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The chart above is from the latest Ten Stray Thoughts On A Friday post at Getting Blanked, from a section titled “How Fans See The Game.” And… uh… yeah, that’s pretty much exactly right– not that we’ve had enough games ending on “Blue Jays are the best” quite yet.

Jays fans continue to be, somewhat understandably, fucking biploar with the way the season has gone so far, and that’s not seeming likely to change tonight, with Aaron Laffey on the hill in place of Josh Johnson– who, according to a tweet from Arash Madani “is where the tricep and bicep meet. ‘Good spot if there is one.’ he said. ‘Came out of nowhere.’ ”

Also: with Colby Rasmus hitting second.

Also also: with the arbitrary-endpointed, small sample size “precedents” being passed around lately. Did you know that no team has ever made the playoffs in the last decade with a record below .500 on Tuesdays? IT’S SIGNIFICANT!!!

Scuttlebutt

Shi Davidi tweets that Josh Johnson “first felt tightness after his last start. It’s on bottom of arm, up toward armpit.” He adds that he underwent an MRI today, but didn’t seem particularly concerned it would say anything.

Brendan Kennedy tweets that, for the moment, Josh Johnson won’t go on the DL, though he offered to do so, if the club felt they needed the roster spot. “He says he expects to make his next start,” though.

Kennedy also tweets that John Gibbons says he “thinks” R.A. Dickey will make his start on Sunday, which… isn’t the most encouraging thing I’ve ever heard. They’re waiting to see how the Cy Young winner feels tomorrow.

John Lott tells us that Gibbons is unsure of the roster move that will happen when Adam Lind comes back from the paternity list on either Saturday or Sunday. It will depend, Lott relays in a second tweet, on how Laffey does tonight and how Dickey holds up on Sunday.

Munenori Kawasaki moves down in the order tonight, which is probably about right. Four walks in his first five games was nice, but only one in eight games since.

Once again, as groan-worthy as the Jays are, uh… the New York Yankees, everybody!

Speaking of lineups, Jays Journal reminds us of the top-of-the-lineup configuration we were really happy to have, prior to The Trade, and wonders why we haven’t seen a new version of it just yet, which would look like: Lawrie/Rasmus/Bautista/Encarnacion/Melky/Lind/Arencibia/Izturis/Kawasaki. Works for me…

TV: Sportsnet (Ontario/Pacific/East)

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Toronto Blue Jays

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

Aaron Laffey LHP

New York Yankees

CF Brett Gardner (L)
3B Jayson Nix (R)
2B Robinson Cano (L)
LF Vernon Wells (R)
C Francisco Cervelli (R)
RF Ichiro (L)
SS Eduardo Nunez (R)
1B Lyle Overbay (L)
DH Ben Francisco (R)

Ivan Nova RHP

Comments (516)

  1. Man, if we wanted walks we would have called up Romero. Dammit Laffey!

  2. All of a sudden?
    WTF?

  3. All kidding aside here…what’s up with all them ex-Jay hittin you guys up so much??…like Nix & that perrenial under-achiver Wells??…wells never hit over 300 in his life??…that’s wierd man….

  4. This could be worse. It could be Overbay in the position to hit the grand slam.

  5. nice to see VW swining at pitches outside the zone!

  6. Ok Enough Gibby…seriously enough of this shit

  7. Aaron Laffey reminds everyone why his nickname is “Garbage”. And if it isn’t, it should be.

  8. I wonder if Laffey’s bags are already packed in the clubhouse.

  9. Also thank fuck for Joe Girardi bunting this inning like a moron, otherwise we’d be extra fucked.

    • As far as I’ve noticed, he’s the only manager in the AL who regularly calls for sac bunts and intentional walks early in the game. I honestly think he’s one of the worst managers in the entire league.

  10. I’m out!

  11. Phew… That could have been a lot worse.

  12. Amazing that the Yankees only have 2 runs right now

  13. bullpen vs bullpen. we have a shot in this one!

  14. Hey, you know what. You cant ask much more from your sport starter Laffey…he gaves us 2+ quality innings.

  15. As someone who loves Dave Stieb more than any other Jay, watching Laffey befoul the #37 jersey makes me want to vomit…seriously, just seeing him in the dugout with that jersey on is threatening to bring my dinner back up…4 fucking walks in an inning, including the #9 hitter to start the inning? Jesus Fucking Christ…

  16. Fuck Cervelli and fuck Nova.

  17. You know it’s bad when your 6 year old can tell that Laffey is a shitballer.

  18. Holy shit Yankees are having our 2012! Cervelli’s out for 6 weeks and Ivan Nova’s got “forearm tenderness”.

  19. Real smart Lawrie

  20. Wiiiide fucking Strike Zone tonight

  21. What are the odds that Lawrie can steal second, third and home before Izturis swings the bat.

  22. I honestly kinda liked the Maicer signing when it happened. I never thought he’d be this horrendous in every single aspect of the game. Same goes for Bonifacio.

