No sandwich this time, thank fuck.
Well here’s something that might– but might not– keep on turning its way into becoming a regular feature, but that I’ll make to look like one regardless, in order to keep from having it seem too terribly out of place: a collection of random thoughts ostensibly on this weekend’s baseballing, but which doesn’t actually touch on the games at all.
Except this time they’re mostly just related to today’s odd series-ending Monday matinee.
Should Of Sold High On Janssen
Should of. Casey Janssen made things a bit hairy in his save opportunity back on Saturday, and went full-blown blown save (non-save situation division) today, which… OK, if anybody was commenting on this post and saying that Janssen should be written off after a couple bad outings, I’d rightly be ripping them for it. And I’m not saying he should be written off. But a closer who isn’t overpowering and relies on nibbling, and maybe a little too heavily on favourable calls, isn’t exactly ideal, right? I’ve never quite understood Janssen’s ability to be as successful as he has, and while my lack of understanding certainly doesn’t come close to meaning it isn’t possible that he’s truly great, uh… when it starts to go south a little, on this one I’m probably going to have to be one of those assholes who’s ready to bail a little too quickly. It’s not my nature, but I just find the crazy success he’s had confounding, and would have been entirely fine with the Jays unloading him at the deadline. I just don’t go for that magical closer mentality nonsense, and see a pitcher who really has to be tremendously precise to survive. Of course, maybe [read: obviously] other teams see the same thing I do. To his credit he’s been fantastic for three seasons now, I just… yeah… I don’t know. Especially since it’s not like he has the same excuse as his bullpen-mates this year, who have been overworked considerably, having to cover for the club’s brutal starting pitching. Janssen’s thrown just 38 innings in 2013– and thanks to the one he threw today his ERA ballooned from 2.41 to 3.32. It’d be great if I could believe, but– and I’m not saying this only because of his last two outings– I just kinda can’t.