The Jays and the Tigers look like they might actually be able to play baseball today, which, of course, is terrible news, because the Jays are an awful, horrible baseball team and we might have to suffer through hour upon rain-delayed hour of it.
In other news, people are idiots.
Mark Buehrle takes the hill for the Jays today, facing Rick Porcello. Buehrle kept coughing up leads in his last time out– though, in a weird way, I didn’t think he looked that terrible doing it– and the Jays managed to pick up their first win of the season, 10-8 over Cleveland. Here’s hoping he can help bring about a win again today, though maybe not in the same fashion. Not because the Jays need it– they’ll be fine– but because fans need to fucking relax and stop listening to commentators filling air with invented nonsense about momentum and chemistry. There’s talent on this team. Sooner or later it’s going to line up where the pitching and hitting are actually working well at the same time. Cliche alert: It’s a marathon, not a sprint. And if the heavily right-handed Tigers beat up on Buehrle today, don’t take it as some kind of further harbinger of doom, for fuck sakes.
John Lott tweets that, as of 12:40 PM ET, it’s raining, and the start of today’s game has been pushed back until at least 1:30. I’ll add weather updates as they happen here in this space.
UPDATE (2:07 PM): Shi Davidi tweets that the revised hope is that they’ll start at 3 PM. They really want to get this one in.
Also, for those who have missed it, the Jays have claimed right-hitting outfielder Casper Wells from the Mariners– perhaps ending the insufferable eight-man bullpen– per Peter Gammons. Dave Cameron likens him to a free Cody Ross. Sure, we’ll take it.
UPDATE: (3:02 PM): The tarp is off the field, and Wilner says on the radio that first pitch is now scheduled for 3:35 PM.
Shi Davidi tweets that in his game report from yesterday he included potential make-up date scenarios for today’s and tomorrow’s games, as the weather is expected to worsen as the week goes on.
Lott tells us that Alex Anthopoulos says that Brett Lawrie might be ready for the April 19-21 series against the Yankees, or the following one against Baltimore. None too soon.
Barry Davis says he spoke to R.A. Dickey regarding his cracked fingernail (which A.A. noted last night on the radio), and the pitcher tells him it’s not a worry and has happened many times.
If you’re looking for a place to drink and watch the game in the west end of downtown Toronto, I’m told Opera Bobs at Dundas and Ossington is open for all of this week’s action.
Toronto Blue Jays
SS Jose Reyes (S)
LF Melky Cabrera (S)
RF Jose Bautista (R)
DH Edwin Encarnacion (R)
1B Adam Lind (L)
C J.P. Arencibia (R)
CF Colby Rasmus (L)
3B Maicer Izturis (S)
2B Emilio Bonifacio (S)
Mark Buehrle LHP
CF Austin Jackson (R)
RF Torii Hunter (R)
3B Miguel Cabrera (R)
1B Prince Fielder (L)
DH Victor Martinez (R)
LF Matt Tuiasosopo (R)
SS Jhonny Peralta (R)
C Alex Avila (L)
2B Omar Infante (R)
Rick Porcello RHP