...And I just won 80 bucks worth of bets from my friends. However, it's the most frustrating 80 dollars ever.
Yes, they Blue Jays are still 2 games over the .500 mark, and yes they have a very very easy schedule for the rest of June. But since the Jays downfall always seems to be not beating bad teams, that won't really matter so who cares.
I'm not upset at B.J. Ryan for blowing the save again (well I am, but that's not the point of this blog), it's offense once again. Now now I can see all you stupid Jays fans right now telling me "they scored 8 runs so STFU" but again, that's not the point.
It's what happened in the top half of the 8th and 9th innings that I really remembered why I bet against the Jays to win 90 games, why I bet they would not make the playoffs, and why I bet they would finish below the Red Sox in the AL East standings. I finnally remembered why. During this good stretch of baseball the team had played recently (without Vernon Wells, the most over rated player in baseball) I had sort of forgotten what was so bad about them. I actually felt a little worried that I would lose some of those bets, but I'm once again no longer concerned.
In both the 8th and 9th innings, the Jays had runners on 1st and 2nd with NO ONE out, and combined to score only a single run in those 2 innings. That is the exact reason why I will be 80 dollars richer come October, that right there. Joe Inglett did the right thing in the 8th by bunting the runners along, but Marco Scutaro and David Eckstein than both had a huge gag job and neither could cash in the runners. In the 9th Matt Stairs swung away and hit a ground rule double scoring 1, but only 1 which sucked because Scott Rolen would have easily scored from 1st had the ball stayed in the park. But nonetheless, you still have 2nd and 3rd with no one out. Absolutly no excuse for not getting some runners home in that situation, after you just failed in that same spot last inning. Pat Tabler said it the best, when you're playing the Yankees in Yankee Stadium, no lead is ever safe so pile on as many as you can.
It doesn't matter who's injured and who's healthy, there's just something about this team that makes them allergic to base hits with RISP...especially with 2 outs, and I have more than just a feeling it's the approach they have at the plate. Their leading HR hitter is a 41 year old journey man with a whoping 7 jacks, yet this team continues to have the "big inning" approach at the plate. The "lets get a few guys on than hit the 3 run jack" approach, and it's absolutly pathetic considering no one on this team has any consistant power.
I have completly lost all faith in J.P. Ricciardi and John Gibbons, and I did a long time ago. These two clowns have dug themselves so big a hole, the only way to regain any respect from me is with a World Series Championship, getting there would not be good enough anymore.
It's time to start over, right from scratch. I have no problem getting rid of any player on the 25 man roster not named Alex Rios, Aaron Hill, Dustin McGowan, or Shaun Marcum. No typo, that list did not include Roy Halladay. Oh, this also means getting rid of Ricciardi and Gibbons, of course.
There is no way this team will make the playoffs or be anywhere even close to making the playoffs until at least 4 years after these 2 guys are gone. Start the fire sale and try to get as many top prospects as you can...Marlins style. It's the only way out of this never ending process of mediocrity, since we don't have the prospects right now to give up for a Matt Holliday type of bat (thanks a lot JP).
Now let the bashing begin, but before that happens let me address 2 things:
- This is how I have always have felt, I did not just make this opinion based on the one game today. Today is the day I finnally blew up.
- If you do bash me, I expect to see you here in Sepetember when the Jays are way out of it and applogize to me. I take full responsibility if I am wrong, but I won't be wrong so we don't have to worry about that.
PLAYOFFS IN 2014!!!!