A DeWayne Wise strikeout on a bunt attempt in exrta innings symbolises everything that went wrong this season.
Even though the Jays are hovering around .500, the number of set backs has reached his height in Dewayne Wise’s at bat in the bottom of the 10th inning on Monday afternoon when he bunts foul on a third strike in a scoreless games.
With all due respect to Dewayne Wise, he plays his role and knows what he is. Maybe it is a combination of John Farrell small-ball in a season that has been low-lighted by missed signals, way too many strikeouts and an offensive that, since the All-Star Break can only be called simply apathetic.
Dewayne Wise symbolises the failure of the Jays minor leaguers to be able to step up and fill a spot. While the team is very different than the start of the season, only Bautista ( and he was supposed to start at third), there has to be something that AA has done wrong in developing, adding depth or hiring a coaching staff that the 27,000 odd persons watch Dewayne Wise strike-out bunting.
The scrap heap that we got used to under Ricciardi seems to have resurfaced as the Jays cannot find a young budding every day outfielder. Snider has had troubles, Mastroianni is probably still a little bit off and Anthony Gose is probably a couple of years out. So, we get Juan Rivera starting 4 for 45, Rajai Davis swinging at everything, journeymen Corey Patterson and the even worse Dewayne Wise. There has to be something in the system better than this now.
The Blue Jays season has to be considered a failure if this is what it has come to. Maybe it is a Ricciardi hangover but everything from the failure of the starting pitchers, the use and failure of the bullpen, “small-ball,” Arencibia hitting .220. The failure of Hill and Snider and Adam Lind failing to return to 2009 production can all be wrapped up in the Dewayne Wise strikeout bunt in a scoreless extra inning game.
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