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Question time: Which Blue Jays slow spring worries you the most?

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We have a few Blue Jays who putting up poor numbers this spring. I thought I’d ask which worries you the most.

I know not to read much into spring numbers, but when we are 25 games into the spring, I start worrying wondering when the numbers will start turning around.

The candidates:

Danny Barnes: 7.88 ERA. In 8 innings, allowed 8 hits, 4 homers, 3 walks and 12 strikeouts. 4 home runs in 8 innings isn’t good, he says.

Aledmys Díaz:.220/.256/.293, 1 homer, 2 walks and 7 strikeouts. He didn’t have a great season last year, so it’s fair to wonder if he is continuing to decline after his excellent rookie season. Also his defense isn’t exactly what I’d like at short.

Josh Donaldson: Hitting .167/.333/.167, 6 walks and 7 strikeouts. We know enough about Josh to know that these numbers aren’t him. But, I’d really like to see him hit a ball hard at some point. I’m starting to wonder if his leg is still bothering him. It’s likely that, with the big leg kick, it is taking him a little extra time to find his timing.

Kendrys Morales: He’s hitting .205/.255/.364 with 4 doubles, 1 home run, 2 walks and 11 strikeouts. He had a good first few games and then nothing.

Justin Smoak: Hitting .212/.278/.364. 2 doubles, 1 homer, 3 walks and 8 strikeouts. Of course we are all worried that last season was a mirage, since he hadn’t had a season like that before. His numbers aren’t as bad as some of the others, but then he doesn’t have the history some of the others have. Being a switch hitter, I’m not surprised he started slow, he’s got more to work on than guys who swing only from one side. And he has a long swing than others, so timing can take longer to figure.

Yangervis Solarte: He’s hitting .146/.205/.293, with 3 doubles, 1 homer, 3 walks and 5 strikeouts. I’m a bit worried, mostly because I have no history with him. But, he’s put up good numbers for the last 3 seasons. I’m more worried about him playing short, I think he’s a little over extended at that spot.

Ryan Tepera: He has a 9.00 ERA in 7 innings, 12 hits, 1 homer, 3 walks, 6 strikeouts. He hasn’t had a nice quick inning yet this spring. Jays are starting to talk about him as a ‘long man’, which is a demotion from last year.


Which of these 7 are you the most worried about?

This poll is closed

  • 7%
    Danny Barnes
    (104 votes)
  • 7%
    Aledmys Diaz
    (102 votes)
  • 21%
    Josh Donaldson
    (306 votes)
  • 16%
    Kendrys Morales
    (236 votes)
  • 28%
    Justin Smoak
    (409 votes)
  • 3%
    Yangervis Solarte
    (52 votes)
  • 12%
    Ryan Tepera
    (182 votes)
  • 1%
    Someone else?
    (25 votes)
1416 votes total Vote Now