Well, it’s looking more and more like the Jays have already proven some of the thoughts I’ve posted here before. From using Mike McCoy in the leadoff spot to JP Arencibia having an outstanding year and Rzepczynski stepping up as a possible ace, the Jays are right along my line of thinking, which can be good or bad! The important part, however, is that these simple 3 items could go a long way to making the Jays competitive in 2010 as they would resolve the 2 biggest weaknesses of the lineup: speed at the top of the lineup, and power at the bottom.
McCoy got a hit, a walk, and a run in 3 ABs, while Arencibia smoked a shot for 2 RBIs and hit a sacrifice fly in one of his 3 ABs. Rzepczynski got through 2 solid innings, facing 7 hitters, allowing 1 walk, 1 hit, striking out 1. Drabek and R.Gonzalez followed him up with 2 rough innings each, but interestingly, Zach Jackson came through with 4 Ks during his 2 innings of work, allowing 1 ER due to one HR given up, but looking very solid in his first outing. The worst performance of the day went to Jarrett Hoffpauir, who may be putting too much pressure on his spring performance, since he missed a catch for his second error in 2 days and also was caught stealing. On the plus side for him, he was able to get a hit and a walk on the day.
Overall, the Jays offence was firing on all cylinders with 15 hits. Let’s hope that’s a sign of things to come and not just some spring training work!