With the Phillies starting a three game weekend Interleague Series in Toronto this weekend, we thought we'd reach out to Bluebird Banter, SBNation's Blue Jays blog, for a diplomatic information exchange. My answers to their questions are here. BB author jessef took the time to answer our questions here:
Jojo Reyes pitches on Sunday. You likely remember him from his Hobbesian (nasty, brutish, and short) tenure with the Braves. Reyes has struggled to win games this season, but he's actually pitched fairly well. We wrote up a piece on him earlier this week, which (surprisingly) demonstrated that he's actually been in the third quartile of major league starters this season. Considering that the Jays picked him up as a throw-in in the Yunel Escobar deal, Jays fans are pretty satisfied with that one. His (albeit limited) success this season relative to years past has been due to staying in the zone. He's a hard-throwing lefty with your basic four-pitches. He has to stay down in the zone to be effective.