Toronto Blue Jays v Texas Rangers

The Esmil Rogers experiment in the Jays’ starting rotation continues tonight against his former team, the Colorado Rockies. And while, with a 1.26 ERA, 3.48 FIP, and .270 wOBA against in his 14.1 innings as a starter so far, it can’t possibly continue, what this post presupposes is… maybe it can?

After all, Esmil is a new man! Earlier today @James_In_TO tweeted out a link to Rogers’ Brooks Baseball player card, which shows how he has ramped up usage of a sinker that maybe he should have been turning to all along. Rogers’ four-seamer and slider accounted for over 85% of his pitches thrown back in April, but for June the number has been less than 60%, with his sinker usage rising from 3.86% in April to 28.13% this month– which has been, by far, his best month of the season.

Obviously he couldn’t just throw like a reliever if he expected to turn lineups over multiple times after his slide into the rotation, but he was a starter in his previous life back in Colorado, and never had his repertoire looked quite like this. Maybe he’s onto something!

I mean… maybe the league just hasn’t caught up with the explosion of sinker usage from him, but… maybe he’s onto something! Let the good times roll, amiright?

Scuttlebutt

Rogers would do well to continue being sharp, as the Jays are going to need him. As I wrote about earlier, Brandon Morrow suffered a bit of a setback in his rehab start last night, and while J.A. Happ threw a side session today, according to a Shi Davidi tweet, and is getting closer to health, it still looks like it’s going to be Rogers and Chien-Ming Wang in the rotation for a while.

Know what I couldn’t possibly care less about? Jeff Francis’s passport.

From theScore.com (heard of them), we have a look at a nifty new stadium design for the Atlanta Falcons. Why might that be relevant to Jays fans? Their current home, the Georgia Dome, opened in 1992, three years after the Rogers Centre. *COUGH*

Uh… yeah.

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)
3B Mark DeRosa (R)
CF Rajai Davis (R)
C J.P. Arencibia (R)
SS Maicer Izturis (S)
2B Emilio Bonifacio (S)

RHP Esmil Rogers

Colorado Rockies

2B Josh Rutledge (R)
DH Jordan Pacheco (R)
LF Carlos Gonzalez (L)
RF Michael Cuddyer (R)
C Willin Rosario (R)
1B Todd Helton (L)
3B Nolan Arenado (R)
CF Tyler Colvin (L)
SS Jonathan Herrera (S)

LHP Jeff Francis

Comments (322)

  1. Boney….rally killer.
    Does Maicer cut his own hair? He’s got this weird looking haircut. Sorta medieval monk-ish.

  2. Was it spud who predicted 8 off Francis?

    Good job!

  3. cougars and mountain lions prowl

  4. I thought that looked like Geddy. Tom Sawyer in the house, staying out of the Limelight with that hat on.

  5. Good game Ishmael

  6. Atta boy Esmil ‘Ace’ Rogers

  7. Shit, I’m a nerd.
    I just gave him a standing O here at home.

    Atta Kid Esmil !

  8. Fucking Maicer…we are really trying to like you…

  9. It’s okay. Izturis earned a mulligan.

    • Ill give him a low leverage pass…he’s on a short leash though…

  10. Hands up if you envisioned JPA being tied with JoeyBats in HRs in mid-June when both have been healthy for the most part all season.

    Yeah right.

  11. He’s human.

    Thank God!

  12. Golden-Shower hands on the 3rd baseman

  13. MeatEater is the best show on TV. Discuss.

  14. Boni and bats without hits….who gets the griffin

  15. At this point it’s counting outs… 4 to go.

    Good job getting Oliver in, he has NOT been lights out like last year, but man, wouldn’t that be a huge addition!

  16. I’m gonna miss you Kawasaki!

  17. Also, fuck you Gregg Zaun, you extra G MF.

  18. Nice inning

  19. Darren Oliver

    #nottoooldforthisshit

  20. JP showing his mojo.

  21. Bahahaahahahahahahahhha

  22. Damnit.

    I’ll start a new streak tomorrow.

