Thank goodness for progress – before rule changes made this offseason, Wednesday’s rainout against Baltimore would have been restarted from the first inning even though it made it past five innings, instead of continued at noon tomorrow (because it was a tie at the end of the last completed inning).
You know the season has been dead long enough it’s starting to decompose when the manager is lauded for throwing out an inspirational pipe dream of making it to 86 wins. Even more sobering? To make it to 95 wins (the benchmark for the AL wildcard), the Jays need to go 46-16 from here in. Time to play spoiler in July! Again!
Ramon Hernandez called out home plate ump Jim Joyce for his last call of Tuesday’s game, going to far as to say: “”Everybody misses, but in a situation like that, you can’t miss that bad. You have to be professional. You have to call nine innings of a baseball game. You just can’t start giving up strikes. In a situation like that when the game is on the line, you just can’t miss like that.” Pitch f/x says that the pitch caught the outside of the plate — by a stitch.
It’s been rumoured all month, the Jays have now officially signed 16-year-old Dominican Gustavo Pierre for $700,000. He’s a 6-3, 180 pound shortstop-who-isn’t-really-a-shortstop (see: Kevin Ahrens, Sergio Santos, etc). Nice to see the Jays back on the international market, but I can’t help but think there are more interesting developments in the Jays minor league system than adding some raw talent who might get a look in 6-7 years (and I pretty much ignore them, too).