Monday, October 22, 2018

Gratitude post


Yup, we haven't done one of these in a while.

I'm grateful that I still am able to cast a vote, something that has been taken from many people. I'm grateful for the caring and sharing this community does. And I'm grateful that the World Series features...

Fuck it, I can only take it so far.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

2018 ALCS Game 5

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This could be the final game of the ALCS. The Red Sox have a commanding 3-1 series lead over the Astros Here are tonight's starting lineups



I'm rooting for a good baseball game tonight as I don't really want either team to win.Enjoy the game everyone.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

2018 NLCS Game 4 ALCS Game 3


Game 4 in LA with the Brewers looking to take a commanding 3-1 series lead over the Dodgers.But first, the Red Sox and Astros resume the ALCS in Houston. Here are the lineups below.





Friday, October 12, 2018

2018 NLCS Game 1


Yeah, it's early for a game thread but figured we could use something new.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

This is a post about Nothing:

Image result for nothingBecause the geniuses who run MLB have moronically decided to halt their playoff season for two full days just to see who can get rusty.

noth·ing
ˈnəTHiNG/
pronoun
  1. 1.
    not anything; no single thing.
    "I said nothing"
    synonyms:not a thing, not anything, nilzero, naught/nought;


1703 × 1152


Real smart, Manfred.

NLCS should be starting tomorrow.  Or, in the words of Stoeten, "Dumb".

Discuss.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

2018 AL Wild Card Game Thread













Hmmm, I got distracted, and just noticed the game thread wasn't up. So I'm a slapping this one up.
I'd love to add a bunch of witty words of wisdom but what would Wally wail about?

Monday, October 1, 2018

ten weekly random thoughts: week 26 September 24-30


The 2018 MLB season is officially over. The Blue Jays head into the off-season with lots of uncertainty, the biggest being who will be the next manager (I will analyze that a bit this week). The health of some of their players will also be a big concern (Aaron Sanchez had surgery on his ailing finger and missed his final start, Troy Tulowitzki missed the entire season with double heel surgery). The best trade the Blue Jays made by far was acquiring Ken Giles, who has been lights out, converting all 14 saves for Toronto. He is the only pitcher in the MLB not to have a blown save. Here are 10 random thoughts from week 26 of the MLB.

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Game #162 Toronto Blue Jays (73-89) @ Tampa Bay Rays (90-72) - game recap

Jake Bauers was 3-3 with 2RBI and 2 runs scored as the Rays beat the Blue Jays 9-4

Here we are, the final game of the 2018 MLB season. Russell Martin was the unofficial manager, filling out the lineup cards and handling the duties that John Gibbons would normally do. The Blue Jays were looking to give Gibbons a final series win before he rides off into the sunset.. The soon-to-be-ex-Blue Jays manager will almost certainly find employment elsewhere, hopefully in a better situation. Here is a today's game recap.

#162 - Toronto Blue Jays (73-88) at Tampa Bay Rays (89-72)



Sunday, September 30, 2018 | 3:10 pm
Trop's House of Horrors |Tampa, FL

Sam Gaviglio (3-9, 5.19, 1.43) vs. Ryne Stanek (2-3, 3.08, 1.10)


PREAMBLE:

Well, this is it.  The final game of the 2018 season for the Toronto Blue Jays, and the final 'official' managing game as a Jay for John Gibbons, though he's allowing Russell Martin to pull the strings for today's game.

Russell has filled out an interesting lineup card for the game - see lineups at the bottom of game thread.  McKinney batting 3rd?  Pillar leading off?  Sure, why not.

Sam Gaviglio takes the mound as he looks to avoid going to 10 losses for the season, and he'll face Ryne Stanek, who's starting a bullpenning game against the Jays for what seems like the 38th time this season.

