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2009 Toronto Blue Jays

Post by Hollywood2 » Sat Apr 11, 2009 12:36 pm

Image TORONTO BLUE JAYS [LINK]

While hope springs eternal everywhere in the baseball world, the Blue Jays entered the season reeling due to two late 2008 season injuries (to pitchers McGowan and Marcum). A team which had a young promising pitching staff was then scrambling to find 5 decent starters.

In 2008, the problem was lack of hitting. They were 11th in runs scored in the AL (out of 14 teams). Their pitching and defence were outstanding. They surrendered only 610 runs, best in the AL. (Tampa Bay was second, with 671. Quite a gap.) They commiitted 84 errors, second to the Yankees (with 83) whilst the Red Sox had 85.

I actually like the batting order better this year than last. The batting order looks like this (for now):

Marco Scutaro (SS)
Aaron Hill (2B)
Alex Rios (RF)
Vernon Wells (CF)
Adam Lind (DH)
Scott Rolen (3B)
Lyle Overbay (1B)
Rod Barajas (C)
Travis Snider (LF)

Frankly, I wish they had picked up a steady #3 or #4 calibre starting pitcher. Instead, all will depend on how newcomers to the rotation David P8urcey, Ricky Romero, and Scott Richmond do. Anyhow, I see a team which should again win somewhere in the 80s.

Here's what has happened so far:

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> April 6th to 9th

Game 1: Toronto 12, Detroit 5
[LINK] (Halliday WP, Lind 4-for-5, Snider and Lind with HRs)

Game 2: Toronto 5, Detroit 4
[LINK] (Purcey started, Ryan WP, Hill 3-for-4, Rolen and Hill with HRs)

Game 3: Detroit 5, Toronto 1
[LINK] (Litsch LP, Scutaro 2-for-4)

Game 4: Toronto 6, Detroit 2
[LINK] (Romero WP, Lind 3-for-4, Overbay 2-for-3, Snider and Bautista 2-for-4, Scutaro 2-for-5, Hill, Lind, and Scutaro with HRs)

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> April 10th to 12th

Game 1: Toronto 13, Cleveland 7
[LINK] (Richmond started, League WP, Rolen 3-for-4, Scutaro 3-for 5, Lind 3-for-5, Hill 2-for-6, Rios 2-for-5, Wells 2-for-4, Millar 2-for-4, Lind and Scutaro with HRs)
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Re: 2009 Toronto Blue Jays

Post by Hollywood2 » Wed Apr 15, 2009 8:23 pm

Update time ...

The Blue Jays continue to play well. They are hammering the Twins tonight and with Halliday scheduled to start tomorrow, things look good. Here's what's been happening:

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> April 10th to 12th

Game 2: Toronto 5, Cleveland 4
[LINK] (Halliday WP, Frasor S, Scutaro 1-for-1 with 3 BBs, Hill 2-for-4, Lind 2-for-5, Millar 2-for-4, Bautista 2-for-4)

This was last Saturday, Halliday was incredible, with 7 Ks and only 1 run in 7 IP. Ryan almost blew the save, and Frasor then did well in relief. Downs did well as the set-up man. Snider and Overbay were on the bench, in favour of Bautista and Millar who seem to be semi-regulars.

Game 3: Cleveland 8, Toronto 4
[LINK] (Purcey LP, Wells 2-for-4 with a HR)

Purcey had a funny start. He gave up 4 ER (5 in total) in 4.2 but only allowed 4 hits and had 10 Ks. Control was the issue since he walked 6!!! The Jays still took the series 2-1.

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> April 13th to 16th

Game 1: Toronto 8, Minnesota 6
[LINK] (Frasor WP, Ryan S, Litsch started, Hill 3-for-5, Rios 3-for-5, Rolen 3-for-5, Snider 2-for-3, Barajas 2-for-5, Wells 2-for-5, Lind 2-for-5, Overbay 2-for-5, Snider 2 HRs, Overbay HR)

The Twins led 6-3 at one time, but the Jays scored in 5 consecutive innings to rally. Litsch was pulled after 3 innings with an injury. Tallet then threw 3 innings in long relief, followed by Frasor, Downs, and Ryan to close out. Downs had 3 Ks in one inning. Snider's second HR was a monster shot. Check the link for video. It went into the CF upper deck and went through the tunnel.

