I don’t look at every box score every day. I should, and I used to. Back when they were all on a single newspaper page. Which they still are, I guess. I just don’t look at those pages any more.
Anyway, maybe I shouldn’t have been surprised when I got to the ballpark Friday night and discovered that Dioner Navarro was batting cleanup for the Blue Jays. Or that Nolan Reimold, so recently released by a contending team, was batting fifth. Or that Danny Valencia, so recently released by a run-starved contending team, was batting seventh. Or that Munenori Kawasaki and Ryan Goins were both in the lineup, too.
I will, on the other hand, be surprised if this current group of players is good enough to win a division title.
With Encarnacion and Lawrie? Sure. Full speed ahead and damn the stupid torpedoes. But without them? I kinda don’t think this is going to work.
Dept of Corrections: No, Danny Valencia wasn’t released by the Royals. He was traded for two Triple-A players, one of whom might be considered a Grade B- prospect. Point stands, I think. The Jays need to get healthy.