Thursday, April 18, 2019

Game #20 Toronto Blue Jays (8-12) @ Minnesota Twins (9-7) - game recap

Eric Sogard hit a bases-clearing double in the top of the 4th as the Blue Jays knocked off the Twins 
7-4
And so ends the first meeting of the year between the Twins and Blue Jays. After taking the first two of the series, the Blue Jays dropped yesterday's game, and were looking to secure the series win of the season. Ryan Tepera was activated from the disabled list and Javy Guerra was DFA'd to make room.The same lineup as yesterday took the field, except Justin Smoak DH'd and Rowdy Tellez was at 1st base. Clay Buchholz got his second start of the season, and was looking to build on a strong Blue Jays debut five days ago. Could the Blue Jays win their first series of the season? Here is today's game recap.

Game Highlights:
  • The Blue Jays opened the scoring in the top of the 1st as Randal Grichuk launched a solo shot to left-center
  • The Twins tied the game in the bottom of the 2nd as Eddie Rosario crushed a no-doubter to right
  • Four batters later, Jonathan Schoop singled scoring Marwin Gonzalez
  • A batter later, William Astudillo scored on a fielder's choice hit by Byron Buxton
  • The Blue Jays tied things up in the top of the 4th as Justin Smoak smoked a 2-run shot to right; also scoring Grichuk
  • Six batters later, Eric Sogard doubled home Rowdy Tellez, Brandon Drury, and Billy McKinney
  • Michael Pineda pitching line: 3.2IP 7H 6R (all earned) 1BB 1K 75 pitches (48 for strikes)
  • Clay Buchholz pitching line: 4.2IP 6H 3R (all earned) 3BB 4K 84 pitches (53 for strikes)
  • The Blue Jays added a run in the top of the 8th as Teoscar Hernandez lined one over the left field wall
  • The Twins got one back in the bottom half of the inning as Rosario hit a moon shot into the upper deck in right-center
  • Ken Giles pitched a scoreless 9th for his 5th save of the season
  • Final score: Blue Jays 7 Twins 4
My Take:
  • This might have been the best game offensively for the Blue Jays. They did a great job making contact, striking out just 6 times today. The team was 2-5 with RISP.  Eric Sogard and Justin Smoak combined for 5 of the RBI's and 4 of the hits. Freddy Galvis was the only Blue Jay not to reach base, but he made a great diving catch.
  • Clay Buchholz battled through 5.2 innings, giving up 3 runs on six hits, while walking three and striking out four. As expected, Buchholz was on a limited pitch count as he builds his way back up to ~100 pitch load. It's unfortunate that Buchholz did not qualify for the win because he was unable to complete 5 innings. He pitched well enough to win.
  • Ryan Tepera had a solid inning of work in his return from the disabled list striking out 1.
  • Ken Giles still appears to be battling something, whether it's a minor injury or illness. 
  • Up next, the Blue Jays head to Oakland to take on the A's. Last season, Oakland swept the season series, outscoring the Blue Jays 51-18 in the seven games in 2018. The last time the Blue Jays beat Oakland was July 27th, 2017 Marco Estrada will not pitch this weekend as he is having more back issues and is on the 10-day IL. However, the Blue Jays will face Kendrys Morales, who was traded to the A's the day before opening day this season. Marcus Stroman makes his 4th start of the season in Friday's opener and will be looking for hist 1st win of the season. Stroman has pitched well enough to win, but he has had next to no run support. The A's will counter with righty Aaron Brooks, who only Justin Smoak has faced (he is 0-1 vs. Brooks.)

#20 - Toronto Blue Jays (7-12) at Minnesota Twins (9-6)

A good ol' Canadian boy.

Thursday, April 18, 2019 | 1:10 pm ET
Target Field, Minneapolis, MN

Clay Buchholz (0-0, 1.50, 1.00) vs. Michael Pineda (2-0, 3.00, 1.00)


PREAMBLE:

So, that's what a loss looks like.  The Toronto Blue Jays look to secure a series win in today's getaway day matinee -- it's an early start with a 12:10 CT game time.

Former grease-bucket turned wise old sage (funny how changing clubhouses change perceptions) Clay Buchholz aims to pick up from where he left off in a good first start and build a resume as useful trade bait.  He'll face Michael Pineda who is finally healthy after missing all of 2018.

