Game 95: Cleveland at Toronto pregame
What does it mean if the Blue Jays do decide to trade ace Roy Halladay? Asked that question recently, catcher Rod Barajas smirked, knowing that he and the reporters surrounding him all knew exactly what such a move would mean in terms of the direction the organization was heading.
It would mean the focus has shifted toward being competitive in 2010, or perhaps even further down the road.
“We don’t want it to happen,” Barajas answered. “We’d like to keep fighting and giving ourselves an opportunity to do something. If Doc’s gone, then that pretty much means…”
Barajas paused, realizing where he was going with his thought.
“… it means that we’re not looking to win this year,” he continued. “Not so much win, but compete for a playoff spot. We hope it doesn’t happen, but if it does, it’s almost like you’re looking to next year.”
The reality is that the club was looking ahead to 2010 before this season began. That changed some when the Jays got off to their hot start. Given the recent slide, though, it makes complete sense to question if contending next season is realistic with the current nucleus of players.
Even with all that being very much the case, the players inside Toronto’s clubhouse don’t want to believe that there isn’t enough time to still make a run at the playoffs this season. Obviously, having Halladay leading the young rotation would be necessary for that type of miracle turnaround to happen.
Rookie Ricky Romero doesn’t like that people are dismissing the Jays already.
“What would be better than making a run with our young pitching staff when people are counting us out?” Romero said. “People are saying we’re no good, this and that. To me it just lights a fire under my skin and I want to go out there and just do the best I can.”
Chatted with Vernon Wells today about his thoughts on the whole Halladay saga. More on that later on bluejays.com.
1. Grady Sizemore, CF
2. Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
3. Victor Martinez, C
4. Travis Hafner, DH
5. Jhonny Peralta, 3B
6. Ryan Garko, 1B
7. Ben Francisco, LF
8. Luis Valbuena, 2B
9. Chris Gimenez, RF
Starter: RHP Carl Pavano (8-7, 5.13)
1. Marco Scutaro, SS
2. Aaron Hill, 2B
3. Adam Lind, DH
4. Scott Rolen, 3B
5. Lyle Overbay, 1B
6. Vernon Wells, CF
7. Alex Rios, RF
8. David Dellucci, LF
9. Raul Chavez, C
Starter: LHP Ricky Romero (7-4, 3.25)
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