Here we go, folks. Brandon Morrow, who was rusty at the start of camp but came out firing during his last tuneup, in front of a big Montreal crowd last Saturday, and looks to keep the momentum going as he makes his first big league appearance in over ten months. And he does so with about as much on the line as you could expect out of the first game of any given season.

I say that only half seriously, because I really don’t want to make too much of game four of 162 — plus, I’m sure there will be all kinds of narrative-based drivel availabel out there for anybody who wants to indulge in it — but would it ever feel fucking good for this club to start the season 3-1 with a series victory in Tampa and a fighting chance to do well over the weekend against the likes of an overanxious Masahiro Tanaka, Michael “New York version of Dustin McGowan” Pineda, and the old grey mare who ain’t what she used to be that they call Sabbathia. Then the Astros come in!

Things are setup well to get off to a good start of the season, in other words, but saying so means getting well, well ahead of ourselves. A lot of work will have to be done, and a lot of pitching questions will have to be answered in a positive way, if the Jays are going to find themselves in Baltimore on April 11th feeling pretty damn good about their record– and the first big one is asked of Morrow, and it will be answered tonight.

Though we all know enough to not make too much of how a team plays in the early season, wins is wins, and if the Jays start banking them now, that would be a very good thing. A tough Tampa team stands in the way, which is OK, since a loss would hardly be anything remotely catastrophic, but holy shit, let’s get this monkey off our fucking backs and start to fucking roll already. Why not us?


According to a team release issued this afternoon, the Blue Jays will be opening the gates early tomorrow — at 5 PM ET — in order to better accommodate the sold out crowd that will fill the Rogers Centre to watch McGowan take on Tanaka. So if you don’t drink, get out of our way, because we’re loading up on booze and sure as shit aren’t going to sit in the stadium for two hours before the game paying $13 a pint (or whatever it costs these days).

Worse news for those of you headed to the games on Saturday and Sunday, as the TTC tweets that stations will be closed those two days from Bloor Station to St. Andrew. From Bloor to St. Andrew! No Union. No Yonge line. They’re telling you to transfer at St. George, then take it to St. Andrew and walk. I’m telling you to get there early, because it sounds like a real clusterfuck in the making.

According to a tweet from Barry Davis, on the radio this morning, John Gibbons explained that Sergio Santos wouldn’t be available to pitch tonight, having taken us for a wild ride in back-to-back wins on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Though originally in the lineup, Wil Myers was removed due to flu-like symptoms, according to a tweet from Shi Davidi. The lineup below has been updated to reflect the change.

Don’t forget to follow DJF on Instagram, especially tomorrow, as I’ll be posting a bunch of pictures from the Home Opener — for real this time, not like from Opera Bob’s on Monday, where I pretty quickly made the call that I didn’t feel like documenting a wake. Will be good!

Says here we’ll do a podcast tomorrow.

TV: Sportsnet

Next game: Tomorrow, 7:07 PM ET, vs. New York (AL). The Home Opener!

For those of you who’ll be out and about, be sure to follow all the action on your phone with theScore app. And now, the lineups… 

Toronto Blue Jays

LF Melky Cabrera (S)
CF Colby Rasmus (L)
RF Jose Bautista (R)
DH Edwin Encarnacion (R)
1B Adam Lind (L)
C Dioner Navarro (S)
3B Brett Lawrie (R)
2B Maicer Izturis (S)
SS Ryan Goins (L)

RHP Brandon Morrow

Tampa Bay Rays

DH David DeJesus (L)
CF Desmond Jennings (R)
2B Ben Zobrist (S)
3B Evan Longoria (R)
1B James Loney (L)
LF Logan Forsythe (R)
RF Matt Joyce (L)
C Ryan Hanigan (R)
SS Yunel Escobar (R)

RHP Chris Archer

Comments (442)

  1. It’s probably a good idea to just take the Spadina streetcar. Get off at Bremner.

  2. Ah, this will be a good one, hopefully. Must get pint in hand soon…

  3. excited to see what Morrow can do. He’s the X factor.

  4. I wanna see some 97mph fastballs painting the corner down and away!!!
    With the odd nasty juicy curve making the rays look silly swinging at balls in the dirt!!
    Just like his 2 hit complete gem against the Angels in 2012!

    Or you know, 6.1ip 2er 4h 2bb by Morrow would be just fine too.

  5. Morrow is going to give us a chance to get the gorilla off our backs. I’m looking forward to a well pitched game from him tonight.

