Oh fuck yes, it’s late night baseball, and the Jays are looking to repay a favour to the Texas Rangers, who didn’t quite field their best lineups in dropping two of three to the Jays this week at Rogers Centre, by continuing to put the hurt on the California Angels– you know, Lynn, Baylor, Jackson, Carew and co.

And with that, it means late night Jays talk. Get your dialling fingers ready, Tom in Toronto!

Oh yeah… and the diverging career trajectories of Mike Trout and Albert Pujols, plus some guy I’ve heard of called Vernon Wells.

Scuttlebutt

During the pre-game on the Fan 590 Wilner mentioned something about some twat tweeting about a Snider-for-Vogelsong trade between the Jays and Giants that supposedly has been made, which he assures us is unequivocally false. Honestly, not one single fucking thing in the universe screams “I’m a gigantic fucking loser” like making up an account and not only tweeting fake shit, but tweeting fake shit about a fucking minor baseball transaction that might sneak into the second ten minutes of ESPN Sportscenter. You don’t get into heaven for being half-assed, dickholes.

Also, Parkes has it right (y’know, apart from “MT”):

TV: Sportsnet

And now the lineups, by way of the live box score at theScore.com. And for those of you who’ll be out and about, be sure to follow all the action on your phone with Score Mobile

Toronto Blue Jays

1. Kelly Johnson (L) 2B
2. Yunel Escobar (R) SS
3. Jose Bautista (R) RF
4. Adam Lind (L) 1B
5. Edwin Encarnacion (R) DH
6. Eric Thames (L) LF
7. Brett Lawrie (R) 3B
8. Colby Rasmus (L) CF
9. J.P. Arencibia (R) C

Brandon Morrow RHP

Los Angeles California Angels of Anaheimgeles of L.A.

1. M. Trout (R) CF
2. Vernon Wells (R) LF
3. Albert Pujols (R) 1B
4. Kendrys Morales (R) DH
5. Torii Hunter (R) RF
6. Howie Kendrick (R) 2B
7. Mark Trumbo (R) 3B
8. Erick Aybar (R) SS
9. Bobby Wilson (R) C

Dan Haren RHP

Image via SI Vault.

Comments (314)

  1. They kind of look like a 70′s funk/R & B band with the lone white guy.

    Fred Lynn is like Lee Oskar in War.

  2. Farrell re: cleanup hitters … oh the humanity.

  3. Wondering where this was…..they are looking a little lost up there

  4. http://www.tmz.com/2012/05/03/jered-weaver-dive-bar-goat-hill-tavern-no-hitter/

    According to TMZ, Dan Haren and Jered Weaver were getting smashed at the bar post-no hitter last night while our boys were chowing down on Mrs. Romero’s tacos and swigging Diet Pepsi and Cream Soda.

    Maybe Haren will show some ill-effects.

  5. Do the Jays ever not go three up/down in the first couple of innings?

  6. I like how Johnson and Escobar get flipped, have one good game, and stay flipped. Encarnacion continues to rake, Lind continues to suck, and Farrell just continues to not give a shit.

    • RIGHT? Where is the logic in this? Encarnacion is absolutely destroying and will, undoubtedly, continue to destroy no matter where in the lineup he hits.

  7. http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51OVKmlosmL._SL500_AA300_.jpg

    Didn’t want to miss out on some Luis Sojo while we were at it.

  8. Buck: “Wells is starting to swing the bat better of late”

    just as a graphic showing he’s hitting even worse over the last couple of weeks.

  9. The world is flat in Farrell’s world. No empirical evidence will convince him otherwise.

  10. Zaun in the pregame on VW: Don’t look at batting average and the stats. He’ll sneak up on ya.

  11. Lind with the pretty pop up.

  12. Will Mathis come back and haunt the Angels in this series?

  13. Looks like Haren showed up to pitch tonight.

  14. I didn’t think the hiring of John Farrell indicated we were in for more cito ball but that seems to be the case here.