  23. I wonder which useless old hack the Yankees will get to replace Cervelli? And will he be shockingly okay?

  24. Fuck…from 0-2 to hit batter?? wtf??

  25. I feel badly for AA. He did what he thought needed to be done. I hope he can get Utley.

    • If he gets Utley he’d probably have to give up a ton of prospects because no one at the ML level is worth shit. And that also mean Bonifacio will be moved…somewhere, somehow.

  26. I’d rather stab myself in the eye than to watch another Izturis at bat.

  27. Overbay hits a triple. Whatever.

  28. Gibby kinda has that vacant George W Bush look.

    Wait! Arent they both from Texas?

  29. Is it time for the 2 run homer yet from the other team?

  30. Fuck this.

    Just save your energy for the last game of the series. Once Johnson went down, that became the only winnable game of the series.

    Oh, and of course, #unsweepable

  31. Well, there’s another game tomorrow. This one was fun for a few moments.

  32. Arencibia with the passed ball. Whatever.

  33. oh fuck…

  34. Are the Jays just trolling the fans now??? 0-2 HBP, Overbay triple, pass ball…I’m really trying to stay positive here guys but fuck me is this ugly…

  35. Gettnig beat by this shitty lineup that New York puts out there over and over really sucks.

    It’s embarrassing.

    I feel bad for A.A, This team should be capable of more than this crap

  36. This is a bad dream….Dont these assholes have any shame? The Yankees are trying to give us this game dammit!

  37. so yankees have put up three runs on one hit in the last two innings. mind you the hit was not a homerun

  38. FUCK THIS, FUCK IT ALL.

  39. This game is fucking ugly. Even if the Jays were up this game would be a piece of shit.

  40. Jays have been looking like a little league team all year. what is going on?

  41. YOUR 2013 TORONTO BLUE JAYS

    BEATING THEMSELVES LIKE SELF HATING SCHIZOPHRENIC

  42. Really Gibbons? going lefty/righty matchups in the fourth inning? You are going to blow out this pen for this unwinnable game? Let lincoln suck it up and save the pen for better days.

    Loup in the FOURTH?

  43. I’m calling the comeback now. Jays rally in the next two innings to win.

  44. The game’s been on for nearly 2 hours and we’re not even out of the 4th?

    Good gravy, don’t know if I have the patience for this…

  45. Relax everyone, it’s early and wins early in the year against divisional rivals don’t count as much as wins later in the year

  46. I think we need to come to terms with the fact that this is not a good team. Im not saying that as reactionary, its just evident. Good teams dont lose the way weve lost since the season started.

    Theres stilll a lot to like. I believe in the pitching and I think when all is said and done, our rotation will be top 10, possibly top 5. But the defense is among the worst in the league and the lineup is just so so. Filled with hackers with no plate discipline.

    Its not a playoff team this year.

  47. Yankees lose their catcher basically before the game even starts. then they lose their starting pitcher in the early third.

    they bring in david phelps and he starts striking out everyone and has yet to give up a baserunner.

    explain

    • Easy explanation, everyone strikes out the Jays, their plate discipline is is equivalent to a fat kid with cake

      • I bet if you gave the kid 15 Million a year he’d learn to lay off cake.

        • You maybe right, it may take 15 million to learn that because the players we have making from $500,000 to $5 million haven’t learned to lay off a pitch yet

  48. 2 fastballs almost dead centre of the plate and Rajai stares at them….wouldnt be so bad I guess if he didnt swing at the one 1 inch off the ground.

  49. Jays are an embarrassment.

  50. Boring

  51. Didnt we do this yesterday? Get a bunch of hits and a few runs early and then just absolutely shut it down?

  52. Wow…running out of excuses

  53. Even when jose gets a close call in his favor, he cant do anything with it right now.

  54. Pitch Jose K’d on didn’t look close on the radio.

  55. Every game other teams throw breaking balls in the dirt, every game we swing and hack away at those pitches like were drunk and trying to break a pinata that’s sitting on the floor, every game we miss those pitches…strike out a fuck tonne…and lose.