    • Taking a series at the Trop might be the best imaginable scenario for the Jays, other than sweeping a series at the Trop

  6. This start will determine whether the Jays have any chance to approach .500 this year.

  7. For what it’s worth, I always walk from St Andrew instead of Union. It’s not really much further, if at all.

  8. P.S. Spelling it “Sabbathia” [sic] is fucking inexcusable.

  9. As a chronic masturbater, I masturbate often.

  10. Welp, I’m off to Ford’s Theater!

  11. Old grey mare. Best. Ladies and gentlemen, the crazy old man dancers!!


  13. This is it. This is our World Series right here.

  14. Archer is another guy like Moore who often can’t throw strikes.

  15. Just saw this on a SN comment thread:

    Richard Morgan · Applications Developer at Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association
    What does “Tao of Steib” mean? It doesn’t make sense.
    Reply · Like · Follow Post · 2 hours ago

    Rick Gottinger · Top Commenter · Mohawk College
    Try a dictionary like http://www.dictionary,com
    Tao – a universal, regarded as an ideal attained to a greater or lesser degree by those embodying it.
    Does that help?
    Reply · Like · 2 · 2 hours ago

    Jeff Hannaford · Hamilton, Ontario
    It also riffs on a film released back in 2000, “The Tao of Steve” but adjusted to reference former Jays star Dave Stieb.
    Reply · Like · about an hour ago

    Richard Morgan · Applications Developer at Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association
    Sorry I didn’t know tao was an actual word! Sounds foreign.

  16. The missus driving home calls, ‘is there a game tonight?’ ‘You know there’s a game. Baseball’s back, there’s a game every day.’ ‘Raps too?’ ‘No, just the Jays but .. it’s a BIG game.’ ‘It just started! How the fuck can there be a big game?’ ‘Well … [fast version of Jays/Rays history, how the Jays might-just-might take three out of four in Tampa to open the season, how Morrow looked kinda good the other day in Montreal, chances don’t look bad …]’ ‘Ok. So .. you pick up food?’ ‘Ya. Burritos.’ ‘K, we eat and I’ll see you around ten or so?’ ‘For sure. Should be. You know, maybe. Could be earlier.’ ‘How?’ (Can’t believe she asked me that.) ‘Well, Rays just gave a fat contract to the guy who’s on the mound, Joey Bats looks real good, Encarnacion is due and Adam Lind’s in the lineup; one of them for *sure* wants to stick it up Maddon’s ass.’ ‘For breaking Rickey?’ ‘You know it, babe.’ (She pretends not to listen to my rants on the phone but .. apparently she does.)

    Let’s play ball.

  17. Tomorrow night is going to be a shitshow at the dome. Home opener always is.

    • Good thing they give away the magnetic schedules after the game, or at least they used to after the Detroit debacle a few years ago.

  18. Doc will throw out the first pitch tomorrow.

  19. Tonight will determine whether my Morrow graphic tee remains a wack off rag or a permanent fixture in my wardrobe rotation.

  20. A question about MLBTV… Do you have to crack your Apple TV to watch Jays games or are they no longer blacked out in Toronto?

  21. A very Toronto sports fan comment, but it is much more relaxing and enjoyable watching the Jays when they enter the season with low expectations, than enduring the disappointment of high expectations

  22. I don’t mean to get too excited, but two pitches into the game and I’m pumped.

  23. Loved hearing Joe Maddon go on about leadership and camaraderie.

  24. The defensive jays era

  25. Izturis bartting .571, think he can keep it up for an entire season? Lol, come on back Reyes!

  26. Morrow has completed one inning.

    1 1 0 0 0 1

    One bad fastball to Zobrist – lucky it was not to Longoria – he tends to kill us.

    Firmly in the boat.

  27. The Christian hammer Adam Lind

  28. Mr. Hillbilly beard is up…

  29. Make Archer throws strikes.

  30. Keep the bat on your shoulder Lind

  31. Rajai who?

  32. Dioner Navarro, the anti-Arencibia

  33. LInd swings over the breaking ball – EE gets the steal. Who’s faster – him or Melky (post tumour)?

  34. Nice steal ther

  35. Escobar is a douche.

  36. Damn just missed it

  37. whats up with “scoop” Lind???

  38. Lind’s pickin’ it

  39. Defense!!!!!

  40. Last year we would have been fucked this inning.

  41. Sniffle. I have to work late and am missing this game. They block MLBTV here. Keep me posted. How’s Morrow looking?

    • He looks decent. Just gave up a double to Matt Joyce. Fastball command is still a little off.

