Archive for September, 2009

Sunday’s Quick JaysTalk

Sunday, September 6th, 2009

10:10 PM Eastern

In keeping with the tradition of no weekend bloggage,  we present this afternoon’s edition of The JaysTalk, for your listening pleasure:

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On Labour Day, we present a half-hour edition of Baseball Today, then a full-length pre-game show.  The current plan is to have Justin Morneau for BT, then see if Randy Ruiz can speak well enough to do a pre-game interview after having had his teeth re-arranged by Tosh Jowers this afternoon.

Rational, reasonable comments are always welcome!

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Saturday, September 5th, 2009

5:35 pm Eastern

Huh?  It’s over?  Sorry, I fell asleep.  Well, at least it was a brisk three hours and 52 minutes of baseball.

Sheesh.

I don’t know about you, but I’m amazed that the Jays scored four runs with the line-up that they ran out there today.  I know why Cito does things the way he does things, but a lot of things he does seem to run counter to the whole notion of giving your team the best chance to win.

If people cared about the Jays now as much as they did two months ago, I’m sure I’d get no end of comments about Gaston letting Kevin Millar go up to hit against righty David Robertson in the 7th.  About pinch-hitting with Adam Lind to lead off the 8th, then going to Travis Snider later in the inning.  It just makes one shake one’s head.  I mean, I get it – because I know Cito thinks it’s the right thing to do and I know why he thinks it’s the right thing to do.  But I just don’t get it, you know?

Here’s this afternoon’s edition of The JaysTalk, for your listening pleasure:

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Rational, reasonable comments are always welcome!

Oh, Doctor

Saturday, September 5th, 2009

12:05 AM Eastern

We interrupt the regularly-scheduled lack of weekend bloggage to note that Roy Halladay is, really, really good.  And yes, had he managed to throw a no-hitter tonight (i.e. had Derek Jeter been in the line-up instead of that dastardly Ramiro Pena – space-time continuum considerations aside), I would have unashamedly asked Halladay to sign my scoresheet during that post-game interview.

Here’s tonight’s edition of The JaysTalk, for your listening pleasure:

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Tomorrow, we’ve got Eric Hinske on the pre-game show to talk about his travels through the A.L. East, facing Halladay tonight, the booing that he gets that has now spread to Vernon Wells and probably his fantasy football team, too.

Rational, reasonable comments are always welcome!

Still 0-for-September

Friday, September 4th, 2009

1:50 AM Eastern

So after the extendo-JaysTalk, I went home to play a Fat Elvis game and got beat 9-5, ending my boys’ winning streak at eight games.  Still, we’re 31-15 and with a comfortable lead on a playoff position with 14 games to go in the season, so that’s pretty good.

I bring this up because it’s a lot more exciting than watching the Blue Jays continue to lay a big, fat egg what feels like every night.

It was a pretty raucous JaysTalk tonight, following the excruciating three hours and 37 minutes of baseball foisted upon us by the Jays and Yankees.  Ricky Romero couldn’t get his control under control, despite an at-times filthy change-up.  He walked six, and five of them came around to score – two on a two-base error by Travis Snider, who made the cardinal sin of looking to throw the ball before he caught it.

At least Snider had a good night at the plate, though it was overshadowed by Raul Chavez and his three hits (two of them doubles).  It’s kind of amazing, you know? Chavez and Rod Barajas seem as though they’ve been making a pretty strong offensive catcher.  For some reason, their good games with the bat seem to resonate.  Then you look at the numbers and both their OBPs are under .300.

Jason Frasor blew up tonight, giving up a pair of home runs around a walk to push the final score from 7-5 to 10-5.  It happens, usually three or four times a year, to Frasor.  This was the first time he’d allowed a run this year since before the all-star break.  It was his 50th appearance, and the third time he’s given up more than one run.  That’s sensational.

As for The JaysTalk, I pointed out off the top how unimpressed I was by a leather-lunged fan who absolutely let Vernon Wells have it while he was on-deck in the bottom of the 9th, and then during his at-bat.  Honestly, I don’t get it.  The guy wound up calling into the show, which was great – but I didn’t ask him what it was about the riding of Wells that made him feel good.  Why do people enjoy hurling insults at pro athletes?  You know it doesn’t make the players any  more introspective or anything, right? Generally, they just think you’re doing it because you wish you were them.

Here’s tonight’s edition of The JaysTalk, for your listening pleasure:

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I left so many callers on hold at midnight that I’m considering carrying over the topic to tomorrow’s Baseball Today, now that Scott Richmond’s appearance has been pushed back to Tuesday afternoon.  I might open it up for a segment, but I’ve got a terrific interview with Yankees radio colour analyst Suzyn Waldman, and Joe Sheehan will be joining us as well.

Tomorrow night, Roy Halladay takes the mound.  Be forewarned- September has been the best month of his career to this point (August the worst).

Rational, reasonable comments are always welcome!

Tough End To A Brutal Trip

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009

11:25 PM Eastern

The Blue Jays have had some ugly road trips this season, none worse than that 0-9 crapfest that followed the 27-14 start, but this one was no fun, either.

The Jays wound up their trip through Boston and Texas with one win in seven games, and limp home a whopping 14 games under the break-even mark for the season.

