Another day, another loss, another slight creep towards me having to start contemplating revisions to the only sensible position one could possibly take on this 2013 Jays club so far– which, of course, is that there is still plenty enough talent on this club to overcome the poor play, bad luck, and injuries that have plagued it so far, no matter what harbingers of doom we’re supposed to believe lurk in some hopelessly small sample size of a precedent.
On Thursday the Jays opened their series with the Yankees by not quite– through no actual fault of their own, though you’ll surely find fans who’ll tell you otherwise– being able to put their feet on the throat of a struggling Hiroki Kuroda, who eventually settled down. Meanwhile, Mark Buehrle was pitching like Mark Buehrle is pretty much likely to pitch– especially in a joke stadium in the Bronx and with a World Class hitter like Robinson Cano showing up in a fortuitous spot in the third inning– accounting for a 5-3 loss.
If you’d have told Jays fans before this one started that Kuroda, who killed the team in his last start against them, would come out victorious, nobody would have been shocked. But the way that he struggled from the get-go, and the way they weren’t quite able to capitalize enough? Yeah, fuck that.
Annnnnnnywho. The big story of the game, it turns out, was how the Jays were kind of absurdly jobbed on an overruled call on a catch at first base, which, while not amounting to much in terms of the ultimate result, did provide an avenue for Gibbers to awesomely get himself ejected for a second game in a row (they’re now 1-1 when Gibbers gets tossed, FYI). It also provided an avenue for Jays fans to indulge even more deeply thoughts that umpires– butthurt little fucking children that we’re supposed to believe they are– may not be so fond of the club right now. And, of course, if so, it’s only natural for the mind to think back to when Jose Bautista shit down their mediocre throats the other week, if looking for a possible catalyst.
As we’ve already established, I tend to want to err on the side of caution when it comes to deciding that a pattern has emerged in a pile of data, then getting fucking beyond the pale enraged about it– call me crazy– but on the other hand… an umpire in a worse position to know anything overturning a call like this is pretty rare in terms of precedent, and rarer still is the case when– as the GIF below from our own @thescottlewis demonstrates– the fucking clowns overturn it from right to wrong.
Edwin had that ball– quite obviously. (Uh… I think.)
[Side note: How the fuck is it that Encarnacion hasn't torn his groin to shreds on some of these stretches yet?]
But, as far as the game goes, it’s… whatever. It’s another loss. There have been too many so far, though while (again) it’s not at the point where anybody but a panicky idiot can panic, the Jays sure as fuck keep putting more and more of an onus on themselves to actually start winning some goddamn games. But hey! That should be be easy tomorrow with Josh Johnson on the hill, right?
Think again, Magumbo. Because– while the local media has, at the time of this writing, no clue what to make of it– here’s what Yahoo’s Jeff Passan threw down on Twitter in the wee hours of the (people with normal bed times’) morning…
Heard Blue Jays could scratch Josh Johnson from Friday start with biceps tightness. Not thought to be serious. Expected to make next start.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) April 26, 2013
Hey, well that’s just fucking great, huh? Aaron Laffey alert! I can think of at least one commenter who is going to lose his fucking mind at that possibility (so… actually, if it gets that tool to just give the fuck up on the season, maybe it’s not really so bad?).
But it’s really a thing! Local reporters Shi Davidi and Brendan Kennedy have both now tweeted about Passan’s report, and Davidi notes that, if true, “would help further explain Aaron Laffey pickup.” Kennedy, meanwhile, makes clear that there’s “no word of this from
As appealing as it is– for me, at least, or at least intriguing– to think there’s already some leaky corner of the Jays clubhouse that allowed this crucial bit of news to come out via Passan before the local grunts, uh… I’m still going to have to go ahead and hope that it’s not true. Fingers crossed. I mean, it’s not like this start to the season deserves to get any worse. Stop testing me, magical space daddy!!!