Friday, May 24, 2019

#51 - San Diego Padres (26-24) at Toronto Blue Jays (20-30)

Friday, May 24, 2019 | 7:07 pm
Rogers Centre | Toronto, ON

Joey Lucchesi (3-3, 4.28, 1.26) vs. Trent Thornton (1-4, 4.41, 1.29)


The Blue Jays open a three-game series against the San Diego Padres, who will be making their first visit to Toronto since 2016 when the Jays won two out of three.  The Jays are coming off a series where they lost 3 of 4 to the Red Sox while the Padres swept the Diamondbacks.

Trent Thornton looks to build upon the momentum of a few solid starts of late, and will butt heads with Joey Lucchesi, a left-hander for the Padres.


Plenty of roster moves!

  • Called up for his major-league debut: Cavan Biggio
  • Recalled: Lourdes Gurriel Jr.
  • Recalled: Thomas Pannone
  • Optioned: Richard Urena
  • Optioned: Billy McKinney
  • Added to MLB roster: Zac Rosscup, plucked on waivers from the Mariners
  • DFAed: Ryan Feierabend
  • Placed on bereavement leave: Elvis Luciano

As well, Mississauga-native Josh Naylor has been called up to the Padres and will make his major-league debut as DH against his hometown team.  Nothing like a little pressure to make your first big-league appearance in front of family and friends like that!


Trivia:  In 1978, Ron Guidry had a season for the ages, going 25-3 with a 1.74 ERA.  His three losses were all to pitchers named Mike; the first two were Mike Flanagan of the Orioles and Mike Caldwell of the Brewers.  Name the third Mike from the Blue Jays.

(and yes, wiseasses, I'm looking for the surname for the answer, not "Mike")

In honour of the Padres coming to town, today's one-time Blue Jay of the Day is ... Joey Hamilton!

Years as a Jay: 1999 - 2001
Stats as a Jay: 14-17, 5.83 ERA, 1.599 whip, 153 K in 253.1 innings pitched (46 starts)

  • Drafted by the Orioles in 1988 but opted to go to Georgia Southern University
  • The Padres picked him 8th overall in 1991 and made his major-league debut in 1994
  • After five respectable seasons with the Padres (55-44 with a 3.75 ERA), he was traded to the Blue Jays for Woody Williams, Peter Tucci and Carlos Almanzar
  • After three ineffective seasons with the Jays, he was released in August 2001 and signed with the Cincinnati Reds later in the month


This your "National League? Om nom nom" game threat