In Rod We Trust
Just a few loose ends…
- John Parrish just broke a Chiefs record by going 9-0. Remember the days of Jeff Tam, Juan Acevedo, etc, etc, when every bullpen reclamation/”lightning in a bottle” attempt of J.P.’s went to hell? He seems to have found his Midas touch (if only it worked on castoff outfielders) and the Chiefs have the best ERA in the international league on the backs of all those mediocre arms we all wondered why the heck the Jays were stockpiling in spring training. It’s scary to think how much an early-30’s, mediocre but decent peripheral Lefty starter like Parrish would cost on the free agent market. Heck, the team is paying Gustavo Chacin over a mil for an +8 ERA in AA just because he’s a southpaw with some wins.
- Parrish isn’t just racking up the most useless stat (W’s) in baseball, he’s also second in the league in K’s. David Purcey however is third, and has fewer walks. Despite his 5-4 record, he’s actually having a much better year and we would all probably be going crazy at him finally putting it together as a legitimate prospect waiting in the wings if the Jays’ rotation wasn’t already stellar. I know, I know…he had no control in his short time in the bigs and some people think his control problems haven’t gone away. But 22 in almost 70 innings? I’ll take 10.
- Speaking of short stints, Adam Lind is still crushing the ball, leading the International league in average, with power. But don’t worry, Stew and his .628 OPS will be back to fill the recent vacancy in LF in 15 days or so, and until then Brad Wilkerson and his .658 OPS is actually an improvement (*shudder*). Maybe we can even give them some more time at leadoff because these guys need to get as many AB’s as possible so they can magically regain their form of 3-4 years ago. #@$@%!
- Gregg Zaun is almost ready to return. Yay? I think it’s self congratulatory time…I seem to recall when he was signed, Wilner made a crack about Barajas being a minor upgrade over Fasano, and Griffin chirped up about the message this sends because the moustachio man was unhappy. Only your dear Bird (and a Drunk or two) pointed out that maybe career numbers weren’t the way to go here and Barajas wasn’t such a terrible (or meaningless) cheap pickup.
Not that I am in ANY WAY suggesting that Barajas is going to keep anything resembling his current pace up, but in a giant fit of I told you so, I’d like to point out that Sal Fasano is currently hitting .186 in AAA. And what’s worse, he’s even shaved his upper lip and now looks like an old, sad man.