Yordano Ventura is a hell of a thing, and the much-hyped Royals prospect is living up to all the good words said about him, but a funny thing happened on the way to his matchup tonight. A funny thing like this:
Player A: 9.72 K/9, 3.72 BB/9, 3.29 xFIP, 2.48 tERA, 3.23 SIERA, .277 BABIP, 4.5% HR/FB
Player B: 11.42 K/9, 3.12 BB/9, 3.12 xFIP, 3.17 tERA, 2.93 SIERA, .364 BABIP, 10.7% HR/FB
Obviously Player A is Ventura, and Player B is tonight’s Jays starter, Drew Hutchison. And while… OK, it’s a little early to be quoting some of these types of numbers — and it’s not like it should change the long-term outlook on these guys — um… how about that!
And how about a damn win! (How about just a Raptors win, at least?)
No Brett Lawrie in the lineup tonight, and Barry Davis tweets that it’s because he’s got a sore back. Greeeeeeeeaat.
Lawrie’s unavailability means that the Jays have Juan Francisco at third. Greeeeeeeeeaat.
Moises Sierra, then, gets into the game at DH. Greeeeeeeeeeaaat.
And the bench tonight, that means, consists of Josh Thole and Jonathan Diaz. Greeeee– you get the idea. Time to fucking fix it, Alex. Not cute anymore.
According to a tweet from Brendan Kennedy, Casey Janssen threw a bullpen session today. He plans to throw another on Friday, and then head out on a rehab assignment. Scott MacArthur adds that it seems as though real, tangible progress is being made with Janssen.
Another tweet from Barry Davis tells us that John Gibbons says he’s toying with the idea of going with Juan Francisco at third and Brett Lawrie at second in some of the upcoming games in National League parks. Greeeee
Next game: Tomorrow, 8:10 PM ET, @ Kansas City
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And now, the lineups…
Toronto Blue Jays
SS Jose Reyes (S)
LF Melky Cabrera (S)
RF Jose Bautista (R)
1B Edwin Encarnacion (R)
C Dioner Navarro (S)
3B Juan Francisco (L)
CF Colby Rasmus (L)
DH Moises Sierra (R)
2B Chris Getz (L)
RHP Drew Hutchison
Kansas City Royals
RF Nori Aoki (L)
2B Omar Infante (R)
1B Eric Hosmer (L)
DH Billy Butler (R)
LF Alex Gordon (L)
C Salvador Perez (R)
3B Mike Moustakas (L)
SS Alcides Escobar (R)
CF Jarrod Dyson (L)
RHP Yordano Ventura