How apropos? I’m writing this from inside a beautifully-architectured Montreal row house, and the Jays’ opponent tonight for the A’s is one-time Expo, and all-time subject of the most flattering pictures in the universe, Bartolo Colon.

Shit, I might even pay attention to this one.

Scuttlebutt

Barry Davis of Sportsnet tweets that Adam Lind was in Florida to see a specialist about his back. There is nothing structurally wrong with him, he says, but he’ll continue rehabbing in the sunshine state, and there’s no timetable for his return.

According to a Jays’ team release, the Jays have re-upped their Player Development Contract with Lansing– which totally makes sense. No early announcement of a deal on their PDC with Vegas though, huh? Yeah, that totally makes sense too.

Speaking of the 51s, hitting coach Chad Mottola spoke to Gregor Chisholm of BlueJays.com, the transcript of which is at his North of the Border blog.

Shi Davidi of Sportsnet has a feature on Anthony Gose, who hopes to stick around with the Jays.

Lastly, for your between-inning viewing pleasure, here’s today’s edition of Getting Blanked…



TV: Sportsnet One

And now the lineups, by way of the live box score at theScore.com. And for those of you who’ll be out and about, be sure to follow all the action on your phone with Score Mobile

Toronto Blue Jays

B. Lawrie 3B
C. Rasmus CF
E. Encarnacion DH
K. Johnson 2B
Y. Escobar SS
D. Cooper 1B
R. Davis LF
Y. Gomes C
A. Gose RF

H. Alvarez RHP

Oakland A’s

C. Crisp CF
S. Smith DH
J. Reddick RF
Y. Cespedes LF
B. Moss 1B
B. Inge 3B
G. Kottaras C
A. Rosales SS
E. Sogard 2B

B. Colon RHP

 

Image via Steve Schaefer/Getty.

Comments (290)

  1. Glad we traded Travis Snider away. I mean, we already have league leading offense right guys?

  2. how come this league leading offense can’t score runs. out of the top 7 run leading teams the jays are the only ones below .500

    look at the boxscore and you’ll see the problem. oakland had 4 guys who took 20+ pitches. the jays had NONE.

    we have too many hackers who swing at the first pitch and this shit has been going on for 7 years.

    • And Toronto had five guys in their lineup who will be starting for them next season.

      When your best hitter goes and a third of the lineup goes on the DL, this is what happens.

      The offense is just on one of those cold streaks that every offense goes on at some point during the season.

  3. Congrats to all the “let’s not spend a blip of Roger’s billions” crowd. This is the team you asked for. Enjoy.

    • Very true. The apologists should be excited at trying to trade Colby Rasmus for scraps so we can watch Anthony Gose in CF.

      Let’s dump Escobar so we can watch the shiny 10 million that AA spent on Hecheverria. We will score even fewer runs.

      Trading lunchbox was the death knell of this season.

      • Aren’t you supposed to be a grown man? Because this is some serious child-like shit you’re serving up.

        • You’re satisfied with this shit, Dave?

          Think Alex had a good little year?

          • There’s a difference between being satisfied versus handling adversity rationally and with maturity.

            The team was not ready to seriously contend for the playoffs, with or without Prince/Darvish/whoever else. Now you could legitimately argue that with a few free agent/trade additions, they are–once they get half the team back from the DL.

  4. Rajai Davis is quite possibly the most dense professional ball player I have ever seen. Constantly misreads balls, losing them inexplicably, gets picked off, over runs bases, misses cutoff men etc, yet he is consideded a better option than Travis Snider? His one and ONLY role should be coming off the bench in late innings. It is called strategy. Something that Farrell seems to lack in spades. His in-game management is abysmal at times for both strategy and bullpen management.

    Gose gets “lots of rope” to prove himself, when it is obvious he is not ready to hit at this level. Snider has a couple of rough outings and he is shipped to the minors. Last year they send him down just before a trip to Seattle, where friends and family could see him play. This year, they trade him while he is there. As big a fan as I am of AA, I am really starting to wonder what his long term plan is, or if he is flying by the seat of his pants.

