Toronto Blue Jays v Atlanta Braves

Percentage points are the difference that, for the moment, are keeping the Jays out of the AL East cellar, ahead of their opponents tonight, the Tampa Bay Rays. It’s Jeremy Hellickson on the hill tonight, facing off against the Jays’ ace of sorts, Esmil Rogers, who– with a 1.71 ERA and 3.00 FIP since becoming a starter and ramping up his use of his new, Hentgen-taught sinker– can’t possibly get any better… can he?

We’ve been letting the good times roll for eleven straight now– and for 14 of 16 since June 4th, and to the tune of a 21-10 since May 18th– and I don’t think we’re ready for the party to end just yet. If any club is going to have figured out the book on Rogers this quickly, it’s probably Tampa, but… fuck it, call dial-a-bottle!


Brendan Kennedy tweets that Jose Reyes is playing in Buffalo tonight, under the watchful eye of Alex Anthopoulos, who will be in attendance. He’ll move to New Hampshire from there, and the club is being coy about his timeline after that.

Bluebird Banter’s Minor Leaguer tweets a good point, regarding Reyes: “You’d figure the Jays would’ve sent him w/ Bisons to Gwinnett not Manchester if he was gonna play in TPA rather than BOS.”

Brandon Morrow still isn’t throwing, tweets Gregor Chisholm, who explains that the club wants him to be rid of all the forearm soreness he’s experienced before he does, so that he doesn’t suffer another setback.

Shi Davidi tweets that Morrow isn’t throwing, but adds that J.A. Happ is, while Brett Lawrie, he informs us, is taking grounders, batting practice, and running.

Gregor adds to the information on Happ, noting that he’s throwing off a mound, but is, according to ol’ Gibbers, “a ways away.” In a separate tweet, Gregor tells us that Lawrie is at least a couple of weeks away from a rehab assignment.

Davidi notes that Sergio Santos is with the club and will throw a side session in Tampa tomorrow, though his timetable is still unknown as well.

Lastly, Scott MacArthur points out that tonight marks the home debut for the Rays’ big prize from the deal that sent James Shields to the Royals, outfielder Wil Myers.

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)
DH Edwin Encarnacion (R)
1B Adam Lind (L)
CF Colby Rasmus (L)
C J.P. Arencibia (R)
3B Maicer Izturis (S)
2B Emilio Bonifacio (S)
SS Munenori Kawasaki (L)

RHP Esmil Rogers

Tampa Bay Rays

LF Matt Joyce (L)
2B Ben Zobrist (S)
DH Luke Scott (L)
3B Evan Longoria (R)
1B James Loney (L)
RF Wil Myers (R)
CF Sam Fuld (L)
C Jose Lobaton (S)
SS Yunel Escobar (R)

RHP Jeremy Hellickson

Comments (328)

  1. Hmmm….quiet bats and it’s the 5th inning….maybe the fun is over?

  2. 1 run per inning, guys

  3. Please Tabler, tell us more attributes that “good RBI men” have.

    And even if that were a thing, Loney is on pace for about 90 RBIs this year.

    Tabby just talks out of his ass and makes shit up

  4. Man, that mascot was chirping Aaron Cibia. That muppet motherfucker is going to pay. I think all the balls hit to foul territory are warning shots.

  5. uh Joey? Step the fuck away from the plate. That was a strike and yiu had zero chance of hitting it fair

  6. Wow bats ur way off

  7. Damn the bats are totally flat today. It happens over a long season.

  8. Of course he was gonna hit that, he just saw it twicw already

  9. Safe.

  10. that was a nice throw. Myers was safw tho, good slide.

  11. Ha, kid was totally safe. But that slide? C’mon, son.

  12. The #LEADERSHIP: never stop producin’ outs.

  13. Ishmail has settled in pretty nicely. Really actually just that one bad inning.

    • Yep but that bad inning looka like its too much for the offense to overcome today. He also is missing very few bats which isnt a great sign.

  14. haha Tabby you tool.

