Saturday, November 16, 2019

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Hump Day Gratitude


It's time again for your favourite weekly post! What are you grateful for?

I'm grateful for the Toronto Public Library. I'm going to reach my goal of 200 books read this year and I have the library to thank for that. They provided me with graphic novels, e-novellas, romance novels, mystery novels, and thought-provoking non-fiction books. They also gave me access to the most recent season of Doctor Who, all the DC Superhero Girls movies, the music scores for Half a Sixpense and Come From Away, the old Leila Fletcher piano study series books, and so many CDs of music old and new. One of the best things about moving back to Toronto was getting my library card back.

Monday, November 11, 2019

Monday Moans


This thread is for your best Dad Jokes. Because Mondays are hard enough.

My contribution:

What concert costs just 45 cents?
50 Cent featuring Nickelback!

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Party Weekend

This beauty is sadly out of stock at Donkey Tees

It's another Saturday night party! Post your fave party songs below. Or just hang out. We're all friends here.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Hump Day Gratitude


It's back! Your favourite off-season weekly post.

I am grateful to have seen my friend Jean just kill her storytelling night on Sunday. I've been working with her for almost 20 years and to get to see her upping her game with some of the city's best one-women performers was so gratifying. She can't believe all the positive feedback she's getting but I always knew.

What are you grateful for?

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Party Weekend!


I don't feel right about calling this thread Saturday Night Spanish Guitar, or WTF JITH. That's Wolf and I can't be him. So I'm reverting back to what I called this thread when I started it.

I don't have the witticisms either, so instead I'll just leave you with my Saturday night contribution.


Thursday, October 31, 2019

Not-the-Expos are your 2019 World Series champions!


Yes, that's Daniel Hudson on the mound after the final out. As lurker DrStoppage said last night, Daniel Hudson helping the Nationals win a WS is a fuckton better than Steve Pearce helping the Red Sox win a WS.

"Why didn't they put Cole in?" is the new "why didn't you use Britton?"

I am personally sad that this never happened for Montreal.

Anyway, discuss!

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Friday, October 25, 2019

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Monday, October 21, 2019

Public service announcement

Photo by Jonathan Rados on Unsplash

I know a lot of you struggle with chronic pain so I wanted to share this video. She does start the video setting an energetic space but even if you don't buy into energetic healing, the technique of tuning into your body is so valuable and will help. It is just under 30 minutes and I honestly believe it's worth your time.


Saturday, October 19, 2019

Friday, October 18, 2019

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Rainy Day/Postponement Thread




Howdy friends. Unfortunately the weather decided not to co-operate with tonight's festivities, so it's just us. Yeah, I'm jonesing too. Can't imagine how we'll survive between whenever Astros/Yankee$ is done and October 22nd, but we'll pull together and get through it I'm sure. Let's not even talk about the offseason OK? *Shudders* *Goes for OOTP fix* Y'all still there? As mentioned in the previous thread, this is the slapdashiest of slapdashy posts ever.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

2019 ALCS Game 3, NLCS Game 4


NY assholes vs Hurricanes' favourite dumping ground: 4pm
Racists vs Not the Expos: 8pm

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Saturday, October 12, 2019

2019 ALCS Game 1, NLCS Game 2


Not the Expos vs Racists: 4pm
Hurricanes' favourite dumping ground vs NY assholes: 8pm

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

2019 NLDS Game 5


Racist fans vs Racist name: 5pm
Not the Expos vs Dodgers: 8:30pm

Monday, October 7, 2019

2019 ALDS Game 3, NLDS Game 4



Hurricane party spots: 1pm EDT
Racist fans vs Racist name: 3pm EDT
Yankees West vs Not the Expos: 6:30pm EDT
Beat the Yanks curse: 8:30pm EDT