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Game #161 Toronto Blue Jays (73-88) @ Tampa Bay Rays (89-72) - game recap

Mallex Smith drove in the game winning run in the 7th as the Rays edged the Blue Jays 4-3

This will unofficially be the last game John Gibbons manages for the Blue Jays as he is handing over the reins to catcher Russell Martin on Sunday. Today was a rematch of last Sunday's epic pitcher's duel between Ryan Borucki and Blake Snell. The Blue Jays were looking to get their skipper a series win to end his time in Toronto. Here is today's game recap.

#161 - Toronto Blue Jays (73-87) at Tampa Bay Rays (88-72)

The Gibby Lean will be missed.

Saturday, September 29, 2018 | 6:10 pm
Trop's House of Horrors | Tampa, FL

Ryan Borucki (4-5, 3.76, 1.31) vs. Blake Snell (21-5, 1.90, 0.96)


PREAMBLE:

The penultimate game of the season is here and essentially the final game for John Gibbons as Blue Jays manager as Russ Martin will handle the duties in tomorrow's finale.

The pitching matchup, again, should be a fun one with budding rotation fixture Ryan Borucki taking on Blake Snell as the latter looks to lock up the Cy Young award.  Snell has won nine consecutive starts with a 1.03 ERA in that span - pretty much the ultimate definition of taking control of his fate for the Cy Young.


Friday, September 28, 2018

Game #160 Toronto Blue Jays (73-87) @ Tampa Bay Rays (88-72) - game recap

Randal Grichuk hit a go-ahead triple in the 7th as the Blue Jays edged the Rays 7-6

We have reached the final weekend of the 2018 season. It will be bittersweet in several ways. This series marks the final one with John Gibbons as manager. The Blue Jays traded away one of the last major pieces from that magical 2015 playoff run as Josh Donaldson became an Indian. JA Happ left July 31st for the Yankees. Likely the only remaining players from 2015 on the team next year will be Russell Martin, Aaron Sanchez, Marcus Stroman, Justin Smoak, Kevin Pillar, Devon Travis, Ryan Tepera and Troy Tulowitzki. Here's hoping for a three game sweep to send Gibby off on a positive. Here is today's game recap.

#160 - Toronto Blue Jays (72-87) at Tampa Bay Rays (88-71)

Yes, that's the Trop.  Fitting, right?

Friday, September 28, 2018 | 7:10 pm
Trop's House of Horrors | Tampa, FL

Thomas Pannone (4-1, 3.85, 1.12) vs. Tyler Glasnow (1-5, 4.11, 1.01)


PREAMBLE:

It feels like we're seeing Tampa for the 40th time in the past month or so, thanks to the unbalanced schedule.  We've also seen Ryne Stanek and Tyler Glasnow (tonight's starter) about 17 times each by now, too.

In the final series of the 2018 season for the Blue Jays, the team looks to end the season on a good note and send Gibby off into the sunset with a well-deserved 1-year severance contract.  Even though it's against Tampa, a team that practices voodoo on the Jays, anything could happen in this series with neither team having anything to play for.

Thomas Pannone looks to wrap up a fine rookie season in style by taking the ball tonight for the Jays.  He goes up against the big guy, Tyler Glasnow, in a rematch from last Saturday, which Pannone won by a 5-2 score.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Game #159 Houston Astros (100-58) @ Toronto Blue Jays (72-87) - game recap

John Gibbons managed his final game as a Blue Jay and his team gave him a 3-1 victory over the Astros

Here we are. The final home game of the 2018 season. The Blue Jays will finish one or two games below .500, depending on the outcome. Today, the Blue Jays announced that John Gibbons will not return as Blue Jays manager, perhaps the worst kept secret in all of baseball. He will be sorely missed by fans and all of us here at JITH. Sean Reid-Foley started his final game of the season. Here is today's game recap.

