2007-05-03 Toronto Blue Jays (McGowan) at Cleveland Indians (Lee)
May 3, 2007 1:05pm CST
The Jays here are trying to avoid being swept in a series in which they probably should have been the ones completing the sweep. They had Burnett go in the first game, and had Cleveland down to their last pitcher yesterday. Both starters for both teams are making their 2007 debuts tonight and ours looks to have much more potential than theirs. I try not to show it much, but I am a huge fan of offenses that go deep into counts and waste pitches. Knowing the pitch count era for what it is, I know that the more wasted pitches, the shorter a starter lasts. I am hoping that the Jays can do that. I want Cliff Lee out of there ASAP, make him throw 20 pitches an inning, he'll be out in 5 for SURE, maybe even 4. Cleveland used EVERY pitcher last night, I'm hoping that makes half of them unavailable for tonight. Maybe that'll lead to their starter being in too long and screwing up. That's what the Jays need to do to win this game, spend the first third burning the starter, spend the 2nd 3rd clobbering whoever comes in and spend the final third of the game holding on for dear life. What are your thoughts on the game?
3 May 07
I agree with your pitch count theory.. i always admire the batters who know how to work a count.. I think of the Yankees beating us down over the years and how effective guys like Sheffield were at it. We stretched their bullpen last night so if we get this guy out early hopefully cleves bullpen is tired. Do you really think McGowan has potential to be a starter? He has had good games in the past but he's still working on a lot of inconsistencies..
3 May 07
It appears to me that he has the exact opposite problem that Towers does. He can't throw strikes. To me, that means he's likely got no confidence and is too scared. There is no way he'd be this hyped if he truly just didn't have the ability to throw it in the strike zone. I think if he had Halladay's attitude, he'd be at LEAST as good as Chacin, maybe Burnett (at least based on the hype) the only problem is he's taken too long to get there, and it's going to be tough at the beginning. He's going to be roughed up before he truly gets good and I don't think anybody will have the patience for that.