Game #19 Toronto Blue Jays (7-12) @ Minnesota Twins (9-6) - game recap

Freddy Galvis scored the Blue Jays only run in a 4-1 defeat to the Twins

First rain delay of the season. This one was delayed an hour before Mother Nature decided to let the game go on. Eric Sogard was right back at the top of the order after a strong debut yesterday. Randal Grichuk mercifully replaced Socrates Brito in CF, and Billy McKinney got the start in right. Trent Thornton was looking for a bounce-back start after getting knocked around for three innings five days ago. Could the Blue Jays get their first series win of the season? Here is today's game recap.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

#19 - Toronto Blue Jays (7-11) vs. Minnesota Twins (8-6)

Bert Blyleven
Wednesday, April 17, 2019 | 7:40 pm (stay tuned, rain delay likely)
Target Field | Minneapolis, MN

Trent Thornton (0-1, 4.61, 1.24) vs. Jake Odorizzi (0-2, 6.35, 1.15)


PREAMBLE: 

The Toronto Blue Jays have won the first two games of this four-game series and they look to secure their first series win of the season in tonight's third game.  The first two games have been rather exciting with late comebacks coming after Teoscar base-running goofs.

Will history repeat itself with another Teoscar brain freeze and a corresponding big hit?  Stay tuned!

Trent Thornton looks to get back on the right track as he faces off against Jake Odorizzi on the mound.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Game #18 Toronto Blue Jays (7-11) @ Minnesota Twins (8-6) - game recap

Eric Sogard was 3-5 with a pair of runs scored in his Blue Jays debut as the Blue Jays held on to edge the Twins 6-5

A day after a thrilling come from behind victory that saw Joe Biagini miraculously come up clutch in the 9th, the Blue Jays turned to Aaron Sanchez to continue his strong start to the season. What kind of offensive support would he get? Top of the lineup was Eric Sogard, two years removed from his last decent season. The 8th man in the lineup, Socrates Brito, has yet to record a hit this season and may yet challenge Chris Davis's hitless streak before long. Defensively, things look ok, as long as Teoscar Hernandez doesn't get the yips in LF and Danny Jansen can keep the wild pitches in front of him. Could the Blue Jays pull another rabbit out of the proverbial hat? Here is tonight's game recap.

#18 - Toronto Blue Jays (6-11) at Minnesota Twins (8-5)

Harmon Killebrew doing harm on a baseball

Tuesday, April 16, 2019 | 7:40 pm 
Target Field | Minneapolis, MN

Aaron Sanchez (1-1, 1.69, 1.38) vs. Kyle Gibson (0-0, 7.71, 2.04)


PREAMBLE:

The Blue Jays won a road game!  They won despite a TOOTBLAN from Randal Grichuk and a baserunning blunder where a batter (Chris Brandon Drury) lost track of the count and led a baserunner (Teoscar Hernandez) into walking to second base when it was actually ball 3.  Oh well, Teoscar made up for it with a booming, go-ahead 3-run HR.

Funniest thing for me was seeing Charlie Montoyo in the dugout screaming epithets and kicking around with his foot in his first real public display of emotion.  I kinda imagined it going something like this:

Tonight's game 2 features Aaron Sanchez looking to continue his solid start to the season while going up against Kyle Gibson.

Monday, April 15, 2019

Game #17 Toronto Blue Jays (6-11) @ Minnesota Twins (8-5) - game recap

Teoscar Hernandez hit a go-ahead 3-run HR in the top of the 8th as the Blue Jays came from behind to defeat the Twins 5-3

The  Blue Jays opened their second road trip of the season against the Minnesota Twins, who came into the game first in the AL central. The Blue Jays got bad news prior to the game as Ryan Borucki was transferred to the 60 day DL, a day after requiring a cortisone shot in his troublesome elbow. Eric Sogard was recalled to replace Lourdes Gurriel Jr., who was demoted after yesterday's case of the yips, but was not in the lineup. The Blue Jays took a big risk tonight with both catchers in the lineup (Maile behind the plate and Jansen as the DH). Matt Shoemaker took a 3-0 record with a sparkling 0.92ERA into today's start. Could the Blue Jays pull out a win? Here is tonight's game recap.

