Friday, May 20, 2005

Blame Canada

Jays 6, Nats 1

I Like Cajun Food

Apparently, Vargas really does like Cajun food.

In all seriousness, I have serious beefs with two players after this game.

1) Claudio Vargas. He pitched fine through 3 and 2/3 innings. But in the fourth, he just kept missing his locations, and his breaking pitches flattened out. He grooved a gopher ball to Vernon Wells in the fourth that put the Jays up 2-1 and started the damage in the fourth. I really feel that he's 1-3 starts away from being major league ready. He needs a little more work, that's all. Vargas needs to get command of his pitches and work on mastering his breaking stuff. I don't think he particularly screwed up; I just think he's not quite good enough. He needs more work at AAA New Orleans.

2) Cristian Guzman. Two pathetic strikeouts in his first two at-bats. He could have very easily scooped up a ground-ball single in the first inning if he had put any effort into it. And in the fourth inning on Huckaby's RBI single, Guzzy went into a dive and the ball seemed to skip underneath his belly. If he was just a little effin smart, he would have gobbled that up.

The rotation should be this for now, with no exceptions: Hernandez, Patterson, Armas, Loaiza and Ohka (for now). Day has no confidence, and Vargas needs more polishing.

There's your rotation. Write it down, Frankie. Please!


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