#158 - Houston Astros (100-57) at Toronto Blue Jays (71-87)



Wednesday, September 26, 2017 | 4:07 pm
House of Gibbons | Toronto, ON

Chris Devenski (2-2, 4.12, 1.21) vs. Sean Reid-Foley (2-4, 5.40, 1.67)

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Game #158 Houston Astros (100-57) @ Toronto Blue Jays (71-87) - game recap

Alex Bregman hit a 1st inning 2-run HR as the Astros knocked off the Blue Jays 4-1

Lots going on today ahead of this one. The Roberto Osuna assault case wrapped up today with him signing a peace bond after his girlfriend decline to return from Mexico to appear. The Blue Jsys also found out a pair of players seasons are over. Aaron Sanchez had surgery on his ailing finger. The team is hoping he'll be able to participate fully in training camp next year. Lourdes Gurriel Jr. is also finished after sustaining a grade II hamstring strain in the 1st inning last night running to 1st. This means Yangervis Solarte will see more playing time in the last 5 games. Sam Gaviglio made his final start of the season tonight. He was looking to end an up and down season on a positive. The Blue Jays were also hoping to prevent the Astros from getting win #100 tonight and being in a position to clinch the AL West title. Here is today's game recap.

#158 - Houston Astros (99-57) at Toronto Blue Jays (71-86)



Tuesday, September 25, 2018 | 7:07 pm
Skydome | Toronto, ON

Josh James (1-0, 2.81, 1.00) vs. Sam Gaviglio (3-8, 5.18, 1.42)

Monday, September 24, 2018

Game #157 Houston Astros (99-57) @ Toronto Blue Jays (71-86) - game recap

Jose Altuve was 2-5 with a RBI and a run scored as the Astros defeated the Blue Jays 5-3

The MLB schedule makers saved the best for last for Blue Jays fans. This series has so many intriguing pieces. The Gurriel brothers face off in Toronto. Roberto Osuna pitches in Toronto for the first time since being arrested. Ken Giles faces his old team. Oh yeah and the Blue Jays could affect the outcome of the AL West title. Oakland is currently 4.5 games back. If the Blue Jays sweep Houston and Oakland sweeps Seattle. They could force the Astros to face the Yankees in the wild card game. Here is today's game recap.

no. 157 - Houston Astros (98-57) at Toronto Blue Jays (71-85)



Monday, September 24, 2018 | 7:07 pm
House of Gurriel | Toronto, ON

Dallas Keuchel (11-11, 3.71, 1.29) vs. Marco Estrada (7-13, 5.57, 1.41)

ten weekly random thoughts: week 25 September 17-23


We have arrived at the final week in the MLB schedule. There have been good moments (Kendrys Morales seven game HR streak, the play of Ryan Borucki, Yangervis Solarte becoming just the second player in the live ball era with 5 hits) and they've had bad moments (the pitching, countless errors that shouldn't be made and players not hustling). In 2017, after 156 games, the Blue Jays had a record of 73-83, two wins better than this year. This week, I will finish my analysis of all 9 positions with the two corner outfield positions and the pitchers (split into starters and relievers). Next week, I will analyze a replacement for John Gibbons and look at the free agents available. Here are ten random thoughts from week 25 of the MLB.

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Game #156 Tampa Bay Rays (87-68) @ Toronto Blue Jays (71-85) - game recap

Blake Snell threw 6.2 shutout innings as the Rays knocked off the Blue Jays 5-2 to keep their slim playoff hopes alive

Today's game actually had some relevance. A Rays loss would eliminate Tampa Bay from the playoffs. Ryan Borucki was making his second to last start of the season. He has more than proven himself as a lock of the rotation next year. Here is today's game recap.

no.156 - Tampa Bay Rays (86-68) at Toronto Blue Jays (71-84)

The death knell is sounding for your playoff chances, Rays.  Love, Blue Jays.

