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2006-05-19 12:33
by Mark T.R. Donohue

So...Toronto. Yeah. The Rockies are one of those teams that lacks an obvious interleague rival (indeed, they don't have an obvious intraleague enemy, either), so here's...Toronto. Deprived of their "classic" all-Canada series, which continued ghostlike into last season as they played the Nationals home-and-home, the Blue Jays are now just another American League team that stands to gain little from interleague play besides at-bats for their pitchers. For Colorado baseball fans, it does mean a chance to see some of the more underrated hitting talents of the American League at Coors Field, guys like Veron Wells, Alex Rios, Frank Catalanotto. The Blue Jays are in their accustomed third-place position in the AL East, as the money they spent this offseason has yet to slingshot them into the class of the Yankees and Red Sox. A.J. Burnett has made only two starts all year. However, some of their other big additions have paid dividends. B.J. Ryan has 9 saves and an ERA under 1.00. Troy Glaus and Lyle Overbay are hitting as you would expect. I still think the Jays lack That One Guy in their offense, although Wells and Rios are making strong early-season cases. The Rockies deeply need to get their winning groove on at home, and luckily, they won't have Roy Halladay to contend with in this three-game series. It'll be Aaron Cook and 1-7 Josh Towers tonight, Jeff Francis and rookie Ty Taubenheim (John Sickels: "Hardly stands out as a guy to count on") on Saturday, and Josh Fogg and Ted Lilly Sunday.

The Blue Jays have a fine offense, with a lot of line drive hitters who ought to enjoy their first visits to Coors Field. Established Rockies-killers Overbay and Glaus should be game as well. If Colorado is going to win the series, they need not only continued good work from their starters but also some more extra-base hits coming with guys on base and a return to early-season form from the recently vincible bullpen.

Well, I'd like to write more but I really want to go watch the Cubs-White Sox game. I can hear the national anthem coming from the other room, so I gots to go.

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