Scott Richmond is the 14th Canadian to play for the Jays…
…Since June 20, 2008 Cito Gaston & the Toronto Blue Jays have the best record in all of baseball and 18-9 ties the best start in franchise history back in ’92. The Jays won their first 5 (and then 6) series to start the season for the 1st time ever. How are they doing it?
I say the biggest reason is their bullpen. 3 Jays relief pitchers threw 16 of 18 pitches for strikes last Sunday and they are doing what you are supposed to do coming out of the pen. Throw strikes and get guys out. All one has to do is go look at the Cleveland Indians pen and see how a bad start can be traced back to a bad pen doing the opposite to what the Jays are doing.
J.P. Ricciardi is much maligned by the Toronto media (and me) for his arrogance and the fact that he is in the 7<sup>th</sup> year of a 5 year plan that has resulted in no playoff appearances or anything close to a pennat race. One thing (and maybe his strength) he has done is bring relief pitchers in that nobody wanted and then they become quality short inning guys here. Does anyone remember when he stole Accardo from the Giants for Hillenbrand?
Probably the best case in point is current Jays closer Scott Downs who JP brought in off the scrap heap. He bounced around before coming to Toronto where he’s currently the anchor of one of the best relief corps in baseball. Stay tuned to see how this turns out, but don’t look now as JP has another guy down in Triple-A pitching lights out in relief. How soon can Jonah Bayliss be up to help the big club?
What did WAMCO stand for on the ’93 Jays? The top of the Jays order that year was Devon White, Roberto Alomar (on the 2010 HoF Ballot), Paul Molitor, Joe Carter & John Olerud.