She-Fan Exclusive: Personalized Scouting Report On Jays

The Yankees start a series against the Who-Knew Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday. But what do we really know about this team, other than that they play in Canada? Sure, they have a World Championship-winning manager and a Cy Young Award-winning pitcher. But what else? Who else? Should we be afraid?

Time to take a closer look.
* Leading off and playing shortstop: Marco Scutaro.
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Did you know he’s from Venezuela? Neither did I. All I knew was that he hit a homer off Mo in 2007 when he was with the A’s, and it traumatized me. He’s a pesky player and a Yankee killer. Beware.
* Batting second and playing second base: Aaron Hill.
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He’s the “other guy” who stole home against Andy Pettitte. It happened in May ’07 and I’d rather it didn’t happen again on Wednesday night.
* Batting third and playing right field: Alex Rios.
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His full name is Alexis Israel Rios, and although he’s of Puerto Rican heritage he was born in Alabama. Very multi-cultural. He had a 26-game hitting streak against the Yankees – the longest since 1936. In other words, he has the potential to hurt us.
* Batting cleanup and playing center field: Vernon Wells.
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His nickname is “V-Dub,” and he’s won three Gold Gloves. Like Scutaro, he has a walk-off homer against Mo on his resume. But he strained a hammy in spring training and broke his wrist last year. I predict his nickname for the series will be “V-Dud.”
* Batting fifth and DH-ing: Adam Lind.
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An Indiana native, Lind was plucked from minor league obscurity in ’08 by Cito Gaston and anointed as the team’s DH. On Opening Day this year, he recorded six RBIs – a Jays’ OD record. But let’s not get carried away. It was against the Tigers.
* Batting sixth and playing third base: Jose Bautista.
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A former Met, Oriole, Royal and Devil Ray, he was a Pirate when he was traded to the Jays for the proverbial “player to be named later.” So how good could he be? We’re talking about a utility infielder at best. Besides, he wears eye-black under his bottom lip. Bush league.
* Batting seventh and playing first base: Lyle Overbay.
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When he comes up to the plate, fans either chant a prolonged “Ooooooo” or hold up signs with the letter “O” in big letters. It doesn’t mean anything. He often grounds into double plays and even hit into a triple play last year. Let’s hope he keeps it up.
* Batting eighth and catching: Raul Chavez.
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A well-traveled veteran (he played for the Expos, so he must be 100 years old), the Venezuela-born catcher who was also with the Pirates, Orioles, Astros, Mariners and Yankees is known for his defense. Which is another way of saying he can’t hit.
* Batting ninth and playing left field: Travis Snider.
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He’s 21. In 2007 he was with the Lansing Lugnuts. Then he tore it up for the New Hampshire Fisher Cats. He was promoted to the big leagues in August ’08 and got his first hit off Carl Pavano. Enough said.
* Pitching: Roy Halladay.
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I know what he can do on the mound. But I didn’t know his real first name is Harry, which isn’t nearly as intimidating as “Doc.” Plus, while it’s been widely reported that he goes into “isolation mode” before and during each start, not talking to anyone or even nodding in recognition, I’ve learned that he also refuses all food and water. If the Yankees make him work, he could get hungry and thirsty early and succumb to a craving for a Snickers bar and a can of Ensure by the sixth.
Go Yankees.

28 Comments

Jane – you might need to be careful of Bautista; remember that other player from the Pirates who now plays in the AL East? Yeah – Jason Bay has been pretty successful against the Yankees. Oh – and Scott has paid off his “debt” and there are pictures up on my blog; he pulls it off very well!

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

Jane,
Do me a favor and break down the Red Sox for me like you did the Jays. It’ll make me feel better about our next three games. I’m staying optomistic after our sweep of KC. Good luck!
Lori
http://luckylori.mlblogs.com

Very informative preview. It’s always great to get someone else’s perspective on teams.Russhttp://wight4256.mlblogs.com

