Toronto Blue Jays v New York Yankees

Man, what a difference a year can make, even for a pitcher talented enough to have won the Cy Young award. An ERA over five, a brutal strand rate, a huge jump in home runs allowed, a sub .300 winning percentage… things are pretty fucking dire for a recently-great pitcher who, to this point in 2013, has performed more like a talentless hump, failing, like so many of his teammates, to help drag his preseason-favourite of a team over .500 or anywhere close to talk about them actually being in the race.

Yep, David Price really hasn’t lived up to expectations, has he?

#FireMaddon

Scuttlebutt

Big League Stew looks back on the last time two reining Cy Young winners met– in July of 1999, when Roger Clemens faced Tom Glavine– and… mostly just provides an excuse for their excellent “Cy versus Cy” photoshoppery.

Pete Walker says, according to Shi Davidi, that the decision to bring up Ricky Romero at the time was a sound one, based on the reports at the time– though I’m sure fans who have no idea what those reports are, and are forcing themselves to forget how he looked at the outset against Seattle, will dispute that.

Davidi adds that “Romero will work closely with Bisons pitching coach Bob Stanley, who will co-ordinate with Dane Johnson, who oversaw [Ricky] in Dunedin.”

John Lott also points out that Walker says he saw a lot to like in Romero’s outing last night. Which… a lot? Maybe a little? Kind of? If you squinted? But a lot?

Barry Davis adds that, with two off days next week, the Jays appear set to go with a four-man rotation for now: Dickey, Ramon Ortiz, Mark Buehrle, and Brandon Morrow. Yep.

Mike Wilner points out that John Gibbons knew Romero was going to be sent down last night when he told reporters that he’d be making his next start. He wasn’t truthful about that because he hadn’t told Romero yet.

Josh Johnson played catch yesterday, tweets Brendan Kennedy, while Barry Davis adds that the hope is to have him pitch in extended spring for two or three innings around March 21st, and that he’ll need a couple rehab starts after that.

Davis also tells us that he spoke to J.A. Happ, who says that “his head is still a little tight but he thinks his knee will keep him out longer than his head.”

Gregor Chisholm adds that Happ is expected to be out four to six weeks, and that he’s going to avoid throwing for a week. He also says that Alex Anthopoulos believes that it’s likely to be closer to a four week absence than a three week one.

Kennedy tweets that the Jays admit they’ve kicked around the idea of a “piggyback” start featuring Brad Lincoln and Brett Cecil at some point.

Another Davis tweet says that Sergio Santos threw 19 pitches in extended spring today, and that he felt no soreness afterwards.

Lott adds that Dustin McGowan also has been “strong” in extended spring.

Gregor  passes on some bad news from the prospect front, as Roberto Osuna has an elbow ligament tear and may need Tommy John surgery, though the club is going to wait and see how initial rehab goes.

More prospect stuff, as Davidi tells us that Marcus Stroman’s suspension will be over on May 19th, and that he’s likely to end up in New Hampshire, though he may get a start in Dunedin first.

“Stroman might make it to majors this year as starter or reliever, AA says,” according to a tweet from John Lott. He will continue to start while in the minors, and… at this rate it looks like that might be where they need him most.

Kennedy says that the club is “confident” that Brandon Morrow will be good to go on Sunday, after having his Friday start pushed back until then after feeling his back tighten up during a side session this week.

Lastly, for your between-inning listening pleasure, it’s today’s edition of the Getting Blanked Podcast.

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

LF Rajai Davis (R)
DH Melky Cabrera (S)
RF Jose Bautista (R)
1B Edwin Encarnacion (R)
2B Mark DeRosa (R)
3B Brett Lawrie (R)
CF Colby Rasmus (L)
SS Maicer Izturis (S)

R.A. Dickey RHP

Tampa Bay Rays

CF Desmond Jennings (R)
LF Kelly Johnson (L)
2B Ben Zobrist (S)
3B Evan Longoria (R)
1B James Loney (L)
RF Matt Joyce (L)
DH Luke Scott (L)
C Jose Molina (R)
SS Yunel Escobar (R)

David Price LHP

Comments (499)

  1. When Price and Dickey meet on Thursday, it will mark only the third time since the Cy Young was awarded to both leagues (1969) that both winners faced off the following season. On July 15, 1999, the Braves’ Tom Glavine faced the Yankees’ Roger Clemens, and on Aug. 28, 1989, the Mets’ Frank Viola met the Dodgers’ Orel Hershiser.

