Wednesday, March 29, 2017

10 Bold Predictions, Blue Jay Style

Look at all that hardware

With the season being less than a week away, now is the perfect time to make bold proclamations that are almost assuredly not going to be correct. With some of these, I will attempt to give some form of (statistical) rhyme or reason with each one. These are typically aimed toward fantasy baseball players, but I'll try to stick to general things that I feel could happen in the coming season. No real order here, just random thoughts heading into the season. I'll try not to be too pessimistic.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Relief Pitchers, The Bullpen and how it seems to be shaping up to be.

According to Wilner, in his Wilner's 25 column, this is his best guess for who will be in the bullpen for opening day.

Roberto Osuna.
He is expected to be ready for opening day after dealing with a sore back due to a " bad mattress". I hate when a mattress goes bad. A Go Fund Me page has been set up for the mattress so it can find it's good side once again.

Jason Grilli
While he hasn't updated his website since joining Toronto. he has found new life in his 40 year old arm. Whether it's Walker or Martin, let's hope some of that magic lasts for at least one more season.

Aaron Loup
Hopefully his 1.42 WHIP in the spring doesn't translate to the regular season. He will relied on to be the main left hander out of the pen, although Gibby may be setting him up to be a LOOGY. Either way, welcome to Uncle Loupy's Wild Ride. Barf bags are available to those in need.

Joe Biagini
While the early speculation was on Biagini ending up in Buffalo, to get stretched out for starter depth, he is needed in the Jays bullpen. Can't see him ending up any where else but Toronto. You can also see him on his regularly scheduled night at Yuk Yuk's Comedy Club, opening for the incomparable Slappy White.

J.P. Howell
The second Lefty in the pen, the Jays are hoping the newly signed Howell will return to 2013-2015 Howell, where he averaged 67 appearances per year. His numbers were very good, then 2016 happened, where he developed a case of left arm shittiness, which allowed the Dodgers to let him go.
Could he be Grilli 2.0?

Joe Smith
Picked around the same time as Howell, Smith is what you'd expect, rather a plain ordinary right handed reliever. It looks like he started to give a few dingers and walked too many for my liking but he is just another reliever. I'm hoping Joe Smith isn't an alias for Joe Btfsplk

Mike Bolsinger
Bolsinger seems to have defaulted into the Jays bullpen, with injuries to Bo Schultz and Rule 5 Guy Glenn Sparkman putting them on the DL. Bolsinger is the long guy. No I don't mean long in that sort of way but in a multiple inning, long relief kind of way. Now go wash your mind out with soap.

As mentioned by some, what the fuck about Ryan Tepera? He throws 97, the Jays like him and dammit he's had a good Spring Training. Well the Jays are looking for a long reliever, see Bolsinger above and Ryan has options,. So off the Buffalo for now.

Agree with Wilner? Are these guys good enough to get the Jays to the playoffs? Or should we pray for healthy starter arms?

Monday, March 27, 2017

One Week to Opening Day

It's been a long winter but we're almost there. This week we'll finally see lineups that will look like the regular season and we'll hold our breath with every HBP, dive, slide, fielding a bunt...

You get the idea.

With this time upon us, this is my reminder that I will not be writing game threats (or are we calling them threads now?) this year.  I remember there was talk of having a different author per series, which works for me.

Who wants to step up?

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Party weekend!

Every weekend is an open thread to shoot the shit. There will be a challenge each week but don't feel confined by it.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Gibby da best

I'm still feeling like a walking zombie and RADAR's done enough late night duty so here's a quickie thread.

Gibby's contract, the big stick the MSM has used to strike the front office all spring, is done. Gibby seems happy. Are you?