With interleague mercifully behind us, the Jays move to… not necessarily a pivotal part of the schedule, but one that you’d sure as fuck like to see them not cock up too monumentally, as they face a tough Kevin Youki-less (see what I just did there?) Red Sox team who sit above them in the American League East race, yet still inexplicably behind the fucking Baltimore Orioles and, of course, the Rays and Red Sox.

With Henderson Alvarez bumped back to start today, and the bats– until yesterday’s goalless draw that was settled on penalties thrashing at the hands of the Marlins– seem to be ready to carry the club, things in this series don’t seem quite so dire as when it first looked as though Jesse Chavez and Aaron Laffey would be cannon fodder before a not-quite-himself Ricky Romero rode in to salvage a win against Jon Lester on Wednesday afternoon. But… that doesn’t mean the outlook is exactly great. Yes, the Jays get Felix Doubront and Daisuke Matsuzaka in the other two games, with the lefty Doubront going tonight, but that’s not a whole lot of consolation as they send to the hill a pitcher who has given up 27 earned runs in his last 35 innings, while striking out just seven in that span.

Hey, but Ben Francisco is at DH tonight, everybody!

Scuttlebutt

Yes, Adam Lind is back with the big club for tonight’s game, but as you can see from the lineup below, and as I mentioned above, he’s not getting any action at DH, as Ben Francisco gets the call against the left-hander Doubront. Whoopee!

Get your maple fingers maple clicking over to mapleBlueJays.com, because as Getting Blanked shows us, the club will be rolling in some nice-looking bright red duds for Canada Day.

Parkes also has a thing or two to say– eventually– about Jon Morosi calling the Jays 2010 draft “anti-Moneyball.”

Tim Britton of the Providence Journal previews the series from a Red Sox-ish perspective.

And lastly, for your between-inning viewing pleasure, it’s today’s edition of Getting Blanked…

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

Brett Lawrie 3B
Colby Rasmus CF
Jose Bautista RF
Edwin Encarnacion 1B
Kelly Johnson 2B
Yunel Escobar SS
Rajai Davis LF
Ben Francisco DH
J.P. Arencibia C

Henderson Alvarez RHP

Youk-less Massholes

Daniel Nava LF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
David Ortiz DH
Jarrod Saltalamacchia C
Adrian Gonzalez 1B
Will Middlebrooks 3B
Cody Ross RF
Ryan Kalish CF
Nick Punto SS

Felix Doubront LHP

 

Image via Google Maps.

Comments (485)

  1. Brad Fullmer Fan just tweeted that apparently the Jays may/may not have just signed Jamie Moyer to a minor league deal

  2. re: tomorrow’s game I hope Laffey is La Fey as in the dictionary meaning : “supernatural, enchanted” and not Laughy

  3. Apparently Larry Bowa on MLB Network is saying that the new, improved Rasmus is landing out of the batter’s box with his right foot after his leg kick, which is an automatic out.

    • Larry Bowa is just trollin.
      Does anyone think that if that was happening, with the amount of video work teams do, they wouldn’t have noticed it and pointed it out to the umps, even just to try to get into his head.

  4. Not sure when he took over the lead, but Lawrie now leads baseball in WAR according to Baseball Reference.

    • Last week, or maybe the week before. It’s almost entirely due to their use of DRS as a major component of their defensive WAR calculation, earning him over 3 WAR on that side so far.
      DRS doesn’t account for shift, and thus overstates his value statistically (but not onfield) relative to other third basemen, thus inflating his WAR.

    • That’s my boy!

  5. Wooo!

  6. I gotta say that casey’s been awesome. It’s great not being terrified when the closer comes in

  7. Apparently, the Jays have signed Jamie Moyer to a minor league contract? He is older than Farrell.

    It’s on twitter.

    That can’t be true…….

  8. Wow, are the jays that desperate they signed jamie moyer??? I hope its to be the AAA pitching coach because I do not want to see moyer pitching in the AL East.

  9. Tough night losing another starter, calling up Scotty R, signing Moyer… but at least we beat the Massholes

    • I just love to hate the Massholes, but these epic games sure take their toll on my constitution, to say nothing about my wine supply. Tomorrow’s another day. Cheers.

  10. At this point in his career, moyer is a poor mans brad mills.

  11. Moyer is the smart play, why risk any arm with a future in the organization for the incremental improvement on a season that you’re not going to contend. He’s got plenty of quality innings this season, if someone could just drill it in to Farrell’s head to stop sending vulnerable pitchers back out for one inning too long he’ll be fine to eat up some innings until August.

  12. Rajai with the gun!!

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