Toronto Blue Jays v Kansas City Royals

R.A. Dickey was a bit hard on himself following last night’s loss, telling reporters that he isn’t 100% and that “it feels like going to battle with a three-shooter instead of a six-shooter.” He battled his command all night, sure, but the Orioles’ big fourth inning that killed him really was a whole lot worse from a results perspective than it was in terms of performance. Walk kill– as the Jays themselves showed later in the game– but it’s not like he was getting hit all over the yard, and if that’s Dickey at 80%, I’ll take it over the likes of Aaron Laffey (newly with the club, now wearing Dave Stieb’s old number 37, having been added to the roster last night with the D’ing FA of Ramon Ortiz).

A person who maybe should be hard on himself– though probably not as hard as fans want him to be– is home plate umpire Alfonso Marquez, who drew the ire of a lot of Jays fans when he punched out Melky Cabrera in the eighth on a pitch that looked like an awfully obvious ball. I say maybe not as hard as Jays fans want because, really, it’s the club’s offence as a whole that let them down– again– and not one or two bad calls here or there. Plus, the Pitch F/X from Brooks Baseball shows that, while not a strike, the pitch from Pedro Strop was still very much in the realm of what gets called a strike to left-handed batters. Or at least close to it.

So, the Jays are in salvage mode again today, with Brandon Morrow hoping to rebound from a poor start against the Yankees back on Friday, in which his velocity looked off at the start of the game, but got back to where you’d expect it by the end– again, according to Brooks. His opponent on the hill is Josh Stinson, who makes his Orioles debut today, after being picked up by the club on waivers earlier in the month. Stinson, 25, has spent six seasons in the minors, getting a cups of coffee the last two years with the Mets and Brewers respectively. So, of course, the Jays are going to make him look like Cy fucking Young, most likely.

Scuttlebutt

No Adam Lind in the lineup today, which actually feels like a genuinely bad thing for the first time in a long time. Scott MacArthur tweets that Lind’s wife is giving birth, and so he has temporarily left the team.

Chris Toman looks into R.A. Dickey’s April so far, with GIFs, over at gamereax.

Lastly, I don’t think I ever will have to get in an argument again with someone claiming the Jays make decisions out of the goodness of their pure-as-the-driven-snow heart. Shi Davidi writes about the club’s use of the waiver process this year at Sportsnet, and shines a light on the players’ side of things, especially in conversation with Alex Burnett, who says he was shocked after being designated for assignment not long after being claimed. “I had my wife with me in spring training, she’s pregnant, so that made it even worse otherwise she’d be with me right now. We had to go to Dunedin and I said, ‘You know what, honey? Everything is crazy right now, go home.’ I didn’t want her flying all over the place with me and moving,” he explained. “I had to break a lease in Minnesota because I figured I was going to be there, I had to get out of a lease in Buffalo, I had to get my car shipped from Minnesota to Buffalo, now I have to get it from Buffalo to God knows where right now.”

 sn1logosmallTV: 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

LF Rajai Davis (R)
2B Emilio Bonifacio (S)
RF Jose Bautista (R)
1B Edwin Encarnacion (R)
DH Melky Cabrera (S)
C J.P. Arencibia (R)
CF Colby Rasmus (L)
3B Brett Lawrie (R)
SS Maicer Izturis (S)

Brandon Morrow RHP

Baltimore Orioles

LF Nate McLouth (R)
3B Manny Machado (R)
RF Nick Markakis (L)
CF Adam Jones (R)
1B Chris Davis (L)
SS J.J. Hardy (R)
DH Nolan Reimold (R)
2B Ryan Flaherty (L)
C Taylor Teagarden (R)

Josh Stinson RHP

Comments (553)

  1. C’mon Johnson, walk him home.

  2. bases loaded and two outss…………faaaaaackkkk me

  3. WALKWALKWALKWALK!

  4. You know those crazy crucial Izturis HRs that kinda pop up… Now would be the time.

  5. Heck even if you guys pull this off, still be one a those wins that feels like a loss.

  6. YES

  7. dont swing
    dont swing

  8. man would i love to see johnson walk in a run

  9. HOLY SHIT BALLS PLAYOFFS!

  10. ohhh fuck yea

  11. fuck yea

  12. OH Shit!!! 4 pitch walk to let in the winning run? Is this how we can win a game?

  13. Yahooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo.com

  14. We walked on in (INTERRO-FUCKING-BANG)

  15. Hey u get your wish!! Good thing too…I’m not sure there’s any more hits left in the Jays’ bats.

  16. this would be some serious rajai icing.

  17. It looks like JP didn’t ‘clog up the bases’ after all.

  18. Maicer for Prez!!!!

  19. If they lose this one now, I’m murdering a homeless person later tonight. Let that be a warning to all London, Ont bums if you happen to be reading this in a library.

    • If they win, can you do it anyways?

      • Yeah! Who needs compassion!? Never mind that people with serious mental illness are disproportionately affected by homelessness. It’s an hilarious joke because we’re making fun of less fortunate people than ourselves!