#17 - Toronto Blue Jays (5-11) at Minnesota Twins (8-4)



Monday, April 15, 2019 | 7:40 pm ET
Target Field | Minneapolis, MN

Matt Shoemaker (3-0, 0.92, 0.71) vs. Martin Perez (1-0, 7.56, 2.40)


PREAMBLE:

Hidey-ho, folks... welcome to yet another episode of "As We Wait For Vlad" while watching the Blue Jays get pounded into the dirt.

This time, the Jays are in Minnesota to take on the Twins after losing 2 of 3 to the first-place Tampa Bay Rays over the weekend.  Let's see if changing time zones help the Jays forget the throwing yips they displayed in the past two games.  This is the first game of a 7-game road trip that also goes through Oakland.

Matt Shoemaker takes his sterling 3-0, 0.92 record to the mound, with Martin Perez stepping up for the Twins.


Ten weekly random thoughts: Week 2: April 8-14


This was an up and down week that saw Ken Giles save streak end at 34 consecutive saves over three seasons. More impressive is that Giles didn't exactly have an all-star defense playing behind him in half the saves. The Vladimir Guerrero countdown is on! The Blue Jays top prospect began a rehab assignment this week in Buffalo. Once he's comfortable and playing well, the Blue Jays are expected to call him up, by the end of this month for sure. Guerrero Jr. has been tearing up minor league pitching the past 2 seasons. His season was delayed by an oblique strain. Bo Bichette is also expected to make his MLB debut at some point this season. Soon, there will be reason to hope. Here are ten random thoughts from week 3 of the MLB.

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Game #16 Tampa Bay Rays (12-4) @ Toronto Blue Jays (5-11) - game recap

Billy McKinney was 3-5 with a pair of  runs scored and a pair of RBI  in a losing effort as the Rays doubled up on the Blue Jays 8-4

After a hard-fought victory over the Rays, the Blue Jays were going for their first series win over the AL East rivals in 20 months.The last time the Blue Jays won a series over the Rays was August 14-18, 2017 when the Blue Jays took three of four from TB. Today's starter Marcus Stroman got one of the wins in that series. Socrates Brito was back in the lineup, looking for his first hit in a Blue Jays uniform. Lourdes Gurriel Jr. was at second base, hoping not to screw up. Could the Blue Jays end the brief home stand on a high? Here is today's game recap.

Game #16 Tampa Bay Rays ( 11-4) @ Toronto Blue Jays ( 5-10)



This is your game thread.

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Game #15 Tampa Bay Rays (11-4) @ Toronto Blue Jays (5-10) - game recap

Clay Buchholz threw 6 strong innings in his Blue Jays debut as the Blue Jays knocked off the Rays 
3-1

After a rough outing for the pitchers yesterday, Clay Buchholz made his Blue Jays regular season debut after missing the 1st couple of turns with an elbow issue. The former 2-time all-star is looking to build on a strong 2018 campaign where he was 7-2 with a solid 2.08ERA in 16 starts with the Diamondbacks. His opponent, Blake Snell, won the Cy Young last season. Could the Blue Jays get a hit today? Here is today's game recap

Game #15- Tampa Bay Rays (11-3) Vs Toronto Blue Jays ( 4-10)

Well it seems with all the sports on television today, the Jays are regulated to Sportsnet 360.

Here's your line ups for to days Game.

                               

Enjoy today's games
This is your game thread.
Thhhpt Ack.

Friday, April 12, 2019

Game #14 Tampa Bay Rays (11-3) @ Toronto Blue Jays (4-10) - game recap

Brandon Lowe cracked a pair of 2 run HR as the Rays defeated the Blue Jays 11-7

The Blue Jays returned home after the first road trip of the season facing the top team in the AL East, the Tampa Bay Rays who have a +32 run differential. By contrast, the Blue Jays have a run differential of -4. Last season, the Rays won the season series 13-6. The Blue Jays were facing a "starter" with Ryne Stanek only expected to pitch the first couple of innings. Charlie Montoyo was the Rays bench coach last season. Perhaps he has some insight on how to beat this juggernaut. Could the Blue Jays pull off the upset? Here is tonight's game recap.

