I don’t wanna jinx nothin’, but Carlos Villanueva has been kinda damn good this year. And he actually was a little terrific for a stretch of starts last season, too.

You may recall that over nine starts from May 23rd to July 7th, 2011, Villanueva pitched to a 3.76 ERA, holding opposing batters to a .648 OPS. The wheels started coming off at that point, and after a blow up in early August, he landed on the DL with a right forearm strain, which kept him out most of that month. “There were nights before he would start he was unsure if he would be healthy enough to pitch,” we wrote in a Game Threat at the time of his return.

This year he’s walking more guys, but his strikeout rate is way up too. His 2.68 ERA over 50 innings outperforms his peripherals, but they’re still very solid, as he sports a 3.75 xFIP and 3.60 SIERA heading into tonight’s start against Boston’s own thrown-to-the-wolves spot starter, Aaron Cook.

I got a good feeling about Los Del V. And not just for tonight. But I’ve probably lost my mind.


As you’ve surely heard by now, according to a team release of earlier today, apparently Jason Frasor has hit the DL for the Jays, with what they’re calling right forearm tighness. Ugh.

Here’s something awesome: at the Mockingbird, despite wanting him to cut down on his curveball use, Jon Hale really likes the Jays’ acquisition of JA Happ, who is “a pitcher that has been getting steadily deadlier,” he says. “Wojciechowski and Musgrove,” he adds, “are pitchers that many years and hopefully not too many surgeries down the road you hope develop into something like J.A. Happ someday. It’s like the Santos deal all over again! Errrr…forget I said that.”

John Farrell talks about Friday’s trade, and Brendan Kennedy of the Toronto Star provides a transcript.

TV: Sportsnet One

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

A. Gose RF
B. Lawrie 3B
C. Rasmus CF
E. Encarnacion 1B
A. Lind DH
J. Arencibia C
K. Johnson 2B
Y. Escobar SS
T. Snider LF

C. Villanueva RHP

Boston Red Sox

D. Nava RF
C. Crawford LF
D. Pedroia 2B
A. Gonzalez 1B
C. Ross DH
J. Saltalamacchia C
W. Middlebrooks 3B
R. Sweeney CF
P. Ciriaco SS

A. Cook RHP


Image via Ronald Martinez/Getty.

Comments (660)

  1. Sooooo..the Jays just pull off a big sweep of the Red Sox, in convincing fashion…something they have not done in three years..and in that year it was a meaningless late september series…

    So i go tthe main sports page on the STAR ..and what do I see? A front page article on how The Flyers and the Predators are talking trade regarding Shea Webber.

    My question to you….WHO GIVES A FUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Is it really that bad interms of hockey hockey hockey hockey? I mean neither team involved is even Canadian?

    I really think they are misreading the market and their audience..I truly believe that there are far more people RIGHT NOW interested in the Jays than in a fucking possible trade between the predators and fhe flyers IN FUCKING JULY…

    Am I wrong?


    • That’s what we get for being a ‘hockey nation’. They’ll continue to stuff it down our throats even in mid-July.

      I can’t handle hockey coverage in the best of times. I feel your frustration.

    • Canadians love their hockey. The love ice hockey, ball hockey, table hockey, road hockey. The play hockey in their driveways, basements, churches, schools, in short wherever a Canadian can fit a hockey stick he’ll play hockey.

      They play hockey in the summer, fall, winter, spring. They talk hockey 24/7/365 on the radio, TV, their pc’s. They hate he Summer Olympics cause there’s no hockey.

      Canadians and their hockey, hockey, hockey!!!

    • I have always enjoyed baseball more..but growing up in Gilmour ON, doesn’t give you much for baseball leagues to play in…

  2. Is it just me, or did Snider really look good this weekend. I don’t mean with the results (both offensively and defensively), but more in his body language and the poise of his at-bats. He looked really in control up there. He took a couple of strike threes that were clearly outside (both were Fenway park-against an unestablished players type calls). And then the one swinging-strike three against Lester seemed like an adjustment he’d made trying to reach that outside pitch that had been going against him in the series. (He looked bad on the swing, but he also wasn’t really “chasing” because the umps had been calling it on him for strike threes. Clearly he was attempting to get a tiny piece of that pitch and foul it off.) Clearly I’m no scout, but to my eyes he looked really confident up there, like a real professional hitter. I know it’s just one good weekend, but he looks like he really belongs here now.

    • He’s done that before for awhile when he comes back from Vegas. Have to see for a few weeks.

      • I think he’s put up good results before, but I’m not sure I’ve seen this before. Maybe it’s just because he’s a bit older, but he doesn’t look like a rookie anymore. (I realize that’s a completely unquantifiable, subjective observation that may be entirely biased based upon my own hope.) But it’s kind of like how Rasmus looked better at the start of the year, even though the results weren’t there for the first few months (until he got closer to the plate). His swing looked better, more compact and faster. And he didn’t look like a deer-in-the-headlights like the year before. Same sort of thing as with Snider. He looks like he is expecting his results to occur.

  3. They all looked damn’ good this weekend and much kudos to the guys for playing so well in a season where every time you turn around there’s another calamitous injury! This does look like a team that will mean business in the very near future.

  4. Jays are now undefeated since Lyon, Snider, and Happ joined the team.

  5. So.. I wonder what’s new today

  6. yeah good lord. slow day?

  7. Well according to the American sports media, the only thing that’s happened today is that Will Smith got in front of a news camera, flashed a light and said “all these football games never happened.”

  8. allow me to escape from my shitty life.

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