Sure, Sunday’s loss was a bit of a downer, but the Jays took two of three from the big bad Bostons, proving once again that a good chunk of Toronto sports fans are too emotional and too short sighted.
Getting swept in Boston with rookies starting two of the three games for Toronto does not mean that the Jays can’t compete with the Red Sox. It just means it was a bad series (that set up two more bad series in a row, but that’s over with now, so I won’t dwell).
Doc’s not the only cyborg on the team
Scott Downs has a strained hamstring, and all he needs to be nails again is one day off? That’s pretty robotic right there.
I’ve been pretty vocal in the past about Downs being more valuable as an old school fireman than as a modern day closer and, while I still think it’s true, watching League and Downs work the 8th and 9th of the Friday and Saturday games brought back some fond memories of a certain back-end combo that secured games roughly 20 years ago.
I can’t really think of comparisons between Downs and Tom Henke (except they’re good at closing), but am I completely off base thinking that League’s stuff is somewhat reminiscent of Duane Ward?
OK, I’m really basing the League/Ward thing on anything other than a wicked fastball. And obviously League would have to put in a hell of a lot more than two good appearances in a row to seriously draw a comparison, but a guy can dream, can’t he?
Trippin’ the Jays blogosphere
• Over at Ghostrunner, Drew talks crimes against bandwagon jumpers and Brandon League awesomeness.
• The Tao says more about the series with the Sox than that the Jays took two of three. That’s why he’s the Tao and I’m me.
• The Mockingbird breaks down the ridiculous calls that once again went in Jon Lester’s favour against the Jays.
• Eyebleaf sums up the month of May and makes a plea to FREE JEREMY ACCARDO. I believe in Jeremy Accardo.
• This is a bit staledated now, but the Blue Jay Hunter’s guide to hitting a knuckleball is definitely worth a look. Even with the rematch against Wakefield long over with, it’s an interesting read about one of the most interesting pitches out there.
• This one’s even older, but it ain’t never going to lose it awesomeness. If you haven’t read Mop Up Duty’s story of Doc Halladay’s reinvention, do it. Right now. Or whenever’s convenient for you, so long as you, you know, read it.