Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Jays Take Two of Three From the Giants,Get Bad News on the Injury Front

The Blue Jays won the first two games in the San Fransisco series with ease,but there bullpen faltered to giveaway the third one.Brian Tallet surrendered the lead, while giving up five runs in the decisive 6th inning.The Jays defence also did its part in handing this to the Giants as they committed two errors;one by defensive liability Edwin Encarnacion, and the other by Fred Lewis.It was Lewis's first error this season, because he can get to balls in the outfield with all of his speed.

Last Tuesday John McDonald lost his father Jack, and was on the bereavement list until Sundays game.It was only fitting that his first at bat came on Sunday June 20th; Fathers Day.On a 0-1 curveball Johnny Mac hit a towering 2 run home run in memory of his father. After every teammate gave McDonald high fives,he sat down and started crying in his sleeve. It was McDonald's first home run his season and it was definitely one to remember.

3B Edwin Encarnacion was designated for assignment on Sunday with 2B Jarrett Hoffpauir getting called up to "The Show".I like this move because Encarnacion was struggling with the bat and Jarrett is doing the complete opposite.Hoffpauir is batting .328 and has hit for the cycle twice this season,something that happens in MILB rarely.

Today SP Dustin McGowan is undergoing another surgical procedure done by Dr.James Andrews in Alabama. McGowan in my opinion will never make another big league start in his career.

Remember to vote for the Jays in the all star game as there are only 9 days remaining to do so.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Jays swept in Colarado,Litsch makes horrible come back

The Blue Jays lost there 4th straight game on Sunday evening by a score of
10-3.Jesse Litsch finished his recovery from Tommy John surgery,but had a horrible welcome as he lasted only 2.1 innings while allowing 7 runs.

The Jays are not only struggling with there pitching but there offense is batting worse then the Mendoza line at .167 with only 5 home runs in the past 5 games.

Starting on Monday the Jays have a three game set with the San Diego Padres,while they meet up with former Jays, Canadian Matt Stairs, and David Eckstien.

Stephen Strasburg, of the Washington Nationals was named NL player of the week as he made his first two starts of his career.The flamethrower is being called by most people close to the game, a 50 year player.that means he is a player that comes every 50 years.The question is, can he mix his other pitches with his 100-mph fastball so he wont blow out his arm,like most young flamethrowers.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Jays Draft Review, and Summary of the Two Most Embarrassing Losses of the Season

The Blue Jays took four right handed pitchers with there first four picks in the 2010 MLB draft. The Jays selected Deck McGuire with the 11th pick, Aaron Sanchez with the 34st pick, Noah Syndergaard with the 38th pick, and Ashar Wojciechowski with the 41st pick.All of those pitchers were drafted in the first round and the first round of compensation. MLB.com says that Deck McGuire was the best Right handed pitcher in the draft and the Jays were lucky to get him. Bryce Harper as suspected went first pick to the Washington Nationals, a day before Stephen Strasburg,the first pick overall in the 2009 draft, made his debut for the nationals.

On Tuesday night the Jays lost 9-0 to the Rays while only managing two hits.On Wednesday they were a little better as they scored 1 run while losing 11-1.Brian Tallet and Shaun Marcum both struggled as the Rays outscored the Jays 19-1 in the first two games of the three game set.

Before Wednesdays game the Jays optioned Rommie Lewis to AAA Las Vegas, and called up rehabbing Jesse Litsch.Also on Wednesdays portion of the draft the Blue Birds drafted RHP Gabriel Romero,younger brother of Jays ace Ricky Romero.

The Blue Jays are currently leading the Rays by a score of 2-1 in the bottom of the 4th.

Monday, June 7, 2010

2010 MLB Draft Preview

Here are my predictions for the first round of drafting that goes tonight at 7PM Eastern.

