Amid reports that he could be sent down, Moonraker gets into the game today. To be honest I don't really have strong feelings about if he should go down or not. He won't be playing in our 3 game series in Atlanta as we really can't take Lind out of the lineup and without the DH someone's won't play. I guess it all depends on whether you think it is better for him to swing the bat some in Las Vegas or whether he would be better off working with Cito and Gene Tenace. If you believe Cito is an amazing batting coach then you want Snider working with him, if not well a few days of swing that bat in the PCL bandboxes might be a good cure for what ails him.
Jordan Bastian has an neat story in his MLBlog tonight:
... how well Tim Wakefield's knuckler was working. When Aaron Hill walked by us today, one Toronto scribe cracked: "I can't believe you can't hit that guy."
"I know, right?" Hill said, rolling his eyes. "I was talking to some of my friends about that. He's one of those guys that I wish my friends could step up to the plate and face -- like Mariano Rivera and his cutter. I wish they could step up t.here so they could see how that thing is tip-toeing to the plate."
Yeah none of us would be able to hit it, but at least I would stand in there to try. If it were Paplebon pitching I wouldn't even stand at the plate, because I know if one of those pitches came towards me I wouldn't be able to jump out of the way fast enough.
Another post I enjoyed today was from the Drunks (yeah go figure) showing admiration for Red Sox fans:
Boston has fans that actually support their struggling best player.
WHAT A F@@@@@@ CONCEPT!!!
Every time David Ortiz dragged his .208 average and zero home runs out to the plate, he was met with a rousing ovation from the Massholes.
It is cool, can you imagine how much better a player and his teammates feel when there is great cheering even in a slump? Yeah I know it won't happen here. And yeah I edited out the swear. SB would rather us not use some words.
05/20/09 7:10 PM EDT
|Toronto Blue Jays||Boston Red Sox|
|Marco Scutaro - SS||Jacoby Ellsbury - CF|
|Aaron Hill - 2B||Dustin Pedroia - 2B|
|Alex Rios - RF||David Ortiz - DH|
|Vernon Wells - CF||Kevin Youkilis - 1B|
|Adam Lind - DH||Jason Bay - LF|
|Scott Rolen - 3B||Mike Lowell - 3B|
|Lyle Overbay - 1B||Rocco Baldelli - RF|
|Rod Barajas - C||Jason Varitek - C|
|Travis Snider - LF||Julio Lugo - SS|
Sox have Youk back. That's ok, he won't be able to hit Cecil. Gotta figure the Jays will be able to hit Penny who is 3-1 despite a 6.69 ERA. Worse yet he is 2-0 with a 7.63 ERA at Fenway. How do you get wins with a ERA like that.
Post title Sweet Baby James by James Taylor, I was going to use the line that mentioned Boston but figured with the Blue Jays and the Green Monster, that one worked.
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Update: Very sad story about former Jay reliever Scott Schoeneweis' wife here.