TGIF Tidbits

Friday, March 20, 2009  |  by 

As seen above, nobody puts the “game” in “game-face” like Roy Halladay. But it sounds like he got caught up in competition with Blue Jays former #2, A.J. Burnett. Behind the scenes, it wasn’t all hugs and shaving cream pies to the face - for a while there, Halladay said that he and Burnett had quite the rivalry going.

Do you still think Casey Janssen should be slotted into the starting rotation? 14 pitches wasn’t exactly the “quality start” he was hoping for, as Casey left last night’s game with tightness in his arm. As much as J.P. Ricciardi wants it, I don’t think Janssen is going to make the Opening Day starting rotation.

Just 2 weeks after his hamstring injury, Vernon Wells will suit up for this afternoon’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays. We’ll all be apprehensively sitting on pins and needles in anticipation of his return. I’m going to make a bold prediction and say that Wells hits a homerun today. Just because it’s Friday and just because I feel like getting a little crazy with my spring training predictions.

The guys at Mop Up Duty have offered their reasons for bringing Scott Richmond along with the 25-man roster. It’s a fairly in depth post which shows that Richmond’s minor and major league numbers really don’t reflect accurately on how great of a pitcher he actually is. After all, the Blue Jays had to see something in him if they called him up to the majors last season.

Speaking of Scott Richmond, according to his Wikipedia page, he has already been announced as one of the Blue Jays starting pitchers for 2009. As the conspiracy theories start to swirl, let me just say that I didn’t edit that page … only because somebody already beat me to it.

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