Best in East @ Worst in East


Friday April 12, 2019 | 7:07 pm
Rogers Centre | Toronto, ON

Thornton (0-1, 1.69 ERA) vs. Stanek (0-0, 1.50 ERA)


PREAMBLE:

No one made a thread, game starts in 10.

NOTES:



LINEUPS:

This is your "I give up" game thread.

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Game #13 Toronto Blue Jays (4-9) @ Boston Red Sox (4-9) - game recap

Freddy Galvis was 4-4 at the plate, including a go-ahead solo HR in the top of the 8th in a losing effort, as the Red Sox walked off the Blue Jays 7-6

The Red Sox and Blue Jays completed their mini two game series after a rare off day between games in the event that there had been increment weather Tuesday. After a strong game Tuesday that saw the Blue Jays knock around Chris Salre, the Blue Jays were up against Nathan Eovaldi, acquired at last years's trade deadline and a key contributor to the Red Sox winning last year's World Series, The last time the Blue Jays swept the Red Sox in a series was June 12-14. Justin Smoak had 4 hits that series. Speaking of Smoak, he and Danny Jansen returned to the lineup after missing the last game with neck stiffness. Aaron Sanchez was on the mound looking to lead his team to victory. Here is today's game recap.

No. 13 - Blue Jays (4-8) vs Red Sux (3-9)


Thursday, April 11, 2019
7:10pm @ the pinball machine, Massholia
Aaron Sanchez RHP (1-1  11 IP 1.64 ERA 1.18 WHIP 11K) 
vs
Nathan Eovaldi RHP (0-0 10 IP 8.10 ERA 1.80 WHIP 6K)

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Game #12 Toronto Blue Jays (4-8) @ Boston Red Sox (3-9) - game recap

Billy McKinney was 2-3 with a pair of runs scored as the Blue Jays knocked off the Red Sox 7-5

Stiff  test today facing the defending World Series Champions. Dustin Pedroia started his first game in the majors since May 29th, 2018. The Red Sox 2nd baseman has missed the bulk of the last 2 seasons, although he did play three more games than Tulo last season. Neck injuries continue to plague the Blue Jays with Justin Smoak and Luke Maile both scratched today with neck stiffness. Perhaps next road trip, the Blue Jays need to bring their own pillows. Matt Shoemaker was looking to continue his strong start to the season. Shoemaker has thrown 14 shutout innings heading into today's tilt. Could the Blue Jays snap the four-game skid and ruin the Red Sox WS celey and home opener? Here is today's game recap.

No. 11 - Blue Jays (3-8) vs Red Sux (3-8)


Tuesday, April 9, 2019
2:05pm @ the pinball machine, Massholia
Matt Shoemaker RHP (2-0  14 IP 0.00 ERA 0.50 WHIP 15K) 
vs
Chris Sale LHP (0-2 9IP 8.00 ERA 1.44 WHIP 5K)

Monday, April 8, 2019

Ten weekly random thoughts: Week 2: April 1-7


The first full week of baseball is now in the books. The Blue jays are on a record low pace offensively (51 hits through 9 games was 6 hits lower than in 1981 and 2017 when the blue jays managed 57 hits through nine games). The Blue Jays have been no-hit through at least 5 innings in 4 of the first 9 games, including taking until the 9th inning to get their first hit on Friday. Heck, they became only the 4th team ever in the history of the MLB to have four straight games of being struck out 13+ times. Thank god the pitching has been lights out.  The starting pitchers had a 24 inning shutout streak through the first four starts until Sean Reid-Foley got lit up for 5 runs on 4 hits.. Marcus Stroman has rebounded nicely after a miserable start to 2018 that saw his ERA above 8.00 at one point. Stroman's still looking for his first win because he has gotten next to no run support in any of his starts.The Blue Jays may be breaking more dubious offensive records. Stay tuned. Here are ten random thoughts from week 2 of the MLB.

