Panic time for Jays?

  • May. 8, 2013 4:07 p.m.

The panic button.

It’s in the office of the owner of every professional sports franchise in North America.

For some it’s always within easy reach while others have it behind doors of thick steel just in case the urge to push it becomes strong – too strong to resist.

The button for the Toronto Blue Jays franchise is within reach but there is a screen door blocking the way. At least for now.

It’s still early but the Jays are not the team the experts were picking to win the World Series back in March when the huge trade brought in the tools the Jays brass felt were needed into order to build a champion.

The early returns of the Jays investment would seem to indicate a call to renovation specialist Mike Holmes might be one course of action the fans would choose right now.

But maybe a call to Dr. Phil would be money better spent because the problem with the Blue Jays is not the foundation, it’s in the wiring of this team.

Those who swing a bat need way more more plate discipline than has been shown for the majority of the games to this point. Far too many cuts at ball four are instead strike three and rallies which show promise die at the plate.

Jose Bautista needs to stop worrying about called strikes which may or may not be borderline and just play ball. He’s getting a reputation with the umpires and when it’s close, the call is not going to go Joey Bats way if he keeps showing up the umps. As a leader on this team his antics can rub off on the others easy enough and the slide down the slippery slope begins.

The Jays pitching staff needs to just start throwing the ball instead of trying to be perfect with each pitch. Each time the strike zone is missed the hole gets deeper and the confidence wears thin.

Being too cute on the mound is quickly turning very ugly for this talented but seemingly fragile staff and relying on the defense would do wonders for so many pitchers wearing the blue jay.

This team has to stop thinking they are the team everyone picked to run away with the league.

They aren’t right now but if they stop making the mental errors, forget about making the perfect pitch and be a lot more disciplined at the plate, they can still be a force to be reckoned with.

If not, then the door is open and the panic button just might push itself.

Just Posted

First official speed skating competition held at Setters Place this weekend

More than 100 junior speed skaters from across Alberta competed in the Jeremy Wotherspoon Open

Get your healthy on

Healthy Living Expo promotes sustainable, innovative and healthy lifestyles

WATCH: Team Alberta visits Red Deer this weekend to prepare for Canada Winter Games

About 250 Team Alberta athletes toured venues and tested out facilities Saturday

Keep focus on helping Canadians at home, Trudeau tells MPs at start of meeting

Trudeau said the Liberals will offer Canadians hope amid issue like climate change and global tensions

PHOTO: Eyes turn to heavens to witness super blood wolf moon

These two photos show the lunar eclipse about 30 minutes apart from each other.

Skaters stranded in Saint John, NB, amid storm on last day of championships

More than half of the flights out of the city’s airport were cancelled due to the weather

Call for tighter bail rules after Saudi sex-crime suspect vanishes

Mohammed Zuraibi Alzoabi was facing charges related to alleged sexual assault, criminal harassment, assault and forcible confinement of a woman

May plans next move in Brexit fight as chances rise of delay

Some say a lack of action could trigger a ‘public tsunami’

Group challenges ruling for doctors to give referrals for services that clash with beliefs

A group of five Canadian doctors and three professional organizations is appealing

Major winter storm wreaks havoc on U.S. travel

Nearly 5,000 flights were cancelled Sunday around the country

CONSUMER REPORT: What to buy each month in 2019 to save money

Resolve to buy all of the things you want and need, but pay less money for them

Anxiety in Alaska as endless aftershocks rattle residents

Seismologists expect the temblors to continue for months, although the frequency has lessened

Most Read