Sunday, October 6, 2019

2019 NLDS Game 3


Racist name vs Racist fans: 4pm
Yankees West vs Not the Expos: 7:30pm

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Friday, October 4, 2019

2019 ALDS Game 1, NLDS Game 2


Hurricane party spots: 2pm EDT
Racist fans vs Racist name: 4:30pm EDT
Beat the Yanks curse: 7pm EDT
Not the Expos vs Yankess West: 8:30pm EDT

Thursday, October 3, 2019

2019 NLDS Game 1


Racist fans vs Racist name: 5pm
Not the Expos vs Dodgers: 8:30pm

Monday, September 30, 2019

Ten weekly random thoughts: Week 26 -September 23-29


The 2019 MLB season has mercifully come to an end for the Blue Jays. The final week of play started with an epic 15 inning marathon that ended with Anthony Alford walking it off for his first career HR. The ball was flying out of the yard with a combined 10 home runs. Both teams used 9  relievers, and had the game dragged on much longer a position player probably would have pitched. If you like offensive displays, you would have loved watching this juggernaut. The next day, Baltimore snapped a 4 game losing streak against the Blue Jays as Dylan Bundy was his usual masterful self against the Blue Jays with a solid seven innings. Dwight Smith Jr. killed his former team with 2 runs scored, 3 hits and 3 RBI. Trey Mancini went 5-5 and drove in yet another run. Mancini finished the season series with 25 RBI against the Blue Jays. Toronto ended the season series against Baltimore with a victory. In a bit of a quirk, every run the Blue Jays scored was a leadoff home run to start an inning (Billy McKinney in the 1st and Rowdy Tellez in the 4th and 6th). Baltimore made things interesting in the 8th, scoring a pair of runs, including off a bases loaded walk. Luckily, Wilmer Font got Chris Davis to fly out to end the threat and Ken Giles struck out the side in the 9th. Tampa Bay came into the final series of the season needing a win or Cleveland loss to punch their ticket to the postseason. They got both with Cleveland getting pounded 8-2. Meanwhile, the Rays were their usual stingy self with patient AB's, scoring runs every which way (HR, single and a double error by Reese McGuire). The bats were pretty silent (4 hits, 2 runs, 2 walks). The next day, the Blue Jays jumped all over a Rays teams early that had clearly partied late into the night. Rays starter Ryan Yarborough gave up 3 runs on 4 hits in the 1st and and just 1 hi, 2 walks and a hit batter in his final 4 innings. Trent Thornton threw 5 shutout innings in his final start, but continues to struggle with command with 4 walks. Ken Giles appears to be back to full health (he retired the side in order on just 10 pitches). On the final day, it was fan appreciation day and the annual team awards were handed out. Randal Grichuk was named team MVP. He finished with a .232 average, 31HR and 80RBI. Ken Giles was pitcher of the year, finishing 2-3 with 23 saves and a 1.87ERA in 53 appearances. My personal choice would have been Tim Mayza, not for performance, but for being such a warrior. The rookie of the year was Bo Bichette, who finished batting .311 with 11HR and 21RBI in 46 games before a hit by pitch ended his season ten days prematurely. Finally, the most pleasant surprise award went to rookie Reese McGuire, who finished batting .299 with 5HR and 11RBI in 30 games. McGuire also threw out 5 of 19 would be base stealers. Several Blue Jays had strong games on the final day of play. Clay Buchholz threw five solid innings, allowing 1 run on 4 hits while walking 1 and striking out 6. Teoscar Hernandez hit a big 3-run HR that proved to be the difference in the game. Justin Smoak hit a pair of RBI doubles. Breyvic Valera went 3-4, scored twice, drove in 2 runs and made a nice play defensively. Ryan Tepera pitched a perfect 9th on just 12 pitches, striking out 1. All in all, it was great to see the Blue Jays end a miserable season with a win. This post will be both a look back on the season that was and a look to the future. Here are ten random thoughts from week 26 of the MLB.

