Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Skyping with Back in Blue

      Had some fun with @BackinBlue2012 while talking spring training with a bright light in my face. Check out my impression of @Reid_Price with a catcher's mitt and the latest on Travis Snider and Eric Thames. Man, both guys had terrific games Tuesday night against the Red Sox and put together some quality ABs. Once again, you have to admire how these two outfielders are handling the daily pressure of expectation and performance while trying to earn a starting job in left field. Also, Aaron Laffey is making a strong run to join the back end of the rotation. The lefty went five innings against the Red Sox, yielding a two-run homer to Kelly Shoppach, and retiring his final 10 batters ... Right now Toronto's rotation is looking like Romero, Morrow, Cecil, Alvarez, McGowan/Laffey. McGowan got knocked around on Tuesday, which definitely raises some questions about Dusty breaking camp in Toronto's rotation ... One more thing: the White Sox optioned Nestor Molina to Double-A Birmingham. AA is winning.

1 comment:

bmc said...

Not that it will happen, but keeping Laffey and MacGowan, and optioning Cecil would be my way to go. Option Thames with him, they make the basis for an attractive trade package, toss in a catching prospect and another arm.

Keep Snider for his ability to play all outfield spots. He runs better, throws better, fields better, can steal a base, and has way more upside than Thames, O & D.

Henderson, Laffey and McGowan are starters 3 to 5. The bench is Diaz, Viszquel, Davis and EE to help out as needed.

The manager likes Gomes as a receiver and so do I. His bat is not half bad. His sister would hit better than Mathis. Gomes can play 3rd, 1st, and a little LF in a pinch. Another passable RH bat against guys like Sabathia would be nice, in the lineup or off the bench.

Brett's 87 mph wiffle balls that he can't keep at the very bottom of the zone, in the zone, with movement, well, that's giving away much of a chance to win his starts.

I would be moving Cecil whenever I could sell high. That should be easy, if he is a lefty who can fog a mirror, he has big league value.