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Minneapolis is still shaking off the snow from yesterday’s storm, so… let’s play two games of outdoor baseball!

Though actually, that sort of is one hell of a way to tell winter to go fuck right off already, eh, ya fuckin’ buncha snow, and as you can see from this tweet by Barry Davis of Sportsnet, the Twins’ grounds crew has made Target Field look downright playable. Which… that’s a good thing, because we’ve got two games of baseball to get to. So settle in, settle up to the bar, try not to get too dismayed by some of the scuttlebutt that will follow, and keep it together long enough to so something relatively productive during the window between the 1 PM ET game and the 7 PM ET game. We’ve got a day-night doubleheader on our hands!

Scuttlebutt

Sure, the bullpen is humming along without Casey Janssen, but this is still not great news: Brendan Kennedy tweets that he’s taking a step back from his rehab assignment, and will be shut down for a few days. I know he’s not a big velocity guy anyway, but the reports of him being 86-89 in his last outing weren’t exactly encouraging, and don’t necessarily make this surprising.

Gregor Chisholm first tweeted that it was a “sore lower back” that was behind Janssen’s shut-down, however Scott MacArthur later tweeted that it is an abdominal strain, which was later repeated by other sources as well. (Gregor has clarified that it’s sort of both: “it’s technically strained lower back/ left abdominal muscle. It’s on the lower left side of his body.”)

Kennedy adds a quote from John Gibbons that backs up the tie in with the velocity issues: “It’s not like it’s a lot worse, but he doesn’t feel comfortable enough yet to start cutting it loose.”

Gregor also tweets that Jose Reyes is now expected to rejoin the Jays on Saturday in Cleveland, not Friday. Fortunately it’s not because of a setback, it’s because of “crap” weather (according to a tweet from MacArthur) and the fact that they would have liked him to avoid the day game after a night game anyway.

Colby Rasmus is back in the lineup, as you can see below. Though, because of the cold weather and the ailing hamstring, he’ll be at DH for game one. And he won’t be in centre for game two, either, as Anthony Gose is with the club — though, as Barry Davis reminds us in a tweet, as per MLB’s rule about using a 26th roster spot for doubleheaders, he’s only available for the 7 PM tilt. Rasmus would have played in the outfield today if conditions were better, says Gibbons, according to a Brendan Kennedy tweet.

Davis also tweets that Adam Lind says his back feels better — “I’m functionable,” he told Brendan Kennedy — though he won’t be available today. He’s still hopeful he can avoid a DL stint, though, so that’s alright.

Kennedy tweets that Gibbons says if someone gets up in the bullpen for game one, he’s probably not going to be available for game two. MacArthur notes that Gibbons’ game one bench consists of Dioner Navarro and Jonathan Diaz.

MacArthur: Security guy checks my bag: “Today isn’t the day to bring in anything malicious. Nobody’s going to be here anyway.”

Ben Wagner tweets that it’s also a doubleheader day in snowy Buffalo. He adds another Bisons tidbit: Marcus Stroman’s 21 strikeouts are tied for the most in all of triple-A baseball.

TV: Sportsnet

Next game: Tomorrow, 7:05 PM ET, @ Cleveland

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 game one lineups… 

Toronto Blue Jays

LF Melky Cabrera (S)
2B Munenori Kawasaki (L)
CF Jose Bautista (R)
1B Edwin Encarnacion (R)
DH Colby Rasmus
3B Brett Lawrie (R)
RF Moises Sierra (R)
C Josh Thole (L)
SS Ryan Goins (L)

RHP R.A. Dickey

Minnesota Twins

2B Brian Dozier (R)
1B Joe Mauer (L)
3B Trevor Plouffe (R)
RF Chris Colabello (R)
LF Jason Kubel (L)
DH Josmil Pinto (R)
C Kurt Suzuki (R)
CF Aaron Hicks (S)
SS Pedro Florimon (S)

RHP Kyle Gibson

 

Image via @BlueJays.