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Game #162 Tampa Bay Rays (96-66) @ Toronto Blue Jays (67-95) - game recap

Justin Smoak was 2-4 with 3RBI as the Blue Jays defeated the Rays 8-3

And the 2019 season has now come to an end. Clay Buchholz got the ball for the final start of the season, while Blake Snell continued to build up his pitch count after an extended stint on the IL. Bo Bichette was shut down for the final game of the season as he simply ran out of games and had not passed concussion protocol. Richard Urena got the start at SS. Vlad was also held out with Breyvic Valera at the hot corner. Luke Maile also got what could be his final start in a Blue Jays uniform behind the plate. Justin Smoak got what could be his final start in a Blue Jays uniform at 1B. Rowdy Tellez got the half day off, serving as the DH today. Could the Blue Jays end a miserable 2019 season with a win? Here is today's game recap.

#162 - Tampa Bay Rays (95-66) at Toronto Blue Jays (66-95)



Sunday, September 29, 2019 | 3:07 pm
Rogers Centre | Toronto, ON

Blake Snell (6-7, 4.21, 1.25) vs. Clay Buchholz (1-5, 7.00, 1.54)


PREAMBLE:

Well, this is it.  We all somehow made it to game 162 of this long, difficult season.  The Blue Jays wrap up their season today, looking to pull out a series win against the Rays, who will likely be taking it easy to rest up for the Wild Card game

On the mound today, we hold our breaths to see if Clay Buchholz can actually hold onto a lead for once and finish with an ERA under 7.  He'll face off against the reigning Cy Young winner, Blake Snell, who is having a tough season of his own.  Snell is 0-0, 1.50 in two starts against the Jays this season.


Saturday, September 28, 2019

Game #161 Tampa Bay Rays (96-65) @Toronto Blue Jays (66-95) - game recap

Trent Thronton threw 5 shutout innings in his final start of the season as the Blue Jays knocked off the Rays 4-1

It was the second last day of the season and while the Blue Jays can't knock the Rays out of the playoffs, they have a chance of forcing them to travel to Oakland. Trent Thornton got his final start of the season. Vlad was a last minute scratch due to a sore knee and Brandon Drury was in his spot at the hot corner. I guess Montoyo's getting tired because for some odd reason he put Teoscar Hernandez, who strikes out A LOT at the top of the lineup. Richard Urena got his second straight start at SS in place of the injured Bo Bichette. Justin Smoak got the half day off, serving as the DH with Rowdy Tellez at 1B. Anthony Alford actually got a start in LF. Danny Jansen was behind the plate for probably the final time this season. Could the Blue Jays snap the five game losing streak against the Rays? Here is today's game recap.

#161 - Tampa Bay Rays (96-64) at Toronto Blue Jays (65-95)



Saturday, September 28, 2019 | 3:07 pm
Rogers Centre | Toronto, ON

Ryan Yarbrough (11-5, 4.08, 0.98) vs. Trent Thornton (5-9, 5.00, 1.42)


PREAMBLE:

The penultimate game of the 2019 season.  After watching the Tampa Bay Rays clinch a post-season berth last night, the Blue Jays look to take advantage of a hopefully-hungover squad - don't count on that last bit, though, as the Rays are tied with the A's for home-field advantage in the wild-card game, though I'm not really sure what home-field advantage would look like in St. Petersburg when there's 6,000 fans at the game.

Trent Thornton takes the ball for the Jays for his final start of the season, and he'll look to avoid setting the mound on fire against the Rays for a change, having gone 0-1, 8.44 in four starts this season.  He'll face Ryan Yarbrough, who is 6-0, 1.99 in eight outings for his career against the Jays.  On paper, a total mismatch.


