The Blue Jays are staying afloat as they await the return of Josh Donaldson and Troy Tulowitzki, so it won’t be all doom and gloom as we open up this week’s edition of the mailbag.
If you have a Blue Jays question you’d like me to tackle for next week, be sure to send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. As always, I have not read any of Griff’s answers…
Question: what genius schedules a #bluejays off day on Victoria Day?
Honestly, I’d like to give the schedule-makers a break on this one, but… right???
There is only one team that plays in a country with an almost completely different holiday calendar than everyone else, and it’s hard to fathom that simple economics wouldn’t have made home Blue Jays games on Canadian holidays staples years ago. The Red Sox always manage to get a home game on Patriots’ Day, and while the league has been better in recent years in terms of making sure the Jays are always at home on Canada Day, I’m not sure why it’s been so hard for them to accommodate other holidays as well. I get that teams can’t make too many demands on the schedule, but surely they could figure this out. Assuming the Jays even want to play at home on those days.
Based on the trends in the first quarter of the season, which of the following events would you rate as most likely and least likely to happen by season’s end (assuming relatively good health):
Kevin Pillar > 50 walks
Justin Smoak > .850 OPS
Francisco Liriano BB/9 < 4.8
Luke Maile OPS+ > Josh Thole’s 2016 mark