Toronto Blue Jays v San Francisco Giants

I understand that pitcher wins don’t mean a damn thing– repeat: not a damn thing, people– but if I’d told you back in January that on June 17th the Jays would be at four games below .500 and just 5.5 games out of the second Wild Card spot despite receiving only twelve wins combined to that point from R.A. Dickey, Mark Buehrle, Brandon Morrow, Ricky Romero and Josh Johnson, you could be forgiven for thinking that something must have gone horribly right to have kept the team afloat despite what surely must have been terrible underperformance from either the bullpen, the lineup, the rotation itself, or some combination of all three.

It certainly doesn’t feel like that’s been the story of the season so far, but remarkably, here we are, with Josh Johnson about to take the hill for the seventh time as a member of the Blue Jays, and still searching for his first win. Getting here, until this past weekend, had been ugly– a constant dance with death– and maybe they’re still in too deep of a hole for the club to dig themselves out of. But… shit, I don’t know.

The Yankees and Rangers are currently tied for that last Wild Card spot, and only Cleveland, Kansas City and Tampa Bay sit between our boys and those two. It’s still a long way to go, but it’s been an impressive run since May 4th, when the season reached its nadir, and the club’s 10-21 record was better than only the Astros and Marlins. Since that nifty little arbitrary endpoint, the Oakland A’s are the only American League club to have played better, and the Jays now find themselves with a better overall record than a number of fellow AL clubs– the Twins, Mariners, Angels, White Sox and Astros, to be specific.

No, it’s not good enough yet, but at least it’s something resembling a starting point. With the talent on this club– much of which we know we haven’t seen the best of yet– right now that’s all they need.

Scuttlebutt

Late change to the lineup for the Jays, as Melky Cabrera, who was originally the DH, moves to left field, with Jose Bautista taking the DH spot. Rajai Davis fills in in right, and yes, Encarnacion is back at third, as Adam Lind stays in the lineup against a lefty– Colby, too!

Shi Davidi tweets that both Jose Reyes and Brandon Morrow will move up to a higher minor league level before finishing their rehab work, which begins in earnest tonight in Dunedin.

Reyes plays for Dunedin tonight,” tweets Scott MacArthur. “On timeline for return Gibbons joked that he said ‘two weeks’ about ‘five or six days ago.’ ” Hmmm…

And how about this for awesomeness, via a tweet from the Dunedin Blue Jays: “Jose Reyes looks just fine! Leads off the 1st with a line drive single over SS, and scores from first on Jon Berti’s RBI 3B! 2-1 Dunedin.”

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)
DH Jose Bautista (R)
3B Edwin Encarnacion (R)
1B Adam Lind (L)
2B Mark DeRosa (R)
RF Rajai Davis (R)
CF Colby Rasmus (L)
C J.P. Arencibia (R)
SS Maicer Izturis (S)

RHP Josh Johnson

Colorado Rockies

CF Dexter Fowler (S)
2B D.J. LeMahieu (R)
DH Carlos Gonzalez (L)
RF Michael Cuddyer (R)
1B Todd Helton (L)
C Willin Rosario (R)
LF Tyler Colvin (L)
3B Nolan Arenado (R)
SS Jonathan Herrera (S)

LHP Jorge De La Rosa

Comments (542)

  1. de la Rosario… <3 Buck

  2. What BS luck from De La Rosa tonight.

  3. great instincts eh Buck

  4. Colorado is just KILLING us on D!

  5. (Stunned silence)

  6. Well that was unfortunate.

  7. Just one of those games where we hit it hard right into gloves

  8. I also don’t like the cut of that second baseman’s jib. He’s going to miss one of those balls behind his head if keeps calling off his outfielders for the tougher play. Fuck him too.

  9. That kid can play third base on my team, any day.
    Awesome game…but now it’s time to quit fucking around, and someone blast one over the wall. I’ve got last night’s True Blood I haven’t seen yet.

  10. Suddenly high pitch is not a strike…FFS.

  11. Glad that ball didn’t go into RF

  12. I am never shopping at Home Hardware again. Thank the Blue Jays and their shit camera angles to get the ads.

  13. Go Goggles!

    What do you guys think of the Jays hiring the weighted ball guy?

  14. Watch out – it’s cocky nerd time, people.

  15. High leverage is Cecil’s middle name…Goggles! Goggles! Goggles!

  16. Kittenz flashing some leather.

  17. The Man from Muncie, ladies & gents.

  18. Cap tippin’ to a Blue Jay!! Awesome D!

  19. Rockies can’t have all the fun. Maicer and Lind doing their work for Jays pitchers.

  20. The…zone….it’s shrinking!

  21. Right down the frickin pipe.

  22. Goggles with the bender. Nice hook!

  23. Goggles is gold as usual.

    Good old Googles!

  24. Goggles – we’re not worthy, we’re not worthy…

  25. Brett Cecil is so fucking good.

    Jebus.

  26. I think I’d give Brett Cecil a blowjob.

    In a non-gay way of course. Just to show my appreciation of his work.

