Monday, June 18, 2018

Ten weekly random thoughts - week 11 May 11-17


The past three weeks have served to show where the Blue Jays stand against AL East opponents. In the last 2 and a half weeks, they were swept by Boston, NY Yankees and Tampa Bay and they swept the Baltimore Orioles, who are on a historically bad streak and are the only team in the MLB with less than 20 wins. This puts Toronto 4th in the AL East, better than Baltimore but worse than the Yankees, Red Sox and Rays. Against Boston, NY and Tampa Bay combined this season, the Blue Jays have a 6-19 record and against Baltimore, their record is  6-1. Boston and NY are built to win now whereas Tampa Bay is in a similar situation as the Blue Jays where they are playing a number of stop-gap players in their lineup and pitching staff while their prospects are developing. Baltimore is, well, Baltimore. The Orioles have not been getting good pitching and Manny Machado is essentially the only dangerous hitter you have to worry about in their lineup. On that happy note, here are ten random thoughts from the 11th week of the MLB.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Game #71 Washington Nationals (37-31) @ Toronto Blue Jays (33-38) - game recap

Randal Grichuk had a huge day at the plate with 2 HR and 4 RBI as the Blue Jays defeated the Nationals 8-6 to complete the series sweep.

Happy Father's day to all dad's in JITH. You guys have been an amazing addition to our game threads and blog. After winning the first two in this series, the Blue Jays were looking for their second series sweep in three series. Toronto took the first 2 games on the strength of their pitching and some timely hitting. A win today would be huge, giving the Blue Jays a guaranteed winning home stand before heading on a difficult road trip to Anaheim and Houston, starting on Thursday. Here is today's game recap.

no. 71 - Washington Nationals (37-30) at Toronto Blue Jays (32-38)



Sunday, June 17, 2018 | 1:07 pm
Rogers Centre | Toronto, Ontario
Tanner Roark (3-7, 3.63, 1.11 whip) vs. Sam Gaviglio (2-2, 3.66, 1.16 whip)

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Game #70 Washington Nationals (37-30) @ Toronto Blue Jays (32-38) - game recap

Marco Estrada pitched 6.2 strong innings to lead the Blue Jays to a 2-0 victory over the Washington Nationals.

After a nice win against a lefty starter, something Toronto has struggled with, having dropped 11 straight vs. southpaw starters leading up to yesterday's victory the Blue Jays faced a different kind of challenge. They were matched up against Max Scherzer, a 2-time Cy Young winner, who is looking like a favorite to repeat as Cy Young champion.. Last time Scherzer faced Toronto, Kevin Pillar took him yard twice. Could the Blue Jays get to him again? Here is today's game recap.

no. 70 - Washington Nationals (37-29) at Toronto Blue Jays (31-38)



Saturday, June 16, 2018 | 4:07 pm
Rogers Centre | Toronto, ON
Mad Max Scherzer (10-2, 2.00, 0.85 whip) vs. Marco Estrada (3-6, 5.09, 1.37 whip)

Friday, June 15, 2018

Game #69 Washington Nationals (37-29) @ Toronto Blue Jays (31-38) - game recap

Yangervis Solarte blasted a pair of 2 run HR as the Blue Jays beat the Nationals 6-5

Another game, another interleague opponent. Tonight, the Blue Jays began a three game set against the Washington Nationals. The last time these foes met, the Blue Jays won the series 2 games to 1. Bryce Harper had 5 hits in that series, including a pair of doubles.Marco Estrada won the middle game of that series. Here is tonight's game recap.

no. 69 (cue sophomoric giggling) - Washington Nationals (37-28) at Toronto Blue Jays (30-38)



Friday, June 15, 2018 | 7:07 pm
Rogers Centre | Toronto, Ontario
Gio Gonzalez (LHP, 6-2, 2.65, 1.31 whip) vs. Aaron Sanchez (RHP, 3-5, 4.33, 1.50 whip)


PREAMBLE:

Congratulations to the Toronto Blue Jays as they managed to not lose a game yesterday for a change.  (shhh, don't remind me that they didn't play yesterday).

The wait is over -- fans of the Blue Jays will finally get to see a 19-year-old phenom.  Except, it's not Vladdy Jr, but rather Juan Soto, who is hitting .344/.447/.641 with five HRs in 64 at-bats since being called up.

