5:45 PM Eastern

The Blue Jays are 0-2, and have 10 hits combined in two games! Disband the parade committee.

Actually, the results of these first two games don’t matter at all. Neither do the results of the next 28, so long as no one gets hurt, so let’s nobody panic about the “slow start”.

Truth is, there were some pretty good things that happened, Blue Jay-ically, in this latest loss to the Tigers, among them:

- Roy Halladay got in a second and third, none out jam in the second inning, and then got two ground outs and a shallow fly to get out of it on just FOUR pitches! The first ground out scored a run but still, that was vintage Halladay.

- Frank Thomas absolutely destroyed a ball to left-centre in the fourth. I thought it was going to hit the scoreboard, and so did Frank, but the wind held it up and it banged off the wall for a double.

- Lyle Overbay, who didn’t play in either intrasquad game because of a stomach bug that saw him lose seven pounds in less than a week, went 2-for-3 with a sharp line single to centre off lefty Nate Robertson and a double over the first-base bag off righty Francis Beltran.

- Brandon League faced five hitters, struck out one and got three others to hit ground balls. If his power sinker is back as an effective weapon, look out.

Of course, it wasn’t all sweetness and light. Russ Adams’ glove reared its ugly head again. He came in to play third base in the fifth, and successfully handled neither ball that was hit his way. The first, a grounder by Jacque Jones in the 8th, went under his glove for an error. Adams fielded the next one cleanly, a two-hopper by Wilken Ramirez in the 9th. But his throw was horrendous, even by Russ Adams’ standards. He threw the ball almost straight into the ground – it hit the dirt behind the pitchers’ mound – and it slowly hopped over to first, where Chip Cannon couldn’t pick it off the dirt as it was rolling. It was generously scored a hit, not that that matters.

Methinks the “Russ Adams, infielder” ship has sailed. The last thing you want in a major-league ballplayer is to have him NOT want the ball to be hit to him, and it really seems as though that’s what’s going on with Russ. It’s time to move him to left field, let him not have to worry about throwing the ball to a spot, just to a general area, and see how that works. There’s no question the guy can hit.

Tomorrow, we’re on the air for the first time – Jerry, Alan and I will be broadcasting from St. Petersburg, starting with a full pre-game show at 12:30 pm Eastern. David Eckstein will be my guest on the pre-game show. Dustin McGowan starts for the Jays, to be followed by Casey Janssen, Jeremy Cummings, Ryan Ketchner, John Parrish, Tracy Thorpe, rule 5er Randy Wells and Jesse Carlson. Jamie Shields is scheduled to start for the Rays.

The Jays’ starting line-up for Saturday:

Reed Johnson cf

Shannon Stewart lf

Alex Rios rf

Scott Rolen dh

Marco Scutaro 3b

Rod Barajas c

Russ Adams 2b (obviously, they’re not listening to me)

John McDonald ss

Curtis Thigpen c

Comments are encouraged, as always!

4 Responses to “Tigers 3 – Jays 1”
  1. 1.

    I think the last place Russ wants is to be behind Lind on the left field depth chart.

    - Torgen
  2. 2.

    dude, it’s winter up here. Lay off the baseball untill we can see grass.

    - lt1 small block
  3. 3.

    Like you said at the beginning of this blog….nothing matters right now.

    So Russ Adams isn’t that good? Who cares! Come opening day, does anyone really not see Scott Rolen starting at 3rd base? I don’t.

    Does anyone really not see Aaron Hill starting at 2nd? I don’t either.

    Basically, there is no room in this lineup for Russ Adams. You don’t bring Rolen over just to bench him.

    I am also interested to see if Rod Barajas can improve on his performance from the first game. We need a replacement for Zaun.

    - Dave Trotter
  4. 4.

    Hi Mike..the problem with the Russ Adams experiment is that he was a first round draft choice. That is the only reason why he is still with the Jays On Jays Talk there are always callers criticizing J.P.’s draft choices. Ironically, that’s why he’s holding on to Adams.

    - Gord
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