Well that ended up being a lot of hype for a whole lot of nothing. The non-waiver trade deadline has come and passed and the Jays have stood Pat. Now there is a lot of talk this way and that way on whether or not it was a good move to not move anyone. Bottom line is it wasn't like Alex sat on his hands and didn't do anything. From all indications there was a lot of discussions with a few teams, Given the free agent status/arbitration eligible status of our pending FA and potential trade bait it was unnecessary to move anyone that didn't at least somewhat match what their compensation is going to be worse. People can yell all they want about Downs and Frasor potentially accepting arbitration and thus the Jays don't get the picks, but in that case we get another year at a (likely) reasonable price for our relievers. Im ok with this.
On the mound today for the rubber match of the series is Mr. Pink Round and Efficient himself Jesse Litsch taking on Jeanmar Gomez from the Indians, who I confess I have never heard of before today. Litsch is hanging out the 5th spot in our rotation but has really been inconsistent since coming back from Tommy John this year. Hopefully he can iron it out because when he was on his game he was really effective.
|2010 - Jesse Litsch||1-4||8||8||0||0||0||0||42.2||47||26||26||6||13||15||5.48||1.41|
|2010 - Jeanmar Gomez||1-0||1||1||0||0||0||0||7.0||5||2||0||0||1||4||0.00||.86|
The lineup today features some changes as Lewis and Edwin are both getting day offs. Wise will slot himself into RF and leads off, Over in LF Snider gets his first start since being recalled and bats 9th...... I am glad that the season is over half done because I am quite done with how our manager constructs his lineup. At this points its just making me angry and I know I know its how he does things. I don't care. Snider is our future according to everyone in the organization and you are going to put him in the position to get the least amount of at bats per game? Thanks a lot. Get out and don't let the door hit you on the way out.
Sorry..... but we have all waited since May for Snider to get back and it absolutely kills me to see that this is how our young hitters are being treated. They didn't do this to Lind when he was breaking in with Gibbons and then stuck with Cito. What is the difference here? That Snider is younger? What? I just don't get it.
Tune in after the jump for Lineups and Series info.
3 game series vs Indians @ Rogers Centre
|Fri 07/30|| WP: Shaun Marcum (10 - 4) |
LP: Justin Masterson (3 - 10)
|8 - 1 win|
|Sat 07/31|| WP: Jensen Lewis (3 - 2) |
SV: Chris Perez
LP: Brian Tallet (1 - 4)
|1 - 2 loss|
08/01/10 1:07 PM EDT
|Cleveland Indians||Toronto Blue Jays|
|Trevor Crowe - CF||DeWayne Wise - RF|
|Asdrubal Cabrera - SS||Yunel Escobar - SS|
|Shin-Soo Choo - RF||Jose Bautista - 3B|
|Carlos Santana - C||Vernon Wells - CF|
|Matt LaPorta - 1B||Adam Lind - DH|
|Jordan Brown - DH||Aaron Hill - 2B|
|Shelley Duncan - LF||Lyle Overbay - 1B|
|Luis Valbuena - 3B||John Buck - C|
|Jason Donald - 2B||Travis Snider - LF|
For the record using todays Players my lineup would be as follows: Escobar, Overbay, Bautista, Wells, Lind, Hill, Snider, Buck and Wise. I would bump Snider up to 5th or even 6th but then it would set up a back to back lefty situation with Lind and Snider that I hate seeing in a lineup. So I guess it isn't all that different, but It makes no sense to me to see a player like Snider batting ninth.
Keep it Civil and Go Jays Go
Today's title is quote from Moonraker featuring Roger Moore's James Bond.