Game #130: Jays at Angels pregame

Toronto (65-64) at Los Angeles (75-53)
at 3:35 p.m. ET at Angel Stadium

Today’s lineups:

BLUE JAYS
Reed Johnson, LF
Lyle Overbay, 1B
Alex Rios, RF
Vernon Wells, CF
Frank Thomas, DH
Troy Glaus, 3B
Aaron Hill, 2B
Gregg Zaun, C
John McDonald, SS

PITCHING: RHP Dustin McGowan (8-7, 4.19 ERA)

ANGELS
Reggie Willits, RF
Orlando Cabrera, SS
Vlad Guerrero, DH
Garret Anderson, LF
Maicer Izturis, 3B
Gary Matthews Jr., CF
Kendry Morales, 1B
Howie Kendrick, 2B
Jeff Mathis, C

PITCHING: RHP Kelvim Escobar (14-6, 2.85 ERA)

NOTES: Another day, the same lineup. Manager John Gibbons said on Saturday that he’s enjoyed having a healthy lineup, so he doesn’t have to mix and match the order as much as he had to earlier this year. That’s why this has somewhat become the standard lineup. … Other than that, and that’s a note about nothing really, there’s nothing really new today. Rios still hasn’t homered since July 23 — a span of 114 at-bats. … GM J.P. Ricciardi did say on Saturday that he "has every intention" of bringing Matt Stairs back in 2008. … Not every quote from Zaun made it into yesterday’s notes, either. Here’s one gem he offered, when asked about his suffering on-base percentage: "That’s a combination of not getting as many hits and it’s also a biproduct of the situations that I’m hitting in. I could be selfish. I could go up there and swing at the first pitch like a lot of our guys do, but I don’t play that kind of game." Burn.

AL WILD CARD RACE
entering Sunday
1. Seattle 73-54 (–)
2. New York 72-57 (2)
3. Detroit 69-60 (5)
4. Minnesota 66-63 (8)
5. Toronto 65-64 (9)

REALITY CHECK…Since 1995, the runner-up in the AL Wild Card race has finished with an average of 89 victories. The Blue Jays would need to go 25-8 over their final 33 games to reach 90 wins.

12 Comments

Zaun’s comments

How not to win friends and influence people; that was an obvious swipe at Wells. Personally, I think these guys would all hit better if they swung at the first pitch sometimes.

For the life of me, I can’t imagine how any guy hitting .094 in the last 10 games feels he has a right to take a swipe at anyone.

Every player that shot his mouth off in the last three years Zaun made himself the spokesman,Now it seems like he’s running off at the mouth big time, But one thing you might notice he’s still hitting in the 8 hole.

Zaun the mouth had his chance and blew it now what will he say,I was thinking of all the money I’m being paid for nothing *******.

Garry

He had two chances to knock in the tying run-whiffed both times. That throw he made to Glaus missed 3rd base by 15 feet, and allowed the 3rd run to score.

Of course-that was Macdonald’s fault.

Well folks there was only 4 comments on yesterdays game 2 by me and 2 by gsumner.
Do I detect a little dissension in the troops,Are some of us jumping of the sinking ship,I know my feet are wet,The end is near,glug-glug-glug…..

I’ve not lost hope; I’ll continue to cheer them on. But I’ve also started to question whether the team deserves the WC. Simply put, I think the pitching staff is the only part of the team that deserves a shot at the show.

I haven’t commented in awhile but I’ve been reading yours. I don’t have much to say. I’m seeing some management mistakes, like why is Thigpen even with the team. He isn’t getting the playing time. I also think they should make 2 moves this offseason. Trade either Glaus or Thomas for a 3rd basemen. Preferably a lefty that can hit like Overbay. I also think they should get another quality starter and have Jesse and Chacin start at AAA. Save them for back ups in case we need them. What are your thoughts?

mcdanny.
If thomas can come back next year like the last half of this year we have to keep him or pay half his salery to get rid of him and we may only get a -AA- prospect.

Same deal with Glaus to late to trade him now if he comes back next year and he’s sound you can’t get a better 3rd baseman.

As for Thigpen yes he should be playing more but as long as JP and Gibbons think we still have a chance Zaun will play most of the games.

As for pitchers I think we ars fine the way we are but thats just my opinion on all of the above.

The changes I suggested were more for 08 and beyond. I know of the salaries of Thomas and Glaus. I just don’t think this team needs 2 bats that big in their lineup. They’d be better off with another Overbay. Also the ofense should do better next year, as everyone except for Rios is having an extremely sub par year. As for the pitching suggestions it was just to add some depth in case of injuries. As we all know those do happen.

I would hope that we could trade Thomas, use Stairs to DH and with the extra cash try to sign someone like carlos silva to pitch. Also see if we could trade something for Edgar Renteria since the Braves seem to want to trade him and give the job to Yunel. Im just glad that this off season we wont have anyone wanting us to get desperate and sign another Mark Redman type.

Though, if we got rid of Glaus, who would people want instead ??? Dannys right, who would be better then Glaus ? Pedro Feliz, Lamb ? Lowell will be signed again by the redsox most likely.

I’m all for getting rid of Thomas but can we afford to eat half of his salary besides that nobody wants him,
If they can trade him and Glaus Stairs is a good choice for DH and he wants to finish his career here.

Now we need a 3rd baseman with speed a high OBP AND A 300 AVG.

our pitchen is good put Jessie in the bullpen as the longman and Jansen as a starter.

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