Can the Blue Jays snap their long, non-oriLOLe streak of futility against the team that inspired the 'Nappening' team-bonding that sparked their (eventual) playoff run in 2015?


Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Game #68 Toronto Blue Jays (30-38) @ Tampa Bay Rays (32-35) - game recap

Rays 3B Matt Duffy drove in the game-winning run in the bottom of the 9th as the Rays Beat the Blue Jays 1-0 to complete the series sweep.

Tropicana Field continues to be Toronto's own little house of horrors. The Blue Jays dropped the first 2 despite not facing a true starting pitcher in the second game. The good news? The Blue Jays don't face the Rays again until August 10-12 (my birthday weekend!) in Toronto and they don't return to Tropicana field until the final weekend of the season. At that time the Blue Jays will likely have a much different look to their lineup and rotation with several players likely to be dealt in the next 6 weeks or so. Here is today's game recap.

no. 68 - Toronto Sacrificial Lambs (30-37) vs. Tampa Bay Rays (31-35)



Wednesday, June 13, 2018 | 1:10 pm
Tropicana Field | St. Petersburg, FL
J.A. Happ (8-3, 3.71, 1.08 whip) vs. Wilmer Font (0-3, 9.59, 1.78 whip)

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Game #67 Toronto Blue Jays (30-37) @ Tampa Bay Rays (31-35) - game recap

Rays catcher Wilson Ramos hit a key 2 run HR and called a great game behind the plate as the Rays defeated the Blue Jays 4-1. Toronto looks to avoid being swept tomorrow afternoon

After a tough loss where it felt like every time the Blue Jays got the lead it was extinguished immediately, the Blue Jays were looking to get back to their winning ways against a plethora of Rays relievers. Here is today's game recap.

no. 67 - Toronto Blue Jays (30-36) at Tampa Bay Rays (30-35)



Tuesday, June 12, 2018 | 7:10 pm
Tropicana Field | St. Petersburg, Florida


Monday, June 11, 2018

Game #66 Toronto Blue Jays (30-36) @ Tampa Bay Rays (30-35) - game recap

Tampa Bay Rays 1b was 2-3 at the plate, including hitting his first career HR as the Rays doubled up on the Blue Jays 8-4

After a terrific weekend where the Toronto Blue Jays dominated the Baltimore Orioles  for 4 games, the Blue Jays were looking to extend their winning streak to a season-high 5 games. Devon Travis made his return to the lineup after missing a pair of games with knee soreness. Here is today's game recap.

#66 - Toronto Blue Jays (30-35) at Tampa Bay Rays (29-35)

Mmm, that's a head scratcher.  The label for this pix says "Tropicana Field" but there's all those people in there.
They have people that actually go to ballgames in Tampa?


Monday, June 11, 2018 | 7:10 pm
House of Horrors, aka The Trop | St. Petersburg, FL


Ten weekly random thoughts - week 10 - June 4-10


One week into June and things are looking up for the Blue Jays. They won 4 in a row for the first time in 8 weeks, they got their first series win since the May 25-27 series against the Philadelphia Phillies and their first series sweep since April 17-18 vs the KC Royals. Both the bats and the pitching have come around this week, saving John Gibbons job for now. Here are ten random thoughts from the 10th week of the MLB.

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Game #65 Baltimore Orioles (19-45) @ Toronto Blue Jays (30-35) - game recap

Curtis Granderson was 4-5 at the plate with 6RBI and 2 runs scored as the Blue Jays routed the Orioles 13-3 and swept the 4 game series and finished the home stand 4-2

The Blue Jays were looking to do something they haven't done since April 17-18 vs. the KC Royals: sweep a series. A win today would give the Blue Jays some momentum heading into a three game series in Tampa Bay. So many good things have happened this week. The bats have gotten hot again, the pitchers have all had at least one solid start where they pitched into the 6th inning, and they've won three games in extra innings. Here is today's game recap.

