Deh-reck. Sand-ah-son. Jee-tah.
The Jays have returned home, practically conquering heroes after their series non-sweep in Houston, thanks mostly to another very good performance from Mark Buehrle, who– somewhat astonishingly– currently sits in the top 50 of all pitchers by fWAR, and in the top 25 by the Baseball Reference version. Shit, if you want to cherry pick out just the value accumulated in the second half of the season so far (and use the FanGraphs version of the stat, which is way easier for sortin’ an’ such), Buehrle ranks thirteenth in all of baseball– thirteenth!– and tied with Adam Wainwright, Mike Minor and Hiroki Kuroda (and *COUGH* Danny Farquhar) since the All-Star break.
Perhaps nuttier still is how tonight’s starter, R.A. Dickey, has posted an ERA at home that’s over two-and-a-half runs worse than his road ERA. Outside of the Rogers Centre, Dickey’s 3.35 ERA is downright respectable– 34th among qualified pitchers among the split, and ahead of road ERAs put up by guys like Cole Hamels, Justin Verlander, Zack Greinke, Jose Fernandez, Hiroki Kuroda and Chris Sale. (Don’t ask about his FIP, though.)
What does any of it mean? Given that Buehrle’s road ERA is among the worst in baseball, and I was just trying to laud his value, probably nothing at all. And less than nothing for us, tonight, considering Dickey starts at the Dome, as he faces a Yankee lineup featuring both Alex Rodriguez and Derek Jeter for the first time since last year’s ALCS. Save for Joe Blanton, no starter in baseball has fared as poorly at home as the Dickster.
It’s baseball, though. It can’t be that bad.
Oh god, the Jays’ lineup. Avert your eyes!!!
John Lott tweets that Dr. James Andrews confirmed Josh Johnson’s injury as a forearm strain in the elbow area, and prescribed that he not throw for two weeks.
Earlier today, per a team release, and as completely expected, the Jays reinstated Aaron Loup from the paternity list and D’d Chien-Ming Wang FA.
Shi Davidi tweets that Todd Redmond will get the start on Wednesday, with Buehrle, Dickey and Happ to follow. They’ll need a fifth starter after that– which shouldn’t be a problem with the rosters having expanded by then.
Brendan Kennedy tweets that John Gibbons says Colby Rasmus has suffered a “minor setback.” He’s still experiencing oblique pain. Or… well… the pain isn’t oblique so much as it’s in his oblique.
Kennedy also notes that Steve Delabar will pitch in a rehab game in Florida on Wednesday, while Dustin McGowan will pitch Friday.
Prospect-ish (if we’re being kind) Sean Ochinko has been suspended 50 games for a positive test for amphetamines. First Marcus Stroman, now this, what is it with all these Americans and their P.E.D.’s??? (Also: meh.) Gregor Chisholm tweeted it first.
Not Jays-related, but… Matt Harvey: NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!
Lastly, don’t forget to hit up our latest Smokin’ Poll and weigh in on Gibbers’ fate. If you’re undecided about whether he should stay or go, might I direct you to some damn common sense on the matter.
Toronto Blue Jays
SS Jose Reyes (R)
2B Ryan Goins (L)
DH Edwin Encarnacion (R)
1B Adam Lind (L)
3B Brett Lawrie (R)
RF Moises Sierra (R)
C Josh Thole (L)
LF Kevin Pillar (R)
CF Anthony Gose (L)
RHP R.A. Dickey
New York Yankees
CF Brett Gardner (L)
SS Derek Jeter (R)
2B Robinson Cano (L)
LF Alfonso Soriano (R)
DH Curtis Granderson (S)
3B Alex Rodriguez (R)
1B Lyle Overbay (L)
RF Ichiro (L)
C Austin Romine (R)
RHP Phil Hughes