12:00 AM Eastern
Just got back from old-man softball (not slo-pitch!) so I thought I’d drop a little entry in here and give you this afternoon’s edition of The JaysTalk.
Yes, the Jays got swept in Tampa Bay, no, it doesn’t mean they can’t play with the Rays. They lost all three games by one run each (OK, one was by two runs, but it was a walk-off homer, so the Rays only needed the one) and really, when you’re hitting Kevin Millar clean-up, you can’t reasonably expect to win.
Marco Scutaro got his first day off of the season, and Scott Rolen watched this one as well, and in true Cito”a day off is a day off” style, neither of them was asked to pinch-hit for Millar with the bases loaded in the 7th, one out and the Jays down by a run. Millar popped up, Vernon Wells flied out to deep centre, and the Jays never had another baserunner.
Just remember, and I know you don’t want to hear this: Things are never as good as they seem when they’re going well (27-14, leading the league in almost all pitching and hitting categories), and they’re never as bad as they seem when things are going badly (this horrible 1-6 road trip, part of a horrible 2-10 stretch).
Here’s today’s edition of The JaysTalk, for your listening pleasure:
Tomorrow, the Jays open up a three-game set in Baltimore that takes them to the all-star break. We’re on at 7:00 PM Eastern with Brett Cecil, the Maryland native, taking on fellow rookie Jason Berken. Berken is right-handed, so Kevin Millar won’t be hitting clean-up.
But make sure you tune in even earlier, because Baseball Today is back at Noon Eastern. We’ll have Joe Sheehan from Baseball Prospectus on to talk about some advanced metrics – hopefully that’ll become a regular segment – and I’m also trying to get Spencer Fordin of mlb.com to talk about the Orioles and what might be the best young outfield in baseball, as well as former Jay Dave Collins for a “Where Are They Now”.
Softball update – I went 3-for-4 tonight with three singles, a couple of RBIs and three runs scored and made two egregious baserunning errors that fortunately didn’t wind up costing us anything.
My first hit was a ground ball up the middle with the bases loaded, and not only did I assume two runs would score (we had speed at second), but I also saw the runner who had been on first round second and take three hard steps towards third – which was occupied – so I took off for second. I was, of course, meatcake, standing about two-thirds of the way to second with a runner on that base and on third as well, and since no one else took off, I high-tailed it back to first and slid in safely because the first baseman didn’t realize he actually had to tag me. I eventually scored. The second big mistake was when I was on first and the hitter behind me belted one down the left-field line. I thought I heard the home plate umpire yell “foul”, so I stopped just before I got to second, but it turns out it was the catcher yelling “home”. So sorry, Matt, I turned your double into a single. But we both moved up on a wild pitch and both wound up scoring anyway, so no harm done.
It was definitely a rough night on the bases, but I did lead off the bottom of the last inning in a tie game with a single to right, and my pinch-runner (I’m not fast, to say the least) wound up scoring the winning run.
Rational, reasonable comments are always welcome!