Game #65 Baltimore Orioles (19-44) at Toronto Blue Jays (29-35)


Sunday, June 10th, 2018
11:07 EDT / Skydome / Toronto, Ontario
Alex Cobb (2-7, 6.19 ERA) v. Marco Estrada (2-6, 5.29 ERA)

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Game #64 Baltimore Orioles (19-44) @ Toronto Blue Jays (29-35) - game recap

Yangervis Solarte was 2-5 at the plate with a RBI and a run scored as the Blue Jays won 4-3 in extra innings over the Orioles. Tomorrow they go for the series sweep.

Two wins in a row. A win today would give the Blue Jays their first series win since April 30-May 2 vs the Minnesota twins. It would be their first home series win since May 17-18 against the KC Royals. It's been clear the first two games that the Blue Jays are superior to the Orioles at the moment. Here is today's game recap.

Game #64 Baltimore Orioles (19-43) at Toronto Blue Jays (28-35)


Saturday, June 9th, 2018
11:07 EDT / Skydome / Toronto, Ontario
Kevin Gausman (3-5, 4.63 ERA) v. AA-Ron Sanchez (3-5, 4.48 ERA)

Friday, June 8, 2018

Game #63 Baltimore Orioles (19-43) @ Toronto Blue Jays (28-35) - game recap

JA Happ pitched 7 strong innings for his 100th career win as the Blue Jays won their second straight game with a 5-1 victory over the Baltimore Orioles

After a terrific comeback victory last night, the Blue Jays were looking for their first multi-game win streak since April 29-30. This is an ideal opponent to string some wins together as the Orioles have been even worse than the Blue Jays. Offensively, Manny Machado is the main threat to worry about, and he could be traded in the next 6 weeks or so. Here is today's game recap.

Game #63 Baltimore Orioles (19-42 at Toronto Blue Jays (27-35)


Friday, June 8th, 2018
7:07 EDT / Skydome / Toronto, Ontario
Andrew Cashner (2-7, 5.02 ERA) v. JA Happ (7-3, 4.08 ERA)

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Game #62 Baltimore Orioles (19-42) @ Toronto Blue Jays (27-35) - game recap

Randal Grichuk was 3-4 at the plate and scored the tying run as the Blue Jays had a huge comeback win 5-4 over the Orioles in 10 innings

This could be a really important series for the Blue Jays in that if they drop this one or are swept, it could spell the end for John Gibbons. The Blue Jays have to take advantage of the next 7 games against weaker opponents. Next weekend, the Washington Nationals are in town, followed by the Atlanta Braves. Then the Blue Jays embark on a tough road trip where they will face Ohtani and the Angels followed by the uber tough Astros pitching staff. Here is today's game recap.

Game #62 Baltimore Orioles (19-41) at Toronto Blue Jays (26-35)


Thursday, June 7th, 2018
7:07 EDT / Skydome / Toronto, Ontario
David Hess (2-2, 3.47 ERA) v. Jaime Garcia (2-4, 6.08 ERA)

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Game #61 New York Yankees (40-18) @ Toronto Blue Jays (26-35) - game recap

Aaron Judge hit the game-winning 2 run HR as the Yankees beat the Blue Jays 3-0 in 13 innings to sweep the 2-game series.

After a rough game where the Yankees scored 7 runs off a grand slam and a three-run HR last night, the Blue Jays were looking for the series sweep. Here is today's game recap.

Game #61...New York good players (39-18) @ Toronto bad players (26-34)

Wednesday June 6th, 2018
7:07PM EDT / SkyDome / The Six 
Sonny Grey (4-4, 5.50 ERA, 1.60 WHIP, 50 K)
v. Sammy G! (2-1, 3.32 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, 22 K)

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Game #60 New York Yankees (39-18) @ Toronto Blue Jays (26-34) - game recap

Yankees CF Aaron Hicks broke the game open with a 3 run HR as the Bronx Bombers beat the struggling Toronto Blue Jays 7-2

After a tough road trip where the Blue Jays went 3-6, the team returns home hoping to build some momentum on a 6 game road trip against division foes NY Yankees (tonight and tomorrow) and Baltimore Orioles. The Yankees are coming off a split of a double header yesterday vs. Detroit. Marco Estrada is hoping June will be a more positive month for him after compiling a 2-6 record with a 5.68 ERA through the first 2 months of the season. Marcus Stroman is taking another step in his rehab from shoulder inflammation as he is slated to throw three innings in a simulated game this week. Hopefully he'll be sent on a rehab assignment soon. Here is today's game recap.