Comments (690)

  1. So after four innings plus one out into the fifth he had given up 3 walks and 1 hit. That’s pretty good.

    Then he fell apart amidst the cold, tight strike zone (according to you guys) and high pitch count. When it goes bad with him, it seems to go bad in a big way. I think Gibbons needs to watch closely and get the bullpen up at the first sign of trouble with Dickey.

    I actually like Dickey and think he will have a decent year as he gets going. But he is a one trick pony and if that trick isn’t fooling anyone for whatever reason, we have to use that 8 man pen fast.

    • Enough with the excuses for Dickey. He was not getting squeezed . Fact of the matter is for the past two years his control has been suspect. Its what made him an elite pitcher and now is what is making him less than elite.

      He also was getting to two strikes very quickly and then couldn’t put hitters away.

      He’s settling in as a mid rotation starter. Not the worst thing….but certainly not worth the haul.

      • I’m saying we need to watch closely and be ready to pull him fast when he pitches. Hardly an excuse. What a narrative that is becoming.

  2. Can’t watch this anymore. Will tune in for the next one…

  3. Jose is getting pretty good at watching balls go over his head.

  4. You guys thought the trade I made for Esteban Laoiza was bad? Yikes.

  5. Sigh.

  6. It’s a good ole fashioned whooping.

    Hope the nightcap is better.

  7. It’s frustrating because we all know this team doesn’t have an ace or even a #2 type starter to always fall back on in the rotation.

    Dickey will surely give up some bombs this year and that’s just the way it is. But all these damn walks and vs a fucking shit team like Minnesota? It’s unwatchable. This is just one game but it’s been a pretty damn ugly start to his year.

  8. Nice game today dickey. Five run and a short day on a double header? We couldn’t ask for a worst case scenario from him. Jays batters look like it’s a competition to see who can get back into the dugout the quickest.

  9. Hit & run Gibby

  10. Thank god we won’t have to stew on the results of this game for long.

    Lets go Dusty!

  11. Ugh. Not yet 3 weeks into the season and the Jays are running a patchwork defense. Funny how there was so much attention, deservedly, given to the lack of decent starting pitching during the offseason, but the positional depth is so unbelievably scarce. I thought the baseball injury gods were going to look favourably upon the Jays this season. Still early, but the signs aren’t trending upwards.

  12. Re: Dickey: It was shrinkage.

  13. honest question .
    who gives you a better chance to win RIGHT NOW. Dickey? or Syndergaard?

  14. what a joke

  15. This is why AA needs to be fired. He’s so consumed with getting players under mkt value that he ignores everything else. He wanted dickey cuz he was making 5 mil and then locked him up for what he thought was below mkt value and now he’s grossly overpaid.

  16. My admiration for Dickey’s personality in no way reflects my hatred for him as a pitcher. Brutal to watch.

  17. Odds that Jays will be under .500 by the end of the weekend? 2-1 or even money? I hate being a pessimist, but the wheels could fall off fast.

    But I hope not! Let’s Go Muttonchops!

  18. Pile on Dickey all you want. We were just 4-hit by the Twins though….

    • yep. more than one thing went wrong today…

    • Good point

    • Well that’s partly due to injuries. Sierra, Thole, Goins and Kawasaki all playing is not ideal.

      Thole and Kawasaki should be bench players and the other two shouldn’t even be on an MLB roster.

    • But the hitters were simply demoralized by Dickey’s performance~!!11

      Or wait…. maybe Dickey was demoralized by the hitters performance…

      Either way, this team needs more natural born leaders.

  19. I always laugh watching the lardo that is Andrew Stoeten act like a tough guy on Twitter and insulting people.

    The guy makes a few hundred bucks per week as a blogger and he thinks he is an expert on sport. Hilarious beyond words. Those skinny jeans are cutting off your circulation, large lad.

  20. Oh look, it’s a one game losing streak and everyone is already jumping off the boat.

    Come on, people, it’s one freaking game. One game that was played in near-freezing weather, that we all had predicted would adversely affect Dickey’s knuckleball before the first pitch was thrown.

    Yeesh.

    • Plus we get to hit against Mike Pelfrey later tonight, so I’m not that displeased if you split a double header.