Friday, September 27, 2019

Game #160 Tampa Bay Rays (96-64) @Toronto Blue Jays (65-95) - game recap

Teoscar Hernandez hit a 2-run HR in a losing effort as the Rays knocked off the Blue Jays 6-2 to punch their ticket into the postseason

The Blue Jays opened up the final series of the season against the TB Rays. This series should be fun as the Blue Jays will be very much influencing the AL WC race. At the start of play tonight, the Rays were in the 2nd WC spot, a game back of the Oakland A's and 2 games up on the Cleveland Indians. Tyler Glasnow started for the 4th time since coming off the IL. Billy McKinney got his 3rd straight start in the leadoff spot. Bo Bichette was listed as a bench player. Maybe he'll lay a game or two this weekend. In the neantime, Richard Urena took his spot at SS tonight. Randal Grichuk got the half day off, serving as the DH with Teoscar Hernandez playing between McKinney and Derek Fisher in the outfield. Rowdy Tellez got the start at 1B. Reese McGuire got the start behind the plate, catching TJ Zeuch, his battery mate in Buffalo. Could the Blue Jays play the role of spoilers. Here is tonight's game recap.

Game highlights:
  • The Rays opened the scoring in top of the 3rd as Tommy Pham smacked a 2-run blast to left also scoring Joey Wendle
  • The Rays added a run in the top of the 4th as Willy Adames singled home Nate Lowe
  • Tyler Glasnow pitching line: 4.1IP 0H 0R 2BB 4K 66 pitches (35 for strikes)
  • TJ Zeuch pitching line: 5IP 4H 3R (all earned) 3BB 4K 91 pitches (54 for strikes)
  • The Blue Jays got a pair back in the bottom of the 7th as Teoscar Hernandez smacked an opposite field 2-run blast to right-center, also scoring Reese McGuire
  • The Rays added a run in the top of the 8th as Avisail Garcia singled home Johnny Davis
  • Two batters later, Lowe scored on a comedy of errors by McGuire, who was charged with a passed ball and then threw the ball away
  • The Rays added a run in the top of the 9th as Austin Meadows lined a solo drive to right and into the Rays bullpen
  • Final score: Rays 6 Blue Jays 2
My take:
  • TJ Zeuch battled threw 5 innings, allowing 3 runs on 4 hits while walking 3 and striking out 4. The Rays represent one of the elite lineups in the game. They can play small ball, go for power and in general frustrate the hell out of pitchers, They are a patient lineup. A decent effort to head into the off-season for Zeuch.
  • Offensively, Teoscar Hernandez (2-4, 2-run HR, walk) and Cavan Biggio (1-3, walk) were the only Blue Jays to reach base multiple times. Vlad (hit) and Reese McGuire (FC) reached base once each
  • The Rays victory combined with the Cleveland Indians losing big in Washington means that the playoffs are set in both the AL and NL. The playoff teams will be NY Yankees, Minnesota Twins, and Houston Astros. The TB Rays and Oakland A's will play in the AL WC game with home field advantage still to be decided. Oakland currently has a 0.5 game lead over the Rays for the 1st WC spot and they are currently playing in Seattle. Houston also currently holds a 2 game (soon to be 1.5 game lead with the Yankees trouncing the Rangers 11-2 in the 8th) and 1 game lead over the Dodgers for 1st place in the league and home field advantage through the World Series. 
  • In the NL, things aren't quite so clear. All the playoff teams are known (Atlanta Braves, St. Louis Cardinals, LA Dodgers, Milwaukee Brewers and Washington Nationals. However, the NL Central title is still up for grabs with the Cardinals holding a 1 game (soon to be 1.5 game with the Brewers being trounced 11-2 by the Rockies) lead over the Brewers. To muddy things further, a three-way tie for the NL WC between the Brewers, Cardinals is still possible, though less likely with the Brewers about to lose big tonight. Stay tuned it could be a wild finish in both leagues
  • Up next, the final series continues as the Blue Jays look to force the Rays to go to Oakland for the WC game next week. Trent Thornton makes his final start of the season. The Rays will have a bullpen day.

