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Thursday Bantering: Jays Stuff

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Happy off-day.

Glad that the Jays are bringing up Gabriel Moreno. I did understand bringing up Zack Collins yesterday. There wasn’t time to bring him up to speed on the pitching staff. Calling him up now, he has a free day to chat with the pitchers and chat with the coaches.

The questions are:

  • Who leaves to make room for Moreno?

I imagine Andrew Vasquez will end up on the IL after turning his ankle last night. Maybe the team can make do with one less pitcher until Tim Mayza’s ready to go. MLB is going to limit teams to 13 pitchers soon enough anyway, might as well learn to deal with it now. I’m ok with 3 catchers for now, which would make it easier for Kirk to DH when he’s not catching.

  • How much does Moreno catch?

If he’s up, he must catch the lion’s share of the games. 3 or 4 games a week. There is no value in having him up in Toronto unless he’s going to catch a lot.

  • What happens when Danny Jansen comes off the IL?

There is a good question. It will depend on how Moreno does. If he proves he deserves to be here, they would have to look to trade one of the catchers. If it were me, I’d look to trade Jansen just because he is the oldest of the three. They don’t have to rush to trade anyone. Having three catchers where any of the three could be a good DH isn’t that bad a problem, but Jansen could be used to add an arm to the pitching staff.

Poll

Will Moreno be with the Jays in on August 1st?

This poll is closed

  • 57%
    Yes
    (355 votes)
  • 42%
    No
    (265 votes)
620 votes total Vote Now

The All-Star Ballot is out.

Which Jays deserve to be on the team?

Alejandro Kirk for sure. George Springer. Vladimir Guerrero is second in the AL in home runs among first basemen (and the leader is Anthony Rizzo, who is hitting .209.

We can’t vote for pitchers, but Kevin Gausman and Alek Manoah deserve to go. And Jordan Romano.

And on the borderline, I’d love to see Santiago Espinal go, but there are a few second basemen have good seasons. I’d vote for him, but there are a few deserving players. And Bo Bichette is in among a handful of shortstops that could go. Xander Bogarerts and Tim Anderson are deserving too.


Top 10 Jays’ hitters in bWAR:

Team Player Value--Batters
Name WAR
Alejandro Kirk 2.2
George Springer 2.0
Santiago Espinal 1.8
Bo Bichette 1.4
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. 1.1
Danny Jansen (10-day IL) 0.9
Matt Chapman 0.9
Lourdes Gurriel Jr. 0.6
Zack Collins* 0.3
Teoscar Hernandez 0.2
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 6/9/2022.

And pitchers:

Team Player Value--Pitchers
Name WAR
Alek Manoah 2.5
Kevin Gausman 1.4
David Phelps 0.7
Jordan Romano 0.6
Tim Mayza (15-day IL)* 0.5
Adam Cimber 0.4
Yimi Garcia 0.4
Ross Stripling 0.3
Trent Thornton 0.3
Matt Gage* 0.1
Yusei Kikuchi* 0.1
Casey Lawrence (40-man) 0.1
Team Total 4.9
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 6/9/2022.