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  • Joey
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    Had high hopes for Manoahs start yesterday ...

    1.2 Innings Pitched
    4 Earned runs
    3 hit batters

    GOD DAMN.

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  • Mack North
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    Plane landed 15 mins ago. He's here and not leaving without signing with the Jays. #BookIt

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  • Bendit
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    Is this a cruel fake?

    https://www.si.com/fannation/mlb/fas...ngeles-dodgers

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  • Mack North
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    Ohtani Cometh!

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  • Bendit
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    Joey wrote: View Post
    Pretty crazy that the Jays are in the running for both Juan Soto and Ohtani. Separately. We could land both. Insane. Rogers better not be messing with us.

    https://www.thestar.com/sports/blue-...3661007d1.html
    Shatkins will trade their moms to allay the fans breathing all over them. But such info out there makes it a possibility someone else swoops in raises the ante. Been disappointed before

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  • Joey
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    Pretty crazy that the Jays are in the running for both Juan Soto and Ohtani. Separately. We could land both. Insane. Rogers better not be messing with us.

    https://www.thestar.com/sports/blue-...3661007d1.html

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  • Joey
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    Man, what a wild Race for the Wild Card it's been this year. Houston, Texas, Seattle has been an absolute slobber knocker. Let's go BJs!

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  • Demographic Shift
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    The passion of the fans in the World Baseball Classic is incredible to watch.

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  • Demographic Shift
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    And the late night sports media are starting to feature an everyday Jays story.
    Pitchers and catchers are in camp.
    The long grind of spring training begins.

    Our outfield is no longer a double dropping in, miss the cutoff man but carry lots of pop at the plate kinda place. Less bats but we have vaccum cleaners in the outfield. Sea change in approach. Its a more serious approach to winning in the post season. I like it. Think Jackie Bradley who can go get it anywhere stays as 4th OF ... Kiermaier and Springer do get dinged up. Excited to see Varsho ... He is going to be good. We gave up good value in Moreno and Lourdes. One of those two are going to play for Zona.

    The infield defense is major league at the corners but minor league up the middle. Platoon at 2nd for sure. Probably Merrifield and one of BIggio or Espinal. Looks like Bo stays at short till one of the kids they have in their system, Orlevis Martinez, comes along (and that we can't trade this one too)and thats the event that moves Bichette to 2nd base. Bo has plus everything but a major league arm at shortstop. He would go from a below average SS to an average or better 2nd B. Gurerro is an incredibly good defensive 1st baseman. Matt Chapman has already played better than his contract. Good get by Shatkins.

    We fixed the ramp up to the closer with a trade to get another great arm out of the bullpen. Erik Swanson. So we now have a functional bullpen with roles. Swanson will come in the 8th and Romano remains the closer. Until the first blown save and a baseball controversy errupts. The set up and long men are all familiar faces in Jimi Garcia, Tim Mayza, Bass, Thornton... the list goes on. Never overpay on your bullpen.

    The band is back behind the plate with Kirk and Jansen. Long a problem spot the jays are well served here.

    Starting pitching is good.. We have an Ace in Manoah. This kid is CC Sabbathia. Hes real good. We have a serious two three punch in Gausman and Barrios. The 4 starter is an innings eater in Chris Bassit. And the always unselttled 5th starter is surprise unsettled. Kikuchi or Ryu ....until the first injury and then the annual scramble for pitching begins. Like fantasy football the season on finding more pitching depth never ever ends.

    Its us and the Yankees and probably the Rays. Baltimore is going to be better. They are on their way back. The Red Sox havent done much in the way of anything but lose players to free agency or have to trade them because they don't want to pay them.

    Go Jays !!

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  • Demographic Shift
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    Well its a new year !
    And for the first time in forever the Blue Jays are paying attention to outfield defense.
    Too many singles turned into doubles off bad throws and bad outfield defense in general.
    Out go the power bat of Teoscar and throwing arm of Guriel ..and in comes a power bat with good defensive chops Daulton Varsho and a vaccum cleaner in centre and perennial gold glove winner Kiermier. He will save our pitching staff a lot of runs and keep them in games longer. He is a shop vac out in centre.

    Looks like its Whitt Merrifield at second and Biggio / Espinal in the utility roles.

    No room for Moreno as Jansen and the fire hydrant Kirk stay behind the plate in what is looking like a win now team.

    Elephant in the room is Bo Bichette at SS. He is offensively gifted and we need this guy on the field . But he just doesnt have a major league arm for the position. You are not winning an October playoff series with a noodle for an arm shortstop. He has to go to 2nd as soon as we find our SS of the future.

    EDIT Feb 8th 2023: Bo signs a bridge deal a couple of weeks ahead of training camp. This isn't going to be popular but he is now much easier to trade.

    Manoah ... Gausman....Berrios....Free Agent Bassitt.... as the top 4 and the 5th starter could be a platoon of Kikucci and Ryu when he gets back from tommy john surgery in JulyAugust.

    We have a better BullPen than last year.
    Romano remains the closer
    New set up guy from Seatle in Swanson to go along with Cimber Ymii Garcia and Anthony Bass... and then the mop up guys.

    All in all they are set to contend again.... Only 3 weeks till pitchers and catchers report.
    Last edited by Demographic Shift; Wed Feb 8, 2023, 06:59 PM.

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  • Joey
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    DanH wrote: View Post
    Wow. Did not have "Jays Leaf harder than Leafs do" on my bingo card. Rough end to a decent season. Still, young team, sky's the limit going forward.
    LOL Made the same joke to my buddy. Tough to swallow. But ya, our pitching is definitely the weakness, but infield defense needs a boost as well.

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  • DanH
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    Wow. Did not have "Jays Leaf harder than Leafs do" on my bingo card. Rough end to a decent season. Still, young team, sky's the limit going forward.

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  • Demographic Shift
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    Black armband day tomorrow.
    Just didn't have the wherewithal and a little bit of luck to stop the bleeding today.
    Need better infield defense and as always.. more pitching.

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  • Joey
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    Oof tough loss. But, that's the beauty of best-of-3. Go Jays Go!

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  • Demographic Shift
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    So the playoffs changed this year....
    No more one game showdowns...
    It will be Cleveland hosting 3 in Cleveland against whoever finishes i#6 or 3rd WC spot.
    Then its the winner of the WC race #4 vs the 2nd place team #5 with the 1st place team hosting all 3.

    Then its
    #1 Houston vs Winner of #4 vs #5
    #2 Wankees vs Winner of #3 vs #6

    Us vs Astros...

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