Tampa Bay Rays v Kansas City Royals

Stick to your day job, buying old storage units at fake TV auctions, Barry.

The Jays are one win away from guaranteeing at least a draw in this series in Tampa, which in previous years was practically an impossibility. This year, at this point, it’s pretty much a necessity. At the very least.

Hey, small victories, y’know?

Oh! And how about Joe Maddon, failing to sufficiently to inspire his team to be better so far this year? He’s not threading the fucking decisions-needle on the first try every night, and has generally just not been pushing the right buttons, en route to a dismal 14-17 start that could be made even worse tonight at the hands of the red hot *COUGH* Toronto Blue Jays (or… y’know… mostly his starter, Fausto Carmona Roberto Hernandez.)

That worthless lump, Maddon, should probably totally be fired, eh? Or… I dunno, maybe they can be nice and find a way to just reassign him.

Scuttlebutt

Sergio Santos, Kyle Drabek, Drew Hutchison and Luis Perez came up from Dunedin to visit the Jays in St. Pete today, and Shi Davidi notes that Santos says that he’ll be pitching in an extended Spring Training game on Thursday. He still feels the triceps issue, apparently, but says that he’s strong enough to pitch.

“”We’re going to find out one way or the other,” Santos says, according to John Lott. “I don’t want to waste any more time. I want to get healthy. We’re going to push it.”

Barry Davis tweets that Kyle Drabek has dropped 30 pounds, and says that his arm feels great. Drabek expects to throw BP in the next two weeks, Davis adds.

Gregor Chisholm tells us that both Drabek and Drew Hutchison are on similar schedules, and hoping to get into extended Spring games in about three weeks.

Meanwhile, Brendan Kennedy says that Luis Perez, who had his Tommy John surgery after Kyle Drabek (though I don’t think it was after Drew Hutchison, despite what the tweet says), and yet is ahead of both of them.

Dustin McGowan is yet another Blue Jays pitcher who is working with the shoulder-strengthening weighted ball program that Steve Delabar is noted for using, says Gregor. John Lott adds that McGowan expects to start a rehab assignment with Dunedin next week, and that the heavy ball program has really helped McGowan’s next-day recovery.

“Rasmus says he lost KJ’s fly ball among the catwalks last night,” according to a tweet from Mike Wilner. “No clue where it was even before he ran back to the track.”

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 theScore app

Toronto Blue Jays

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

J.A. Happ LHP

Tampa Bay Rays

CF Desmond Jennings (R)
2B Ryan Roberts (R)
RF Ben Zobrist (S)
3B Evan Longoria (R)
DH Luke Scott (L)
LF Sean Rodriguez (R)
1B James Loney (L)
C Jose Molina (R)
SS Yunel Escobar (R)

Fausto Carmona Roberto Hernandez RHP

Comments (412)

  1. 2-3-4 coming up. Here’s where our big guys get the big game hits. Let’s make a statement that we’re back.

  2. I’ll sleep easy tonight with back to back comebacks.

  3. Professor Farnsworth

  4. Molina Arencibia’d that.

  5. Sweet!

  6. Tied it up!! This team wont quit!!! Might be able to get a couple more here

  7. Fucking right. Suck it tampa.

  8. Bring out the parrot!

  9. Hey ! Just went to check on dinner, came back and….

    IT’S A WHOLE NEW BALL GAME!!!!

  10. Edwin going opposite field!?

  11. Holy shit has Colby been solid lately.

  12. Or babip them to death. I’ll take it!

  13. Everything’s coming up Millhouse

  14. The parrot’s on first.

    Do parrot’s steal bases?

  15. big game guys coming up with the big game hits. Finally.

  16. YES.

  17. Can JP deliver two nights in a row?

  18. Sure, everyone’s always in favor of saving Hitler’s brain, but put it in the body of a great white shark… oooooh, suddenly you’ve gone too far!

  19. You can’t let Lind hit here, can you?

  20. how can hit 97 out of the park
    and not make contact on 94?

  21. Fuck, after an outing where your starter got 4 outs you have to play for a single run. Who the hell is left to pitch extras?