    “I think Myers could sense that the hit and run was missed and somehow knew that he had to hook slide to avoid a tag”

    Yes, he “sensed” it Tabby. He used his sense of hearing and vision to tell him the hit and run was missed.

  15. 4 ER from Rogers is not exactly the worst thing in the world, but yeah, not missing bats and 3 HRs allowed usually ends up being more dangerous than the 3 runs it resulted in.

  16. Indians have taken a 3-2 lead in ballimore

  17. I’m getting sick of watching these scrubs win… Sam Fuld, Luke Scott, Lobaton, Escobar…? god damn.

  18. Colby looks good

  19. Rally caps?

  20. Great disciplined AB from Colby and a kind of favorable call on ball 4. I insist that that outside corner is being called all over the place tonight against lefties.

  21. leadership time

  22. Arencibia still swinging at balls smh

  23. Jpa is such a fucking stupid hitter

  24. Three walks in a row from Colby? It’s not just the end of the streak – this could mean the end of the world!

  25. Someone needs to get JB into Angry Bird mode.

  26. I think they just pressed the “JP Arencibia: down 0 and 2″ button on the Buck Martinez Soundboard.

  27. STRIKE3BIA. Fuck this guy.

  28. JPA tried to delay the inevitable as best as he could.

  29. 7 pitch strikeout, not a single pitch in the strike zone… good going J.P.

  30. Does Rasmus have a wrist issue?

    Photo taken yesterday + massive pad/brace on his right wrist while running the bases tonight.

  31. JPA = JustPlainAwful

    Love that Colby’s taken 3 walks!

  32. “Hellickson hasn’t thrown Arencibia a strike.”

    No shit.

    • Why would anyone ever throw him a strike? Hellickson had lost his command and JP was still flailing at shit.

  33. For as much as we rag on the bottom of the lineup, if you ever win a game where your 1-4 hitters have collectively gotten on base once, with zero hits, you are lucky as shit.

    Our best hope is that they see Rodney in this game.

  34. Perez always seems on the verge of falling to his knees. That is one ugly delivery but it’s working for him.

  35. Soft hands!

  36. That was such a lucky run by Cleveland against Baltimore.
    All Baltimore fans

  37. Luke Scott is so old-fashioned, he chisels notes on opposing pitchers into granite by the light of a campfire.

  38. You may say that I’m a fool
    Feelin’ the way that I do
    You can call me Pollyanna
    Say I’m crazy as a loon
    I believe in silver linings
    And that’s why I believe in you

    • Don’t quit your day job, GSMC.

      • Love the sentiments though.

        • Don’t poke the unicorns…

          • I can’t speak for Smasher though.

            It’s rutting season for him I believe.

            • That would explain his absence. The weasel is conspicuously quiet too.

              • The weasel is/was busy eating homemade pizza + rambling on about summer holiday.

              • Ya, they enter the fray, make a lame comment or two about haircuts or chainsaws, then disappear for the duration, hoping we won’t notice.

                • Phew, was it good for you Bean?

                • I did comment about chainsaws. And on haircuts – my hair HATES this hot weather.

                  I’ve been refreshing + reading along + watching the game. But I finally finished booking my summer holiday so that’s the top news o’ the day.

                  • Where are you off to?

                    • Edmonton for a few days for some family times + then onward to Seattle for a lengthier period of time. Very excited about the latter.

                    • I’m going to Edmonton on Thursday.
                      Is the town big enough for the two of us?

                    • I did 10 years in Edmonton, and only one afternoon of that was spent incarcerated.

                    • Trumped up charge?
                      Or were you in the cement hotel sleeping one off?

                    • They did in fact put me in the drunk tank for several hours, but it was a quarrel over unpaid parking tickets (if you can believe that.)

                      Breakin’ rocks in the hot sun
                      I fought the law and the law won
                      I fought the law and the law won

  39. Time for some presents.

  40. It’s on!

  41. Seriously just take out boni and jpa and replace them with league avg players and this team would probably be 3 or 4 wins better

  42. Gotta think that the sheer depressing emptiness of that crappy park has an effect on cooling down hot teams. The Rays are used to it of course.

