Here’s a recipe for massive attendance: the first beautiful day in this city in forever and the Astros in town playing under a steel dome still not tested and ready to be opened — not that the “legacy fans” (read: ancient season ticket holders) would be up for sitting outside in sweater weather anyway. But it’s still baseball, and it’s going to feel like it on the way to the park, at least. And it’s still a chance for the Jays to really get going, facing the worst team in the game — albeit improving — while their division rivals continue to spin their wheels, with no team in the AL East currently above .500.

That, of course, will change. But the Jays are in a good spot for a little feel-good run, with Mark Buehrle looking to continue his Cy Young campaign against Brett Oberholtzer, who is, in fact, an actual Major League pitcher. Or at least an Astros one.



Yes, Adam Lind is facing a left-handed pitcher, which he should never, ever do. But it’s also a shitty left-handed pitcher who has reverse splits, and he’s only keeping Moises Sierra or Erik Kratz out of the lineup, so… it’s not that bad. See @SMcEwen_eh‘s timeline for the argument that he should be in there — which I actually don’t agree with (I mean, what’s it going to prove?), but… at least there is one! I won’t believe Gibbers has gone all Joe Maddon until I see the switch hitters batting lefty, too.

Shi Davidi was the first of many to tweet that John Gibbons announced today that R.A. Dickey badly wants to pitch indoors he wants to split up hard-throwers Brandon Morrow and Dustin McGowan, and to give McGowan an extra day of rest. He’ll go in Baltimore on Friday, while R.A. Dickey now gets the Thursday start against Houston. Not sure what happens when hard-throwers McGowan and Hutchison then end up back-to-back, but that was never really the point anyway.

Shi Davidi also tweets that Casey Janssen will throw a side session tomorrow, after which they’ll figure out his next steps — which at one point will include a rehab outing or two. He’ll probably need more than 15 days, Davidi says, but close.

Brendan Kennedy tweets that J.A. Happ will make his second rehab start for Buffalo on Thursday, and that John Gibbons won’t say what will happen once Happ is healthy.

Gregor Chisholm tells us that Jose Reyes will begin running today, and is still taking ground balls, but that there’s no timetable yet for his return to action.

Roy Halladay tweets that Phillies fans are the “best fans on earth!!” Make of that what you will. (What I will make of it is that, at least as far as Jays fans not being the best, he’s probably not wrong).

A hot taco from GROF on Deh-reck… Sand-ah-son… Jee-tah.

Tommy Rancel of ESPN tweets that Rays pitcher Matt Moore is going to see Dr. James Andrews because of an elbow issue. But don’t worry, if it’s bad news for the Rays, another one will surely emerge to take its place.

We’ll do a podcast this week. For real. Sorry.

TV: Sportsnet (Pacific/One/360)

Next game: Tomorrow, 7:07 PM ET, vs. Houston.

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

LHP Mark Buehrle

Houston Astros

LF Robbie Grossman (S)
2B Jose Altuve (R)
1B Jesus Guzman (R)
C Jason Castro (L)
DH Chris Carter (R)
RF L.J. Hoes (R)
3B Matt Dominguez (R)
CF Alex Pressley (L)
SS Jonathan Villar (S)

LHP Brett Oberholtzer

Comments (477)

  1. Flawless victory! Or something like that.

  2. This sure beats last year at this time.

  3. Nice job with the bull pen tonight. Tip of cap to Gibby

  4. We have to take advantage of these bad teams since we play more games against Tampa this year :*(

  5. Wow, Santos had his fuck-you stuff today. That slider

  6. Bullpen looks formidable again this year. Santos was filthy.

  7. Fun game. Scary thing is most of the offense has been Melky, Dioner, and Bautista. When EE comes around, scary.

    If he keeps it up offensively and defensively Navarro is not an overpay. 1 year extend Melky, he likes playing here.

