EDT (#396479) #
such classics as "Tonight I'm Gonna Rock You"

You mean "Tonight I'm Gonna Rock You Tonight". They want it made clear that the rocking is going to occur tonight and not at some other time.

scottt - Thursday, April 22 2021 @ 08:32 AM EDT (#396480) #
Biggio has a terrific eye but he's got holes in his swing.
Last night wasn't really the normal case as their starter was all over the place.
More and more, I expect opponents to go right after him.
Guerrero excels when swinging at first strikes and Biggio is trying to improve his 0-0 approach.

The lineup yesterday was constructed to spread out the lefties and make it harder on the Boston pen.
Biggio near the top, Tellez cleanup, Palacios near the bottom is what makes sense.
Once Springer arrives, nobody will worry about right handed pitchers taking advantage of a Springer/Bichette/Guerrero top.
Then you just spread the left bats through the rest of the lineup.
I'm comfortable with Biggio/Tellez facing lefties and Palacios will probably be sent down anyway. 

Gerry - Thursday, April 22 2021 @ 08:56 AM EDT (#396481) #
You can find pitcher and exit velocity at baseball savant dot com.

Last night Jansen lined out in the 4th at 100 mph. In the 6th he hit into a DP at 81 mph. In the 8th he grounded out at 77mph.
bpoz - Thursday, April 22 2021 @ 09:07 AM EDT (#396482) #
Just checking the 150 list of eligible draft prospects. Is our 1st round pick forfeit because of the Springer addition? I think it is but not completely sure.
scottt - Thursday, April 22 2021 @ 09:13 AM EDT (#396483) #
I believe the Jays lost their second round pick.

Good Shapiro interview in the Globe and Mail (online?).

Magpie - Thursday, April 22 2021 @ 09:52 AM EDT (#396484) #
Semien is definitely playing for his next contract. Duh. But he will also want the team to win, because that looks good on the resume too.

But it does look like too many guys playing out of position. Semien hadn't played an inning anywhere but at shortstop in seven years. Second base may not have the same athletic demands but it's not actually easier.

Biggio has actually played much more 3b than Semien (or Bichette) have played 2b or 3b. His arm is good enough for the right side of the infield, or the outfield when you generally get a chance to set yourself before you make a throw. But on the left side of the infield, a lot of throwing on the run and in a hurry is required, and it doesn't look like that's part of his toolkit.

Russ Adams had the same problem. This management team wasn't around to see it, of course. And the team that was in place at the time probably should have gotten a great big hint from the fact that Adams played second base in college.
Magpie - Thursday, April 22 2021 @ 10:06 AM EDT (#396485) #
Semien's 2019 season doesn't much resemble any of his other years and I've been looking in the weeds to try to figure out what happened. He wasn't getting a break on his BallsInPlay, not at all (it was .294, which is almost exactly the same as his career mark.) It looks like there were two main factors working for him in 2019: a) he was hitting the ball hard more often than he normally did (and so far this year, he's actually hitting even more balls hard), and especially b) he was simply putting more balls in play, striking out in just 13.7% of his PApps (he's normally around 20% and this year he's actually fanning at double his 2019 rate. Yikes.)

What does give one a glimmer of hope is that his BABiP is ridiculously awful - just .208 even though he's hit more balls hard than he normally does.
Nigel - Thursday, April 22 2021 @ 10:45 AM EDT (#396486) #
Thanks Magpie for (rightfully) correcting my hyperbole and humour to ďsince HillĒ.

If Iíve had one fairly consistent concern about this management group itís their regular pushing of players into the wrong defensive position in order to put (theoretically) the best offensive lineup on the field, defence be damned. Theyíve done it so often in the OF Iíve lost track. In some stretches where the team had a poor offence in general, Iíve had some sympathy for their choices. Notwithstanding the current run scoring issues, this team doesnít project to be a poor offensive club so the choice to have everyone out of position is tougher to understand. Iím sure Chuck is right that a promise was made to Semien.
uglyone - Thursday, April 22 2021 @ 11:34 AM EDT (#396487) #
I'm not even the hugest Biggio fan but obviously imo the priority should be what's best for biggio, not semien.

