Call the @#$@# Ball
What a terrifying collision between Hill and Eckstein on a 100% meaningless play in the 7th inning of the Jays 12-0 rout last night. After last season, I expect the worst on every @#$@#$ foul ball off the shin so to hear that Hill doesn’t even expect to miss any time (although even mild concussions can be deceiving) after spending several minutes on another planet was a pleasant surprise.
This is not the first time that Eckstein has done this…earlier in the season he showed off the same super-O-dog range into center and drilled Vernon. I know that he has to make up for his arm with all this scrappy range, but maybe one-notch defense isn’t called for when up by 10 @#$@#$ runs? Please, Eck- dive into left field on your ribs as much as required, we have several suitable replacements. But stay away from the franchise players recently signed to long-term contracts!
The overkill offense was nice (especially if you believe in hitting as having “contagious” – but not so much if you think hits should be “saved for the next game), but the real head-scratcher continues to be Jesse Litsch. Forget his 7-1 record, the kid is pitching his face off. 10+ groundouts in his last 5 starts, and 10 walks in 72 innings (?!?). His BABIP isn’t even that crazy, at .280. He’s probably due for a bit of a correction, but who cares?