Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Game #96 Toronto Blue Jays (36-60) @ Boston Red Sox (51-43) - game recap

Teoscar Hernandez hit a 3-run HR and scored on a wild pitch in a 10-4 victory over the Red Sox

After a tough 10-8 loss to the Red Sox where a late inning rally fell short, the Blue Jays were looking to even the series. Jacob Waguespack was recalled to make a spot start. Edwin Jackson was DFA'd. Meanwhile Andrew Cashner made his Red Sox debut after the trade from Baltimore over the weekend. Vlad was back in the lineup after a complete day off yesterday and playing the hot corner and batting 2nd. Lourdes Gurriel Jr. got a half day off serving as the DH tonight. Cavan Biggio got a full day off with Eric Sogard taking his spot at 2B, Smoak at 1B and Randal Grichuk in right. Could the Blue Jays tie the four game series? Here is tonight's game recap.

#96 - Toronto Blue Jays (35-60) at Boston Red Sox (51-43)

"That damn pinball park at Fenway..."

Tuesday, July 16, 2019 | 7:10 pm
Fenway Park | Boston, Massholia

Jacob Waguespack (1-0, 5.00, 1.11) or an opener 
vs. 
Andrew Cashner (9-3, 3.83, 1.19)


PREAMBLE:

Last night, the Blue Jays looked like they were getting blown out of the ballpark before the offence made things interesting in the 8th and the bullpen did a fine job once Thornton and Sammy G were out of there.  Tonight is game two of a four-game set as the Blue Jays look to put out repeated fires on the mound set by their pitchers.

Jacob Waguespack has been called up to pitch in tonight's game.  He'll face Andrew Cashner, who will be making his debut as a Red Sox.  Here's hoping he brought the oriLOLes karma along with him -- for his career in Fenway Park, he's 0-1, 7.20 ERA.

Monday, July 15, 2019

Game #95 Toronto Blue Jays (35-60) @ Boston Red Sox (51-43) - game recap

Billy McKinney hit a 2-run HR in his return to the Blue Jays lineup in a 10-8 loss to the Red Sox

After dropping two of three to the hated Yankees, aka possibly the new home of one or both of Marcus Stroman and Ken Giles, the Blue Jays headed to Boston to take on a Red Sox team battling for a wild card spot. The Blue Jays made a roster move, sending Rowdy Tellez to Buffalo to work on his swing and get some regular playing time. Billy McKinney, who was in the lineup in the 8th hole and in RF tonight, was recalled. Trent Thornton made his first start of the second half. He tossed 6 shutout innings of three-hit ball his last time out.  Vlad got a complete day off for a bit of a mental break. He struggled like the rest of the Blue Jays in the series vs. the Yankees. Could the Blue Jays beat the Red Sox? Here is tonight's game recap.

#95 - Toronto Blue Jays (35-59) at Boston Red Sox (50-43)



Monday, July 15, 2019 | 7:10 pm
Fenway Park | East Massholia, MA

Trent Thornton (3-6, 4.85, 1.48) vs. Rick Porcello (6-7, 5.33, 1.42)


PREAMBLE:

After losing 2 out of 3 to the Yankees, the Blue Jays head a few hours up the coast to Boston (also known as East Massholia) for a four-game series.  With any luck, the Blue Jays can make a serious dent in the playoff hopes of the Red Sox by pounding the shit out of them in this series and leaving that middle finger above seared into the grass at Fenway Park.

Trent Thornton takes the ball tonight as he continues his reasonably impressive rookie season, all in the name of development.  He takes on that overbloated porcini mushroom, Rick Porcello, who has a career record of 10-12, 5.47 against the Jays.

Ten weekly random thoughts: Week 15: July 8-15


The all-star break is over and the unofficial second half began Friday at Yankee Stadium for the Blue Jays -- fitting because at least one pitcher (Marcus Stroman) may be in pinstripes in a couple of weeks. While his teammates escaped Toronto for a few days, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. was serving notice to the MLB that he is/will be a force to be reckoned with in the final 2.5 months of the season. Guerrero Jr. hit a whopping 91HR, including a ridiculous 40 dingers to edge Joc Pederson in the semi-finals of the HR derby. Guerrero Jr. ran out of gas in the final round and was edged by the NY Mets Pete Alonso, who needed to hit a fraction of the HR to win. Alonso need to hit just 14 HR in the 1st round, due to a poor showing by home town favorite Carlos Santana. He also got a lot of rest between rounds with the marathon matchup between Guerrero Jr. and Pederson. Regardless of not winning the HR derby, Guerrero Jr. did excellent on the big stage. The Blue Jays have a fairly favorable schedule this week with a four game series at Fenway Park, followed by a three game set against the Detroit Tigers, who the Blue Jays split four games with in the season-opening series way back in March. The Blue Jays are 5-7 vs. the Red Sox this season, but the Red Sox have not looked like the team that won the world series in 2018. Meanwhile, Detroit is dead last in the AL Central and also soon to be parting ways with some of their veterans. Here are 10 random thoughts from week 15 of the MLB.

