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Short, scribbled thoughts about J.A. Happ

July 17, 2018

I’m thrilled Mr. Happ is representing the Blue Jays at the All-Star Game. In a season that’s been on a steep decline since late April, there have been very few positive story arcs. J.A. Happ is one of those arcs.

As he prepares to stand with the game’s best at Nationals Park, I’ve been reminiscing about his two tenures with the Jays.

I’ve been thinking about the attempt to put him in the bullpen when he first arrived in 2012. Happ put his foot down and argued he was a starter. Ultimately, he was not wrong.

I’ve been thinking about that scary night at Tropicana Field when a line drive struck the side of his head. He recovered, thank goodness.

I’ve been thinking about how some freaked out when he came back to the team as a free agent. Getting Happ instead of resigning David Price was an outrage to certain fans.

I’ve been thinking about Happ’s 20 wins in 2016. Yes, that stat is no longer a sexy accomplishment. However, that 2016 team would not have succeeded without the triple threat of Happ, Aaron Sanchez and Marco Estrada.

I’ve been thinking about milk in a bag. 😁😁😁

The first chapter was noteworthy and the second one – quite successful – will likely conclude before the end of the month. There might even be a third chapter.

Regardless, I sincerely hope he makes a positive contribution wherever he winds up. Fingers are crossed for a World Series ring.

ER

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I can’t believe they swept the Washington Nationals: An open letter to anyone who gives a damn

June 18, 2018

To Whom It May Concern:

The Blue Jays hosted the Washington Nationals this past weekend. My buddy and I attended Friday’s opening match and I was very excited. Last time I saw the Nats in a live setting, they were known as the Montreal Expos. Additionally, it was my first opportunity to see Bryce Harper and Juan Soto in the flesh.

However, I was also very pessimistic about the series.

We know what the Jays are and we know what the Nats are. We also knew the Jays would face two starters with ERAs under 3.00 and one under 4.00.

It looked to be another dreadful series in a season that has been on a steep decline for several weeks. My hope was that they wouldn’t get swept at the very least. Avoiding Washington’s brooms would be akin to winning.

But in the end, the Jays turned out to be the sweepers instead of the sweepees. They won all three games against Washington, leaving me flabbergasted.

Please accept this notice as my apology for allowing my negativity to get the best of me. Once again, baseball has reminded me that what appears on paper doesn’t always translate on the field.

Of course, sweeping the Nats doesn’t change anything. However, it does give us something to smile about.

ER

ALDS/NLDS Guesses

October 5, 2017

So I was right about Arizona, but wrong about Minnesota. The two matches definitely put the WILD in WILD Card. Thrilling for hitters; cruel to starting pitchers.

Anyway…

Boston over Houston in 5
Cleveland over New York in 5
Chicago over Washington in 4
Los Angeles over Arizona in 5

ER


How Drew you do, Mr. Storen?

January 9, 2016

Just like his predecessor, Mr. Atkins decided to disturb the calmness of my Friday night with a trade. But hey, I’m not bitter. Not bitter at all.

Anyway….onto the scribbled thoughts:

Drew Storen is a solid late-inning reliever, who goes along nicely with Brett Cecil and Roberto Osuna. He’s also an insurance policy in case – Baseball Gods forbid – Osuna suffers second year setbacks. My only concern is his transition to the American League. Fortunately, Storen has a 3.19 ERA and 1.09 WHIP in 40 interleague games, according to Baseball-Reference.com.

Sorry to see Ben Revere go, but as everyone on this planet has pointed out, there’s plenty of depth in the Jays’ outfield. He was a terrific leadoff hitter with great speed. He was also a much better left fielder than some of the other players that played the position in 2015.

My favourite Revere moment was the Spider Man catch in Texas during the regular season.

Overall, I like the trade. Atkins used a surplus from one area and put it towards an area that needed attention.

ER

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Episode 40: Montreal On The Road

August 14, 2014

Montreal’s Gabriel Morissette and Adry Laurin are travelling to every MLB ballpark this summer to draw support for baseball’s return to La Belle Province. The young couple are chronicling their journey on their website, MontrealOnTheRoad.com.

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Adry and Gabriel at Dodger Stadium (Photo: mtlontheroad.imgur.com)

If I had a vote…

November 10, 2012

First off, I was right about San Francisco, but it certainly wasn’t a perfect prediction. If you’re interested, check out my thoughts on the 2012 World Series.

Time to hand out some “awards.”

American League

– AL MVP: Miguel Cabrera, Detroit

– AL Cy Young: Jered Weaver, LAA

– AL Manager of the year: Bob Melvin, Oakland

National League

– NL MVP: Ryan Braun, Milwaukee

– NL Cy Young: R.A. Dickey, New York

– NL Manager of the year: Davey Johnson, Washington

Blue Jays

– Best hitter: Edwin Encarnacion

– Best starter: Brandon Morrow

– Best reliever: Casey Janssen (honourable mention to Darren Oliver)

Feel free to agree/disagree. You can also applaud or yell 😉


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