  8. FINALLY 1-2-3 SANTOS!!!!

  9. good game, good night yall

  10. Holy shit that slider is disgusting

  11. That win was the perfect antidote to the Yankees most thoroughly pooping the bed this afternoon. I was worried for my mental state if the Blue Jays were to fall to the Astros. Good work, team.

  12. First place!

  13. Well, at 4-4 the Jays are in a three-way tie for the division lead. In the eternal words of last year, “it’s still early.” Who knows, right?

  14. All right, that’s one, boys. Let’s sweep these sorry losers.

  15. The jays better win tommorow if they have any hope of winning the series vs the houston astros . because dont look now dusty the ‘cash man ‘ mggccowan is pitching thurday. boy are the jays going to get lllllllllllllit up .

    an anonymous source was overheard saying “i think if dusty pitches well in spring training next year he may be the toronto bluejays number 1 starter in 2015 ”

    your thoughts?

  16. That Orioles fuckhead is back.

  17. Did anyone else notice the Melkman giving Lawrie the cold shoulder in the dugout?

    • Melky just hit a jack and wanted to talk some spanish smack with his crew.

      Lawrie was interrupting the post game of Melky’s game.

      And that my friends, is why the cut eye.

  18. Listening to Leafs talk thingy right now is pretty funny. I’ve already lost count of how many times I’ve heard stuff like character, heart, grit. Leadership. Is all hockey talk like this?

    Ooops, just got a ‘will to win’ reference, in that the leafs don’t have any.

  19. Ugly win but one they needed to get and did. 8 man pen is starting to look good right about now. Mr. Morrow needs to pitch deep into the game tomorrow.

  20. Lind in the 2-hole against a lefty? Of course he’s going to go 0-fer with 2K’s. Lawrie or Cletus would’ve been WAY better to give a shot to in that spot!

    Sorry, what? They both went 0-fer with 2K’s apiece, too? Feck.

  21. Santos has that impossible to hit, drop off the table pitch that you could throw in RBI baseball by pushing up on the controller. It will be interesting to see what Gibby does if Jannssen comes back and pitches well. Good problem to have either way.

    Delabar, Jannssen, Santos – innings 7,8,9.
    Just need 6 from the starters. Maybe 5 and a third like tonight when you work in Cecil and Loup.

  22. Buerhle was more like you’d expect him to be today. Could have given them an inning or two more, but i can’t say i disagree with the decision to pull him. 8 hits in 5 1/3 is a pretty good sign your starter doesn’t have it and you should let him quit while he’s still ahead.

    Loup was unusually wild tonight, but otherwise the bullpen was sublime.

    Cabrera, Bautista and Navarro continue to rake. encouraging that the Jays have managed to tread water despite so many holes in the lineup.

    Morrow vs. Astros tomorrow – I’m predicting a few K’s

  23. Totally not game related – just a great example how shit the Jays annoucers are. Just watching the Tigers/Dodgers game w/ Vin Scully calling of course – Rajai comes up to bat.
    Does he tell us how many stolen bases he had? Or his splits against left handers? NO HE DOES NOT!
    He tells a full length at-bat story about how Rajai was named. His mother has a dream with 5 letters that come to her. She re-arranges them into R-A-J-A-I and names him thus. Unknown to her, it turns out to mean ‘King’ in Sanskrit…
    In 3 years Buck or Tabby couldn’t have said that? I was mesmerized, then Rajai flew out, inning over – I was sad.

    • Very cool. Love the old guys. I like Jon Miller in San Fran of ESPN Sunday Night Baseball fame. Smooth voice.

    • I’ll never forget Vin Scully in Arizona go round the ballpark and take time to notice all the different hats people were wearing.

      It was basically a pitch thrown (no play), cut to a person in a hat, and Vin goes on about the hat for 15 seconds, another pitch thrown (no play), cut to a person in a hat, and Vin goes on about the hat for 15 seconds. Repeat for the 15 or so pitches in the half inning.

      It was so… so…. human.

      A copy of every game this man has ever called belongs in the Smithsonian.

