Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Posted by el duque at 6:20 AM
Meanwhile, we gave gifts: Swisher to the homeless (Cleveland, apparently), Soriano to the fates (Boston, possibly) and A-Rod to his pro wrestler girlfriend through July. Under our tree, we found a giant bald iguana, and we named him Yuke.
Look at the Toronto lineup. LOOK, DAMMIT, DON'T TURN AWAY! You half-expect to see Winfield, Molitor and Tony Fernandez.
ss Jose Reyes (two years ago, won batting crown)
lf Anthony Gose (ascending)
rf Jose Batista (40 hr power)
dh Edwin Encarnacion (40 hr power)
cf Melky Cabrera (got juice? best cf in game!)
3b Brett Lowrie (ascending)
1b Adam Lind (30 hr power)
c JP Arencibia (20 hr power, ascending)
ss Macir Izturis (ascending)
How do you say "Ouch" in Canadian? That leaves Colby Rasmus and Moises Sierra on the bench. Either could become a star. What's scariest is the rising talent. They are young: They'll heal after a home plate collision. They won't break an ankle stepping off the curb. Name an ascending player in our lineup. Brett Gardner? Maybe.
Now let us ponder the Toronto rotation.
RA Dickey (cy young, probably another 5 years)
Kyle Drabek (ascending)
Josh Johnson (coming back?)
Rickie Romero (solid)
Mark Buerhrle (solid)
Yeah, they have intangibles. Was Melky a juicer-Joe D? Is Johnson back? What about clubhouse chemistry? Hell, we can lob question marks at Santa. But in the name of Ivan Nova, tell me that lineup isn't for real.
We are challenging for the one-game wild card playoff. And if we look over our shoulders, we might just see Boston courting Soriano.