Saturday, July 21, 2018

Game #97 Baltimore Orioles (28-71) @ Toronto Blue Jays (45-52) - game recap

Marcus Stroman threw seven strong innings as the Blue Jays defeated the Orioles 4-1

JA Happ is still a Blue Jay. Will he start tomorrow? Before that game happens, the Blue jays had a game today and Marcus Stroman was on the mound looking to bounce back from a not so good start last Sunday against Boston. Josh Donaldson is slowly progressing from the calf injury but has not anticipated return date. Last night's game was a bit wild. The Blue Jays had a 7-2 lead after seven innings but the Orioles came back with a pair in the 8th and 3 off Tyler Clippard in the 9th. The Blue Jays walked it off in the 10th. Thanks to Sam Gaviglio's strong 7.2 inning performance, the Blue Jays have a rested bullpen for this weekend. Randal Grichuk is in center field with the absence of Kevin Pillar. Could the Blue Jays extend the winning streak to 2 games? Here is today's game recap.

Game Highlights

  • The Orioles took the lead in the top of the first as Adam Jones singled, scoring Tim Beckham
  • The Blue Jays tied the game in the bottom of the 4th as Randal Grichuk doubled home Justin Smoak
  • Two batters later, the Blue Jays took the lead as Yangervis Solarte scored on a double play ball hit by Aledmys Diaz
  • The Blue Jays extended the lead as the next batter, Luke Maile singled home Grichuk
  • The Blue Jays added another run in the bottom of the 5th as Teoscar Hernandez scored on a balk by Alex Cobb
  • Alex Cobb pitching line: 5IP 4H 4R (1 earned) 3BB 4K 88 pitches (54 for strikes)
  • Marcus Stroman pitching line: 7IP 5H 1R (earned) 2BB 7K 107 pitches (71 for strikes)
  • Ryan Tepera pitched a perfect 9th for his 7th save of the season
  • Final score: Blue Jays 4 Orioles 1
My Take

  • Marcus Stroman was excellent today, allowing 1 run on 5 hits and a pair of walks (three of the hits allowed were in the 1st inning). He was inducing a ton of ground ball outs, which is a good indicator that he was on today. Stroman had perfect innings in the 2nd and 7th.
  • The bullpen was excellent today sending the Orioles batters down in order in the 8th and 9th innings after allowing 3 runs and blowing the save yesterday. 
  • Luke Maile and Aledmys Diaz were both 2-3 and Maile drove in a run.
  • Up next, JA Happ makes what could be his final start in a Blue Jays uniform as the Blue Jays go for the series sweep. Andrew Cashner will be pitching for the Orioles.

Shit Birds @ Jay Birds

Saturday July 21, 2018 | 1:07 pm
Alex Cobb vs. Marcus Stroman

PREAMBLE: I have to leave at 12 and I didnt see anyone making a thread so here are the lineups! 

Of Note: Alex Cobb has been real shit this year.


This is your game thread "Bring on the prospects" edition.

Friday, July 20, 2018

Game #96 Baltimore Orioles (28-70) @ Toronto Blue Jays (44-52) - game recap

Aledmys Diaz hit a walk-off single as the Blue Jays defeated the Orioles 8-7 in extra innings

Blue Jays baseball is back! After a successful all-star game where JA Happ notched his first career save, the Blue Jays get back to work and begin the final stretch of the season. This series will be missing a big bat as Manny Machado was traded to the LA Dodgers Wednesday for a series of prospects. Closer Zach Britton could also be traded at any time. Happ is slated to make what will likely be his final start in a Blue Jays uniform on Sunday. The Blue Jays also began life without Kevin Pillar who will be out up to 6 weeks with an SC joint injury. Could the Pillar-less Blue Jays prevail over the Machado-less Orioles. Here is today's game recap.