    End of rant.

    • Yet his offensive numbers aren’t that far off of Lawrie’s, with a lot fewer at bats.

    • Players that were drafted or traded by Alex will get all the opportunities in the world to prove themselves. JP players on the other hand, they better be on their towes. Cuz they ain’t golden anymore.

    • I think you’re missing the point. The Pirates were not giving up Lincoln for Rajai Davis.

  5. Wow. This is the most depressing couple of weeks of Blue Jays fandom I’ve had for quite awhile. Losing all these games to shit teams. Trading Lunchbox for a middle reliever. Trading recent first round picks for middle relievers. AA telling us how Snider’s development was hurt by being rushed to the bigs, and then watching the 21 year old Gose swing like a pitcher in the bigs. I dunno. It’s rough right now. I don’t think there’s a lot of options but to hope that AA knows what he’s doing. Maybe the new CBA has really changed the value of quality, controllable relievers? Maybe the lack of compensation picks will reduce the number of decent relief pitchers available in the off season because teams will have far less incentive to let them leave? I dunno. Clearly he thinks, for whatever reason, that relief pitchers are far more valuable than they used to be. Hopefully he’s ahead of the curve or something because the alternative is to think that AA turned into a retard overnight. I hope that’s not the case. Right now, however, it all just seems like a giant slap in the face. The Snider trade has me feeling, I think, similar to how the Woodbridgey Leaf fans must have felt when AA traded Johnny Mac last year. And just from a human perspective, I can’t believe they traded him in his hometown, in the middle of a game, the day after he has a giant team BBQ at his house. It’s a business and all, but that’s still a total douche play. I can’t help but think all of this is related to their recent play. Maybe even why Bautista is (all of a sudden) in no rush to return (along with the fact that AA didn’t respond to his call out to acquire some starting pitching). Totally bummed.

  6. Any chance Farrell gets canned at the end of the year?

    • Probably zero. He’s got until 2018 to figure it out, when AA’s “vision” starts to manifest itself.

    • Why would they? He’s “under control”, which seems to be the only criteria we use to judge any talent these days.

      “Under control” means “stuck with” if they are crap.

      • “Under control” also means we are a cheap baseball club.

        • The more money you save in one department, the more money you can spend in others.

          • @Rob, you must like .500 baseball.

          • I don’t like .500 baseball. I can see that Anthopoulous has a master plan and I can see that the plan is working, other than the injury catastrophe this season.

            Barring another epic hurricane of injuries next season, we will be quite a ways above .500 this time next year.

  7. This is the low point of the season for sure.

    This losing streak might go on for another few games; the number of games isn’t really significant. Then we’ll get Bautista back. And then we’ll get Morrow back. Rasmus will get hot again–his July was more bad luck than anything else, as evidenced by his .209 BABIP in that month. Gose will reach his 1,500th at bat in a Jays uniform, which is what AA said he’d need before he would be ready.

    And then things will return to normal around here.

    • This IS the normal. Get used to it.

      • Well if this is the “normal” you prefer, feel free to enjoy this while it lasts.

        I prefer not putting on blinders to all the positives.

        • Positives? Other than EE, what else has improved this year?

          It’s a huge step backwards. Making AAA play over their heads in the majors, trading scrubs for scrubs at teh deadline, and refusing to get quality pieces last off season.

          Until “the plan” changes and they spend some of Rogers’ billions for proven talent, how will it get any better?

          • What else has improved this year? Uh, Rasmus? Morrow? Janssen? Arencibia? Lawrie’s defense? Hutchison putting it together as the season progressed and looking like a solid starter?

            The plan has never changed and there isn’t anything wrong with it. The plan is to spend Rogers’ billions once we’re close to contention, so that the money puts us over the top.