  2. hahhaha awesome post

  3. One game at a time Die Hards!

    Enjoy the ride.

  4. Even if the Jays are highly unlikely to contend for a playoff spot with their current record and injury list, it’s still key that they win as many games as they can.

    Heck, hitting their Pecota-projected 86 wins would be a massive improvement over last year. And every last win may be needed to get Rogers to continue spending on the team.

  5. Cito would right this ship. Remember 1989!

  6. tuning in to my favourite soap opera

  7. Is Kawasaki in the dog house?

  8. So are we gonna have a lareg strike zone all night or only until the Jays pitch?

  9. He has a way better OBP than Izturis, that should be all that matters

  10. If Dickey doesn’t get the same strike zone than I might as well turn this game off.

  11. It’s a shame we can’t put together a team of Jays that sucked until they left Toronto.

  12. Kelly Johnson is supposed to strike out. Doesn’t he know who he is?

  13. Really. F.U., K.J.

  14. Has johnson struck out once this series? If only he couldve made contact like that when he was with the jays.

  15. Oh Thank Heaven, it’s 7-Eleven Johnson.

  16. Fricking Longoria. Why does he always have to be so good?

  17. Meatballs for everyone.

  18. Damn was that a flat knuckler. Cmon dickey start pitching like a cy young winner.

  19. Dickey so shitty

  20. At least Dickey isn’t getting totally bombed so far lol

  21. That was a nice play by MDR.

  22. It’s comical how consistently unwatchable these games are.

  23. Good news: Ramon Ortiz may not start tomorrow against Boston!
    Bad news: He might have to pitch tonight.

  24. Lets see how this offense does against price lol. If they can hit a ball out of the infield it would be an achievement

  25. Shut up Buck. Mr bad karma!

    • Speaking of bad karma, you’d have to think that with all the bad things the Jays have had happen to them over the last 2 seasons they’d be due for a little sunshine sooner or later.

      • I know, eh. Maybe the Jays are saving it for next year. The Jays made the playoffs the first year with carter and Alomar, but didn’t win til the next season. If they can’t get back into the playoffs, let at least play some good ball and carry the momentum into next season. Then we can cash in our karma credits.

  26. DeRosa pisses on your rally Rays

  27. Are we not going to complain about the missed tag?

  28. Lets go DeRoe!

  29. Is MLB Gameday accurate? I ask because the Jays get really, really bad pitch calls all the fucking time. Some that are literally right down the middle are called balls and it’s always worse for the Jays then the other teams.

    It’s not always like this either but yesterday and today are exceptionally bad.

  30. Finally lawrie does something with the bat. About time

  31. Molina retrieved that ball so fast i almost didn’t see him.

    What an athlete

  32. Still a good AB Cleatus!

  33. Desmond Jennings….he’s in way over his head.

  34. I’ve got Henry Blanco sending this one a towering 460 ft the other way.

  35. Thank you Evan Gonorrhea…

  36. Only down 2-1, all right, I can watch this. You know you’ve lowered your expectations when you are happy just being in the game when playing a 15-18 team

  37. Beauty!

  38. EE B Good

  39. Who is this David Price guy? He doesn’t look very good.

  40. All seriousness aside though,

    These two out RBI hits are fantastic

  41. Could Izturis have been any slower with that relay?

  42. Played that like Rajai…

  43. I still believe that Dickey finishes the year with an era sub 3.50. I don’t even think I’m crazy.

  44. Emilio would’ve caught that…

    • Lol. I was actually going to say last night that he seemed to be tracking the ball well at the Trop.

  45. seems Longo is always up when its modt likely to cause the most damage.

  46. Shitty

  47. Shut up Buck.

  48. #freeThole?

  49. Get Blanco the fuck out here AA. Bring up Thole.

  50. “Ben Zobtrist is a very good ballplayer, because he’s a baseball player.”

    - Buck Martinez

  51. I been warped by the rain, driven by the snow
    I’m drunk and dirty, don’t you know
    But I’m still willin’

  52. seriously? what does blanco provide that thole cannot?

    thole: left bat check

    thole: experienced catching RA check

    thole: much better hitter and with more selectivivity check.

    blanco: kidnapped three girls in cleveland and held them in chains in the basement check

  53. We’re fucked. This sad sack franchise is fucked.

  54. We need Colby “I hit bombs” Rasmus right about now.

  55. And Rasmus plays too damn shallow. You shouldnt be seeing fly balls bouncing on the front edge of the warning track or shallower. it means you are too damn shallow

  56. WHO WOULD YOU RATHER HAVE UP WITH MEN ON THE CORNERS!!!!

    AYE CARAMBA!!

