Monday, May 22, 2017

Party holiday weekend!


Since MLB has deemed this holiday Monday not important enough for a game, let's have a party!

This week's challenge:
Blind optimism! Or not so blind. But definitely optimism. 

Sunday, May 21, 2017

no. 45 2017: Blue Jays (18-26) at Orioles (25-16)

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Sunday 21 May 2017
1:35PM EDT / Camden Yards
Marco Estrada (RHP 2-2 3.60 58K) v. Wade Miley (LHP 1-1 3.02 46K)

Saturday, May 20, 2017

no. 44 2017: Blue Jays (18-25) at Orioles (24-16)

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Saturday 20 May 2017
7:35PM EDT / Camden Yards
Mike Bolsinger (RHP 0-2 6.10 7K) v. Kevin Gausman (RHP 2-3 7.19 31K)

Friday, May 19, 2017

no. 43 2017: Blue Jays (18-24) at Orioles (23-16)

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Friday 19 May 2017
7:05PM EDT / Camden Yards
Aaron Sanchez (RHP 0-1 2.95 14K) v. Chris Tillman (RHP 1-0 2.89 8K)

The Stro Home Run Derby Show

Thursday, May 18, 2017

no. 42 2017: Blue Jays (17-24) at Braves (16-21)

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Thursday 18 May 2017
7:35PM EDT / SunTrust Park
Marcus Stroman (RHP 3-2 3.33 40K) v. Julio Teheran (RHP 3-3 4.08 34K)

Baseball's unwritten rules

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Not sure if this is true for all the unwritten rules but baseball is an analogy for life


Wednesday, May 17, 2017

no. 41 2017: Blue Jays (17-23) at Braves (15-21)

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Wednesday 17 May 2017
7:35PM EDT / SunTrust Park
Joe Biagini (RHP 1-1 2.28 24K) v. Mike Foltynewicz (RHP 1-4 4.04 31K)

Debate Club


Let's have some fun.

Suggested by AJ, Breakfast Army Fan:
Discussion of interleague. AL vs NL style are old but recurring debates. Something about pitchers hitting?

Be prepared to show your work!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

no. 40 2017: Braves (14-21) at Blue Jays (17-22)

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Tuesday 16 May 2017
4:07PM EDT / Rogers Centre
Jaime Garcia (LHP 1-2 4.33 21K) v. Marco Estrada (RHP 2-2 3.12 53K)

Chris Rose and Kevin Millar are assholes


(If the embed doesn't work, click here.)

Monday, May 15, 2017

no. 39 2017: Braves (13-21) at Blue Jays (17-21)

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Monday 15 May 2017
7:07PM EDT / Rogers Centre
Bartolo Colon (RHP 1-4 7.22 26K) v. Mike Bolsinger (RHP 0-1 3.18 4K)

Monday Poetry


5 in a row! The B team is on fire! Express your feelings in poetic form.


*Note - your poem can be freestyle. It doesn't have to rhyme. Have fun playing with sentence shapes.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

no. 38 2017: Mariners (17-20) at Blue Jays (16-21)

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Sunday 14 May 2017
1:07PM EDT / Rogers Centre
Ariel Miranda (LHP 3-2 5.20 30K) v. Aaron Sanchez (RHP 0-1 4.05 10K)

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Friday, May 12, 2017

no. 36 2017: Mariners (17-18) at Blue Jays (14-21)

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Friday 12 May 2017
7:07PM EDT / Rogers Centre
Christian Bergman (RHP 0-0 2.45 2K) v. Joe Biagini (RHP 0-1 2.78 21K)

All hail the scrubs!


Who would have thunk in spring training that we'd be in mid May and our major run producers would be Pillar, Goins, Smoak and Zeke? That Danny Barnes and Joe Smith would be our most reliable bullpen arms?That Loup would be decent? (To be fair, Osuna has come around.) That Biagini would be starting?

Which of these is the most surprising? And who saw this coming? (Besides Smasher's love affair with Pillar, of course.)

Thursday, May 11, 2017

no. 35 2017: Mariners (17-17) at Blue Jays (13-21)

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Thursday 11 May 2017
7:07PM EDT / Rogers Centre
Chase De Jong (RHP 0-2 6.75 6K) v. Marco Estrada (RHP 1-2 3.14 45K)

Talk amongst yourselves



It's really late, I'm really tired, so this is all I've got.

(How about you guys writing something?)

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

no. 34 2017: Indians (18-14) at Blue Jays (12-21)

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Wednesday 10 May 2017
7:07PM EDT / Rogers Centre
Danny Salazar (RHP 2-3 4.28 49K) v. Francisco Liriano (LHP 2-2 4.44 30K)

Injury Report

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These are interesting times for your Buffalo Bisons Toronto Blue Jays baseball club.

