I Broke My Internets

Somehow over the last six months, my computer skills eroded and I'm now a McCainesque luddite, so we'll have to just live with this shittastic template for the forseeable future until I can figure out how to make a better one. The colours have been Blue Jayified at least now.

I know I wrote I'd explain about the hiatus, and I will, with an unveiling shortly, but for now, let's get down and open up this coconut of a season and see what's to make of it.

I've been paying relatively close attention to this team for the past little while, which has included: going to a game (!), watching the team on the tube, and adding baseball writers to my twitter account. Needless to say, I am as well versed as Skip Bayless & Matthew Berry now.

In doing so, I have made three observations:

1) This team is much too old to be this bad. For the team's hitting future to be square on the shoulders of Adam Lind and Alex Rios is saying a lot. Travis Snider, despite the hype, is still an unknown commodity, and the development of top position picks Kevin Ahrens, Justin Jackson, etc. has not been going as people have expected.

2) The Baltimore Orioles are one of the scariest young teams in the majors right now. Yes, a lot was said of their young arms a few years ago, when they had the likes of Adam Loewen, Daniel Cabrera, Hayden Penn, etc., which blew up real good. But the trio of Tillman, Arrieta and Matusz looks really sick, and with the youngsters in the outfield, plus Matt Wieters, plus a sickly low payroll, this team could be in business real soon.

3) When did Kyle Drabek become an uber prospect? I've had this guy in my ridiculously deep keeper league since he was drafted by the Phillies, and up to this year, he was either a) shitty or b) hurt. So he puts it together this year in the low minors, shows promise while being promoted, and all of a sudden becomes the sticking point for the Phils to acquire the best pitcher in baseball? I'm no baseball genius, but something really doesn't compute here. As a quick aside, some of the reported offers the Jays have been making and are getting buffed at seem odd too. The latest was Halladay for Aybar, Wood and Saunders. And that was too rich for the Halos. Call me crazy, but does anyone in baseball actually still like Brandon Wood & Joe Saunders?

Anyways, good to be back. More explanations on the way, and more baseball chat. Go Expos!


Bubbles said...

Joe Saunders has been a bust this year for the most part, but he has been a solid #3 starter the previous couple seasons

Darryl said...

I dunno, he's 28, had one very good year last season, but still had had a very poor k/ip ratio, which made most people see his other number as unexpected blips. The Jays have a lot of Joe Saunders type pitchers, and acquiring him would do little to shake the franchise up enough to counter the beheamoths.

Johnny G said...

As for the O's, I wouldn't count out Troy Patton in their minor league system yet either. Was ranked very highly two years ago. Had Tommy John Last year and is making his way back through the minor system now.

He was a highly touted first rounder.

It is sad that I am envious of the O's.... very very sad..

Mattt said...

Very, very sad to be envious of the O's...