Friday, May 31, 2019

#57 - Toronto Blue Jays (21-35) at Colorado Rockies (28-27)

Friday, May 31, 2019 | 8:40 pm ET
Coors Field | Denver, Colorado

Edwin Jackson (0-2, 9.00, 1.64) vs. German Marquez (5-2, 3.56, 1.12)


After a day off in Colorado (hopefully, not to seek out legal pot shops in town), the Blue Jays look to remove the stench of a series sweep in Tampa and take on the Rockies in a three-game interleague series.  The Jays have an all-time record of 11-7 against the Rockies and won two out of three the last time the teams met in 2016, which featured Tulo's return to Colorado (yes, he hit a HR in that series).

Edwin Jackson takes a career 2-4, 9.63 record against the Rockies (including 0-3, 12.71 in Denver) into tonight's matchup against a rising star, German Marquez.  Marquez is going to be tough to matchup against, not just on the mound, but also at the plate where he's hitting .444 with 9 RBIs in the month of May.  These 9 RBIs are the highest total for a pitcher in any month since 1973.

Warm up the bullpen early, Charlie.


Another look at Jonathan Davis's incredible catch from the other day:


Today's one-time Blue Jay Canadian of the Day is ... Larry Walker!
Yeah, he wasn't a Jay, but he's Canadian and we're in his old stomping grounds tonight and also played for the Expos, so... yeah.

Years as an Expo:  1989-1994
Stats as an Expo:  .286/.357/.483 with 99 HR, 354 RBI, 98 SB and 2 GG in 674 games
Stats as a Rockie:  .334/.426/.618 with 258 HR, 848 RBI, 126 SB and 5 GG in 1170 games

  • Born in Maple Ridge, B.C., played street hockey with Cam Neely
  • Nicknamed "Booger"
  • Didn't take up baseball until he was in his mid-teens, was very raw when Jim Fanning discovered him and offered him a $1,500 contract to sign with the Expos as an amateur free agent in 1984 -- even after signing him, the Expos did not view him as much of a prospect
  • By 1989 he had become a legit prospect and was called up to the majors late in the season
  • Had his best season as an Expo in 1992 with a .301/.353/.506 line (5.4 bWAR) and won both a Silver Slugger and a Gold Glove, finishing fifth in MVP balloting
  • Had another big season in 1994 with a .322/.394/.587 line in what turned out to be his final season as an Expo that was curtailed by the strike that cancelled the post-season
  • Signed with the Rockies as a free agent in 1995 and had his greatest seasons in Colorado
  • Only player in MLB history to have a .700 slugging % and 30 SB in the same season
  • Named 1997 MVP with a .366/.452/.720 line with 49 HR (a stat line only ever achieved by Babe Ruth in MLB history) to go with 33 SB, a SS and GG
  • Only player since the 1930s to hit .360+ in three straight seasons
  • Traded to St. Louis in 2004 and appeared in two straight post-seasons with the Cardinals before retiring after the 2005 season


This is your "bombs away" game threat.