Thursday, May 28, 2009

Where was Brandon League?

The most curious element of the Jays demoralizing loss Wednesday in Baltimore was the fact that Brandon League was not in the ball game trying to close things down for the Blue Jays.

In the 11th inning, with the Jays up two, Manager Cito Gaston brought in B.J. Ryan, who gave up a lead-off single and then induced a fly out. Instead of sticking with the club's former closer (that was a bit suspect, but shouldn't be questioned considering how bad Ryan has been) the Jays skipper yanked him out in favour of the relatively inexperienced Brian Wolfe. Really? Wolfe over League?

Is League really that far down on the depth chart now? I can't imagine so. He had a rough start to the year, but has pitched fairly well as of late, and he certainly is miles better than Wolfe. Why didn't Gaston put him in the game? I wonder if he is nursing an injury or illness. At least that's the only plausible explanation.

Wolfe ended up giving up an RBI single followed by a walk off 3 run homer to rookie Nolan Reimold. Game over. Jays swept again. Losing streak hits 9.

Where the heck was League when all this was going down?


Anonymous said...

Cito's lost the team. Bring back Tim Johnson.

Michael Harrison said...

How about Carlos Tosca?