Sunday, August 23, 2009

Lazy Sunday Links


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Well, after all that doom and gloom earlier this week the Blue Jays managed to put together a series win against the American League West division-leading Los Angeles Angels. With the win today, it wrapped up a week that saw many of us questioning our allegiance to the great Toronto Blue Jays.

To those who still feel like there is nothing left to look forward to this season, just think about how great it will be have Travis Snider (who went 3 for 3 today BTW) on the roster for the entire year, the possibility to see Randy Ruiz full time, and how the Blue Jays rookie starting pitchers will fare in 2010.

Elsewhere in the Blue Jays blogosphere and Blue Jays news:

It's been just over a year since Ice Cold Wayne was sent packing from the Rogers Centre, but thanks to some investigative journalism The Te of Inglett has him down.

I tweeted earlier today about by general disgust with Vernon Wells ability to finally turn his season around with 38 games left to play. Just in the month of August alone, Wells has 12 RBI's with 5 HR and a .752 OPS. There's nothing like finally living up to expectations with less than a third of the season remaining.

Remember that Vladimir Guerrero at bat late in the game earlier today? Well, if you wanted proof that Vladdy is the ultimate low ball hitter then check out the pitch f/x of the at bat. Even of a pitcher rolls the ball on the ground towards home plate, there is a good chance that Guerrero will make contact.

2 comments:

  1. I understand the 5HR, but I wouldn't call a .752 OPS "Living up to expectations", let alone season long slump busting.

    In my mind, the only problem with Vernon is pitch selection and a keen eye, which isn't something that he'll likely ever develop this late in his career.

    When he gets a hold of a hanging bb, or a dead center fastball, he hit's harder than anyone on the Jays, and I'd wager that the average distance on his homers is the highest on the team.

    Only problem is he chases the crap and takes the meatball.

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  2. I'm not giving VW too much credit, but I guess it's the only thing to be excited about with him these past few months. I took a look at his Hot Zones, and it looks like he tends to whiff on those low breaking balls quite often. I know what you mean - when Wells makes contact, it's gone ... but unfortunately that doesn't happen quite as often and we would like.

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