I took most of Thursday off from baseball as kind of a mental health day. Usually, I can ignore wins and losses. Baseball is entertainment, normally in losses, I can come away with that good defensive play or a good at-bat or something. Worry less about the destination than the trip and all.
I’ve never been the ‘if we don’t make the playoffs, the season is a waste’ type person. Being a Jays fan for far too many years, I can’t think that way. But we’ve had so many soul-crushing losses lately.
If I was running things?
- Kevin Smith would play every day at third base the rest of the way. He’s here. Let’s play him. I hate when we call up a prospect, give him a game, he goes 0 for, and then he doesn’t play anymore. When we brought up Riley Adams, he got 28 at-bats, didn’t hit much, and was sent out. If a guy is worth calling up, he’s worth giving 100+ at-bats.
- I’d find Otto Lopez (don’t call me Velez) playing time somewhere. At the moment, it would be center field. I know it is wrong to bench Randal for having a bad game, but he’s had a bad few months, and I’m willing to see what Lopez can do.
- Kirk plays almost every day (I’m willing to leave Ryu and McGuire as a tandem).
I don’t know what is going on with Adam Cimber. In his last 6 appearances, batters have hit .375/.444/.500 against him. In his first 14 games with the team, batters hit .125/.140/.188.
Things like that are why managers go gray.
Other reasons managers go gray:
Great note via @StatsPerform that confirms what you saw last night was incredibly painful:— Chris Black (@DownToBlack) August 21, 2021
Blue Jays hit into an MLB season-high 4 ground ball double plays yesterday with two or more men on base.
It’s the first time that’s happened to any MLB team since 2018.
There is a bit of news this morning: Rafael Dolis cleared waivers and was outrighted to Buffalo. Hopefully, he finds what made him successful last year and maybe throws a bit quicker.
And today’s lineup....no Kirk, no Smith, no Lopez.