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Game #94 Toronto Blue Jays (35-59) @ New York Yankees (59-32) - game recap

Gio Urshela was 2-4 with a run scored and 2RBI as the Yankees doubled up on the Blue Jays 4-2

After a hard-fought win over the Yankees yesterday, the Blue Jays were looking for the series win against their bitter division rivals. Today's start by Marcus Stroman was crucial to prove to other teams that he is over the pec injury that caused him to miss his final start before the all-star break and the all-star game itself. Danny Jansen was back behind the plate as Stroman's primary catcher. Vlad was also back in the field after serving as the DH yesterday. Cavan Biggio got a half day off today, serving as the DH with Eric Sogard taking his place at second base. Randal Grichuk shifted over to RF with Teoscar Herrnandez in CF today. Justin Smoak was back at first base after a complete day off yesterday. Could the Blue Jays begin the unofficial second half with a win? Here is today's game recap.

#94 - Toronto Blue Jays (35-58) at New York Yankees (58-32)



Sunday, July 14, 2019 | 1:05 pm
Yankee Stadium | Bronx, N.Y.

Future Yankee Marcus Stroman (5-9, 3.18, 1.26) 
vs. 
Current Yankee Masahiro Tanaka (5-5, 3.86, 1.18)


PREAMBLE:

Coming off a tight, 2-1 win on Saturday, the Blue Jays look to win a series in Yankee Stadium for the first time since last September.  The Jays are 3-5 against the Yankees so far in 2019, currently their second straight losing season series after winning three in a row from 2015 to 2017.

Marcus Stroman has recovered sufficiently from his left shoulder cramp to take the ball in today's finale as he looks to rebuild his trade value in time for a big package.  He'll face off against the guy who replaced him on the All-Star roster, Masahiro Tanaka.  Tanaka is a career 11-5, 2.87 in 18 starts against the Jays.


Saturday, July 13, 2019

Game #93 Toronto Blue Jays (35-58) @ New York Yankees (58-32) - game recap

Randal Grichuk drove in both Blue Jays runs in a 2-1 victory over the Yankees

After a tough shutout loss to the Yankees last night, the Blue Jays were right back at it facing old teammate JA Happ for the first time this season. The 36-year old southpaw is enjoying a solid season with a 7-4 record, but with an inflated 5.02ERA. The Blue Jays countered with their own 35+ lefty in Clayton Richard, who is 1-5 with a 6.23ERA in 9 starts. Richard has had some solid starts lately, going 6 innings in each of his last three starts, allowing 3 earned runs in each start. He was facing one of the better lineups in the league today. Veteran Luke Maile was his catcher today. Justin Smoak got the day off with Rowdy Tellez at first base. The struggling Teoscar Hernandez was also out of the lineup with Randal Grichuk in CF and Eric Sogard in RF. Vlad got a half day off, serving as the DH with Brandon Drury playing the hot corner today. Could the Blue Jays snap the five game losing streak versus the Yankees today? The Yankees came into this one having beaten Toronto five times in a row, sweeping the series in Toronto at the end of June, winning the last game of the 1st three game series at the beginning of June and taking the opener of this series to kick off the unofficial 2nd half last night. Here is today's game recap.

#93 - Toronto Blue Jays (34-58) @ New York Yankees (58-31)


Saturday, July 13, 2019 | 1:05 pm
Yankee Stadium | Bronx, N.Y.

Clayton Richard (record: lol help us) vs J.A. Happ (record: Cy Young against us)


Go Jays go.