  15. That was awesome work there Tabs

  16. Ha. Nice one Lawrie.

  17. Cletus can do it all.

  18. Nice Rasmus. Bunt singles are arousing.

  19. I think Rasmus is the only guy we have who can bunt.

  20. Sweet.

  21. The fucking kids be getting it done

  22. That’ll play, JPA.

  23. JP manned up.

  24. JP!!!

  25. Also: JP!

  26. JP was due. Good job.

  27. Ricky’s home cooking is going to pay dividends……yaaaaa

  28. JP with a 3 RUN BANGER!!!!

  29. Hey Angels, welcome back to the world where you’re not playing the Twins

  30. They’ve decided to swing the bats.

  31. Fucking Arencibia! That’s what we want

  32. I take my comment back that Haren showed up to pitch…..

  33. YEAH BOYS. Keep it up now.

  34. Yeah Buck, ya think maybe “momentum” doesn’t mean much in baseball?

  35. Side note: The Angels broadcasters pronounce Bautista’s name very, very strangely.

  36. aw Cletus and JPA hugged after the HR, so cute.

  37. JP is clutch! Im glad when finally shows up to hit, its usually dramatic!

  38. Shit, Morrow is looking goooood – 3 in a row.

  39. I think Baseball is the one sport where the people that know the most about it, never played the game. weird.

    • I think it’s just the first one to have figured it out.

      Hmmm… who should we get to operate the hockey franchise we paid hundreds of millions of dollars for. … I KNOW! REMEMBER THAT SHITTY DEFENSEMAN GUY FROM 15 YEARS AGO???

      • Right, or that guy that was never good enough to play proffesional? U know that minor leaguer that always knows best?

        • @ John Holmes

          Now I know ur trolling..

          Pretty good.
          Had me fooled for second there.

          You sounded like you were serious.

    • @ John Holmes

      LOL Thats funny

    • Thank you.

  40. Jesus Christ, that Junior Seau bit could have gone worse. Was just waiting for it to get way uncomfortable. But hey! Baseball!!

  41. Rasmus isn’t bad.

  42. Cletus hot doggin’ it for Brandeen

  43. I really like having Rasmus in CF, really hope his bat comes around….

    as in more than just bunts.

  44. Eric Thames Gold Glove obv.

  45. Now Thames gets in on the act?

  46. Hey guys! Eric Thames caught a baseball!

  47. Show Thames some love.

  48. This defence is just incredible to watch.

  49. Thames? OK that will work too.

  50. Thames: Looky what I found

  51. Fuck I hate Pat Tabler. “If you wanna make a quality start a STAT, make it 7 innings pitched and only 2 runs”. What the fuck Pat?

    • The stupidity knows no bounds.

    • I actually agree that 6ip and 3 ER is pretty low for calling it a ‘quality start.’ More like decent start. Quality would be more like 6ip or 7ip with 2 or 3 runs respectively IMO.

  52. Great outfield defence, ahem, especially that stretch-catch by Thames.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MCUnWIs88CQ

  53. I know that comments like this are frowned upon around here, but that was a nice grab by Thames. He was playing pretty far in and he took a good route to get to that ball.

  54. Morrow kicking ass, like our starting pitching moving foward

  55. Who was that Mr.T looking motherfucke in leftr….it cant be Thames making that kind of play. Mice work Thames

  56. Atta boy Thames!

  57. Thames with the running “Fuck off Parkes” catch.

  58. Anyone else having issues with Rogersondemand lately? Is it working for anyone?

    • using it right now – no problems here- what problems are you having?? can’t log in or some message??

      • It’s giving me a message that it’s only for rogers customers. I’m signed in though.. Not sure what’s up because it’s worked fine until now.

  59. “I don’t know about you, but I don’t think there were many guys who covered more ground than Bourjos last year”…

    Damn Buck, If only we had some sort of stat that could evaluate range and defense in the field….

  60. Weird seeing Vernon Wells. It’s as if he never even played here.

  61. Well the idea behind putting your best hitters together in the lineup is so that the odds will be higher that when they smash one, it’ll be with people on base.

    As such Farrell is grouping his worst hitters together: Escobar, Bautista, and Lind.

    (Seriously, though, get better soon Joey.)

  62. Thanks Wells. That was ball three.

    Oh and now more Lawrie ball washing.

  63. Deja vu – I swear I’ve seen that double play with Trout before – strange

  64. Lol. VW . Its nice to see him suck when another team is paying him to do so.

  65. 1 DP all season last year and now 2 in one game? I like the Morrow.

