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Paulgeebert  
Subject:  Blue Jays May 20-25 Recap
Date:  5/25/06, 5:05pm
Today was a good day I think. Yesterday, was not such a good day though. Yesterday, Josh Towers gave up another four runs in two innings before he was relieved by Scott Downs. The Jays came back and took the lead (they lost though) so Towers didn't get the loss. Today, he was sent down to AAA. 1-8, 9.00 era, 10 starts, 1.90 whip in 45 innings. Good riddance. For now. If he gets better, ok, but for now, the Jays let him pitch way too long. I don't blame them, he pitched so well last year, you know he has it in him. But he doesn't have it and it cost the Jays a lot of games. I'm not sure who the Jays will call up to replace him, Dustin McGowan perhaps.
Russ Adams also got sent down to the minors today, something I have been pleading for. He stinks. He can't throw, he has 10 errors at short in 36 games. John MacDonald & Luis Figueroa will share the shortstop duties for now. I read yesterday on Rotoworld that the Jays are interested in Adam Kennedy. It would be excellent if they got him, and good for Kennedy too, the California Angels are not so good. However, I object to what the Rotoworld guy said about John McDonald: "they'll be playing John McDonald regularly, which is pretty much like having the pitcher bat. They need to do better." First off, John MacDonald hits like a good hitting pitcher, he'll bat around .240; of course the Jays can use a better bat like Kennedy's, but as I have said before, McDonald is an improvement over Adams. McDonald's defense is so superior to Adams, it is second to none in the league (find out for yourself), he gets you extra outs on the field, which is like a hit every time in my mind. Just two days ago he took a sharp one hop throw down to second on a steal and tagged the runner out, and I have never seen anyone make a tag like that. He got the out, and anybody else in that position would not have. That is value.
Oh I should just mention Carl Crawford. I just saw the Headline on Rotoworld (as I was citing it). I love these speedy guys. I've seen Scott Podsednik play some games like this, but Crawford has more base stealing ability than Podsednik. Crawford went 5-5, a home run, five runs scored, 4 stolen bases against the Jays. He single handedly won them the game. All he has to do is get on base.
Wells is in a slump. He's hit 1 home run in all of may. And 4 doubles. Right now he's probably worth not as much as he should be due to his slump, so probably not a time to trade him, but don't expect anything spectacular things out of Wells (25-30 home runs, 100 RBIs, maybe a few more runs scored).
Rios is still looking good. He is the Jays best hitter, no one wants to pitch to him. Still first in the AL in batting. He's not hitting a lot of homeruns, but the doubles, my goodness. 17 doubles, 6 in the last 9 games. In the last 23 games he has gone hitless once.
The Doctor. Such a cliché. Oh well. Roy Halladay is great. Reedster I wrote an incredibly long synopsis of the trade you made for Halladay, which I think you did great on. But I never posted it, it just got too complex and there were so many factors. But good trade, without the added value of stolen bases that Abreu brings to your team which you did not need (and you got Lew Ford in return), he is not worth nearly as much. Halladay is in amazing form. His pitches are moving everywhere. He's going to have an incredible year.
The Jays got swept by the Rockies. Towers lost the first game. Suprise surprise. That just leaves a taste in your mouth. Oh well, it was a bad weekend for the Jays, but they rebounded nicely against the Rays, almost sweeping them (Towers had to lose the last game too ... it's so nice to have someone to blame).
I haven't mentioned B.J. Ryan's performance so far this year. It's been immaculate. He had one sketchy outing where he was fine because the balls that were hit hard were hit right at people and he ended up getting a double play. But besides that one night, B.J. has been unstoppable. 21.1 innings, 23 strike outs, 11/11 saves, 0.42 era. Thank you! I just love this guy.
Greg Zaun, the Jays backup catcher, has 66 AB and a .682 slugging and .348 average. Was Bengie really necessary? Zaun was full time last year, and this year has more homeruns and doubles than Molina in a little under half the at bats.

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Message #8 of 17  *NEW*
To:  Paulgeebert
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Reedster  
Subject:  Re: Blue Jays May 20-25 Recap
Date:  5/26/06, 9:02am
>Reedster I wrote an incredibly long synopsis of the trade you
>made for Halladay, which I think you did great on. But I never
>posted it, it just got too complex and there were so many
>factors. But good trade, without the added value of stolen
>bases that Abreu brings to your team which you did not need
>(and you got Lew Ford in return), he is not worth nearly as
>much. Halladay is in amazing form. His pitches are moving
>everywhere. He's going to have an incredible year.

Nice post!

I still lead the league in SBs... but only by about 10. At the time, I was leading the league by about 20 SBs. I have had Jose Reyes down so I could bring up by BA and OBP by using Carlos Guillen instead, and this has worked.

I am now in 4th place, but there is only a 1.5 point separation between me and team #2. I am about 10 points behind first, so first is not outside of the realm of possibility.

Thanks for the Halladay comments, but I would give them even MORE credence if you were, say, a Yankee fan.

With Sabathia coming back gangbusters and Beckett looking REALLY good, I finally have an amazing 1-2-3 pitching punch. As Pettitte was one of the top pitchers in fantasy last year, if he can somehow come back to that form, I could win the league.

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To:  the only molting bird Thread
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Paulgeebert  
Subject:  Re: Blue Jays May 20-25 Recap
Date:  5/28/06, 4:46pm
You should be stoked about your starting staff ... The only person missing is Kazmir ... Sabathia cannot keep up the pace he's on, but he could sure stay close ... since coming back from the DL Sabathia has a 1.15 era in 39 innings, 33k (28 of which came in the last three games, with only 2 walks in those games too), and a .85 whip. Not too shabby. All i can say is its about time.
Halladay, well, he's good. Beckett, he's not bad either. Beckett's stats are a little misleading tho, in a way that is probably better for you. Becket has had three bad starts, which came sequentially, and two of them were against the blue jays (the other was the sluaghter by the indians). So, really, he got beat up twice by the best hitting team in baseball (how often do i get to say it about the jays, c'mon i gotta say it), and the indians caught him sleeping, but besides that he's been lights out. Just watch out for when he pitches against the Jays.
Petitte ... I never really liked him ... probably because he was a Yankee ... and probably because he wasn't that good until he left the Yankees ... his second season was good, but until last year he never really blew anyone away. I think he's bust ... just like I don't trust Chris Carpenter ... where was that arm when he made 27 starts for the Jays (35 appearances, 175 innings) and had a 6.26 era? But he seems for real, for now ... still sketchy tho ... I was thinking he was another Esteban Loaiza, who pitched two very unimpressive years for the Jays and the following year pitching with Chicago came in second for the Cy Young (Halladay crushed him) ... perhaps these remarkable turnarounds are reflective of the Jays' old pitching coach ...
Talk about digression.
Reyes is great, he was on my fantasy team last year ... loved the stolen bases, and the hitting was good, 5 hit games and whatnot ... this year you should be pretty happy with him ... save for the average he's doing great ... 25 rbis, 37 runs, 20 extra base hits, 19 sb ... he's bound to hit better than .249 ...

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