Wednesday, May 29, 2019

#56 - Toronto Blue Jays (21-34) at Tampa Bay Rays (33-19)

Wednesday, May 29, 2019 | 7:10 pm
The place where nobody goes | St. Petersburg, FL

Trent Thornton (1-4, 4.42, 1.27) vs. Blake Snell (3-4, 3.07, 1.01) 


After losing game 2 of the series in front a record-low Tropicana Field attendance of 5,786, the Blue Jays look to salvage the finale against the Rays before splitting town to Colorado.

Trent Thornton has the unenviable task of going up against reigning Cy Young winner Blake Snell on the mound for tonight's game, though Snell hasn't so far appeared to be quite as dominant as he was last season.  Worth remembering that the Jays did win the last time they faced Snell in April, a 3-1 decision, though they scored their three runs after Snell was pulled from the game.


Happy birthday, Joe Biagini.

If there were no fans there at Tropicana Field for yesterday's game, can we say that the Blue Jays didn't lose the game?  How would anyone know?  Just asking for a friend.  Loss stricken from the record.

We're now getting daily reminders on Blue Jays twitter to vote for our guys as All-Stars ... uh, who?  There's no position player that deserves an All-Star vote, so ... pass.  Maybe if Vlad gets searingly-hot over the next month, then sure.  Otherwise, direct your votes elsewhere and see which pitcher gets the call to join the team (Stroman or Giles, or both).


Trivia:  Who is the only Blue Jay to hit a walk-off home run off the sainted Mariano Rivera?

Today's one-time Blue Jay of the Day is ... Kevin Cash!

Years as a Jay: 2002-2004
Stats as a Jay: .173/.222/.262 with 5 HR and 29 RBI in 329 plate appearances

  • Played in college with Florida State University
  • Undrafted, signed with the Blue Jays for $60,000 by Gord Ash
  • Appeared in 101 games as backup catcher over three seasons with the Blue Jays
  • Also played with Tampa, Boston (twice), Yankees and Houston
  • Had bit roles on championship teams of the Red Sox (2007) and Yankees (2009)
  • After retirement, he served as advance scout for the Blue Jays in 2012
  • Was hired as bullpen coach on Terry Francona's staff in Cleveland in 2013
  • Became manager of the Rays in 2015, and is currently in his fifth season running the team 


This is your "let's not get embarrassed" game threat. *shrug*