Happy Kyle Drabek Day, everyone!
You’re about to get a glimpse of the future of the Toronto Blue Jays. Except JP Arencibia. He hasn’t started since September 1st, so why start now?
Anyway, the centerpiece of the Roy Halladay trade is making his Major League debut tonight against the Orioles. In New Hampshire this year, Drabek is 14-9 with a 2.94 ERA, a 1.19 WHIP and 7.3 K/9 in 162 IP. That includes a no hitter a few months ago.
FanGraphs has a nice write-up on Drabek, including an excerpt from Kieth Law’s article on Young Guns. In the end, who knows what we could get tonight. It could be a stunning introduction to Toronto’s next number one or a forgettable, painful, beginning to a not-so-special career. My bet is closer to the first one.
Drabek has all the stuff to lead to a very good major league career – possibly even ace status. A mid-90s fastball (reaching as high as 97) combined with a versatile power curve and a changeup in-the-works could produce an overpowering number one.
The kid is down for 3 starts to finish this season with Toronto, giving him about 20 total more innings, which is definitely work-able. This is a nice solid introduction but not enough to totally destroy him. Drabek is a few years off a Tommy John surgery that, one could argue, even improved his game. Expect him to thrown about 85 to 90 pitches tonight.
The game is going to be on Sportsnet One, which means absolutely nothing to me but to my friends North of the Border, that sucks! Be sure to check my Twitter. If I can find it online somewhere, I’ll be sure to post it.
NEXT ON THE DOCKET…
Toronto Blue Jays at Baltimore Orioles
September 15, 2010, 7:05 PM
By the way, we’re forgetting last nights game. Waste of my time to watch it so why would I write about it? Go Jays.
Brian Tallet. ‘Nuf said.
If you follow me on twitter (which you should: JaysSOTB), I’ve said that a few times, already. Does that really surprise anyone, though?
The most frustrating part of this was the circumstances. You’re tied 3-3, going into the bottom of the 11th. Brian Tallet,almost certainly the Jays worst reliever, has already pitched two scoreless (although, tense) innings of relief.
So, can someone please explain to me what he was doing coming back out? Another shining example of Cito’s managerial skills. Or not.
Of course, Tallet gives up the winning run as the Orioles walk off. But it just didn’t make any sense to me? Where was everyone else? You’ve got a bullpen chock-full of young arms and you decide to test the waters of Brian Tallet, again?
If it was up to me, Tallet would be in Vegas. Or somewhere else. I really don’t care, as long as hes not in Toronto. But, this man-crush that Cito has is getting a little old. Maybe Cito should take a trip to Vegas. It’s the first rule in gambling (which I would say that pitching Brian Tallet is, regardless of the situation, let alone for 3 innings)…
Quit while you’re ahead. You got two innings where he didn’t blow the game. Take it and run. You’ve got the arms. With the power that Toronto has, a quick lead is not out of reach. Leave it to Gregg to blow. But no. Blame Brian Tallet. And Cito. Again.
NEXT ON THE DOCKET…
The other Hill makes his second start for the Jays tonight in Camden Yards. I cant say I was impressed with his last start (uhm, at all) but it certainly wasn’t Rzepczyski-esque. We’ll see what happens. I’ll be tweeting the game, make sure you follow me for all the updates, commentary and rude remarks. Lineups coming atchya. Go Jays.
Toronto Blue Jays vs Tampa Bay Rays
September 14, 2010
Overbay (Hashtagless), 1B
Hill (Hashtagless), 2B
Lind (Hashtagless), DH
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