            There’s no point in spending a billion dollars on players just to get from 81 wins to 87 wins and just chill out short of the wild card every year. That’s what Ricciardi did. You develop internally. You grow revenues by increasing fan excitement. You find pieces on the scrap heap that turn into solid performers. You increase the win column.

            Had all those pitching injuries not happened this year we would have seen that. And that’s why we’re just about ready to spend.

          • Keep drinking the Kool Aid.

          • Enjoy your haterade.

          • Ok, lets go step by step.

            Rasmus had ONE good month. That’s an improvement?

            Morrow… you have no clue how well he’ll be when/if he comes back.

            Lawrie’s defence is good, but look at his meager offence. Not exactly the be all end all that everyone was spewing.

            Hutchison? see Morrow. Not a clue how/if he’ll pitch after the injury.

            The team was still a 0.500 team with the healthy starters. They’ll be 0.500 at best if they stay this course.

          • Rasmus showed steady improvement from April through now, which was driven by an obvious change in batting stance. While his July sucked, it’s fairly obvious that was because of incredibly bad luck–BABIP of .209.

            Tommy John surgery has an 85% success rate these days. That’s about the same chance Hutchison has of returning to normal by 2014.

            Oblique strains don’t exactly have a history of permanently screwing over a pitcher’s mechanics. They do have a history of recurrence, IF the player is rushed back too soon. Note that Morrow has not been rushed back.

            Lawrie is 22 years old, and in his sophomore season. Typically speaking, sophomore seasons don’t go as well as the rookie season.

            This team is a DH and two starters away. One of whom would have been Hutchison had he not gotten injured. Attendance is way up over last season, so Anthopoulous will have more money to spend.

            There’s little to suggest Anthopoulous will do nothing in the off-season. You don’t do three “win-now” trades at the deadline if you think you’re years away from contending. You don’t “almost” pull off a “blockbuster trade” the morning of the deadline if you have no intention of making a big splash in the near future. I imagine the purse strings will be loosening this winter. If they’re not, then there’s going to be a lot more worry than there is now.

          • Attendance is way up over last season, so Anthopoulous will have more money to spend.

            There’s little to suggest Anthopoulous will do nothing in the off-season.

            Now THAT’S funny. What is there to suggest that AA will do anything significant in teh way of spending money on external players?

          • Did you not read my last paragraph?

            “You don’t do three “win-now” trades at the deadline if you think you’re years away from contending. You don’t “almost” pull off a “blockbuster trade” the morning of the deadline if you have no intention of making a big splash in the near future.”

            When you publicly say you have “payroll parameters” based on club revenues–the very same statement you guys use to suggest Rogers will never spend money–does it not logically follow that if club revenues rise, so will payroll?

            And AA has always said free agency is the last piece of the puzzle in building a contending club. When you make “win-now” trades, you’re suggesting that you believe that you’re approaching that last piece.

      • Nah. This is a .500 ball club, and has proven that all year. They’ll be 81-81 by the end of the season.

  8. There’s going to be a lot of miserable people around here once the Jays start winning.

    • Well said Rob. I have pretty much stopped reading the comments on here because the full on negativity and really, stupidity. Reading most of the comments on here show me that most of these guys are morons and don’t see the big picture. They aren’t baseball fans at all.

      • Ah yes, the old “if you’re not drinking the Kool Aid, you’re not a REAL fan” BS.

        Keep dreaming, and keep waiting.

      • Yes, there’s a lot about how Alex went about his business this offseason and trade deadline to get excited about. You just have to be really REALLY rational to figure out what the fuck it is.

