J.P. shows up in Cleveland

CLEVELAND –  No, there wasn’t anything major going on. No managerial or coaching changes or anything like that. No panic button being pressed. Blue Jays general manager J.P. Ricciardi showed up — as planned — on Monday at Progressive Field.

Ricciardi is going to accompany the Jays on their trip to Minnesota, though the GM won’t be in Philadelphia with the team. He just got back from watching one of his sons play in a doubleheader and, what do ya know, he gets to watch his team play a double dip against the Tribe on Monday.

Ricciardi met with reporters briefly and was asked if there was anything else he could possibly do to try to imrpove Toronto’s laboring lineup. So far this season, the Jays have released Frank Thomas, signed Brad Wilkerson and traded for Kevin Mench. Beyond those tweaks?

“I think we’re done. This is our team,” Ricciardi said. “These are the guys we’ve made our bed with and I don’t really see us being able to do a lot at this point. We’ve tried to do some little things in getting Mench and Wilkerson in here to try to shake up the lineup a little bit and maybe give Gibby a few more options, but I really don’t see us being able to go out and do anything major at this point.”

There you go. As for some injury updates, an MRI revealed a mild strain in Jeremy Accardo’s right forearm and Ricciardi said the pitcher won’t begin throwing again for at least two weeks. Righty Brian Wolfe — also on the DL, but with a right triceps strain — has starting playing light catch, but Ricciardi wasn’t sure when he’d be back on a mound. Wolfe will join Accardo in Florida for rehab work in about a week.

Today’s lineups:

GAME 1

TORONTO (17-21) at CLEVELAND (18-18)
at 4:05 p.m. ET at Progressive Field

BLUE JAYS
Brad Wilkerson, RF
Aaron Hill, 2B
Alex Rios, CF
Scott Rolen, 3B
Matt Stairs, DH
Lyle Overbay, 1B
Marco Scutaro, SS
Rod Barajas, C
Joe Inglett, LF

PITCHING: RHP A.J. Burnett

INDIANS
Grady Sizemore, CF
Jamey Carroll, 2B
David Dellucci, LF
Victor Martinez, C
Ben Francisco, RF
Travis Hafner, DH
Ryan Garko, 1B
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
Casey Blake, 3B

PITCHING: RHP Fausto Camona

Well, that was fast…Jays lose, 3-0. Haven’t scored in 22 straight innings.

GAME 2

TORONTO (17-22) at CLEVELAND (19-18)
at 7:10 p.m. ET at Progressive Field

BLUE JAYS
Shannon Stewart, LF
Aaron Hill, 2B
Alex Rios, CF
Scott Rolen, 3B
Kevin Mench, RF
Marco Scutaro, DH
Lyle Overbay, 1B
Gregg Zaun, C
Jorge Velandia, SS

PITCHING: RHP Shaun Marcum

INDIANS
Grady Sizemore, CF
Asdrubal Cabrera, 2B
Jhonny Peralta, SS
Victor Martinez, 1B
Franklin Gutierrez, RF
Travis Hafner, DH
Kelly Shoppach, C
Jason Tyner, LF
Andy Marte, 3B

PITCHING: LHP Cliff Lee

COUNT ‘EM: 34 different Jays lineups in 40 games

43 Comments

We’d better win this first game, I don’t like our chances against Lee in the 2nd.

I don’t like our chance against Towers nevermind Carmona and Lee.

lol, I think you’re right

Just imagine this year or last years team with the run support that we put up 2 years ago….. You know what really kills me is that I wouldn’t be that upset if I knew we had a team that couldn’t do anything offensively, but we all know what they can do from the showing of 2 years ago. It was practically the same team too. I also hate seeing our pitchers giving up 1-2 runs the entire game and getting the loss.

Well at least that time we got a runner to 2nd base. It only took 7 innings.

Catcher interference-what was that about?

Lee on the hill tonight. He has been the best pitcher in baseball. The Tribe have some really good pitching. I think the Tribe will start to separate themselves from the pack a bit.

