27
AUG
2015

Stroman and The Minor League Playoff Hustle

Marcus Stroman… The Blue Jay world seems fixated upon his return. Will he be healthy, will he contribute, what do all his tweets about feeling better than ever mean? Lets review what we know and take the rest in due time, shall we? First, Stroman’s knee is feeling...
17
AUG
2015

Roster Shuffles and Tulo’s Struggles

Hutchison will head south to Buffalo so the Jays can keep him on his throwing program. The Jays have lots of off days coming up and when you’re having he kind of year Hutchison is, you get demoted so you can, “stay on schedule” instead of having the schedule rearranged for you....
15
AUG
2015

Price, Buehrle, and Why You Should Pitch Like Them

It’s a common misconception that, if you’re an older left-handed pitcher with less velocity, you have to throw more off-speed, aka, junk. The thinking goes that, because your fastball is slower, you must throw less of it as it’s easier to hit. Instead, throw...
09
DEC
2014

Bullish on Masterson and His Value Upside

I’m bullish on the prospect of the Red Sox signing Justin Masterson, and  I think Justin Masterson should dig it as well. He’s going to get a lot of run support, the upgrades to infielding make Boston a nice match for a sinker-baller, and he’ll be reunited with John Farrell. For...
16
DEC
2013

Halladay

I remember when I first took serious notice of Roy Halladay. I’d been called up by the Padres to start a few games until Chris Young came back from the DL. Starting…heh, that’s generous. In fact, what I ended up doing was getting my ass kicked. Repeatedly. My...
01
JUN
2013

RA Dickey VS Chaos Theory

Believe me, no one is more tired of hearing RA Dickey say he’s still trying to figure out his knuckleball than me. The whole, “it’s a process”, “it’s a journey”, “the knuckleball is a capricious animal”, shtick—I’m over it. At some point this has to stop being a...
24
MAY
2013

No Time To Think Twice, Sean Nolin.

When I heard the Jays were calling up Sean Nolin yesterday, I got pretty upset. “What is it with this organization and fast tracking young, inexperienced arms?” I railed against it on Baseball Central. I railed against it on Blue Jays Central. Today, however,...
08
MAY
2013

How To Kill An All-Star

How To Kill an All-Star. Last year I said Ricky Romero should not have been in the big leagues to finish the year. He should have been sent down to recover from whatever mental issues were ailing him. The process should have started then, in 2012, when time was on his side. If...
06
MAY
2013

Dirty, Rotten, Cheaters…

If Clay Buchholz was caught applying a foreign substance to his hands tonight, he could (and should) be ejected on the spot — according to the rules of baseball under 8.02. But it’s highly unlikely he’ll be caught. “Because he’s not doing anything wrong!” screams his legion of...
20
APR
2013

JPA VS Base Clogging

Gregg Zaun and I like to argue, and that’s a good thing. It makes for bold television, better informed viewers, and, best of all, I’m always right. We were talking about JP Arenciba’s approach to the plate. Zaun was of the mind that JPA, who is presently worst among all qualified...