Friday, July 12, 2019

Game #92 Toronto Blue Jays (34-58) @ New York Yankees (58-31) - game recap

Domingo German threw 6 shutout innings as the Yankees shutout the Blue Jays 4-0

After four days off for the all-star break, the Blue Jays resumed play in Yankee stadium, facing a Yankees team that swept them in Toronto just over ten days ago. Aaron Sanchez got the ball first to start the unofficial second half. He was looking to snap an ugly personal 8-game losing streak. Sanchez is in the midst of the worst season of his career. As many as three players (Eric Sogard, Freddy Galvis and Justin Smoak) may not be Blue Jays in a couple of weeks with the trade deadline fast approaching. Could the Blue Jays start the unofficial 2nd half on the right foot? Here is today's game recap.

#92 - Toronto Blue Jays (34-57) at New York Yankees (57-31)



Friday, July 12, 2019 | 7:05 pm
Yankee Stadium | Bronx, New York

Aaron Sanchez (3-12, 6.16, 1.75) vs. Domingo German (10-2, 3.67, 1.09)


PREAMBLE:

After a record-smashing performance by Vladimir Guerrero Jr. in the Home Run Derby the other day, the Blue Jays start the second half of the season with a three-game set in New York City to face the Yankees.  Hopefully the all-star break helped to cool off the Yankees as they were red-hot before the break, going 16-4 in their final 20 games.

Aaron Sanchez takes the longest losing streak (11) since Ricky Romero's 13 straight losses in 2012 into tonight's start against the Yankees.  He'll look to avoid setting a club record for losses in a season, which is 18 (Jerry Garvin 1977 and Phil Huffman 1979) as he faces Domingo German.  German is a career 0-2, 3.86 against the Jays in three appearances.


Thursday, July 11, 2019

2nd Half Predictions for the Blue Jays



Articles are starting to pop up with regularity in regard to second-half predictions, and Kaitlyn McGrath of The Athletic has posted her Blue Jays predictions (listed below).

FiveThirtyEight predicts the Jays will finish at 64-98.

Blue Jays Confidential asked a panel of Sportsnet insiders and personalities for their thoughts on how the Jays would do in the second half - on the panel were:  Jeff Blair, Arden Zwelling, Shi Davidi and Mike Wilner.  Link here:  Predictions for the second half and picks for good news

International Business Times predict that Stroman will go to the Yankees, Madison Bumgarner will go to the Astros and Zach Wheeler will go to the Red Sox.

Your thoughts?  Discussion?  What predictions do you have of your own?


Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Fifth annual pop-schlock vid off



Here it is again, the traditional day after the All-Star game vid off. Once again, you can try to top each other with cheesy vids. Bonus marks if you can connect them in some way. You can read about the history here. Click on the vid-off tag to see previous years entries.

Have fun and remember to click next to your name and select Hide Media if the thread gets slow. That way you'll only load the vid you want to watch at any one time.

To start us off this year, I've taken Dabbles criticisms of lack of 2000-era music to heart. So to start us off, how about some Christopher Walken dancing?

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

2019 All Star Game


Marcus Stroman won't pitch but he's there. Enjoy your favourite exhibition game. (Montreal doesn't count.)

Monday, July 8, 2019

2019 Home Run Derby

So, can the kid hit moonshots or fizzle horribly? Let's find out!

Note: Click on the Home Run Derby Thread tag if you want to see previous years.

Ten weekly random thoughts: Week 14: July 1-7


Here we are the unofficial end to the 1st half of the 2019 season. The Blue Jays are battling hard for 4th in the AL East, 25.5 games back of the 1st place Yankees. The week started off with a resounding win on Canada Day over the KC Royals, taking 3 of 4 from the lowly KC squad. Then Boston rolled into town and took two of three from the Blue Jays, including an epic comeback on Thursday, where they erased a five run deficit with a 6-run 6th inning. Rafael Devers destroyed Blue Jays pitching with 7 hits, 4 runs scored and 9RBI in the series. Danny Jansen had his way with Boston pitchers with 7 hits, 6 runs and 6RBI. Freddy Galvis had a strong series vs. Boston as well with 7 hits, 2 runs scored and 4RBI. Brandon Drury had 5 hits, 2 runs scored and 2RBI. A great series for the offence. The last series before the all-star break was against the last place Baltimore Orioles. They got strong pitching from Andrew Cashner (3 hits, 1 run over 7 innings) and Dylan Bundy (3H 1R 2 walks over 6.2 innings). Chris Davis drove in three runs on Friday. The Blue Jays took the final game to go into the break on a positive. Looking ahead, the Blue Jays open the unofficial second half with a 10 day, 3 city road trip with stops in New York, Boston and Detroit. Here are ten random thoughts from week 14 of the MLB.

