So if you were in charge, if you were Gibby or Mark Shapiro what would you try to spark the Blue Jays?
I'm not a big fan of firing the manager just to fire the manager. I don't see it as Gibby's fault the relievers aren't bringing any relief or that the bats aren't working. I know that go to, when a team is going bad, but I don't see it right now.
Gibby is in a bad spot with the bullpen. He doesn't trust many of the arms there (I'm sure he only trusts Roberto Osuna) , which caused him to leave Marco Estrada in for too long yesterday. Marco should never throw 118 pitches in a game (especially when he's rubbing/stretching his shoulder most of the game). We really can't afford to lose him to an injury. But bringing in a reliever, with runners on base, hasn't worked well for Gibby this year. You can understand why he's reluctant to bring someone in., but, I think, you have to keep sending them out, figuring they will come around.
The bullpen, I don't know what you do about it. We really don't have anyone in the minors that can come up and really make a difference. Aaron Loup, when he's healthy, would be nice to have, as a second lefty, but he's not going to turn around the pen. Beyond Loup, Bo Schultz had some good moments, last year, so when he's healthy, he could come up, but again, he's not someone that you'd really want to trust, with the game on the line.
I'm hoping the bullpen troubles doesn't get Gibby thinking about putting Sanchez back in there. He's looked so good as a starter, I really really don't want to keep bouncing him back and forth. But I can understand that he would be a huge upgrade to the pen.
It would be nice if we had a couple of power arms sitting in the minors, just waiting to come up. I think that, if we still have Jeff Hoffman, we'd be thinking about bringing him up to help out in the pen. But we traded him (and most of the strong arms from the minors) at the trade deadline last year (Where is Mark Lowe now anyway? Oh right Detroit).
It's pretty hard to trade for arms for the pen, especially at this time of the year, and we don't really have extra players at any position that I'd want to trade off.
I have no idea what's going on with the the offense. We couldn't score a run against a lefty yesterday. We should be able to beat most lefties (other than maybe Chris Sale). I can imagine it is keeping hitting coach Brook Jacoby up at night. Last year the team seemed to buy into what he was saying (or perhaps they were so good that it didn't matter what the hitting coach said). This year, I don't know. We are striking out way too much. I find it hard to believe that they have all forgotten how to hit over the winter.
We seem to be good at working the count, but maybe we are working too hard at working the count and not just hitting our pitch when it comes. often we seem to have strike one go right through the middle, and we take. Then work our way to a full count, and either chase one or watch one that is right on or near the corner and get rung up.
I don't know what to do about it.
Some guys, Martin, Tulowitzki, Goins, seem to be totally lost. And really, there isn't much choice but to continue to send them out and hope that they put it together. And hope that Devon Travis' rehab goes well.
Anyway, the point of this was to ask what you would do to try to spark the team?