Game #60! New York Yankers (38-18) @ Toronto Blue Birds (26-33)

Tuesday June 5th, 2018
7:07PM EDT / SkyDome / The Six 
C.C. Sabathia (2-3, 3.73 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, 38 K)
v. Marco Estrada (2-6, 5.68 ERA, 1.47 WHIP, 42 K)

Monday, June 4, 2018

Ten weekly random thoughts - week 9 May 28-June 3


A third of the season, 2 full month and 6 days are in the books. May was a disastrous month all around. The Blue Jays failed to win more than one game at a time and were swept twice, including the final three in May. The offence, defense and pitching have all struggled the past month. Here are ten random thoughts from week 9 of the MLB season.

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Game #59 Toronto Blue Jays (26-33) @ Detroit Tigers (28-31) - game recap

Randal Grichuk was 2-4 at the plate with 3 RBI and 2 runs scored as the Blue Jays beat the Tigers 
8-4 to snap a 5 game losing streak and avoid being swept 2 straight series

#59 - Toronto Blue Jays (25-33) at Detroit Tigers (28-30)


Sunday, June 3, 2018 | 1:10 pm
Comerica Park | Detroit, Michigan



Saturday, June 2, 2018

Game #58 Toronto Blue Jays (25-33) @ Detroit Tigers (28-30) - game recap

Tigers catcher John Hicks drove in a pair of runs in the 8th inning as the Tigers handed the Blue Jays their 5th straight loss with a 7-4 victory.

After a difficult game Friday that saw the Blue Jays lose after allowing a big inning of 4 runs on 6 hits, the Blue Jays were looking to snap a 4 game losing streak and even their record in June and the series. Here is today's game recap.

#58 - Toronto Blue Jays (25-32) at Detroit Tigers (27-30)

Old Tiger Stadium

Saturday, June 2, 2018 | 4:10 pm
Comerica Park | Detroit, Michigan
J.A. Happ (7-3, 3.84) vs. Matthew Boyd (3-4, 3.00)

Friday, June 1, 2018

Game #57 Toronto Blue Jays (25-32) @ Detroit Tigers (27-30) - game recap

Nicholas Castellanos was 3-4 at the plate with a solo HR as the Tigers took the opener of the 3-game series 5-2 over the struggling Blue Jays 

First game of June after an ugly month of May that saw the Blue Jays swept to end the month. Some reasons to hope? The injured players are slowly coming back. Aledmys Diaz and Randal Grichuk returned from respective ankle and knee injuries. Josh Donaldson was placed on the DL with his troublesome calf injury. The prospects are continuing to shine in AAA and AA. Look for some promotions soon. Could the Blue Jays snap a 3 game losing streak and start June with a win? Here is today's game recap.

#57 - Toronto Blue Jays (25-31) at Detroit Tigers (26-30)


Friday, June 1, 2018 | 7:10 pm ET
Comerica Park | Detroit, Michigan

(2-3, 5.52)
vs.
(1-0, 2.70)


Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Game #56 Toronto Blue Jays (25-31) @ Boston Red Sox (39-17) - game recap

Eduardo Nunez was 2-4 with 2 RBI and a run scored as the Red Sox defeated the Blue Jays 6-4 to sweep the three game series

After dropping the first 2 games of the series by identical 8-3 scores, the Blue Jays turned to spot starter Sam Gaviglio who had a great start last Saturday in Philadephia. By the way this was the last game of May and the best the Blue Jays could finish was 10-18. Here is today's game recap.

