Friday, May 22, 2009
Even though the Olde Towne Team didn’t face the best pitcher on the planet, Roy Halladay (who needs a nickname), it was encouraging to take all three games from the Jays. It seems that the Jays benefited from an easy early schedule and many of their hitters being hot at the same time.
The only non-US team’s plan was solid – invest in two top of the rotation starters (Halladay, Burnett), two five tool players (Rios and Wells), a closer (Ryan) and fill in the rest with complementary/league average players from the farm system. Unfortunately for the Jays, Rios and Wells have not developed into superstars and the window has closed on the pitching side. The Jays should be sellers ASAP or they are going to be looking up in the A.L. East for many years to come.
Now the Mets come to town for an absolutely asinine May interleague series. They remind me of a better late 90’s Red Sox team; relying too much on their superstars to win, most notably. If a critical cog goes down, they are screwed due to few good players surrounding the superstars and the lack of minor league assets to pull off a big trade. The Mets are a good team but risky.