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Game #91 Baltimore Orioles (27-62) @ Toronto Blue Jays (34-57) - game recap

Trent Thornton threw six shutout innings as the Blue Jays knocked off the Orioles 6-1

Well, Orioles pitching has been the story of the series with both Dylan Bundy and Andrew Cashner pitching into the 7th inning and both tossed 3-hitters. The Orioles also got timely hitting and deserve to have the series win. Today, the Blue Jays were looking to avoid the series and go into the all-star break feeling somewhat good about themselves. Same lineup as yesterday, except Danny Jansen was back behind the plate and Rowdy Tellez served as the DH. Vlad moved down three spots in the lineup to take a bit of pressure off him and Lourdes Gurriel Jr. slid into the #2 hole in the lineup. Could the Blue Jays beat the lowly Baltimore Orioles? Here is today's game recap.

#91 - Baltimore Orioles (27-61) at Toronto Blue Jays (33-57)



Sunday, July 7, 2019 | 1:07 pm
Rogers Centre | Toronto, Ontario

Asher Wojciechowski (0-1, 6.75, 1.31) vs. Trent Thornton (2-6, 5.18, 1.55)


PREAMBLE:

It's the oriLOLes.  As in the team with the worst record in the majors and the worst pitching staff in the majors.  And the Jays only got two runs and seven hits combined in two games against these (very bad) pitchers.  They now have lost a home series for the second time this season to the team that coming in were tied for the fewest road wins in the whole major leagues.

And to potentially make matters worse, Asher Wojciechowski, a first-round pick in 2010 by the Jays and traded away in the J.A. Happ megadeal, has a chance to haunt his former franchise on the mound today.  Trent Thornton takes the ball in an attempt to stop the bleeding.


Saturday, July 6, 2019

Game #90 Baltimore Orioles (27-61) @ Toronto Blue Jays (33-57) - game recap

Andrew Cashner threw 7 strong innings as the Orioles routed the Blue Jays 8-1

After a loss last night to the lowly Baltimore Orioles, the Blue Jays were back at it looking to even this weekend series. Lourdes Gurriel Jr. was back in the lineup after missing last night to rest a wrist he rolled Thursday. Danny Jansen got a half day off, serving as the DH while Luke Maile got the start behind the plate. Could the Blue Jays beat the Orioles and snap the 2 game losing streak? Here is today's game recap.

#90 - Baltimore Orioles (26-61) at Toronto Blue Jays (33-56)



Saturday, July 6, 2019 | 3:07 pm
Rogers Centre | Toronto, Ontario

Andrew Cashner (8-3, 4.03, 1.25) vs. Clayton Richard (1-4, 6.51, 1.63)


PREAMBLE:

Kawhi has moved on to the Los Angeles Clippers along with Paul George.  So... what we gonna do?  Oh yeah, there's a ballgame today with the Blue Jays taking on the Orioles in game two of a three-game set, which should definitely take the sting out of losing Kawhi.

Clayton Richard looks to carry the momentum of his first Blue Jays win from his last start into today's afternoon matchup against Andrew Cashner, who is somehow 8-3 for a team that is 35 games under .500 going into the All-Star break.

Friday, July 5, 2019

Game #89 Baltimore Orioles (26-61) @ Toronto Blue Jays (33-56) - game recap

Chris Davis was 2-4 with a run scored and 3RBI as the Orioles knocked off the Blue Jays 4-1

Here we go. Last series before the all-star break and the end of the unofficial 1st half of the season. Marcus Stroman is likely done until after the all-star break as he is still nursing a pec injury. Meanwhile Aaron Sanchez, who starts tonight, has a very interesting deadline Monday. See, Monday he reaches five years of service and can refuse any move by the Blue Jays to the minors. If the Blue Jays option him on the weekend, and basically keep him there for the duration of the season, they gain an extra year of control to maybe build up the righty's trade value. Sanchez has struggle mightily this season to get through a batting order more than once. The 2nd and 3rd times through the order, batters are hitting north of .900. Quite frankly,  the Blue Jays need to do something, whether it be an IL stint, a trip to the minors, or moving to the bullpen. Another option could be using an opener followed by Sanchez. Lourdes Gurriel Jr. rolled his wrist and sat out in favor of Brandon Drury. Randal Grichuk missed is second straight game with a back problem (Eric Sogard took his spot in right.). Vlad was back in the lineup after a day off yesterday. Could the Blue Jays beat the lowly Orioles? Here is today's game recap.