  20. AND the nationals are losing too! WIN!

  21. Get Casey up and warmed..NOW!

  22. damn

  23. Make me a happy drunk, Casey

  24. Haven’t heard from Oritroll in awhile…i miss them

  25. Yeah well you guys are still behind us fucking losers LOL LOL LOL

  26. Gotta like our odds here. We’ve got Casey ‘Nails” Jannsenn coming in.

    Yeah, I called Jannsenn Nails. That’s a thing now.

  27. CASEY! CASEY! CASEY!

  28. remember boys, still 20 years since playoffs for you

  29. C”mon Casey….I got you in my fantasy team

  30. Jeezuz, if by some miracle you guys hang on, you got NY next, the best you can hope for there is to dodge the sweep, I mean let’s be reasonable here, all kidding aside.

  31. The ugly people under the bridges are rather loud today

  32. fuck ya Casey

  33. wow boner did something good for once

  34. Casey for president

  35. i want to have your babies Casey

  36. Emilio Bonifacio is a tiny person

  37. 1 more strike, dammit!

  38. Cleatus doesn’t catch that ;)

  39. Great catch or bad route? Haha. I’ll take it either way!

  40. FTW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  41. well, Oritroll see you in a month if you’re looking to spend another bunch of your time here being a twat. til then eat a bag of dicks and stay healthy!

  42. PLAYOFFS?! PLAYOFFS!!

  43. Fuckers!!!

  44. Casey is the wind beneath my wings

  45. Suck my fucking dick Baltimore’s magical 1 run winning abilities. PLAYOFFS!

  46. Time to lose 2 of 3 to the yankees :D

  47. DID ZAUN AND JAMIE SWITCH SPOTS?

  48. love you casey

    what a win. sketchy, but we needed that.

  49. Take care all, play in traffic trolls.

  50. It was fun today guys haha jays still are shit

  51. Casey is fucking nails!

    Every time he comes in I turn off the broadcast audio, turn on Foo Fighters – DOA and the game is usually wrapped before the song finishes.

  52. Janssen is fuckin terrific.

  53. You guys pulled it off, damn, not the best win & overall the series is serious cause for concern for any Jays fan. ……start spreadin the news…Jays are leavin today….to lose their next series…NY….NY….you know the song???……hahhahahahha

  54. Does this mean the Jays are back in the playoff hunt?

  55. PLAYOFFS!

  56. Disappointing shit in 2013 thus far:

    - Mariah Carey being fat
    - Small Potatoes not being as quick
    - Smasher not using vulgarity as much as he should
    - Stoeten backing off his use of freakish makeup
    - The fucking baseball gods
    - Me…taking the time to do this

  57. - #1 Orioles best poster ever

    • Not even close.
      If it makes you feel better,you’re definitely in th 11 to 20 range.Keep tryin you make it to top ten in a year.

      • good to know…you must be a Sinatra fan

        • Nothing against you personally but I thought the #1 Jays blog would warrant at least a top ten troll.And we get a guy in the “honorable mention ” category?That’s bullshit.We deserve better.I’m hoping, with practice, you’ll raise your ranking when the next poll comes out in July.

  58. I’m glad they won today but I can’t help to feel like the Jays are still getting screwed over. It seems like everytime the Jays get a runner aboard, the strike zone for the Jays becomes really wide. Like strike three to Boni. Not even close. I try not to over think things, but this has been happening on a regular basis and is starting to piss me off. I don’t know if it’s because of Jose’s comment or if the umps wanna see us lose, but it has been a regular scene for at least the last 10 days. It’s hard enough being in the AL east, but if we’re going to be fighting the umps all year, we’re screwed. I would like to think that it’ll all even out in the end, but it sure don’t look that way right now.

  59. STOETEN! HURRY UP WITH THE MORNING AFTER BLOG FOR FUCK SAKES!!!!1!!! Apologies for the capitals my fellow Jays fans.

  60. 141-game winning streak starting today.

  61. bye bye orioles luck now go fuck off

  62. Taken from the tsn website and submitted for your rightful scorn:

    sens_jays_bills_raptors
    9 mins ago
    Without these games where they hit 4 HR’s or more, they could easily be 10 games below .500 right now. WAKE UP OFFENSE!

  63. Gotta give credit where it’s due, I was in favour of trading JP and keeping D’arnaud, but JP has really had a good month. His defense is still sometimes shaky, as well as his pitch framing, but at the end of the day he’s probably been our best bat, even with the SO’s.

    • With everything else, how many home runs does he need to hit in order to not be terrible? I’m thinking it’s a LOT. Less than he’s on pace for now, but more than are probably realistic.

      • Well he is more than halfway to Pat Border’s season best 15 dingers.

      • Pretty much everything he’s doing seems to be unsustainable. He isn’t hitting the 62 homers he’s on pace for, I can’t imagine him walking at a 2.5% rate for the season – though I wouldn’t be surprised if this happens – and his 39% K rate seems equally unsustainable. His BA may be sustainable, so hopefully if the walks come, he’ll have a barely respectable OBP.

