Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Jays Win!

So the Jays whupped Detroit 12-5 yesterday. Nice.

A less-than-stellar start for Doc Halladay, or so I hear.

I was in-flight for most of the game, and Air Canada doesn't do live TV.

The general feeling 'round these parts is that the Jays are in trouble. Our starting rotation is in shambles after losing McGowan and Marcum to injury. There's a lot of rookie doubt.

Our lineup hasn't changed that much, which is worriesome because it just hasn't produced in the past couple years.

Doesn't help that we're in the same division as the Yankees, Red Sox, and Rays.

But I have a modicum of faith.

Why? Well we have a significant difference than most of the last two years - a real hitting coach.

Gene Tenace is still showing the boys how to swing after coming back with Cito Gaston late last season. The last time the Jays had serious pop? Gaston and Tenace. I have faith in these two hitting-oriented minds. If anybody can turn what SHOULD be a very potent offence around, it's them.

Arnsberg is still coaching the pitchers, and he's proven year after year that he is THE man. Combined with Halladay's leadership and example on the mound, there's some hope that our starters could go deep into games and be absolute workhorses.

So there's a glimmer of hope, but it all comes down to the coaching and leadership. If the grip slips, or the players tune them out, then we could be fighting Baltimore for 4th in the division.

1 comment:

Mondogarage said...

I'm feeling pretty much the same way about my Rockies, now that Don Baylor has returned as hitting coach. There have already been a ton of positive developments over 2008 in that department.

Good luck this year, but if the Jays falter, you can always trade Halladay back to his hometown team, we'd love to have him...