Since today is an off day for the Jay’s I figured I would talk a little bit about what is going on around the MLB. Last night the Paul Konerko of the White Sox, known mostly for his bat, did
something special with his glove. With runners on first and second and nobody out, Minnesota’s Luis Castillo attempted a sacrifice bunt. The bunt which was popped up along the first base line, was caught by Konerko and with the runners on the move, simply flipped a throw to first where Tadahito Iguchi relayed it on to second for the triple play. The play lasted about 3 seconds, but after it was all said and done the White Sox, who were clinging to a 9-7 lead at the time got out of a jam with no damage.
Now for some Jay’s news. Gustavo Chacin(5-1, 5.31) who injured his arm in his last outing against the Oakland Athletics, participated in some
soft toss with pitching coach Brad Arnsberg on Sunday and did not appear to have any lingering effects from the sprain. The Blue Jays at this point are trying to avoid sending Chacin to the 15-day DL, hoping he maybe will only miss 1 or 2 starts. Chacin is not scheduled to pitch again until Saturday in Colorado, at that time we may hear whether or not Chacin will go on the DL or whether the Jays will try to start someone from the bullpen in his place.
What do Alex Rios, Vernon Wells and Shea Hillenbrand all have in common? They are all among the Top 5 in MLB for batting average. Rios sits in second spot with a .367 AVG, Wells and
Hillenbrand are 4th and 5th respectfully with a .358 and .346 AVG. These three batsmen have combined for 68 RBI and 22 HR. It’s suffice to say that the Toronto Blue Jays have gotten the most out of their offense so far this season.
Lets turn our attention to the AL East Division race. We are 37 games into the 2006 season and so far so good for the Jays. Although there is room for improvements(read: Pitching), the Jays have kept themselves in the race and as of me writing this, sit only 1 game back on the Red Sox and Yankees. But let’s be honest here, we all know that for the Blue Jays to contend deep into September our pitching has to turn around. Josh Towers may have given us a light at the end of the tunnel yesterday, if he can turn his season around and Chacin and Burnett can get healthy, than I truly believe the Jays are the team to beat in the AL East. Now, those are a lot of "ifs", but professional sports as a whole live on "ifs", so as far as our "if" goes……….only time will tell.