So seems like there was some news today in Jayland. One closer is out (B.J. Ryan) and closer is back (Scott Downs). Jordan Bastian has some comments from Jay assistant GM Alex Anthopoulos saying that Ryan's comments to the media helped them to come to the decision:
Ryan didn't help his cause on Monday when he said he felt some of his command issues stemmed from his sporadic use. It was the ol' Catch-22, as Anthopoulos pointed out. Ryan believed more time on the mound could help, but manager Cito Gaston no longer trusted Ryan to pitch in critical situations.
"A few days ago, I think we saw in the media that he expressed some frustration of not being able to pitch more and be used more," Anthopoulos said. "I think that's what it came down to, that the role that we had for him right now, we couldnt get him the work that he wanted to have.
I thought, when that came out, that it might convince the Jays is was time to release him, in spite of $15 million we still owe him. Pitching poorly is one thing, but pitching poorly and then complaining about playing time is another thing.
Anyway we BrianTallet (5-6, 5.38) going against Scott Kazmir (4-5, 6.79). Going up against the lefty we are treated to Millar in the lineup today. I wish that while releasing Ryan we could have gone all the way and released Millar and Dellucci at the same time.
07/08/09 7:08 PM EDT
|Toronto Blue Jays||Tampa Bay Rays|
|Marco Scutaro - SS||B.J. Upton - CF|
|Aaron Hill - 2B||Carl Crawford - LF|
|Adam Lind - DH||Evan Longoria - 3B|
|Scott Rolen - 3B||Carlos Pena - 1B|
|Vernon Wells - CF||Ben Zobrist - 2B|
|Kevin Millar - 1B||Pat Burrell - DH|
|Alex Rios - RF||Jason Bartlett - SS|
|Jose Bautista - LF||Gabe Kapler - RF|
|Raul Chavez - C||Dioner Navarro - C|
I'd imagine we'll see more scoring than yesterday.
Join us in the thread. The post title is from Steve Earle's song 'I Remember You' off his great CD Jerusalem. One of my favorites. Seems to fit, with folks talking about rebuilding. I'm not ready to start all over again.