  9. Get the guns out of your mouths…..Things aren’t as bleak as they seem.

    The foundation is in place. The bullpen looks good going ahead, If Morrow is healthy next year – #2 through #5 in our rotation should be fine and 5 of our positions in the field are well above average to arguably top 3 in A.L. (CF, RF, SS, 3RD & where EE plays – 1st or DH) – I still think JPA is fine as our catcher and if our stud prospect catcher is ready next year – even better
    Clearly AA has a huge off-season ahead of him as he MUST AT LEAST get a #1 type SP & a very good bat at 1st / DH….& either a decent LF or 2nd baseman (or resign Johnson)……… We could live with either Hech at 2nd or Gose in LF as our #9 hitter (even as a liability at the plate)

    • Who are these people in your rotation?

      You got Morrow… ok that’s cool. Has the kid thrown 200 innings in one season? Has anyone you have penciled in done this feat?

      Who is the other one? Dontrelle Willis… I mean, Ricky Romero? Ok so that’s a guaranteed loss right there.

      Henderson Alvarez needs another half season or full season in the minors to develop an out pitch if you want him to stick as a starter. Otherwise he probably needs to move to the pen.

      Kyle Drabek won’t be back till mid-season. And even then, he needs time in the minors to prove he knows where the strike zone is before ever getting another shot.

      Hutchison was rushed and probably needs more minor league time. Moreover, I wouldn’t be surprised if he still needs TJ.

      JA Happ is going to be terrible. Cecil is bad. Villaneuva belongs in the pen. So does Laffey. Lincoln sucked as a starter.

      I’m not seeing where there rotation is going to be good.

      • Morrow – #2
        Romero – #3 (he is somewhere between 2011 & 2012)
        I like Carlos V as a #4
        Cecil or Alvarez – #5

        I feel that group with a real #1 fronting them and the deep bullpen in place could be a really good staff

        • OK…so I am a big optimist as it is when it comes to the Jays. But you gotta be fucking higher than Michael Phelps is you think that rotation is gonna get anything done.

  10. At the risk of branded unpopular, I put the blame squarely on YOU, the viewers!

  11. Cecil vs. Straily tonight.

    That might not end well.

    Though on the plus side, if there’s anywhere Cecil will be able to keep it in the ball park, it’s Oakland, no?

    • Only in foul territory.

    • @rob are you really this stupid. “obvious” rasmus had bad luck? you mean if a player has a .209 babip that means he was unlucky?

      just curious if a player has a .179 babip in a month does that mean he was unlucky?

      can you ops over 1.100 with a .179 babip?

      just please answer. I want to hear you make a fool of yourself.

      • Uh… what? Are you serious?

        I guess I can try to explain BABIP to a simple mind.

        BABIP: Batting Average on Balls In Play. (See: http://www.fangraphs.com/library/index.php/pitching/babip/)

        The idea is that if you make contact on a certain number of pitches, a certain percentage of them would typically fall in for hits. In a small sample size, there’s going to be huge variation, because maybe that month all the balls got hit right to defenders. But over a long period of time, this evens out.

        A player’s career BABIP rate is affected by a number of things: speed (the ability to beat out grounders); line drive/fly ball/grounder percentage; etc. However, every player’s BABIP has a tendency to regress to their career average. The league-wide average is typically ~.300.

        Colby Rasmus’ career BABIP is .291. With the Jays, he averages .268ish. As such his .209 in July is 82 points below his career norm, and 60 points below his Jays norm. As such one would expect it to rise; and this rise would then affect his batting average, and consequently his OBP and OPS. Also, this means that Colby was unlucky for the month of July.

        • no actually there is no such thing as BABIP. it’s a madeup term. a player’s babip is affected by home runs and k’s

          and no BABIP doesn’t cause the other stats to rise. the other stats cause BABIP tomove

          and you didn’t answer the last question, too difficult for you?

        • Annnnnnd since you’re going to bring it up.

          Home runs are an exception of sorts. As they are not hit in play, they do not count towards BABIP. Thus a player who hits a crap ton of HRs in a month will end up with a low BABIP, because everything they hit leaves the ballpark.