Biggio is a better hitter than Semien, wqs fully competent at 2B, and he's ours for years.
greenfrog - Thursday, April 22 2021 @ 11:48 AM EDT (#396488) #
The Jays should also place a high priority on keeping their promises to free agents (including Semien), if they want to maintain their reputation and continue to convince players to come to Toronto.
Hodgie - Thursday, April 22 2021 @ 11:49 AM EDT (#396489) #
Bo Bichette getting Mike Trout leader, premium position, etc when he is not best in fielding, hitting or fundamentals on this team. Must be his dad's influence in the dugout on the whole team.

Did Bichette run over your dog?

The rush to bump a young star in the making down the defensive spectrum because of some early struggles in the field are curious if at least somewhat understandable given his more obvious errors. The comments on his leadership and hitting, not sure what those are based on.

The irony is the preferred replacement at short wouldn't have developed into a good defensive shortstop if given the same treatment early in his career. Same goes for the shortstop we saw on the other side of the diamond last night. Maybe just a little more patience is warranted here?

uglyone - Thursday, April 22 2021 @ 11:50 AM EDT (#396490) #

you convince people to come by winning.
Magpie - Thursday, April 22 2021 @ 11:56 AM EDT (#396491) #
their regular pushing of players into the wrong defensive position in order to put (theoretically) the best offensive lineup on the field

Curiously, that's one of my most vivid memories of the early Anthopoulos years. Although I seem to remember it just being a general lack of interest in quality defensive play at all.
scottt - Thursday, April 22 2021 @ 12:00 PM EDT (#396492) #
This Front Office is very respectful of free agents and there's a long term value to that as well.
They did sign Ryu and Springer and they seem good at luring established guys trying to rebound.
With many clubs trying to be more competitive, it's going to be a tough offseason, assuming there is a CBA and free agents can be signed.

Semien was very good late last year and in the playoffs.
That gives me some hope.
At any rate, his defense looks pretty good.
Also, I think one reason why they feel comfortable with Biggio at 3B is that they shift a lot.
It was cold yesterday, the field was wet, it was raining at times and Biggio's hand still hurt.
It should get somewhat better along the way.

scottt - Thursday, April 22 2021 @ 12:03 PM EDT (#396493) #
Semien is one of the top 6 Players Association representative.
Not the guy I'd screw with and hope nobody notices.

Magpie - Thursday, April 22 2021 @ 12:03 PM EDT (#396494) #
you convince people to come by winning.

Throwing lots of money at them helps as well.

Danny Jansen. I have Concerns. Correct me if I'm wrong (it won't be the first time) but isn't the narrative something like a) Jansen can't hit b) Jansen got glasses c) Jansen can now hit.

What if he just had a random good/lucky year and the glasses were a coincidence? He's surely not this bad, but he's hit .199/.289/.354 in almost 200 major league games and that's not going to cut it.
Magpie - Thursday, April 22 2021 @ 12:05 PM EDT (#396495) #
Not the guy I'd screw with

You can't really mess with anyone. They all have agents, and the agent will remember and tell his other clients.
bpoz - Thursday, April 22 2021 @ 12:22 PM EDT (#396496) #
The FO has given some broad hints regarding their philosophies. They had patience with Teoscar's fielding because they thought he could hit. Gurriel at ss was a failure. Maybe they try again. But they strongly believe they are close to being competitive.

The above is just my opinion and I also have opinions on their drafting preferences and depth philosophy.
John Northey - Thursday, April 22 2021 @ 12:23 PM EDT (#396497) #
Right now I'm starting to wonder if Vlad at 3B would be better than Biggio - Biggio looks really bad there. His UZR in 2020 was -13.4 and -13.2 so far this year despite knowing he was going to be there and working on it all spring. Vlad in 2019 was -14.6. Neither is a gold glove candidate to put it mildly. Espinal is at 0.0 so far but just 29 2/3 innings in the majors. However, even if he is just a 0 player at 3B that would be a massive improvement over either Biggio or Vlad there. Rotating Biggio around the field depending on opponent / who needs rest and playing Espinal at 3B would probably be the ideal way to go. Maybe a platoon of sorts for Biggio/Espinal would work. I love Biggio but his glove is expensive and his bat isn't good enough to make up for it right now.
Magpie - Thursday, April 22 2021 @ 12:31 PM EDT (#396498) #
Vlad in 2019 was -14.6.

