Boston Red Sox v Toronto Blue Jays

The Blue Jays send Mark Buehrle to the mound this afternoon, looking to bounce back from a 14-6 loss to Josh Reddick last night. I got nothing.


Josh Johnson has cleared waivers and is eligible to be traded. However, Johnson being traded is a rather unlikely scenario seeing how he’s been nothing short of a disaster this season. Wait for it, that qualifying offer is coming this winter.

John Lott notes that Juan Perez is hitting the DL with ‘arm pain’.

Scott MacArthur tweets that Mickey Storey has been called up in Perez’s place.

Gregor Chisholm writes that J.P. Arencibia will avoid a DL stint.

Mark DeRosa stays… something something intangibles.

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

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

LHP Mark Buehrle

Oakland A’s

DH Coco Crisp (S)
C Derek Norris (R)
SS Jed Lowrie (S)
LF Yoenis Cespedes (R)
3B Josh Donaldson (R)
1B Nate Freiman (R)
CF Chris Young (R)
RF Josh Reddick (L)
2B Alberto Callaspo (S)

RHP Sonny Gray

Comments (95)

  1. Whos ready for another fucken thrashing?

  2. I think a torn UCL in your throwing elbow qualifies as arm pain

  3. Bad news for perez. With those mechanics though, cant say im surprised.

    • He is a walking advert for TJ surgery . He pitched 57 pitches the other night and another wad last night and was basically out of commission now for 4 more days. Gives them a chance to rest him and bring up a different shitballer. Perez has gone from a ERA of 0 on July 16 to an ERA of 3.65 today. Me thinks the jig is up with him and Rogers.
      Come Sept 1 we can bring up all our shitballers including RR and then we can have 9 of them all pitch an inning eand except road games where we only need 8. What a clusterfick the SP is

  4. I like hot Jose.

  5. Buck and Tabby are especially confused today. Think I heard them alternate between saying Gray has good control and shitty control about a half dozen times already.

  6. Really, really stoked that Reddick is putting his season back on track.

  7. Buck: “Sonny Gray, Sonny Gray, Sonny Gray, Sonny Gray”

  8. Shit, that was a pretty solid first round in 2011.

  9. I’m starting to think the term small ball refers to a lucky series of events.

  10. Everyone hungover at work raise your hand

  11. I wonder what messages Tabby gives when he signs autographs?

    • Soft hands

    • nice hands, soft hands, big hands, strong hands, nice arms, strong arms, you’re big and strong, im big and strong, i have soft hands, i have big hands, you’ve got a nice big body, you’re a stud etc. etc.

      • Don’t forget about “playing the game the right way”…or the old standby, “not afraid to get dirty”.

        • The thought of Tabby looking me in the eye while telling me that he was “not afraid to get dirty” is going to be hard to erase.
          Thanks for that.

  12. Just spit ball’n…

    I kinda want to see Lind in the 2 spot and Cletus in the 5 spot in the order.

  13. This lineup could win 94 games over a full season.

  14. Good thing that Gibbons is sticking to the “you must have a shitty infielder hitting 2nd” rule from the official MLB book.

  15. Wow what a shitty call on Bautista.

  16. Maice sucks

    • I have been thinking that for weeks. He’s really awful. Spoiling slow, can’t really play defense, has no strength or arm and is a fairly terrible hitter.


      He’s batting second. Why?
      Please place lawrie or rasmus there.

  17. Goggles is still good, if not God-like lately.
    Good enough.

  18. How is that Buerhle doesn’t even have an nickname?? How about the Burhl-dog? Or Innings Eater McGee? I mean c’mon.

  19. Those who forget the pasta are condemned to reheat it.

  20. can we get Reddick to play for us?

  21. Jim Coyle of the Star wrote an interesting article. A lot of his thoughts are similar to what has been tossed about here, at times.

    As an aside, my dad coached Jim Coyle in little league hardball at Greenwood park, in the ’60s. I remember him well.

    • Well wrtten article. Loved the quotes.

    • Karen

      if you remember the 60′s, you weren’t there.

    • Stoeten just burned that newspaper. Everyone knows all it takes to win is just assembling the best players at every position. I mean look at the Giants the last few years, they’ve had all the best guys in the game right? Lol

      It’s a great article, but the balance is between it and this blog. Stoeten is 100% right that you need lots of really good players or you’re not even in the running, but the article is right that you need a few of those good players to be the true leaders that keep others inline and demand the best of them. Bautista is not that guy. Halladay was, and that’s why all the young pitchers hated him. I remember seeing Cecil and Romero in an interview with Jamie Campbell after Halladay left saying how they were always uncomfortable around him and how they felt freer to be themselves in the clubhouse after he left. Funny how that worked out huh?

  22. Bullpen–Mission Accomplished.

  23. Casey got that save (including the HR) all by himself

  24. Well Stoeten and Drew, I guess DeRosa did help Lawrie as I pointed out the other day and you took me to task on. And, that’s what we in baseball circles call,

    “CHEMISTRY”. :-) Both you guys work well together, almost like you have great CHEMISTRY, if it existed, which it does of course and I can’t prove it but you can’t prove it doesn’t. Enjoyed your update as usual. dave

  25. I used to think some of you people were the worst but I checked out the blue jays subreddit today and the commenters in there make you lot look fucking brilliant

    what a bunch of fucking idiots.

    • I found the same at BBB and Tsn.

      • Bbb is ok

      • The TSN comments are the worst. It’s like a bunch of people parodying the idea of irrational, dumb jock sports talk….but it’s real.