Game Highlights

  • The Blue Jays opened the scoring in the bottom of the 3rd on an Aledmys Diaz home to left-center 
  • The Orioles tied it in the top of the 5th on a Tim Beckham solo HR to straightaway center 
  • The Blue Jays took the lead in the bottom half of the inning on a Russell Martin R to left-center
  • The next batter, Randal Grichuk homered to center
  • 4 batters later, Devon Travis scored on a Toescar Hernandez sac fly 
  • The next batter, Justin Smoak doubled home Curtis Granderson
  • Dylan Bundy pitching line: 5IP 5H 5R (all earned) 1BB 3K 79 pitches (53 for strikes)
  • The Blue Jays added to the lead in the bottom of the 7th on a Travis triple that scored Diaz
  • The next batter, Granderson singled home Travis
  • The Orioles got a pair back on a 2 run HR by Chris Davis also scoring Adam Jones
  • Sam Gaviglio pitching line: 7.2IP 7H 4R (all earned) 1BB 8K 103 pitches (71 for strikes)
  • The Orioles got one back in the top of the 9th as Trey Mancini scored on a wild pitch by Tyler Clippard
  • Two batters later, Caleb Joseph homered to get the Orioles within 1
  • Two batters later, the game was tied as Jonathon Schoop homered to left
  • Diaz hit a walk off single in the bottom of the 10th inning scoring Martin
  • Final score: Blue Jays 8 Orioles 7
My Take
  • Sam Gaviglio was excellent tonight, pitching 7.2 strong innings. Gaviglio scattered 7 hits throughout the game and had perfect innings in the 1st, 2nd and 7th. He retired the first 6 batters he faced. Gaviglio has definitely earned himself another start if one or both of Marco Estrada and Aaron Sanchez are not ready to return from injury.
  • Tyler Clippard blew the save tonight, allowing 3 runs on a wild pitch and 2 home runs. Clippard should not be closing for the Blue Jays. Tyler Clippard has now blown 6 saves in 12 save opportunities. Expect Ryan Tepera to get the next save opportunity 
  • Aledmys Diaz was excellent tonight, going 4-5 with 2 RBI and 2 runs scored
  • Russell Martin also did well at the plate with a pair of hits and a pair of runs scored
  • Up next, the Blue Jays look for their second straight win as Marcus Stroman pitches against Alex Cobb.

Game #96: Shit Birds @ Blue Birds

Friday July 20, 2018 | 7:07 pm
Dylan Bundy (6-9, 4.35, 1.31) vs. Sammy G (2-3, 4.58, 1.32)


We are back in action after a long 5 days off. The Jays are lucky to jump in right away against the Shitbirds. Not only do they have the worst record in baseball but they also just traded their only good player in Machado! (okay i just checked and they are essentially tied with KC for the worst but KC has a slightly worse winning percentage) This will definitely help them in the long run but makes them significantly worse this weekend when they face your slightly less bad but still horrible Toronto Bluebirds. At least they still have Chris Davis...


There is just over a week before the trade deadline! Shapkins better start making calls or I will be angry! but for the time being...enjoy the players on our current roster while they are Jays.

In minor league news, Vlad is back in AA! you may already be aware after witnessing my lonely 2 hour play by play by myself last night. He ended the day 1-4 in his first game back up. I wonder how long he is staying in AA before being sent up to Buffalo. I would imagine not very long at this point in the season. Bo looked great last night going 2-4 with 2 doubles and 3 RBI! I will keep you all posted about tonight's happenings as I will be watching both the Fishercats and the Jays. 

and around the league...

This is your game thread "thank god its Friday" edition.

TJ's (Better Late Than Never) 1st Half All-Stars and Awards for the American League

Heyo my fellow JITHers. Hope everyone's doing well as we leave behind a rough first half and look ahead to a transitional second half in Blue Jayland. A little late, but I'm back with my look at the 1st half in the American League. The thing about the timing of this post is that I wanted to allow the first half to end and then look at the numbers and make my picks. I prefer that to grabbing the numbers early, and having a player go on a hellacious tear before the break and seeing it not get reflected in said picks. The National League version of this will fly either next Monday or Tuesday morning depending on when/if Tina wants to do her ten weekly random thoughts post. Let me know Tina, and I'll work around whatever you want to do.