The J-Train’s First Stop
One hour from now it will happen. Those letters you thought would never again come into contact or even acknowledge they used to be friends will be shown together on box scores and even a few giant scoreboards around the league: “SP: JOSH TOWERS“.
Josh says he’s itching to go, which at the very least means he’s not having those recurring nightmares where he’s on the mound naked again. But what should we really hope for? This spring he was striking guys out at an uncharacteristic rate, but there were a lot of minor leaguers still in the mix and he hasn’t thrown to batters in 10 days. I think a good goal would be to improve on what every other Blue Jays starter has done so far in one important way- then he could claim to be at least average on this team, right? Here’s what I think could be considered a resounding success against the offensive juggernaut that is the Kansas City Royals:
- Allow fewer home runs than Gustavo Chacin: Ok, they were all solo shots, but 3 home runs is a little embarrassing. Keep the ball in the park, Josh.
- Have a better ERA than Tomo Ohka: When you’re staked to a 7-1 lead in the 4th and don’t last long enough to get the win, it is time to go to the showers and feel shame. A sub-10.38 first game is definitely attainable for the J-Train.
- Fewer walks+hbp than A.J. Burnett: If you give the Royals a free baserunner every inning, they will make you pay. Ok, they might just write off the debt that their woeful bullpen owes you, but still that’s credit down the drain.
- Halladay….ummm….Halladay….ermmm….maybe he can run off the field faster than him or something…
…and the result? SUCCESS ON ALL COUNTS!!!!!!