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Game #11 Toronto Blue Jays (3-8) @ Cleveland Indians (6-3) - game recap

Indians righty Mike Clevinger struck out 10 Blue Jays in a 3-1 victory over the Blue Jays 

Well, not much to say in the preamble other than to say this might be the worst Blue Jays start I've witnessed in 27 years of watching this team. I started watching the Blue Jays in the 1992 championship season. Today, the Blue Jays try to avoid being swept for the first time this season. Somehow they split the series series against Detroit and they had their only decent offensive output in the final game against Baltimore. This series has been like watching an MLB team playing a double A team. Every game Blue Jays are striking out at least once an inning. As of Friday's game, they had set a new record for fewest hits in the first 9 games, managing 6 fewer hits than the previous low of 57. You have to give the fans something to hang their hat on. Anyway, Marcus Stroman got his third start of the season and was looking to keep the good run by the starters going. Here is today's game recap.

10. Blue Jays (3-7) @ Indians (5-3)


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ysmLA5TqbIY

Saturday, April 7, 2019 | 1:07 pm
Progressive Field | Cleveland, OH

Marcus Stroman (0-1, 1.42 ERA, 1.26 WHIP) vs. Mike Clevinger (0-0, 0.00 ERA, 0.57 WHIP)

Saturday, April 6, 2019

Game #10 Toronto Blue Jays (3-7) @ Cleveland Indians (5-3) - game recap

Indians righty Carlos Carrasco struck out 12 Blue Jays batters as the Blue Jays lost their 3rd straight game in a 7-2 defeat 

After dropping the first two games of this series, the Blue Jays were looking to get back on track and get back to winning. I guess Charlie Montoya reads my game recaps because he had the red-hot Freddy Galvis batting leadoff. Just five of the nine batters in today's lineup were batting above .200, or the Mendoza line: Galvis, Rowdy Tellez, Justin Smoak, Teoscar Hernandez and Alen Hanson. Thomas Pannone got the spot start in place of the injured Clay Richards. Could the Blue Jays snap the losing streak? Here is today's game recap

Game Highlights:
  • The Indians opened the scoring in the bottom of the 1st as Carlos Santana singled home Greg Allen
  • The Indians added a run in the bottom of the 3rd on a bases loaded walk by Hanley Ramirez that forced in Eric Stamets
  • A batter later, Jake Bauers singled home Jose Ramirez and Jordan Luplow
  • Thomas Pannone pitching line: 2.2IP 5H 4R (all earned) 2BB 6K 60 pitches (37 for strikes)
  • The Blue Jays got on the board in the top of the 5th as Freddy Galvis golfed a moonshot to right-center
  • Three batters later, Randal Grichuk doubled scoring Teoscar Hernandez
  • Carlos Carrasco pitching line: 5IP 6H 2R (both earned) 1BB 12K 90 pitches (61 for strikes)
  • The Indians added a run in the bottom of the 5th as Luplow scored on a wilds pitch
  • Two batters later, Santana scored on a fielder's choice
  • The Indians added another run on a Danny Jansen throwing error trying to catch Jose Ramirez stealing 3rd. Ramirez easily scored on the wild throw
  • Final score: Indians 7 Blue Jays 2
My Take:
  • Thomas Pannone's spot start went about as well as the one by SRF five days ago. The Blue Jays southpaw was lit up to the tune of 4 runs on five hits and a pair of walks (one with the bases loaded). If Clay Richards is not ready, perhaps Sam Gaviglio might get a shot at a spot start.
  • This was the second best offensive output of the season. They reached double digits in hits for the second time this season, but they scored three more runs than the game against Baltimore on Wednesday.
  • Three of the runs scored by the Indians were the results of self-inflict errors (bases loaded walk, wild pitch and throwing error). These mistakes can't happen with an offence that's going to struggle to score runs
  • Up next, the Blue Jays try to avoid their first series sweep of the season as ace Marcus Stroman takes the ball looking for his first win of the season. The Blue Jays will be in tough vs. Mike Clevinger, who struck out 12 in his last start. 

9. Toronto Blue Jays (3-6) @ Cleveland Indians (4-3) / WTFJITH


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ysmLA5TqbIY

Saturday, April 6, 2019 | 4:10 pm
Progressive Field | Cleveland, OH

Thomas Pannone (0-1, 1.20 ERA, 1.00 WHIP) vs. Carlos Carrasco (0-1, 12.46 ERA, 2.54 WHIP)

Friday, April 5, 2019

Game #9 Toronto Blue Jays (3-6) @ Cleveland Indians (4-3) - game recap

Freddy Galvis provided the Blue Jays only offence on a 2 run bomb to right as the Indians edged the Blue Jays 3-2

In 4 of the first 8 games, the opposing pitcher has taken a no-hitter into the 5th inning. Last night, it took until the 9th for the Blue Jays to manage a hit. Trent Thornton got his second spot start of the season in place of the injured Ryan Borucki. I still find it a bit odd that Charlie Montoya is placing his best hitters Richard Urena and Freddy Galvis so low in the lineup. Could the Blue Jays get a hit before inning 5? Here is tonight's game recap.