Game#56 - Blue Jays @ Red Sox


No one made a thread again and I am at work so this is all you get. Lets try to catch some routine fly balls today to limit the damage.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Game #55 Toronto Blue Jays (25-30) @ Boston Red Sox (38-17) - game recap

Red Sox catcher Sandy Leon was 3-4 at the plate with 3 RBI and 2 runs scored as the Blue Jays lost 8-3 to the Red Sox for the second straight game.

no. fifty-five 2018: Blue Jays (25-29) at Boston (37-17)


Tuesday 29 May 2018
7:10PM EDT / Pinball Machine / Boston MA
Marco Estrada (RHP2-5, 5.40 ERA, 1.44 WHIP, 41 Ks)
v. Rick Porcello (RHP 6-2, 3.74 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, 65 Ks)

Monday, May 28, 2018

Game #54 Toronto Blue Jays (25-29) @ Boston Red Sox (37-17) - game recap

Red Sox LF Andrew Benintendi was 3-5 at the plate with 4 RBI and finished a double shy of the cycle as the Red Soz defeated the Blue Jays 8-3

After a huge series win on the weekend, the Blue Jays look to continue their winning ways with a series against the Bosox. Toronto is also looking to win consecutive games for the first time since April 29-May 1. Russell Martin is playing his 4th position this season. He has started at catcher, third base, shortstop and now left field. Will we see him at first base tomorrow? Here is today's game recap.

Game #55: Blue Jays @ Red Sox

I am at work but the game starts in 2 minutes and I see no one made a thread. I dont have time to get all the pitcher stats so use your imagination! I assume the Blue Jays stats are bad and the Red Sox stats are good.

Ten weekly random thoughts week 8 May 21-27


Two months of the MLB season are almost in the books. May has been an utter disaster for the Blue Jays. They have not won consecutive games all month and they have won just 2 series all month (April 29-May 1st vs. the Twins and this past weekend against Philadelphia). With just 3 games left in the month, the Blue Jays will be below .500 for the month of May and the best they can do with their over all record is be at .500 if they sweep Boston. Here are ten random thoughts from the 8th week of the MLB season.

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Game #53 Toronto Blue Jays (25-28) @ Philadelphia Phillies (29-21) - game recap

Devon Travis was 2-3 at the plate with a pair of RBI as the Blue Jays defeated the Phillies 5-3 to take the series win.

The Blue Jays were looking to secure just their second series win this month, the first with the series beginning in April. The Blue Jays fielded a lineup where only starting pitcher JA Happ was batting above .300. Here is today's game recap

Game #53: Toronto Blue Jays (24-28) @ Philadelphia Phillies (29-20)

Image result for Philadelphia Logo



Sunday May 27, 2018
1:35PM EDT / Citizens Bank Park / Philadelphia 
J.A. Happ ( 6-3, 3.97 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, 71K)
   v Nick Pivetta  ( 4-2, 3.23 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, 60 K)

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Game #52 Toronto Blue Jays (24-28) @ Philadelphia Phillies (29-20) - game recap

Philadelphia Phillies pinch hitter Nick Williams hit the game winning HR as the Phillies edged the Blue Jays 2-1 in a classic pitcher's duel

After a nervous 6-5 victory last night, the Blue Jays were looking for their first win streak since April 29-May 1st and their first series win since taking 2 of 3 in Minnesota April 30-May 2. Since then, the Blue Jays have been hit by injuries and the arrest of Roberto Osuna three weeks ago has had a detrimental effect on the team, especially the bullpen. The Blue Jays bullpen has blown 2 of 3 save opportunities since Osuna was put on administrative leave by the MLB and they nearly blew the one last night too as Ryan Tepera was able to escape a bases loaded jam with 1 out. Here is today's game recap.

Game #52: Toronto Blue Jays (24-27) @ Philadelphia Phillies (28-20)


Saturday May 26, 2018
4:05PM EDT / Citizens Bank Park / Philadelphia 
Jamie Garcia (2-3, 6.28 ERA, 1.66 WHIP, 38 K)
v. Aaron Nola (6-2, 2.37 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, 57 K)

Friday, May 25, 2018

Game #51 Toronto Blue Jays (24-27) @ Philadelphia Phillies (28-20) - game recap

Justin Smoak was 2-4 at the plate, including a big 2 run HR as the Blue Jays defeated the Phillies 5-4

More interleague play! The Blue Jays are 1-1 after identical 12-1 scoresvs. the Mets a couple weeks back. The Phillies are surging with a 28-19 record heading into this one. The Blue Jays are slowly getting healthy again. Jaime Garcia will make his start Saturday after missing a turn with a tight forearm. Randal Grichuk and Aledmys Diaz look not much further behind him. The Blue Jays are looking to get back on track after a rough 1 win in 7 games home stand. Here is tonight's game recap.