  56. Two words for Gibbons at this point: Shea Hillenbrand.

  57. Jeezuz…Butesticle struck out agin??……ouch!

  58. This team has absolutely no fight in it whatsoever. Theyll get a few runs in he first few innings, then they get bored.

    As shitty as Kuroda was yesterday (everything up in the zone, poor command) we got 1 hit after the 2nd inning. For the entire game.

    Its not a talent issue theres a good amount here. I think its a makeup issue. This isbjust a really poorly constucted team.

  59. Izturis missed that one because he was too close to it.

  60. If Gibby is going to tinker with this line-up he should consider switching EE and Joey Batts

  61. Hey! You know who are an awesome team! The Bisons! They have a second baseman who is hitting 470 and made his first error of the year tonight.

  62. Of course. Sacks empty.

  63. Thank you Eddie…

  64. At least EE looks good

  65. He’s the entire offense right now.

  66. You just know the score is gonna stay the same the rest of the game.

  67. Lawrie has a really undeserved swagger.

    Maybe they should try to cut down on the bat waggling. That cant be helpful.

  68. Either spuds is having dinner or he cashed his chips in for the night. Can’t say I entirely blame him, but he’s going to miss the comeback.

  69. Offense yesterday: 6 k, 1 BB
    Offense today: 11 k, 2 BB

    And lets be honest, weve faced shit pitching. The only good pitching weve seen was Mo.

  70. And that guy is their BACKUP SS

  71. Meister’s down….Suzuki’s down….1 to go….

  72. …Riji down…dang, only 6 outs jayfans….better buckle down pull out all the stops & give 110 maybe 115%

  73. Another game where it feels like we should be getting killed, but its a 1 run game again..cant we just win one of these stupid fucking games?

  74. Every once in a while, JP proves he can move laterally.

  75. Nic game LOLOLOLO

  76. Gameday Scout: Delabar may prefer to face Ichiro, whose .589 OPS against the 2-seam fastball, is lower than Brett Gardner’s .889 OPS.

    lol.

  77. LOLOLOLOLOL NICE PITCH AND NICE CATCH

  78. And they fuck it up with two outs and two strikes. This team fkin’ BLOWS!

  79. …catcher f’n f’cked that up right there…no ifs ands or buts about it.

  80. How can a catcher who already puts up sub .280 OBP be this awful on defense as well?

  81. RASMUS BUNT? LOLOLOL

  82. Hay, you guys know what??…when the O’s play bad every now & then, I like to chear up wit a good tune…here’s a favoriite of mine….”How unlucky can a Jays fan be??….we lost one and then lost three….like ole Gibby onced said…ain’t that a kick in the head????”….hahhahahah…..damn you guys got a sinkin ship…hole in the boat and it’s below the waterline…best rebuild pronto!

  83. :D:D:DD:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D::D::D:D:D:D::D:D:D:D:D:D::D

  84. STILL DOWN 1 CUZ OF JP TERRIBENIA LOL

  85. Bombista!

  86. And bautista goes deep to make the last inning even more painful

  87. Let’s Zing a Wing Ding Thing.

  88. I think the most frustrating thing about this season – besides the inconsistent starting pitching, pathetic defense, no offense, zero clutch hits, etc – is the fact we FINALLY have a good CLOSER, FINALLY!

    Thxs Jose

  89. Anyone worried yet? These one-run games are killin’ me.

  90. Holey crapoly!…look’s like one o ‘Josephine Batty’s monster cuts finally did something…..so does that mean the jays fans aren’t going to commit collective hari-kari??

  91. the jays are shit face it losers

  92. Of course the PB is going to be the deciding factor in this game. No effin breaks!

  93. Arencebia looked like he came up from the Orioles organization there.

  94. What luck

  95. I’m starting to give up on this team

  96. At some point we need to stop calling it “bad luck”. Thats what happens when you cant play fundamental baseball…..the biunces go against you and it seems like “bad luck”. And then theres the teams who DO play good fundamentals and it seems like they get all the “luck”

    Its not luck when it goes non stop for a month.

  97. Fuck

  98. The Blue Jays will hit 8 home runs tomorrow. Book it!

    (But the Yankees will win 9-8)

  99. Time for a littlle Chairman of the Board??………”Staaart……..spreadin…..the ….news…….Jays a losin in eeeighttt…..gonna drop 2…in…a row….in old New York……..”

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