Big Hirok happens. Dreams of climbing to four games below .500 fell by the wayside on account of the Blue Jays getting owned by Hiroki Kuroda last night, which isn’t all that surprising seeing how Big Hirok pretty much owns everyone. Thus, here we are putting our faith in the rested back of Brandon Morrow as he’s set to face David Phelps and the Yankees in game No. 2.
I gotta say, Mark Buehrle wasn’t entirely shitty last night. I mean, we could be looking at a 4-0 loss as opposed to a 5-0 loss had Melky Cabrera not resembled a drunk bison roaming around the outfield while Brett Gardner stretched a maybe-double into a triple. Anyway, that’s enough about last night.
Morrow is coming off some extra rest due to a nagging back injury, but his last start was rather promising considering he made into this thing they call the eighth inning. Rarely charted territory for the 2013 Blue Jays starting staff.
The shitbags counter with Phelps. The right-hander has made three consecutive starts after beginning the season as a reliever. He’s nothing to scoff at, but he ain’t Hiroki fucking Kuroda either. How ’bout some bats today, ok?
Shi Davidi updates Jose Reyes’ recovery, noting that he could begin to field grounders as early as next week. He’s nowhere near ready for a rehab assignment yet, though. Reyes tells Davidi that he will be ready for some game action once he’s able to run the bases without issue.
The National Post has a great feature on Brett Lawrie’s swing via John Lott.
John Gibbons plans to send Chad Jenkins out to start on Monday, with staff ace Ramon Ortiz throwing on Tuesday, as Barry Davis notes in a tweet.
In a separate tweet, Barry Davis passes along a bit from Gibbons, who says that Melky will be in LF today but Bonifacio could be a late-innings replacement if it’s tight game. I suppose that’s an upgrade in the defensive speed department.
The Yankees have won the Reid Brignac sweepstakes, Jon Heyman reports.
Reid Brignac can play three positions, sadly none of them are “batter”
— Drew FFF (@DrewGROF) May 18, 2013
Toronto Blue Jays
LF Melky Cabrera (S)
RF Jose Bautista (R)
1B Edwin Encarnacion (R)
C J.P. Arencibia (R)
DH Adam Lind (L)
3B Brett Lawrie (R)
CF Colby Rasmus (L)
SS Maicer Izturis (S)
2B Emilio Bonifacio (S)
Brandon Morrow RHP
New York Yankees
CF Brett Gardner (L)
2B Robinson Cano (L)
LF Vernon Wells (R)
DH Travis Hafner (L)
1B Lyle Overbay (L)
RF Curtis Granderson (L)
3B Jayson Nix (R)
SS David Adams (R)
C Austin Romine (R)
David Phelps RHP