Quick Hits: Blue Jays Home Opener

Blue Jays fans left the SkyDome Rogers Centre last night drunk, pissed off and wandering the streets aimlessly looking for Billy Koch and his fantastic facial hair, hoping that he can still close games for us.

It was a tough loss guys, I hear you. BUT it was only game 4 of a 162 game season.

Let me shock you with this: we’re going to have tough losses this season…get over it.

Let’s take a closer look at last night:

The Good:

Henderson Alvarez

Man, I really love this guy. So calm, so poised, and so dirty with that fastball. For a 21-year old, he sure kept his emotions in check last night. After he gave up that home run to Dustin-don’t-call-me-shorty-Pedroia, I was really interested what his next pitch would be –  it was a fastball right down the plate. He’s obviously confident in his stuff, and won’t let a big hit throw him off his game.

 And I can’t tell you how awesome that is.

Next up for Alverez are the Orioles, who are in for a real treat. I’m really excited to see what this kid can do for us this year.

Colby Rasmus

 Colby, again, showed us why AA was so excited to sign him. His defense, base speed and quick bat were on full display last night. He’s still got some work to do at the plate, but he’s slowly turning into one of our most exciting players. When he turned 2B and dug in for that triple, I was at the edge of my seat cheering him on. This guy can flat out run, and I think we’re all going to enjoy watching him in Center Field for a long time in T.O.

Kelly Johnson

Although he looks like a suburban dad on his way to drive the kids to soccer practice, KJ has been really impressive at the plate so far. This guy won’t give up, and has such a nice approach when he’s facing 2 strikes.  His best highlight was the double play he turned with Escobar. When a guy can catch and release that fast, he can play 2B for me any day. I love the double play, even more than the homerun, and we have quite the middle infield to watch this season.


You got to love how fast this team is! With the exception of Arencibia and Lind, we have some diiiirty fast base runners. I can’t remember a Jays team that had this many burners.  Speed on the bases is crucial. It creates more scoring chances, gets in opposing pitchers’ heads and keeps us out of some double plays.

 …just another reason why these guys are so fun to watch.

 The Bad:

Sergio Santos

Tough game for him. He’s had 2 save opportunities in this young season and has blown both of them. The fans had every right to boo him off the field, especially with those 25 blown saves from last year looming in their heads. But, let’s remember that this is a raw arm. A converted shortstop, Santos still has a lot to learn about pitching. Give him some time, he’s not going to blow 25 saves!

I think Santos’ problem last night was that he was too fired up, and was overthrowing his fastball. Location is key, and with time he’ll learn how to settle himself down and just pitch.

Jose Bautista

0-4 with a double play. Ouch.

Everyone has bad games, even the Great Jose. He’ll bounce back tonight, I have no doubt.


On a side note, I loved how fired up the fans were. The logos in the seats are AWESOME, and the RC looked great on TV last night…with the exception of that hideous carpet.

I’m looking forward to tonight, and to see what Drabek brings to the table. But for now, everyone needs to relax, it’s only been a week!

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