Blue Jays turning to Kevin Gregg at closer?

Leave a comment

Last week Ozzie Guillen ranted about the White Sox striking out too much after a dozen whiffs in a game, so he probably lost some sleep Tuesday night after they struck out 14 times against the Blue Jays.
Ricky Romero actually took a no-hitter into the eighth inning before grazing leadoff man A.J. Pierzynski with a pitch and then serving up a homer to Alex Rios, settling for a career-high 12 strikeouts over eight innings of one-hit ball.
Kevin Gregg closed out the win with two more strikeouts in a 1-2-3 ninth inning for his third save. Gregg’s first two saves came because Jason Frasor was getting days off after heavy workloads, but Frasor was available Tuesday and still didn’t get the call. My guess all winter was that Gregg would wind up as Toronto’s closer and while he didn’t open the season in the role a shift away from Frasor seems to be taking place.
It’ll be interesting to see if the Frasor trade rumors from the offseason start up again soon.

Dominic Smith likely to start the season at Triple-A

Elsa/Getty Images
Leave a comment

Following the Mets’ recent signing of first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, Mike Puma of the New York Post reports that fellow first baseman Dominic Smith is likely to start the season with Triple-A Las Vegas. That is contingent, of course, on the veteran Gonzalez’s ability to remain healthy, which isn’t a guarantee.

Smith, 22, struggled last season, batting .198/.262/.395 in 183 plate appearances. The Mets have also expressed concern about Smith’s conditioning. Puma reported in November that as a result of better dietary choices and a daily exercise regimen, Smith had already lost 11-12 pounds.

Gonzalez, 35, didn’t exactly have a stellar 2017 campaign. Along with battling back issues, Gonzalez hit .242/.287/.355 in 252 PA. That the Mets’ Plan A is to go with Gonzalez over Smith says something about their confidence in Smith.