Sunday, September 23, 2018 | 1:07 pm
Rogers Centre of Horrors | Toronto, ON

Blake Snell (20-5, 1.97, 0.97) vs. Ryan Borucki (4-4, 3.86, 1.33)

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Game #155 Tampa Bay Rays (86-68) @ Toronto Blue Jays (71-84) - game recap

Rowdy Tellez was 3-4 with 3RBI and a run scored as the Blue Jays knocked off the Ray 5-2

The Blue Jays were unable to repeat their epic comeback Thursday on Friday. Here's an idea, don't give up so many runs. Tonight, Thomas Pannone looks to repeat his strong seven inning performance from last start vs. the Yankees. The last time the Blue Jays faced today's Rays starter, they scored 7 runs in 2/3 of an inning. Could the Blue Jays do what the Rays have been doing to them the last games and rout them? Here is today's game recap.

no. 155 - Tampa Bay Rays (86-67) vs. Toronto Blue Jays (70-84)



Saturday, September 22, 2018 | 4:07 pm
Rogers Centre of Horrors | Toronto, ON

Tyler Glasnow (2-6, 4.22, 1.24) vs. Thomas Pannone (3-1, 3.77, 1.06)


PREAMBLE:

Last night's game got ugly in a hurry and hopes of another stirring comeback a la Thursday quickly faded.  Oh well.  Move on to game 3 this afternoon and the Blue Jays are looking to secure at least a series split.

Thomas Pannone takes the ball this afternoon as he looks to continue his impressive performance in the big leagues and to stake a claim for a rotation spot for 2019.  He faces 6'8" Tyler Glasnow, who got absolutely torched by the Jays the last time he pitched against them two weeks ago.

Game #154 Tampa Bay Rays (86-67) @ Toronto Blue Jays (70-84) - game recap

Austin Meadows was 3 for 3 with 3 RBI and a pair of runs scored as the Rays routed the Blue Jays 11-3

After an epic comeback last night, the Blue Jays were looking to win two in a row vs. their AL East rivals. Tonight Sean Reid-Foley took to the mound in what will be his second to last start of the season. Will Russell Martin see the field again this season? What I think would be cool is on the final home game of the season, let Martin play all nine positions as Shane Halter did for the Twins in 2017. Here is tonight's game recap.

Friday, September 21, 2018

#154 - Tampa Bay Rays (85-67) at Toronto Blue Jays (70-83)



Friday, September 21, 2018 | 7:07 pm
Rogers Centre | Toronto, ON

Diego Castillo (3-2, 3.14, 0.97) vs. Sean Reid-Foley (2-3, 5.54, 1.54)

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Game #153 Tampa Bay Rays (85-67) @ Toronto Blue Jays (70-83) - game recap

Justin Smoak hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 9th to cap off an epic 7 run inning for a come from behind 9-8 victory over the Rays

The Blue Jays began their final homestand of the season tonight. Going into the game, the Blue Jays were .500 at home with a record of 37-37. Sam Gaviglio was on the mound tonight and he pitches much better at home. The Rays were having their usual bullpen game, which has been highly effective as the Rays could get 90 wins this season and they have an outside chance of making the playoffs. Here's hoping the Blue Jays play spoiler once again. Here is today's game recap.

#153 - Tampa Bay Rays (85-66) at Toronto Blue Jays (69-83)



Thursday, September 20, 2018 | 7:07 pm
Rogers Centre of Horrors | Toronto, ON

Ryne Stanek (2-3, 2.49, 1.06) vs. Sam Gaviglio (3-8, 5.25, 1.44)


PREAMBLE:

Not again, Ryne Stanek?  It feels like it's about the 10th time he's started a bullpenning game against the Blue Jays so far this season.  He'll probably go an inning and then be replaced by Yonny Chirinos (4-5, 3.89), who will go the bulk of the innings assuming the Jays let him pretend to be Cy Young for a while.

Sam Gaviglio takes the ball for the Jays as he looks to continue his home-field dominance.  He's 2-2, 3.23 at home, compared to 1-6 and close to 8.00 ERA on the road.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Game #152 Toronto Blue Jays (69-83) @ Baltimore Orioles (44-108) - game recap

DJ Stewart scored both Orioles runs, one off a towering solo HR as the Orioles edged the Blue Jays 2-1

After a solid comeback win, aided fittingly by a throwing error by the Orioles that allowed a pair of runs to score, the Blue Jays were looking to complete their third sweep of the season against the worst team in baseball. The struggling Marco Estrada, who's time in Toronto may be drawing near if the Blue Jays opt to not re-sign him. Estrada hasn't been as effective the last month or so as he has not been 100% healthy. He was facing righty Jimmy Yacabonis, who came into the game with an 0-2 record and 7.22ERA in 9 game (4 starts). Here is today's game recap.