I bet Vlad in 2021 would be better than that.
hypobole - Thursday, April 22 2021 @ 12:33 PM EDT (#396499) #
The Semien situation somewhat reminds me of August/September 2010. Hotshot catching prospect JPA comes up in early August and catches all of 8 games by seasons end. John Buck, who had signed a 1 yr FA contract, remains the incumbent, catching almost every day. Fans are outraged. Only later is it revealed AA had promised Buck he would be the everyday catcher as part of the FA signing agreement.
hypobole - Thursday, April 22 2021 @ 01:12 PM EDT (#396500) #
Things aren't great, but all the complaining in the world ain't going to change things. Sad that there is so little mention of the awesomeness of the refurbished Vladdy.

3rd best position player in MLB by FG, 4th by BRef. Simply a joy watching him at the plate right now. Doing almost everything with the bat what we dreamed of a few years ago. Tick the launch angle up a bit and there may be an MVP in the next few years.
uglyone - Thursday, April 22 2021 @ 01:30 PM EDT (#396501) #
Might be an MVP this year if he can drag this team into the playoffs.
Gerry - Thursday, April 22 2021 @ 01:35 PM EDT (#396502) #
The Jays have acquired pitcher Jeremy Beasley from the D'Backs for cash. Thomas Hatch to the 60 day DL.

More pitching depth. Beasley has been assigned to minor league camp (alternate site).
Kasi - Thursday, April 22 2021 @ 01:51 PM EDT (#396503) #
I don't think we can really blame Semien for the Biggio 3b change. Sure Semien is displacing him this year but last year before we even had another solid 2b Biggio spent 10 games at third and 18 games in the OF. So it's clear that for a while the FO has been not willing to just stick Biggio at 2b and leave him there. Anyway I only expect things to shift around if players push for it because I don't think the team is willing right now to force people to play at certain positions. (well other than I guess Vlad at 1b)
Parker - Thursday, April 22 2021 @ 02:20 PM EDT (#396504) #
Sad that there is so little mention of the awesomeness of the refurbished Vladdy.

Rogers has hyped Guerrero so much that we've been expecting him to do this for three years already.

I mean really, what took him so long? ;)
scottt - Thursday, April 22 2021 @ 02:30 PM EDT (#396505) #
Beasley has a mid 90 heater and a plus splitter for an out pitch.
hypobole - Thursday, April 22 2021 @ 03:16 PM EDT (#396506) #
I know it's apples and oranges, but this from today's Dan ZIPS chat reminded me of the just move Semien to 3rd comment earlier.

Enlightening Round: Votto in the three hole canít be optimal anymore, what does it take Cincy to move him?
Dan Szymborski: Votto suggesting it
Mike Green - Thursday, April 22 2021 @ 03:39 PM EDT (#396507) #
That's not quite the narrative about Jansen, Magpie.  It runs like this:

1. He hit in Bluefield in 2014; he did not hit in 2015 and 2016 (with league average or worse W/K data) and then had his vision fixed
2. He hit in the high minors in 2017 with much improved W/K
3. Since then in the major leagues, his W/K has been pretty good, his power has been pretty good and his BABIP of .220 has been terrible (his batted ball data is not consistent with a terrible BABIP but rather than a slightly below average one of .270 or so).  With a BABIP of .270, he'd have a line of roughly .240/.330/.400.

So far, Steven Matz has an ERA of 1.47 with an opposition BABIP of .190.  None of us, not even his greatest boosters, expect an ERA of 1.47 when the season end nor an opposition BABIP of .190.  If things go very well, he'll have an ERA of 2.5 with a BABIP of maybe .250.  I realize that Jansen's sample is larger and maybe he has a bit of Kendrys Morales problem- pulling the ball on the ground into the shift.  But I'm sticking with .240/.330/.400 when the year is done. 
scottt - Thursday, April 22 2021 @ 04:07 PM EDT (#396508) #
I'm sure they're working on his hitting.
At the same time, given that the pitching is going pretty well, I don't see much pressure on him.

We're gonna be okay in the bullpen. I still will have sleepless nights worrying about the rotation. It may be an area we have to address before things are done. But this year's gonna be another step. We're on a really good trajectory.

Magpie - Thursday, April 22 2021 @ 04:23 PM EDT (#396509) #
I know, I know. Jansen really should be getting better results just doing what he's doing. But it needs to happen for him, and soon. Or Alejandro's just going to take his job away.