Game 2: Minnesota 3, Toronto 2 (11 innings)
[LINK] (Carlson LP, Romero started, Barajas 2-for-3, Rolen 2-for-4)

Romero gave the Jays a good start in a good pitchers' duel. Downs had 2 more Ks in one inning of work.

Game 3: Toronto 12, Minnesota 2
[LINK] ~ [GAME DAY] (Richmond WP, Hill 4-for-5, Wells 2-for-5, Overbay 2-for-5, Barrett 2-for-5, HRs by Rolen Hill, Wells, and Barrett)

That Game Day link has stats and when games are on has live updates. It also shows graphics of each pitch. Not bad to check out. The Jays' site also says that Tallet will replace Litsch in the rotation during his injury.

The series finishes Thursday night in Minnesota. The Jays then come home to play Oakland and Texas, three games each.
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Re: 2009 Toronto Blue Jays

Post by Hollywood2 » Sun Apr 19, 2009 9:22 pm

Update time ...

The Jays finished off the Minnesota series with a bang and then won a home series against Oakland which produced two classic games. Monday is a day off and then Texas is at Toronto for 3 games.

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> April 13th to 16th

Game 4: Toronto 9, Minnesota 2
[LINK] (Halliday W, no save, 7 IP, 8 K's, Hill 3-for-5, Wells 2-for-4, Bautista 2-for-4, Barajas 2-for-5, HRs by Scutaro and Millar - a grand slam)

If all you read is the score you'll get a false view of the game. The Jays scored 7 runs in the 7th inning. Up until that time Liriano and Halladay were locked in a classic pitchers' duel. The big blow was Millar's grand slam. Fans of Canadian baseball would be pleased to note that Justin Morneau is hitting the ball well. He was 2-for-4.

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> April 17th to 19th

Game 1: Oakland 8, Toronto 5
[LINK] (Purcey started, 3.2 IP, 5 ER, 4 BB, Legaue L in relief, 2 IP, 3 ER, Scutaro 2-for-4, Hill 2-for-4, HRs by Scutaro and Hill)

The Jays got off to a 5-1 lead with a 3-run 3rd inning. However, Purcey was unable to hold the lead and gave up 4 runs the next inning. League is also having his problems this year. Carlson and Frasor got the Jays through 6 innings tied before League's 3 runs allowed finished the game.

Game 2: Toronto 4, Oakland 2 (12 innings)
[LINK] (Tallet started, 1 ER in 5.1 IP, Frasor W in relief, Camp, Downs, Ryan, Carlson all had scoreless IP, Overbay 2-for-4 with walk-off HR)

I think Tallet may well earn himself a spot in the rotation even after Litsch returns. Purcey has struggled and Litsch has been up-and-down. It was good to see Ryan have a good inning in relief.

Game 3: Toronto 1, Oakland 0
[LINK] (Romero W, Ryan S)

Romero is having a great rookie season. This was a fabulous pitchers' duel where Romero, Downs, and Ryan teamed for the shut-out. Overbay drove in the game's only run in the 2nd inning. A possible game-tying run for Oakland was foiled on a Wells-Hill-Chavez relay throw. Chavez is filling in for Barrett who was injured chasing a foul ball earlier in the series. Millar also played DH in place of Lind. Each side had only 5 hits.

NEXT UP:

The Blue Jays host Texas Tuesday to Thursday. Richmond skips his start on Monday and they'll give Halladay his regular start on Tuesday.
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Re: 2009 Toronto Blue Jays

Post by argolio » Mon Apr 20, 2009 3:24 pm

This is what I was afraid of after Paul Godfrey got fired (or quit if you believe that version). Come back Paul!!!!!!!!!
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Re: 2009 Toronto Blue Jays

Post by Hollywood2 » Sun Apr 26, 2009 9:11 pm

Update time ...