    • interesting story.. rajjjai davus has turrific speed and spent last seeeeeezun with the toronto blue jays

    • Listening to Scully call a game is like spending time at the ball park with your grandfather. Buck and Pat are awkward uncles by comparison and would sound either offensive or bat shit crazy if they attempted to be anywhere near as candid and frank as Scully. That said, I like Buck and Tabby. Mark my words, if Buck Martinez stays in the game another 20 years he’ll be lauded for his folksy pronunciation skills.

      • It’s not as if Toronto fans havent had some damn good announcers. Chevrier, Kubeck, and Shulman make these guys look like 8 year olds in a sand box.

        • Bah. Again, I have no issue with how Buck and Tabby call a game. I’m a smart guy, it’s not like I need them to fill in all of the statistical blanks or tell me about Torii Hunter’s crack smoking Dad. A play-by-play gig is about personality, rapport with an audience, and a love of the game. It’s not necessarily about being the most interesting or knowledgeable guy in the room. Their mispronunciations and odd intonations have never gotten in the way of what they do best, which is a friendly, familiar, laid back, unassuming broadcast. And really, Buck must be doing something right because he’s been getting the call to do October play-by-play. That doesn’t happen because there’s a shortage of people applying for the job.

          • Bah right back at yah! I don’t want to plant any earworms but what is your tolerance limit for the phrases “big shtrong athlete” and “veteran presence” and “knows how to play the game the right way” to name just a few?
            I’m sure they’re both lovely guys but half the time they’re on auto-pilot and it absolutely shows.

  24. JPA seems to be making fast friends in Texas.

    To quote a Rangers blog after last night’s game:

    “Player of the Game: Robinson Chirinos for hitting his first HR in the majors since Aug 03, 2011 and giving the Rangers an excuse to leave J.P. Arencibia at a bus depot in Boston.”


  25. Fun with stats! There are 20 MLB hitters who currently have a wRC+ of 190 or more. Most of them have had a ton of batted ball luck so far, as nineteen of them have BABIPs of .350 or more and most are well over .400. The one exception? Jose Bautista, whose BABIP is .133.

  26. I can’t wait to see what melky does in the second spot when healthy and Reyes in front. We never saw it all last year. That will
    Get Bautista and EE their rbis.

    • Lol what more can he possibly do? Melkman the best!

    • I don’t mean to dream silly with Melky’s current hot streak, but with so many AB’s at the Rogers Centre, Camden Yard, New Yankee Stadium and even the cheap corners at the Trop would 25 to 30 HR in 2014 be out of the question?

    • The way Melky going there might not be anybody left on base when Jose and EE get up there.

      We can always dream….

  27. Ticket sales must be down. The Jays are still pestering me to buy a Flex Pack. I still plan to see games this season, but decided not to lock into 10 plus games. I back loaded last year and watched some pretty depressing baseball in September.

    • I just got the same email. I “unsubscribed” from their mailing list. I won’t be buying any advanced tickets this season until ownership proves they are cheap assholes.

    • +1 GMSC. Told em I am on the “pay as you go” system this year. If they demonstrate competence then I will show up. But damn, if I am going to layout in excess of $100/game to watch incompetent ball played by guys who look like they never played before ( see Boni & Izzy show last year). Plus last year unlucky for me but I never got to seeReyes play due to his injury and all the games I went to were by e.o.june. So, I will wait this year, and I have alluded in a couple of posts that I think a lot of us have that same view and they might be lloking at least at 5k difference/game, maybe 7k. This will cost them at least 500k for every game where this occurs. Kind of short-sighted in my view but then the new management team down there seems daft.
      I’ll watch and do everything at home for now. Nothing worse than taking 6 people like I did last Victoria DAy to see Dickey ( He won that one) when the team is alreaady down by17 in the standings.
      I really hope for AA’s sake, we in the thick of it by 7/15. I shudder to think of the consequences if we are not ( Not that Rogers has done anything to help except “pass the hat) Then watch attendace in AUG/SEPT dive once football starts-whoa

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