Jane,

Good breakdown. It will be a tough match with Doc on the mound, but I am an eternal optimist. As long as AJ pitches a good game we can take these guys.
I was at Camden Yards this weekend (the losing game of course. Even my Yankee hating uncle felt bad for us in the second inning). It is indeed a beautiful ballpark and I can definitely see going down there again. I loved the large amount of Yankee fans.
The funny thing was my tickets had “All You Can Eat” printed on them. I was perplexed and asked a stadium employee what that was all about. Sure enough the section we were sitting in (left field, club level) offers all you can eat hot dogs, peanuts, popcorn, sodas and nachos until the 7th inning! I had no idea. I had a good time with my family, but went home from the game disappointed with my teams performance and with a belly ache.

that was fun jane. there is a wonderful documentary on the lives of minor leaguers done a few years ago ( i will try to come up with the name) that scutaro was in—it made me forgive him over the home run–and yes, that was a very traumatizing moment. cito gaston has the midas touch…unlike some…

Great breakdown! I love your unique commentary. Through it all, seems like the Jays have a good lineup.
http://kaybee.mlblogs.com

“the Venezuela-born catcher who was also with the Pirates, Orioles, Astros… Which is another way of saying he can’t hit.”
Aaah, good times. No Astros catcher has ever been a hitter except Biggio, and he ended up at second anyway.
Eye black on the chin? Really? That looks… unbelievably stupid. But something’s gotta be clicking for them this year, considering how they’ve jumped out of the gate.
Kylie — http://kylie.mlblogs.com

“[Raul Chavez] s known for his defense. Which is another way of saying he can’t hit.” I am going to steal this line for my next sportsbar roundtable at the local watering hole. They will all think I’m hilarious.
–Jeff
http://redstatebluestate.mlblogs.com/

Ah, it’s aboot time for the Jays, eh? This is always tuff for me — yes, I’m a lifetime Yankee fan, but I was born there, and recall going to see Toronto Maple Leafs baseball games (yes, they had a AAA ballclub with the same name as the hockey team — back in the day when there were the Montreal Royals, too)! They’re my #2 MLB fave, which is really tuff when they’re in our division, but say la vee. Beware of V-Dub and Rios, and that kid Aaron Hill has been on a LOT of video hi-lites this season, for what that’s worth…”Overbite” has some power, and Bautista has one of the world’s weirdest batting stances (you’ll see)…at least the Jays DO beat the Red Sox once in a while, unlike the Bosox Puppy Dog Orioles, so maybe Trawna can even the scales for us…but are the Jays today’s Rays? Time will tell…and P.S., so glad that you didn’t even mention the fires today — I hope that means you can breathe a whole lot easier now…

We have a good Pirate too, Julia. Unfortunately, Nady is having plasma rich blood injected into his arm right now! Alas, all Pirates are not created equal.

I’d be happy to break down the Red Sox for you, Lori, but the Yankees haven’t been very successful against them this year. Just have your guys doing their running game. It’ll drive them nuts.

Glad you liked it, Russ!

Sorry you had to watch the Yankees lose that day, Cheshirecat, but glad you enjoyed Camden Yards. Your All-You-Can-Eat story is funny. I never got that printed on my tickets, which is probably a good thing. I would have had a bellyache too.

Scutaro will live in infamy, Mike! Forever! And yes, Cito is cool, but he can’t go out there and play.

I guess we’ll find out tonight how good it is, Kaybee.

Kylie, I’m hoping that the “something” that’s been clicking for them this year evaporates into thin air – tonight.

I’d be honored, Jeff. Always happy to provide material for your local watering hole.

Dave, I guess tonight will put you in conflict. I wouldn’t blame you for having divided loyalties. And yes, the fires are almost contained. We’re having yet another day of heavy fog, and the winds they predicted never materialized. Whew.

I love this! Great idea for an opposing-team preview. Very insightful and hilarious information; I had no idea Alex Rios was so multicultural!
Paige
http://bestof162.mlblogs.com

I didn’t either, Paige. He’s also a really good player, so I hope he doesn’t do damage against the Yanks.

Love this breakdown, Jane. I have to agree, that eyeblack under the bottom lip is really crazy – almost as bad as women who paint on fake beauty marks ala Cindy Crawford. Sheesh – what’s next?

I have to say – I love the name Marco Scutaro. What a GREAT name! And Harry Halladay? Hmm. Definitely not too intimidating. Sounds like he should be doing vaudeville or some nightclub act with Billy Crystal (“Mr. Saturday Night”).

Good luck with the Jays. My Sox are headed West to confront the Angels. Late night baseball. Thank God for DVR.