The Jays, despite more injury woes to their pitching staff, continue to with great consistency. They have won all 6 series played thus far, with one loss in each.

I have grave concerns about the pitching staff, however. Romero and Ryan will be missed. Ryan was off to a shaky start. However, he could have been moved into the mid-inning relief role. The rest of the bullpen is pretty solid.

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> April 21st to 23rd

Game 1: Texas 5, Toronto 4
[LINK] (Halliday L, Overbay 2-for-2, Hill 2-for-5 with a HR)

This was Halliday's first loss of the season. I never saw the game.

Game 2: Toronto 8, Texas 7
[LINK] (Purcey started, Frasor W in relief, Bautista 4-for-5, Rios 4-for-6, Millar 3-for-6, Barajas 2-for-5, Lind 2-for-5, Hill 2-for-5, Barajas 2 HRs)

Ryan blew the save in this one. He gave up 3 runs in the 9th, albeit assisted by some shaky defensive play. Kevin Millar (adding some nice bench depth this year) had the GWRBI.

Game 3: Toronto 5, Texas 2
[LINK] (Richmond W, Hill 2-for-4, Rolen 2-for-4, HRs by Wells, Overbay, and Rios)

Scott Richmond delivered a much-needed quality start. A bullpen-by-committee of League-Carlson-Camp-Downs closed out the last 3 innings.

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> April 24th to 26th

Game 1: Toronto 14, Chicago 0
[LINK] (Tallet W, Scutaro 3-for-4, Wells 3-for-5, Barajas 3-for-5, Snider 3-for-5, Lind 3-for-6, Rolen 2-for-4, Hill 2-for-6, Bautista HR)

This was an old-fashioned butt-kicking. Brian Tallet must have appreciated the run support. He was removed after 5.2 IPs. Newcomers Bill Murphy and Bryan Burlington preserved the shut-out.

Game 2: Chicago 10, Toronto 2
[LINK] (Burres L, Millar 2-for-4)

One good butt-kicking deserves another, I guess. Brian Burres was called up to replace Romero and there is a clear drop-off in quality there. I missed the game, which I suppose was a blessing.

Game 3: Toronto 4, Chicago 3
[LINK] (Halliday W, Downs S, Barajas 3-for-5, Wells 2-for-5)

This was a tremendous game. So much so that I paid more attention to it than to the NHL playoffs. Roy Halliday started slow but really gained momentum as the game went on. The bullpen was almost flawless. Frasor, Carlson, and Downs gave up 1 hit to 7 batters in the 8th and 9th. Jose Contreras also pitched well for Chicago. Rod Barajas is on a hot streak, which is needed with backup catcher Mike Barrett on the DL.

NEXT UP:

The Jays play in Kansas City Monday through Thursday. They have yet to play a team from the AL East!
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Re: 2009 Toronto Blue Jays

Post by Hollywood2 » Sun May 03, 2009 9:03 pm

Update time ...

Another week has passed and the Jays lost their first series (going 1-3 in KC) but then achieved their first weep of the season (3-0) over Baltimore. Litsch and Romero remain on the DL. Nevertheless, Purcey has been sent to AAA. The starting pitching is spotty, the bullpen wonderful, and the hitting remains strong. Here's how it went ...

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> April 27th to 30th

Game 1: Kansas City 7, Toronto 1
[LINK] (Purcey L, 6 ER in 5 IP)

Purcey did not exactly throw a gem. But with only 2 hits the Jays weren't going to beat anybody in this game.

Game 2: Toronto 8, Kansas City 1
[LINK] (Richmond W, 1 ER in 7 IP, Hill 3-for-4, Wells 3-for-5, Barajas 2-for-4, Rolen 2-for-5)

Scott Richmond went to 3-0 with this win. The Jays had 4 in the 4th to get the big lead they never surrendered.

Game 3: Kansas City 11, Toronto 3
[LINK] (Tallet L, 10 ER in 4 IP, Hill 2-for-4, Barajas 2-for-4)

This was not the start Tallet wanted to stay in the rotation. It was disappointing because he had been doing well as a fill-in starter. Still, Zack Greinke was starting for KC and he is one of the leagues budding star pitchers. His ERA is 0.50 and he has 44 strikeouts in 36 IP.