#89 - Baltimore oriLOLes (25-61) at Toronto Blue Jays (33-55)



Friday, July 5, 2019 | 7:07 pm
Rogers Centre | Toronto, Ontario

Dylan Bundy (3-10, 4.91, 1.34) vs. Marcus Stroman Aaron Sanchez (3-11, 6.31, 1.77)


PREAMBLE:

The Blue Jays open a three-game series against the oriLOLes with the opportunity to open up an even bigger gap between these two teams in the epic struggle for fourth place in the A.L. East.  This is also the final series before the All-Star break, which hopefully won't destroy the offence's momentum where they've scored 5+ runs in 14 of their last 15 games and 16 of 18 overall.

Aaron Sanchez looks to further torpedo what little value he has left and to send his agent deeper into fits of apoplexy as he takes the ball tonight.  He's 0-10, 8.52 in his last 12 starts with his last win coming on April 27th.  He'll go up against Dylan Bundy, who is 2-1, 5.01 in five appearances (four starts) at Rogers Centre.


NOTES:

Jonathan Davis has been called up and Thomas Pannone sent down.

It's been announced that Marcus Stroman won't pitch again until after the All-Star break, including in the ASG. Looks like Ken Giles will get the call, after all.

So... let's see, what excuse are the Orioles going to come up to forfeit this series?  After all, they're the ones who pulled off the only intentional forfeit in over a hundred years (Sept. 15, 1977 when Earl Weaver pulled his players off the field at Exhibition Stadium because he was being a pissy blowhard trying to act like a genius).  They also considered forfeiting in 2015 because Buck Showalter (also being a pissy blowhard trying to act like a genius) didn't like how the new turf w-as being so sproingy with the way the ball was bouncing.

From John Lott at the Athletic ($):  Danny Jansen talking proud about his hitting, for once.

George Bell is in the house tonight.  First 15,000 fans tonight will receive a George Bell replica jersey and he'll be there to sign autographs.

There were no airports in 1775, you hare-brained orange ignoramus.  (sorry, had to get that one out of my system)


LINEUPS:


Game #88 Boston Red Sox (46-41) @ Toronto Blue Jays (33-55) - game recap

Marco Hernandez hit a clutch pinch hit HR in the 9th as the Red Sox edged the Blue Jays 8-7

Here we are, the rubber match for bragging rights this week. It was a bullpen day for both teams with Marcus Stroman wisely deciding to skip his last scheduled start before the all-star break with the pec injury he suffered last start still nagging him. Quite frankly, Stroman should also skip the all-star game and completely heal. Randal Grichuk got a complete day off with Teoscar Hernandez in CF and Eric Sogard making his first career start in RF. Sogard played 10 games in LF over 2 seasons for the Brewers 2017-18. Danny Jansen and his hot stick are in the lineip as well. The Blue Jays rookie catcher  has a chance to reach the Mendoza line (he came into this game batting .197). Could the Blue Jays win their second series in a row vs. Boston? No Vlad in the lineup for the second time in less than a week. (They took two of three in Fenway Park two weeks ago.) Here is tonight's game recap.

Thursday, July 4, 2019

#88 - Boston Red Sox (45-41) at Toronto Blue Jays (33-54)



Thursday, July 4, 2019 | 7:07 pm
Rogers Centre | Toronto, Ontario

Hector Velazquez (1-3, 5.31, 1.30) 
vs. 
Derek Law (0-1, 6.91, 1.68) and Thomas Pannone (2-3, 5.91, 1.54)


PREAMBLE:

Short and sweet tonight, folks.  The Blue Jays look to pull out a series win against the Red Sox in the finale of a three-game set tonight.

Marcus Stroman is not able to go tonight, so Derek Law will open the game for an inning or so then turn things over to Thomas Pannone for (hopefully) the bulk of the innings the rest of the way.  The Red Sox will counter with Hector Velazquez, who is 3-0, 1.15 in 11 relief appearances for his career against the Jays, though he's just 3-6, 5.04 in 18 career starts overall (including 7 this season).