          This is how your example can happen. A player can get a 1.100 OPS with a .179 BABIP if their OPS is primarily driven by home runs.

          This is best exemplified by Jose Bautista. As such Bautista’s career .270 BABIP is lower than Rasmus.

          In July, Rasmus hit only four home runs, and as such this exemption does not apply.

        • I JUST TOLD YOU.

          The low BABIP yet not unlucky thing only applies if you hit a ton of home runs.

          Rasmus did not, therefore he was unlucky.

          • Well this was supposed to be lower. Stupid comment system.

          • oh now there are exemptions? did you just make that up as well?

            ok so rasmus was unlucky. you mean there’s no such thing as declining skill?

            please explain to my simple mind how you know a player is unlucky vs shitty hitter

          • and please explain to me where this magical threshold of home runs starts to apply or when it doesn’t apply. very confusing when you make stuff up.

          • Okay. Let me try to explain this one more time.

            BABIP measures a player’s batting average on balls in play. Home Runs, Walks, and Strikeouts do not produce balls in play, so they aren’t measured by BABIP. All else is–flyouts, popups, foul outs, doubles, triples, etc.

            The original idea behind BABIP was to find out how good a pitcher would be if he had an average defense behind him. This was because some pitchers had Miguel Cabrera on third, whereas other pitchers had an in-his-prime Andruw Jones in centre.

            Some people figured out that the reverse could also be applied to hitters. As in, the average batter hitting to the average defense would get a hit 30% of the time, or .300 BABIP (as shown by studies).

            But after looking into the stat a bit more, they realized some things. 1) BABIP had less to do with the quality of defense they were playing, and more to do with where the batter ended up hitting the ball. 2) Where the ball ends up getting hit is mostly luck. Sure you can control whether you pull it or not, and sure you can control whether you drive it for power or are just trying to slap it, but whether a ball gets hit right at a defender or not is purely luck. And, 3) Some players naturally had better or lower BABIPs based on certain skills–speed, to beat out grounders; power, which led to HRs which don’t count; etc.

            Now number three would imply there is a skill component to BABIP, and while you’re not entirely wrong, it was discovered that the skills that influence BABIP are mostly constant. As the saying goes, “speed doesn’t go on slumps.” Further, they discovered through statistical analysis that a batter’s BABIP always trends towards their career average.

            This leads us to the following conclusion: a batter’s career BABIP average is their baseline that can be expected from their skill. (With minor, minor declines expected as they age and get slower.) Therefore, deviations from this average can be attributed to the defense–specifically, whether the ball was hit right at the defenders or not. In other words, luck.

            And it was luck. Many players would hit for a .180 BABIP one month, and a .360 BABIP the next. BABIP is highly variable. In old terminology we would often call this a hot streak or a cold streak, but in reality it had little to do with whether a player was “locked in,” and more to do with how lucky a batter was with where balls were being hit. (Which isn’t to say that there’s no such thing as being “locked in;” merely that some of the time they’re not on fire, they’re just lucky. And luck doesn’t last forever.)

            Therefore, if a batter’s BABIP for a month is significantly below their career norm, and there’s no obvious factors for this (aka all their hits going for HRs), then they were unlucky for that month because all their hits found gloves. Likewise if a batter’s BABIP for a month is well above their career average, then every ball they hit is finding a hole in the defense, which would indicate good luck.

            Luck is random. You don’t expect to throw a quarter for heads twenty times in a row. You expect heads or tails to regress to 50% the longer you throw. And you expect BABIP to regress to a player’s career average. If it was low, then you expect it to go up, which means they’re going to get more hits. If it was high, then you expect it to go down, which means you expect them to get fewer hits.

            How do you know if a player is unlucky vs whether they’re terrible? Are they batting awful while still maintaining a decent or even excellent BABIP? Then they’re terrible. Is their contact % dropping through the floor? Then they’re terrible. Are they swinging at pitches out of the zone? Then they’re bad. Is their BABIP terrible but they are still hitting balls hard? Then they’re just unlucky.