      He just hit 96 on the gun, though. That’s a good sign.

  42. Is it quiet on here because everyone’s holding their breath with Morrow pitching?

  43. Morrow not fooling anybody.

  44. Sigh

  45. Fuck Morrow, why didn’t you just step on his throat?

  46. How many mound visits would JPA have made by now to impart heroic wisdom and throw the pitcher off his game???

  47. There’s the first run – to a catcher who hit .198 last year. Had him 0 and 2 and ended up giving up a shot up the middle on 3 – 2.

  48. He’s gonna hit 100 pitches by the 5th

  49. He needs to knuckle down and put this damn inning in the bag.

  50. Finally – blown away with 96 and outside. Let’s get the bats going.

  51. Brandon needs to stop being a pussy and throw secondary stuff more frequently.

  52. Glad to see some 95 and up. It was almost like he was afraid to let it loose.

  53. Don’t like to say it but Maicer looks a fraction sharper these last 2 games.

  54. Is this what reverting to the mean looks like?

  55. That’s my boy Macier…guy is going to fine this year

  56. Izturis doesn’t look like shit. What’s up with that?

  57. Seeing Ryan Goins bunt is the brave and commendable showing that he will swallow his pride and do something productive for the team.

  58. Maicer fan club

  59. Did Izturis get a tumour off his spine too? SB!!

  60. Anyone remember 2 games ago Buck was calling Hannigan one of the best catchers in MLB? I’m not seeing that.

  61. Let’s go chocolate melk man

  62. Runner on third and LESS THAN ONE OUT… can this team actually get this run in and not fuck up like last year?

  63. The melkman needs to deliver.

  64. Oh fuck you, Yunel

  65. C’mon Cletus!

  66. Damned time delay on

  67. this game is starting to piss me off

  68. fuck…… credit to good defense…then Rasmus fucks it…………..

  69. We have got to move Rasmus down in the order until he heats up, or even warms up, or even thaws a bit.

  70. Cletus looked terrible on that.

  71. is 2 minutes late.

  72. Big time Bautista Bogie

  73. BARF !!

  74. Shit. 2013 just showed up,

  75. When I was a kid and I first saw David DeJesus’ name on the jumbo-tron at the Skydome, I called him David De-JESUS FUCKING CHRIST!

  76. Esto no es bueno! Nos estan pateando culo

  77. Not liking the fake chat with the ump

  78. That’s the second time this series that Jennings has gone all Spidey avoiding a tag.

  79. Morrow is only 29 but it seems like he has been around forever

  80. Don’t be a hero, Jose

  81. Getting babiped

  82. Well its still early in the season!

  83. Morrow not looking too sharp. Even in the 2nd the Rays were robbed of hits twice.

  84. oh look, still nobody out

  85. Baitista’s move to 1B can’t come soon enough.

  86. Tonight is karma for Buerle having 11 strikeouts last night. “There’s been a great disturbance in the force…”

  87. Time to get Rogers warmed up.

  88. Morrow is looking like he`s been taking some cheeseburger eating lessons from Buehrle

  89. Kinda really want someone to bean Longoria.

    Just because…

  90. Going to need the 8-man bullpen after this one.

  91. Morrow is dogshit.

  92. Besides a ball-busting 2-run homerun that teams might dump on you, the worse version to be victim of is a line-rolling production of triple-double-and-single…Morrow getting feasted on by Maddon Ball.

  93. Oh, good. Stanley’s getting up to stretch. We’ve got ‘em right where we want ‘em!

  94. As Morrow tried to pitch more like a pitcher he lost the killer instinct to get people out. Im gonna need him to just throw hard again and blow it by people. Do that for a few starts and go back. Switch it up the scouting report on people. He’s becoming too predictable IMO

    • lol obviously not just throw fastballs…change speeds more rather than keep relying on movement even on days when its not there. He doesnt adjust well DURING the game.

    • It’s like he forgets that he throws 95+.

  95. Get him out of there.

  96. Time for Josama bin Battin to do some damage.

  97. Morrow was fine that inning, the Longo hit was the only one that was hard hit and/or not horrificly botched by the defense.

  98. So which one will it be?

    Redmond or Rogers?

  99. Uh, guys. I’m sitting in centre field and this Archer guy is totally tipping his pitches. Gimme a call sometime.

  100. Joey keeps giving 2 of the “three true outcomes”. What a beast. Time for EE to light one up. A baseball, that is.

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