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blue-jays-3Alex In Fantasy Land Anthopoulos who became a GM at the ripe old age of 33 ( now 38)  saw the schedule, hmm Yankees 13 games,Twins 4 games, Angels 3 games and decided to

1. call upon the deep  pocket ownership  group Rogers Communication (who  has more money then Two Gods but doles it out like a Fred Wilpon mid market team) to take on $114M in Tulo Bucks, plus top prospects, minus Reyes money)

Empty their farm  system ( pick whoever you want Mr. Dombrowski)  to Add David Price, traded the Phillies for Ben Revere, ( NL hits leader) and while they  were at it, bolstered the bull pen with  LaTroy Hawkins and Mark Lowe

2. Maybe the more important reason Alex in Fantasy Land made such bold moves:

After bringing back a ton of mercenaries from the Marlins in 2012, right hander Josh Johnson, left-hander Mark Buehrle, shortstop Jose Reyes, outfielder Emilio Bonifacio, and catcher John Buck, plus give up Noah Syndergaard and Travis Travis d’Arnaud for RA Dickey the Jays haven’t done  Diddley Squat, so Anthopoulos was no  doubt looking out for #1 and trying to save his gig

Yes Alex is most likely the face of FanDuel / DraftKings leagues everywhere, at least the baseball  division, and so far so good. His Team Canada had picked up 8 games on the Yanks, they’re now 15-2 since Price, Revere, and the Tulo Bucks were exchanged for the mighty 1 pound, 4 shillings, and 4 pence Canadian CAD

Last night withstanding Team Canada has been nothing short of a juggernaut, despite Tulo being 13 for 57 (.228) and Revere 10  for 45 (.225)

Ironically both mercenaries had a hand in the 3 run 3rd inning, Revere a seeing eye single to center, and Tulo  a ground ball  RBI fielder’s choice, it was the only inning O Canada scored

It’s also satirical Both mercenaries were punched out by Andy Miller, the Bomber  closer who  was probably one more mistake away from losing his closer gig.. As it turned out Andy found enough gas in the tank  to dot the I’s and cross the T’s on the Bombers biggest  win of the season

“I was running out of gas there,” Miller said. “That’s everything I’ve got for an inning.”

That’s OK Andy you did what  you got paid to  do,  and it is refreshing to hear a MLB player be so  honest, most guys would say how much fun they just  had… After turning a balloon full of air into  a flat piece of  useless rubber and losing Garrett Jones’ job in Cleveland, blowing the biggest  clutch hit of the season and the defining NY Yankee moment for Carlos Beltran, Miller would have been public enemy # 1+ in the NY rags this morning

Miller will no doubt get the day off, Betances threw 7 pitches last night, 29  the night before, So Joey Day Care will have a big choice to make if Tanaka San  somehow makes it through  6 or 7 innings with a lead intact

If it’s my ship, I run the full court press  at Team Canada in an effort to take the series,  then let Little Louie have some fun facing the Canadian hit and run  machine Drew Hutchison on Sunday and play  that game with house money.

If Canada loses the first 2 games of this series, there’s gonna be 50 sweaty palms decked out in Blue Jay laundry

The Clock Strikes Back

Man how much have we killed Carlos Beltran over the last season  and a half.. Dude has been called every name in the book. All he’s done in the last 3 games is wake up Jake Ellsbury in the video  room, and hit the biggest HR  so  far in 2015.

If you subscribe to Metric geek WPA stuff that  wasn’t the biggest Tater???  Nope, the Beltran Ballantine Blast

 checked in at +0.45 WPA, making it fourth biggest hit of the year by WPA, behind McCann’s walk-off home run against the Rays (+0.68), Stephen Drew’s grand slam in Baltimore (+0.57), and Headley’s game-tying ninth inning homer against the Red Sox in April (+0.49).

That’s why Computer Geekdom is nice, but reality is nicer

Lost in the hoopla was Nova’s gutsy performance.. He had the one bad inning but  6 of the 7 innings were good..

7 innings, 5 hits, 3 runs, 1 BB, 3 K’s 3.57 ERA

In the 4 games facing the Bombers since becoming Team Canada, they’ve scored 13 runs off NY pitching, and 4 came on that Salami that  shouldn’t have been.. That’s a 3.25 runs per game average

They’ve played  117 games, scored 618 runs, so on the season they have a 5.28  run’s per game average

Tanaka San’s Defining NYY Moment 

Huge game today for the Bombers, Canada will be coming hard after them.. Donaldson is in that clubhouse and he’s their team leader having an MVP season

Biggest game of Tanaka’s NY career, if somehow he manages to get through 6 or 7 innings with a lead we would hope Girardi empties the ammo case with Warren, Shreve, Wilson, and Betances in an effort to take the series

Then let Little Louie go have some fun with house money on Sunday against the Toronto hit and run machine Drew Hutchison.. Dude has the best Run support in baseball, so a skewed 11-2 record  and a not so skewed  5.26 ERA, 1.48 WHIP

the Whole 9

Blind on Blind

the Lo Down


Written by Sal

August 15, 2015 at 7:57 am

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  1. man everything tastes good this morning.. Hopefully Tanaka and the offense keep it going


    August 15, 2015 at 8:09 am

  2. Sal

    August 15, 2015 at 8:14 am

  3. Good choices this morning, Sal. Singleton was nothing short of great last night with his observations. Especially, with his take on whether Gibbons would allow Price to face CY or bring in the righty reliever to face Beltran. He said all the right things last night. When Kay & Cone were talking about rest, and mentioning that D-Bet had thrown 29 pitches the night before, Kenny’s take was this time of year ya gotta reach back for something extra. Ya gotta suck it up & get after it. D-Bet was much better last night than in Cleveland. Today, we need Tanaka San to pitch like the 1st 2 months of last year. We need it big. Then Severino will be pitching to a bunch of guys on Sunday who are grinding their bat handles into sawdust.


    August 15, 2015 at 12:57 pm

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