If you examine the stats, I mean relax your focus and stare at the stats until you see the image of a saiboat, you’ll see that Jose Bautista is having an utterly dominant season. Just think about it, if baseball is a game of failure, Bautista has truly mastered it. He’s failing at all facets of the game, offensively at least. If he could find a way to emulate Eric Thames in the outfield, he’d be a complete player. Well done, Jose!
We’re just about month into the season and it looks like all of MLB is treading water at .500 with 328 wins and 328 losses. Let’s hope they can pull things together and a get winning record this year. Very disappointing…
So the Jays are in Baltimore tonight and last time they faced each other, the Orioles won 2 out of 3 games. I’m hoping that things turnout better this time around, but it also got me thinking. How is it even possible that Baltimore can have a winning record this late in the season? And I know the answer. It could be because I’ve recently watched The Wire in its entirety, but I’m convinced that the commissioner has influenced Baltimore’s front office to somehow juke the stats so that they come out looking like winners. It’s a classic case of short term thinking in the Charm City.
As an alternate theory, I’m pretty sure that detective McNulty is influencing Baltimore’s record, by changing the box score after the games are over, but that’s OK because he’s awesome…
This week, we examine what happens if the standings were to be seeded alphabetically. The biggest losers are all the relocated and rebranded teams. Had Miami kept Florida as it’s region, it would have been in the top ten. Same with the Angels, who originally were known as the California Angels, would have been in the top five. And they would have been first overall had they kept Anaheim in their name instead of attempting to compete with the Dodgers for the hearts of Los Angeles. Speaking of the Dodgers, had they stayed in Brooklyn, they also would have been among the top teams in baseball. The biggest loser is the last place Washington Nationals, considering they would have been ahead of the New York Yankees had they stayed in Montreal.
Also, too bad for the Blue Jays. After all the hope the fans harboured for improvement this year, they end up 2nd last in the entire league. Next year, I anticipate we’ll see some teams moving to Albuquerque and Alaska…
An easy way to summarize the first weekend of the Jays season would be to say, it could have ended in disaster. But Toronto’s bullpen and bats came through and bailed out the starting pitching. My favourite moment of the weekend had to be when Jose Bautista homered immediately after Masterson threw inside twice to Kelly Johnson. Also, Edwin Encarnacion has been amazing in the clutch so far.
The big story for me was that Joel Carreno was sent down to AAA. My immediate reaction was that Alex Anthopoulos has high expectations for the starting rotation. And if you think about it, Carreno wasn’t horrible considering that it was only his first career start and the two home runs he gave up were to the same player. After sleeping on it, I think that the Jays are sending him down to get at least one start until later in April. Until then, the Jays can get by with a four man rotation. I think we’ll see Carreno get recalled later this month.
Overall the Jays bats were relatively cold this weekend. It could be due to the weather, or it could have also been caused by all the sinker-ball pitchers Cleveland threw at them. It’ll be interesting to see how the lineup fairs indoors at Rogers Centre tonight versus the Red Sox.
So here are the 3 Stars for the weekend series:
1. The Bullpen
2. Edwin Encarnacion
3. Kelly Johnson
So, unless the Cardinals swoop in and sign Prince Fielder, it looks like the Reds are going to run away with the NL Central in 2012… Not only have they traded for Mat Latos, one of the best young starters available, but they’ve also got one of the bullpen bargains of the off-season (Sergio Santos notwithstanding) in signing Ryan Madson to a
four year $44 million dollar deal one year $8.5 million dollar deal. Based on starting pitching, the Brewers and Cardinals could make it interesting, but I don’t think that they can match Cincinnati’s offense.