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Roy = Monster

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This is what happens when your GM is from Massachusetts… has managed to get an interview from J.P. that is more interesting than any from the local papers (which reveal that…GOSH! There is likely to be some competition for the 5th spot in spring training).

First, J.P. refers to Janssen as a 4th starter:

“Well, we’d love to move Casey Janssen into the rotation. We feel he’d be an excellent fourth starter for us. But we’ll have to see how Ryan is and make our decision from there.”

Now I know that numbering starters is highly overrated…one team’s #1 can be another team’s #5. But it’s interesting he would go out of his way to mention it. Remember that Marcum only got his shot at the rotation last year because Gibbons balked at Janssen being plucked from the bullpen. It could be just a slip, but it’s not ridiculous to say that even after his success last year Janssen is considered to have more long-term upside than Marcum. And the thought of Marcum as a 5th starter makes me want to click my heels.

Random aside about another challenger for the role: despite his underwhelming “stuff”, Jesse Litsch is not a control pitcher/soft tosser. His fastball sat at over 90 mph last year- that’s just below average for a starter and he even threw it (terribly unsuccessfully) at 92-3 for a couple of games last year. The real issue is that his changeup (which he only really started throwing last year) was inconsistent last year, as was his slider. Just because he gets a lot of grounders and was pretty dominating in AA last year doesn’t mean that he’s through learning and may as well be thrown out there. He’s a 22 year old kid who is still figuring out what he’s got.

Next, Ricciardi refers to the rumours that Halladay wanted to pitch the last game of the year on short rest:

Halladay would pitch in a three-man rotation if you let him. He’s just cut from a different cloth than anyone else. I get along great with Roy but the one time we’ve been at odds or had a disagreement, I told him we needed to hold him back. He wanted to pitch the final game of the season on three days’ rest and I said no.

The thought of Roy Halladay snarling at J.P. over a totally meaningless start against the freaking Devil Rays makes me love him even more. I know the Doctor is from Colorado, but what better icon is there for a Canadian team than someone who is overly polite and soft-spoken in public and then turns into some sort of bizarre howling animal when he’s handed the ball? And while we’re at it:

Santana’s 2008 Salary: 19 Mil
Burnett’s 2008 Salary: 12 Mil
Halladay’s 2008 Salary: 10 Mil

Is it more appropriate to say “Thank you” or “Sorry?”

Written by halejon

February 4, 2008 at 7:57 am

Posted in Seriousness

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  1. JP desperately wants Janssen in the rotation this year – because – when AJ walks the plank he’ll HAVE to be there in 09, and he wants ot make sure he has a “fourth” starter then. Roy, McG, Marcum JANSSEN, Litsch or Purcey or Romero or Wolfe … you get the idea.

    Before you say it – Cecil will not be ready till late 09 maybe 10 at the earliest. He just hasn’t thrown enough innings yet for a starter, it’ll take him at least a couple of years in the minors to get his arm attuned to throwing over 150 innings safetly.

    As to Roy being a horse – the guys 60% Clydsdale and 40% 800 pound gorilla! Sh*t – we could just start him every day! He’d be a happy camper till his arm fell off.


    February 4, 2008 at 5:17 pm

  2. The locals don’t have time to interview JP. They’re too busy calling for his head.


    February 4, 2008 at 5:27 pm

  3. Mylegacy, for what it’s worth, in his most recent Keith Law seems fairly certain that Cecil will wind up a reliever and could be up as soon as this year. But he also said the Jays might have him start. So… who knows, but I wouldn’t say for sure he’s a starter yet.

    Torgen, I think it’s that they don’t have JP’s phone number. Griffin bitches about that once every few months.


    February 4, 2008 at 5:58 pm

  4. Hmmm….so you think maybe J.P. was thinking ahead to next year when he said that? I agree that Janssen has to be converted eventually. The free agent pitching market is just ridiculous and getting worse. Young starters are worth their weight in gold. I’m not holding my breath but it would be really nice if one of Purcey/Romero pulled themselves out of the dumper next season.

    Cecil is a nice prospect, but I agree there’s not much of a chance we see him in 09 and who knows if he’ll still be a starter. The book on him has always been that he’s got a major-league ready slider- it’s not surprising that guys in the New York-Penn league couldn’t hit it, but that’s a LOOOOOOOOOONG way and a lot to learn from being ready for the big leagues (and he’s still being stretched out).


    February 4, 2008 at 6:00 pm

  5. They’re also too busy interviewing Butterfield about how much he likes football (as opposed to, you know, his new job). That’s the second time- Bastian did the same thing a couple of weeks ago.

    “There’s no doubt, listening to Butterfield, who is going to win Super Bowl XLII. But it’s only after hanging up the phone with him, I realize the windows in my kitchen had fogged up. That is long-distance intensity and passion.”

    Huh?! What does that even mean??? He got you heavy breathing over the phone?!


    February 4, 2008 at 6:02 pm

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