#160 - Tampa Bay Rays (95-64) at Toronto Blue Jays (65-94)



Friday, September 27, 2019 | 7:07 pm
Rogers Centre | Toronto, ON

Tyler Glasnow (6-1, 1.92, 0.92) vs. T.J. Zeuch (1-1, 4.58, 1.47)


PREAMBLE:

Well, this is it.  The final series of the 2019 season for the Blue Jays.  In this series, they face a Rays squad that is fighting to lock up a post-season berth -- currently, the Rays are set in the second wild-card spot, a game behind Oakland and two up on Cleveland.  Win tonight and the Rays are in.  Let's see if the Jays can make life miserable for the Rays.

T.J. Zeuch makes his third major-league start on the hill for the Jays.  His counterpart, Tyler Glasnow, is making his fourth start back from a long stay on the I.L., having gone a total of 8 innings with a 2.25 ERA in his three starts back.  Glasnow is 0-2, 7.58 in five career starts against the Blue Jays.  Zeuch is facing the Rays for the first time.


Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Game #159 Baltimore Orioles (52-107) @Toronto Blue Jays (65-94) - game recap

Rowdy Tellez hit a pair of solo HR to lead the Blue Jays to a 3-2 victory over the Orioles

After the Orioles took it to the Blue Jays last night, the Blue Jays were looking to finish off the season series with a win. Jacob Waguespack got his final start of the season (he might be available in relief on the last day if we get an 18-inning marathon). Luke Maile got the start behind the plate. Breyvic Valera started at SS for the second straight day. Bo Bichette may have played his last game of the year (today was his first day being symptom-free. Vlad got the half day off, serving as the DH with Brandon Drury at the hot corner. Randal Grichuk got the full day off with Teoscar Hernandez between Billy McKinney and Derek Fisher in the outfield. Rowdy Tellez was at 1B. Could the Blue Jays send Baltimore packing with another loss? Here is tonight's game recap.

#159 - Baltimore OriLOLes (52-106) at Toronto Blue Jays (64-94)



Wednesday, September 25, 2019 | 7:07 pm
Rogers Centre | Toronto, Ontario

Gabriel Ynoa (1-9, 5.65, 1.37) vs. Jacob Waguespack (4-5, 4.75, 1.36)


PREAMBLE:

After splitting the first two games, the Blue Jays look to take the rubber match in tonight's series finale against the Orioles.  Additionally, the Jays are looking to cool Trey Mancini off after a 5-for-5 outing last night -- it's simple, boys.  Walk him.

Staff ace Jacob Waguespack is on the mound tonight for the Jays and he'll face Gabriel Ynoa of the Orioles.  Ynoa is facing the Jays for the fifth time this year, having gone 0-2, 4.40 in the four previous outings.


Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Game #158 Baltimore Orioles (52-106) @Toronto Blue Jays (64-94) - game recap

Dwight Smith Jr. haunted his former team, going 3-4 with 2 runs scored and 3RBI as the Orioles routed the Blue Jays 11-4

After an epic 15 inning marathon game that ended in the most improbable way -- with an Anthony Alford HR (the first of his career). Both starters were knocked out by the 5th inning after giving up a combined 12 runs on 12 hits with 4 walks between them. After the game, it was revealed that Lourdes Gurriel Jr.'s season had come to an end due to appendicitis. Bo Bichette may have also played his last game as he continues to work through MLB's concussion protocol. Breyvic Valera, picked up last week on waivers from the Yankees, made his first start in a Blue Jays uniform, batting leadoff and at SS. Vlad got the half day off, serving as the DH with Brandon Drury at the got corner. Reese McGuire was behind the plate after Danny Jansen played the bulk of last night's marathon. Rowdy Tellez got the start at 1B and Anthony Alford was awarded with a start in CF. Derek Fisher also got a start in LF (I guess Montoyo is in a forgiving mood?) Could the Blue Jays make it five in a row vs. the Orioles? Here is tonight's game recap.

#158 - Baltimore oriLOLes (51-106) at Toronto Blue Jays (64-93)



Tuesday, September 24, 2019 | 7:07 pm
Rogers Centre | Toronto, Ontario

Bud Dylan Bundy (6-14, 4.89, 1.38) vs. Thomas Pannone (3-5, 5.90, 1.35)


PREAMBLE:

After a thrilling walk-off by Anthony Alford for his first major-league HR in the 15th inning, the Blue Jays head back out there to take on the Orioles in the second game of a three-game set. 