With Matz, I always wondered what happened to the guy who came up with the Mets in 2015 and looked all set to blow away the league (4-0, 2.27). Well, he was never going to be that good. But there were a lot of different injuries along the way, and that can often send pitchers wandering down the wrong road for a time.
scottt - Thursday, April 22 2021 @ 04:27 PM EDT (#396510) #
The Angels vs Houston game is free on Youtube tonight, in case anyone needs more baseball to watch.
Magpie - Thursday, April 22 2021 @ 04:29 PM EDT (#396511) #
Apparently no one in Cincinnati was worried about Votto because although he was hitting .162, he'd been hitting the ball hard. And Votto promptly went 10-23 with 3 HRs and raised his BAVG 100 points.

Of course, he's gone 0-7 since...
Gerry - Thursday, April 22 2021 @ 04:53 PM EDT (#396512) #
No Springer tomorrow. He will play in a minor league spring training game tomorrow and then be evaluated.

Nate Pearson is pitching 2-3 innings in that same game. If all goes well he will pitch 5 innings next week and then could be available for the major leagues.

Teoscar will have a covid test tomorrow and if he passes he will be allowed to rejoin the team. He might need a few days to get back up to speed.

Romano and Chatwood are both ready to return. Who will they replace? Payamps is obvious. Will the Jays send Castro down or will Roark be put out of his misery?
92-93 - Thursday, April 22 2021 @ 04:53 PM EDT (#396513) #
Fortunately for Jansen, Kirk has shown little ability to control the opponent's running game. Some of that is on the pitcher as well, but KC stole 5 bases in Kirk's last start behind the dish. He'll have to get red hot with the bat or show some improvement with his arm before relegating Jansen to a backup role.
Gerry - Thursday, April 22 2021 @ 04:54 PM EDT (#396514) #
Votto is 2-5 today with another home run.

Back to not worrying.
Magpie - Thursday, April 22 2021 @ 04:57 PM EDT (#396515) #
You know what really scares me about Jansen? Rich Dauer. Mike will remember Rich Dauer. For the rest of you, Dauer was an outstanding hitter at USC. He hit average, he hit with power. He played with Fred Lynn, Steve Kemp, Roy Smalley - and Dauer may very well have been the best hitter on the team. The Orioles drafted him in the first round in 1974 - two years later he led the International League with a .336 BAVG and he came up to the majors that September.

And he hit .103 (4-39).

He opened 1977 with the team and went 0 for April. Then he went 1 for May. Two months into the season, he was hitting .024 (1-41). He had started his major league career by going 5-80 (.063) and it broke him. It was in his head and he never got it out. He played ten years in the majors and he never did hit.

That's my Jansen nightmare! Sooner or later, the rotten luck he's been hitting in for the last... what, two years? It gets to you.
Magpie - Thursday, April 22 2021 @ 05:06 PM EDT (#396516) #
Kirk has shown little ability to control the opponent's running game.

What is this "running game" you speak of?

Seriously though, I think it's easier to win with a catcher who can't throw - lots of teams have done it - than with one who can't hit.

But I guess some teams have done that too.
Chuck - Thursday, April 22 2021 @ 05:12 PM EDT (#396517) #
No Springer tomorrow.

I'm starting to feel like Vladimir and Estragon.

hypobole - Thursday, April 22 2021 @ 05:15 PM EDT (#396518) #
Thanks for the link to the Globe interview scottt. Shapiro comes off well. The reporter much less so. Not knowing the Jays don't make Sportnet decisions. And a bit of a dick as well "I hope you have a plan". He ain't no John Lott.
hypobole - Thursday, April 22 2021 @ 05:18 PM EDT (#396519) #
I'm starting to feel like Vladimir and Estragon.

Fortunately, the season is longer than the play.

Magpie - Thursday, April 22 2021 @ 05:18 PM EDT (#396520) #
Kirk has caught in 9 games and in 7 of them no one attempted a stolen base. There were 8 bases stolen in the other two games, by Texas and Kansas City: 4 with Ray on the mound, 4 with Roark.

That said, it behooves me (I always wanted to say that!) to note that neither Ray nor Roark have been notoriously vulnerable to the stolen base in their careers. We're not talking Adam Ottavino here.
Magpie - Thursday, April 22 2021 @ 05:20 PM EDT (#396521) #
Fortunately, the season is longer than the play.

