Inching towards mediocrity.


Silver Sluggers. (Now with 88% less Robinson Cano!)

Aaron Hill and Adam Lind

Well.

Quick baseball related interlude here, and then we’ll return you to your regularly scheduled “24-centric” programming.

The MLB handed out their annual Golden Glove and Silver Slugger awards, and while the Blue Jays were shut out in defense, they made a big impact in offense.

Only three teams in the entire MLB had multiple recipients of Silver Slugger awards – The New York Yankees (World Series Champions), the LA Dodgers (National League West Champions) and the Toronto Blue Jays (American League East Fourth Place Champions.)

Aaron Hill, our All-Star second basemen, and Adam Lind our All-Star-in-our-hearts designated hitter, each brought home the award.

Congratulations, boys, and hopefully these two will remain the faces of the franchise for a long time – something we’ll definitely need after we inevitably trade Halladay.

Edit:

Huh. It seems that this just happens to be my 32nd blog post.

Roy Halladay’s number.

GUESS HE’S STAYING AFTER ALL, FOLKS.

Please don’t quote me on that.



Over the Hill

Well.

Great game last night between the respective fourth and fifth place teams in the American League East – our Toronto Blue Jays and the Baltimore Orioles.

It was a good game to be sure – multiple home runs from third basemen Edwin Encarnacion, leading a rally in the eighth to take the game into extra innings.

But the real story here was second basemen Aaron Hill’s 99th, and then 100th, RBI of the season – a career high for the first time All-Star.

Hill’s 99th RBI came courtesy of a solo home run in the third inning – which was quickly followed by a second solo shot from Encarnacian, tying the game at 2.

The Orioles reclaimed the lead, 5-2, and it didn’t look like the Jays were going to mount much of a comeback. However, a two-run homer from Encarnacion in the eighth, followed by a bases-loaded-hit-by-a-pitch-walk-off-Jose-Bautista (there has GOT to be a better way to say that), tied the game and extended it into the tenth inning, after the Jays failed to bring anymore men home.

The game remained deadlocked until the bottom of the 11th – when Aaron Hill’s walk off double scored Bautista, notched Hill’s 100th RBI, and won the game in suitably dramatic fashion.

The Jays have not been great this season when it comes to extra inning games, walk off wins, or comebacks. But thanks to the ever reliable Mr. Hill, they were able to pull it off, certifying a sweep against Baltimore this series, and certifying Aaron’s reputation as a prominent, and hopefully long-lasting, cornerstone of this team.



Weekend Wrap-Up

Well.

Hell of a series in Toronto this weekend! The Blue Jays and the visiting New York Yankees battled back and forth, each winning two games in this four game series. It was an impressive showing from both teams, but especially from the beleaguered Blue Jays – at this point ANY win is a good win for the club, and two wins against the best team in the Majors? Not bad at all.

Too bad it’s September.

At times, even I get a little bit confused as to why I still care so much. Loyalty to a team is one thing, but at this point, in this season, there’s very little to hang on to – except maybe finishing strong, preferably over .500. I just happen to like these guys, and love to see them do well, even this late in a go-nowhere season. Roy Halladay pitched a one-hitter agains the Bronx Bombers on Friday, allowing the Jays a 6-0 win, his 14th of the season. Does it matter? Not really – but it matters to Halladay’s stats, and it’s a helluva lot of fun to watch.

I guess what I’m trying to say is this: while the Jays are clearly out of contention for this year, and maybe even for next year, I still remain eternally hopeful. The pieces are certainly there. Halladay remains one of the most dominating pitchers in baseball. Aaron Hill had a break-out year at 2nd base, making the All-Star roster and hitting over 30 home-runs. Adam Lind has turned into a fantastic batter, posting an average above .300 and hitting almost 30 homers himself. Marco Scutaro had a break-year as well, becoming one of the most delightful short-stops in baseball, with a respectable batting average. Rod Barajas is a nice clutch hitter. Ricky Romero looks to be on his way to becoming an amazing starting pitcher himself, Jason Frasor a respectable closer. Randy Ruiz, a career minor leaguer, has brought a huge bat to the lineup. Even the perpetually slumping Vernon Wells has shown us that he still has the stuff in the outfield, making some truly spectacular catches. And John McDonald continues to be just all around amazing.

Will we see October baseball next year? Doubtful. But if the pieces in our lineup manage to come together into a cohesive whole, we may at least see some Wild Card spot action. Not the actual spot, mind you – just the fun of vying for it. We’re in a tough division; the Yankees and the Red Sox are consistently dominant, and the Rays seem to want it a lot more than we do.

Regardless, I’m going to keep watching this lost season. And I’ll be back NEXT season, and the season after that.

Not matter where we are in the standings.