To the Bronx!
Is it just me, or have we sort of hit the dog days of late May a little bit? I don’t know if watching the Jays continually list back and forth around .500 that’s making me sea sick, or if trying to keep out all thoughts of how good the damn Red Sox are playing is too psychically taxing, but I’ve been finding myself getting a bit cantankerous about nearly every idea for something to write about that I’ve considered today.
Russell Martin finally moving the needle, blowing his wRC+ up from 17 to 32 in just one game, and his ISO from .008 to .055? I mean, that’s impressive stuff this deep into a season. It’s novel. But how many ways can you point out he hit two home runs last night? And that it was fun? And that he still yet has a long way to go before all of April and May’s dog shit can be wiped off his season?
Pivoting off ESPN writing a piece about why the Blue Jays make everyone mad? Sounds great-ish if that brawl wasn’t, like, two weeks ago.
Highlighting an excellent BP Toronto piece on how Jays batters are being pitched to differently this year compared to last? I mean… I admire the analyze-every-kernel approach, and I think this one covers some particularly fertile ground, but my takeaway is basically: they’re seeing a few less fastballs so far, and the extra breaking balls have caused them to maybe miss a few hittable fastballs, so they need to adjust a little, but they’re good hitters and usually do and so probably will. And it’s not that it isn’t great to have some data to back up those notions, it’s just… meh.
Maybe I’m just being a jerk, I don’t know. Maybe yesterday’s They Live piece, and all its trips to the thesaurus, took too much out of me.
Whatever it is, I’m pretty sure one very probable cure for tthis would be the Jays going to town on CC Sabathia this afternoon, then cutting those damn Red Sox down to size over the weekend, and making this feel a little bit more like it’s a race again. Or… at least a race that isn’t between Boston and fucking Baltimore!
Let’s do it! I mean, afternoon baseball! What’s not to like???
Jose Bautista had his suspension appeal hearing today, which… meh!
No Tulo today, as you can see, but it sounds like they’re being cautious. He was out on the field before the game and seemed pretty alright by any account I saw.