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What an inning

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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?

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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.

Written by halejon

July 25, 2007 at 9:38 pm

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  1. Great shot of Vernon. There were two or there seconds there where he looked like he was actually serious about success. Lets hope it’s rubbing off.

    I get the impression that Gus may not play again this season. With the way everyone is going, how do you justify taking anyone out of the rotation.

    The only one up for consideration is Litsch, simply because of service time.

    Dan

    July 26, 2007 at 5:27 pm

  2. But he’s our @#$@#$ best pitcher this month!! Heck, I’d rather bump AJ than him right now.🙂 (not really..)

    halejon

    July 26, 2007 at 5:56 pm

  3. It’s pretty impressive how the media in Toronto has soured on AJ after JPs comment. I listened to a whole roundtable yesterday on how they should probably trade him.

    How much less is he worth now, then when we signed him?

    Dan

    July 27, 2007 at 2:10 pm

  4. If Chacin can come back, I think you have to send Litsch back down. I foresee a Janssen-like (2006, not 2007) freefall in the coming weeks. Then bring him back up in September when AJ gets “hurt” again and shuts it down for the year.

    Or else trade Towers for a bag of donuts, no matter what DJF says. He’s not coming back next year, so get something for him now. Can his value be any higher?

    Chris

    July 27, 2007 at 4:18 pm

  5. I think AJ is worth considerably less- when we got him, he had just had a full healthy season, the first since his TJ. After another 2 years of the DL it looks like his arm problems could be chronic.

    But I hate this kind of trade- any team taking him knows the risk and the contract left and would take that out of our hide. The only way we get anything is if someone thinks the legit #2 he can be for flashes could put them over the top in the playoffs.

    I know what you mean- JP makes an inflammatory comment and all of a sudden the media acts like he really IS a #4 guy. Umm…hello? He was leading the team in ERA before this debacle (Marcum didn’t have enough starts to qualify. :)) and saved our collective asses when the Doc went down. I have absolutely no problem with riding his contract out- we aren’t going to get anyone better for 11 million bucks and I think even dumping his whole salary in a trade is unlikely.

    halejon

    July 27, 2007 at 6:07 pm

  6. Yeah, Litsch has to come back to earth, again. But arguably, that happened to Gus about a year and a half ago.

    I think Chacin needs an implosion or another injury to make the team. He isn’t going to impress in his rehab starts because he never does, and then even if we manage to dump Towers (there’s no room in the bullpen anyway- although that would be ridiculous), he’s just as much of a risk as Litsch, and doesn’t have any more stuff or upside.

    It would be different if he had done anything in the last two seasons, but it’s not like we’re clearing the way for an established starter or a hot prospect- he put together 1 average season 2 years ago!..

    halejon

    July 27, 2007 at 6:46 pm

  7. Gus is officially AAA filler:

    http://tsn.ca/mlb/news_story/?ID=214830&hubname=

    halejon

    July 27, 2007 at 8:20 pm


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