  57. Make up for your shit, Blanco

  58. Izturis with the double… too bad the graphics guys couldn’t have their own Buck Martinez sound board.

  59. One useless fat fuck fucks up another.

  60. Cmon no dp fucking blanco!!

  61. Please just strikeout Blanco. Don’t risk the GIDP.

  62. why not squeeze here?

  63. The jays just need to keep taking pitches and get to the TB bullpen

  64. I think the it’s time to steal a base.

  65. good chance blanco k’ s or grounds out no?

  66. Fuck

  67. Well that was fucking stupid.

  68. Oh cmon!!! Fucking christ!!

  69. Alright! Great at-bat by Blanco limiting the Rays to only 1 out.

  70. That is on Blanco. Clearly a hit-and-run, not a straight steal. Need to make contact.

    • ummm. no ….nobody calls hit and runs with two strikes. you realize how insane that is?

    • If manager calls for a hit and run with Henry Blanco at the plate, that’s on the manager. Gibbons should be telling Blanco to not take a single swing and hope he somehow draws a walk.

      • Maicer being DOA shhoudl’ve gotten in a run down and given Rasmus a chance to take home like any mediocore 16 year knows in a 1st and 3rd botched steal…WHY the fuck do you not just stop there???

  71. Yup..that was my decision to start the runner with blanco and his insanely high likelihood of striking out up

  72. Brutal. WTF.

  73. Brilliant decision to have Izturis steal Gibbons. #firegibbons

  74. Not a bad call considering the circumstance.

    It just didn’t work out.

  75. If I’m Gibbons, and Izturis went on his own. Kawasaki is trotting out to the field right now.

  76. i watch henry blanco play baseball and i wonder why i watch baseball

  77. You were born to skate. Just go.

  78. someone remind me again why Thole “needs to play everyday”?

    Did he becomena prospect again? Is he 21 again?

    • Thole doesn’t need to play every day. He’s not a good player. But the fact that he absolutely should be better than Blanco shows much of a piece of shit Henry Blanco is.

      • No I know. The question was rhetorical.

        That was AA’s bullshit reason why Thole is in AAA. abecause he needs to “play everyday”.

        Im just notnsure why. Hes notna prsopect. Hes likely a career backup player. But hes a fuckton better then Blanco. Plus hes a LHB which gives us more flexibility.

    • Him not being here is because management doesn’t want to admit they made a mistake in not having him up here from the jump

      • Or it’s some misguided commitment to fielding a good team in Buffalo to maintain the relationship there and not be stuck in Vegas in the future. The MLB team should be the priority.

        • Yeah Im worried about that. AA has said that. Thats nice and all, but you dont have the better player in the Bigs ffs.

        • I refuse to believe they are keeping down superior talent than what we have in the bigs in order to field a better AAA team. That is fucking nutz if true.

          It seemed like the narrative had started to be written well before spring training as to blanco coming up with the team and thole going down. This was completely a non merit based decision. It was one of those decisions that was made well before the spring.

  79. The women tried to seduce me just before a ball game was starting. Fuck did I laugh!

  80. The jays will be lucky to win one game against the red sox with those pitching matchups.

  81. Everybody say “Thank you Rajai”

  82. I see that the 2013 total is fast approaching me already!

  83. Might as well have JP in there

  84. come on dickey. We need a couple zeroes up there

  85. We’re still winning, right?

  86. Anyone start a “Free Thole” movement yet?

  87. Cue the Longoria homer

  88. Fuck you gonorrhea

  89. Three run shot coming right up.

  90. Waterproof cameras, watches and women but what I really want is a waterproof TV. Anyone ever heard one?

  91. Squeezing Dickey

  92. Big out there.

  93. Monster Truck would be the worst band name in the world if it wasn’t for the fact that I find it so hilarious.

  94. Doesn’t exactly look like the Price is right. I’m so used to him dominating, especially at the Trop.

    • You do realize hes gone 6 IP only two earned runs with 7 strikeouts?

      you must have had very low expectations of the jays tonight if you think price is off with those numbers?

  95. Shut up Wilner with your smug bullshit, going on about how it makes him laugh when ppl say bring up Thole because “Dickey himself said Blancos best that ever caught him”.

    Do some research Mike. Blancos caugh Dickey a total of 38 innings before 2013. Hes caught him more already this season then he had before it.

    Hardly a big enough sample for him to be on this team.

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