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.

That’s nutty.

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.


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 (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

Comments (62)

  1. God damn oblique pain, just tell me what the pain means!?!

    Also, Buehrle is my favourite SP the Blue Jays have and, since he is an ageless wonder who will throw 200 innings every season forevermore, I hope he stays a Blue Jay forever.

    • I still can’t believe that after his rough beginning to the season, Buehrle has somehow once again miraculously put together a Standard Buehrle Season (TM). Should end with around 200 innings pitched, at least 10 wins, and an ERA hovering around 4. Buehrle gonna Buehrl, I guess.

  2. Here’s another good poll question: is this the worst or just most disappointing Blue Jays season of all time?

  3. Considering their Postseason Probability peaked at 14% on June 23rd, at 38-36, and they were Vegas World Series favorites in April, I’d say its the most disappointing season by any team, ever:

  4. OK Reyes leading off. Lineup doesn’t look that bad so far.

    Second we have……… Uh. Ummm.

    Fuck this shit. I’m going to watch pre-season football.

  5. Also, does reverse standing, tanking for draft position count as “meaningful games in September”?

  6. At this point trying out the new kids and rehabbing the veterans is the best we can hope for…

  7. Is Jack Morris good? Or are Buck/Pat just that bad?

    • Both. Pat’s worse than Buck though. He seems like a super nice guy, but if I have to hear any more comments about the pitch than the batter sawl (that’s how he says it) on the inner half, I’m gonna lose it.

    • Jack is good.

    • I’ve listened to far more games than I’ve listened to Buck and Pat. I have a game day audio subscription which is great for streaming audio.

      Morris is solid. A bit arrogant, but not Tabby.

      He doesn’t talk about big, strong hands very much…

    • Watch the other team’s feed.

      • Meh. I’ve never been a fan of the Buck/Tabby pair, but other local broadcasters aren’t great either. Jack and Buck in a booth with a legit play by play guy like Shulman, I think, would be a whole lot of not terrible.

  8. Fuck. Now we have to listen to the Jeter slobbering all series.

  9. He is throwing strikes. The fucking umpire isn’t calling them. Should have been out of the inning clean. Give us a fucking break, already.

  10. Wow, that lineup! Half Buffalo and Josh Thole. Goins at No. 2? It’s funny, for months I whined that if we were going to lose, might as well do it with kids so the end of tbe season isn’t a complete waste. But now as i look at them, it occurs to me that none of them are particularly good prospects. It’s more a search for a cheap utility infielder or outfielder next year

  11. Kevin Pillar, professional hitter.

  12. a hail mary attempt led to me getting back into rogers anyplace TV to watch the Jays tonight.. they they change back to letting people without SN1 watch it or did I fluke in?

    • haha awesome find

      surprised i’ve never seen these

      like a PG version of Ace and Gary

  13. Red bull gives you wiiiings! Nice catch !

  14. Nice! Dickey misses the fifth inning meltdown train for a change.

  15. Thole . . . come on man

  16. Hutch – 4.1 innings, 6 hits, 2 ER, 5 k’s, 1 BB, 81 pitches (51 for strikes)

    looking like Nolin is the go to guy to start on Friday at this point and then hopefully Stroman takes Redmond’s next start in September once rosters expand so hopefully Redmond gets shelled in his start this week so Jays don’t pull a Wang and pitch a useless pitcher instead of a prospect

  17. Just saw Scott speedman sitting to to right of the jays dugout.

  18. So Gibbons lets Dickey pitch complete games as long as he has already allowed 6+ runs but when he is doing quite well actually through 6.1 with a 3 run lead and he pulls him? I am all for Gibbons staying for years and years but that doesn’t seem fair to RA, man.

  19. didn’t think they’d pull Dickey . . . only 92 pitches

    pretty crazy how those HR’s killed his season this year – all of his other stats line up fairly similarly to his 2011 season where he had an ERA of 3.28

    last year was obviously his career year but he’s been better in a number of areas than he was in 2011, more strikeouts, fewer hits, on pace for more IP, etc

  20. If the Jays finish last in 2014 will the same argument be used to keep Gibbons as manager in 2015?

    • Gibbon’s lacks that intangible thing that makes the talent of professional athletes secondary to a mojo. If he had that missing etherealness it would always trump statistical analysis. That makes sense. Gibbons needs to be more like Jesus.

  21. Could this be it, FINALLY?
    A starter goes 6-strong, with a lead. Some timely hitting and clutch defense?
    This could be IT!! The turnaround?

  22. I assume the quick hook for Dickey tonight was mostly about the game conditions. Very muggy out there tonight, drains the energy a little quicker.

  23. Santos will be amazing next year

  24. goins has shown more in 1 week than boni or izzy have all year

    anyone know where he was drafted

  25. Goins went in 4th round of the 2009 draft. RA Dickey calling A-Rod a ‘cheating superhero’ and Goins are the only good things going on in Blue Jay land right now.

  26. I don’t know if I call this a turnaround. All it says to me is that Gibbons still has a job for another day. Pshhhhh.

  27. Hell’s getting a little chilly

  28. O’Halloran of BJ Express says that Ichiro was showboating on the dropped fly ball (rather then the much more plausible fact that he misjudged where the wall was)? Ichiro? Showboating? I’ve heard it all.

    • Someone watching Blue Jays Express? I’ve heard it all.


      • Ha! Yeah, that show isn’t great, but at least Rogers is pushing baseball and the Jays. Wasn’t that long ago it was like they’re were embarrassed to show the team. If the Jays were worth watching right now, I’d be into baseball central, blue jays express and all that shit..

      • He also said very definitively that 70% of lead off walks come around to score. I can’t imagine this to be correct. Has anyone heard this before? Or is he just making up stats?
        This was a few weeks back but I’ve been wondering…

        • It’s actually much closer to 32%. But that’s statistically speaking. Truthiness is where the money is for BJX!

    • Anyone remember Joe Inglett a few years ago? Ichiro did almost the exact same thing and cost the Mariners the game.

  29. I’m not very good at internet research (see lazy) so I couldn’t find it. Do you Stoeten or anyone else know where the Jays are predicted to rank in profit.

    The Astros making 99 million this year is absolutely bananas.

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