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Houston Does Not Have a Problem

Posted By George Fadel On May 23 2011 @ 1:28 pm In Toronto Blue Jays | No Comments

The Toronto Blue Jays opened interleague play this past weekend losing two of three at the hands of the Houston Astros. It was a hard fought series in which no game was won by more than two runs. Looking at records alone, this should not have been such an even series between these two clubs as Toronto came in with seven more wins then Houston.  What developed was an exciting three games for the fans at the Rogers Centre and another series loss for the Jays.

The Good

Jose Bautista
Bautista hit two more homers during the three game set to add to his league-leading 18 HRs. Both shots came in the second game though where he nearly single handily won the game for the Jays. What Bautista is currently doing for the Jays right now is unbelievable and who knows where the team would be without him.

Eric Thames
The Jays prospect made his long awaited debut for the big club in this series. He started at DH the first two games and did not look out of place picking up two hits and an RBI and a run. The much talked about Thames is one of many prospects that the Jays hope will make their future brighter. Giving him steady playing time and the ability to work through growing pains will be key to his success.

The Bad

Adam Lind’s Injury
The cleanup hitter was forced to go on the DL with a sore lower back leaving Bautista with no legitimate protection. Arguably the Jays second best player, Lind will be needed if the Jays hope to remain competitive in their division.

Frank Francisco’s ERA
Having an ERA of 5.56 in just over 11 inning of work is no pretty sight. The Jays co-leader in saves has been shaky since starting the year on the DL and has had a hard time adjusting. He has been efficient in his save opportunities by going 5-for-6, but his pitch placement have not been up to par with what Francisco has shown in the past.

Next Call-Ups
The Jays need to look at changing the team if they want to make some noise this year. It is clear that having a mixture of Juan Rivera, Edwin Encarnacion, and Corey Patterson will not make them competitive. Having Thames called up to the majors is a solid start. Fans can only hope that Travis Snider finds his swing in AAA and earns a call back to the Jays. Not too far behind will be Brett Lawrie who should be manning third base which has looked like a revolving door of applicants this year. Lawrie is the organization’s crown jewel and will be groomed very slowly before get a call to the pros.

Next Up
Another three games against the first place New York Yankees (25-20). Carlos Villanueva will get the start for the Jays (23-23) in place of the injured Jesse Litsch and will square off against the rejuvenated Bartolo Colon to open the series.

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