That excitement about the Jays’ first six games? Yeah, it’s starting to wear off. Juuuuuust a little. This afternoon’s 6-3 sleeper against the Angels marked Toronto’s second straight loss and fourth in six games since coming home, dropping them to 7-5 on the young season.
Brian Tallet was bad (are we still wasting a rotation spot on him?), the bats were quiet and our pair of “closers” didn’t do much to keep us in late when we were at least in the game. But forget about that. Let’s talk about Cito Gaston. Yes, the great Cito Gaston of back-to-back World Series fame. The guy that was the greatest man in the world 20 years ago and for some reason still is to a high percentage of the Jays’ mostly-uneducated fan base.
Lyle Overbay, who Gaston handed the full reigns to at first base this spring despite having a potential 30-homer man on the bench, came in hitting .070 (3-for-43) and without a hit against a lefty since 2006. So why not throw him in the lineup against Joe Saunders? And why not bat him fifth? Yeah, that’s what Gaston did, effectively handing the game to the Angels before it even started. Has there been a more braindead manager in the history of game?
Okay, so Overbay wasn’t the reason the Jays lost today — he actually broke an 0-for-17 slump with an RBI double in the eighth — but with decisions like this from our savvy, motivated manager, is there even reason to watch some of these games after the lineup cards get handed out?