True. The play just seems longer.
uglyone - Thursday, April 22 2021 @ 06:18 PM EDT (#396522) #
2yr stats

1. CF Springer: 222pa, .359obp, 146wrc+, 5.6war650
2. 3B Biggio: 323pa, .358obp, 114wrc+, 2.4war650
3. 1B Guerrero: 319pa, .373obp, 139wrc+, 3.1war650
4. SS Bichette: 206pa, .330obp, 131wrc+, 5.4war650
5. LF Teoscar: 236pa, .323obp, 130wrc+, 4.1war650
6. C Kirk: 57pa, .333obp, 114wrc+, 1.1war650
7. RF Grichuk: 299pa, .321obp, 113wrc+, 2.2war650
8. DH Gurriel: 281pa, .324obp, 112wrc+, 1.6war650
9. 2B Semien: 318pa, .296obp, 87wrc+, 3.1war650

PH Tellez: 178pa, .303obp, 99wrc+, -0.4war650
UT Panik: 167pa, .335obp, 84wrc+, 0.8war650
OF Davis: 57pa, .304obp, 86wrc+, 0.0war650
OF Palacios: 35pa, .353obp, 82wrc+, 0.0war650
IF Espinal: 76pa, .307obp, 76wrc+, 1.7war650
C Jansen: 185pa, .280obp, 63wrc+, 0.4war650

I forget - did we ever try Gurriel at 3B? He seems to have the arm for it at least.
scottt - Thursday, April 22 2021 @ 06:38 PM EDT (#396523) #
I'd guess they are on 4 man rotation, but it's not clear who that 4th man is.

Maybe Kay goes down to get stretched out and Thornton opens until Pearson is ready.
Milone seems to be the guy they trust for now.
Castro and Kay are the same age. Payamps is one year older.

How about Stripling? Is he not ready to return soon as well?
Maybe in the next series?

Matz/Ray/Ryu in Tampa.
Some sort of tandem start/Matz against Washington.
Ray/Ryu against Atlanta.

They could empty the tank on some guys before they send them down.
The Rays have a lot of left bats.
Palacios could go after the first game as the last 2 will likely be against lefties.
Then Davis will likely follow suit.

John Northey - Thursday, April 22 2021 @ 06:54 PM EDT (#396524) #
Right now the team is a bit weird. Kirk/Tellez in a platoon, Jansen playing everyday despite a negative OPS+, Panik & Espinal both have OPS+ in the 90's but stone glove Biggio at third still, Davis & Palacios both on the team somehow - who'd have bet on that without trades involved? Merryweather the closer, but Casto & Milone have as many saves as he does - that accounts for all 4 saves. 141 ERA+ but 8-10 record. Sure wouldn't have bet on that.
Magpie - Thursday, April 22 2021 @ 07:09 PM EDT (#396525) #
did we ever try Gurriel at 3B?

Nope. He did play 4 innings there in Cuba in winter 2015-16. Probably means he's as qualified as anyone else on the team.
uglyone - Thursday, April 22 2021 @ 08:07 PM EDT (#396526) #

Well, I thought gurriel could play OF....and not so much.

Couldn't hurt to try him at 3rd.
Gerry - Thursday, April 22 2021 @ 09:58 PM EDT (#396527) #
Sean Reid-Foley pitched three perfect innings for the Mets tonight. He had 4 K's. He threw 39 pitches, 28 for strikes.

It's only one appearance but that's a better SRF then the Jays remember.
Nigel - Thursday, April 22 2021 @ 10:14 PM EDT (#396528) #
There are a host of ex Jay pitchers and pitching prospects off to interesting starts with the Mets and Giants.
scottt - Friday, April 23 2021 @ 06:49 AM EDT (#396529) #
I'm happy for him, as long as they don't trade him to Boston.
BlueJayWay - Friday, April 23 2021 @ 08:09 AM EDT (#396530) #
Sean Reid-Foley pitched three perfect innings for the Mets tonight. He had 4 K's. He threw 39 pitches, 28 for strikes.

Jeez. It felt like SRF didn't throw 28 strikes his entire career as a Blue Jay.
Thomas - Friday, April 23 2021 @ 08:11 AM EDT (#396531) #
Billy McKinney has a 114 OPS+ and more WAR than Christian Yelich to date for the 2021 Brewers. Travis Shaw isn't doing as well, but he's giving them something they can play at 3B every day.
Parker - Friday, April 23 2021 @ 08:48 AM EDT (#396532) #
Ugh, it's gonna suck if McKinney outpaces Gurriel, Grichuk, and Hernandez for the rest of their respective careers.

