Tuesday, April 13, 2010
The Home Opener Hangover
By Ian Hunter
It had a little bit of everything ... some towering home runs, the thrill of extra innings, inability to throw out baserunners, beach balls in the stands ... basically, it was a virtual cornucopia of baseball awesomeness.
Pitcher's Duel, this was not
If you were expecting some sort of pitchers duel, you were in for a surprise. It definitely wasn't a great night for the starting pitchers: Jake Peavy was roughed up for seven runs and Brian Tallet was charged with six.
Both guys had a tough time keeping the ball on the ground: Peavy with six fly balls, and Tallet with seven fly balls (several of them to the warning track).
Welcome Home, Rios
Maybe most surprising of all was the huge chorus of boo's for Alex Rios. I didn't quite understand why the crowd turned on him so quickly. It's not like Rios wanted to be traded out of Toronto. What did he ever do to achieve the Level of Douchebag Excellence at the Rogers Centre that could only be bestowed upon someone like Alex Rodriguez or Jorge Posada?
Speaking of Rios ... maybe it was just the angle I was looking from, but it appears his batting stance has become even stranger than last time. It looks like his knees are almost together and his legs are separated to make a V in the batter's box. It looks very uncomfortable and unnatural ... but what do I know. Rios was 3 for 5 anyway.
It's Not All Frasor's Fault
As Mike Wilner pointed out, some might point their fingers at Jason Frasor for losing this game, but Frasor was only part of the problem. From where I sat, from the the bottom of the eight to the bottom of the tenth inning, the Blue Jays looked absolutely horrible at the plate.
J.J. Putz and Matt Thornton practically had the Jays eating out of their hands. Nearly half of the Blue Jays final 15 hitters struck out ... I'd say that's a recipe for disaster there.
In Conclusion ...
All in all, this game had a great amount of give and take with both clubs going back and forth with lead changes. Even though the end result wasn't exactly what I had hope for, it was very entertaining to say the least.