OK, so the “Snider for Belt?” bit in the title is a little bit misleading. In Thursday’s chat at ESPN.com, Keith Law did mention that people had been asking him about such a hypothetical, but he actually kinda dismissed it. Still, there were several actual Jays-related nuggets for your enjoyment, …
You’re not going to believe this, but Brandon Belt is not in the Giants lineup today.
The problem with all of these “Belt for Snider, who says no?” tweets and questions is that the Giants are much more likely to trade Belt for Jamie Moyer.
Derek (work) [via mobile]
My Thursday afternoon work production has been sharply down for the last two years. thanks. Oh, and Dom Brown for Snider. Good idea?
I’d rather have Snider.
You recently mentioned a lack of life on Teheran’s fastball. Can you explain? Also, is this relative to where he had been previously, or more general? I know we’re dealing in small samples this year, but something seems off with him. Thanks!
It’s straight and up. A fastball can move a lot of ways – it can tail (like a two-seamer, moves to the arm side), cut, run (to the glove side, not sharp like a cutter – you might also hear that called “bore”), sink, or have “late life up in the zone” (think Matt Cain, a ball that never sinks but appears to speed up as it crosses the plate, which I assume is an illusion because it’s not decelerating as expected). Teheran’s fastball doesn’t cut, run, bore, or sink, and it doesn’t have life up. It’s real hard and real true. I’d love to see him try a two-seamer – could be 92-93 with tail, and then you’ve really got something.
Drabek’s switch to two-seamers and cutters over the last year is a reaction to the lack of life on his fastball.
Don (Quad Cities)
At what point would you feel comfortable giving up on Rasmus’ tools and say this is the player he is? He’s been in a funk for a long time now.
End of this season. Feel the same way on Smoak. If those guys don’t turn it around this year, they’re not “done,” but I’ll concede.
Whats your prediction for Marisnick? Future All-Star or next Snider? (afterall, he is in the Blue jays organization)
Future All-Star. I don’t think the Jays have some horrible track record that it’s fair to make the parenthetical comment. Snark should be earned.
Feel like answering one more before you take off? Sanchez has the fastball/curve combo, but worse results. Syndergaard had the fastball/change combo with better results. What makes you like the upside for Sanchez (who hit 98 this week) better?
Much, much harder to teach (or find) a breaking ball than a changeup. And Sanchez does have a change.