There was some good that came out of tonight’s game, though.  Vernon Wells got the day off, for one.  I said in yesterday’s comments section that Wells wasn’t going to come out of his funk from the bench – and he won’t – but that doesn’t mean that there remains a reason for Cito Gaston to be running him into the ground.  Wells hadn’t had a day off since the weekend after the all-star break, when he sat out a whole series against the Rays because of some sort of stomach ailment.  That’s 38 games in a row, including both ends of yesterday’s double-header.  And that would be after Wells played in every one of the 90 games prior to the all-star break.

Critics like to point out some failings in Cito’s in-game management, but rarely does trotting the same guys out day after day after day get mentioned.  You don’t have to give a guy a day off a week or anything (though that may lead to better performance in the overall), but it’s also not terribly advised to try to get three or four guys to play 155 games or so, no matter how well they’re going.  The Blue Jays have played 132 games and Wells has played 128 (missing those three in a row because of illness and tonight), Hill has played 131, Scutaro 129 and Lind 126.  When Alex Rios was here he played 108 out of 110.

Hopefully next year Cito gets his bench into the action on a (relatively) more regular basis.

Some of the other good news included Randy Ruiz snapping out of his funk with a home run and a hard line single, and Travis Snider looking awfully good at the plate despite his 0-for-3.  He took a walk, lined out to the opposite field, and missed a home run down the right field line by about a foot.

A commenter noted the decline in Marco Scutaro’s play since he got drilled in the melon by Josh Beckett on Friday night.  Scutaro, we’re told, suffered no concussion symptoms.  By the way,  there’s no reason to believe that’s not so.  As a veteran of the concussion, I can say that despite having suffered quite a few, the hardest hit I’ve ever taken in the head didn’t result in one.

Regardless, Scoot sat out Saturday’s game and was back in the line-up Sunday.  He’s played five games since getting beaned and has gone 2-for-18 with two walks and been hit once.  That’s a .111/.238/.111 line.  Granted, a tiny sample size, but given the injury you’re free to read something into it.  He has also made three of his seven errors on the season in the last four days.  It’s likely time to give Scoot a couple of days off, as well.  At the very least, his performance bears keeping a watchful eye.

Here’s tonight’s very brief edition of The JaysTalk, for your listening pleasure:

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As an extra added bonus, we’ll throw in the pre-pre-game phones, as well:

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Tomorrow night, the season’s penultimate homestand begins with the red-hot Yankees paying a visit.  The Yanks are 34-11 since the all-star break and have opened up a 7 1/2 game lead on the Red Sox in the East.  The opener features Ricky Romero and Chad Gaudin.  On Baseball Today tomorrow, Shi David will be back in here with me.  We’ll be talking to Canadian minor-leaguer Chris Emmanuele and Joe Sheehan of Baseball Prospectus, and we’re trying really hard to reel in Larry Walker for a segment.

Even as the Jays’ season goes further and further into the toilet, I remain hopeful of rational and reasonable comments.

Long Day’s Journey Into Night

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009

12:10 AM Eastern

That was a pretty rough way to open up a month.  Two 5-2 losses to the Rangers in the first double-dip of the year.

Marc Rzepczynski deserved better in his final start of the season, though Brian Tallet made his own bed in the nightcap by giving up a pair of bombs to Josh Hamilton and being late – again – to cover first on a grounder to Lyle Overbay.

Still, it comes down to what it has come down to far more often than not this season, a lack of offense.

Someone is also going to have to tell me why Kevin Millar is still getting starts against right-handed pitching this season.  Has Cito Gaston become THAT scared of putting Randy Ruiz in the line-up?  I’ll grant you, Ruiz hasn’t looked good in striking out in six of his last seven at-bats, but when you’re eighteen games out of a playoff spot, isn’t a guy like him worth a look?  Unless, of course, he’s hurt.  If he is, we haven’t been told so.

One more game on this road trip, and then begins the penultimate home stand in what’s become just an abysmal season.

Here’s tonight’s edition of The JaysTalk, for your listening pleasure:

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And here’s this evening’s very brief edition of the Between-Games Show:

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Rational, reasonable comments are always welcome! And encouraged!  Please!

Please Accept My Apologies

Tuesday, September 1st, 2009

6:15 PM Eastern

Sorry about that, folks, but with a late extendo-JaysTalk, then a Baseball Today, a quick trip with the family to the dentist and back here to get down and dirty for a double-dip, I felt like last night was a good one to go blog-free.

But I’m led to understand that because of some of the Scott Rolen-related discussion, the fine folks over at drunkjaysfans.com want last night’s edition of The JaysTalk posted forthwith, so here you go.  I live to serve.  I’ll add this – the things I was told about Rolen were told to me by an extremely trustworthy in-uniform Jays source.  Of course I’m not going to tell you who it was.

Anyway, here’s last night’s edition of The JaysTalk, for your listening pleasure:

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Three September call-ups today, as revealed by Russ Langer on this afternoon’s Baseball Today about 20 minutes before the Jays announced them.  Dirk Hayhurst, Brian Wolfe and Joe Inglett are back, and more will come over the course of the next week.  I expect to see Kyle Phillips sooner than later, along with probably David Purcey (since today will be Marc Rzepczynski’s last start of the season) and maybe T.J. Beam.  No, I don’t know what Jeremy Accardo did, either, but I expect he’ll be up next week.

Off to answer your comments from last night – reasonable and rational ones are always welcome!

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