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Saturday, April 01, 2006

Jays New Bling Goes Yard.

The reworked Jays take the field this week. AJ, the last concern pitched very well this morning and will be ready on the 16th as was hoped.

So, will the Jays new Bling fly? Short answer, YES!

Because I can see the future what follows are more than just predictions, mine come with guarantees. I guarantee they are all 100% correct! Or... well that's where the guarantee is slightly weak.

Offense:

The Excellent: Glaus will hit at least 40 dingers, might even hit 40 just at the Rogers Centre. Wells is hot this spring and will start hot, for the first time since 03. Overbay is a doubles machine. Rios will hit at least 20 homers if not more. He has arrived. The three platoons, LF, RF and C will give the Jays above league average production for those three positions.

The Rest: Hill and Adams will continue to grow. Combined they will be just a twinge below league average. There is not ONE black hole in the lineup. This offense will score at least 840 runs.

Pitching:

WOW, Cy Halladay followed by AJ Burnett are the best one two in the AL. Lily, Towers, Chacin and several talented youngesters presently at AAA ensure that the starters will win at least 78 games! BJ Ryan, Frasor and Speier are the best 1-2-3 in any bullpen in the AL. Behind them is experience ,and talent, with much more chaffing at the bit in AAA and AA.

Defense:

Get over the O'Dog! Hill be be AT LEAST as good as any 2nd bagger in the league not named O'Dog. Glaus and Overbay are both at least average defensively. Wells is a gold glover and the the outfield corners are both only slightly below average defensively. The Jays defense is at least equal to any of the big three in the AL East.

Final results? 95 wins, the wildcard, represent the Al at the WS and beat whatever bit of rough the NL put against them.

Bank on it!

2 Comments:

Blogger Bob said...

Posted this answer in response to your comment on my blog, but I thought I'd post it here as well, just in case you don't see it on mine.

Love hearing from fans of other teams. Thanks for posting. You had nothing to worry about from Lilly last night. The man owns us. He was 3-0, 2.40 against us last year and 7-11, 6.54 against everyone else. And that's how it's been for the last few years.

I was in Skydome when he outdueled Pedro in August, 2004. I'm sure you remember that game, I know I'll never forget it.

It's great to see the Jays on their way back to prominence, I wish more teams were doing it. No fan should have to suffer through having crappy teams on the field year after year.

You guys should definitely be pretty good when AJ and Doc get back, but I think you're still one good starter, and a bullpen guy or two, away from giving it a serious run. The good news is, JP will have the money for that starter next year, and could still trade for him this year. Plus you've got one of the top pitching prospects, McGowan almost ready to go. Good luck to you guys.

4:35 AM

 
Blogger Tor_Khan said...

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In response to your comments on my blog:

We live a time when people are once again polarised around the notion of religion. I can understand where you are coming from, but my problem with Sarkozy's comments are that whilst he defends the Muslims right to be, he quickly attacks something - in this case the veil - which is a very visual symbol representing Muslims.

The argument about whether the veil is appropriate becomes lost behind a thinly veiled (how ironic that I should used that word) attack on the Muslims. That, to me, is the greater issue.

12:58 PM

 

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