  22. Let me say before I know the outcome that I love the decision to leave Lind in against a Lefty. He’s hot tonight, whatever ends up happening. Plus, if this thing goes long, we’ll need the bench players

    • (gritting teeth) I still… like… the decision

      • Him being “hot” doesn’t override him being a trash hitter, especially vs lefties, over the past 3 or so years.

        • Yes it does. An outcome in one at bat doesn’t necessarily have any more to do with his history of hitting against lefties than it does with how he’s swinging the bat that particular night. Now, he DID shit the bed, but there’s no reason to believe that Lind couldn’t get a hit there on a night he already had a double and a HR, even vs a lefty.

          • But it’s more likely that Rajai Davis gets on base vs a lefty than Lind.

            Sure it’s possible Lind does something positive. It’s just not at all likely relative to other options. Lind sucks against lefties. This has been the case for a while.

            • Ya, but you’re assuming that every player always plays to his averages in every at bat. So that might be true of Davis; operating in a vacuum given that he hasn’t played, he probably has a 30-35% chance of getting on base. Lind historically gets on base at a 25% clip, but there’s good reason for Gibby to believe that Adam is playing AT LEAST 20% better than his usual level tonight given the performance he’s already had.

              Given that it’s a tie game and Lind’s spot could easily come up again later, I think the decision to leave Adam in was completely defensible. However, to make this argument I googled Adam Lind to find his splits, and he looks like a fucking asshole. No wonder he grounded into a fucking double play.

    • hindsight is indeed a bitch.

  23. Darn, I’m out. No more Farnsworth jokes.

  24. The Man from Muncie……..well fuck that noise.

  25. Hey. We got one out of it and tied the game.

  26. Not really where I saw on the corners, none out going.

  27. I think what hurts more is that he was up 2-0. You have to know when to be selective and when not to be.

  28. I’m usually willing to give Gibby the benefit of the doubt. He often plays the percentages or, at the least, the logic behind his move is evident.

    But leaving Lind in against a lefty. Is he playing the hot streak game believing Lind is hot and just got a hit against the lefty? Because, frankly, that is Farrell-ish.

    A shame to have Davis and even Bonifacio on the bench just rotting.

  29. Just got back in. Now I’m kinda glad I missed what happened earlier on.

  30. Wow Edwin playing 3rd base would’ve nailed the runner in the ass with that throw. My boy’s all growns up.

  31. We are out tamping tampa right now. lets go the distance and finish the deal.

  32. big double play!

  33. …and sometimes you eat the bear.

  34. Way to go delabar. Loup and Lincoln did a great job too.

  35. Time to put the women and children to bed and go looking for dinner.

  36. Need another dinger Cletus.

  37. Really? They dont leave in the lefty to face Rasmus? I know he just hit a dinger…but that was an anomaly

  38. Mighty mice

  39. Mighty Maicer!

    Peralta can’t believe it.

  40. MAICER!!

  41. Izzzzzzzzzzz

  42. Maicier!!!! He’s actually swinging it pretty well lately. Thats fuckin huge.

  43. That crack I made a couple of days ago about how I didn’t think Izturis needed to stick around? I was kidding.

  44. Hole E Shit

  45. HOLY SHITTTTT They might keep the streak alive

  46. Casey good to go again?

  47. Now where are all the Macier h8′ers? At?

    • Well he did completely fuck up a routine ground ball a few innings ago. Given the coherence of your post, you might not remember Corey Patterson, but the two have had very similar Blue Jays careers thus far. And many did not care for Corey Patterson.

  48. lol at Maicier swatting Kawasaki’s bow thinking it was a high five.

  49. Macier just hit the over

  50. SUCK IT TAMPA.

  51. Colby hits a HR off a lefty and Maicer hits a HR in the 9th. Is all the weird positive shit going to go the Blue Jays way now? Let’s hope so.

  52. Eye high gets a little Mace.

  53. Ok is it time to stop ripping JPA, Rasmus, Lind and Izturis???

    I kinda feel guilty

    ?

    • Don’t.

      JPA is still brainless. Although with Lind, he should never be allowed to face a lefty in that kind of situation. That’s not his fault.