Game Highlights:
  • The Indians opened the scoring in the bottom of the 3rd as Kevin Plawecki smacked a screaming line drive over the left field wall
  • The Blue Jays took the lead in the bottom of the 5th as Freddy Galvis crushed a 2-run bomb to right also scoring Rowdy Tellez
  • The Indians tied the game in the bottom of the 5th as Max Moroff doubled home Hanley Ramirez
  • Trent Thornton pitching line: 5.2IP 3H 2R (both earned) 2BB 7K 92 pitches (52 for strikes)
  • Shane Bieber pitching line: 6IP 2H 2R (both earned)  2BB 9K 91 pitches (52 for strikes)
  • Carlos Santana launched a walk-off HR to left-center in the bottom of the 9th
  • Final score: Indians 3 Blue Jays 2
My Take:
  • The baseball Beeb stonewalled the Blue Jays, scattering a trio of hits (one of which was a 2 run blast), walked a pair and struck out nine over 6 masterful innings. Blue Jays starter Trent Thornton was equally effective, save for allowing an extra hit and striking out 2 fewer batters
  • The MLB umpires got it completely wrong with one out in the bottom of the 8th when Jose Ramirez was called safe stealing 2nd base (upheld upon replay). Ramirez tried to evade the tag by Freddy Galvis by pulling his hand away, but the Blue Jays 2B clearly tagged Ramirez in the chest. Luckily Blue Jays reliever Daniel Hudson retired the next two batters. Had Ramirez scored and that had been the winning run, I fully expect the Blue Jays would have filed for the game to have been played under protest. What's the point of instant replay if you're not going to get the call right?
  • Why are Freddy Galvis and Richard Urena, the Blue Jays best hitters BY FAR batting 7th and 8th in the lineup? They should be batting 3rd and cleanup respectively
  • The offensive output was decidedly worse than yesterday. At least yesterday the Blue Jays were able to draw a bunch of walks.
  • Up next, the Blue Jays attempt to snap the 2 game losing streak. Southpaw Thomas Pannone gets the spot start in favor of the injured Clay Richards. Pannone tossed four scoreless innings five days ago after SRF got lit up to the tune of 5 runs (three earned) on 4 hits and a pair of walks. The Indians will counter with righty Carlos Carrasco, who was lit up in his first start of the season, giving up 6 runs on 10 hits.

#9. Toronto No Hits @ Cleveland Few Hits


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ysmLA5TqbIY

Thursday, April 5, 2019 | 7:10 pm
Progressive Field | Cleveland, OH

Trent Thorton (0-00, 0.00 ERA, 0.40 WHIP) vs. Shane Bieber (0-0, 4.50 ERA, 1.00 WHIP)

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Game #8 Toronto Blue Jays (3-5) @ Cleveland Indians (3-3) - game recap

Trevor Bauer threw 7 no-hit innings as the Indians knocked off the Blue Jays 4-1

The Blue Jays opened a four game series vs. the Cleveland Indians, who will not be sporting the controversial Chief Wahoo logo on their unis. Last season when the MLB scheduled an early season 4 game series in Cleveland, half the games were wiped out by increment weather and the MLB scheduled a double header sandwiched between a pair of road games. Ironically enough, the rescheduled games almost didn't take place due to increment weather. Rain is in the forecast for three of the four games this season, including tonight. Socrates Brito (acquired from San Diego a few days ago) and Alen Hanson (Acquired in the Kevin Pillar trade) were both in the lineup tonight, with Brito batting second and in RF and Hanson batting 9th playing 2B. To make room on the roster, Anthony Alford and Sean Reid-Foley were both optioned back to Buffalo. Aaron Sanchez was looking to build on a strong opening start to the season. Could the Blue Jays win their first road game of the season? Here is tonight's game recap.

