05/09/08 7:05 PM EDT
|Toronto Blue Jays||Cleveland Indians|
|Alex Rios - RF||Grady Sizemore - CF|
|Aaron Hill - 2B||Franklin Gutierrez - RF|
|Scott Rolen - 3B||David Dellucci - LF|
|Vernon Wells - CF||Victor Martinez - C|
|Lyle Overbay - 1B||Jhonny Peralta - SS|
|Rod Barajas - C||Travis Hafner - DH|
|Marco Scutaro - SS||Ryan Garko - 1B|
|-||Asdrubal Cabrera - 2B|
|-||Casey Blake - 3B|
Sigh. More They Might Be Giants. Was it asking too much for a better finish to last night than we got? Oh well, Litsch pitched well and Overbay continues to hit the ball well. The Blue Jays, apparently believing they need more offense, have added a veteran platoon. They traded cash considerations for Doc-femur-shatterer Kevin Mench, the righty half, and signed former Expo standout Brad Wilkerson as the lefty half. Both players are in the starting lineup tonight. Joe Inglett has been sent down to make room. In addition, the Jays have reportedly cut ties with Gustavo Chacin and Sergio Santos .
Mench is a good platoon option against lefties, but doesn't play good defense and doesn't seem to offer more than, say, Reed Johnson, who also has hit lefties well over his career and offers more on defense and on the bases. Wilkerson has really fallen off since his days in Montreal and it looks to me like injuries have really messed up a once-promising career. I've always liked Wilkerson, but it's hard to imagine him hitting better than, say, Adam Lind would over the rest of the season. I will post more tomorrow morning on the two players, since it's almost gametime and I just got in from work.
Doc Halladay pitches today against C.C. Sabathia and let's hope the Jays can score some runs with their new faces.