#151 - Toronto Blue Jays (69-82) at Baltimore oriLOLes (43-108)

Look at this beauty I found online...

Wednesday, September 19, 2018 | 7:05 pm
LOL Park at Camden Yards | Baltimore, MD

Marco Estrada (7-12, 5.75, 1.44) vs. Jimmy Yacabonis (0-2, 7.22, 1.53)


PREAMBLE:

Prepare to shed a lot of tears tonight as it'll be the last time the Blue Jays face the oriLOLes this season.  They've gone 14-4 so far.  So much fun beating them up.  Tonight, the Jays go for a series sweep and redemption for getting swept in Baltimore three weeks ago.

Marco Estrada goes out there to see if he has anything left in the tank; based on his last outing against the Yankees, it really doesn't look like he has much left.  Jimmy Yacabonis is his counterpart on the mound tonight - it's kinda like tossing a string of spaghetti against the wall to see what sticks at this point in time.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Game #151 Toronto Blue Jays (69-82) @ Baltimore Orioles (43-108) - game recap

Lourdes Gurriel Jr singled in the game winning runs as the Blue Jays came from behind to defeat the Orioles 6-4

After a convincing shutout over the basement-dwelling Orioles, the Blue Jays turned to Aaon Sanchez, who has turned in two solid performances in September. Reese McGuire started his 4th game behind the plate tonight. I have been impressed with his speed and poise behind the plate. Baltimore sent Dylan Bundy to the mound, looking for his 9th win of the season.  Who will win tonight's meaningless game? Here is today's game recap.

#151 - Toronto Blue Jays (66-82) at Baltimore oriLOLes (43-107)



Tuesday, September 18, 2018 | 7:05 pm
LOL Park at Camden Yards | Baltimore, MD

Aaron Sanchez (4-6, 4.90, 1.55) vs. Dylan Bundy (8-14, 5.48, 1.40)


PREAMBLE:

After a virtuoso performance from Ryan Borucki in a 5-0 win in the opener, the Blue Jays look to carry on the momentum into game 2 of the series.

Aaron Sanchez looks to continue his solid September and end the season on a good note as he takes the ball on the mound tonight.  His opponent, Dylan Bundy, has given up a major league-leading 38 HRs so far this season.  Om nom nom.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Game #150 Toronto Blue Jays (68-82) @ Baltimore Orioles (43-107) - game recap

Ryan Borucki threw 8 outstanding innings as the Blue Jays shut out the Orioles 5-0

After taking 2 of 3 from the mighty Yankees on the weekend, the Blue Jays head into Baltimore looking to snap a three game losing streak against the AL East basement dwellers. The Orioles have five fewer wins than the Red Sox have losses. The Blue Jays sent rookie phenom Ryan Boucki to the mound today, while the Orioles countered with reliever Evan Phillips in a bullpen day for the Orioles. Could the Blue Jays snap the shameful three game losing against the worst team in baseball? Here is today's game recap.

#150 - Toronto Blue Jays (67-82) at Baltimore oriLOLes (43-106)

Monday, September 17, 2018 | 7:05 pm
LOL Park at Camden Yards | Baltimore, MD

Ryan Borucki (3-4, 4.26, 1.42) vs. E Phillips (0-0, 21.60, 3.00)


PREAMBLE:

After a series win (!) against the Yankees in their home park, the Blue Jays had an happy (and short) flight to Baltimore for a three game series.  The last time the Jays were in town, they were embarrassed in a three-game sweep to the worst team in the bigs.  Let's sweep 'em, mmkay?

