How does a Spring Training record in baseball correlate to the regular season record? Preseason doesn't mean anything in hockey. Is it the same in baseball? Because it appears that for the most part it's the Jays starters playing in the games...
It doesn't mean anything and Jays are not using their starters out of the ordinary.
Jays depth is noticeable though with guys like Snider, Cooper, Sierra, Gose, D'Arnaud, McDade, Hech and pitchers like McGuire, Hutchison, Drabek, Jenkins etc...
I think Johnson will bat second to kick off the season.
Top 5 in the batting order seem to be set in stone to me. Johnson has had some good OBP seasons and provides more speed on the basepaths than Thames.
Agree on all accounts. Farrel has already come out and said that he has Johnson penciled in hitting 2nd, so I'm pretty sure it's a guarantee as of right now.
He's not going to blow the doors down and wow you but he'll hit for a respectable average, take a walk (absurd concept I know), good defense and will probably steal 15+ bags. He's been having a good ST aswell. Any power we get from him will be a bonus in my books.
Roy Halladay says he's not injured, and the two-time Cy Young Award winner criticized a report suggesting something may be wrong with him because he's struggled in spring training.
Halladay got rocked for five runs and seven hits before getting yanked in the third inning of Philadelphia's loss to Minnesota on Wednesday. A report later surfaced quoting two unidentified scouts expressing concern that Halladay's velocity is down and his sharpness is off.
"Poor reporting on the extreme end of poor reporting," Halladay said Thursday. "It couldn't be further from the truth."
Halladay, an eight-time All-Star, has a 10.56 ERA in three spring starts. He acknowledges his velocity is down, but isn't worried because it's still early.
we got him becuase he was sucking with plummeting market value
but if he does well he'll want a big raise anyway - adios
we got him as a stop gap
gose will replace him when he's ready
and escobar moves to 2nd when hech is ready
then it's adios kelly johnson
They got Rasmus on the cheap because he was struggling. They acquired him in the hopes he could reach his potential here. They don't plan on just moving him if he wants more money because he's playing well. Johnson isn't likely around forever but they aren't gonna put guys at the bottom of the order if it will affect the team this year because they may not be here in the future. Do you like Escobar? Because we got him on the same basis as we did with Rasmus. Couldn't you just have easily said the same thing about him that he was simply a stop gap until Hech was ready?
I also believe Drabek has only thrown 3 balls in the 3 innings he's pitched. Gameday is a little messed up right now.
Don't look at gameday pitch by pitch. It does not keep track of it. A strikeout is always shown as 3 pitch strikeout, walks are 4 balls, outs are shown as only 1 strike. It does not keep track of every pitch thrown.