Oakland Athletics v Texas Rangers

The Jays won last weekend’s home series with the Texas Rangers, getting away with one– while picking up six hits and three walks– against the outstanding Yu Darvish, which is what they’ll be looking to do again tonight. This time, though, they’re in Texas, with Esmil Rogers– not Mark Buehrle– on the hill, and with Adrian Beltre back at third base (which he avoided on the Rogers Centre turf) and Lance Berkman back at his usual DH spot, having played in only one of last weekend’s series, at first base.

I have a strange sense of confidence not gloom going into this series, which of course means nothing and will probably be blown apart by weekend’s end, but it’s a nice little feeling, and all too rare of late.

And holy fuck, apropos of nothing, is it just me or are the Jays’ typical home start times– 7 PM on weekdays and 1 PM on the weekend– kind of the fucking worst? Love these 8 PM our time starts, or the ten o’clock ones when the team is out on the west coast. They’re at four and three o’clock on Saturday and Sunday this week, too. Humane!

Scuttlebutt

The Jays signed a bunch of draft picks today (sixteen, to be specific, including their third and fourth rounders under slot), and announced it via a team release. The first one in my feed to tweet about the email was… uh… me.

Ben Nicholson-Smith passes along word that Andy LaRoche has cleared waivers and outrighted to Buffalo.

That doesn’t appear to be the case for Henry Blanco, as reader @DantotheB points me to a tweet from Enis Espinoza of Venezuela’s El Nacional that, when translated, indicates Blanco is on his way to Seattle on some kind of a deal. He adds that Blanco will join the club in Oakland tomorrow, which is also when the announcement will be made. We shall see!

Scott MacArthur tweets that Josh Johnson has had his start moved back to Sunday, flipping with R.A. Dickey, in order to give a blister he’s dealing with a little extra time to heal.

Injury updates from Barry Davis, who tweets that Jose Reyes will play a simulated game tomorrow, and may get into a real rehab assignment as soon as Monday. Fucking right! He adds that Brandon Morrow will pitch in a simulated game on Monday.

One more from Davis, who tweets that, despite being scheduled for all the networks, the Jays will only air live from the first pitch on Sportsnet Ontario, East, and One, with the game being joined in progress following the conclusion of the Yankees-A’s game on Sportsnet West and Pacific… which… if you’re affected by this you’ve probably already figured out.

TV: Sportsnet

And now the lineups, by way of the live box score at theScore.comAnd 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 Melky Cabrera (S)
RF Jose Bautista (R)
1B Edwin Encarnacion (R)
DH Adam Lind (L)
CF Colby Rasmus (L)
3B Maicer Izturis (S)
C J.P. Arencibia (R)
SS Munenori Kawasaki (L)

RHP Esmil Rogers

Texas Rangers

SS Elvis Andrus (R)
LF David Murphy (L)
DH Lance Berkman (S)
3B Adrian Beltre (R)
C A.J. Pierzynski (L)
RF Nelson Cruz (R)
1B Chris McGuiness (L)
2B Jurickson Profar (S)
RF Leonys Martin (L)

RHP Yu Darvish

Comments (367)

  1. He just peppers the bottom of the mitt.

  2. ALL RIGHT!!!

  3. Wahooooooooooooooooooo

  4. brue jays win!

  5. Ishmael’s pretty sweet

  6. Watch RA Dickey flinch as Gibbons pats Dickey’s back.

  7. Gibby just whacked RA in the neck/back. Uh… stop it.

  8. .500 by 81 games. Please?

  9. 7 games below… I see the light!

  10. One nice part of being subjected to the Yankees game today was that they were talking about the division standings and warning their viewers that the Jays aren’t out of it yet.

    Micheal Kay is still on the boat.

  11. new world of baseball (and most everything else too) … things are changing fast and the old ways of evaluating position, what works, even who is good today, think pujols for example, conditions change without notice, no point to try to peg something that is moving … we’ve been enjoying some pretty entertaining baseball from the jays lately and that is refreshing … this is not like last year or any other year … stay on the boat

  12. hey negative, nervous nellie, wang-head trolls, who would suggest not even playing or watching games against “better” teams and no way we beat Darvish … well that’s 2x in a row … how did that happen?