Ryan Borucki takes the ball tonight and his opponent, Evan Phillips, is making his first major-league start for what sounds like a bullpen game.

ten weekly random thoughts: week 24 September 10-16


We are entering the final two weeks of the season. Lots has happened in the past 24 weeks. The Yankees and Red Sox continue to be a cut above the rest of the AL East. The TB Rays have done remarkable despite really having only one viable starting pitcher. By the way, don't expect bullpen days to become a trend in the MLB. Most teams will still have five traditional starters that pitch 5-7 innings. The Orioles... not much to do here but laugh at their ineptitude. At the moment, the Blue Jays are kind of between the Rays and Orioles talent wise. A couple of years down the road, Toronto might be able to compete with Boston and NY. Last week, I started looking at each position and the depth the Blue Jays have with catcher, third base and first base. This week, I will take a look at SS, 2B and CF. Here are 10 random thoughts from week 24 of the MLB.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Game #149 Toronto Blue Jays (67-82) @ New York Yankees (91-58) - game recap

Thomas Pannone threw 7 strong innings as the Blue Jays came from behind to defeat the Yankees for the second straight day 3-2 

Today was the rubber match of the final series of the season between the Yankees and Blue Jays. Toronto was looking to win a series over the Yankees for the first time all season. A loss for New York would also increase the odds of the Yankees being forced to play the wild card game on the road in Oakland.  Thomas Pannone was looking for his third career win against a Yankees team that will be playing desperate baseball in an attempt to avoid a long flight west for a wild card game, or missing the playoffs altogether. Here is today's game recap.

#149 - Toronto Blue Jays (66-82) at New York Yankees (91-57)



Sunday, September 16, 2018 | 1:05 pm
Yankee Stadium | New York, NY

Thomas Pannone (2-1, 4.13, 1.13) vs. Lance Lynn (9-10, 5.01, 1.55)


PREAMBLE:

After just managing to hold on to win Game 2 despite a leaky bullpen, the Blue Jays look to grab a series win in today's matinee.  It'll be an accomplishment if the Jays can avoid getting beaten to a pulp into the ground as the Yankees look to get back on track to securing home field advantage for the wild card game.

Thomas Pannone takes the ball on the mound today against Lance Lynn.

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Game #148 Toronto Blue Jays (66-82) @ New York Yankees (91-57) - game recap

Aledmys Diaz was 2-4 with 3RBI as the Blue Jays edged the Yankees 8-7

After a slaughtering from the Yankees last night, the Blue Jays were getting ready for round 2. Today they were up against the big lefty CC Sabathia. The Yankees have an outside chance of getting 100 wins, but they have to go 9-6 in their final 15 games to hit the century mark in wins. Even crazier, the Rays have an outside chance of passing the Yankees and knocking them out of the playoffs. More likely is the A's passing the Yankees and making the Yankees head west for a wild card game. Here's hoping Toronto wins the next 2 games to make NY travel west. Here is today's game recap.

#148 - Toronto Blue Jays (65-82) at New York Yankees (91-56)



Saturday, September 15, 2018 | 4:05 pm
Yankee Stadium | New York, NY

Raw Rookie (SRF, 1-3, 6.86, 1.32) vs. Future Yankee Hall of Famer (CC, 7-6, 3.54, 1.32)


PREAMBLE:

The blood-letting continues in game 2 of the series where the Blue Jays are making the Yankees seem like the 1927 Murderer's Row version.

Fresh meat, in the form of Sean Reid-Foley, is being thrown out onto the mound to get chewed up by the Yankees, while the grizzled old vet, CC Sabathia takes the ball for the home team.

Friday, September 14, 2018

Game #147 Toronto Blue Jays (65-82) @ New York Yankees (91-56) - game recap

Andrew McCutchen was 3-3 with an RBI and a pair of runs scored as the Yankees shut out and routed the Blue Jays 11-0

This is the first of three series down the stretch where the Blue Jays could play spoiler. At the moment, the Yankees sit 1.5 games up on Oakland for home field advantage in the wild card game. The other two series where the Blue Jays could play spoiler are a home and home (with a series vs. the Astros sandwiched between) series vs. the Rays. It's very possible the Blue Jays could lose all 9 games as they have a combined 7 wins in 28 games vs. the Rays and Yankees this season. Tonight, the hurting Marco Estrada gamely tried to battle against the Yankees facing Blue Jays killer Masahiro Tanaka. Here is today's game recap.

