Sunday, May 26, 2019

#53 - San Diego Padres (28-24) at Toronto Blue Jays (20-32)

Hey, maybe their good fortune will rub off on the Jays today...

Sunday, May 26 , 2019 | 1:07 pm
Rogers Centre | Raptorland, ON

Chris Paddack Robbie Erlin (0-0, 3.63, 1.16) vs. Marcus Stroman (2-6, 2.81, 1.34)


Oh, there's a ballgame today?  90% of Toronto wouldn't even notice.  Blue Jays, who?

Marcus Stroman takes the ball today as the Jays look to avoid getting swept by the Padres.  Hotshot rookie and intense cowboy Chris Paddack Robbie Erlin is on the hill for the Pads, a late switch after Paddack was scratched with a stiff neck -- no wonder, he got whiplash watching the 7 HRs getting torched out of the ballpark in yesterday's game.


Well... I had some content here involving Chris Paddack, but he's scratched... so... Go Raptors?

I like the "firearm tightness" typo.


Today's one-time Jay of the Day is ... Frank Catalanotto!

Years as a Jay: 2003-2006
Stats as a Jay: .299/.365/.445 with 29 HR and 200 RBI in 1783 PAs (466 games)

  • 10th round pick of the Tigers in 1992 and came up as a second baseman in 1997
  • Did not get regular playing time with the Tigers, frequently appearing as a PH while also playing sporadically at 1B, 2B, 3B
  • Traded to the Rangers as part of a eight-player blockbuster that also involved Coco Cordero, Justin Thompson, Bill Haselman and a minor leaguer in exchange for Juan Gonzalez, Gregg Zaun and Danny Patterson
  • Not long after joining the Rangers, he had a club-record 13 straight plate appearances where he safely reached base (10 hits and 3 walks)
  • Fifth in batting average (.330) in 2001
  • After the 2002 season, the Rangers did not offer a contract, and the Blue Jays scooped him up
  • Primarily an outfielder with the Jays, a position he started taking up during the 2001 season
  • Set a Jays record by going 6 for 6 on May 1, 2004
  • After his four years with the Jays, he went back to the Rangers for two years then wrapped up his career with one-year stints with Milwaukee and the Mets
  • Currently in his first year as head coach of the New York Institute of Technology college baseball team -- took them to the East Coast Conference tournament in his first season with a 32-14 record after the program had endured 11 straight losing seasons
  • More about Catalanotto in his current managing post: Link here 
  • Wouldn't Cat look great in the leadoff spot right now, batting in front of Vlad Jr.?


This is your "time to start winning now that the Raptors are off for a few days" game threat.