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Off-Day Bantering: Who has been the most pleasant surprise for the Blue Jays?

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There isn’t much going on for the Blue Jays this morning. The team has optioned Nick Allgeyer, which surprises me, but someone must be coming off the IL for Tuesday’s game. Rafael Dolis 10 days should be up, and we could use help in the pen. I would have thought they might wait until they are sure no one has to go on the IL after last night’s game (or, you know, ends up injured on the off-day, because that’s how this season is going).

Tim Mayza is having a tough time of it lately. He’s given up runs in his last four outings and has gone from a 0 ERA to a 7.15 ERA in those appearances. I’m hoping he gets a couple of days off and figures things out.

The nice part is the off-day gives all the bullpen guys a day off.

The other day the Jays had 7 players on the Baseball America Top 100 Prospects. This morning it jumps to 8, with Gabriel Moreno taking the #100 spot:

Skinny: On a team littered with Top 100 prospects, Moreno’s start to the season has been loud. As of May 16, Moreno, who entered the year as the third-youngest player in the Double-A Northeast League boasted a circuit-best .444 average and placed third with a .524 on-base percentage. He’d also thrown out 40% of runners trying to steal.

You think the complaining about Shapiro and Atkins will end soon. Someone on Twitter was trying to convince me the Jays should hire Gord Ash because he was so much better as GM.


Marcus Semien told reporters that he’d rather play on the road than at ‘home’ in Dunedin because the road parks are major league stadiums. Not a surprise. Dunedin might be nice, but it isn’t exactly a big-league city. Choices of places to eat are limited, compared to, say, New York.

As nice as they have made the park in Dunedin, it really isn’t a major league park. And, there are always several fans for their opponents at games in Dunedin.

I wonder if he will like Buffalo any better. At least there more of the fans should be Blue Jays’ fans.


After all the complaining about Marcus Semien being in the leadoff spot, he has been pretty amazing lately. He is on quite the hot stretch with the bat, hitting .345/.400/.598 with 5 home runs and 4 steals in his last 22 games. I’m happy with those numbers in the leadoff spot (or anywhere else, for that matter). Is it too early to offer an extension?


No word yet on Rowdy Tellez’ injury. I’m hoping it isn’t as bad as it looked. Maybe a night of rest is all it needs. I’m not sure who they would bring up to add an extra bat to the bench.

Also, no word if there was some sort of injury to Jordan Romano.


Almost at the quarter pole, I thought I’d ask what you think is the most pleasant surprise for the Jays this season?

Poll

The most pleasant surprise for the Blue Jays in the first quarter of the season is

This poll is closed

  • 11%
    Tyler Chatwood’s work out of the pen
    (142 votes)
  • 26%
    Robbie Ray control.
    (316 votes)
  • 0%
    Joel Payamps’ pitching
    (5 votes)
  • 0%
    Trent Thornton’s pitching
    (6 votes)
  • 14%
    Vladimir Guerrero’s defense
    (179 votes)
  • 15%
    Vladimir Guerrero’s offense
    (183 votes)
  • 3%
    Santiago Espeinal
    (44 votes)
  • 9%
    Steven Matz good pitching
    (113 votes)
  • 0%
    Travis Bergen
    (5 votes)
  • 0%
    Marcus Semien’s defense
    (5 votes)
  • 15%
    That Charlie’s been able to hold the bullpen together with all the injuries
    (191 votes)
  • 1%
    Something else?
    (21 votes)
1210 votes total Vote Now

Playoff hockey is so much better than regular season hockey it is a whole different animal. After watching the Lightning/Panthers game, I wonder why I ever watch a regular season game.


Use the thread to discuss anything you want to talk about on this off-day.