Where will the Jays offense come from? I think the Jays should run a little out there. That is one way to get some runs across. So much pressure on that solid pitching staff of the Jays. The pitchers must feel they have to pitch a shutout to win.

Overbay should have been bunting. tight game, runners on 1st and 2nd no one out.

Triple play, i don’t believe it.

Would someone send Abner an email and let him know there’s such a thing as small ball, when you’re not scoring runs. Pathetic.

You gotta like the bulldog. To go back out there and shut them down like that after what happened in the Jays side of the inning is the true sign of an emerging ace. This guy has big cajoles.

Bosox
Hey how about a trade, we’ll give you Burnett for Jed Lowrie.

Gsumner,

No thank you. Burnett can opt out of his contract after the season. Never rent a player and at the same time give up someone that will be around for years.

I would love too have McGowan though. Not for Lowrie, he is the Boston s.s. of the future. Of course Boston has to eat Lugo’s deal when they deal him in the winter. Another poor signing by Theo. Lugo to a 4 yr. deal, not good. I wasn’t for the 4th yr. I would have been fine with 3 years. That is my rant for the night, lol.

The Rays are on a pace for 92 wins. What is this world coming to ? Jays hit into a triple play, are you kidding me ? Unassisited, wow!!! Only that could happen to the Jays. Right now they are figuring out ways to lose games, not win them.

Gsumner,

Rays are spanking the Yankees and Pettite. It could be 10 in a row at home for Tampa Bay. Imagine that?

Gsumner,

Of course Boston is having there problems again in Minneapolis. Another place where Boston has all sorts of problems. Toronto and Seattle are the other 2 cities where they get spanked!!!

Jordan,

Are you doing o.k. after these doubleheaders? Also spending a rainy day in Cleveland, not the most exciting city in the world, lol. The mistake by the lake. Of course they have the Rock N Roll Hall Of Fame for you.

Well I must admit Im glad you guys got Lugo, we were after him but lost to you guys. I wouldnt trade McGowan, but if we keep loosing I would trade Halliday, but I would want more than Lowrie.

Ya a triple play because we didnt bunt. Could be a 1 run game and we didnt bunt.

Tampa could get on a roll.

I hope Abner has some one ready to go in for MArcum. He hasnt got a lot left

Another great outing from Marcum. Now let’s hope we can put a run or two on the board to give him the win.

Gsumner,

I didn’t mind Lugo for 3 years but not for 4 years. Lugo can’t make the simple play. He has 10 errors already. On pace for 45 to 50, OUCH. He’ll end up with about 30, another OUCH!!!

If Lee is on the mound, runs will be tough to come by. It sounds like the Jays should have been bunting. When you are having problems scoring, you need to do the little things. Bunting and moving runners along. I guess the Jays don’t think like that for some reason. Perhaps that moneyball nonsense.

Tampa is on a roll. A young team that is gaining confidence by the second. Can they sustain it ? That is the biggest question, I think they can.

Bosox, we had runners on 1st and 2nd, no outs and Overbay, a LH’r up against Lee in a 0-0 game. The world would have called a bunt-but not our Abner.

I think other than Boston, Tampa Bay is the one to beat in our division. I liked their management moves over the winter, and knew they were going to be a problem.

Well, I must admit, I wouldn’t have sent Marcum out there for the 8th. That has to be a new high (114 pitches) for him.

I am sorry but I am really sick of complaining 18 innings and we can’t score a single run!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I would never change favorite teams because you just don’t do that, but this surrre is tempting.

Jordan,

A doubleheader and you have to sit thru 10 innings in the second game and the team you cover hasn’t scored yet. How weird is that? I can’t remember where a team got shutout in a doubleheader. When was the last time that happened?

Nice to see Marcum pitch well after 90+. I’m sure it’s happened before but it really doesn’t seem like it. I am glad he had the opportunity to show that he can.

Sumner, I don’t understand the problem you had with John trying to play small ball. The long ball hasn’t exactly worked well with this team either. Especially considering that one of the better home-run guys on the team is currently on the D.L. What more do you want him to try ? Rios is no longer the leadoff guy and Rolen is doing well where he’s at.

