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It’s still hard to believe the Jays record is not part of a bad dream, but nonetheless, Toronto will once again try and stop their losing streak as Brandon Morrow takes the hill against left-hander Joe Saunders. Morrow, still winless on the year, looked good last time out against the Red Sox, for three innings anyways, as David Ortiz and Mike Carp open the flood gates by homering off the right-hander in the fourth inning. Morrow has still be unable to go more than 6 1/3 innings in any start this season, and needs a good outing for more reasons that we can imagine.

The lineup shuffle continues today, but this time it’s due to a banged-up Brett Lawrie, who gets the day off.

 

Scuttlebutt:

Scott MacArthur has more on the quote from R.A. Dickey following yesterday’s loss, when he said the team was “somewhat of a dysfunctional team right now”. MacArthur adds that John Gibbons disagrees with Dickey’s choice of words, specifically the term dysfunctional

TV: Sportsnet

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)
DH Melky Cabrera (S)
RF Jose Bautista (R)
1B Edwin Encarnacion (R)
C J.P. Arencibia (R)
3B Mark DeRosa (R)
2B Maicer Izturis (S)
CF Emilio Bonifacio (S)
SS Munenori Kawasaki (L)

Brandon Morrow RHP

Seattle Mariners

CF Michael Saunders (L)
3B Kyle Seager (L)
DH Kendrys Morales (S)
RF Michael Morse (R)
LF Jason Bay (R)
1B Justin Smoak (S)
2B Dustin Ackley (L)
C Jesus Montero (R)
SS Robert Andino (R)

Joe Saunders LHP

Comments (300)

  1. Was there another civilian fucktard on the field in the 8th?

  2. That was a surprise today. That is what I expected to see when the season began, it was exciting ball.

    Bonifacio still sucked major dicks today, using his speed to leg out two fielder’s choices. I think he realised that if he hit into two more DPs I was coming to his house.

    I thought Kawasaki’s quick little Dominican eye thing was awkwardly cute.

    JP still looked like a bag of shit behind the plate; please god can we get someone back there who can fucking go a game without a passed ball.

    Felt good to not see Adam Lind and Colby Rasmus try to hit a baseball.

    And finally, Casey Janssen gets a day off from all that intense work he’s been getting….? That was maybe a good time to get the middle relievers and 8th innning guy a break? Weird decision to me.

    Good to see hits in the double digits for once, and Morrow looked excellent aside from the 5th inning.

  3. I didn’t see the game today but I am guessing with scoring 10 runs the bats came alive.
    Hope this is the break out game. 10 game winning streak and they are back to 500 haha.
    Come on play well enough to get us excited.

  4. Sung to the tune of whatever song you fucking want:

    “Fire Gibbons, ohhhhh, oh ohhhh, fire Gibbons, yeah! Fire, I said fuckin’ fire John Fucking Gibbons! That’s right! F-f-f-fire the fucking shitty manager, yeah! Awrite! C’mon Toronto! Lemme see you put those hands togethah!!! Fire Gibbons, Fire Gibbons Fire Gibbons, Fire Gibbons, Fire Gibbons, Fire Gibbons Fire Gibbons, Fire Gibbons – lemme hear ya!- Fire Gibbons, Fire Gibbons Fire Gibbons, Fire Gibbons!
    Heeeeeee fuckin’ sssssuuuuuuuuccccckkkkkkssssss…”

    Thaguberrymudge.

  5. What I don’t want to see–no matter how badly they are playing right now– is a sell-off at the deadline. With the exception of Izturis and Bonifacio, this is a team I’d like to give a second chance to even if they end up with 50 wins this year. As fed-up as I’ve been and still am, I really like their chances once they’ve had a season together, maybe less than a season. And sometimes becoming the punch line of every sports broadcaster’s joke can be as powerful a team-welder as winning a division. They could surprise everyone as soon as mid-season. But I don’t really expect anything much from them before then.

    • +1

    • At least Izturis can play 2B.

    • @ Isabella,

      Would you sign Josh Jonson? 1 year deal?

      His value is dropping with every extra day on the DL.

      • If he signs an extension, I wouldn’t expect any thing before the allstar break, when Josh and AA can evaluate can agree on what his value is at that moment in tim

        • his value at that moment in time. I’m sure AA would love to offer him a contract right now, but really Josh is due to be a free agent, so he has the leverage. If he thinks he can get more on the market, he has the right to explore that avenue. If we were winning, I wouldn’t be surprise to see him re-up, but it’s less likely if we can’t resurrect the season.

          • I’m not certain AA wants to give him an extension now, and especially at the all-star break. The guy cannot stay healthy and having his money come off the books is a big chunk of payroll to use elsewhere.

            aaannnddd… we have three young, apparently good starting pitchers coming off the DL, plus RR/Happ. I’d expect you could just as easily put together a rotation for next year w/o JJ as with.

  6. Meh

  7. So Morris chimed in on the pitch framing right off the bat today. Said that on one pitch JPA caught (a strike on the on screen graphic) it would be a strike all day long with any ump, but that the way JPA caught it, it was called a ball. Zaun talked about how badly JPA set up on another pitch the day before and every pitcher both BP and rotation, has trouble with his signs. I’m not a great catcher critic, but I’m thinking the guy would be a below average backup on any other team.

    • My 6 year old asked me who my least favourite Jay on the team is. My answer was JPA. Why, you ask? Well, most of the other shitbags will be gone at the end of the year. I feel like we are stuck with JPA.

      • @GSMC

        JPA shows up early for BP & likes cotton candy.

        Would the Jays lock him up this year? There is no heir apparent in the minor league system.

        • His framing sucks. His bat has major potential, but doesn’t have position flexibility. Which really sucks for the Jays because his game calling, framing and over all defense is really disappointing in his 3rd full season. We already have Lind and Encarncion Playing first and DHing. But if we had a Jose Molina, even if he didn’t hit, would be the difference if quite a few ball games. I watch JP stab violently at pitches just off the black, leading to a ball being called, only for opposing catchers to frame that same pitch for a strike.

          We all know about the difference in 1-2 opposed to 2-1 counts. It has really effected our pitchers this year and disabled them from getting out of innings quickly. Like Maddon said, 5 extra strikes a game from framing can save you 20-25 pitches from your pitching staff.

          • Does his bat have major potential, though? I feel now like, even with the home runs, his bat is nowhere near good enough to make his defense terrible. It’s not like his bat is better than, say, Jose Molina’s arm/pitch framing, and Molina’s bat is probably as good as JPA’s defense, at the least.

      • I want to like JPA but I just can’t. I feel he was to blame for Morrows one bad inning where he’d keep setting up in the same spot over and over again.

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  9. Blue Jays Position Player WAR through May 5:
    Rasmus, 0.7 WAR
    Reyes, 0.6 WAR
    Encarnacion, 0.6 WAR
    Bautista, 0.5 WAR
    Arencibia, 0.4 WAR
    Davis, 0.3 WAR
    Lawrie, 0.0 WAR
    Lind, 0.0 WAR
    Kawasaki, 0.0 WAR
    Blanco, -0.2 WAR
    DeRosa, -0.4 WAR
    Bonifacio, -0.6 WAR
    Cabrera, -0.6 WAR
    Izturis, -1.0 WAR

    Obviously, what we should take from this data is that we should be signing Colby to a long term extension, buying out Arencibia’s arbitration years while they are cheap, replacing Melky with Davis in LF, and trading away Izturis and Bonifacio.

    Or maybe it’s still really early.

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