Um… wait, what’s that scoop on the Rogers-owned Blue Jays you’ve got there, Barry Davis, of the Rogers-owned Sportsnet?
No Edwin in #bluejays lineup tonight. Lawrie 3b,Rasmus Cf, Bautista rf,Johnson dh Escobar ss,Cooper 1b, Arencibia c,Vizquel 2b Davis lf
— Barry Davis (@SNBarryDavis) June 5, 2012
Holy smokes, eh? Not that I’m opposed to Kelly Johnson hitting with more guys on, Colby Rasmus hitting higher, or Brett Lawrie being shamed into no longer hitting just singles, but… that’s a rather interesting looking lineup as the Jays send Ricky Romero to the hill in Chicago to face Phil Humber of the White Sox, huh?
Davis adds that Lawrie can’t ever recall hitting lead-off, as far back as high school, while @theScoreTicker adds that Lawrie will become tonight the Jays’ youngest leadoff hitter since Felipe Lopez in 2001.
I can’t say I entirely get it, with Yunel Escobar having been back to his old on-base-getting self all through May, putting up a .342 OBP after a dismal .257 in April– and having been on base four times in three games in June, with no strikeouts. Especially since Lawrie’s numbers, except in the power department, took a hit in the season’s second month, with his strikeout rate up, and his walk rate and on-base percentage down.
But hey… John Farrell, everyone! And who knows, maybe it will work. It’s not like lineup construction matters that much, as long as players are relatively decent and not giant, Adam Lind-shaped, sucking black holes.
What does kind of sound more ominous, however, is what Davis adds about Edwin Encarnacion, who made the trip with the club, was expected to play tonight according to an Alex Anthopoulos radio hit over the weekend, and now says he’s had a lot of pain in his hand over the last two days. “Better today,” he tells Davis, but he “hasn’t swung a bat since” the incident on Sunday when he was hit by a pitch from the now-demoted Dan Bard. Still, he “hopes he can play tomorrow,” we’re told.
Get well, Edwin! Let us never see this wacky lineup again!
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