Monday, May 4, 2009

Hot Rod Barajas!

This season, Blue Jays catcher Rod Barajas is off to a scorching start beside the plate, and he's been his usual dependable self behind the plate. The 33 year old veteran of 11 big league seasons, Barajas is benefiting from a torrid Toronto offensive attack.

After a slow start to the year, in which he struggled to a .210 clip (8 for 38) hot Rod Barajas has raked with a scintillating .473 average (18 for 38) to raise his overall total to .342. He has 2 home runs, 13 RBI, and 9 doubles already. Not bad for the career .244 hitter.

Barajas' took a strange tour to become a Blue Jay (verbally agreeing to sign in '07, only to change his mind, subsequently inking a deal the following year.) He has fit in beautifully, now in his 2nd season with the club. If he continues his strong play beside the plate, and behind it, he'll make it tough to renege this time on a sizable contract he's bound to receive.

Wells and Rios power Jays to series sweep

Alex Rios and Vernon Wells, the supposed "power hitters" of the Blue Jays lineup have been mostly powerless a month into the 2009 season. Sunday, both went deep, and hopefully their performance is a sign of greater things to come.

After the first 26 games of the campaign, the 3-4 hitters at the heart of the order combined for a paltry 4 home runs. In the series finale against Baltimore, Wells smashed a Jeremy Guthrie offering in the 1st inning over the left field wall for a 2 run bomb. Then in the 5th, Rios followed suit, cranking a solo shot, providing the winning run to secure the Jays (18-9) their first series sweep of the season.

The fact the Blue Birds are leading most offensive categories in the American League without their big boppers playing to their potential is astounding. Imagine how scary the already potent lineup could be if Rios and Wells can build off their strong outing Sunday against the O's.