Monday, June 8, 2009
It Hardly Seems Fair
After my live blog of Friday night's game; I claimed the Jays only need to win on Saturday to secure a sweep of the Royals. A free-swinging team without much pop taking on Roy Halladay? No. Chance.
As unfair as sicking Halladay on the hapless Royals (read Joe Posnanski here breaking down the Royals inability to draw walks and the tears that inevitably follow) could be classified cruel and unusual punishment, sending Casey Janssen out against the first-place Rangers is tantamount to your average day in Guantanamo Bay.
The Rangers KILL finesse pitchers which Casey most certainly is (a finesse pitcher walks & Ks fewer than 24% of batters faced. Is 0% less than 24%?) and the Rangers also hit right handed pitching harder than left - especially at home in their wind swept bandbox.
So is that it, should the Jays not bother showing up tonight? Hells no. That Janssen is a ground ball pitcher serves him well. That the Rangers just made the same cross country flight as the Jays can't hurt.
Speaking of things that hardly seem fair but also seem hardly worth complaining about, how about Roy Halladay seeming to miss each Big Important Series thus far. Other than the Yankees, he missed the Red Sox twice and here missed a series against an offensive juggernaut. It's likely for the best, as the Rangers have his number in unusual ways. Not to mention the fact that this kind of stuff all comes out in the wash by October. It would be nice to see the Jays best take on the best of the American League. I, for one, don't want to see Halladay Cliff Lee his way to an impotent award.