It'll REALLY suck if he outhits Springer...
ISLAND BOY - Friday, April 23 2021 @ 08:54 AM EDT (#396533) #
I saw Mckinney make a great diving catch on the baseball highlights the other night. It's easy to say in retrospect but maybe he should have gotten some of the playing time wasted on Derek Fisher. Or maybe he's just a mediocre player doing better in a new environment.
scottt - Friday, April 23 2021 @ 09:11 AM EDT (#396534) #
They would have liked a left handed bat to round out the lineup.
McKinney is a corner outfielder, so didn't really fit.
He could always hit a bit, but nothing great on defense.
I liked his hustle. Kinda sad that they couldn't get anything for him.

ISLAND BOY - Friday, April 23 2021 @ 09:27 AM EDT (#396535) #
Did anyone notice what Marcus Stroman is doing? 3-0, 0.90 ERA, 10 hits in 20 innings allowed, .650 WHIP.

Or Jacob deGrom? 35 strikeouts in 20 innings - almost unhittable!

And yet the Mets are just 7 and 7.
John Northey - Friday, April 23 2021 @ 09:53 AM EDT (#396536) #
I wouldn't worry about McKinney suddenly being a MVP candidate. Yeah, nice start 278/297/500 over 15 games (37 PA). But checking 2019 you see a stretch from April 6 to 23rd where he hit 314/321/490 over 13 games. The Jays were trying to give him everyday play as he played 7 games before that (2 for 22). The Jays thought he made his break through there though but were wrong (194/239/358 over his next 21 games 72 PA then sent down). He came back and hit 207/276/495. Again giving the Jays hope via that power that he might be able to do well. Sadly he is nothing but a streak hitter who has these nice stretches but never sustains it long enough to win a full time permanent job.
uglyone - Friday, April 23 2021 @ 10:29 AM EDT (#396537) #
Billy will be sub-100 by the end of next game.
scottt - Friday, April 23 2021 @ 10:49 AM EDT (#396538) #
The Mets are 15th in the NL for run scores, hits and homeruns. 13th in walks.
They are #1 for striking outs.
McCann, Lindor and Conforto have been struggling.

It's early.

lexomatic - Friday, April 23 2021 @ 11:00 AM EDT (#396539) #
Can anyone who is good with the available tools look at whether Jansen is doing anything differently?
Exit velocity Is about the same as always.Launch angle way down, so GB is waaaaay up, line drives and fly balls are down.Jansen is pretty slow right? Sprint speed suggestsnaberage speed, pretty decent for a catcher. Because he's under performed expected advanced stats every year except his  call up.Statscast suggests he's topped 44% of his swings this year.  BIG change. Is that mechanics or vision?A lot of advanced stats within established ranges.

ISLAND BOY - Friday, April 23 2021 @ 12:11 PM EDT (#396540) #
Maybe he needs to clean his glasses.
hypobole - Friday, April 23 2021 @ 12:13 PM EDT (#396541) #
Might be an MVP this year if he can drag this team into the playoffs.

Heh heh. Jim Bowden is on the same page.

"I couldnít believe how many people jumped off the Guerrero bandwagon after just two years in the majors, but it happened. Maybe it was a wake-up call for Guerrero, who reported to camp 42 pounds lighter than he was last summer. His bat speed has improved, his core torque is faster and more powerful, and his launch angle is up (11.7 this season, 4.6 in 2020) and generating more power. It has resulted in a slash line of .383/.513/.650 with four doubles, four home runs and 12 RBIs, along with 14 walks. He should be considered an MVP candidate the rest of the way."
Nigel - Friday, April 23 2021 @ 02:36 PM EDT (#396542) #
Jansen appears to be crouching down more at the plate in the past two years than when he first came up. Thatís the only obvious mechanical thing that I can see.
scottt - Friday, April 23 2021 @ 04:44 PM EDT (#396543) #
Unlike in previous years, the Jays have not been striking out a ton, 7th in the AL.
They're 11th in walks, but that could be more a factor of what pitchers they've faced.
They're 6th in HR. 8th in hits.
Now here's where it hurts, they're 14th in doubles.
Last year, they were 7th in walks, 4th in strikeouts, 4th in homeruns, but third in doubles.

The doubles leaders last year were Biggio (16) and Gurriel (14). Shaw had 10.
This year, Biggio and Semien have none so far. Gurriel only 1.

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