Tonight is the game before the 4pm Saturday, aka the High Alcohol Holy Days. You degenerates just need to take it one day at a time, don’t get ahead of yourselves by looking toward tomorrow’s start. That is the Seattle Public Library, which is an awesome building. In Seattle. I’ve got nothing.
Despite being a very bad, not good baseball team, these Seattle Mariners just swept the de facto AL Central champion Detroit Tigers. Weird. I thought the better team won the baseball series every single time.
The Jays, as you might remember, are fresh off a brutal sweep at the hands of the Baltimore Orioles. The offense was putrid and the natives grow increasingly restless. No, wait, they’re not. From the indispensable John Lott come these less than panicked comments from Jose Bautista.
I’m not really worried about our offence,” said Jose Bautista, who went 1-for-11 in the series and is batting .194. “I know we’re going to pick it up. I just hope we do it sooner than later.”
That was as close as he came to displaying concern after the latest loss.
“I’m not going to dwell on it,” he said. “We’ve got more important games ahead of us. Our pitchers are doing awesome, so on the offensive side we just would like to give them better support.”
He’s right, you know. It might suck to watch (and hooray for Lind still hitting in the cleanup spot!) but there is a great deal of offensive talent on this team. Over three miserable nights in miserable Baltimore, shit happens. But the talent will rise.
Rise like Brett Lawrie’s hits need to, amiright? It is still too early but he is still pounding balls into the ground like they’re goth kids at his high school. Grounders aren’t bad in and of themselves, though the next ground ball that goes over the fence for a home run will be the first of my recollection.
Take a listen to this week’s Getting Blanked podcast. We talk with former Jays beat writer Jordan Bastian about the Indians, who are in first place with a winning percentage 3 points higher than the Toronto nine that most of Wilner’s callers want relegated to the International League.
Or download it directly from here.
Finally, if you live in Vancouver and love the Blue Jays YOU MUST ATTEND THIS EVENT. Blue Jays games on TV with the sound up and everything? That sounds like a pretty sweet three hour respite from living in Vancouver. But seriously, they’re giving away tickets to a Jays/M’s game in Seattle later this year. You should go, West Coasters.
|Toronto Blue Jays||Seattle Mariners|
|Escobar, Y, SS
Johnson, K, 2B
Bautista, J, RF
Lind, A, 1B
Encarnacion, E, DH
Thames, E, LF
Lawrie, B, 3B
Rasmus, C, CF
Arencibia, J.P., C
Ricky Romero, P
|Dustin Ackley 2B
Brendan Ryan SS
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Justin Smoak 1B
Jesus Montero DH
Alex Liddi 3B
Michael Saunders CF
Miguel Olivo C
Casper Wells LF
Blake Beavan, P