Like anyone else, I suppose, I’m somewhat inclined to scream “small sample size” at bad results I don’t believe in, while getting all worked up about people using tiny samples to shit on guys they don’t like, but… oh man, I’m encouraged by what we’ve seen so far from Kyle Drabek (and also, keeping with that line of thinking, if you think Brandon Morrow is now AJ Burnett, Jose Bautista has turned back into a pumpkin, and Jeff Mathis needs to start ahead of JP Arencibia, please show yourself the door before I call you fucking hopeless).
Turns out I’m not the only one, as Keith Law said as much– with the same caveats– in his chat yesterday with readers at ESPN.com, along with several other Jays-related nuggets that I’ve scooped up for your enjoyment…
Sorry if I’m a minute late, Arencibia told me I needed another donut.
James (Vero Beach)
Travis Snider: Vegas pumps up numbers, but in a small sample, he’s cut down on Ks. Can this translate at the major league level?
I like Snider quite a bit and think his swing changes will lead to better results in the majors. That said, not only is he repeating AAA in a hitter’s park, he’s got more than a season’s worth of ABs facing better quality pitching. This is a step down for him – he should be raking.
Keith, do you think you were being a little bit hypocritical when you tweeted about JP earlier? Pretty sure you called Mike McDade “Muffin Top” earlier this year.
I made that comment about a specific photo of McDade. I didn’t take a random shot at a reader’s weight, which would be the analogous situation.
Lawrence (Toronto, Canada)
We’re about a dozen games into the season; does anything stand out to you so far?
Yes – overreactions to tiny samples are at an all-time high.
Do you think bringing Hutchison up to be the 5th starter for the Jays is a lot premature?
He’s pretty polished, but yeah, this is a lot earlier than I expected. I hope the intent is to keep him up for a while – I don’t like bringing up elite guys for spot starts. I’d have taken Deck McGuire for just a single outing.
If you had to pick one … Marisnick or Gose as your CFer of the future?
Marisnick. Much higher offensive upside. I’ll give back the 5 runs a year on defense (if it’s even that much).
Twitter Etiquette (Non-existent?)
Given we agree that J.P. Arencibia’s comments were childish and immature, where do you stand in regards to media members using twitter to attack/troll athletes? i.e. using the @PlayersTwitterHandle so he sees the offensive tweet
I would never do that. Taunting players is inappropriate for fans, never mind for professionals.
Do the Jays shift JP off catcher once d’Arnaud arrives? Or do they entertain trading him?
Bat won’t play anywhere else. He’s trade bait.
Brandon (Santa Maria, CA)
Henderson Alvarez has great velocity and control. Why doesn’t he miss more bats?
Good question. Slider isn’t good enough?
Why are people all upset with what JP said? The guy tweeted AT him that he basically sucked. Of course he’s going to take offense to that. Give me a break
While I don’t agree with using Arencibia’s handle there, the initial comment was pretty innocuous.
Small sample aside, are you allowing yourself to get excited about Kyle Drabek’s improvements? Samardzija of the AL?
Yes. I think it’s real.