Game 113: Toronto at New York

overbay.jpgHow about this Lyle Overbay fellow? Seems like Blue Jays manager Cito Gaston should’ve penciled the first baseman in as the cleanup hitter a while ago. Since Toronto traded away Scott Rolen, Overbay has been on a nice offensive run as the new No. 4 man.

In eight games in Rolen’s old spot in the order, Overbay has hit .318 (8-for-21) with two homers, five RBIs and seven runs. Over his last 11 games, Overbay has hit .344 with three homers, six RBIs, 10 runs and 10 walks. Going back even more, he’s hit .317 across his last 22 games, raising his average to .264 from .249.

“Any time he stays pretty aggressive, he’s a pretty good hitter,” Gaston said. “When he starts not being aggressive, he takes a lot of fastballs for strikes and swings at bad balls to punch out on. When he’s aggressive, he’s a better hitter. It’s just sometimes he doesn’t stay that way for a long time. It goes and comes with him.”

CITO ON HIS FUTURE: Gaston said today that he’s leaning toward not managing beyond next season, which is the final year of his contract with the Blue Jays. “I’m not even looking past 2010,” he said. “We’ll see what happens at the end of next year. If they offer me or they don’t offer me, either way it’s OK. I’ll make my decision, if I want to come back or if they want me back, or I say, ‘No, I want to do something else.’ A good job around is being an advisor, too. I could play a little more golf that way.”

LIND TO PLAY FIRST? “That’s not true,” Gaston said. There were rumors that the Blue Jays were going to send Adam Lind to instructional league to work on playing first base. It was being discussed internally, but now — with Alex Rios gone and Travis Snider in the plans as the right fielder — it has become a moot issue. With Rios off the books, Lyle Overbay is likely to remain the first baseman in 2010, the final year of his contract.

Today’s lineups:

Thumbnail image for BlueJays.jpgTORONTO BLUE JAYS (54-58)
Fourth place AL East, 15.5 GB

1. Marco Scutaro, SS
2. Aaron Hill, 2B
3. Adam Lind, LF
4. Lyle Overbay, 1B
5. Vernon Wells, CF
6. Randy Ruiz, DH
7. Edwin Encarnacion, 3B
8. Raul Chavez, C
9. Joe Inglett, RF

Starter: LHP Ricky Romero (10-5, 3.66)

Thumbnail image for Yankees.jpgNEW YORK YANKEES (70-43)
First place AL East, – GB

1. Derek Jeter, SS
2. Johnny Damon, LF
3. Hideki Matsui, DH
4. Alex Rodriguez, 3B
5. Jorge Posada, C
6. Robinson Cano, 2B
7. Nick Swisher, 1B
8. Eric Hinske, RF
9. Melky Cabrera, CF

Starter: RHP A.J. Burnett (10-5, 3.67)

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15 Comments

Another quality start from Romero, and Leagues best outing of the year by far. Another dismal performance by Wells, leaving 5 guys on. Wells did go 2 for 14 in this series and the two hits were singles with no one on, like most of hits hits. Wells has only knocked in 11 runs since July 1st. His rbi production has dropped every month this year.

The situation with Wells is getting worse, not better. Send him to the low minors for a month and let him ride the buses.

Posted On Baseball America Aug. 12, 2009 3:56 pm by Jim Callis

The Blue Jays and first-round pick Chad Jenkins have agreed to terms on a $1.359 million bonus. Jenkins becomes the 14th of the 32 first-rounders to sign, and just the third to exceed MLB?s recommended bonus for his slot.

Jenkins? bonus is $9,000 more than MLB?s guideline for the No. 20 pick, and $1,000 more than what Jiovanni Mier signed for with the Astros at No. 21. Mike Minor (No. 7, Braves) is the only other first-rounder so far to sign for more than slot.

A righthander from Kennesaw State, Jenkins combines a tremendous feel for pitching with quality stuff. He has a 90-93 mph sinker, can touch 96 mph with a four-seam fastball and also has a plus slider and average changeup.

**Well that’s the number one choice, now lets get the other ones signed before Monday-the last day.

If it’s a starter it must be Fabio Castro, if it’s a reliever, cross your fingers and hope it’s Farquhar, he’s dynamite.

I wonder who this pitcher is that they ‘want to get a look at.’ (since it is Accardo going down it is probably a pitcher?)
Could be a starter so Tallet doesn’t have to take the place of Cecil? Probably a reliever though?
Perez and Romero are the only guys on the 40-man that we haven’t seen this year. I doubt it is Romero. 40-man is full but they could send guys like Litsch, McGowan, and Ray to the 60-day DL.
My guesses (in order) are that it is Stewart, Castro, Perez or Farquhar. Stewart seems most likely…

Jenkins 2009 record at Kennesaw State.

era: 2.54
Win/Loss: 8-1
Games Started: 13
Complete Games: 5
Innings pitched: 92 innings
Hits: 80
Runs:37
Earned Runs: 26
BB’s: 15
K’s: 98
BAA: .229

2009 draft pick Dave Sever (3-4, 2.77 ERA) spun a quality start for Auburn last night in a losing cause. Unfortunately, he is NOT related to Tom Seaver.