Well, a little small ball, finally. A great bunt by Zaun, a sac fly by Stewart, a nice little single by Hill and 3 runs on the board. Too bad Marcum didn’t get the win.

Enigma-I wanted Abner to play small ball, check my earlier post. I couldn’t understand why he didn’t call a bunt with Overbay earlier. Small ball will get us out of this slump. I think we should bunt every time in circumstances like that. I as well, like Hill, Rios and then Rolen. I’m not sold on Stewart as the lead off guy, but he drove in the winning run with his sac fly tonight.

For some reason, I think our guys are going to break out of this RISP slump and get on a roll. The pendulum is about to turn.

Holy crap, the Jays scored a run after 31 innings. How pathetic. I keep reading that the brass in the jays are not worried about the hitting slump. Heck I think it has gone farher than a slump. I have said this before, the pitching has been great, but what happens when our pitching falters a bit, it is bound to happen. Our Jays will be up %%^* creek without a paddle/bat.
All the money they have thrown after people and what are they showing for it. Sweet Tweet. Look at the twins, heck would you not like to have that team I would certainly like to have Gardinhire as the coach.
Heck even bring Tm Kelly out of retirement to coach the jays.
There is just no fire under these guys. with the exception of Rolan. He has a fire in him, you can see it in his eyes and the at bats he takes. Stairs is also a competitor.

Latest scorecard

Rolen: .316/.385/.516,, 2 hr’s in 16 games
Glaus: .232/.347/.360,, 1 hr’s in 38 games

No question, we got the best of this deal.

Oh yeah, The Glaus for Rolen trade ws a masterpiece.
Better glove, Better quality at bats, better speed. How can you complain with that. My be tearing at him what is going on with the Jays. Like it is ith all of us.
Here is hoping that the power outage ends soon.

Yes it was and JP deserves compliments for that deal. I can’t believe the power outage from Glaus-look at his slg %. 1 Hr in 38 games-that projects to 5 this year. Man did we trade him at the right time.

I’m not as concerned about the power outage as I am about hitting with RISP. This team doesn’t need to score 7-8 run per game to win, 4-5 will win most of the games they play. I don’t expect the starters to continue the torrid pace they’re on, BUT I do think we have the best starters in the AL and maybe all of baseball.

Think about how bad our hitting would be if we still had Glaus here, although it doesn’t seem like it can get any worse than this.

Iwoudl agree with you, did not mean power as in home runs. I woudl just like to see the runs start coming in. We need to score on average 5 runs a game. I think we do have the best starters in the game. Both Marcum and Mcgeown have only a bright future. What an upgrade from a year ago.
Now if the hitting will come. That I have to say I am worried about. A slump is one thing, this is almost team wide. No gusto.

okay i watch every game, but can someone enlighten me of this term ‘money ball’ when they refer to JP Riccarddi. does this just mean he tries to create a good team with no money?

i don’t know what the jays are to do. i’m feeling like the season is gone already. and I was so looking forward to my jays weekend in seattle.

J.P.’s style reminds me of famed Red Sox owner Tom Yawkey (Red Sox owner from the 30′s to the 70′s) with some important differences. The players/fans loved him because he treated them with respect, loyalty and most important GENEROSITY.

J.P. is similar because he has the money from ownership and has become very generous with it, hoping that players will respect his generousity, and in turn, play better.

The problem with that, is that in today’s baseball era players don’t respect that kind of generosity anymore, they take advantage of it. You have to make players perform to earn their contracts, and don’t mean one season, over the course of many seasons.

J.P. has been flashing the money, but for the wrong reasons. Not upgrading the team, but paying out in the hope of better performance from existing players. Although, he has had to do this since our farm system has not produced the greatest hitters in past years.

The generous (making players happy) strategy has not worked in the past. It was probably why the Yankees dominated Yawkey and the Red Sox, in that era, for the AL pennant. Yawkey was a famed and great owner, but he could produce a winner, 40 years and only 3 pennant to his name.