Game 4: Kansas City 8, Toronto 6
[LINK] (Burres L, 4 ER in 2 IP, Lind 2-for-3, Chavez 2-for-4, Rios 2-for-4, Scutaro 2-for-5, HR by Scutaro and Lind)

The Jays were actually trailing 8-2 before they pecked away to make the final score respectable. This was a series of one-sided games. Brian Burres was up from AAA for this game. Raul Chavez was the catcher. He was called up during Barrett's injury.

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> May 1st to 3rd

Game 1: Toronto 8, Baltimore 4
[LINK] (Halliday W, Hill 3-for-5, Barajas 3-for-5, Lind 2-for-5, Millar 2-for-5, HR Lind)

You had to figure Doc would pick up a win the end his one-game losing streak, and he did it. A four run outburst in the 4th gave the Jays a lead. Oddly, SportsNet showed a Yankees game on the West channel. BOO! The Jays wore their retro uniforms in this one.
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Game 2: Toronto 5, Baltimore 4 (11 innings)
[LINK] (Ray started, 3 ER in 5.2 IP, Frasor W, Rios 2-for-5, Wells 2-for-5, Hill 2-for-6)

This was a tremendous game which ultimately pulled me away from playoff hockey. Robert Ray made his debut a starter for the Jays and did OK. Carlson, League, Downs, and Frasor were all strong in relief, shutting out the Birds over 5.1 innings. Of note was the performance of Rios and Wells. The Jays awesome offensive thrust this year was largely accomplished with Wells being mediocre and Rios sub-standard. But the big story was Aaron Hill. He made an error which led to the Orioles taking a lead in the 10th. However, he then led off the 10th with a HR and then drove in the winning run with an 11th inning single. Former Goldeye George Sherrill blew the save for Baltimore. He is now their closer.

Game 3: Toronto 4, Baltimore 3
[LINK] (Richmond W, 2 ER in 7 IP, Downs S, Barajas 2-for-3, Rios 2-for-4, HR by Wells and Rios)

This was also a tremendous game. Scott Richmond went to 4-0 with this sterling performance. He is starting to look like Roy Halliday! Rios and Wells have really hit their stride. They were pounding the ball.

BTW, Greg Zaun is now the backup catcher for Baltimore. I did think he was past it and the Jays were right to unload him. However, he seemed like a nice enough guy and did a lot of post-season work for SportsNet.

NEXT UP:

The Cleveland Indians visit the Jays for a mini-series May 4th and 5th. The Jays then have one of their dreaded west coast trips. They have a mini-series in Anahiem May 6th and 7th and are then in Oakland May 8th to 10th.
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Re: 2009 Toronto Blue Jays

Post by Hollywood2 » Sun May 10, 2009 5:57 pm

Time for a weekly update ...

The Blue Jays continue to get unexpectedly strong pitching from newcomers and a continued Hall of Fame performance from Roy Halliday as they continue to sit atop the AL East. Not even the dreaded west coast trip (often a Blue Jay graveyard in recent years) could derail them this year. I only saw games in spots this week, due to the late starts, playoffs, and kids' stuff. But here's the update ...

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> May 4th to 5th

Game 1: Cleveland 9, Toronto 7 (12 innings)
[LINK] (Tallet no decision, 3 ER in 7 IP, Camp L in relief, Lind 2-for-4, Rolen 2-for-5, Hill 2-for-6, Rios 2-for-6, Wells 2-for-6)

Tallet had a no-hitter going into the 7th but then gave up 3 runs. Brandon League also gave up a 3-run inning in relief. This was one of those blown games.

Game 2: Toronto 10, Cleveland 6
[LINK] (Cecil 1 ER in 6 IP, Wolfe W, Lind 3-for-4, Scutaro 2-for-4, Snider 2-for-4, HR by Lind and Rolen)

Brett Cecil came up from AAA and the southpaw looked strong. He also had 6 K's. The Jays were down 6-3 when they exploded for 7 runs in the 7th inning.

