The Baseball Gods are angry. Staff ace Aaron Laffey in his last start, in Boston.

Just keep reminding yourself that it’s Tom Millone outside of the Oakland Coliseum (home FIP: 2.51, away FIP: 5.54), and whatever you do, don’t look at the Jays’ lineup today. WHATEVER YOU DO.

Here, maybe watching Anthony Gose throw a baseball will help…

Scuttlebutt

Yunel Escobar talks to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle about his name being in trade rumours. “I like it here,” he says. “I don’t like getting traded. I had that happen before when I went from Atlanta to the Blue Jays. But you have no control over what happens.”

MLBTR passes along an announcement from the Brewers, telling us that catcher (and Canadian) George Kottaras has been designated for assignment. Could the Jays have interest, with JP Arencibia down? Sure, why not.

Lastly, since I pasted the wrong one in here yesterday, for your between-innings viewing pleasure, here’s yesterday’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

R. Davis RF
C. Rasmus CF
B. Lawrie 3B
E. Encarnacion DH
T. Snider LF
Y. Gomes 1B
K. Johnson 2B
J. Mathis C
O. Vizquel SS

A. Laffey LHP

Oakland A’s

C. Crisp CF
J. Gomes RF
J. Reddick DH
Y. Cespedes LF
C. Carter 1B
B. Inge 3B
K. Suzuki C
B. Hicks SS
J. Weeks 2B

T. Millone LHP

 

Image via Jared Wickerham/Getty.

Comments (277)

  1. Wow Gameday actually called it for once “that was pitch number 75 for Tommy Milone, his effectiveness may start slipping.” Suck on that Oakland!

    • Noticed that too. That little “scout” blurb came up showing OPP-AVG going up after pitch 75, and pitch 76 is over the right field fence. Nice work, gameday.

  2. Farrell looked the happiest

  3. Free Brian Jeroloman!

  4. Cespedes runs down foul balls like Brett Lawrie, except the complete opposite.

  5. Odds the bullpen blows this?

    • I forgot we were in the 8th inning, we can use our only 2 good relievers on rest. thank god( if he existed)

  6. LOLmar.

  7. okay, now Oliver and Janssen and cue the horns

  8. I’m going to be sad when there are no more MLB players older than me…at least Oliver still has 8 years on me.

    • You learn to live with it.

      • I’ve already reached the stage where I can’t wear a jersey with an actual players name on it…would be weird wearing a 24 year kid’s name on my back.

        • always go throwback with the jersey’s. I have no problem sporting a barfield jersey at the stadium till the day i die.

  9. Back in the playoffs!

  10. Travis Snider now has 2HR and 7K in 10AB vs. LHP so far.

    • Im starting to think its possible Snider is either a platoon candidate, or a Pedro Alverez or Kelly Johnson type of player with a strange state line that. it sure looks like travis is going to average a K per game at least, but I also think hes capable of slugging in the high 400s and hitting 30 HR, maybe around an 780-840 OPS type of player.

  11. Way to not suck for the only game actual adults couldn’t make it to Blue Jays

  12. Nice, Maple Boner.

  13. EE singles on a pop up to first baseman. What?

  14. LUNCHBOX!

  15. Dwayne Murphy….shakes head…laments another opposite field hit

  16. Did KJ tell Colby that he was borrowing his swagger sleeve?

  17. This is fun. We should do this more often!

  18. Cespedes learned how to field at the Rogers Centre by watching Thames tape

  19. Kelly is back!

  20. Glad edwin got a hit there but MLB really needs to institute a more accurate method of scoring. the pitcher should not be charged earned runs and a hitter should not get credit due to someone losing the ball in the lights on a play that would have otherwise resulted in an out.

    call it a “team error” runs are unearned..and the hitter should be charged an at bat without a hit.

    • Also it should be be an earned run if the pitcher is the one that makes the error (ie Snider’s power bunt).

  21. Youaint Defenensivness, LF for the Oakland A’s

  22. Fuck I hope Kelly steals third now. HOW DOES IT FUCKING FEEL OAKLAND!

    • i was surprised Reddick didnt get plunked for diving hard into the stands to try to catch that 10 meter foul ball when it was 10-0 lastnight.. that would have been sweet.

  23. Cespedes is one hell of an Outfielder.

  24. Payback is a . . . . ..

  25. Old man Omar, the only Jays batter not to contribute today.

  26. Wow when did we trade Thames to Oakland. Wait that’s Cespedes? The guy making all of the money? Ouch…

  27. I think Cespedes’s(eseseseses) defensive wizardry would be best utilized in the DH spot.

  28. This from Mike Newman’s Fangraphs chat:

    Mike Newman:
    So far I’ve spoken to 4-5 contacts about Blue Jays Aaron Sanchez. The comps have been anywhere from Matt Garza to Justin Verlander. Yes… that is pretty insane, but true nonetheless.

    ???

    • I heard Jim Callis from Baseball America say that Aaron Sanchez is the most raved about pitching prospect hes heard about from scouts, he says many opf them say hes the best pitching prospect theyve seen this year

  29. Jays now tied with Rangers for most runs scored (Rangers with 1 game in hand though), but ahead of Sux who are second and have played 1 more game than the Jays.

    this team is confounding, frustrating and fucking entertaining

  30. BS call, he never fouled that off…

  31. Great effort today, win or lose, they showed grit today. Thats what I want.

    • Really? I want them to win.

      • Well, I guess you won’t be getting what you want for a few years to come. What do you plan on doing till then wise-guy?

        • … see, in most towns there’d be a viable alternative.

          Here, the next-most-competent operation might be UofT football, and they’re coming off a 50-game losing streak a couple years ago.

          Um… go Marlies?

          • Varsity football is a blast. U of T had a better season last year. Overall, the effort is always there, they just don’t have the horses, and U of T dosn’t put football ahead of academics (Penn State saw the folly of that big time).
            Jays effort, and Romero’s specifically, sucked large yesterday. Despite what appologists for Rickey said, his delivery did not look like his best effort was being used.

          • Penn State has one of the higher graduation rates in Division 1, though. They can hardly be accused of being an SEC-like “class optional” program. They’re not Harvard, but most of the Big Ten schools do a reasonably good job of balancing athletics and academics.

            (Of course, there’s no doubt that football came first, but it’s not as though they ignored academics like a lot of NCAA schools do.)

  32. 10-4, baby. Over and out!

  33. Looking for tickets for our home one game playoff….

  34. quote of the day courtesy mlbtraderumors.com:

    “the angels are telling teams they’d rather trade Vernon Wells than keep him when he returns from the disabled list. They’re looking for a trade partner and saying they don’t want to eat all of his salary, Stark reports. It’ll be challenging to find a taker for Wells’ salary; he earns $21MM per season through 2014″

    giggles

  35. The Jays scored 10 runs today with no Adam Lind in the lineup and the last two games Lind was in the lineup…hmmmm coincidence?

  36. What a travesty for Farrel to take Laffey out in the fifth with two outs. Granted he gave up a double and a right-hand hitter was coming up. BUT the hitter was Brandon Hicks and he had dispatched both hitters before for his 2 outs with an impressive effort. Thanks Farrel you deprived him of the win. It will be nice and proper when Farrel is gone.

  37. Now that is funny.

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