Tuesday, 5 April 2011


Quien es mas macho? Yunel es MAS macho!
(h/t: Tao)

In case you were not paying attention, Yunel Escobar bashed a walk-off homer with a man on for a come-from-behind 10th inning victory over the A's tonight.

Let giddiness ensue! Let irrational exuberance abound!

Seriously, after Jo-Jo Reyes dampened the spirits of the "Summer of Jo-Jo" crowd (is there in fact a crowd?) the jays were in a fairly deep hole. But they rebounded to tie it with timely hitting and some sloppy work from Kouz, only to see Jason Frasor give the A's new life when he surrendered a solo homer to the first hitter in the 10th inning.

But happy endings were yet in store. For icing on the cake, the Red Sox fell to 0-4 tonight, the Longoria-less Rays lost and the Twins handed the Yankees their second loss of the year so it was good news all around.

Gregor Chisholm, by the way, reported today that Octavio Dotel should join the Jays on the road at some point, that Brandon Morrow will not only start the Dunedin openiner on Thursday night but will likely make a second minor league rehab start which would put him on track to return April 17. And Frank Francisco is supposed to pitch on rehab soon (likely Thursday following Morrow) and will need some three appearances at least. Pencil him in, if things go well, to possibly rejoin the team when they head back from the west coast to Boston (that's probably the most sensible time frame for Dotel as well, there would seem to be little to gain in flying either of them out to the west coast to gain a day or two).

Two considerations: When Morrow returns if he does start on the 17th that would be Jesse Litsch's regular turn. However, Jesse will have an extra day's rest due to an off day so he could, if the team chose, start 4/16 in Reyes' spot. The pressure is on Jo-Jo to rebound next time out.

Secondly, massive roster decisions should ensue on that off day as the team travels back from the coast. Adding three pitchers (potentially) to that staff is a bit of a logistical nightmare. Villianueva, Zep, and Janssen have options, among relievers, and Drabek and Litsch both have options among the starters. However, to this point (Litsch having not yet pitched) none of these has pitched poorly or looked as if they merit demotion. It's possible AA might pull a trade out of his hat. If not, some poor sucker(s) are going to feel abused by an undeserved demotion, or someone will be going through waivers.

Possibly, inefficiency or injury over the next week-plus will clear things up, but if not, it will get hairy.

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