      • Okay, now you’re just trolling. No such thing as BABIP, even with the link to the fangraphs page?

        I’m going back to work.

          • wow you mean if somebody writes something on fangraphs that makes it a fact?

            oh so now if you just admitted that a player can have a 1.100 ops with a .179 BABIP then HOW CAN HE BE UNLUCKY?

          • it’s a nice story you just told except you made most of it up. you see math doesn’t support anything you just said. and you just said babip is highly variable. so if something is highly variable then by definition it can’t be accurate. if I have a thermometer that one minute says it’s 40 degrees then the next it’s 20 degrees when it’s actually 30, then it’s completely useless. you can’t be accurate and highly variable at the same time. this should be OBVIOUS to you.

            players aren’t lucky or unlucky, they simply get hot or cold and this shows up in BA. if a player is cold for too long then he becomes a shitty hitter. you are probably the one who kept saying aaron hill was unlucky for 2 years in a row right?

          • Hahahahaha. I had to learn all of this from the stats nerds once too. When you’re willing to listen, you can learn a lot. I think I’m just about done with you.

            Halladay had a 4.20 ERA one year and a 2.41 ERA the next. Guess ERA isn’t accurate, eh?

            Kelly Johnson had a .807 OPS in May and a .589 OPS in June. Guess OPS isn’t accurate either?

            BABIP does suggest that Aaron Hill actually was unlucky the first of those two years, but the second year was completely on Aaron Hill being a bad hitter.

            Go back to your Flat Earth Society buddies.

          • that’s hilarious. you see you are the one who doesn’t listen because you don’t believe in math. yes stats are accurate if they actually measure something, like BA, OPS ERA etc. But that’s not what you said, you said BABIP measures luck. so by definition what you are saying is that the other stats ARE NOT ACCURATE. What you have been telling me all this time is DON’T BELIEVE RASMUS’ JULY STATS BECAUSE THEY ARE WRONG, HE WAS UNLUCKY.

            BABIP is not a measurement, it’s a made up formula which somebody has told you measures something. you see I can make up a formula too. how about singles balls in play avg? what would that tell you? how about balls out of play avg? you see they don’t measure anything.

          • All stats measure something. That’s why they’re called “stats.”

            BABIP measure the batting average on balls hit in the field of play. What’s so controversial about that? It’s not random, it isolates anything that defense has an effect on.

            All those other stats you mention are perfectly fine for the purposes they’re meant for. Runs measures runs scored. RBI measures runs batted in.

            The difference between BABIP and your made-up formulas is that BABIP has, in the past, accurately predicted numerous players’ future performance, comebacks, etc.

            When Rasmus had his breakout year in 2010 with the Cardinals–.276/.361/.498–he had a BABIP of .354. It was ridiculously high, and it predicted that level of performance was luck-based and unsustainable. The following year he was indeed bad, so bad he got dumped on the Jays for relievers. BABIP accurately predicted his bad year.

          • no all stats don’t measure something. you can take a ratio of any 2 numbers and call it a stat.

            what’s controversial? because there is no such thing as a balls in play avg. hits are not a fuction of putting the ball in play, they are a function of skill and ab’s. If I hit a 100 balls in play, I will get out close to 100 times because I can’t hit. all players face the same pitchers, defenses etc so 1 player can’t be unlucky vs others.

            BA is accurate because it takes all the ab’s and all the hits. BABIP changes the ratio by only taking some of the hits and some of the ab’s. you can’t just subtract 1 hr and 1 ab because it takes more than 1 ab to hit that home run. So what happened to all those other outs? you’ve now allocated them to in play hits which is grossly false which now gives you a completely inaccurate number.

            and no BABIP has not accurately predicted performance. check out the hardball times article where the guy did just that and was completely wrong on most hitters.

            and your example of colby rasmus is called a coincidence. for every example it works I can give you an example where it doesn’t work, that makes it completely random and useless. you have use a large sample that consistenly proves you are accurate for you to say so.

