What an inning
You know what I’m talking about. That was amazing. Just when this season was looking like it was taking its last few circles around the drain, the Blue Jays have woken up offensively, and their rotation is firing on all cylinders even without A.J. In the last 4 games, the team scored as many runs as in their previous 12 combined, and their pitching is still humming along. It’s not quite time to start printing playoff tickets, but the team is finally starting to play (read: hit) to its potential.
Last night Vernon put the game out of reach, and standing on second flexed his shoulders and glared back at the pitcher. This shot doesn’t fully capture the moment, but does he not look mean for possibly the first time ever?
Now comes a real test – the Jays are 10 games under .500 this season on the road, and after a day off they start a mini road trip against the White Sox and Tampa Bay. These are two reeling teams that they need to take advantage of. Then comes the equally terrible Rangers, and then a series against New York that by that point could be crucial.
Question of the day: What the heck do we do with Gus- forget next season, I mean NOW? He is making rehab starts in AAA (and yeah, he gave up a run an inning in his first one, but he always does that), but with Burnett coming back, our rotation is already overflowing. Even if Towers is traded, how do we bump Litsch, who now has a 2.16 ERA in four starts since returning from the minors? I still like the idea of him as a fifth starter if he can get his arm back in one piece, and we could use a lefty, but our rotation is just too strong right now to roll the dice on him. There isn’t even room in the pen, and it’s unlikely anybody wants him. The only thing I can think of is to tell him to fake an injury for a while like we did with Zambrano.