      • I’m confident that he can out slug his deficiencies. He’s in his peak production years now, and he has a solid track record of power.

        The big question, in my opinion, is do the Jays offer him a contract?

        His arb years are going to be expensive with overvaluation with HR comps, and not many ways to definitively prove his deficiencies within the current arb framework.

        Is it worth it to the Jays to get some cost certainty during his next three arb years, at the price of taking a bath on buying out a FA year or two down the road?

        Hopefully AA can weave some team friendly option magic.

        • +1. As much as the DJF fanbase hates JPA, he is likeable from a “marketing /PR” perspetive.

          He hits timely dingers. His defence is improving. I hope his walk rat improves.

          Now that D’Arnaud is gone, there are no young all star catching prospects on the farm.

          Locking up JPA is likely under AA. Doesn’t mean he doesn’t get traded after his 3 year window ends.

          AA likes team friendly options.

          JPA is also popular with the media who will demand a JPA contract extension.

    • That would have been a great idea! Then we could have Blanco as our starting catcher and Thole as our backup. Great bottom of the order.

      Some very stupid people would rather that JP had 4 more walks and 4 fewer homeruns. They heard walks are ‘good’ and think that someone who rarely walks can’t be valuable. JP’s defence could improve, but his game calling has been complimented by people who know, like Buerhle, whatever those who don’t know may say.

      • Do you think Buehrle is going to say: “no, our starting catcher isn’t good at calling games.” No he isn’t going to do that, regardless of his true opinion. Assigning whatever value you choose to ‘calling games’ and your delusion that he is good at it, JP is still a bad receiver, does not have discipline at the plate, and does not adjust his approach ever. He’s Mark Reynolds on the best of days. He’s had a great streak of power, but he’s not going to have 38% of his hits go out of the yard for much longer. Remove head from sand.

        • This kind of reasoning is retarded. JP has a long career ahead of him, possibly 10-15 yrs. He may end up with 250 homeruns. If you want him to lead off, or hit 2nd you may have a point, but for shit sakes be happy with a catcher that is at least showing some power, clearing the bases, and not getting stranded at 1st base with a walk. Things could be worse.

          • BTW My comment was directed at Mantis.

          • Absolutely. A bottom of the order guy who can swat 20+ HR a year is really, really hard to come by.

          • +1. I like JPA. The Jays use him to market him to the “ladies” .

            He took over from Ricky Romero with the Jays Saturday Kids promotion.

          • Nice use of the word retarded, guess you can’t come up with any real words, eh Stay in the Box? I’ll break down your idiocy for you sentence by sentence.

            JP has a long career ahead of him, maybe 10-15 years.
            –> He’s 27 right now, if he played 10 more yeas, which is the lower end of your range, he’d be a 37 year old catcher. Guys who stay as catchers in the Majors for that long are solid defensively, something JP currently excels at LOL JUST KIDDING HE’S BAD AT IT.

            He may end up with 250 career home runs.
            –> Who gives a shit about your arbitrary benchmark of 250 home runs? What does that have to do with anything?

            If you want him to lead off, or hit 2nd you may have a point…
            –> If anyone posited that JP should lead-off or bat 2nd they would be immediately dismissed as a cretin of the highest order. You even bringing that up means you would possibly argue that, while no doubt proudly wearing your @JPArencibia9 shersey.

            … but for shit sakes be happy with a catcher that is at least showing some power, clearing the bases, and not getting stranded at 1st base with a walk
            –> He’s always shown power, you may have noticed I mentioned that. He’s on a tear right now hitting the ball out. I enjoy when he hits home runs because I enjoy the Blue Jays succeeding. I even compared him to Mark Reynolds, which may have been high praise considering Mark has never posted a Oh good point! Well said! Things could always be worse, nice contribution you piece of meat.

            • You compared him to Mark Reynolds? You mean the Mark Reynolds that walks more than twice as often as JP? The guy with the on-base percentage over his career that’s almost 60 points higher than JPA?

              Granted, the offensive bar is lower for catchers, but because JP doesn’t walk, he needs to hit for a tonne of power to even be average at the position, given that he does literally nothing else well. Right now that’s working out for him, but the sample is tiny. If the ISO regresses even close to the way you’d expect, he’s the same guy he’s been throughout his career, which is not very good.

              • Stoeten, in my 2nd post I had a line that disappeared into the matrix. I originally called him Mark Reynolds on the best of days, and in the reply the sentence “I even compared him to Mark Reynolds, which may have been high praise considering Mark has never posted,” meant to say “… high praise considering Mark has never posted a <.300 OBP, something JP has been consistent at doing."

                I don't know where that sentence went, I thought I knew how to internet. Regardless, I thought it would be evident that I hold almost the exact same view of JP as you do – I know all the points you made in the 2nd graph – so calm down. You have enough chaff in these comments you don't need to be going after the wheat.

  64. yeah, finally an extra innings win!

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