Will Carroll chimed in on Roy Halladay’s progress and while he doesn’t come out and say it, things appear to be progressing nicely. He says a return late next week is even a possibility and if he can do it without needing a rehab start, all the better.
In the meantime, the weekend series the Jays had against the Phillies didn’t go very well with two losses and only one win. The win was fun though, with Shawn Marcum having another nice start and both Lyle Overbay and Matt Stairs driving in four runs each. Stairs has been a solid pickup and in limited time, he’s posted a .972 OPS. Even if he regresses to around .800, he gives the Jays a quality left handed bat to use off the bench.
Vernon Wells has to heat up though. His OPS is hovering right around .800 and it has to be better for that fat paycheck. I’m optimistic that he’ll turn around but the question is, can he do it while it still matters because the Jays are 10 1/2 games back of the Red Sox.
Next up is a three game series against the Orioles. It’ll be A.J. Burnett going up against Danny Cabrera. Probably the oddest number I saw was the Burnett had more walks then Cabrera so it looks like he’s turned the corner after a tough 2006. Hopefully the Jays can derail that progress.
Looks like I didn’t miss much while I was gone. Our network suffered some internet malfunctions that made it so I couldn’t post hence the abscence. Then again, a nine game losing streak and a Roy Halladay injury isn’t all that much to talk about so i got back just in time when the Jays are starting to pick it up.
They won for the fourth time in the last five games with a 2-1 win over the Orioles. Jesse Litsch made his major league debut and performed about as well as you could ask. He gave up just one run on four hits and three walks with a strikeout in 8 1/3 innings. Welcome to the bigs Litsch.
Vernon Wells, while it’s hard to say that he’s struggling, is still stuck on four homeruns. It sure would be nice to see Wells heat up because that’d go a long way towards the Jays putting together an even extended winning streak.
A.J. Burnett will go for the sweep tomorrow. Still though, the Jays have a long way to go to get back to just .500 so we have to take this one game at a time.
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