How rusty will Brandon Morrow be when he pitches again for the Blue Jays? Will he avoid a trip to the DL? These are the questions fans have to be asking now that Morrow has been pushed back a third consecutive time due to neck/back spasms. While he was supposed to take the mound today to end the 2-game mini series vs. the Giants, the Jays are now hoping he can pitch this weekend on Saturday vs. the division leading Yankees.
Pros and cons – the Jays have a better chance winning with Morrow on the mound today and it would be nice to head to New York with 4 straight wins and a bit of momentum vs. the red hot Yankees. On the other hand, it will be nice having Morrow throw in the Yankee series assuming he’s not too rusty and is able to go.
Nothing against Ramon Ortiz, who will fill in for Morrow for the second straight time. He is the best internal option right now. But he is a triple-A depth player at this point in his career and the Jays bats will have to continue to produce should they hope to win tonight.
Even though the results have been there over the last three games, I can’t say I’m a fan of the new line up with everyone bumped up a slot (Melky Cabrera leading off, Jose Bautista second, Edwin Encarnacion third, etc.) I’d rather see Emilio Bonifacio lead off since he is starting to hit up and have the bulky bats hitting behind some obp and speed. That would mean starting Bonifacio on a regular basis – something I’ve been saying they need to do for weeks now.
With the rotation battered, yesterday and Thursday’s off days couldn’t have come at a better time. Let’s hope Morrow can go this weekend in New York and take a game from the Yanks.
One last comment – I hate that there is fan voting for allstar games but particularly hate how early it starts in baseball. However, if I have to be honest and say which Jay(s) are deserving of an allstar nod this year based on performance so far in 2013, there is only one guy I would send: Casey Janssen. He is 10 for 10 in save opportunities and boasts an incredible line: a 0.69 ERA, 0.31 WHIP, .093 opponents batting average to go along with zero walks and 13 K’s in 13 innings. Wow! Is there a better closer in the game this season?