Can The Blue Jays Weather The Jose Reyes Injury?
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By Chuck Booth (Lead Baseball Analyst/Website Owner): Follow @chuckbooth3024
Jose Reyes was the best player acquired over the winter by the Toronto Blue Jays. He was supposed to be the Leadoff Hitter, provide speed and flash the glove at the Short Stop position.
The 30 Year Old was doing just that before going down in a heap at Second Base over the weekend stealing a bag.
Incredibly, the guy almost was injured even weeks doing the very same thing just a few weeks back.
Brett Lawrie was activated from the Disabled List last night. The initial plan was to maybe play him at Second Base, with Jose Bautista moving back to Third Base. This would put Maicer Izturis at Shortstop, with relegating Emilio Bonifacio to Right Field.
Jose Reyes Injury:
It was a pretty good plan until the two-time HR king was injured with back spasms while taking grounders on the Infield.
So it looks like the team will be playing Lawrie at 3rd Base, Joey Bats back to Right Field, Bonifacio will remain at Second Base and Maicer Izturis at Shortstop.
You have to at least give Alex Anthopoulos credit, the team is deep enough with interchangeable parts. Munenori Kawasaki can play as the back up Infielder until Reyes is hurt.
Don’t forget about Mark DeRosa.
With all of the moves lately, AA also plucked Casper Wells off of waivers.
With Bautista nursing a bad back, plus Adam Lind in a deep slump, it would be a great idea to use #19 at the Designated Hitter spot – and put Stolen Base threat Rajai Davis into the Outfield on a regular basis while Jose Reyes is out.
Edwin Encarnacion can play 1st base like he did much of last season in the same predicament.
You could see a lineup of Lawrie, Cabrera, Bautista, Encarnacion, J.P. Arencibia, Colby Rasmus, Izturis, Bonifacio and Davis. You could see your #8 and #9 hitters both steal close to 40 bases this year.
The Blue Jays were struggling on offense even before Reyes was hurt, however the teams pitching has stabilized since the Detroit Tigers series. The club won the series versus the Kansas City Royals – and then took the 1st game at home against the White Sox.
The Bullpen has been quite steady this season. They have converted all 5 Save Opportunities presented to them this year.
If both sides of the pitching equation can start clicking on all cylinders than the offense would just have to be average.
The team doesn’t have that many patient hitters in the lineup. Out of the positional starters, Melky Cabrera is leading the club currently at a .351 OBP clip. Again it is has a problem that has plagued the team for years. Low OBP and not high enough Batting Averages.
This is yet another reason to stock up on speed with adding Davis in the lineup.
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Posted on April 17, 2013, in The Rest: Everything Baseball and tagged @chuckbooth3024, adam lind, AL East, alex anthopoulos, brandon morrow, brett lawrie, Casey Janssen, casper wells, chicago white sox, Chuck Booth. fastest 30 ballgames, emilio bonifacio, j.a. happ, j.p. arencibia, jose bautista, jose reyes, kansas city royals, maicer izturis, mark buehrle, melky cabrera, miami marlins, munenori kawasaki, national league, new york mets, r.a. dickey, rajai davis, toronto, toronto blue jays. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.