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***Official Blue Jays Thread*** VLAD IS HERE!!!

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20 hours ago, Northern Voice said:

I'm not very motivated to watch this game with Sogard leading off a lineup that also includes Alen Hanson and Socrates Brito. 

Looks like a winning lineup . 😉

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Hopefully shoemaker not out too long. One thing they had was 3 solid starters. Vlad up this week so maybe worth watching some. And Yes galvis is a great addition.

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23 hours ago, falguy said:

Hopefully shoemaker not out too long. One thing they had was 3 solid starters. Vlad up this week so maybe worth watching some. And Yes galvis is a great addition.

 

22 hours ago, Eephus said:

Shoemaker has had hard luck with injuries

Torn ACL. Sucks for him, was having a nice start. 

Aaron Sanchez leaves the game with a "cracked fingernail" but honestly would anyone be surprised if it's another blister?

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3 hours ago, Northern Voice said:

 would anyone be surprised if it's another blister?

I'd be surprised if it wasn't a blister.

 

Another hard luck guy.

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4 hours ago, Northern Voice said:

Vlad showed up in an Expos jersey today.

If he can perform under the spotlight that's on him tonight (and I'm sure he can) he really is the real deal.  What a circus.

Enjoy the game!

 

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That was a fun game, huge ovations for Vlad, great performance by Stroman (should have let him come out for the 8th IMO but Biagini coughing up the lead let Vlad get his last AB), and in his last AB a great 2 strike double down the line then the Drury walk off. 

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I'll keep watching as long as the cute blond is working the 2 rows behind the plate. 😍

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On 4/28/2019 at 6:05 PM, Northern Voice said:

All of a sudden this team is very fun :excited:

 

 

 

And now, not so much.

Not many reasons to watch this team.

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13 minutes ago, falguy said:

And now, not so much.

Not many reasons to watch this team.

Socrates Brito now slashing 067/163/128

Teoscar 195/264/292

McKinney 240/287/370

 

Vlad can't get a pitch to hit because he had better lineup protection in ####### Buffalo with Bichette and Biggio than he has here. I don't understand why Biggio isn't up yet. He's 24, service time isn't an issue. I suspect Gurriel is back up soon.

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Agree about vlad. They should at least put Smoak after him.

 

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Vlad finally homers and all you east coast losers are sleeping. For shame. 

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Tellez is pretty fun. Jansen seems to be coming around. Vlad is destroying baseballs. Biggio and Bichette are on the way. Grichuk signed a 5 year extension. That's 6 decent pieces towards a decent team who are all on next season's roster.

But if they trade (or lose) Stroman and Sanchez. And Smoak. The rotation for next year is a bunch of hope and maybe literally five guys not on the current roster.

I really think they need to extend Stroman just to have someone on hand who can be even a #3 SP in the league (hopefully better) because there is no one else and the position players aren't that far off. Maybe Sanchez too but I don't know if I'll ever trust him to throw 150+ innings. The only high end pitching prospect is Nate Pearson.

A 2020 rotation of Stroman/Sanchez/Borucki?/Thornton?/Pearson? is passable, at least? Maybe? There's upside?. But I'm sure we'll have some new variation of Clayton Richard/Edwin Jackson/Clay Buckholz/Matt Shoemaker/Jaime Garcia/Brett Anderson/Killme Nough

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Never been a fan of McKinney anyway. He doesn't need to come back.

Too bad Sanchez has the most dainty pitching hand ever. His trade value can't be very high. This team is garbage and will be for some time, he won't be very useful when they are. Same with Smoak, love the guy and his wife's tweets are entertaining but if they need some good pitching and OF prospects and need them soon. Still waiting for Jansen to impress me at least a little :shrug:

 

 

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The Jays seem to have about 1 game out of 5 where they hit like a real MLB team then maybe 5 hits in the others.  Scored a bunch last night so the rest of the series will be ugly.  I want to go watch one game just trying to pick the night where they get more than 3 hits is a tough thing.

