Friday, July 01, 2011

Series Preview - Blue Jays

Pitching Matchups:
Friday, 1:07 - Kyle Kendrick v. Ricky Romero
Saturday, 1:07 - Roy Halladay v. Carlos Villanueva
Sunday, 1:07 - Cliff Lee v. Jo-Jo Reyes

[1:07. WTF?]

Canucks Batting:
Runs - 368 (9th)
AVG - .253 (16th)
OBP - .319 (16th)
SLG - .416 (8th)

The Jays have two juys who absolutely mash in Jose Bautista (.326-24-52) and Adam Lind (.312-16-49). After that, they have a bunch of table-setters (Yunel Escobar, Jose Molina) and perennial under-achievers (Corey Patterson, Edwin Encarnacion, Juan Rivera.) Top hitting prospect Travis Snider failed to impress for the second season and is back in AAA. And Aaron Hill, who went .286-36-106 two years ago, has proven that season was a total fluke after hitting .205 last year and .239 this season with only three homers.

Canucks Pitching:
ERA - 4.11 (24th)
WHIP - 1.36 (24th)
BAA - .255 (17th)

Unfortunately we won't see former Phillies pharmhand Kyle Drabek because after starting the season pitching very well, he decided to have Dontrelle Willis-like control and start walking a batter every inning.

Ricky Romero is the real deal and will likely hold the anti-juggernaut Phils offense to about four hits and a run over seven innings. Kyle Kendrick will probably not be so good. Former Brewers reliever Villanueva is now starting and holding is own, but doesn't have "shutout" stuff. The Phils should put three or four on the board before his exit, which should be plenty with Doc Halladay on the mound. In the finale, starter Jo-Jo Reyes has a career record against the Phils of 0-3 with a 6.99 ERA.

Their Michael Martinez:
Jayson Nix - Nix is horrible but he keeps getting jobs because, you guessed it, he's versatile. He can play 2B, 3B and the corner outfield positions. He also is very adept at playing the offensive black hole. For his career, Nix is batting .207 with a .648 OPS. And this season things are even worse - .169 average and .554 OPS.

Honorable Mention - John McDonald. He can play all infield positions, but he's h-itting .189 with a .545 OPS.


What We're Drinking:
Corey - I'm stuck in New York until Monday because of my sister-in-law's wedding. So, I'll be drinking plenty of champagne. I prefer Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Brut. Veuve is a non-vintage champagne that's an equal mix of Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay grapes. Dry, crisp with a slightly bitter finish. Mmmmmmm. But at ~$40 a bottle, it's unlikely that I'll be knocking too much of this back. Maybe some Barefoot sparkling wine or some other swill...

Carson - the lagering phase of Phantastic Philsner is complete and it's time to try WSBGM's first beer. I hope it doesn't suck.

Prediction:
The Phils lose the opener but take the weekend games.

18 comments:

Drew said...

Weird. Is the extra two minutes so they have time for both the American and Canadian national anthems?

GM-Carson said...

Not sure Drew. Arizona does weird start times too. They do theirs on 12's I think.

GM-Carson said...

What the hell is Manuel's problem? DH today is J-Roll instead of Utley...c'mon!

ripjgarcia said...

Carson. I gotta agree with that one. That is just well.. um.. Give me one hour. I will come up with a word for it.

GM-Carson said...

Are they unoriginal in Canada. 2 ads on the screen behind homeplate- Pizza Pizza, Mr. Sub. Wow, totally intriguing (sarcasm!).

Bob D said...

what, no Michael Martinez????

GM-Carson said...

Wow, didn't see that win coming. Nice.

SirAlden said...

Carson - during the last game against the Red Sox - J-Roll pulled something on his side when he made a throw. I heard Larry Anderson notice it on the radio and then kept mentioning it as he watched J-Roll - touching and stretching his side.

Larry Anderson is the Best he notices things a true smart Ballplayer notices because that was what he was and is.

ripjgarcia said...

Speaking of Larry Andersen. I was in the car listening to the broadcast when Kendrick gave that dinger up to Bautista in the 7th. I thought he was going to have an aneurysm. He flipped out and said that the pitch was "inexcusable".

That's the bitch about our dinged up bullpen. It's tough to send anyone out there and have any trust in a close game in the 7th inning.

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