J.P. needs to learn how to get more out of his players and his payroll, by being shrewd and business savvy. Get players to earn their contracts and perform to them. That is the reality of today. Although, J.P. has not really had a good enough farm system to back him up and do this. I should be blogging about this, sorry this comment is so long winded.

http://homerfoodandhistory.mlblogs.com/

Okay I’ve decided I’m not going to bring up Bonds’ name anymore since JP doesn’t have the guts and instead I’m going to focus my complaining on why Bay isn’t our left fielder.

Trade some pitching and bring in Bay to help with offence!!! Obviously we need it.

I think they should fire gibbons and maybe give ernie witt a chance. Gibbons is an idiot. If he would just stick with a line up the players may actually come to park feeling comfortable about knowing where they are going to play and bat in the order.

Rmatty, I’d like to see Bay too, now that Barry isn’t an option. According to a few baseball guys he can probably be had for Purcey and Lind. I make that deal if it’s possible.
Sumner, I missed your earlier post about Overbay bunting. Though I agree with you on the small ball thing in general i’m not quite sure that Overbay is the guy you do it with.
I too feel that this team is due for a good offensive run and yes 4 to 6 runs on a consistent basis is more than enough for this team to win on most nights.

enigma
I wouldn’t trade either Lind or Purcey. If this team gets exploded those are two guys you want to build the future with, whereas Bay isn’t going to really turn this offence around and if the team got exploded he’s be one of the guys you’d have to dump. He’d be nice to have but not at that price.
Overbay has to bunt in that situation, particulary right now. About the only guy, I’d say no bunt to would be Rolen.

Idk, all these talks on the website with the managers and everything, I think they are starting to worry about how secure their jobs are. And I don’t blame them one bit, even though it is probably the players fault.

Just funny, I’m thinking why are they cheering Kevin Slowey after leaving the game giving up 3 runs in the 6th and being down 3-1? I forgot that giving up 3 runs into the 6th is not a bad start. The way the Jays have hitting, a 3-1 lead looks like a 12-2 one.
Somebody has to tell Slowey that giving up 3 runs to the Jays by the 6th is nothing special. He has to, at least, pitch into the 7th with only giving up 1 run for it to be considered a quality start against the Jays.
It was just funny, I know our bats will evenually come around, one day.

For All The Bonds Fans

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Major League Baseball home run record holder Barry Bonds was charged with 14 counts of lying to a grand jury and one count of obstruction of justice in a new indictment that was a result of the BALCO doping investigation.

Bonds originally was charged with four counts of perjury and one count of obstruction of justice for lying about whether he knowingly used illegal substances on Nov. 15. However, U.S. District Judge Susan Illston ordered government prosecutors on Feb. 29 to rework the indictment so that each charge alleged only one lie rather than combining several alleged falsehoods into single counts.

The new indictment doesn’t add any new alleged falsehoods.

The case against Bonds is still built on whether he lied when he told the grand jury that his personal trainer Greg Anderson never supplied him with steroids and human growth hormone.

Copyright 2008 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

For all the Real Bonds fans:

· All-time Major League Home Run leader
· 7 MVPs
· 13-time All Star
· 8 Gold Gloves
· 12 Silver Slugger Awards
· Third member of 700 Home Run Club
· Only member in 500/500 Club
· Single Season Home Run King (73)
· Two-time N.L. Batting Champion (2002, 2004)
· Player of the Decade for the 1990′s by The Sporting News
· All-time Major League walks leader
· Set single-season walks (232) and intentional walks (120) record
· Set single-season OBP record (.609)
· Holds Major League record for consecutive seasons with 30-or-more HR, accomplishing this 13 times

Balco what?????

Yes we all know Bonds is great but he isn’t needed on this team, at least not yet. Why pick up a player with that kind of reputation unles you are in the hunt and its too early to see who is in and who is out. What the Jays really need to start doing, and I’ve mentioned this before, is playing small ball. The way the team has been scoring runs when they have no outs and a runner on 2nd, BUNT. If there are runners on 1st and 2nd and nobody out, I don’t care who you are on this team, BUNT! BUNT. Get the point. Good.

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