Mills Continues Jays Dominance Over O’s


You have no choice but to be overly cautious in presenting last night’s outing as evidence that Brad Mills is ready to be a starter in MLB. The reason is simple: the Jays were playing the Orioles, who have clearly given up any fight they might have had in them this season and who the Jays have now beat 12 times this season. Still, I thought Brad did extremely well, looked poised and determined to get his first win in The Show. Any time you only allow 2 hits over 7 innings against major league hitters, you know your stuff is going right and such was the case for Brad last night. The fact that he only needed 92 pitches to finish 7 innings also speaks to the degree of effectiveness he had.

Most agree that Brad will be sent down to make room for Travis Snider on the roster tomorrow. However, he has become a blip on the radar of trade ammunition for Alex to use should another squad be looking for pitching depth in a trade. Add the fact that Lyle Overbay has gotten hot lately and hit his 12th HR of the year in the game, and AA’s job just seems to be getting better and better.

As much as I’d like to believe Brad could be effective against other AL East teams or competitive AL teams, I just don’t think the results would be the same. So, perhaps his trade value is best now that he’s shown dominance in that one start. We’ll see if he gets moved – I wouldn’t be surprised if he was included in a bigger trade.

Tags: Brad Mills Lyle Overbay Travis Snider

  • Kris

    Hi Mat,

    I’m surprised there hasn’t been more Overbay to the Rangers talk. Chris Davis has been terrible for Texas this year. After trading a tonne for Cliff Lee, landing Fielder or Dunn is probably unrealistic for Texas. Overbay seems like a nice cheap alternative. Also, Bautista to the Padres. They don’t get many playoff runs and have lots of great 3B prospects. Both of these seem to make a lot of sense, but they’re has been next to no talk of them. Thoughts?

  • Matt P

    Brett Wallace has been traded to the Houston Astros for Anthony Gose, 19 yr old CF

  • Matt P

    and the greatest part is: tthat AA tried to get Gose in the Halladay deal (i’m deducing instead of Michael Taylor) and that resulted in Brett Wallace which……he traded for Gose. So fot AA he finally got his man.

    Needless to say it is fairly easy to stick a guy at first (think Lind, Snider, maybe Dopirak)….it isn’t easy to acquire a CF with gold-glove capacity and speed.

    Three cheers for Anthopolous!

  • Matt P

    Hey Matt,

    Can you shed any light on the Brian Dopirak situation? I remember B. Butterfield (or somneone of that ilk) say that he was a major-leaguer playing the minor leagues. WOuldn’t Wallace’s departure been a great opportunity for him?