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Game #87 Boston Red Sox (45-41) @ Toronto Blue Jays (33-54) - game recap

Brandon Drury hit a go-ahead 2-run HR in the 6th as the Blue Jays doubled the Red Sox 6-3

After a thorough beating by David Price and Co., the Blue Jays got to face ace Chris Sale, another tough lefty. Meanwhile, the Blue Jays were left to figure out their pitching for 9 innings (or more). Originally the plan was to have SRF start today as a traditional starter. However, Plan A went out the window when Trent Thornton stunk up the joint to the tune of 7 runs on 11 hits and a walk in just 2.2 innings, forcing SRF into the game last night. Instead, SRF (knowing he was not going to pitch today) was sent down to Buffalo for possibly one day, pending the status of Marcus Stroman, who reportedly still isn't feeling right after leaving his start Saturday with a pec cramp in his left shoulder. Jacob Waguespack was activated from the injury list and was expected to eat up a bunch of innings. Largely the same lineup as yesterday, except Freddy Galvis batted leadoff with a lefty on the mound. Justin Smoak got a half day off, serving as the DH with Rowdy Tellez starting at 1st base. Brandon Drury was in RF and Cavan Biggio was a 2B. Could the Blue Jays steal a win? Here is tonight's game recap

Game Highlights:
  • David Phelps pitching line: 1P 0H 0R 1BB 1K 13 pitches (8 for strikes)
  • The Red Sox opened the scoring in the top of the 3rd as Rafael Devers singled scoring Brock Holt and Mookie Betts
  • The Blue Jays  got one back in the bottom half of the inning as Lourdes Gurriel Jr. crushed one to dead center. 
  • The Red Sox added a run in the top of the 4th as Christian Vazquez crushed one to straightaway center
  • The Blue Jays tied it in the bottom half of the inning as Danny Jansen annihilated a 2-run bomb to the second deck in left also scoring Justin Smoak
  • The Blue Jays took the lead in the bottom of the 6th as Brandon Drury crack a 2-run jack to dead center also scoring Rowdy Tellez
  • The Blue Jays added a run in the bottom of the 8th as Tellez scored on a sac fly by Freddy Galvis
  • Ken Giles pitched a perfect 9th for his 13th save of the season
  • Final score: Blue Jays 6 Red Sox 3
My Take:
  • The Blue Jays bullpen did a solid job, limiting the potent Red Sox lineup to 3 runs on 8 hits and a walk. The Red Sox threated to tie with the tying run on 2nd base with one out in the 7th, but Daniel Hudson got the next two Red Sox batters out, ending the threat. He pitched the 8th as well to turn the ball over to the unstoppable Ken Giles
  • The Blue Jays took advantage of three mistakes Chris Sale made for five runs, and that was the difference in the game. Charlie Montoyo looks like a genius for putting Freddy Galvis in the leadoff spot. Galvis was 3-4 with a walk and an RBI. Brandon Drury also had a strong game, batting at the opposite end of the lineup with a 3-4 effort, a run scored and 2 RBI.
  • Up next, the rubber match of the series with a 3rd evening start time. Marcus Stroman is tentatively penciled in to pitch, but he may be forced to miss a turn as reports say he isn't feeling right. This may also put his participation in the AS game in doubt. The Red Sox are slated to have a bullpen day tomorrow. It could very well be a literal battle of the bullpen for bragging rights this week.

#87 - Boston Red Sox (45-40) at Toronto Blue Jays (32-54)

from Blue Jays Fans on Twitter.  That looks a lot like Charlie, no?

Wednesday, July 3, 2019 | 7:07 pm
Rogers Centre | Toronto, Ontario

Chris Sale (3-7, 3.82, 1.03) vs. Jacob Waguespack (0-0, 4.50, 1.00)


PREAMBLE:

After a rough start by Trent Thornton that the offence couldn't come back from in last night's opener, the Blue Jays hope to get another solid appearance from a call-up in today's game to get back on the right track.

Jacob Waguespack is being reinstated from the injury list to start for the Jays after Sean Reid-Foley was forced into action in yesterday's game.  He'll face Chris Sale, who is having a rough year, both overall and against the Jays (0-1, 8.00 in 2 starts this year), but has usually done well against in the Jays in his career, 7-4, 2.81 in 17 appearances (14 starts).

