Game Threat: Jays @ Orioles

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Yup, this right here is your game threat.

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TV: Sportsnet One 

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

SS Jose Reyes (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)
2B Brett Lawrie (R)
LF Emilio Bonifacio (S)

RHP Josh Johnson

Baltimore Orioles

LF Nate McLouth (L)
3B Manny Machado (R)
RF Nick Markakis (L)
CF Adam Jones (R)
1B Chris Davis (L)
C Matt Wieters (S)
SS J.J. Hardy (R)
DH Chris Dickerson (L)
2B Brian Roberts (S)

RHP Scott Feldman

Comments (311)

  1. OK…first half of the season is over. Dig a hole, bury it, kick dirt over it, empty the bladder on top. Move on and don’t look back.
    Still 80 games to go. Lots can happen.
    (Should I be breaking out into a resounding chorus of “Tomorrow, Tomorrow” now?)

    • Yes sirree, I honestly didn’t think they would be even 4 games under .500.

      Another 10 game win streak and this team will be in the thick of it.

      Grantland has an article on what went wrong with the team
      http://www.grantland.com/story/_/id/9472320/what-went-wrong-toronto-blue-jays-season

      I agree mostly with the sentiment there should not be a fire sale, and AA should reach out for one or two pieces to give the team extra flexibility so we shouldn’t have to trot out flavour of the month pitchers every fifth day.

      Here’s to an exciting second half, at least.

      • Re: Grantland Article

        It’s not rocket science. The starters have a combined ERA of 5.00 up until this point.

        We can quibble at the red herring that is the handful of weak spots in the batting order, but guess what, just about all teams have a few black holes in the line up. Or the poor defence, but I would bet decent money that most hard core fans of any team would have a list of botched plays that stick in their craw.

        When the starters had a run this team went on a good streak, plain and simple.

        If the team ERA was at 4.50 this team would have a record closer to the Yankees, if it was 4.00 it would be closer to the Rays.

        This team needs Dickey, JJ, and Buehrle to pitch at there maximum capacity, Romero to return with a chip on his shoulder, and hope that either E. Rogers or Happ and make a difference every 5th day. I leave out Morrow because I really don’t know what is going on with him, but even if he can return by August and have an eight weeks like he showed us early last year that might be necessary too.

        All hope is is in the hands of the starting pitching.

    • Might as well, the Jay’s season is turning out to be as depressing:

      “The noise is coming out, and if it’s not out now,
      then tomorrow, tomorrow.
      They took your life apart and called you failure’s art
      They were wrong though they wont know ’til tomorrow”

    • Umm,fastball,68 games left

  2. In more fun news, former blue jays shawn camp and Brandon Lyon were released by their respective teams recently. Takes me back…

  3. You sir are an idiot.

  4. shouldnt the hot topic be whether or not the jays will have to fufill melkys contract when mlb cracks down on cheaters.Dont know how to post links and this is my actual first comment ever on the interwebs. the daily news story about arod makin a plea deal for 150 games is like a melky parralel. it says they base off arod name appearing multiple times in the notes that came out in the first leak story just like i recall melky (2011/2012). in the daily news story it says the yankees WOULD NOT ave to pay arod if mlb disciplined while he is on the DL.. conspiracy perhaps but should melky et diciplined in the next week for 150 or perhaps 3 strikes lifetime ban would the jays have to cover his salary if he is still on the DL. did AA have aheads up to what might be comin considerin the timin of melky oin on the DL. conspiracies are like ood kush

    • AA ‘s a contract expert. Supposedly an innovator. ( no. I don’t know the details) I would imagine there would be clauses in Melky’s contract that would protect the Jays interests and that would not violate the Player’s Union agreement.
      The best reason though, for trusting that the Jays have a decent handle on it, would be Beeston. As the former President and COO of baseball,the 2nd most powerful man in baseball,he probably either knows or woulda made a few phone calls before any contract was offered to Melky.He’s also well aware of how Rogers feels about bad publicity concerning the Jays and the risks involved.

    • If he’s suspended I doubt any team has to pay anyone, and I believe they could also void his contract.

      • There have been a lot of sources hinting at the fact that Melky will be suspended. It’ll hurt the Jay’s no doubt, but the whole process should be interesting to watch. AA has said that he was reassured that Melky would be ok. If he gets one his suspension (just guessing ) would be 100 games for a second offence. That would take him almost into mid April of next year: Not the worst thing to happen, seeing as this year’s pretty much toast..

        • Appeals will drag it out.

          Likely not starting until later this year or early next.

        • “There have been a lot of sources hinting at the fact that Melky will be suspended.”

          Name them.

          • Some guy who knows some guy who posted on a message board run by another guy who heard Melky will be suspended.

  5. So…this was probably a good one to have missed.

  6. Apparently the Padres are now listening to offers for Headley and Volquez (http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2013/07/knobler-on-padres-urrutia-cardinals-stanton.html)

    What would it take to get them? Neither has been great this year, Volquez is an FA this year and Headley after next. Volquez’ peripherals don’t look too too bad and Headley’s been hurt. If you can get them kinda cheap it brings in another starter who wouldn’t be a terrible #5 when everyone’s healthy and really solidify the infield for this year and next.

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