#8. Toronto Blue Jays (3-4) @ Cleveland Clevelanders (2-3)



Woops I accidently deleted my post.


Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Game #7 Baltimore Orioles (4-2) @Toronto Blue Jays (3-4) - game recap

Randal Grichuk had a big day at the plate with a pair of solo HR and the Blue Jays knocked off the Orioles 5-3 to avoid an embarrassing series sweep to the lat place team in the majors in 2018

It was  the first getaway day of the season. The Blue Jays wrapped up the season-opening home stand looking to avoid the series sweep. The Blue Jays offence has struggled to say the least, the polar opposite of the starting pitching, which began the season with 24 shutout innings. Matt Shoemaker was back on the bump looking for his second straight quality start. Could the Blue Jays end the first home stand with a W? Here is today's game recap.

#7 - Baltimore Orioles (4-1) vs. Toronto Blue Jays (2-4)

You decide what 'shitbirds' refer to here.


Wednesday, April 3, 2019 | 4:07 pm
Rogers Centre | Toronto, ON

Nate Karns (0-0, 0.00, 2.00) vs. Matt Shoemaker (1-0, 0.00, 0.57)


PREAMBLE:

The Blue Jays look to avoid being swept in the finale of a three-game series against the Orioles. Yes, the Orioles. Yes, the team that went 47-115 in 2018.

Matt Shoemaker is today's designated hard-luck starter as he goes up against Nate Karns in a rare 4:07 pm weekday game.

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Game #6 Baltimore Orioles (4-1) @Toronto Blue Jays (2-4) - game recap

Rowdy Tellez broke the shutout bid in the 9th with a bomb to straightaway center in a heart-brreaking 2-1 loss to the Orioles

Big news ahead of today's game as Kevin Pillar was traded to the San Francisco Giants in exchange for righty reliever Derek Law, utility infielder Alen Hanson and prospect righty Juan De Paula. The move clears a backlog in the outfield and allows the Blue Jays to get younger. Anthony Alford was recalled and started in CF today. In a separate deal, the Blue Jays acquired speedster Socrates Brito from the San Diego Padres. The move could speak to Montoya's desire to play more small ball and perhaps starting the runner more often. Marcus Stroman got his second start of the season, after 7 strong innings opening day. Could the Blue Jays prevail in their fiorst Pillar-less game? Here is tonight's game recap.

#6 - Baltimore Orioles (3-1) at Toronto Blue Jays (2-3)


Tuesday, April 2, 2019 | 7:07 pm
Rogers Centre | Toronto, ON

Andrew Cashner (0-1, 13.50, 2.50) vs. Marcus Stroman (0-0, 0.00, 0.86)


PREAMBLE:

The Blue Jays look to even up the series tonight after nearly completing a big comeback, losing 6-5.  Tonight, Marcus Stroman looks to get the rotation back into shutout mode again, going up against Andrew Cashner.

But enough of that, I know y'all are dying to get to the big news of the day coming up after the jump...

Monday, April 1, 2019

Game #5 Baltimore Orioles (3-1) @Toronto Blue Jays (2-3) - game recap

David Hess threw 6.1 no-hit innings as the Orioles hung on (barely) to edge the Blue Jays 6-5

The Blue opened opened their second series of the season, facing their punching bag of 2018, the Baltimore Orioles. This start was originally supposed to go to lefty Clayton Richard, but he was unavailable due to a stress reaction in his knee that will see him miss a couple of weeks at minimum. Sean Reid-Foley got the spot start today and was looking to keep the early shutout streak by the starters going. Could the Blue Jays prevail? Here is today's game recap.

