With the start of the season just about here, everyone is writing about the Blue Jays.
- Edwin Encarnacion went 0-for-5 today in an minor league spring training game and after told reporters that he was "100% healthy" and ready to go. I have a feeling he might have a slow start, while he gets his timing down, but he's had slow starts before and everything turned out fine in the end.
- Gregor Chisholm has a very nice look into a 'day in the life' of Jerry Howarth.
- Our own Scott C took part in "Playing Peppers" round table on the Jays.
- Shi Davidi has an interview with MVP Josh Donaldson. Here is one of the questions:
Do you believe protection in a batting lineup comes more from who's hitting behind you, or having guys get on base in front of you?
"Having guys get on base helps. There were several times throughout the course of last year where, if I was in Oakland I'd know for sure I'd see four fingers out, walk, and they came at me because now I have Bautista behind me. I was the fourth MVP award winner to not be intentionally walked the entire season. That says a lot for the guy behind me, it wasn't because I was having a bad year, it was because they were scared to death of that guy behind me."
- Tao of Stieb has some predictions for the coming season.
- Ken Fidlin tells us that Marco Estrada is almost ready to go and that R.A. Dickey is in his best shape ever. He mentions that Estrada threw 74 pitches, in a simulated game. His first start of the season will be Sunday April 10th.
- And, I'm sure you have heard this by now, but Sportsnet is offering a streaming service, where you can get all of their sports channels (I think they are up to 40 now), for the cost of $24.99 a month. It will include all live sports carried on their channels.
- Pablo Sandoval has lost his job at third base. Pablo is going to be paid $17.6 million to watch rookie Travis Shaw play. Sandoval has 4 years (plus a team option, but I'm sure the Sox have already declined that option) left on a contract that will pay him over $70 million.
- This is a great piece, in the New York Times, talking about Baseball's Endangered Species. Someday soon the sac bunt (among other things) might only be seen in museums.
- And, if you've missed it, go check out SB Nation's 2016 MLB Preview. My favorite part is the look at 'what every team would look like if trades and free agents didn't exist'. For the Jays, we'd have a very impressive pitching staff, and they would have to be impressive, because we'd be lucky to score more than a run a week.
Josh Donaldson - Total BA in the 2016 Regular Season
Josh Donaldson - Total HR's in the 2016 Regular Season
Josh Donaldson - Total RBI's in the 2016 Regular Season
Josh Donaldson - Total Runs in the 2016 Regular Season
Jose Bautista - BA in the 2016 Regular Season
Jose Bautista - Total HR's in the 2016 Regular Season
Jose Bautista - Total RBI's in the 2016 Regular Season
Jose Bautista - Total Runs Scored in the 2016 Regular Season
Troy Tulowitzki - BA in the 2016 Regular Season
Troy Tulowitzki - Total HR's in the 2016 Regular Season
Troy Tulowitzki - Total RBI's in the 2016 Regular Season
Edwin Encarnacion - BA in the 2016 Regular Season
Edwin Encarnacion - Total HR's in the 2016 Regular Season
Edwin Encarnacion - Total RBI's in the 2016 Regular Season
Russell Martin - Total HR's in the 2016 Regular Season
Russell Martin - Total RBI's in the 2016 Regular Season
Kevin Pillar - Total Stolen Bases in the 2016 Regular Season
Marcus Stroman - Total Wins in the 2016 Regular Season
Marcus Stroman - ERA in the 2016 Regular Season
R.A Dickey - Total Wins in the 2016 Regular Season
Marco Estrada - Total Wins in the 2016 Regular Season
J.A. Happ - Total Wins in the 2016 Regular Season