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> May 6th to 7th

Game 1: Toronto 13, Los Angeles of Anaheim 1
[LINK] (Halliday W, Hill 3-for-5, Snider 2-for-4, Rolen 2-for-4, Lind 2-for-5, Overbay 2-for-5, HR by Hill, Wells, Overbay)

Seems a waste to have a 13 run outburst when Doc is on the mound. This was a pounding from the get-go.

Game 2: Los Angeles of Anaheim 6, Toronto 1
[LINK] (Ray L, nobody did much!)

The team only had 3 hits. The bats were worn out from the night before, I guess.

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> May 8th to 10th

Game 1: Oakland 5, Toronto 3
[LINK] (Richmond L, everybody but Bautista had one hit)

So Scott Richmond won't go unbeaten this year. All 8 runs in the game were scored in the 2nd inning. After one bad inning, Richmond sucked it up and threw a complete game. Good work! Also, good managing. IMO, pitchers are often pulled too soon.

Game 2: Toronto 6, Oakland 4
[LINK] (Tallet W, 1 ER in 7 IP, Scutaro 3-for-5, Wells 3-for-5, Overbay 2-for-3, Snider 2-for-4, Lind 2-for-5, Bautista 2-for-5, HR Overbay)

The scoreline is deceptive. It was 6-1 going into the 9th. Downs uncharacteristically gave up 3 runs in the 9th. Of significance, this was another strong outing from Tallet.

Game 3: Toronto 5, Oakland 0
[LINK] (Cecil W, 0 ER in 8 IP, Bautista 2-for-4, Rios 2-for-4, Hill 2-for-5, Scutaro 2-for-5, HR Rios)

Another great start from Brett Cecil. It is amazing that the Jays continue to cull quality pitchers to replace a staff with oodles of injuries. Watching this one it was hard to imagine the Jays losing this match-up.

NEXT UP

May 12th to 14th: New York Yankees at Toronto Blue Jays
May 15th to 18th: Chicago White Sox at Toronto Blue Jays

BTW, A.J. Burnett is scheduled to start for the NYY against Roy Halliday for the Jays on Tuesday night. The Jays are 1st at 22-12 and the Yankees are 3rd at 15-16, 5.5 GBL. A golden opportunity to bury the Yanks. I would guess Ray and Richmond will then get starts. Unless with Monday being a day off they just skip Ray's start and use everybody else on normal rest.
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Re: 2009 Toronto Blue Jays

Post by Hollywood2 » Mon May 18, 2009 8:37 pm

Time for a weekly update ...

The rookie pitchers continue to impress for the TBJ. And Halliday continues a potential Cy Young season. The Jays finish the week at 27-14, which is about the quarter-pole in the season.

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> May 12th to 14th

Game 1: Toronto 5, New York 1
[LINK] (Halliday W, 1 ER in 9 IP, Rolen 3-for-4, Hill 2-for-4, HR by Hill)

The highly anticipated Halliday v Burnett showdown was a bit of a romp. The Yankees scratched a mere 5 base hits in a bit of a no-contest.

Game 2: New York 8, Toronto 2
[LINK] (Richmond L, Rolen 2-for-4)

Richmond never even got out of the 2nd inning. He gave up a 5-run 2nd inning. Yet another no-contest.

Game 3: New York 8, Toronto 2
[LINK] (Tallet started, Carlso L in relief, Rios 2-for-3 with HR)

This was a quality game after 2 duds. Frasor and Carlson combined to blow the save for Tallet. CC Sabathia pitched for the NYY.

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> May 15th to 18th

Game 1: Toronto 8, Chicago 3
[LINK] (Cecil W, Hill 3-for-4, Scutaro 2-for-4, Lind 2-for-4, Rolen 2-for-4, HR by Hill)

Brett Cecil had a solid start. He went 6 IP, followed by Carlson for 2 IP and BJ Ryan finished it in the 9th. BJ had 2 Ks! He is not being used as the closer right now.

