Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Wednesday Tidbits

Power Can Cover Up Other Deficiencies

Ever wonder why some one dimensional players like Jim Thome, Adam Dunn, and yes even Adam Lind get paid the big bucks? It's because teams will accept high strikeout rates to get the home runs and RBI that come along with those booming bats. A look at the Jays team stats would lead you to believe that they are playing just average baseball through the opening 8 games. They are in the top tier in pitching but below the middle of the pack with the bats...............except for homers and strikeouts where Blue Jays lead the AL. This provides more evidence that their early success is due to good pitching supported by timely hitting and power.

Jays have really only 3 bats going to date, Lind, Wells, Gonzalez, and even Buck is hitting better than expected. However, Snider, Overbay, Bautista, Encarnacion, and even Hill haven't really got off the ground yet this season. Fortunately, that timely hitting and power has led us to a 6-2 record in support of strong starting pitching. Expect the strong pitching to continue and the hitting to become more balanced once the other bats get going.

Don't Sweat It If Starters Faulter

The 3 most likely pitchers to be called up if the need arises are Brett Cecil, Brad Mills, and Robert Ray (Rzepczynski is on DL). Through 6 games at Las Vegas, these 3 pitchers have 4 starts, with a pitching line of 22 IP, 20 H, 4 ER, 6 BB, 30 SO, ERA of 1.64. They won't duplicate those stats in the majors, but it does make a major statement about the depth of our starting pitching. This doesn't even count the potential return of McGowan, Richmond, and Litsch later in the year. You want to dig deeper into the organization? How about Luis Perez, Zach Stewart, and Kyle Drabek at New Hampshire. Through 5 games they have 3 starts with a pitching line of 20 IP, 9 H, 4 ER, 5 BB, 19 SO, ERA 1.80. Now if we had such depth in position players to match.

The Real Adeiny Hechavarria

Forget all the scouts and executives who have seen this young SS and have made their assessments of his potential. Why not hear from someone who has seen him play regularly and
rise through he Cuban ranks. White Sox SS Alexei Ramirez has more first hand knowledge than anyone and thinks he'll be a star.

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