  54. WHO IS FUCKING CLOSING?

  55. Comeback kids!

  56. By the way, Boston got smacked 6-1.

  57. Casey warming up!

  58. I think as long as Bonifacio is still around I can survive.

  59. I changed the spelling of my first name to reflect my clutch nature.

  60. That woke up the place.

  61. Did Tabler just say “Shit inning in the right direction?”

  62. We can still rip on Bonerfacio

  63. ATTABOY, JAYS! DO IT FOR THE HAPPSTER

  64. Did Tabler just say “trying to get this shit headed in the right direction”?

  65. Boneyfacio is still as good as ever though. Can’t have too many crazy things happen in one night

  66. All is forgiven Izturis in April if this means the Jays can do what they haven’t done in Tampa for too long.

  67. Messaviour Izturis

  68. Holy shit

  69. Damn, Melky’s coming around, but he’s gotta lay off the Cakesters. That shit will kill you

  70. Awesome~~~~

  71. Big run there.

    These guys are finally remembering how to hit.

  72. Lookin’ sharp boyz!

  73. Finally! Finally! They are kicking ass.

  74. IS THIS WHO WE WERE SUPPOSED TO BE? I THINK I LIKES!

  75. Melk Man!! Offense is turning it around a little bit. Nice insurance run

  76. qwnm, c;llk;s hskdlc,vog;;b’d, cfvk ???

  77. My Melkman is heating up.

  78. Fan in the background: “Come on, it’s just getting good: what are you leaving for?”

    Ladies and gentlemen, your 2008-2013 Tampa Bay Rays!

    • Its brutal that that stadium is so empty you can hear individual fans.

      • Just be glad the heckler’s not there anymore.

        • I miss the heckler actually “Hey Hinske..former Rookie of the Year!! Now you’re hitting .230!!! You’ll be on the first bus to Syracuse Hinske!!”

      • It’s kindof awesome from where I’m sitting. Suck it Tampa. Suck it long, and suck it hard. This is the curse of Yunel Escobar and Kelly Johnson.

        Tu Ere Last Place

  79. I think it took every ounce of red bull power for Lawrie not to fist pump and bust out the wrestling pose after he scored! And his look on first after Peralta had his little tantrum was the same look when he was beaking with the Angels coach last July 1.

    Another good fucking game so far! Sweet insurance run.

  80. It’s awesome that we got into the bullpen in the first game.

  81. Really gotta give it up to our bullpen too

  82. Despite Happ only pitching 4 outs, is it possible TB’s bullpen will be in even worst shape the rest of the series?

  83. Lord Melkington

  84. I’m happy these last 2 games have tanked the Rays BP as well, hope we can atleast make Moore and Shields have to pitch a lot in these next two.

  85. Matt Moore? David Price??

  86. There goes our first baseman.

  87. Bautista at first base?

  88. Steady Eddie is gone.

  89. Christ wtf is Edwin doing?

  90. HOLY SHIT I COME BACK 3 MARGARITAS LATER AND WE HAVE SCORED 5 RUNS. DID I DIE AND GO TO HEAVEN??

  91. Wtf ump

  92. The boys brought the big dicks tonight.

    A 9th inning salami tsunami.

    These things tend to hit Florida.

  93. Definitely showing some character when the starter literally gets knocked out of the game and they fight back like this.

  94. ok who’s on first now that EE’s out? JB??

  95. Oh awesome, it’s Marty Foster! That’s exactly who I wanted to see more of in this game. Not the players or anything. I want to see the umps and the show they can put on.

    Get hit by a car, Marty.

    • You just cant have these fucking clowns kicking out the games stars because of shit they do when the cameras arent even on. Nobody even sees.

      These umps act like the players damn fathers, determined to punish any insolence.

      Its fucking stupid.

      • It’s getting worse lately with Bryce Harper’s ejection and that whole situation with David Price. This was stupid but nothing compared to those ump shows.

        I hope fans rip into umps when they do this. At least in those games where there are fans in the seats. They need to be reminded that no one pays money to watch the umpires.

  96. What did Encarnacion do to get tossed?

  97. Lose the DH? That’s Tampa Baying Tampa Bay.

  98. Sit down Escobar

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