      • Yep. If the Jays win tonight, they win the series 2-1. Obviously a sweep would be nice against teams like the Astros and Twins, but even if you match up the best team in the league against the worst, a 2-1 series is more likely than a sweep.

        This was a game the Jays should probably have won, and they certainly shouldn’t have lost 7-0. Dickey and the bats struggling today is nothing more than that.

    • Agreed. They play 162 games for god sakes. Lets hope for better conditions next time RA takes the mound. A a little faster hook from Gibby

    • I’m in the boat with you Canard. Glad the pitching and hitting sucked together. Might as well.

      And man oh man, I’ve never seen such whining over a pitcher as with Dickey. All because of factors outside of his control. He didn’t tell AA to give up two prospects for him. He didn’t tell us to call him “ace”. He’s a nearly 40 year old guy who throws slower than Buehrle and relies on one pitch that even he can’t predict.

  21. Just got here — what the fuck happened?

  22. Top 4 in the batting order went 1/15 with a walk
    Bottom 4 went 2/12
    By any system of evaluation, that is pathetic.

    Yes, it is one game and they had the bats working
    in the past couple. But if they are going to contend,
    they are going to need to develop some consistency.
    And that would be consistency in a good way; not the other kind.

    • You need to have some GREAT pitching to scratch out a win with those numbers. JB not looking so great in CF. Gions/Diaz light years better than Kawasaki in the field. Adds up to defensive holes. With Gibson on the hump they were in tough from the get go.

      Time to stock the fridge stoke the BBQ and get ready for Game 2.

      Priceless

    • Two days ago, the Red Sox got three hits against the White Sox. The Rays have scored one run in their last two games and have scored more than two twice in their last nine. The major league leading Brewers have been three-hit twice in the last three games. The Tigers lineup, with a handful of dangerous offensive players, was recently one-hit by the Padres.

      It’s nice to want or expect more consistency out of a lineup, but the best teams in the league are going to have days where it just doesn’t work out, especially when they’re missing two of their best offensive players.

    • “Yes, it is one game”

      Exactly, it is worth barely half a % as far as reading meaning goes.

      “But if they are going to contend,
      they are going to need to develop some consistency.”

      Citation needed. I know radio guys say garbage like that but it’s garbage. You don’t choose when to get hits. They stunk it up. Period.

      If they win tonight, it will be 6 of the last 9, even with this loss. And without Reyes, Lind, Rasmus, Izturis, Janssen, at different points of that stretch.

    • You are Joe Morgan. #consitency

  23. JPA may soon go sub-.100 OBP – not batting average – O B P ! !

  24. Fuck, listening to McCown talk about advanced stats makes me want to puke.

  25. 1. Melky Cabrera (S) LF
    2. Colby Rasmus (L) DH
    3. Jose Bautista (R) RF
    4. Edwin Encarnacion (R) 1B
    5. Dioner Navarro (S) C
    6. Brett Lawrie (R) 3B
    7. Anthony Gose (L) CF
    8. Ryan Goins (L) 2B
    9. Jonathan Diaz (R) SS

  26. Sometimes I really love baseball.

    Gibson is Minnesota’s best pitcher (and a damn fine one on any team).
    Thus, Melky’s 14-game hitting streak comes to an end against him.
    Yet, Josh Thole goes 2-4 against him.

  27. Jeffress elects free agency and will sighn with a new team in 24-48 hours, as per Passan.

    I mean, Jeffress is Jeffress and in the grand scheme of things who cares about replacement-level talent, but seriously, this obsession with asset management — if you count this and the Jenkins/Walden fuckup — has now backfired twice in a week.

  28. Other than the fact that we’re not deep in starters – I’d be tempted to trade Dickey.
    He’s like my old truck….worked fine on a nice dry warm day – but always had issues when it was too cold, too wet, too snowy or muddy.

  29. Even though Dealing Dick sucked, it has still been an epic day for drinking, Cheers to Stoet and the Monkey Army.

  30. Beer take a back seat, whiskey drive engaged.

  31. I think the crowd shrank from 50 to 25.

  32. Do you recall that spreadsheet about how many more strikes the other teams get? Do you recall the Astros being responsible for nearly half of those strikes.

