The Invincible Jon Jay

It’s a magical time to be a Cardinals fan.  This team just can’t lose.  Adam Wainwright, Jordan Walden, Matt Adams, Matt Holliday, all down.  Injuries, sminjuries.  The Cardinals are like a Timex watch—takes a lickin’ and keeps on tickin’.  51 wins before July 1st.  What is there to complain about?

Nothing, really.  Though that doesn’t stop folks from complaining anyway, because no team is perfect and that’s what fans do.  The team may be the best in baseball right now, but there are always ways to make it even better.  The current complaint making the rounds is one that I find a delicious irony in.  Fans are complaining, get this, because Jon Jay is starting in center field instead of Peter Bourjos.  The complaint is based on the fact that Jay is struggling at the plate, as of last night his batting line is .224/.312/.267/.  Yeah, that’s bad.  That’s worse than Allen Craig at this time last year, albeit with less PAs.

The delicious irony in this is that this particular complaint is one that I made consistently all last season, and was basically told to shut up.  Jay was hitting and Bourjos wasn’t.  My complaint was based on overall play and talent, not just hitting, but the hitting was all anyone cared about.  Well this season Jay isn’t hitting, but Bourjos is, and guess what?  He’s still starting over Bourjos.  Ain’t that a kick in the head? (Any Cardinals fan paying attention should get that pun).  Jay starts when he hits, Jay starts when he doesn’t hit.  It must be so great to be Jon Jay.  There is no way to screw up and lose his job.  What employee in America wouldn’t want to be him?

Yeah, it’s ironic as hell.  It also has to be frustrating for Bourjos, because there is apparently nothing he can do to start on the Cardinals.  Even the “grittiness” of being clobbered across the face with a catcher’s leg in a shin guard and then playing the next day was only good for one start.  Maybe the next step is getting butt implants and changing his name to Jon.  Going to have to learn to bat lefty for that maneuver though.

In the words of the esteemed Ryan Theriot (cough), “It is what it is”.  I don’t have anything more to add to the subject, because I pretty much shot all my bullets last season, and I had my temper tantrum about it earlier this month.  Matheny is going to do what he is going to do and John Mozeliak is going to let him, because the team is winning and why rock the boat?  Makes sense.

It is damn funny, though.  It’s all come full circle in a way that only the Universe could create.

The situation will probably change in a few weeks when Matt Holliday comes off the DL and takes his left field spot back.  Then, it won’t be so great to be Jon Jay, because Matheny’s new man-crush, Randal Grichuk, will probably supplant Jay in center field.  I’m not going to open that can in this post, though.  Maybe later.  Grichuk is an interesting topic and one that would use up an entire post.

For right now it’s Jon Jay all the way.  What do you say, the Cardinals are going to win today.

The Cubs still suck and life is good.

 

Thank you for reading.

 

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  1. blingboy

     /  July 17, 2015

    You can stop blaming Jay’s preferential treatment for Bourjos’s lack of playing time. Jay’s DL stint has demonstrated that the the two things are unrelated. Mike seems determined to play Peter as little as possible regardless of the alternatives. That tells me it is a Peter thing, not a Jon thing.

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    • Do those things have to be mutually exclusive? I think not. If you start from the premise that all humans are flawed, then we can’t actually know that are there aren’t multiple reasons why Matheny doesn’t play Bourjos. We can’t know whether or not the reason or reasons are justified. All we see is the inconsistency of Matheny’s words and actions. What goes on in Matheny’s mind (such as it is) is unknowable.

      Several members of the media have said that Matheny plays favorites. Do they know that as a fact or have they just deduced this from Matheny’s words and actions? I don’t know. It seems pretty clear that Bourjos is not one of those favorites, but how he got in that category, again, requires reading Matheny’s mind.

      Knowing “reasons” requires skill I don’t possess. I can only look at the facts that are present and infer from there.

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  2. blingboy

     /  July 17, 2015

    So, its a Mike thing?

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  3. blingboy

     /  July 17, 2015

    The Cards have lost the big lead since Jay went on the DL. Comment?

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