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Things have been going swimmingly of late for the Jays, with their rotation holding them in games until the bats inevitably explode, and the bullpen not needing to pitch nearly as often, and not needing to be quite so perfect. It’s been a good week, in other words, and as much as it feels like this is the kind of a run that the Jays could really sustain for a while, once you get past the reasonably dependable Buehrles, Dickeys, and Hutchisons you realize that we might be putting the cart before the horse when we start dreaming on the possibilities here.

Brandon Morrow’s injury may have been a blessing in disguise, but we’re still looking at back-to-back starts from Dustin McGowan and J.A. Happ,  and as good as McGowan has been in his last two outings — since he began pitching with an insulin pump — we’re a ways off from feeling as comfortable with him as we are with even Hutchison, I think. Maybe another solid outing or two will change that feeling in a hurry — as soon as next weekend — but first he’s got to get through an Angels lineup that, for all its faults, still has two of the best hitters on the planet, and tonight, some additional hot hitters in Kendrick (127 wRC+), Cowgill (141), and Conger (144).

Fuckin’ do it, Dustin. How awesome would that be?

Scuttlebutt

As noted in today’s Daily Duce, John Gibbons says he’s hopeful that Brett Lawrie will see action this weekend, and that he’s not going to go on the DL. He’s not in the lineup again tonight, though, as evidenced by the fact that Juan Francisco is in tonight at third base. Except… he might still there when Lawrie is back.

To wit: John Lott tweets that Gibbons smiled when asked about Francisco staying at third when Lawrie returns, and simply said, “To be determined.” He adds that Gibbons continued, “We’re looking at everything. But yeah, while he’s hot, we’ve got to find a way to keep him in there somehow.”

Chris Toman tweets that the Angels have said that both Mike Trout and Albert Pujols will serve as DH at some point during this series, in order to keep them off the turf. Raul Ibanez is in there tonight.

Toman also tells us that Hector Santiago, who has made seven starts for the Angels this year, is listed among their relievers tonight. He’s the only lefty available out of the ‘pen. He adds that Santiago was scheduled to pitch Tuesday.

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Next game(s): Tomorrow, 1:07 PM ET, vs. Anaheim; Sunday, 1:07 PM ET vs. Anaheim.

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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)
3B Juan Francisco (L)
DH Adam Lind (L)
C Dioner Navarro (S)
CF Colby Rasmus (L)
2B Chris Getz (L)

RHP Dustin McGowan

Los Angeles Angels Of Anaheim

SS Erick Aybar (S)
CF Mike Trout (R)
1B Albert Pujols (R)
DH Raul Ibanez (L)
2B Howie Kendrick (R)
3B Ian Stewart (L)
C Hank Conger (S)
LF Efren Navarro (L)
RF Colin “Reverse” Cowgill (R)

RHP Garrett Richards

Comments (538)

  1. Time for a Bama Blast!

  2. SHIT.

  3. Ugly game for both teams.

  4. Colby. Cletus. Sad face.

  5. Can’t win them all.

  6. Oh well it was a good run…back to you Evanka!

    • The Randy Carlyle contract is a good move
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      TheKypCoker

      SHOULD HAVE BEEN ME
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      Doug McClean

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      Sportsnet, sucking less than TSN sin 2008.

  7. Meh. If it has to be that close I’d prefer a win.

  8. Thanks for fucking the team out of a win, Sergio.

  9. What can you do? Just one of those games. Pen worries me though. Those guys just arent getting the job done.

  10. Wow we really live or die via the bullpen don’t we.
    If Delabar hadn’t walked in that run we’d still be playing.

  11. Jays could have easily lost that game by several runs but a day game tomorrow..woohoo!

  12. This offense though guys.

    Like everyone of us was sure we were going to comeback.

    They are fun to watch.

  13. These losses feel honest, and hurt less than the Minnesota Specials.

  14. Outpitched and outhit in this game. it was a minor miracle they were in the game to begin with. Dusty walked the tightrope the whole game, giving up multiple deep flies and rocket line-drives, and the offense really did shit-all. 3 of their 5 hits off Richards came off bloops to CF.

    Sucks to lose a close one, and you can say they gave it away with the bases-loaded walk, but that’s really not true. 2 of our three runs were off wild pitches.

    • It would have been somewhat of a lucky win had the Jays pulled it out.

    • Yeah, Richards was tough. That happens.

      • Would’ve been alot tougher to swallow without the winning streak. Fingers crossed for tomorrow.

    • Regarding Dusty, I’m thinking he swaps places with Stroman sooner rather than later. He’s somehow eking out some okay results, but just not too convincing.

      • I like what Dusty’s doing. Really do. But 1 time through the order? He could be lights out. Stroman has multiple at bats kind of stuff.

      • He’s walking a tightrope. He hasn’t been built up enough. Maybe he gets stronger as he pitches more. Wishful thinking, I know.

        • I think so. Wish I was wrong. But his stuff/stamina screams 1-3 innings. Picture this. Happ goes 5 or 6. We’re tied. Dusty comes in, slams the fucking door for 2-3 innings. Then we have Delabeard, Loups, Goggles, Santos and CJ to finish it off. Fuck, maybe I;m wishful thinking.

        • Agree. But the way his fastball comes in, it’s a heavy ball and hard to line up. When he has more control, he’s almost unhittable.

          • dare i say he’s more that a bit like Esmil Rogers. they have good stuff, but for both it’s like the barrel of the bat is a magnet for the ball.

            There’s a couple things at work here IMO:
            1) McGowan has very poor command of both his fastballs
            2) i think he uses his 4-seamer too much. it seems like the type of pitch that might be of some use if elevated to get strikeouts, but it has graded out negatively for several years now. he should trade the 4-seamer for more sinkers, which he throws at a similar speed but has added movement. he currently only throws it about 17% of the time.
            3) for the love of god he must stop tipping his slider/curve. even the scrubby parts of the Angels lineup had their bats on their shoulders for some pretty nasty pitches in counts when hitters should be more aggressive.

            it all results in a pitcher who has AJ Burnett/Brandon Morrow type stuff performing like a shitty Henderson Alvarez.

  15. I feel like the Angels are writing a similar story to the Jays so far this year.

    Huge expectations going into a 2013 season in which they shit the bed.

    Now in 2014, they are pulling it together and reminding everyone why those high expectations were set last year.

  16. I still blame Karen

  17. Did anyone else see the mysterious brown smudge on Richard’s cap? he was touching it and everything… I was certain someone would have mentioned it on here…

  18. I’m happy to say that “There’s no cheating in baseball” is an idiom that doesn’t exist.

  19. Happ…

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