I think Stroman goes soon - although not likely to Boston 😉 . Depending on what they get I don't necessarily think they should trade him. He has a good chance to still be a #3 or 4 guy at the worst in 3-5 years when they may compete again.   They better be holding out for good prospects. Sanchez otoh can go if they get any takers and I like Smoak but if he has any suitors he should be moved too.  Giles too, of course.  That said, need to have some vets around to mentor so don't just throw these guys away for nothing.

 

 

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They should extend Stroman. The offensive/position players aren't that far off, especially with Biggio/Gurriel looking like real pieces alongside Vlad and Bichette (and Grichuk because of his contract). Even Alford is finally heating up in AAA and is far and away the best CF in the system. Honestly, the young player who's disappointing so far is Vlad... but it will come. 

The pitching prospect is Nate Pearson. Beyond that it's hopes and prayers - Trent Thornton, Ryan Borucki, Julian Merryweather, Sean Reid-Foley, T.J. Zeuch... Can't even count on one of these guys hitting, and Aaron Sanchez isn't the answer. 

 

I could live with

C- Danny Jansen

1B - Smoak/Tellez

2B - Biggio

3B - Vlad

SS - Bichette

CF - Alford/Teoscar

LF - Gurriel

RF - Grichuk

DH - Tellez/Teoscar/Smoak

BN - Drury, etc...

Move a piece or two around and maybe change one DH/1B to upgrade on Tellez/replace Smoak, but I think that team has huge potential. 

If you can turn Sogard or Galvis into something at the deadline, even better. If not, they're solid players until Bichette and Alford are full time players. 

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I think Thornton has potential. I like his stuff.  Lacking consistency but he's looked pretty good recently bordering on dominant against Houston a couple starts ago. I could see him as a solid #3 guy. 

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Exciting pitching matchup today...

Today's starting pitchers, Sanchez and Keller, co-lead the American League with 48 walks issued, have combined to hit 16 batters (Sanchez 7, Keller 9) and have combined for 12 wild pitches (6 each).

#BlueJays #MLB #Royals

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As a team the Jays have the 2nd most home runs in MLB since June 1 :shrug:

Offense almost here, so I give it 5 years, almost Vlad Jr free agency time, before they build a competent rotation.

Sanchez is horrible, Stroman is going to be traded for some prospect who will never be as good as he is now. Nate Pearson hype is all that's left.

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5 minutes ago, Northern Voice said:

As a team the Jays have the 2nd most home runs in MLB since June 1 :shrug:

Offense almost here, so I give it 5 years, almost Vlad Jr free agency time, before they build a competent rotation.

Sanchez is horrible, Stroman is going to be traded for some prospect who will never be as good as he is now. Nate Pearson hype is all that's left.

I'm going tonight so likely 2-0 or 2-1 loss. :)

Sanchez is garbage. Sad to see. He can't have any value. I'd like to see them keep stroman build around him and get what they can for smoak, galvis and sogard. If anybody gives any thing for teoscar, mckinney or drury they can go too. 

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Talk of Lourdes Gurriel Jr playing CF eventually. He's looked great in LF. Since his recall, the only player with a higher WAR is... Mike Trout.

He's not this good, but he's pretty clearly looking like a core guy going forward. 

Also, Danny Jansen is ridiculously hot right now. 6 HR in his last 7 games. 

And Cavan Biggio is such a smart player. 

This team is fun to watch offensively again. 

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Fair bit of talk around sending Vlad back to AAA. 178/288/244 in July after just 255/324/372 in June.

He’s only hitting 208/291/325 against lefties on the season as a righty, which is obviously strange. 

Of course he's only 20 and it's no huge concern - should come around but guys like Soto, Tatis Jr, Acuna etc... all came up and hit right away at a young age.

Gurriel and now Hernandez seem to have done well after making adjustments in Buffalo. 

Hopefully Bo comes up soon and jumps right in.

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