On the mound, we've got Anthony Kay looking to establish himself as a definite contender for a 2020 rotation spot.  After nabbing his first major-league win in his previous start last week against the O's, Thomas Pannone going for the Jays in a hastily-arranged bullpen day.  He'll start things off against Dylan Bundy, who has been tough on the Blue Jays this season (1-0, 2.12 in three starts)


Game #157 Baltimore Orioles (51-106) @Toronto Blue Jays (64-93) - game recap

Anthony Alford hit a walk-off HR in the 15th as the Blue  Jays came from behind to defeat the Orioles 11-10

The Blue Jays kicked off the final week of play for the 2019 season with a tilt against the lowly Orioles, who are destined for their second consecutive 100+ loss season. Bo Bichette remained out of the lineup as he continues to progress through the MLB's concussion protocol. Billy McKinney batted leadoff and was in RF with Randal Grichuk getting the half day off, serving as the DH tonight. Brandon Drury took Bichette's spot at SS. Danny Jansen was behind the plate and Clay Buchholz got the start on the mound. He should have one more start on the weekend. Rowdy Tellez got the start at 1B. Could the Blue Jays snap the 2-game losing and make it 4 in a row vs. the Orioles (they swept them a week ago in Baltimore). Here is tonight's game recap.

Monday, September 23, 2019

#157 - Baltimore oriLOLes (51-105) at Toronto Blue Jays (63-93)

Monday, September 23, 2019 | 7:07 pm
Rogers Centre | Toronto, Ontario

Chandler Bing Shepherd (0-0, 4.91, 1.45) vs. Clay Buchholz (1-5, 6.48, 1.48)


PREAMBLE:

After a solid 4-2 road trip, the Blue Jays are back in Toronto for the final 2019 homestand to resume their beat-down of the oriLOLes.  The Jays swept a three-game series against the oriLOLes last week where they came from behind in two of the games and scored umpteen late-inning runs in all three games, exploiting the O's brutal bullpen.

On the hill, we've got Clay Buchholz looking to boost up his final numbers in a tough season as he faces Chandler Shepherd, who is making his second major-league start (his first was also against the Jays last week).


Ten weekly random thoughts: Week 25 -September 16-22


We have reached the final week of the 2019 MLB season. The Blue Jays came into this week needing four wins to avoid a 100 loss season. They finished off the road portion of the schedule with tilts in Baltimore and New York this week. Tim Mayza had his expected elbow surgery and the prognosis was as bad as it gets (more on that later). The week started with a big come from behind win over the Orioles, led by Cavan Biggio, who hit his first career cycle. Trent Thornton pitched 5 innings of three hit ball, allowing just the one run. The next day was a slugfest with both teams wanting to hand the other team the win. Randal Grichuk hit a grand slam in the 9th and Teoscar Hernandez hit a 3-run shot. With Ken Giles apparently unavailable, Derek Law eked out the win, walking 2 batters and giving up a run on 2 hits before inducing a pop fly to Trey Mancini, who has been killing the Blue Jays all season. The Blue Jays got a scare in the 9th when Vlad tweaked his rib cage on an awkward slide (more on that later). The next day, the Blue Jays got a bigger scare when Bo Bichette took a fastball off his batting helmet. He remained in the game for 2 more innings and was then removed when he started experiencing concussion-like symptoms. He didn't play in the series on the weekend, but hopefully he's back soon because he's been the Blue Jays best leadoff hitter this season. The Blue Jays came from behind again to defeat the lowly Orioles. For the second day in a row, the Blue Jays put up a 6-spot. The Orioles kind of beat themselves in this one, walking three straight batters in the 7th and throwing 12 balls in 15 pitches. Anthony Kay threw 4 strong innings and got his first big-league win. The Blue Jays won their 5th straight game Friday and officially avoided a 100 loss season. Veteran Justin Smoak broke the tie in the 7th with a 2-run blast. Ken Giles pitched the 9th for his 21st save of the season. Umpiring was lousy in this one (more on that later). The Yankees exacted revenge Saturday, winning 7-2. Mike Ford and Giancarlo Stanton did the damage, combining for 5 hits, 3 runs and 4RBI. Luke Maile made his return to the lineup after missing 6 weeks with an oblique strain (more on that later. On Sunday, the Blue Jays were undone by 3 HR and were down 8-0 after 5 innings. Luis Severino threw 5 dominant innings in just his second start of the year striking out 9. Billy McKinney made it sort of close with a pair of late HR. Looking at the week ahead, the Blue Jays play three against Baltimore starting Monday. After the final off-day of the season Thursday, the Blue Jays face the Rays in a series that could decided the 2nd WC spot in the AL. Currently the A's and Rays are tied for the 2nd WC spot and both teams have been matching each other win for win. This battle could end in a tiebreaker game.As is traditional, all games on the final day of the season begin at 3PM EDT so no one has an advantage when playoffs begin. Here are ten random thoughts from week 25 of the MLB.