Breaking news:  Perhaps it's not Waguespack tonight, after all... the Jays released a lineup that shows David Phelps starting tonight.  Maybe they're saving Wags for tomorrow in case Stroman can't go, or Phelps is being used as an opener for Wags.  *shrugs shoulders*

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Game #86 Boston Red Sox (45-40) @ Toronto Blue Jays (32-54) - game recap

Rafael Devers just about beat the Blue Jays on his own with a 4-6 effort, driving in 4 runs and scoring twice en route to a 10-6 victory by the Red Sox over the Blue Jays

After a great Canada day weekend where the Blue Jays took three of four from Kansas City, the Blue Jays opened a three game series against a likely tired Boston Red Sox team that is coming back from three days in Europe where they hosted the Yankees. Blue Jays killer David Price was on the mound looking for his 23rd career win over the Blue Jays. Trent Thornton was looking to bounce back from a rough outing in NY five days ago. Justin Smoak was back in the lineup after a day off yesterday. Teoscar Hernandez got the day off, presumably to rest his ailing wrist that he banged up several days ago. Could the Blue Jays take advantage of a tired Red Sox team and steal a win? Here is tonight's game recap.

#86 - Boston Red Sox (44-40) at Toronto Blue Jays (32-53)


Tuesday, July 2, 2019 | 7:07 pm
Rogers Centre | Toronto, Ontario

David Price (5-2, 3.36, 1.12) vs. Trent Thornton (2-5, 4.60, 1.45)


PREAMBLE:

The Blue Jays look to carry on the momentum after winning 3 of 4 against the Royals, and hope to catch the Red Sox in a tired state after the Sox flew back to North America after taking a royal pounding from the Yankees (29 runs given up in two games).  Tired + a shredded bullpen = a no-hitter for the Sox tonight, sounds about right, no?

Trent Thornton takes the ball for the Jays and he'll face a guy who has absolutely owned the Blue Jays throughout his career - David Price, he of the 22-3, 2.37 career numbers vs. the Jays.  Well, at least he provides nice bathrobes.

Ten weekly random thoughts: Week 13 June 24-31


And so ends month 3 (plus a weekend) of the 2019 season. The Blue Jays officially hit the halfway point of their season with a loss to the Yankees, who have absolutely been getting the most out of a lineup that has been lacking the stars you associate with this team. Giancarlo Stanton has played all of 9 games. Luis Severino and Dellin Betances have yet to throw a pitch this season. Yet, the Yankees continue to occupy 1st place in the AL East. Enough tire pumping of that team, let's look at the Blue Jays. After the sweep at the hands of the Yankees, the Blue Jay took two of the first three in a Canada Day long weekend 4 game series vs. the KC Royals. Justin Smoak returned to the lineup after missing 10 days with a quad strain. Marcus Stroman was forced to leave his start early with a cramp in his left pectoral muscle (more on that later). Aaron Sanchez had his 4th rough outing in a row (more on that later). The month of June ended with a  10-17 record with the Blue Jays allowing 162 runs and scoring 137 runs for a differential of -25. Here are ten random thoughts from week 13 of the MLB.

Monday, July 1, 2019

Game #85 Kansas City Royals (29-56) @ Toronto Blue Jays (32-53) - game recap

Cavan Biggio was 3-5 with a run scored and 4 RBI as the Blue Jays routed the Royals 11-4

After dropping yesterday's game in a heart-breaker, the Blue Jays wrapped up the four-game series against the KC Royals today. It's been clear this weekend that these are two teams in rebuilds. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Danny Jansen were both back in the lineup after complete days off yesterday. Justin Smoak got a complete day off, as I'm sure the Blue Jays are being cautious with his sore quad. The Blue Jays record on July 1st is an abysmal 12-23 (they had an off day once and in two seasons labor disputes meant there were no games on Canada Day). Could the Blue Jays win on Canada Day? Here is today's game recap.

#85 - Kansas City Royals (29-55) at Toronto Blue Jays (31-53)



Monday, July 1, 2019 | 1:07 pm
Rogers Centre | Toronto, Ontario

Glenn Sparkman (2-3, 4.07, 1.28) vs. Clayton Richard (0-4, 6.89, 1.69)


PREAMBLE:

The Blue Jays wrap up a four-game series against the Royals in this Canada Day afternoon matchup, looking to win the series after taking the first two games and then losing the third game. Fourth time in a row they had a loss where the tying or winning run was on base in the 9th inning.

Clayton Richard is still searching for his white whale as he takes the ball for the Blue Jays, all adorned in Canada Day red.  He'll face Glenn Sparkman, an one-time Rule 5 pick up by the Jays who spent half of the season in the Jays system and made two MLB appearances (7 runs in one inning for a 63.00 ERA) before being returned to the Royals.  Say, don't we have a need for some useful pitchers on our current roster...?