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Dickey: off a Cy Young year has his worst ERA/ERA+ since 2009
Buehrle: worst ERA+ for him since 2006
Johnson: worst ERA+ for him since 2007, 2nd lowest inning total since 2008
Morrow: worst ERA+ ever by 17 points, lowest IP total ever (including relief years)
Romero: 11.05 ERA, removed from 40 man roster...twice
Happ: hit in head by baseball while pitching
Lets put Goins at 1.4 WAR
3) Other disasters were Wang (-0.6), Ortiz (-0.2), Romero (-0.3), Laffey (-0.1) and Nolin (-0.3) lets assume 0 WAR replacements (1.5 WAR improvement)
As much as I came to loathe JPR by the end, are we really in that much better shape with AA?
Hey, the Jays' starting catcher from last year is now the starter in Texas, after Geovany Soto had surgery. That's gotta transfer a few wins Toronto's way.
Wait a minute... Jays are due for some bad luck?????
I haven't paid much attention to roster construction yet, have they confirmed they're going with a 8 man bullpen?
I can understand why Arencibia might quit Twitter in a huff. What I don't understand is how he got 145,000 followers to start with.
one of the other young Jays (I can't recall which at the moment)
I mean, I admit I'm about as pessimistic as it's possible to be (I honestly don't expect the Jays to finish above .500 more than a handful of times during the remainder of my life), but look at this freaking ballclub: why on earth should I be anything else?
I was figuring I'd live about forty more years or so. And, yeah, I'm aware that that's well beyond any sane projection thresholds, but: what exactly could cause things to start going right with this team? What circumstances are going to change? I mean, if circumstances change, I'll reevaluate. I think it's a pretty stable situation, though.
If you don't expect anything to change then I'd figure you'd be expecting win totals varying from 75 to 85 wins until the end of time.
I fully expect the Jays to win 75 games this year, but I'm still excited to watch Jose Reyes play SS, the best stories in baseball play 1b and RF, see more of the knuckleball and hope for Stroman and Lawrie to be great.
this is a team that won only 74 games last season, a team that finished next-to-last in the American League with a 4.81 rotation ERA, a team that figured to make a bigger acquisition than free-agent catcher Dioner Navarro this winter.
The Phillies first attempt at win-now (Jim Thome, David Bell, Kevin Millwood trade) didn't work too well. But it didn't doom them forever.
It remains possible that the Blue Jays could at some point hire a GM with the amazing abilities of Pat Gillick.
Wow, the Jays fans in here are overly pessimistic.
I was under the impression they signed Brent Morel (yay?) to back up 3B and 2B and act as a platoon mate, but then the DFAd him to make room for superstar in waiting Liam Hendricks.
The Pirates just claimed Morel on waivers. I don't really understand that one...
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