        At BBB I find people are generally conversant with meaningful stats. There isn’t nearly as much of the “player X is great because he’s a leader and gets the clutch rbizzzzz obp is stupid win-loss record is how you judge pitchers and closers are the most importantest player on the whole team” blather that you get on tsn.

        I’ve never read the subreddit

    • Uh…thanks?

  26. From Baseball America top weekly prospects:

    8. Franklin Barreto, ss, Blue Jays
    Team: Rookie-level Gulf Coast League Blue Jays
    Age: 17
    Why He’s Here: .400/.483/.960 (10-for-25), 1 3B, 2 HR, 10 R, 6 2B, 5 RBIs, 2 BB, 6 SO, 1-for-1 SB

    The Scoop: Everywhere Barreto goes, he hits, which is why he ranked as the No. 1 prospect on the international amateur market last year. The Blue Jays signed him for $1.45 million out of Venezuela and put him in the Gulf Coast League, where he’s come every bit as advertised. Barreto has an efficient swing and a knack for finding the barrel, which has helped him hit .292/.363/.500 in 38 games as one of the youngest players in the league. Barreto already has 17 errors, but scouts always felt he would be better served at second base or in center field, so the defensive struggles were expected. The exciting tool is Barreto’s bat, which should have him moving quickly.

  27. Mitch Nay, 3b, Blue Jays: A broken foot precluded Nay, Toronto’s sandwich-round pick in 2012, from making his pro debut last summer. Finally getting back to live action with Rookie-level Bluefield, Nay’s hitting .316 with five homers in 44 games and had a stretch of four straight multi-hit games from Aug. 1-4. He finished the week at 9-for-22 with two homers and five walks in seven games.

    • Well, Smasher, he will likely be dealt then for Jay happ’s brother, named mizz.
      I guess we have to look at the prospect porn as the Jays season ended long ago, and most of the big squad is on somewhat of a tryout scheme to see who stays and who goes. Hope some of these guys pan out but then I said that last year with D’arnaud and Syndergaard ..ah… but they are somewhere else now. Ta da

      • Great stuff Smasher! Thanks!

      • Yeah, I remember you around these parts last February you fucking maggot. Go back to whatever bridge you crawled out of.

        • That wasn’t at you Karl Sagan, I wouldn’t speak that way to a man of the mind.

          • Anyone who calls me a Man of the Mind has my permission to do whatever he wants…within reason…procede!

            • I wish people took a step back and put this season into perspective for a second. Only a handful of teams get in the layoffs, we play in the most difficult division in baseball and we have been killed by injuries two years in a row. On top of that, people were shitting themselves all over the place with excitement after the dickey deal and melky signing. They were even more excited after we fleeced the Miami squad. Don’t people recall discussing whether Selig would even let the deal go through because it was so one sided? Do people forget that we called AA “ninja” because of how incredibly awesome he did this offseason?
              I guess my point is that this team went for it. I didn’t work. But Damn it, it has been a very enjoyable season, the games have been extremely entertaining and this team has elevated the quality of my life all summer long. I look forward to watching guys like Reyes, Edwin, JB and Colby play and its been fun.
              So please guys, I know we want to win and all but AA is trying and its been a great time either way. Go Blue Jays!

              • Amen… I wanted to post something similar this morning, but I thought I would get shit on. I think the team needs a little tinkering to get over the hump. Buerhle came as advertised; Dickey will come around; who knows with JJ. I feel we need 1 SP and one or both of either 2B or C. Here’s hoping anyway.

        • If you don’t agree then attack the content and do away with the ad hominem attacks. Of course I wouldn’t expect a cretin such as yourself to do much more than pass time by fucking yourself so go ahead

          • Were you here, under that name, last February? I have a pretty good memory and don’t remember any R_Sole commenters complaining about what AA was doing. And what the fuck are you trying to say about Mizz Happ? Really, the JA Happ trade is probably AA’s worst trade…and it’s not a bad trade at all. Happ’s a legitimate major leaguer, and he was traded for some guys who’ll probably only get a cup of coffee at best. D’Arnaud and Syndergaard still haven’t made it to the bigs yet.
            Yeah, the Jays’ shot at the postseason ended long ago. And yeah, we’re now looking to next year. But funnily enough, for the longest time we weren’t doing that. You know, pretty much from last November until about two weeks after that 11 game winning streak a lot of people thought it was a playoff calibre team.
            The team looked like a playoff contender for a lot longer than if no trades were made.

            • The front office took a gamble, one that a lot…like a lot a lot…of people thought was a stroke of genius. To look back on it like you knew all this was going to happen is fucking stupid. AA took a really smart gamble, and it fucking backfired. Shit happens.

  28. Thanks, Smasher. That was some sorely needed prospect pr0n.

  29. I am probably too quick to throw on the rose-colored glasses, but this did make me feel a bit better about this season’s failings. From MLBTR on Josh Johnson.

    On the bright side, Johnson’s 9.2 K/9 is the best of his career, and the 3.3 BB/9 he has surrendered is not out of line with his recent track record. Johnson’s FIP is 4.62 and his xFIP is a much more promising 3.60. A brief glance at two other key metrics — BABIP against (.356) and HR/FB% (18.5%) — show that Johnson has probably been a bit unlucky this year.

    • Fly ball pitcher

    • Typical lazy analysis with the high babip meaning bad luck. It’s not that simple. Not every high babip is due to bad luck. BABIP’s are not random. Vorhees McCracken was proven wrong. BABIPS are only measures of luck for a given pitcher when compared to himself and even then assuming there hasn’t been a major change in skill set.

  30. So..Gustavo Pierre hits for the cycle down in Dunedin and only had 4 at bats.

    why is it the shitty players that hit for the cycle in the jays organization?

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