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2008 Toronto Blue Jays

Postby Jaysfan84 » Wed Mar 26, 2008 2:31 pm

Following the lead on the White Sox thread, I thought I would share my thoughts on my Jays.

Notes:

- BJ Ryan is out to start the season...he is optimistically targetting a mid-April return. I feel this is too soon and it isnt likely that he is back logging innings until the middle of May at the earliest, closing by June 1st in the best case scenerio. It is very hard to tell though and these dates are just my opinion. The Jays haven't been the most reliable in giving time-frames for their injured players. When he does come back it is doubtful that he closes back to back days so Jeremy Accardo will be getting a some save opportunities. You will want to hold onto him in deeper leagues.

- Scott Rolen is out for at least two weeks with a broken finger/torn off nail. He had a pin put in his finger to help repair it...he should be back by May 1st at the latest. Marco Scutaro is expected to man the hot corner for the time being.

- LF situation: Reed Johnson was waived meaning Shannon Stewart and Matt Stairs will platoon for the spot. Initially, expect to see Stairs in there against RHP, Stewart against LHP. My thoughts are that as time goes on it will be close to a 50/50 split, perhaps even favouring Shannon. I don't really see Stairs repeating his '07 form which many would agree he played over his head, and Stewart is a very consistant hitter. Take a flier on Stewart if you need a 5th OF in AL-only leagues.

- The lineup is still up in the air, they have been pretty quiet about it so this is really just a guess on my part. Lots of solid RH bats without many lefties. Gibbons has said he wanted to split Overbay and Stairs but was struggling to find an order where he could do so. Hill could bump to 7 sliding the other two down, but there should not be any drastic(guys from the top going to the bottom, or vice versa) changes to a lineup that looks like this.

Projected everyday lineup:
- SS David Eckstein
- RF Alex Rios
- CF Vernon Wells
- DH Frank Thomas
- 3B Scott Rolen
- 1B Lyle Overbay
- LF Matt Stairs
- C Greg Zaun
- 2B Aaron Hill

- The rotation was a strong point for this team last year, especially in the 2nd half. The question is if the young arms can duplicate their success. Injuries to last year's rotation may have been a blessing in disguise as they were the main reason that McGowan, Marcum and Litsch got a shot at starting games in the majors. McGowan has top of the rotation type stuff and seemed to put it all together last year. Marcum was great after getting moved into the rotation. His stuff isn't as good as McGowan but he does have the ability to strike hitters out. Litsch is a pitcher with limited upside, but pitched effectively in '07. At the top they have Halladay who is an outstanding ML pitcher, but not quite as valuable in fantasy baseball due to low k's. With Burnett, health is always the question but you can't deny his talent.

Rotation:
- Roy Halladay
- AJ Burnett
- Dustin McGowan
- Shawn Marcum
- Jessie Litsch

Prospects:

- OF Adam Lind: Expect him to be the starting LF in 2009. He his hit at every minor league level, and I expect him to be a solid ML bat in the future.

- OF Travis Snider: I expect him to get a September callup in 2009 with an everyday spot in 2010, at DH, or possibly bumping Lind to 1B when Overbay's deal expires. He has a very high ceiling and is projected to be a middle of the order-type bat
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Re: 2008 Toronto Blue Jays

Postby slink » Wed Mar 26, 2008 3:18 pm

Jaysfan84 wrote:- OF Travis Snider: I expect him to get a September callup in 2009 with an everyday spot in 2010, at DH, or possibly bumping Lind to 1B when Overbay's deal expires. He has a very high ceiling and is projected to be a middle of the order-type bat


I like your analysis. One thing I don't agree with is that if the Jays outfield in 2010 has Lind, Rios, Wells and Snider all competing, I'd expect Snider to move to 1B over Lind.
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Re: 2008 Toronto Blue Jays

Postby tmlfan4ever » Wed Mar 26, 2008 4:09 pm

Fully agree with the post above. Sinder will end up at 1B I think. He is a pure hitter, but not very athletic in the field.

Rios will NOT bat 2nd this year. Period. The team is pretty committed to getting him in a run production role. 3-4-5 is a better bet for Rios with an edge to the most valuable 3-hole. Look for Overbay, Hill and Stewart in the 2-hole. They'll probably run them all through that spot in the lineup until they find something that works. Only locks are Eckstein at #1 + Rios, Thomas and Wells in the 3-4-5.

Other than that, pretty good analysis.
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Re: 2008 Toronto Blue Jays

Postby Irish Drunk » Thu Mar 27, 2008 11:36 am

Nice analysis. I'm looking forward to seeing what this kid Snider does in AA/AAA this season.

I see the potential hitting lineup as

1 Eckstein
2. Hill/Stewart
3. Rios
4. Wells
5. Thomas
6. Rolen
7. Overbay
8. Stairs/Hill
9. Zaun
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Re: 2008 Toronto Blue Jays

Postby tmlfan4ever » Thu Mar 27, 2008 2:47 pm

Irish Drunk wrote:Nice analysis. I'm looking forward to seeing what this kid Snider does in AA/AAA this season.

I see the potential hitting lineup as

1 Eckstein
2. Hill/Stewart
3. Rios
4. Wells
5. Thomas
6. Rolen
7. Overbay
8. Stairs/Hill
9. Zaun



I'm pretty sure this is what we'll see with Rolen healthy. Until then, Scutaro will bat 9th I bet.
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Re: 2008 Toronto Blue Jays

Postby tt1plzne1 » Fri Mar 28, 2008 12:14 am

Rolen is a disaster. I had him as a sleeper candidate to make it back into the top 100 this year but this guy can't stay on the field.

Anyway, I hope Vernon bounces back and Rios continues to climb ;-D
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Re: 2008 Toronto Blue Jays

Postby tmlfan4ever » Fri Mar 28, 2008 7:24 pm

tt1plzne1 wrote:Rolen is a disaster. I had him as a sleeper candidate to make it back into the top 100 this year but this guy can't stay on the field.

Anyway, I hope Vernon bounces back and Rios continues to climb ;-D


lol... "a disaster", he had a freak accident during a fielding drill. Get a life.
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Re: 2008 Toronto Blue Jays

Postby Rotundor » Sat Mar 29, 2008 4:14 pm

Eckstein
Stewart/Stairs
Rios
Vernon
Frank Thomas
Overbay/Hill
Hill/Overbay
Scutaro
Zaun

Just confirmed by Gibbons on the radio. He doesn't know where Rolen will bat, only that it will be "in the middle".
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Re: 2008 Toronto Blue Jays

Postby YerInUrine » Sat Mar 29, 2008 5:10 pm

tmlfan4ever wrote:lol... "a disaster", he had a freak accident during a fielding drill. Get a life.



Wow, you're a very angry person.
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Re: 2008 Toronto Blue Jays

Postby tt1plzne1 » Sat Mar 29, 2008 8:34 pm

YerInUrine wrote:
tmlfan4ever wrote:lol... "a disaster", he had a freak accident during a fielding drill. Get a life.



Wow, you're a very angry person.



I don't blame him. If I was a Blue Jays fan, I'd probably be bitter too :-D
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