Although all we talked about, last night, was the pitching change, I think the real difference between the two teams was defense. Almost every hard-hit ball by the Blue Jays found a glove. There weren’t many hard-hit balls by the Rays, but we didn’t seem to want to get into the way.
The triple off Robbie Ray was a good example. Do you think the Rays outfield would have let that get to the wall? To me, there was no way that should have been a triple, but we played it into one.
Then there was the wild pitch. I hate that official scores have to award a wild pitch or passed ball. I think it should be one category and blame shared. In last night’s case, I think most would say Jansen should have blocked it. Mistakes happen, but that was a bad one.
On the other side, I don’t know if the Rays are just terrific at placing their fielders, or if their fielders are just that good, but anytime a ball was hit hard, a fielder was there.
Hopefully, today, we can hit them where they ain’t.
One of the things I wish we could get past is ‘the manager did something I don’t agree with, he is stupid’. Or ‘he should be fired’. No manager will ever make all the same decisions I would (thank goodness, what would I talk about on here).
On Twitter, many people brought up Matt Shoemaker’s August 16th start against the Rays. In that one, he went 3 innings, allowed 1 hit (and then picked off the runner at first). In the 3 innings he had 5 strikeouts.
The fourth went poorly, a one-out single and a walk, then a strikeout and a home run.
I think there is a new idea out there that pitchers should be pulled before they have problems. I’m old. I don’t think I’ll ever grow to like that. I like seeing a pitcher go deep into a game. Get into and out of trouble.
But I do see that it is an idea with some merit. When a pitcher loses it, it is hard to get him out of an inning quick enough. I was amazed that the Rays took Snell out in the sixth when he seemed to be rolling (he gave up a single, but then had a line out and got Cavan Biggio to strikeout, and then he was out of the game. At 82 pitches, I’d have been looking for him to go another inning.
I believe that if you run through a bunch of relievers, you are likely to find the one that doesn’t have it today.
But that doesn’t mean that I think it is stupid to have a different opinion.
Today’s lineup, I like Gurriel third. I’d like to flip Grichuk and Hernandez but that’s pretty minor.
|Cavan Biggio - 3B||Mike Brosseau - 1B|
|Bo Bichette - SS||Randy Arozarena - DH|
|Lourdes Gurriel - LF||Brandon Lowe - 2B|
|Vladimir Guerrero - DH||Yandy Diaz - 3B|
|Randal Grichuk - CF||Manuel Margot - LF|
|Teoscar Hernandez - RF||Hunter Renfroe - RF|
|Travis Shaw - 1B||Willy Adames - SS|
|Joe Panik - 2B||Kevin Kiermaier - CF|
|Danny Jansen - C||Mike Zunino - C|
|Hyun-Jin Ryu - LHP||Tyler Glasnow - RHP|
I need this today, something is wrong with my cable, and I’ve lost the program guide. They are sending someone Sunday. By then I’ll be driven crazy.
For Canadian TV today, Sportsnet has got 6 games; 2 will be online.— Matt Sullivan (@sporkless) September 30, 2020
CIN @ ATL 12 pm ET - SN/SN360
HOU @ MIN 1 pm ET - SN1
MIA @ CHI 2 pm ET - ABC/SNNow
CWS @ OAK 3 pm ET - SN360
TOR @ TB 4 pm ET - SN
STL @ SD 5 pm ET - SNNow
NYY @ CLE 7 pm ET - SN1
MIL @ LAD 10 pm ET - SN360