Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News isn't the first, nor will he be the last. Expect whispers to grow into murmurs in no time flat.
Jose Bautista equaled his career high home run total on May 30th...Alex Gonzalez's isolated power and slugging percentage are each up over 100 points...Vernon Wells rediscovered his power stroke at 32...John Buck's home run per fly ball rate is 50% higher than his career rateBaggarly didn't actually accuse Bautista of anything, I got there all on my own. With a certain Anthony Galea still in the news, vague innuendos could pair up with nagging doubts to make this a most uncomfortable time.
Nevermind the team-wide philosophy of going for broke. You'll have to ignore the complete and utter disregard for anything less than a full swing of every single batter in the lineup; Dwayne Murphy's calling card perhaps. The longer this madness lasts, the more pointed the criticism becomes. The more national columnists who might peak their nose over the 49th parallel then claim to smell a rat.
If I'm right and the Jays incredible start brings skeptics out of the woodwork, how will you react? I suspect many Jays fans would dismiss any allegations out of hand, as that's what being a fan means. "Our guys? No way!" I don't think for a second anything untoward is going on under the watchful eye of Alex Anthopoulos, not for one second!
But were it the Orioles who suddenly went crazy and hit 53 home runs in May thanks to the contributions of Julio Lugo, Ty Wigginton (whoops!), and Garret Atkins, you'd better believe I'd be skeptical. Good thing the Jays are doing it so I have nothing to worry about.