I’m going to be honest. Baseball withdrawal is more difficult than one could imagine. Yesterday I was helping a friend make his homemade stout (whilst also sampling his previous brews) so couldn’t get a look in on the Jays series finale against the Brewers. And later in the day I was out with both Big and Little Yorks’ so couldn’t listen to the C’s home opener. I’m not sure how much further to go with this. Give a rundown of both losses? Or just move on, like I have with the Canucks the last 38 years.
Fuck it, let’s move on. Last night, both the C’s and the Jays lost. Not much else to say.
Tonight the Jays are chilling in Miami (probably at JPA’s house) and the C’s try to even their series with the Tri-City Dust Devils. Of course, the C’s defeated the DDs for the 2011 Northwest League title, but the DDs may think they have the better logo. I mean, how can you not think that’s a true Dust Devil?
I meant to post this before the start of the game, but family issues intervened and believe we are currently in the 3rd. Thanks to Team1040 for the call. I was going to do a post on tonight’s starter anyways so let’s take a look at Taylor Cole:
He was nothing if not consistent when it came to being drafted, having being taken in the 26th, 31st, and 29th rounds in ’08, ’09, and ’11 respectively.
Out of high school he played both SS and pitched, which is why he was drafted in the middle rounds after HS. After dedicating himself to the mound full time, he decided to take 2 years off to go on a mission for his church. Upon its completion he returned to college, attending BYU where, after striking out 67 in his sophomore season he was taken and signed by the Jays.
The Blue Jays have a history of taking on projects (see my article on John Stilson), whether it be through injury or circumstances such as Taylor’s mission. Prior to taking time off of baseball, he consistently hit 95 on the radar gun, but at BYU he could only touch the low 90s. The Jays, as they often do, took a flier hoping Taylor could get his arm back up to speed.
His first year in pro ball was mediocre at best which sees him repeating at Vancouver. Turning 23 in August means he really needs to get going if he wishes to make an impression. So far he has thrown 11 innings of 1 run ball. Let’s hope that continues, and the Jays see something in Taylor, meaning he sees himself up in Lansing around the All-Star Break.
Because, really, after his first appearance in Bluefield. We need to see Dan Norris asap:
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