  43. Presents!

  44. That’s a couple pretty favourable ball 4 calls for the Jays.

  45. Melky gonna hit a double.

  46. Well if were gonna do anything its gotta be now. At least two this inning

    Lets see if weve really got some magic on our side

  47. Joey!!!

  48. Parrot’s the tying run.

  49. Come on Eddie

  50. Blast.

  51. Lucky they got a run there. Surprised the bautista hit wasnt a dp.

  52. wel the good news is we got into a save situation which means we’ll see Rodney. So we have a chance.

  53. Rodney coming out for the 9th?

  54. Look!
    Another cock-eyed baseball cap closer!

  55. #firegibby #tradeeveryoneforprospects #game75ismoreimportantthangames64through74 #lovethisteam

  56. Are we going back to


  57. Reliever with his hat tipped means I still like our chances with one out and if the streak ends, it’s time to fire Gibbons.

  58. So, it all rests on JPA.

  59. Tabby tellsme there’s gonna be a lot of pounding

  60. It ain’t over until it’s over.

  61. Well, it’s fucking over.

  62. Fernando’s at 18 pitches…anythings possible…keep fouling off!!

    (cant believe I said that!)

  63. No worries…..Maicer, Bonie and Kawasaki will all hit homers.

  64. Sigh

  65. Awe Shit!

  66. JP had 2 of our 4 hits. Leadership!

  67. I blame Tabby.

  68. UNsweepable!

  69. #fuckthisteam. Season is over. AA trades everyone who’s good like Eric Thames and Corey Patterson for scrubs and that’s why we lost.

    • Arent they both out of baseball?

    • JoJo Reyes would’ve won that start!

      • Don’t forget that Yan Gomes, who we traded for Rogers, hit a three run homer a few weeks ago. We could have used that tonight and then go on to win every fucking game for the rest of the season!

        • We should just fire Gibby! I mean, what kind of fucking idiot doesn’t realize Rogers is gonna give up 3 straight homeruns? A good manager would’ve pulled him before Loney hit that first one, and we probably would’ve won!

          • Exactly! A good manager has psychic powers and is mentored by Professor Xavier, but Rogers is too cheap to pay for his services.

  70. Well, not bad considering the umps gave the Rays every call and got every bounce while all the great shots we hit somehow seemed to find a glove, amirite?


  71. Let the next win streak begin tomorrow

  72. Serious question (nothing to do with the loss itself): does anyone else think Fernando Rodney balks on every pitch? The way he moves his front foot before delivery, he brings it up and down twice before delivering the pitch. Shouldn’t that be called a balk every time? Curious to see if anybody else noticed that.

  73. Do other teams actually beat the Rays at Tropicana because that doesn’t feel possible

  74. Jon Morosi ‏@jonmorosi 44m

    Blue Jays are the first team in MLB history to use 29 different pitchers through 74 games, according to STATS LLC. @MikeFerrinSXM

    Is that Trololosi jumping off the bandwagon again? He’s gonna hurt an ankle or something.

  75. Hell, what a night.

    I posted the “O’Day O’Day O’Day O’Day” ditty over at Orioles Hangout twice after O’Day fucked up yet again, and couldn’t get a rise out of the inbred brethren.

    They are thoroughly discouraged.

    • Originally Posted by Small Potatoes

      Boy, that didn’t work out so well.

      I guess the Toronto jinx carried over, eh? eh?

      There’s always tomorrow of course.

      No, he just had a bad game.

      Your ditties/songs are fine.

      • My account still hasn’t been approved. 2 whole fucking days. Seriously how fucking lazy is their moderator???

        If this is their attempt to keep trolls out by making them wait, well fuck that I’m gonna troll even harder now.

        Also sorry for my inappropriate language on a blog that highly discourages such behaviour. As a fan of a losing hockey team tonight I have an inordinate amount of rage (like any other rational hockey fan whose team just lost would have).

    • You are a little shit disturber.
      Like your style.

    • I seen that and I OriLOLe

  76. Reyes activated for Wednesday, per Arash.

  77. ‘Topes lose a game….. ‘topes lose…….’topes lose

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