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  1. Hasn’t been a great season?

    What are we basing that on? Going into the season, I think expectations were a lot worse than what we have shown, like Baltimore bad.

    I’d say Toronto has been pleasantly above expectations. With a bit of bad luck mixed in, we probably should have a better record than we do.

    One of Canada’s most influential Canadians in baseball? Is Canada that weak?

    Comment by JD — May 4, 2010 @ 2:09 pm

  2. You’re really finding fault with “hasn’t been a great season.” I didn’t say it was terrible… I didn’t say it was great. You could argue that any team that isn’t in first is not having a “great” season.

    I’ve said previously that they’ve played better than expected.

    Seriously, do you really need to nitpick like that? Or are you just uncapable of making a positive comment, JD? You seem to have a bir in y’er britches.

    Comment by Marc Hulet — May 4, 2010 @ 2:28 pm

  3. Showing his grips to second base from the stretch would be the least of his concerns in that aspect, seeing how the flyback he has with his left arm used to fully expose his grip to the batter. The key phrase here is used to.

    Comment by opisgod — May 4, 2010 @ 2:36 pm

  4. “Hasn’t been a great season” to me means in comparison to expectations because a ‘great’ season for Toronto is different than say, New York.

    Comment by JD — May 4, 2010 @ 2:44 pm

  5. What do you think this rotation will do for the rest of the year? How much of this performance do you think is sustainable?

    Comment by CSJ — May 4, 2010 @ 2:56 pm

  6. Dang it! He was available in my deep keeper, and I was watching and waiting and watching and waiting to pick him up…. primarily because he is supposed to be a ground ball pitcher, but in his first two starts he didn’t get ground balls, he got lucky.

    Comment by BobLoblaw — May 4, 2010 @ 4:46 pm

  7. Not to be snooty, but it’s not that deep a keeper league if Brett Cecil wasn’t owned.

    Comment by Nivarsity — May 4, 2010 @ 7:54 pm

  8. Showing your grip as a left hander to the runner on second is difficult to do. This is an effect of the TV center field camera angle that looks more glaring than it actually is. Clayton Kerhsaw does the same thing and has since he entered the league. Clearly no one has told him that the runner at second can see it, because he can’t.

    You try leading off second base and seeing a lefty’s grip who’s showing it like Cecil and Kershaw do. The fact is, you can’t. If he were a righty, of course, this would be a different story.

    Comment by D-Rock — May 4, 2010 @ 11:09 pm

  9. Wow, should I find Webster’s definition for “great”? I don’t think anyone considers 15-13 to be great. Exceeding expectations? Most definitely. But just because you’re not as awful as people thought you would be doesn’t make you great.

    Comment by Damon Stryker — May 5, 2010 @ 12:15 pm

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