Sunday, September 22, 2019

Game #156 Toronto Blue Jays (63-93) @ New York Yankees (102-55) - game recap

Billy McKinney hit a pair of HR in an 8-3 loss to the Yankees

The Blue Jays wrapped up the road portion of the 2019 schedule this afternoon with a matinee against the Yankees. Today, the Blue Jays faced one of the premier pitchers in the MLB last season. Luis Severino went 19-8 in 2018 with a 3.39ERA in 32 starts. He's missed all of this season with rotator cuff inflammation and a subsequent oblique strain. Wilmer Font served as the opener for 14th time with Trent Thornton expected to follow and pitch the bulk of the innings. Thornton has had an up-and down season and is 5-9 with a 4.93ERA in 30 appearances (28 starts) heading into today's tilt. Billy McKinney got the start as leadoff man, becoming the 3rd different batter to bat leadoff in as many days as Bo Bichette continues to work his way through the MLB's concussion protocol. Vlad got the entire day off with Brandon Drury at the hot corner. Rowdy Tellez got the start at 1B and Reese McGuire was behind the plate. Justin Smoak got the half day off serving as the DH today. Could the Blue Jays ruin the final regular season game at Yankee Stadium this year and send the fans home unhappy? Here is today's game recap,

no. 156: Blue Jays (63-92) at New York Yankees (101-55)


Sunday 22 September 2019 - 1:05 PM ET - Yankee Stadium
Trent Thornton (RHP 5-9 4.83 ERA 138 SO) v. Luis Severino (RHP 0-0 0.00 ERA 4 SO)

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Game #155 Toronto Blue Jays (63-92) @ New York Yankees (101-55) - game recap

Mike Ford was 3-4 witha run scored and 2 RBI as the Yankees came from behind to knock off the Blue Jays 7-2

After an epic comeback last night to avoid the dreaded 100 loss season, the Blue Jays were back at it trying to make the Yankees lives miserable. NY is still playing for home field advantage through the World Series. After Friday's loss, they were 1.5 games back of Houston for the best record in baseball. Today, Yankees batters had to contend with rookie TJ Zeuch, who was making his second career start and 4th career appearance. After Anthony Alford failed in the leadoff spot yesterday, Jonathan Davis was batting leadoff as Bo Bichette continues to work his way through the MLB's concussion protocol. Richard Urena played in Bichette's customary SS position. Justin Smoak got the complete day off with Brandon Drury at 1B today. Luke Maile got the start behind the plate for the 1st time since straining his oblique back on July 28th prior to that afternoon's game. It could be one of his last games in a Blue Jays uniform with Reese McGuire having established himself as a legit MLB catcher, Could the Blue Jays make it 6 wins in a row? Here is today's game recap.