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Blue Jays Mailbag: Goins vs. Tulo, Pillar’s Start, and the 10-Day DL

The Blue Jays’ season is back on! All it took was a nice series win against Cleveland and a visit from a the beat-up Mariners and their Triple-A rotation, and the boys in blue are back in business. Or something at least resembling business!

What this means for our purposes is that we have here some questions that actually have some positivity embedded within them, and oh man, I’m going to savour that.

So let’s get on with this week’s edition of the mailbag!

And if you have a Blue Jays question you’d like me to tackle for next week, be sure to send it to stoeten@gmail.com. As always, I have not read any of Griff’s answers…

So is Kevin pillar a good hitter now? Oh, good. I’m glad he willed himself into a guy who can get on base 35% of the time.

Simon

In Josh Donaldson’s absence, Kevin Pillar has basically been the Jays’ MVP so far, which is an utterly crazy thing to contemplate. It’s especially crazy to me, because I’ve always felt rather pessimistic about Pillar’s ability to magically one day decide to be a better hitter.

Of course, his improvements aren’t simply magic. They are a product of him identifying an area of his game that could be improved and taking the necessary steps to do it. One of the great things about Pillar is the fact that he did the same thing with his defence, transforming himself from a prospect that few felt could play centre field on a regular basis into one of the majors’ best defenders at that position. It makes it somewhat easier to believe in what he’s turning into as a hitter.

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  • El Cabeza

    It would be great if people, and especially the fucking broadcasters who are supposed to know more about baseball than people in general, would stop campaigning for Ryan Goins to keep Tulo on the bench when he’s healthy again.

    During this time when his ‘exemplary’ play has engorged the genitals of Buck Martinez and Pat Tabler he has posted an OPS+ of 70 and a negative WAR.

    Should we not be holding the people paid to talk about baseball to higher standards?