Game Highlights

  • The Yankees took the lead in the bottom of the 1st as Aaron Hicks singled, scoring Andrew McCutchen
  • Two batters later, Giamcarlo Stanton scored on a Didi Gregorius ground out 
  • A batter later, Gleyber Torres singled home Hicks
  • Two batters later, Luke Voit doubled scoring Torres and Gary Sanchez
  • The Yankees added a run in the bottom of the 3rd as  Brett Gardner singled home Gregorius
  • Two batters later, Gardner singled scoring Voit and Gardner
  • Marco Estrada pitching line: 2.2IP 6H 8R (all earned) 3BB 2K 55 pitches (34 for strikes)
  • The Yankees added a run in the bottom of the 5th as McCutchen homered to right-center
  • Masahiro Tanaka pitching line: 6IP 4H 0R 2BB 8K 90 pitches (64 for strikes)
  • The Yankees added a run in the bottom of the 8th as Gregorius homered to right
  • Four batters later, Kyle Higashioka scored on a rare sac fly double play
  • final score: Yankees 11 Blue Jays 0
My Take

  • It was not a good night at all for Maarco Estrada. He was lit up for 8 runs on 6 hits and 3 walks. It is a well-known fact that Estrada is not healthy. He missed close to a month with a glute strain. He had 2 strong starts since where he pitched into the seventh inning, but the last month he has been laboring. With 2 weeks left in the season and maybe a start or two left, why not shut him down? You can always have a bullpen day if there aren't enough starters. 
  • The Yankees definitely played like a team that doesn't want to travel west for a wild card game. Offensively, they exploded for 11 runs on 14 hits and 7 walks.
  • The Blue Jays were 0-7 with runners in scoring position tonight.
  • Reese McGuire pinch hit for Devon Travis in the 9th and popped out
  • Richard Urena pinch hit for Aledmys Diaz in the 9th and hit a single
  • Rowdy Tellez started at first base and was 1-4 at the plate (a rare single).
  • Taylor Guerreri took over for Marco Estrada in the bottom of the 3rd. He gave up three hits and walked 2 batters, while striking out 1 in 1.1 innings tonight.
  • Justin Shafer pitched 2 innings today, giving up a pair of hits (one a home run) and a walk
  • David Paulino pitched the 8th inning and gave up a pair of hits and a pair of runs (only one was earned due to a fielding error by Lourdes Gurriel Jr.) and struck out a batter 
  • Luke Maile had a perfect night at the plate with a pair of hits. He also drew a pair of walks.
  • Up next, the Blue Jays try to even the three game series as they send rookie Sean Reid-Foley to the mound facing the big lefty CC Sabathia, who is in the twilight of his career.

no.147 - Toronto Blue Jays (65-81) at New York Yankees (



Friday, September 14, 2018 | 7:05 pm
Huge-Airstream-to-RF Stadium | New York, NY

Marco Estrada (7-11, 5.32, 1.40) vs. Masahiro Tanaka (11-5, 3.61, 1.09)


PREAMBLE:

The Blue Jays, licking their wounds after being swept by the Red Sox, fly to New York for a series against the slumping Yankees, who have just returned from a 9-game road trip on the other coast.  The Yankees are just a game-and-half ahead of the Athletics for the right to host the wild card game.  Can the Jays play spoiler and force the Yankees to fly all the way to Oakland for a 1-game, winner-take-all matchup?

Marco Estrada looks to build upon his solid outing last time against the Clevelands, while the Yankees counter with Masahiro Tanaka, whose arm apparently is no longer hanging by a slight thread.