          • Just because a stat isn’t a traditional baseball stat doesn’t mean “it doesn’t exist.” Stop making yourself look stupid.

            I already noted the correlation between BABIP and speed. If you get out 100 out of 100 times, that’s because you’re slow, and not merely because you can’t hit; and slow people have lower career BABIPs. And I already pointed out that BABIP needs to be measured against a player’s career rate, which would add in the “can’t hit” factor, and your career rate would be close to zero anyways.

            You seem to think that players can just magically choose where a ball lands. The ball goes from the hand to the plate in less than a second. The number of ball players that would be able to intentionally hit a four-foot wide target between third base and short more than 1% of the time can be counted on one hand. Players don’t choose where the ball lands, they swing with power and hope they get lucky.

            I google searched for “Hardball Times” and “BABIP Prediction” and found a bunch of articles proving it works. I’m not sure what you read.

            Thanks for the fun, but I gotta head out now. If you’re not done trying to look stupid, try your “BABIP doesn’t exist” act in tonight’s game thread, preferably early while there are still people there.

  12. It’s hilarious that people think that if attendance rises the jays will spend more money. that’s a joke. that’s like saying if the govt has a surplus they will lower taxes. riiiighht. the profit or loss that roges makes off the jays is a rounding error. beeston just doesn’t want to spend money on the jays because he doesn’t want to set a PRECEDENT. If they spend 120 mil, then they have to keep spending 120 mil every year, they can’t go back later. So it’s much easier to spend 80 mil, then 85, then 90 when needed and keep fans expectations as low as possible.

    • Oh, you mean like the precedent J.P. Ricciardi set when he bumped payroll up to $97 million? Clearly Rogers felt trapped by that and was unable to lower payroll.

      • and what happened when they lowered payroll? there was a fan backlash and attendance plummetted. they don’t want a repeat of that

  13. I think AA has set himself up for a very important off season this year. Even his rhetoric is changing. There’s more pressure on this team going forward. It’s put up or shut up time.

  14. The snider trade was more about creating salary room. 2 relievers making 1 mil vs coco and frasor making 8 mil. save 6 mil on kj, 5 mil on teahan, you have a good 20 mil to spend on LF, 2B, DH.

    I wouldn’t mind going after napoli or swisher or ortiz. veteran hitters who won’t get big deals

  15. This team is playing like they’re just as upset/let down as the fans are that AA didn’t get them any help at the deadline.

  16. Who does happ replace in the rotation if that matters?

  17. Swisher would be fantastic. Wonder if he would have any interest.

  18. The jays should sign scott pod asap. he was mashing and the jays need a veteran bat. no need for gose to be here.

  19. Arizona wanted Lincoln in any deal for Upton. Hot rod Lincoln. Your mom Lincoln. Is it the long weekend yet?

  20. @rob I’ll make one more point. It should be obvious that it’s impossible for a player to be consistently unlucky. if I’m hitting line drives to third, then wouldn’t I then adjust my swing to hit more up the middle?

    and what if I’m hitting slow rollers to short. is that bad luck, wouldn’t I try to not do that? assuming that I could of course which is why hitting is a skill.

    • hey bubbles maybe some players change their swing but from what i have read players fight off their coaches when it comes to swing. i think more teams coaches change batters foot location in the box like they did with rasmus on the line to change degrees of where they are consistently hitting. much easier to do and then other teams adjust their fielders position. i think this is what they mean when they say making adjustments. the other change is depth in the box to get on a pitchers late breaking curveball they move forward to hit it when its still going straight. but i do believe in luck in hitting not by math so much as by actually watching rasmus smash balls hard and they are directly at outfielders. i will take a guy like that over a high strikeout guy because he is showing the ability to make contact. if their avg was the same

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