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The Blue Jays seem to be figuring it out


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blog-0902391001577116867.pngHubert Humphrey coined the term "cold Omaha" when he said that the Twin Cities would be a Cold Omaha without professional sports. I believe the Blue Jays must have thought they did not want to be a Canadian Minnesota if they did not sign some players and make the club interesting.

 

Well the Twins are interesting and last year they were winning. Now we do not have Schoop and we hope (and I expect) that Arraez will not regress. We do not have CJ Cron and we hope we have someone to replace his bat and glove and we do not have Juan Castro so we write about how Avila is actually better than Castro (are we dreaming?).

 

Our pitching got us to the playoffs, but could not win a game in the playoffs. We did pull Berrios too soon, the bats did go quiet, and we had no one beyond Odorizzi to stop the bleeding except Mr Dobnak. So we have signed our top three pitchers (actually we have not given Berrios the extension he needs) and we let go the last two pitchers, but we have not signed anyone to take their place meaning that we expect our rookie/young guys to step in and fill the positions. Fine.

 

The Blue Jays had two down years and they told their fans that the are going to do something about that. So they signed Ryu - a pitcher we were told would not want to leave the warm west coast. Does he know that Toronto is south only if you live in Canada? (Disclaimer - I know they are south of Minneapolis - https://www.ctvnews.ca/sports/who-s-the-north-portland-minneapolis-teams-question-raptors-claim-1.2168407)

 

They also signed Travis Shaw (his name has appeared on some Twins posts too). They signed Tanner Roark, they traded for Chase Anderson (pitcher), they are taking a chance on Matt Shoemaker making a comeback and they signed Japanese pitcher Shun Namaguchi too. And they still have Ken Giles (forget about the Twins trade for him - it is not going to happen).

 

And by the way, they have that young nucleaus - Bichette, Gurerro, and Biggio too (and I do not mean their fathers). I believe we have also talked about our window being now because of our young nucleus.

 

What next? Oh, they are talking to the Red Sox about acquiring David Price who once pitched for the Jays.

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All i can say is 4 years is too much for Ryu and hope he has fun pitching in that division. Balls have a tendency to fly out of all those parks.

That is fine, but I suspect the Twins would have been happy to experiment with him in the rotation.  At least many of the TD writers would.

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All i can say is 4 years is too much for Ryu and hope he has fun pitching in that division. Balls have a tendency to fly out of all those parks

Some folks around here mentioned 3 years / $75M as an expected contract for him, so the extra year and extra $5M aren't issues. The issue is do you want him at the top of your rotation?

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Toronto is still a 4th place team in ALE. I believe they will trade pending Free Agents like Giles and chase Anderson at the deadline when the Yankees, Red Sox and Ray's are ahead of them.

 

Aside from Ryu all of their moves are geared towards 20-21. I dont see them making the playoffs in 2020 with the current group. They still have a ways to go. Reminds me of the Reds last year, cool that they want to put a decent team out there but they still aren't good.

 

I think Bichette and Vald jr are forcing their hand when the rebuild wasnt complete.

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Toronto is still a 4th place team in ALE. I believe they will trade pending Free Agents like Giles and chase Anderson at the deadline when the Yankees, Red Sox and Ray's are ahead of them. Aside from Ryu all of their moves are geared towards 20-21. I dont see them making the playoffs in 2020 with the current group. They still have a ways to go. Reminds me of the Reds last year, cool that they want to put a decent team out there but they still aren't good. I think Bichette and Vald jr are forcing their hand when the rebuild wasnt complete.

They aren't good because they are in the AL east, where would the Twins be in that division.  I like the fact that the Jays are trying to close the gap.

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They aren't good because they are in the AL east, where would the Twins be in that division.  I like the fact that the Jays are trying to close the gap.

The Twins had a 20-12 (.625) record against the AL East. That is right in line with their .623 winning percentage. I think they would be okay. 2nd to the Yankees probably.

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The Twins had a good winning percentage against the west, as well. (including 4-3 vs the Astros ) They only faltered in interleague play. 

 

Also, I think that if the Twins were in the AL East, conceivably they could have added to their home run total, because every park in the division(except Tampa) is a launching pad.

 

 

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