(2016-12-18, 11:49 AM)Andrew Wrote:
(2016-12-17, 06:40 PM)lewis94 Wrote:
(2016-12-11, 06:17 PM)Andrew Wrote: Man, Jays fans are just the worst.
How dare people be concerned after losing two sluggers and their team only making one signing of importance so far... lol.
If the were truly concerned then they would bother to learn about the team (and the league) and not make ridiculous statements like this in the first place.
This thread is the same "Rogers is cheap! Rogers is screwing the fans!" bullshit that Jay's fans have cried about for 10 years. Any objective person though can see that it is not even close to reality which just makes threads like this seem like spoiled, clueless whining.
Andrew I happen agree with your comment for "Some Blue Jay fans" the some thing that can be said about some Red Sox fans. But here in NB we call those you reference band wagon fans. You see a lot of the same from some Leaf fans. The reason IMO, is the biased Torontomedia giants like SN and TSN! Just an opinion from NB, Andrew! Cheers!
After All, Life Goes On!!
Travis has played 163 games for his entire career so far, with 19 HR. I think 20 HR is very possible, though health is an obvious issue.
He has a very good bat, the problem is that he doesn't walk enough. Just 38 for his career. Even Smoak had 40 last year.
This is something that could improve, I'm just not sure if his plate discipline will increase dramatically in the next few years.
Right now the Jays have enough holes that it's hard to see them contending. They'll need players to at least maintain what they did last year, more excellent luck on the injury front and some surprise contributors.
Travis only needs to stay healthy and he'll be a huge asset. I still believe they need a bona fide leadoff hitter.
2016-12-19, 02:57 PM
(This post was last modified: 2016-12-19, 02:57 PM by shadylane.)
The problem with hoping big on Travis is that we're expecting him to do something in the majors that he never really did in the minor leagues.
Across 5 minor league seasons he had a .157 ISO which does not scream power bat. His .167 ISO in the majors is mainly due to the unsustainable 16% HR/FB rate he posted in 62 games in 2015. So while 20 HR isn't out of the question, I'd expect him to be more of a doubles hitter.
His career minor league walk rate was 8.7%. That's about the league average rate for the majors so his current 5.7% MLB mark is probably what we can expect moving forward. Which means he'll need to run a high BABIP in order to maintain an OBP suitable for a leadoff man.
You're probably right, but I will say, the Jays didn't spend much last off-season and ended up leading the league in attendance.