Thursday, 5 June 2008

Down on the farm

It's been a while since I posted anything around here. So before I begin I just wanna give props to Will & Johnny for doing such a great job in my absence. Work's been killing me lately, but I figured with a day off I'd add my 2 cents on the Jays farm. After today's brutal loss, I don't think there's any need to give a game recap - having Sportsnet replay that brutal home run again and again was painful enough for all of us...

Adam Lind continues to dominate in his quest for IL MVP. Over his last 10 games, he's hit a shameful 333, and only has 10 RBI's over that time. He has a 903 OPS for the season, and is posting an unacceptable 1.198 OPS with runners in scoring position. Wilkerson has hit 375 over the past week, and Shannon Stewart has hit 217 over the same time. Food for thought.

The rest of the Chiefs lineup aren't doing so hot. Diaz has a 727 OPS, but as usual he refuses to walk and I think it'll really hurt him going forward if he can't develop even a tiny bit of plate discipline. 3 BB in 56 AB isn't going to cut it.

Like the Jays, the Chiefs have some absolutely dominating pitching. Here's a few notable performances so far:

John Parrish - He impressed me in spring training, and he's doing terrific in AAA. In 12 starts (63 1/3 IP), he has a 2.98 ERA, 72:29 K:BB, with a slightly less impressive 1.34 WHIP. So far Purcey's been the first replacement for an injured/tired starter, but Parrish is looking like a second option to fill out the rotation.

David Purcey - I believe he's pitching tonight, but as of now he's started 10 games as a Chief and has a 2.14 ERA, 65:21 K:BB (in 63 innings!) and has a ridiculous 1.08 WHIP. He's looked awful in his major league starts, but I think he's a guy who just needs some time in the majors and given a vote of confidence. Scratch that - the way this team operates, he needs a contract in the blood of both JP & Purcey that states that "David Purcey will be given 6 consecutive starts on 5 days
from the period of X to Y as a member of the Toronto Blue Jays rotation".

Davis Romero - I had no idea he was starting, but if he makes the big club it'll be as a reliever. If Carlson weren't doing so damn good, I'd say we could use another lefty like Romero in the pen. Romero has held lefties too a 213 BAA, striking out 19 compared to 2 walks in 15 1/3 innings against lefties. Romero, along with the rest of our pitching depth, is a reason JP needs to sell high on Tallet so that we can add Romero to the most dominant relief corps in the game.

Mike Gosling - Another lefty, and like Romero he would do an excellent job as a lefty specialist. He's done a solid job of getting right handed batters out, and he's been damn near elite against left handed hitters. In 14 1/3 innings against lefties he's struck out 15 and walked 1, and has posted a 216 BAA.

Brandon League - League disappeared, and it took Jack Malone along with the rest of the Missing Persons Squad of the FBI to find him. In his past 10 outings (18 1/3 IP) he's posted a 3.93 ERA, but more importantly has struck out 16 and walked 3. Sounds like League has found his control, and once Benitez gets enough trade value he needs to be shipped out of town so Goggles can get back to inducing ground balls and double plays to help the Blue Jays.


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