Last year Ubaldo Jimenez, who starts tonight for Cleveland, was one of only three qualified starters in all of baseball to accumulate less value than the Jays’ (now Marlins’ and Florida State League’s) Henderson Alvarez and Ricky Romero.
Going for the Jays it’s Brandon Morrow.
It’s redemption time, and I’ve got a good feeling that tonight’s crowd– the same sort of folks who are happy to leave St. Patrick’s Day and the grotesqueness that goes with it to those who don’t know any better, understanding that there are plenty of other days in which to happily imbibe like a grown-up– are in for a treat.
Kennedy also relays an update on Brett Lawrie, who Gibbons can’t see returning in less than two weeks.
John Lott tweets that Gibbons says he spoke to Jose Bautista about showing up umpires back in Florida. “That’s fine, I get that,” he says of the antics that are wildly overblown by people for looking for something negative to talk about.
Lott also updates us on Ricky Romero, who is just throwing on the side at this point, and will open the season taking the fourth turn in the rotation for Dunedin, which puts his first start on Sunday.
Barry Davis tweets that last night’s opener brought in 1.4-million viewers– the most-watched Jays game in Sportsnet’s history.
No changes to the lineups for either club tonight.
Scuttlebutt Update: Gold from Jose Bautista on the body language non-issue via a series of tweets from John Lott:
“I don’t see anything wrong with playing with emotion … I’m not a robot. Umpires are always going to make mistakes. That’s the nature of the game … For me, it’s harder to deal with. … I don’t want to get calls. I want the right call to be made. … I am starting to feel annoyed a little bit about the fact that everybody is trying to point the finger at me, saying I’m reacting & that’s something negative. Everybody … makes mistakes, & I do it sometimes & a lot of times they do it, too. … Sometimes I have trouble more than other players dealing with my production being affected by somebody else’s mediocrity.”
Amazing. Lott adds:
Bautista says he believes his reaction justified when he reviews video and sees he was right about the disputed call 70-80% of the time.
— John Lott (@LottOnBaseball) April 3, 2013
Toronto Blue Jays
SS Jose Reyes (S)
LF Melky Cabrera (S)
RF Jose Bautista (R)
1B Edwin Encarnacion (R)
DH Adam Lind (L)
C J.P. Arencibia (R)
CF Colby Rasmus (L)
3B Maicer Izturis (S)
2B Emilio Bonifacio (S)
Brandon Morrow RHP
CF Michael Bourn (L)
SS Asdrubal Cabrera (S)
2B Jason Kipnis (L)
1B Nick Swisher (S)
LF Michael Brantley (L)
C Carlos Santana (S)
DH Mark Reynolds (R)
3B Lonnie Chisenhall (L)
RF Drew Stubbs (R)
Ubaldo Jimenez RHP