Game 19: Toronto at Chicago pregame
Blue Jays manager Cito Gaston continued with his platoon-like situation in left and at first for Saturday’s game here in Chicago. I say “platoon-like” because Gaston insists that it’s not a platoon, that Travis Snider and Lyle Overbay will see time against left-handed pitchers this season.
Saturday’s lineup, as has mainly been the case this year, had right-handed hitters Jose Bautista and Kevin Millar in left and at first, respectively, against Sox lefty Mark Buehrle. Chatted with Snider about some things today, among them not facing lefties regularly up to this point this season.
Snider said all the right things, saying that he understands the situation and doesn’t think it’s a bad thing right now.
“The way Jose’s been playing, the way the team’s been playing, it’d be selfish for me to get caught up thinking like that,” Snider said. “Getting that opportunity to play more often, I think has been great for him with what he’s been doing. For me, as long as I can sit there and watch a guy like that, I’ve got no problem tipping my cap.
“Of course I’d like to be an everyday player, but I understand that there are better things for this ballclub and, for me, it’s about winning.”
Being a rookie, Snider said he also knows his time will come
“I’m 21 and in the big leagues,” he said. “You try not to get too greedy about things. When you get your opportunities, try to make the most of them. Like I’ve said from Day 1, this organization has done what’s been best for me and my career. At this point, it’s not about me and my career.
“I feel like we’re doing well as a team and guys are producing every day in that lineup and it’s a fun thing to watch.”
Snider agreed with Gaston’s recent assessment that the young hitter could stand to be more aggressive at the plate. Snider said that — now that pitchers are putting together a book on him — he’s noticed they are throwing more and more offspeed pitches his way. He is the type of hitter who likes to be aggressive early in the count and pitchers have picked up on that.
As for facing lefties, Snider said he felt comfortable against southpaws in the spring because he was seeing them on a regular basis. Now that he is only seeing lefties here and there, well, “it’s one of those things where there’s no excuses at the end of the day,” he said.
ARMS WATCH: Jesse Litsch is going to Birmingham, Ala., to have Dr. James Andrews look at his ailing right forearm/elbow on Monday. Litsch felt tightness while throwing yesterday, felt good this morning and felt something again on last five tosses today. Jays say trip to Andrews is precautionary. Ricky Romero (right oblique strain) set to throw on flat ground Monday.
WEATHER WATCH: The tarp is on the field here and there is a chance of rain, but it looks like we’re positioned on the edge of the storm that’s heading through Chicago. Sooo, it seems like we should be able to get this one in. Keep checking my twitter page (you can find me under @MLBastian) for updates.
1. Marco Scutaro, SS
2. Aaron Hill, 2B
3. Alex Rios, RF
4. Vernon Wells, CF
5. Adam Lind, DH
6. Scott Rolen, 3B
7. Kevin Millar, 1B
8. Jose Bautista, LF
9. Raul Chavez, C
Starter: LHP Brian Burres (0-0)
1. Brent Lillibridge, 2B
2. Josh Fields, 3B
3. Carlos Quentin, LF
4. Jermain Dye, DH
5. Paul Konerko, 1B
6. Corky Miller, C
7. Brian Anderson, RF
8. Alexei Ramirez, SS
9. Jerry Owens, CF
Starter: LHP Mark Buehrle (2-0)