Jays From the Couch brings you the latest Toronto Blue Jays news & links. This edition: Poor start, bullpen & getting Rowdy!
Are you ready?! After a disappointing toad trip to start the 2017 season, the Toronto Blue Jays are appearing in Rogers Centre for the first time this year! It should be a loud, celebratory experience for those in attendance. Before we get set for the festivities, let’s take a look at the latest rumblings in today’s Morning News.
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* Roberto Osuna is set to return to action in time for the Home Opener. According to Ben Nicholson-Smith, the Blue Jays closer threw a simulated game in Tamp Bay. It was a 24 pitch effort that has the team ready to activate him. Obviously, this is great news for a bullpen that has been put to the test early. Not that a bumpy beginning is unusual around these parts, but this group sure could use a boost with the amount of work they’ve been given. With extra innings and a poor outing from Francisco Liriano, the bullpen could use a fresh, healthy Osuna.
* If you’re worried about the bullpen costing the club games in April, Mike Wilner is at the ready, providing you with responses to this, as well as some other issues. While you might be surprised to not find the phrase “It’s early” anywhere in his post, Wilner basically tells you that it is. More to the point, he explains why it is not logical to get worked up over the 1-5 start to the season.
In typical Wilner fashion, he points out that the club was in a position to win at least 2 more than they did, which would have given them a .500 road trip. In reality, a .500 road trip among your own division is a much better result. While, it isn’t going undefeated, it is a good start. Wilner pins the losses on the offense hitting .200 and the bullpen getting outings from an injured J.P. Howell and from Casey Lawrence. This is meant to make you feel better about the group you are more likely to see moving forward. It’s up to you to decide if it does.
* It would appear that Rowdy Tellez is getting noticed. He’s not only captured the imagination of those familiar with the Blue Jays, but US media is starting to take notice. Wayne Cavadi of FanRag Sports suggests that Tellez is rising to stardom. Cavadi cites the fantastic AA season Tellez put up last year and his nice start to 2017. While Tellez has flaws in his game that many are quick to point out, it wouldn’t be at all shocking to see him up in Toronto by September, or earlier, as Cavadi says. In fact, we all know that.
Club president, Mark Shapiro has said that Tellez needs at least 200 innings in AAA, and the big league option(s) to struggle before they will consider a promotion. Well, Tellez can take care of one of those things. If he goes off in Buffalo, he’ll be doing his part. The other part depends on how Justin Smoak responds to the fire lit below him (see what I did there?). If Smoak struggles – and the definition of that depends on who you ask – and the injury bug makes Steve Pearce a necessary LF replacement, or the same thing happens to necessitate Ezequiel Carrera taking on a larger role, we could very well be getting Rowdy sooner.
* Something that could have easily gone missed is brought to our attention by Doug Fox at Clutchlings. Doug picked up on the possibility of the Blue Jays signing Brazilian, Eric Pardinho. Who, you ask? Well, Doug offers up a profile of the righty pitcher who has Japanese lineage and has been seen pitching in a WBC qualifying match.
Doug does a great job of bringing us information about this young hurler who will hit 95 mph. He is just under 6′ tall, but that shouldn’t be an issue. Do yourself a favor and check out Doug’s piece.
* Finally, the Blue Jays claimed Ty Kelly from the Mets yesterday. As MLBTR points out, Kelly is a depth piece who can play 3B and 2B, but an interesting note is that he has 1000 innings in LF, also. It almost sounds like he couldn’t be any more perfect for the Blue Jays. But, wait! There’s more! He also has an option remaining.
On a team where Josh Donaldson‘s calf seems to continue to be annoying and Devon Travis‘ health remains something that is a concern AND left field hasn’t really been sorted out yet, this very well could prove to be an interesting pick up. His numbers:
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