Game 2: Toronto 2, Chicago 1
[LINK] (Ray W, Scutaro 3-for-4, Wells 2-for-3, Chavez 2-for-3, Bautista 2-for-4)

Amazingly, the Jays had only 2 runs from 11 hits. The Sox scrounged only 3 hits as Rob Ray scored his first big league win.

Game 3: Toronto 8, Chicago 2
[LINK] (Halliday W, Hill 2-for-3, Rios 2-for-4, Lind 2-for-4, Barajas 2-for-4, HR by Rios, Lind, Hill)

Halliday gave up 2 runs in the first inning, in part caused by his own fielding error. He then bounced back and the bats came alive.

Game 4: Toronto 3, Chicago 2
[LINK] (Richmond W, Millar 2-for-3 with HR)

Scott Richmond halted a personal 2 game losing streak with 7 shutout innings. He left with a 2-0 lead. Carlson then blew the save on a 2-run HR in the 8th. But since the Jays came back with a run of their own (on a triple by Rios), Carlson got the win and Downs the save.

The sweep gives the Jays a 27-14 record and a 3.5 game lead over 2nd place Boston. The Yankees are 4.5 back.

NEXT UP

May 19th to 21st: Toronto Blue Jays at Boston Red Sox
May 22nd to 24th: Toronto Blue Jays at Atlanta Braves
May 25th to 27th: Toronto Blue Jays at Baltimore Orioles

The pitching match-ups look like this:
May 19th: Tallet (2-1, 4.68 ) v Wakefield (4-2, 4.03)
May 20th: Cecil (2-0, 1.80) v Penny 3-1, 6.69)
May 21st: Ray 1-1, 3.60) v Lester 2-4, 6.51)

Now that's odd. The Jays are going into a 1st place battle with 3 guys who were not in the rotation at the start of the season. Actually, Cecil and Ray were in Las Vegas' rotation!
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Post by Inquiring Mind » Sun Jun 07, 2009 12:17 pm

The Jays have sure been craptacular of late... Halladay is putting in yet another stellar outing today though

I should also congratulate Alex Rios for his second career Platinum Sombrero... because just one, or Golden is not good enough! :lol:

One of these times his teammates need to get a rally going so he can earn that even more precious Titanium Sombrero... he could be the first to do it in a nine inning game!
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Post by Rammer » Tue Jun 23, 2009 11:14 am

Inquiring Mind wrote:The Jays have sure been craptacular of late... Halladay is putting in yet another stellar outing today though

I should also congratulate Alex Rios for his second career Platinum Sombrero... because just one, or Golden is not good enough! :lol:

One of these times his teammates need to get a rally going so he can earn that even more precious Titanium Sombrero... he could be the first to do it in a nine inning game!

I have difficulties with Vernon Wells production/contract, and why do they let him remain in the number 4 spot in the batting order. Rolen has been the power hitter and defensive star that Wells should be, but baseball is won and lost in the financial picture, not on the field of play as by that time it is a mere conclusion.
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Post by Inquiring Mind » Tue Jun 23, 2009 11:43 am

Cito has never been one for tinkering with his lineups... which was one thing in the early 90's when he had that bunch, but unfortunately he takes the same approach even when he doesn't have as much to work with.
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Post by Rammer » Tue Jun 23, 2009 12:10 pm

Inquiring Mind wrote:Cito has never been one for tinkering with his lineups... which was one thing in the early 90's when he had that bunch, but unfortunately he takes the same approach even when he doesn't have as much to work with.
Bumping Rios down the lineup seems to have 'inspired' Alex, it is a simple yet ever so effective tool as long as it isn't overplayed. With Scutaro getting on base as much as he has and Hill hitting lights out, you need more production out of the 4 spot.
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Post by AngeloV » Tue Jun 23, 2009 1:02 pm

Why have the weekly updates stopped??

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Post by ArgoDave » Fri Jul 03, 2009 7:18 am

AngeloV wrote:Why have the weekly updates stopped??

:rotf: :rotf: :rotf:
The June Swoon? :smackhead:

I hadda laugh when Rogers and Jays fans were boasting in April about being in 1st place...I mean April?? Boast in August when it might actually translate into a playoff spot.
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