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Re. Tulo/Reyes

July 28, 2015

So I woke up this morning and discovered the Blue Jays acquired five-time all-star and two-time gold glove winner, Troy Tulowitzki. Once again, AA throws a breaking ball that no one saw coming. Here’s my two cents on the trade:

Tulo – Definitely an upgrade at the shortstop position. We all know what he’s capable of at the plate. In 87 games with the Rockies this season, Tulo is batting .300 and has an OPS of .818. Yes, his health concerns me, but Tulo’s production drowns out that fear.

LeTroy Hawkins – He’s a serviceable reliever. His career numbers are decent and his output the last few seasons was pretty good. His veteran presence will be very helpful for Aaron Sanchez and Roberto Osuna.

Jose Reyes –  There were things I liked about Reyes and there were things that rubbed me the wrong way. I loved his persona and speed; a good fit for the leadoff spot. His defense was becoming a concern and I always cringed when he swung at the first pitch.  He also lost a chuck of time due to injuries.

Reyes was a great player, who wasn’t as great as he was with the New York Mets. Sadly, he may fall into the same category as Phil Kessel: Put up good numbers, but not good enough to satisfy high expectations and the salary he was earning.

Hoffman, Castro, Tinoco – They’ll either become all-stars or complete busts. There’s no way of knowing for sure.

Overall, it’s a good trade. I love the addition of Tulo! However, they still need a starter. Here’s hoping AA makes another move before Friday’s deadline.

ER

Episode 53: The Magic Tonic

July 23, 2015

There’s no denying the Blue Jays have one of the best – if not the best – batting lineups in the league.

But for the team to make the playoffs, they will need consistent performances from the pitching staff.

Michael Wray of JaysJournal.com joins DNJT to discuss Aaron Sanchez’s move to the bullpen and what could potentially happen as the non-waiver trade deadline approaches.

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Hutch, mid-catch. (Instagram.com/the_hek)

Episode 50: Getting It Done

June 11, 2015

The Blue Jays have been playing an exciting brand of baseball lately. They’re looking like a team that plays in the “Get It Done” league.

Nick Hansen stops by to chat about pitching, Jose Reyes, Josh Donaldson and more.

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Everything is beautiful these days ;)

Everything is beautiful these days 😉

Episode 38: Intermission

July 17, 2014

Going into the second half of the regular season, the Blue Jays are 49-47 and currently sit second in the AL East.

Ian Hunter – aka The Blue Jay Hunter – looks back at an up-and-down first half and shares his thoughts on the major concerns surrounding the Jays.

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So, I have a crazy idea…

July 8, 2014

Going forward:

C – Navarro
1B – EE (when he comes off the DL)
2B – Lawrie (ditto)
SS – Reyes
3B – Joey Bats
LF – Melky
CF – Colby
RF – Alfonso Soriano

DH/Back-up Catcher/Bench – Lind, Thole, Francisco, Tolleson, Kratz

Wait! Before you start throwing spoiled fruit and veggies at me, let me explain.

1. Bautista has played third in the past. Not ideal, but until AA acquires a quality second or third baseman, this is a suitable option. If the hamstring is an issue, have Bats DH and Francisco play 3B.

2. Facing a right hander, both Lind and Francisco are suitable at DH and could also be used as left-hitting pinch hitters late in a game.

3. Facing a left hander, Kratz could DH or be that right-hitting pinch hitter late. Plus, he’s a better option as the back-up catcher than Thole.

4. As long as RAD is on the roster, so is Thole (for now). Just accept it and move on.

5. Tolleson can play infield and outfield. That gives him the edge over Kawasaki.

6. Yes, Soriano’s number aren’t great. However, as noted by Baseball-Reference.com, he’s managed to keep his OPS at .700 or better since 2001. To me, that makes him a better option than Cole Gillespie and Nolan Reimold. Of course, if Reimold turns into his 2009 form, this is all a moot point.

NOW…If the Blue Jays do pick up a quality second or third baseman, then Bautista goes back to right field, Lawrie goes where he’s needed, Soriano can DH and/or PH and Kratz gets sent down.

Not perfect, but it could help.

Eric aka @TheHek

Episode 29 [Season Finale]: It Wasn’t Supposed To Be This Way

October 3, 2013

Despite major off-season moves, the Blue Jays failed to make the playoffs. They also finished last in the AL East with a record of 74-88.

Brandon Smith of Back In Blue offers a postmortem of the 2013 Jays and looks ahead to 2014.

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So much for that “Cleveland wins the World Series” prediction 😉

Episode 21: Adam Lind’s Renaissance

June 20, 2013

Adam Lind is looking spectacular at the plate and the Blue Jays are on fire. Things are looking good in Toronto!

Ian Hunter – aka The Blue Jay Hunter – shares his thoughts on Lind, J.P. Arencibia and what the Jays need to do as the All-Star break approaches.

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