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Having been outscored 35-6 and outhit 46-12, one might not think there were many positives to come out of getting swept handily by the Boston Red Sox.
Yet, as I grasp at straws to find some positives from being outplayed in every facet by the Red Sox, there are some silver linings to take away from this series:
1.) Jose Bautista hits his 21st home run
It’s funny how some people considered Jose Bautista to be in a funk when he hadn’t hit a home run in 13 games, yet managed to hit .289 and get on base at a .448 clip.
When Bautista hit his 21st home run of the reason to the deepest part of the ballpark, it helped calm any fears that Jose might be going through a power outage.
However, when you’re a One Man Gang (hat tip to Tao of Stieb) like Jose Bautista has been, it’s very evident when he hasn’t hit a home run because all eyes are on Joey Bats. Good news is he’s still on pace to hit around 54 home runs anyway.
2.) Your new mop-up man, Mike McCoy
Now, coming in from the Blue Jays bullpen … Mike McCoy? Yes, the Blue Jays favourite frequent flyer was summoned from the bullpen to pitch an inning of relief in Saturday’s 16-4 blowout.
McCoy displayed his ability to play nearly every position, and surprisingly retired the Red Sox in order in the top of the ninth. In fact, McCoy had about 5.2 innings of prior pitching experience in the minors, his last outing in 2009.
Thanks to his versatility, I guess Mike McCoy really is the new Slap Chop after all.
3.) Jo-Jo destined to start?
I was thinking about this other the weekend; had Brandon Morrow not started the year on the disabled list, do you think Jo-Jo Reyes would have even made the starting rotation out of Spring Training?
When Morrow went down, that opened the door for Reyes to snag a spot in the starting rotation and surprisingly, he’s been one of the most consistent starting pitchers for the Blue Jays.
For argument’s sake, let’s just say Jo-Jo is put in the bullpen and the starting rotation went Romero/Morrow/Cecil/Drabek/Litsch. The second one of those guys goes down to injury, Reyes is likely moved from the bullpen to the starting rotation anyway, and we’re back at square one.
Until Jo-Jo Reyes shows an inability to eat up some innings, I think he’ll play through the year in the starting rotation. There isn’t really anyone in the minors banging down the door anyway, so I say let the man continue to set new career highs in wins.
4.) Gregg Zaun is great
This doesn’t have anything to do with the Blue Jays par sae, but it certainly relates to the Blue Jays broadcasts. I’ve been kicking around the idea of writing an entire post devoted to how impressed I’ve been with Gregg Zaun.
I realize Zaunie’s worked for Sportsnet these past few years during the playoffs, but lately I’ve really come to enjoy what he brings to the Blue Jays broadcasts. As a former catcher, Zaun’s insight into the psyche of the pitcher is especially valuable.
As a 16-year veteran who has experienced it all, it’s very helpful to hear and listen to Gregg Zaun not only diagnose problems with certain players, but how to remedy the situation as well.
Not only that, but his tweets are not only incredibly insightful, but hilarious as well. Watching him give a play-by-play of stage five clinger at a watering hole in Kansas City was very entertaining. Through Twitter, we live vicariously through Zaunie.