Weekly Round Up: May 17 - 23

Consider this your required reading for the week.  I could tell you the real story but I think that would get me in a pile of trouble.....

Courtesy of Roto Authority:

In turn, 27 pitchers lost at least 1.0 mph:
  1. Ricky Romero - 1.2
  2. Brandon Morrow - 1.0
A couple of our boys lost some zip on the old number one.  In the case of Morrow, it's probably due to the fact he has been converted to a starter.  Some pretty impressive names on the list if you want to check it out.

Courtesy of The Biz of Baseball:

Kevin Millar became a cult hero for Red Sox fans with his iconic "Cowboy Up" rallying cry after joining the Red Sox in 2003. He was a key member of the Red Sox 2004 World Series Championship team. The 12 year major league veteran, played for 4 different teams (Marlins, Red Sox, Orioles and Blue Jays) compiling a .274 career batting average with 170 home runs. Since retiring in April of this year, Millar also recently joined MLB Network as a studio analyst.

Fuck. This. Guy.  He is going to make more money now than if he was playing.....Scab.

Courtesy of MLBTR:

This was expected to be a consolidation year for the Blue Jays - set the bargain-basement rotation loose, let Travis Snider develop, trade away veteran relievers.  Instead, rookie GM Alex Anthopoulos has to be considering making midseason upgrades for a once-improbable playoff run.
The offense has three glaring issues: designated hitter, first base, and second base.  In other words, Adam Lind, Lyle Overbay, and Aaron Hill have disappointed, and it is to some extent balancing out surprising contributions by other hitters.  We're talking of samples of less than 200 plate appearances for each, so it's very possible the best course of action is to just give each player more time to rediscover his 2009 form.

When MLBTR starts talking about if we become buyers.....yikes.  Everyone just leave us alone and let us continue to smash the shit out of the ball in peace.  Make sure to check out the comments, a whole lotta people saying stay the course Alex.

Courtesy of You Don't Know Dick @ The Star:

Ricky feels there are misconceptions about his home town that need to be corrected.
“That there’s gangs, that it’s unsafe, that there’s a lot of killing,” Romero began. “That’s the misconception. I never had a problem. Was there gangs? Yes, actually there is. But what neighbourhood is out there that’s a tough neighbourhood where there are not. That’s why I feel like I’m strong. I don’t let anything get in the way of what I’m trying to do. I’m so driven and so proud of where I come from that it’s in my roots and I’m never going to forget it.”
Gabe has not had the same on-field success at Roosevelt as did his brother, although coaches from Cal-State Fullerton and Long Beach St. are coming out to have a look at the senior pitcher. If personality and respect count in these decisions, Jays pitching coach Bruce Walton believes that Gabe will be a success. The younger brother joined Ricky in Oakland last season and Walton spent some one-on-one time giving him lessons and watching him handle the major-league environment.

Dick gets an exclusive with Ricky and his brother.  Nice read.

Courtesy of Yahoo Sports:

Toronto Blue Jays right-hander Dustin McGowan, sidelined since July 2008 because of shoulder surgery and a subsequent knee injury, is throwing and playing catch. Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos says Friday that McGowan is throwing from 60 feet and his right shoulder rehabilitation is going well.
McGowan left a game on July 8, 2008, because of a sore right shoulder that required surgery. Delays in rehabilitation, including right knee surgery, sidelined him for all of 2009.
Right-hander Jesse Litsch (elbow surgery) is eligible to come off the 60-day DL the first week of June. Lefty Brian Tallet will pitch next Tuesday for Triple-A Las Vegas as he attempts to return from a 15-day DL stint because of left forearm stiffness.

Help is on the way folks!  Number 5 guy Dana Eveland is probably going to lose his job soon.  Not to sure who else is on the block.  Bullpen has been pretty good.  Is there maybe a trade coming?  If so, who do you want to see gone?


  1. Hey!

    Wow so much information to retain there I do not know where to begin. This week's blog seems much more upbeat than I expected, as we've gone 1-4 in the last 5 games. The problem? Pitching. Eveland, Morrow, and Gregg has ruined a few games for us this week. What's been going well? Edwin E! 4 homers in the last 2 days? No complaints here (but surprises, yes). One of the problems of the amount of homers they have hit recently - most of them are solo shots - that being the case they are either striking out/grounding out or hitting homers. What has also looked good, is there attempt to come back. Take for instance, Game #1 against the diamondbacks, we did add pressure in the ninth, but it was just a little too late.

    Alright, now the rant is finished and onto who I think should be traded.

    I don't want Lind traded, nor do I think he will be, as he signed a large contract recently that is quite extensive for just a DH. Aaron Hill - his homer 2 days ago proves it'll come, so he's not the man he was last year, but he's still been solid - no trade here either.

    Lyle Overay - Please for the love of God trade him - now don't get me wrong, I actually believe in Overbay, I think it's affected him not being able to hit like he used to and not coming up big in clutch situations. I want him traded for the Blue Jays sake - our stupid fans are spending more time booing our team, and I am sure that plays a factor on Overbay. We have Bautista that could play 1st, Wallace that could come up, and lots and lots of potentials for a trade if a first basemen came available.

    This is what I would do - send Downs, Overbay, and Accardo (he's slowing getting better in Las Vegas) for a first baseman.

    It was said last night via-twitter:

    Jays now lead the AL in 1st pitch swung at 34% (and 1st in all pitches swung at 48%, and swing & miss 18%), yet are LAST in contact at 76%.

    What should also be indicated is that the Jays are 1st in slugging percentage, but 13th (of 14) teams in OBP.

    See the co-relation? Cito is getting them to be too aggressive - it's producing homers, but no hits. Something that definitely should be worked on.

    Anywho, that's all for the rant now... keep 'em coming!

  2. If the Jays are for realious in contention at the trade deadline, then I think you seriously have to consider upgrading. If we go on some extended losing streak (please no) then that takes care of that. If we are a game or three out of the wild card at that point, what does AA do? He'll have a long think, regardless of what he does...

  3. If you're AA, you have to stay the course. We all understood that going into this season that we were in a rebuilding mode, actually, a complete overhaul mode. I think you do what is best for the future of this team, not now. Even if we get into the playoffs, do you really believe that we can compete in 7 games series against the Yanks, Rays, Phillies?

    I think this season has been much better than anticipated but remember we did the same thing last year until interleague play.

    Stay the course, develop the young guys, bring in some nice free agents when its time to REALLY make a run.....

  4. I think you can stay the course and still upgrade. You don't have to trade the future in order to upgrade, there are trade chips that are not going to be here regardless in a year or two...

  5. So what are we talking about? Seriously?
    Besides Overbay?
    Who is on the block?
    You wanna make a run. You keep the current team. If they are good enough, then so be it. If not, then you got some decisions to make this offseason.

    I say stay the course. Deal the vets.