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Old 04-12-2024, 12:58 AM
 
Location: Alberta, Canada
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This is a series you HAVE to win if you want to make the postseason, and preferably sweep it. And as far as the Yankees are concerned the Blue Jays should win at least 1 game. Preferably they sweep the Rockies and win this series, but at least if they sweep the Rockies they have the extra buffer in case the bats remain on a milk carton.
I'm not quite so pessimistic--there is a lot of season left to play, after all, and any number of things can happen between now and October.

But I do agree that they need the bats, and they need them now. Oh, they can hit, but it's inevitably to an infielder who easily makes the throw to first. Or an outfielder who easily catches the ball on the fly. I'm not suggesting that every batter tries for a home run, but if they can capitalize on what they have (runner on first, men on the corners, etc.) in the form of "trying to hit where they ain't," they'll do a lot better. Bichette is very good at that; maybe he can give lessons in opposite field hitting.

By the way, I did like your "bats remaining on a milk carton" metaphor. That about sums up the state of affairs currently.
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Old 04-17-2024, 08:07 PM
 
Location: Trumbull/Danbury
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Did what they had to do: 4-2 week, lost the bookends (first one vs. Colorado, and the finale vs. the Yankees) but won the rest of them.

7 games coming up this week: They have an off day in San Diego then get 3 games in San Diego Friday to Sunday and 4 in KC Monday to Thursday. Padres have been playing well here they just finished a road trip to the Dodgers & Brewers (2 first place teams) 4-2 but they do have some questions: former Yankee Michael King might be their best starter at the moment and he just pitched today so the Jays will miss him. Yu Darvish just went on the IL, and their first basemen Jake Cronenworth is nursing a nagging injury. But that will be a tough but fun series. And than the Royals: just tearing the cover off the ball. They've won their last 7 games at home and their last recent home series they just obliterated the Astros outscoring them 24-5 the last 2 days. This will be another tough but fun series. So, I think 3-4 is perfectly reasonable goal for the upcoming week.
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Old 04-25-2024, 06:51 PM
 
Location: Trumbull/Danbury
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They started the trip off 2-0 and than lost 4 of their last 5 games including a trifecta of 1 run losses in KC to end the trip. This team still can't hit: Kirk can't hit his way out of a paper bag yet continues to play most games. Bichette is struggling right now, but Schneider is still batting him at the top of the lineup. Springer hasn't been great either but at least has gotten on base some. Guerrero has been one of the top 10 worst players in baseball since September 22 according to WAR but Schneider continues to not only play him every day, but leaves him in the 2 hole. No wonder the team can't score! Your 2 & 3 hitters can't hit a beach ball! But the Shatkins puppet master will say "these guys are fighting, and I feel they are close." Time for this whole regime to go, they should have gone last year after the Berrios playoff catastrophe, so let's not waste anymore time. No way the Jays are winning a damn thing with these 3 stooges running things out of a binder of analytics.

6 home games this week: the Dodgers come up for 3, and than the Royals come to town for 3 on Monday. Maybe if they are lucky they can get 1 against the Dodgers & 2 against KC.
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Old 05-01-2024, 04:52 PM
 
Location: Trumbull/Danbury
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This was an awful week. Lost both series to the Dodgers & Royals, and with this off day they have on Thursday it's a perfect opportunity to shake up this team: It's time to fire Ross Atkins & John Schneider! Atkins has been at the controls for 9 years, and they do have 3 playoff appearances, but they also have an 0-6 record in the 3 playoff series, and did absolutely nothing this off season to improve the offense. Schneider meanwhile is completely out of his depth and can't think of things on his own as evidenced by his Berrios debacle in last year's playoffs. He puts the same lineup in the same order game after game even after watching his 1-2-3 hitters go out 1-2-3 to lead off every game. It's time for a change in leadership while the time is still young, and they still have a chance.

They have 3 games in Washington this weekend, and this has to be a series win, but with how anemic this offense is one run by the Nationals will likely be all she wrote. Can the starters throw 3 shutouts to give them a chance to win the series?? Baltimore is in first, Yankees are 1 back, Red Sox are 2.5 back, Jays are 5.5 back, and the Rays are 6.5 back after finishing a 1-5 trip through the White Sox and Brewers.
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Old 05-05-2024, 09:29 PM
 
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This is embarrassing! They were gifted 4 unearned runs in game 2, got a grand slam from Vlad in the second inning, and than saw Alek Manoah walk the ballpark as the bats did nothing. In game 1 they were gifted a matchup against Patrick Corbin probably the worst starting pitcher in the league right now and after 3 runs and 4 hits in the first 2 innings they went for 0 runs and 2 hits in his final 2 innings. Each day they don't make a move, moves them further into an oblivion. Maple Leafs are going to be going through a roster change, the Jays maybe going through one too. At the very least John Schneider & Ross Atkins must go! This week doesn't get any easier; 2 games in Philly, a team that's first in the NL East courtesy of winning 16 of their last 19 games, and than 3 at home against a Twins team that just had a 12 game winning streak ended. Can't see how this ends better than 2-3, and even that's probably very generous as 0-5 looks way more likely than 2-3. Orioles are in first, Yankees are 1 back, Boston 4.5 back, Tampa 6.5 back, and the Jays are 7.5 back.
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Old 05-12-2024, 03:40 PM
 
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2-3 week. Still not good enough. And this week doesn't look any easier with 3 in Baltimore to start the week, and than 3 at home against the Rays to end the week. 3-3 at best for this week I'm thinking. Orioles are in first, Yankees are a half game back, Boston is 5.5 back, Tampa is 7 back, and the Jays are 8.5 back.
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Old Today, 03:44 PM
 
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Things continue to get worse before they get better. Ross Atkins held a press conference the other day which sounded like the Charlie Brown teacher, just said nothing nobody else already know. How's the 5 year plan working out Atkins?? Can we send this loser back to Cleveland already?? They only ended up playing 5 games this week because one of the Orioles games was postponed to later in the season, but they still only ended the week 2-3. 7 games this week; the White Sox come in for 3 to start things, and than they head to Detroit for 4 games on Thursday. White Sox are running neck and neck with the Marlins and Rockies for worst record, but they have one of their only good pitchers pitching this series in Garrett Crochet, and the Tigers are one of 4 teams in the AL Central with a winning record. A good week is 6-1, what I expect is 4-3, and a bad week is 2-5. Yankees are in first, Orioles are 2 back, Rays are 8 back, Red Sox 9.5 back, and the Jays are 11.5 games behind.
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