While not the only reason the Jays are off to an absolutely shitfuck start, injuries certainly have been a major factor in the teams dismal  record. A quick review is in order, because without a list, how else are you supposed to keep track of it all?

Aaron Sanchez- Finger Blister- Till May 14th
JA Happ- Elbow- Back Mid May ( last I read might be longer)
Glenn Sparkman- Thumb- 60 day DL -unknown return
Bo Schultz-Elbow- unknown return
Kendrys Morales- Hamstring -Day to day
Russell Martin- Shoulder nerve- 10 day DL-Return Mid May?
Troy Tulowitzki-Hamstring-10 day DL- Return Mid May
Josh Donaldson- Calf Muscle- 10 Day DL- Return unknown Mid May?
Dalton Pompey- Concussion- 60 Day DL

That's over 70 million dollars of talent that's unavailable.

This doesn't include players that were on the DL earlier in the season.

Roberto Osuna- Cervical spasm
J.P Howell- Left shoulder discomfort

It should be noted that last year there were a few injuries, to regular players, that may or may not affect some of their performances.

Jose Bautista- Shoulder issues and Turf toe- It doesn't seem to be affecting him in the field. At the plate, I have no clue what's causing the problem.
Devon Travis- Shoulder issues- Again doesn't seem to be affecting him in the field. At the plate, I have no clue what's causing the problem.
Marco Estrada- Back issues- So far ( knock on wood) he's performing well and no mention of any back problems.

So how does this compare to the rest of the Major Leagues?
You can check it out here.

There have been some that have wondered, MYSELF included, why all the injuries? When the Jays have a new High Performance Department, touted to be among MLB's best, at taking care of player's health?
After reading the linked article, I don't think the problem is with preparation or the HPD. The best answer I have is:
That's baseball.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

no. 33 2017: Indians (17-14) at Blue Jays (12-20)

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Tuesday 09 May 2017
7:07PM EDT / Rogers Centre
Carlos Carrasco (RHP 3-2 2.18 39K) v. Mike Bolsinger (RHP 0-0 0.00 0K)

Pillar does it again


For you to relive over and over again.

And here's the various broadcast calls (Thanks @james_in_to):

Monday, May 8, 2017

no. 32 2017: Indians (17-13) at Blue Jays (11-20)

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Monday 08 May 2017
7:07PM EDT / Rogers Centre
Trevor Bauer (RHP 2-3 7.67 31K) v. Marcus Stroman (RHP 2-2 3.89 30K)

Creating a JITH Lexicon


We have our own in jokes and unwritten rules we use during games or. It's been suggested that we create a reference where newcomers can be brought up to speed. So use this post to write down items and I'll compile them into a page that will live on the sidebar. Also feel free to ask the folks who only come by during games to add on. Comments will be open for 10 days.

As an example, here's one created for the Stargate SG1 thread on TWoP (RIP).

Sunday, May 7, 2017

no. 31 2017: Blue Jays (10-20) at Rays (16-16)

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Sunday 07 May 2017
1:10PM EDT / Tropicana Field
Joe Biagini (RHP 0-1 3.38 17K) v. Alex Cobb (RHP 2-2 3.86 23K)

Saturday, May 6, 2017

no. 30 2017: Blue Jays (10-19) at Rays (15-16)

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Saturday 06 May 2017
4:10PM EDT / Tropicana Field
Marco Estrada (RHP 1-1 2.43 38K) v. Jake Odorizzi (RHP 1-1 3.50 14K)

Friday, May 5, 2017

no. 29 2017: Blue Jays (9-19) at Rays (15-15)

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Friday 05 May 2017
7:10PM EDT / Tropicana Field
Francisco Liriano (LHP 2-2 3.97 25K) v. Chris Archer (RHP 2-1 3.43 37K)

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Debate Club


Debate question for an off-day:
Should the neighbourhood play be reinstated?


Be prepared to show your work!

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

no. 28 2017: Blue Jays (9-18) at Yankees (16-9)

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Wednesday 03 May 2017
7:05PM EDT / Yankee Stadium
Marcus Stroman (RHP 2-2 2.97 28K) v. CC Sabathia (LHP 2-1 4.34 20K)

Racism in our own backyard


With all the discussion about the racist taunting of Adam Jones at Fenway on Monday, a few people reminded us that we have comparable assholes in our midst. Jones got similar treatment at the wild card game last year. The question was raised about how we can do better.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

no. 27 2017: Blue Jays (9-17) at Yankees (15-9)


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 Tuesday 02 May 2017
7:05PM EDT / Yankee Stadium
Mat Latos (RHP 0-0 3.27 5K) v. Masahiro Tanaka (RHP 3-1 4.20 22K)

3-some


Well whadda know? We've won three in a row!