|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)
Happy 3rd anniversary of 'The Nappening'. Can we please have the Jays take a nice team nap today before the game?
The slide continues for the Blue Jays, who lost game one of their series against the Tigers. Just before game time, it was announced that Josh Donaldson had been placed on the disabled list and Tim Mayza had been called up. The team then went out and promptly gave up four runs in the second inning and muddled their way through the first few innings before scoring 2 in the 6th and ultimately losing 5-2 when they couldn't score in the 7th and 8th despite having five base runners.
In today's game, the Jays send out their ace pitcher, J.A. Happ, and see an old friend on the mound, Matthew Boyd. Kendrys Morales is a career .750/.750/1.417 hitter in 12 ABs vs Boyd.
Here's a paraphrase of something Stoeten mentioned yesterday:
The Jays have gotten 1.5 fWAR so far this season from Stroman, Sanchez, Osuna and Donaldson. Two are on the DL for a while, one is on admin leave and one is lost. With Estrada's 0.3 added in, these five guys are on pace to finish at less than 6 fWAR. When you consider that they collectively contributed 19.2 fWAR in 2016, it's easy to see why the team is on a 71-win pace instead of being in the mid-80s. It doesn't matter what the rest of the roster does; if these five aren't doing it, the team goes nowhere.
John Axford riding a bullpen cart in last night's game? John Axford riding a bullpen cart.
Happ is going for his 100th career win in today's game, coming in with a career record of 99-79 and a 3.93 ERA.
MLB Pipeline has posted a breakdown of their top 10 prospects, headlined by you-know-who.
#BlueJays No. 1 prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (@MLB No. 2) & #WhiteSox No. 1 Eloy Jimenez (#MLB No. 3) lead the list of top prospects who could soon make a big league impact. @GoldenSombrero breaks down the entire Top 10: https://t.co/BcJtD4sEVB pic.twitter.com/Bn5Z5m1i1l— MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) June 2, 2018
This is your "Ah, fuck it... just win, boys. Is that too much to ask for?" game threat.