  27. Fucking right Cecil! Hope that fires up the hitters now.

  28. WOOOOOW

  29. Outings like that are why they hired the weighted ball guy for conditioning. A career saver for Goggles and Delabar. We still have to see about McGowan.

  30. Aaaaaand exhale.

  31. Atta boy Lind, huge play there.

  32. Cecil the fucking man!

  33. Goggles Glass to the rescue!

  34. Now the question is: how many pitches before Davis is standing on 3rd?

  35. And a baserunner. Don’t get thrown out, Rajai!

  36. Time for some ‘shine.

  37. That was good. I was thinking hit and run, then I realized Cletus was up…

  38. Say what you will about rajai, dude can run

  39. Bring Kawasaki in to bunt.

  40. Why not pinch hit?

  41. They’re talking about Arencibia bunting. Yeah right…

  42. Fuck that was close!

  43. Perfect bunt!

  44. That’s how LEADERS bunt, bitch.

  45. LOL, nice bunt JP!

  46. Lol sweet bunt cibia

  47. The only way JP can get a sac bunt down is with a full swing. Amazing.

  48. Jp with the accidental bunt. God bless em.

  49. MAICER IZTURIS FUCKING SUCKS

  50. Don’t get picked off…

  51. Wahhhhhooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

  52. Fuck yes, Izturis!

  53. Fucking Colby was gonna pass rajai there

  54. I think Maicer’s luck is turning. That was as much of a seeing eye single as I have ever seen.

  55. Izturis with the clutch BABIP regression!

  56. Holy Fuck YESSS! Fuck you BABIP gods!

  57. FLOW on the bases.

  58. The Glaucoma Kid does it! My-fucking-cir!

  59. YES!! The BABIP gods finally giveth!!

  60. The nerd quotient just asymptoted.

  61. The way to go player of the game is 100% hilarious. I hope it sticks.

  62. anyone else notice the crowd has been really good tonight?
    nice standing ovation for johnson. great excitement and standing for cecil with 2 strikes and 2 outs.
    Theyve been into the whole bottom of the 8th.

    Too often the Toronto crowd gets the bad press I feel it deserves some credit. I’m going tomorrow I hope its like this again.

    (I did hear a few countdowns for the wave earlier in the game .. but, baby steps?)

    • I did notice this, not a huge crowd but a loud crowd for sure.

    • To be fair, a lot of the time the crowd is really brutal. Either so quiet it’s like a library or all stupid with running on the field + throwing things.

      • oh I fully acknowledge that. I’ve been to enough games and sat in the 500s enough to know firsthand that the majority of fans aren’t exactly of the ‘baseball educated’ type.

        Just throwing some credit to the fans when its due. they were good tonight

  63. Here comes Casey. Time to shut it down. Who’s in line for the win should there be no issues?

  64. I would but a set of Rajai Davis oven mitts from the Jays shop.

  65. So Johnson threw 5 1/3 now Buck? Have another snort…

  66. Ok , how’s everyone feel about trading Casey now?

  67. 92 for Janssen. That’s high for him this year -

  68. Man, Edwin’s defence saved the game yesterday, Lind today. Those were the plays missing earlier this year.

  69. Buck thinks Casey is “money.” Bahahaha

  70. They are getting hellish lucky right now. Let’s enjoy the ride! Lady Luck was dumping on us during April…

  71. Yeah baby

  72. 6

  73. YAHOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  74. GOOD FUCKIN GAME

  75. Those guys are getting way better at the DP.

    Great win!!

  76. 6 straight! Comfy in the boat…

  77. When was the last time they had a 6 game winning streak?

  78. Rollin’ rollin’ rollin’

  79. Maicer’s 10 million dollar win…

  80. That is a gritty veteran leadership filled win right then…

  81. Very nice win! Jays can smell .500 now!

  82. 6!

  83. The Jays score only 2 runs on a bloop single and win the game.

    June is bizzaro-April!

  84. Awesome

  85. 3 games below. Starting to get exciting.

    Gibby making the defensive moves late in the game. Fire Gibby my ass…

  86. Pollyanna now rides in a carriage drawn by 2 unicorns.

    • And those unicorns have silver harnesses and garlands of flowers!

      I told you guys. Once these guys got used to each other, the league and the turf they would start getting interesting…

    • You’ll always be Pollyanna to me, GSMC.

  87. And Baltimore lost so we pick up a little on them.

  88. 4.5 GB of the wildcard!!

  89. SWEET!

  90. Maice was the fucking man tonight. Saves a run and knocks in two.

  91. Suck it olney?

  92. A great game all round. Closed by the Amazing Casey Janssen.

  93. For those wondering both JJ and DelaRosario had a game score of 76.

    So according to Bill James’ metric the were equal parts awesome.

  94. Jays have given up 4 runs in 5 games. Pitching staff regression!

    • Also on the regression front, the O’s pitching staff is terrible, I think they’ve been over performing and will start falling off. (Said that a lot last year I know…)

    • And two of those runs were unearned (the two in the 9th inning yesterday after DeRosa’s error). Team’s jumped about 8 spots in the ERA standings over the last week.

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