  66. Kinda glad we’re not on the hook for $240M for Pujols for TEN years.

  67. Vernon Wells is channeling his inner Yunel Escobar, grounding into multiple double plays.

  68. Is it just me, or does Morrow’s slider look weird tonight? Kinda loopy, way less bite than usual.

  69. Can’t believe Morrow only had one DP the entire last year.

  70. Did Buck just say something about being turned on by Kendrick?

  71. KJ on the driving range again at this bat

  72. gettin to watch starting in the 3rd and wow 3-0 with cletus doing another bunt , didnt know players knew how and jp smacks a 3 run homer.then thames makes a look what ive got catch. weird

  73. And there goes Buck with his “catcher’s average doesn’t mean much” thing again.

  74. In all the Pujols and Bautista criticism, I hear nary a word about Robinson Cano??? .306 OBP, 1 HR

  75. The interesting thing is that Pujols actually outperformed Votto and Fielder versus the American League in interleague games. Dude could just be feeling the pressure and gripping too tight. Pressing is the absolute worst thing a hitter can do.

    • Maybe, but he’s excelled and thrived under pressure his entire career. It’s always worked in his favour in the past.

    • Maybe’s he’s just a 40 year old former man-beast who’s been declining for two years already, and this is the end result of turning your baseball ops over to a billionaire.

      • He’s 32.
        Two years ago, he had an OPS of 1.011. Last year? .906. 37 HRs. The worst year of his career.

        Probably not a great contract, and there’s no doubt he looks terrible right now, but almost nothing you said there is true. At all.

        • ya….32….sure

        • Wow. You get a) the rampant rumours that he isn’t 32, which I probably don’t believe, but that isn’t a particularly obscure reference and b) a 100 point drop in OPS is a decline, right?

          Come on.

          • There are many reputable sources in baseball who don’t believe that Pujols is actually 32. Some say he’s more like 34 or 35.

            MLB is resorting to doing DNA analysis of entire families to curb the age fraud thing in the DR. It’s been a long standing problem.

  76. Brandon Morrow – groundball machine – he hates worms

  77. Five innings in one hour and Brandon Morrow is pitching.

    I’d say he’s a new man.

  78. I’ve been critical/skeptical of Morrow this year but this hybrid of old strikeout Morrow and new ground out Morrow is fucking amazing.

    And he could even be fly ball Morrow tonight and it wouldn’t matter as the ball isn’t really carrying.

  79. don’t gidp escobar

  80. 54 pitches through five too.

  81. Morrow with 54 pitches through 5 innings. I’m feeling a complete gamer here.

  82. Wow – Jose really looks completely lost at the plate. That at-bat was terrible.

  83. Adam Lind. Either a double play or a strikeout awaits.

  84. Just saw a Bautista K on the MLB. The 1st strike looked like shit, and I bet Bauts might get ejected arguing shit strikes like that… what’s worse, Lind is up next… I’m going to stand up and get a beer now…..

  85. That was a sad fucking at bat. Outside strike, he makes faces. Swings out of the zone, then looks at the same outside strike.

    Spoil the pitch, Jose instead of being a petulant ass.

  86. It’s fun when the auto outs are the 3 & 4 batters…

  87. Man alive Adam Lind is terrible.

  88. Adam Lind everybody!

  89. Man I never get sick of watching the heart of the lineup pound in the runs … oh, wait ….

  90. Fuck Yeah Trumbo

  91. Holy Fuck!!

  92. Thank god for the incompetence of the Angels.

  93. Before everyone has finished putting their lips around Brandon’s manhood, keep in mind that the Angel’s field is death to right handed power hitting.

  94. I love it when the other team commits the errors.

  95. EE scares out the bad throw with his speed.

  96. Ha Ha, Awesome.

  97. That’s it. move Trumbo to first and trade Morales for Lind.

  98. Mark Trumbo, you sweet son of a bitch! Thanks!

    • Ha! That throw wasn’t even close looking at the replay. Fuck, this must be what it felt like as a visiting team watching EE throw to first.

  99. 2 RTAs for Trumbo (runs thrown away) and nice ole move by Pujols to not even bother

  100. Remember all that BS that Tabler is saying that Dwayne Murphy is telling Bautista to not pull the ball, i think it’s time for Bautista to start going the other way with power if they keep pitching this shit to him like that.

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