  23. MAKE IT SEVEN……?”!!?

  24. Delabar looked so casual through every part of that strikeout

  25. He gone!

  26. 7

  27. Can we come up with a sweet nickname of our bullpen??? Ideas???

  28. Delabar is such a stud. AA rocks for getting him and Rogers.

  29. Delabar is just a machine

  30. Wahoo!!!! Seven baby!

  31. 2 games below .500. And how many more at-bats before Lind gets enough to get on the leader board?

  32. Lost in the shuffle is that JPA has called a couple of good games lately.

    • Shit. I have to give him that.

    • It’s all Sal Fasano … I heard that he was up last week and took JPA out to do a few bullpen sessions, and the results are clear.

      Clear a spot on the Jays bench for Sal!

  33. Should I watch

    TB/BOS

    or

    BAL/DET

    ?

  34. Guys – Ian Kinsler just had to get stitches…on his perfect face! I know this isn’t Blue Jays related, but it’s relevant to my interests + I have no one else to tell. Blood splattered across his uniform, but he returned to the game.

  35. Got into the car after work just as the game ended. Fuck yeah, Jays!!!

  36. 7 in a row!! fuck yea!! these next 2 games are fucking winnable with garcia starting on fri for bal.

  37. Definitely on the right track now. If they can continue this streak through the next 4 games and tread water during the road trip, July sets up VERY favourably for the team.

    According to ESPN, the Jays have had the toughest schedule so far this year:
    http://espn.go.com/mlb/stats/rpi/_/sort/sos

    Things are starting to line up for us.

    • Part of that has to be us feeding all our opponents win.

      But yes, it’s encouraging if nothing else

    • I agree with most of what you’re saying, but if you look at it, the Jays have actually had either the toughest or second toughest schedule in MLB in recent years because:

      A) We play in the AL East
      B) We’ve been a shitty team in the AL East, so other teams have us on their schedules

      Either way, holy fuck this has been awesome. GO JAYS!

  38. I think it’s obvious that Josh Thole has single handedly turned the Jays season around

  39. FFS Miggy

  40. KJ lol

  41. This is nice. I like this.

  42. I want it to go 18 innings.

    I want these teams reeling for a week.

  43. Johnny Fucking Gomes off a RHP.

    All good.

    Tampa is first in the Dead Pool.

  44. Crazy. I have the Ironman/Hall of Famer Cal Ripkens rookie card and young budding Manny Machado’s.

    Machado’s is worth more.

    Craziness.

  45. if the jays win tomorrow and take 6 of 9 from orioles rays and sox it could get real interesting regardless what Steve Adams at mlbtraderumors thinks.

  46. Ya I just wrote a thing about Rogers’ sinker over on my blog (dunno if it’s cool to link so I won’t), but it was comparing his repertoire this year to 2011, the year he made 13 start for Colorado. Didn’t do the month to month comparison for 2013 though.

    The sinker is pretty much a new thing this year, and he’s all but ditched his change since 2011. Making up for it with more sliders.

    Always makes me more optimistic when better results follow a change in approach than when they just come out of the blue.

  47. I’m happy right now. It’s such a strange feeling…

  48. 4.5 games back of WC!

  49. Keep Laurie out….

    it is the only solution…

  50. Use him as a batboy

  51. Still on the boat and the water has receded from my chin to my chest.

  52. Great! Colorado to huh? Great! Hey, Isn’t Patrick Roy coaching them next season or some damn thing?

  53. “The Jays return home from their west coast swing to open a three game set with a very good Rangers team, and while they seem to have stabilized themselves enough to keep from falling farther back in the supposed race for the playoffs, um… could they maybe win some fucking games? Like… a lot of them? In a row or something?
    Like, wouldn’t that be kinda alright?”

    Alright indeed and finally here!

    So need to win the O’s series coming up and actually SHOW UP against the spanks. Living out here has been unbearable with my Jays taking it hard vs the AARPkees.

  54. Getting ahead of myself but the Jays basically got Rogers for John Farrell.

    IF he sticks as a solid rotation piece is this the best AA trade yet?

    Also no one in our current rotation was a Jay in 2012. Craziness.

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