mcqfesijiba wrote:It was certainly nerve racking to see Jones walk out there the very next night after his implosion for the save opp. He actually recorded some outs that time and even escaped without giving up a run. Of course it was far from dominant since he still allowed two runners to reach base. Zumaya's 3 inning save yesterday was very impressive, however.
And Polanco: his OBP now stands at .298
Funny how the glare of success reveals so many cracks, eh? Jones is a total mirage. If you look at batting average against this guy, >.300 before the lastest implosions in Toronto, it reveals a guy who doesn't have the stuff to get away with bad pitches and doesn't have the control to not throw those pitches often. Z did look great, I think he is ready. Leyland, however will rely on Jones until he once again blows a couple.
I have a very bad feeling on why Jones is sucking so much, as opposed to last season. Last year he had a 95 MPH fastball. We have a fast gun, but he doesn't touch 95. I think there is a real possibility that he may have been juicing last season. Think about it. Aging veteran trying to hold on for one more contract suddenly discovers a 95 MPH fastball and save 40 games. Out of nowhere. Gets his contract, loses speed of his heater and looks like a spent pitcher. I would be stunned if he didn't suck again, maybe two times in a row, and comes down with some kind of injury. I hope I am wrong, but it looks way too fishy too me.
How in the heck did we win with that line-up? It's games like that that make you wonder if there isn't some kind of magical season taking place here. Gomez? Santiago? Career AAA players. Shelton, Guillen slumping. Robertson looking like last year model against a team that rips apart lefties? What that heck is going on.
I wish you wouldn't have pointed out Polanco's OBP. Now when I look at him I think why in the heck can't a guy who is so hard to throw a ball past not taking more pitches and walking. He should be hitting 8 or 9th.
V scares me tonight. The DRays are starting to hit.