  13. I love Evanka.

  14. There’s a lot of nice stuff happening now. The substitute starters are doing quite well. Lind didn’t get a hit tonight but he’s had one just about every other night. And then there’s Casey Janssen. This team’s commencing to look interesting. And Darvish hasn’t beaten us yet this year I think. So baby steps but hope-inducing baby steps.

  15. Nice win. Still on the boat…but the boat has a leak and it is called JP Cannotseebia. Ohferfour and how much worse does this poor sack of shit have to be before they tie a can to him and chuck him on the bus to Barffalo?

  16. Hopefully we can get on a run starting when Reyes is back by the end of June then who knows…….

  17. I too, like the start times when it is 8pm or 10 pm. I live on the west coast, so I always miss the first few innings on 7 pm (all EST) games.

    For some fucked up reason I love 1 pm Saturday games, which are actually 10 am Saturday games for me. Games is done by lunchtime and the whole day is free to live it up.

    Just fucking love the ‘morning’ games.

  18. In other news, apparently Henry Blanco has signed on with Seattle. Apparently will play tomorrow in Oakland. Maybe we can trade Dickey for iwakumura or whaetever the fuk his name is that we can never hit there and has an era of 1.80. Nah, didn’t think so.
    Oh well, we have JPA-Bombs away my friends

  19. I love Greg Zaun right now…

  20. When do the Jays get to play Houston and Miami, I’m tired of always playing difficult teams (short of Chicago).

  21. Just checked and the Jays have the schedule of death for the rest of the month.

    Colorado (okay not SO tough).

    Then Orioles, Rays and Redsox. Here’s to an injury to Machado and Davis and of course Farrell.

    • so, most of the teams they need to catch up to?

    • You have to manage your expectations, finishing within 3 games of .500 at this point is all we can really hope for.

      In order to make a real push beyond that, Dickey would have to actually be healthy somehow (I’m not going there in terms of whether he’s that good anymore), Johnson has to return to form, Morrow has to get healthy again, and Buerhle has to not regress to his was of 3 weeks ago.

      And we’d also need EE/Joey Bats to continue to completely carry us offensively. Melky looks like he could use some time on the DL soon, hopefully not before Reyes returns.

      The mathematical models that peg us as having a 4% chance to get in are probably not that far off. So many things would have to go right for that to happen.

      Still, I’ve enjoyed this season nonetheless. The team is legitimately trying to win for the first time since I was a child, and as long as that’s the case I’m in.

      To me, that’s the real story of 2013.

    • Colorado lost Tulo and Cargo to injury. They aren’t the same team they were to start the season. I dont know if Jays play them at home or in Coors, but that’s a very beatable team IMO, a sweep is possible

      if they can sweep the Rox and play .500 ball against O’s, Rays, and Sox that’s pretty close to the 3 under .500 mark, provided they win another 1 or 2 here against the Rangers

  22. Jays have to shoot to be 41-40 or 40-41 at the half way point.

    That would put them on pace for 81 wins.

    but with happ, morrow, REYES, lawrie coming back they may be able to put together a second half run. 50-31 which would bring them around 90 games which atleast will make it close down the stretch for the second wild card.

    I believe the team in place, if they pitch better can go on a second half run, but they need to start climbing out of the hole now.

  23. While I’m not betting the farm on the post-season – is it totally pollyanna-ish of me to quietly hope that the Jays reach a level of competence that fans/pundits/critics will perk up and say “Watch out for these guys”.
    I’m hoping that upon their return, Reyes and Lawrie will bring a stability to the defensive lineup. I’m less hopeful (but still semi-hopeful) that their bats will put more guys on base for the boppers. Maybe an extended period of time (hopefully not measured in hours/days) of observation of the whole club will allow AA to selectively weed out deadwood…and, if not for this year, but for next season – maybe get a guy or two to plug the odd hole. (unicorn jokes not forthcoming)

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