#1 Washington Nationals:C Bryce Harper, College of Southern Nevada
#2 Pittsburgh Pirates:SS Manny Machado,Brito HS
#3 Baltimore Orioles:RHP Jameson Taillon,The Woodlands HS
#4 Kansas City Royals:C Yasmani Grandal, Miami
#5 Cleveland Indians:LHP Drew Pomeranz, U of Mississippi
#6 Arizona Diamondbacks:LHP Chris Sale, Florida Gulf Coast
#7 New York Mets:3B Zack Cox,Arkansas
#8 Houston Astros:3B/OF Josh Sale,Bishop Blanchet HS
#9 San Diego Padres:2B Kolbrin Vitek, Ball State
#10 Oakland A's:C Justin O'Connor,Cowan HS
#11 Toronto Blue Jays:OF Michael Choice, Texas
#12 Cincinnati Reds:SS Christian Colon, Cal-State Fullerton
#13 Chicago White Sox:RHP Karsten Whitson,Chipley HS
#14 Milwaukee Brewers:RHP Matt Harvey, North Carolina
#15 Texas Rangers:RHP Brandon Workman,Texas
#16 Chicago Cubs:RHP Deck McGuire, Georgia Tech
#17 Tampa Bay Rays:2B/CF Delino DeShields,Woodward Academy
#18 Los Anglos Angels:RHP Dylan Covey,Maranatha HS
#19 Houston Astros:RHP Barrett Loux,Texas
#20 Boston Red Sox:RHP Anthony Ranaudo,LSU
#21 Minnesota Twins:OF Bryce Brentz,Middle Tennessee State
#22 Texas Rangers:RHP Asher Wojciechowski,The Citadel
#23 Florida Marlins:RHP Luke Jackson,Calvary Christian Academy HS
#24 San Fransisco Giants:SS/3B Nick Castellanos,Archbishop McCarthy HS
#25 St.Louis Cardinals:RHP/3B Stetson Allie,St. Edward HS
#26 Colorado Rockies:RHP Kevin Gausman,Grandview HS
#27 Philadelphia Phillies:LHP Jesse Biddle,Germantown Frieds HS
#28 Los Anglos Dodgers:RHP Alex Wimmers,Ohio State
#29 Los Anglos Angels:3B/RHP Kaleb Cowart,Cook County HS
#30 Los Anglos Angels:RHP Peter Tago,Hana Hills HS
#31 Tampa Bay Rays:C Michael Kvasnicka,U Of Minnesota
#32 New York Yankees:1B Christian Yelich,Westlake HS

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Jays Bullpen Falters Once Again as Jays Fail to Sweep Yankees for Seventh Straight Year

The last time the Blue Jays swept the Evil Empire was from May 22nd to 25th 2003, a four game series. The Jays were in line to sweep them once again on Sunday though seven innings but then the bullpen came into the game.A four run 7th cost the Blue Jays the game and the sweep over the Yanks.

In the first inning of Sunday's game, Robinson Cano hit a sharp ball right down the third base line. The umpire called it a fair ball, but unknowingly the ball boy picked it up and gave it to a fan. The ball boy was a grounds crew guy filling in for the regular ball boy. After the inning was over, the umpire (Gary Darling) went over to the ball boy and took his glove. After he took it he gave it to a York Region Police officer that we Blue Jay fans and A-Rod Haters know. Yes, the Cop at the third base line today was non-other than Lisa Hayford. On September 4th of last season A-Rod had a little run in with the law.On a Lyle Overbay foul ball A-Rod collided with the cop, while getting booed by the whole stadium.

Watch the MLB Draft tomorrow night on mlb.com
Coverage starting at 6pm eastern. First pick at 7pm eastern

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Minor League Update: First Basemans

Brian Dopirak,Las Vegas 51's AAA: The 6'4" 225 pound right hander is struggling to hit for power for average. Dopirak has a horrible OPS(On Base+Slugging) of .646.Dopirak will not be with the Jays as a starter because they will have one of Baseball Americas top 50 prospect playing first base in Brett Wallace. If Dopirak can improve his average and find his power stroke once more he will be a September call up.

David Cooper, New Hampshire Fisher Cats AA: Cooper, like Dopirak is struggling all around except for one difference, Cooper found his power stroke. In his past 9 games David has 5 home runs and a slugging percentage of .686. in that week and a bit Cooper halved his season high of 10 home runs. Cooper will probably be traded or his positions will switch because Dopirak and Wallace are better than him.

The Toronto Blue Jays lost 2 out of 3 to the Rays from Monday through Wednesday due to some late inning struggles. The offence also struggled as they only scored 11 runs in the 3 games, as compared to the 15 or 16 they will usually score through that span.

First pitch tomorrow night at 7:07
Former Jay A.J Burnett(6-2,3.28) for the Bronx Bombers vs. Brett Cecil (5-2, 3.81) for your Blue jays.

Next off day I will be previewing the upcoming MLB draft through a mock first round. The Jays select 11th in the first round.