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Thread: GDT (3/3) | Blue Jays (81-64) vs. Rays (90-55) | September 15 3:07 PM

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    Quote Originally Posted by John_Havok View Post
    It's not the offense from Semien that realistically needs to be replaced, there's enough of that on the Jays roster even without him. Yes, you always want to add more runs if you can, that's never the wrong thing to do, but replacing his defense is key. It really is the one issue with the Jays as a team, their team defense is ... not where you would want it to be.

    Yeah, they can outscore anyone, but counting on those offensive outbursts in the playoffs is more risky given that you're mostly facing top end pitching and top end pen arms for the vast majority of your PAs. Doesn't matter how great your hitters are if a pitcher is dealing and you definitely don't want to give the opposition free baserunners and runs due to mistakes in the field.

    Semien right now is the only full-time player aside from catchers where the Jays can be truly confident in his defense, maybe Grichuk as well.
    Biggio is, at worst, a competent 2B. If he's replacing Semien at 2B, it's not going to be the tirefire that it was when he was learning 3B while hurt.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Deadpool View Post
    Biggio is, at worst, a competent 2B. If he's replacing Semien at 2B, it's not going to be the tirefire that it was when he was learning 3B while hurt.
    You're not wrong... but the point being that Semien, who's playing gold glove caliber defense; should he leave and even be replaced by Biggio (which Iagree is the likely scenario) the defense still takes a hit and the defense is already the team's collective weakness and in need of improvement.
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