Oh to be a left handed pitcher. Jesse Carlson has been much overused at the back end of the bullpen with the departure of Ryan and Downs, but they have no alternative but to keep him and demote Accardo, who has been pitching well.
If they send Cecil down too, as they stated they were going to do, that leaves 2 open spots. They need an arm in the rotation with some innings left, and a lefty to shore up the bullpen. I am going to take a flyer and guess on Davis Romero for a few starts, and how about Romnie Lewis as a lefty reliever? He’s a big strap – 6′ 5″, 230, and he has tossed 56 innings this year, but in his last 10 games he has allowed only 3 earned runs in 12.1 innings.

A few pitchers to watch at the Gulf Coast Jays.

Starter, Carlos Pena at the GCL Jays, played last year at the DSL Jays. He’s gone 45 innings, given up 4 earned runs, 12 walks and struck out 28 for an era of .80 and whip of 1.07.

Our 22nd round draftee from this year,starter Matt Fields has gone 36 innings, given up 4 earned runs, walked 6, struck out 39 for an era of .94 and whip of .74.

Our 37th round draftee from this year, reliever Shawn Griffin has gone 18.2 innings in 15 appearances and given up 2 earned runs,walked 6, BUT struck out 29 for an era of .96 and whip of .70. BAA against is .117.

Our 19th round draftee from this year, reliever-now turned into starter Dennis Tepera, has gone 21.2 innings, given up 2 earned runs, walked 3, struck out 26 for an era of 1.25 and whip of .60.

I like Jenkins–he has the physique and the arm to be a Halladay type horse. It’s too bad they didn’t get this done last month, so he could get some pitching in this year. As it is, the minors season is all but done. I don’t know why they need 2 1/2 months to sign a minor league contract. It’s not like inventing the wheel.

Yes, I like Jenkins as well.
I’m not sure how many more innings they’d have let Jenkins pitch any way, he’s already thrown a lot this year, so I don’t think it matters all that much with him.
I’d expect they start him in Lansing next year and move him up to Dunedin if he starts well. With the stuff, he has, I expect he’ll run through the system.

From Joe Posnanski’s blog on SI on “worst contracts”

1. Vernon Wells (Toronto Blue Jays). Cot’s Baseball Contracts — the incredibly awesome site where I got these numbers from — is one of my favorite Internet stops. And on occasion, just for fun, I will go to the site just to look up Vernon Wells’ contract. I don’t know why. It gives me hope, somehow. It tells me that in this world, anything is possible. It tells me that good things happen, funny things, unexpected things. Don’t tell me that I won’t win the lottery … just look at Vernon Wells’ contract.

In 2011 Vernon Wells will get paid $23 million. No. Really. He will get paid $23 million.

In 2012 he will have to take a paycut and will only get $21 million. Same in 2013. And same again in 2014.

This isn’t a baseball contract. This is a testament to the power of mankind to do the impossible.

Oh, Vernon Wells also has a full no-trade clause in his contract. Well, sure, why not? Then, what difference would it make? This is the most untradable contract in the history of the world. Vernon Wells turns 31 this year.
The Dewan has him a minus-29 center fielder, which means he’s exactly as bad defensively as you can be while a manager who is still breathing allows you to play centerfield. He has an 85 OPS+. He has a lifetime .329 on-base percentage. He’s slugging .408. He IS third in the American League in making outs. So he has that going for him.

And it never made sense. Ever. Wells had a very good year in 2003 (and he was a very good fielder then), a couple of OK years, a good year in 2006 at age 27. But he never got on base much, and he was inconsistent, and … then the Blue Jays gave him this hysterical contract: seven years, $126 million.

This deal, to be honest, is not the sort of thing that leads to a general manager getting fired. It’s the sort of thing that leads to entire villages getting pillaged.
And that’s what I mean about Ricciardi. I mean, this contract alone should be enough to put him in the Bad Contract Hall of Fame. But when you look over his whole body of work … he IS the Bad Contract Hall of Fame.

In fact, really, we should just start referring to bad baseball contracts as “Ricciardis.”

gsjays: Good reporting on our #1 pick, but what about the #2 (highly-touted LHP)? Is Boras asking too much?

I think the correct answer to that question Burt is, Boras always asks too much. Here’s some stuff on Paxton.

James is a lefty from the University of Kentucky. His only shortcoming is his penchant to allow runs. Other than that he averaged an amazing 13+ K/9 IP. He may throw a game where he strikes out 11 hitters and walk 2 but let up 4 runs. His fastball peaks at 98 and he has a sharp slider. Sounds like he’s a hard thrower who probably needs to develop a change up, get some movement on his fastball and learn how to pitch. However, any lefty who can bring it at 98 could be really special if developed properly.

His 2009 numbers are not as good as 2008, which is a little disturbing, but he also put on 15 pounds of muscle so maybe that had some impact.

Innings pitched:78.1
Hits given up: 83
Earned runs: 51
Earned Run Average: 5.86
Walks: 20
K’s: 115

Well, my guess is there’s no way anyone is going to turn our 19th round draftee from this year, Dennis Tepera back into a reliever, not after today.

Dennis went 7 innings today for a complete game, walked one, struck out 7, gave up no earned runs AND also gave up NO HITS……..First no hitter by a Jays pitcher for quite some time.

Dennis improved his year numbers to:
Innings pitched: 28.2
Hits given up: 10
Walks: 4
K’s: 33
era: .94
Whip:.49

Congratulations to Dennis on his no hitter today.

So on August 11th JP says both Marcum and Janssen would finish their year in Vegas, so what happens today-Janssen gets called up to replace Accardo. Well at least JP is consistent. lol

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