Game Highlights:
  • The Orioles opened the scoring in the top of the 1st as Jonathan Villar smacked an opposite field HR to right, also scoring ex-Blue Jay Dwight Smith Jr.
  • Four batters later, Chris Davis drew a bases loaded walk that forced in Trey Mancini
  • A batter later, Rio Ruiz scored on a wild pitch on a third strike that Danny Jansen couldn't handle
  • The Orioles added a run in the top of the 2nd as Cedric Mullins scored on a sac fly by Mancini
  • Sean Reid-Foley pitching line: 2IP 4H 5R (3 earned) 2BB 3K 52 pitches (32 for strikes)
  • The Orioles added a run as Mancini launched a solo shot to left-center
  • David Hess pitching line: 6.1IP 0H 0R 1BB 8K 82 pitches (50 for strikes)
  • The Blue Jays got on the board and broke the no-hit bid on a Randal Grichuk 2-run shot to left-center that also scored Justin Smoak
  • The Blue Jays added a run in the bottom of the 8th on a Freddy Galvis solo shot to right
  • The Blue Jays got another run back in the bottom of the 9th on a Kevin Pillar sac fly that scored Brandon Drury
  • The next batter Teoscar Hernandez tripled home Grichuk
  • Final score: Orioles 6 Blue Jays 5
My Take:
  •  Sean Reid-Foley had a rough outing, allowing five runs (three earned) on four hits, a pair of walks. Reid-Foley struggled with his command from the get-go today, bouncing several pitches and throwing 2 wild pitches. He may or may not get another spot start. Thomas Pannone and Sam Gaviglio, the other two long relievers who would be considered in a pinch, were sharper today.
  • The most perplexing decision of the day occurred in the bottom of the 7th with one out. Orioles starter David Hess was cruising and had a no-hitter going. Hess reaches 82 pitches, gets the first batter of the inning (Billy McKinney) on a soft liner to shortstop. Orioles manager Brandon Hyde comes jogging out of the dugout and removes Hess after reaching a perceived pitching limit. Did I want to see Hess throw a no-hitter against the Blue Jays? Of course not. The point is, pitching counts are BS nowadays and if managers keep removing pitchers after throwing 90 pitches or so (average of 10/9 innings, there may be whole seasons where fans are denied seeing a perfect game or no-hitter. And another thing, how is it that pitchers of the 90's and early threw 125+ pitches and avoided injuries. I'll touch more on this in my random thoughts post. As a baseball fan, I feel bad for David Hess because the relievers were a swing away from blowing the entire 6 run lead. He can count his lucky stars that Teoscar Hernandez swing at a bad pitch to end the game
  • On a related note, the trend of poor approaches at the plate continued. The team struck out 10 times today, 4 of which were caught looking. If the pitch is close with two strikes against, you must swing at close pitches. You can't rely on the umpire to call a third strike. Several of the swinging strikes were obvious balls.
  • Danny Jansen had a rough day behind the plate with three wild pitches against. He was also 0-3 at the plate. On a positive note, he threw out a base runner.
  • Up next, the Blue Jays look to even the series and their record. Marcus Stroman takes the mound after a dominating opening day start of 7 shutout innings. The Orioles counter with veteran righty Andrew Cashner.

No. 5 - Baltimore oriLOLes (2-1) at Toronto Blue Jays (2-2)


Monday, April 1, 2019 | 7:07 pm
Rogers Centre | Toronto, ON

David Hess (2018: 3-10, 4.88, 1.38) vs. Sean Reid-Foley (2018: 2-4, 5.13, 1.56)


PREAMBLE:

The Blue Jays split their opening series against the Detroit Tigers and look to continue a stretch of good pitching as they welcome the Baltimore Orioles to the Rogers Centre for a three-game series.  The Orioles are coming off a series win against the mighty New York Yankees.

Clayton Richard was slated to start this game, but went on the injury list with a stress reaction in his knee.  In his place, Sean Reid-Foley will look to make an impression and convince management he deserves a permanent spot on the roster.  He faces David Hess, who had back-to-back starts against the Jays last August with a total of one run given up in thirteen innings for one of his few highlights of the season.

Ten weekly random thoughts: Week 1: March 25-31

Marcus Stroman led the charge as Blue Jay starting pitchers dominated the season-opening series with 22 shutout innings

Baseball is back and so am I! Yours truly is back for a second season doing weekly random thoughts posts (to be released Mondays @ 7AM EDT.) I will also be doing game recaps (to be released as soon as I complete them after each game). These random thoughts posts will comprise of injury updates and my take on hot topics from around the league. I will try to keep it mostly Blue Jays based. I will also reward a Blue Jay of the week. For this initial post, I will look at the off-season moves the Blue Jays made, as well as some predictions for the upcoming season. Here are 10 weekly random thoughts from week 1 of the MLB.