Monday, May 05, 2014

Let's Get It On- Blue Jays Series Preview

Toronto Blue Jays (14-17) @ Philadelphia Phillies (15-14)
and then
Philadelphia Phillies (?-?) @ Toronto Blue Jays (?-?)


Pitching Match-Ups:
Monday - JA Happ vs. KK
Tuesday - Drew Hutchison vs. Cole Hamels
*Both 7:05 starts in Philly
Wednsday - Cliff Lee vs. Mark Buehrle
Thursday - Sports Hernia Burnett vs. RA Dickey
*Both 7:07 starts in Toronto 

America's Hat Bats:
R - 147 (7th)
AVG - .254 (12th)
OPS - .748 (6th)

Jose Bautisa/RF is back with authority (.294/1.054 with 9 HR) and so is Melky Cabrera/LF (.336/.924).  The rest of the lineup, aside from Dioneer Navaro/C (.309 AVG) is struggling, but they still are dangerous with the long ball (Colby Rasmus/CF 7 HR, Brett Lawrie/3B 6 HR).  Scoring runs is not this team's problem.

America's Hat Arms:
ERA - 4.65 (26th)
WHIP - 1.46 (27th)

Pitching is this team's problem.  Dickey is far removed from his Cy Young season (5.01/1.48) and Happ (4.15/1.85) doesn't really have the magic working for him that he did when he was with the Phils.  However, Buehrle remains a wizard (2.25/1.25), on his way to a 14th straight 200+ IP season.  The youngster Hutchison (3.82/1.27, 38 K in 33 IP) is performing well too.  The bullpen is a mess and they have no established closer.

Prediction:
Series split, with each team taking one in each city.  Lots of runs scored, with both teams' bullpen showcasing their atrocities.

*Little known fact, the Phillies were once known as the Blue Jays from 1943-1949.

14 comments:

Morak99 said...

I'm very pumped for the Lee-Buehrle matchup. Two near HOF pitchers with drastically different styles still at the top of their craft.

Despite our bullpen, we're just a game and a half out. This looks like a great year for division races. I don't expect the Cardinals to stay down for long. Looks to me like Detroit is the only team that's not going to have to worry if it will be playing in October.

Bob D said...

They were also known as the Quakers 1884-1890 along with the name Phillies, which was short for Philadelphias. Blue Jays was an unofficial name that the owner Bob Carpenter Jr attempted to change it too during the 1940's.

Interesting Home/Away series.

GM-Carson said...

I'd love to see Buehrle rack up another 4-5 seasons at 200+ IP and 12+ W. He'd be a HoF pitcher then in my opinion. He's a tremendous fielder too.

Morak99 said...

Nix AND Galvis tonight as Asche rots. I am really starting to think Sandberg wants to get rid of him and call up Franco. I wish he'd give the kid more of a chance.

I just called someone two years older than me a kid. Yep.

Beer-a-Thon said...

I'd rather have ASche in the lineup over Nix or Glavis.

The shit bench and Sandberg insistence on overplaying his bench have cost the Phillies wins already this season and will continue to.

GM-Carson said...

Applause for Sandberg for playing the big bats- Galvis, Nix, and Mayberry.

Boo.

Bob D said...

that was the power lineup, they even almost scored a run

Morak99 said...

It's not like any of them have seen the pitcher before guys, give them a break.

Bob D said...

Having Galvis, Nix, Mayberry, and Kendrick you have a combined batting average of what?? maybe 170-200? Now the bench can afford to have someone like Galvis who really can field but not much as a hitter. However he is much better than 056 as a hitter, maybe more of a 230ish hitter. But for the team to have 3 weak hitters on the bench is 2 too many. When Ruf comes back he can replace Mayberry and be an upgrade there. Frandsen would have been a bit better than Nix, or even Ceasar Hernandez. Right now Ceasar is in AA hitting well but learning new positions in SS and 3B along with continuing in OF. in the meantime there must be some AAA player who could upgrade at least 1 spot.
At least Asche is starting to hit better over the last week or so.

Morak99 said...

Hamels off to another slow start. Offence missing in action. God punishes me for my optimism yet again.

Beer-a-Thon said...

What the hell Hamels?!

GM-Carson said...

Way to shit the bed...boo.

Morak99 said...

Dom Brown in his last 15 games: .175/.213./.211(!!!). Two extra base hits. Outside of May 2013 He's been worth over 1 win below replacement for his career. I think it's getting about time to declare him a bust and cut our losses, no?

GM-Carson said...

Dom Brown last season was a fluke. Great month or two, the nothing. Hes not good.

Also, "ace lefties" Hamels and Lee sucked nuts past 2 nights. Hamels not so good since signing that extension.