    Well check this out, just released today: http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/jason-castro-and-making-a-framer/

  33. Payback time.

  34. Atta boy Edwin

  35. Bats just owned the basepaths in that inning. What a player.

  36. Well that’s more like it.

  37. I like facing Mike Pelfrey.

  38. I’m covered in chilled aloe.
    It was overcast yesterday so I figured no sunscreen.
    I cooked my nipples.
    Rum to the rescue.

  39. Dustin looks good

  40. Gose on the basepaths!

  41. That Gose the kid can certainly take a walk, can’t he?!

  42. So they’re treating Goins like a pitcher now in the lineup…

  43. Pelfrey looks like Brandon Morrow circa this week.

  44. Big ups to my boy dusty mac!

  45. WTF was Goins doing

  46. Time for some Bats in the Pelfrey.

  47. So Gose stole a base. That was cool.

    Does he have a better success rate in the minors so far this year than he has in the past?

  48. Did the awful first game chase everyone off?

  49. this pitcher is god awfull! let’s get some runs!!!!!!

  50. Minnesota colour guy just paid Brett a nice compliment.
    “I didn’t think it was possible to hit a ball by Lawrie.”

  51. When you have an ace on the mound like Pelfrey, you can’t expect the Jays to get more than 2 hits.

  52. CHEMISTRYS!

  53. Gutsy Dusty.

    I’ll drink a girl drink to that.

  54. Jose!

  55. Jose!

  56. Jose, Jose Jose Jose

  57. Donair!

  58. Chase this scrub. Yeah!

  59. Jeez, Jose really fucking launched that one.

  60. Dioner close

  61. Joey Battaboom! Can’t watch just getting updates in Score app. Did he crush it?

  62. Nice!

  63. LOL

  64. Gotta give my boy a hit no?

  65. The BABIP gods giveth

  66. LOL again.

  67. Minny colour guys just called that fat fan who caught the ball RA Dickey.

  68. Baseball!

  69. Blessed are the fleet(ish) of foot.

  70. twins gonna twin

  71. Saw “In play, run(s) scored”… incorrectly thought maybe Goins actually got a hit, then incorrectly thought maybe Goins got an RBI, then thought well, of course that had to happen

  72. Who here is drinking? Best fans in baseball.

    I wait for the day FOX baseball deigns to come to Toronto. That is our fucking target.

  73. #lovethesestarters

  74. Was that ball hit well enough to score Mauer from first? Jesus, is he that much of a burner?

  75. Loup induces a little looper.

  76. Tucker’s Law:

    If some cunt can fuck something up, that cunt will pick the worst possible time to fucking fuck it up ’cause that cunt’s a cunt.

  77. Loup garou is absolute nails.

  78. more runs please

  79. This prick has a great hook.

  80. I wonder what a stretched out Loup would look like in the rotation. 2015/2016 maybe?

  81. I love dinner, he just takes what he gets.

  82. What a great sequence of pitches…

  83. The 8 man bullpen is the new market inefficiency

  84. Fucking Goins, jesus.

  85. I sure hope Goins be fucking going back to AAA when Reyes is off the D.L. I don’t care how good his defence is, his offence fucking sucks!

  86. I don’t mind Wagner, but how does a guy go from AAA fodder to high-leverage overnight? He’s gonna get exposed.

  87. Sweet leather, Eddy.

  88. Edwin! Hopefully he didn’t crush Polly

  89. Lawrie looks like the Ultimate Warrior with the eye black.

  90. This guy Collabello is a fucking monster. Never heard of him before this series.

  91. Loud outs are still outs!

    (They just make me queasy…)

  92. Following on my phone in New York. What happened to Dusty? 4 measly innings wtf? Tell me he’s fucking injured again.

  93. Melky!

  94. LOL again and again.

  95. Good to see Gose seeing the ball at the plate…could get used to this version of him

  96. Maybe his robot arm is frozen…

  97. Come on Delabar, pull your bearded head out of your ass.

  98. Uh oh

  99. Pete Walker may have to start warming up.

  100. That was a ridiculous bunt.

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