JAYS FROM THE COUCH BRINGS YOU THE LATEST TORONTO BLUE JAYS NEWS & LINKS. THIS EDITION: SANCHEZ, ALFORD, AND MORE!
After last night’s big win against the New York Yankees, the Toronto Blue Jays will send Mat Latos to the mound for game two tonight, facing up against Yankees ace Masahiro Tanaka. The Blue Jays are coming off their first series win of the season this past weekend, against the Tampa Bay Rays, and have all of a sudden won three games in a row! With a month of baseball in the books, and the Blue Jays struggling beyond expectations during the month of April, there’s a lot of analysis around the web we should be checking in on –
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*After exiting Sunday’s game re-aggravating his finger injury, Blue Jays starting pitcher Aaron Sanchez was placed back onto the 10-day disabled list with a split fingernail. Shi Davidi of Sportsnet reports, the Blue Jays have called up Danny Barnes, who closed out last night’s game pitching two innings, striking out two, walking one, and not allowing a single batter to cross home plate.
*Emily over at Jays From Away, has had enough with retaliation pitches. She broke down the bad blood the Rays and Jays have had this season pitch by pitch. Stemming from an incident with Steven Souza Jr. sliding hard into Troy Tulowitzki covering second base in early April, to more recently this weekend when pitchers on both teams would trade warning shots with the opponents’ lineup. Retaliation pitches have been a hot topic already this season, Matt Barnes of the Boston Red Sox was recently suspended four games for throwing at Orioles third basemen Manny Machado. Personally, I’m sick of retaliating pitches as well. It’s really not worth someone potentially getting hurt, for the sake of “sending a message”. But hey, what do I know? Flipping a bat is much much worse.
*Clutchlings breaks down the hot start from Blue Jays prospect Anthony Alford has had to the season. Alford has had a very interesting minor league career thus far, from choosing baseball over football, the injuries he’s come back from, to the amazing play he’s shown in AA Dunedin so far this season. His great experiences he had at Spring Training this year has definitely played a major part in his hot start this season. Clutchlings thinks Alford is closer to the Majors then some may think, mentioning in the article “It’s not out of the realm of possibility to see him patrolling centre field at the Rogers Centre sometime in 2018.”
*The 8-17 start to the Blue Jays season hasn’t been fun, after that rough month it’s really tough to see the Blue Jays playing baseball deep into October this year. Andrew Munn over at BP Toronto, has some good news for people still clinging onto their playoff hopes. With the Blue Jays playoff odds at 6.3% (according to Baseball Prospectus PlayOff Odds Report), Andrew shows us five other teams who made the playoffs who’s odds were at less than 10% at some point in the season. Crazy things happen all the time in sports, if the Blue Jays can rebound fast from some of these injuries, and go on a bit of a winning streak, who knows? Maybe they can add their names to this list of improbable playoff teams.
*Our own Jays From the Couch staffer Jeff Quattrociocchi wants fans to relax a bit, because it’s not time for a full rebuild. Jeff outlines what the current Blue Jays have going for them contract wise, what’s promising about their team control players, and what future 25 man rosters could look like in 2018/2019. The Blue Jays future could be more promising than people think, and with a bit of health and some moves made on the fly, the Jays could/should avoid a complete teardown.
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