Friday, April 11, 2008

Reverse Sweep

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After sweeping the Red Sox three straight, on Monday I felt as if I was at the top of the world. Finally, the Blue Jays were going to make the playoffs this year. Then, like most dreams - it came crashing to halt.

With each three games that the Blue Jays lost, they were either winning or it was a tied game going into the top of the 9th - so it’s not like they never had chances to win. For me, it seemed like it was the utter collapse of the bullpen that did them in.

Watching Brandon League pitch last night, was like watching a lost puppy trying to find his way down an alley in the Bronx. He had almost no control on his pitches, and loaded the bases multiple times. If I were Gibby, I would have next to no confidence in him at this point in the season.

The Blue Jays were outscored 21-7 in the series; and now know what it feels like to be the Boston Red Sox. This is an early reality check for the team this season. Albeit, a series loss to Oakland is not the end of the world, but it is a sign of things to come if the team doesn’t start working better together.



Roid Report - Ed Sprague Confession

Former Jays third basemen Ed Sprague admitted that he used Androstenedione and amphetamines before they were illegal in baseball. When asked, he couldn’t say exactly when he used them, but he indicated it was probably mid to late 90’s. Sprague played with the Jays till ’98, then was bounced around by 5 teams till 2001 before retiring.

Really, none of this surprises me - take a look at his career year:
.247 AVG, 36 HR, 101 RBI

It kind of stands out, considering his season average for HR was around 16. Though, I don’t hold that against him - at the time, it wasn’t illegal. And I’m sure Sosa and McGwire were using at the time too. I just wish that they made the amphetamines in tobacco form - then that would’ve explained everything.

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