Jen
http://faithful.mlblogs.com

His real name is Harry Halladay? Ewwww. I can see why he prefers ‘Roy’ or ‘Doc’. Poor guy, he must’ve gotten picked on a lot as a kid.-Erinhttp://plunking-gomez.mlblogs.com

Adam Lind – there’s a name I haven’t heard in a while. We actually saw him playing for the Dunedin Blue Jays (single-A) a few summers ago, when we went on vacation. Florida in August is really hot and humid – I think we were a little nuts to actually choose this as our vacation, but it was fun checking out some of the minor league teams.
Glad that it seems the wildfire situation is getting under control!
Still trying to find a good picture to submit to your contest – I may have to use an old one.
Sue
Rants, Raves, and Random Thoughts

Harry Halladay does sound like a nightclub act, Jen! I can see him now in the Catskills! One of the great things about living in CA (besides having excellent firefighters) is being able to watch West Coast games at a normal time. No late nights when my team comes out here. But having to watch day games at 10 am is a drag.

I bet he was called Roy from infancy, Erin, since his middle name is Leroy. But why do parents give their kids these names?

I never minded the summers in FL, Sue, except for the hurricanes. But now that I think about it, they were easier to deal with than wildfires. Yes, the situation is much, much better here, thanks. I look forward to your pic, whichever one you choose!

Well if former Expo players must be nearing 100-years-old then I wonder if carbon dating could give us a good time range on the Expo jersey Jeff liked to wear in his breakdowns with Allen?
Tom
http://rockymountainway.mlblogs.com

Tom, maybe Jeff is 100 years old and just looks good for his age.

Was that triple play against the Indians and was it unassisted and made by one Asdrubal Cabrera? I think so! haha
I will warn you not to underestimate Lind, he’s pretty good. Those top two in the lineup are pretty dangerous. I don’t think you have to worry too much about stealing either because they don’t do that much this year.
I am very interested to see how the Blue Jays play in their division.
Melissa
http://clemsongirlbaseball.mlblogs.com

Hey Jane, I love how you scout players based on whether they have homered off of Mo :-) Did you see that a seat back from the old Yankee Stadium signed by Mo is in an auction of things they are selling off? It’s on the Yanks site now. Ashhttp://ashleymarshall.mlblogs.com

You got the triple play, Melissa. Astrubal was the guy! I will be on guard for Lind and am looking forward to the game to see what the Jays are all about this year.

Ash, that’s my litmus test: If they’ve homered off Mo they must be good. And yes, I did see that the seat signed by him is being auctioned. I’m dying to buy something, but I’m waiting for the prices to come down (like the ticket prices – ha ha).

The Jays are going to be tough. It’s gonna be a vital series in the A.L. East. If the Yanks can take at least two from them, the Jays will go down in the standings and the Yanks will slide right up. I also love how you have so many comments. Check out my blog and comment if you want.
-Dillon
http://demboysfromthebronx.mlblogs.com

Hey, Dillon. Our boys aren’t doing so well right now. We’re down 3-0 in the sixth. Halladay has shut everybody down so far!

It seems as though Burnett isn’t as good as he thought he was…a 5-1 loss to who other than Roy Halliday. Maybe next time!!! Hope not.
http://irishsoxkid19.mlblogs.com

Losing to Halladay is practically a Yankees tradition, irishsoxkid. I don’t know how anybody beats him.

Jane,
I had forgotten where Scott was after he left St. Louis. Glad we do not have to face Halladay. Bad pic of Material girl.
Emma
http://crzblue.mlblogs.com/

I think it is good that nobody really knows a lot of these Jays. I know them, and that is good enough for me. It was a great series to watch, I attended the Halladay versus Burnett battle. It was a hard fought epic. I personally believe the better pitcher won.

You guys owned us in the last two games though! Johnny Damon is a machine this year!

I will officially start believing that the Jays will make the playoffs, if we win this next series in Boston. Although, as it stands right now, Boston could sweep us and we’d still be in first place. The lead is getting greater, and it is making me very happy.

http://homerfoodandhistory.mlblogs.com/

The Jays won again today, Jeremy. They’re really on a roll. I think you’re right and the series at Fenway will be key. In the meantime, enjoy your victories!

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