It was a reversal of fortunes for two teams over the weekend, as the Blue Jays (7-6) dropped three straight to the Angels, who shook off some early season struggles.
- What to do with Lyle Overbay? Hitting .080 thus far (4 hits in 50 at-bats), he is virtually untradeable and is taking up a starting spot that could be used to offer Adam Lind a chance to play defensively and/or give a prospect some big league at-bats. But Overbay’s $7 million dollar contract this year makes it difficult to justify having him ride the pine. For now, the two sides are simply biding their time until the first baseman’s contract comes up at the end of the year.
- Even without John Lackey, that Angels’ rotation looks pretty good. The trio of Angels starters (Jered Weaver, Joe Saunders and Ervin Santana) combined for three wins and just three earned runs over 24 innings of work against a Blue Jays line-up that was getting their first taste of elite pitching.
- Sending Brian Tallet to the DL might be the best solution for all parties. Tallet is reportedly suffering from forearm soreness and has been largely ineffective thus far, going 1-1 with a 6.11 ERA in three starts. Even worse, his command is off and he’s leaving pitches up in the strike zone, which has resulted in him allowing an MLB-high six home runs thus far. A quick trip to the DL would enable Tallet to get healthy and try to regain his command, while opening up a spot for either Brett Cecil or Marc Rczepcynski.
- The Jays’ offence has thus far been a story of the big three and then the rest. The 2-3-4 hitters – Alex Gonzalez, Lind and Vernon Wells – have combined to hit .327 with 13 home runs and 29 RBI, whereas the rest of the club has hit .154 with just five homers and 26 RBI.
The Jays wrap up their homestand tonight with three games against Zack Greinke and the Kansas City Royals. Brandon Morrow will try to get both himself and the team back on track against Brian Bannister tonight.
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Written by Ben Fisher