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Not much help available in the bullpen tonight, most likely, so it could be a long one for J.A. Happ. Be prepared.

And with Stroman already likely headed to the rotation in Dustin McGowan’s stead, it’s not like we have any reason to be secretly – or, y’know, blatantly openly — rooting against Happ anyway. So… could be rough. Again: be prepared.

Scuttlebutt

No scuttlebutt, just beat this fucking team and make idiots like the ones in the above picture sad. Thanks.

TV: Sportsnet

Next game(s): Tomorrow, 8:05 PM ET @ Texas

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

SS Jose Reyes (S)
LF Melky Cabrera (S)
RF Jose Bautista (R)
DH Edwin Encarnacion (R)
1B Adam Lind (L)
3B Juan Francisco (L)
2B Brett Lawrie (R)
C Erik Kratz (R)
CF Anthony Gose (L)

LHP J.A. Happ

Cleveland Racist Logos

CF Michael Bourn (L)
1B Nick Swisher (S)
LF Ryan Raburn (R)
3B Carlos Santana (S)
SS Asdrubal Cabrera (R)
DH Jesus Aguilar (R)
C Yan Gomes (R)
RF David Murphy (L)
2B Mike Aviles (R)

RHP Danny Salazar

 

Image via @MLBMeme.

Comments (311)

  1. Wooo!

  2. 1 2 3

  3. Won 8 of 12.

  4. Nice start by Happ today.

  5. It’s extraordinary to me given we’ve had some spectacular bullpen meltdowns but we are a game and a half out of first. If this keeps up in the AL East I wonder if we’ll be buyers this time around.

  6. Holy shit, that ump was shockingly bad.

  7. In other news. Mr Useless is gonna run his mouth later on Sportsnet. I thought we’d seen the last of him.

    • If train wrecks are a thing to you, by all means fill your boots.

      My best advise to you is to not.

      • @ SP

        I’m not gonna be watching him. The short clip they showed was enough for me.

        • It was just a repeat of those clips they had on earlier where he said there were a lot of people that didn’t want him to get cut……(right!)

  8. Sleep well JA. You done good !

  9. Did anybody else catch the shot of the auction when it panned back to the field?
    Was that Stoeten standing there,in a Jays jersey?

    • Whenever I see a bearded dude @ SkyDome I just assume it’s Stoeten.

    • I’m an adult, so no, I wouldn’t be wearing a jersey.

      • BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

      • My bad.
        I thought you might have been the winning 46 K bid for the trip to Cooperstown and was waiting to pick up the prize.

      • adults don’t wear jerseys? I was not aware this was looked down upon.

        • Wear your jersey with pride.
          Just because Stoeten doesn’t,doesn’t mean fuck all.
          His choice.
          Your choice.
          Has jack shit with being an adult or being hip or being like the cool kids.
          I don’t wear a jersey either but it’s because it doesn’t flatter my hips and doesn’t fall properly over my torso.

      • BTW.
        I just betcha Stoeten has a soccer jersey or two.
        Maybe for a certain national team?
        His inner child comes out during the WC.

      • Can’t afford one?

        • Yup I’m so poor I wear old burlap potato sacks for shirts.
          Plus I don’t know where to draw the line to be cool and hip.
          If a jersey is gauche,is a cap that far behind?
          I just want to be like all the hipsters and feel superior to all the peons below my status.
          jeez.
          Does this rule out face painting?

      • Adults aren’t hipster trolls, either. Fuckface.

      • “I’m an adult, so no, I wouldn’t be wearing a jersey.”

        I nominate this as the new blog-defining quote. Photoshop it into the DJF logo somewhere.

  10. Has Janssen even thrown a pitch faster than 90 yet? Amazing. Five different pitches and he can spot them anywhere.

  11. Win by 15 or 1, win is a win, today was the kind of win that good teams pull off on a consistent basis. Happ is coming around, hope that he can keep up the rest of the way.

  12. JP Strike-thebia on Sportsnet once again proving how much of a dumb ass he really is.

  13. Is it just me or does it seem like Delabeard is getting hit really fucking hard lately?

  14. I shit on Happ as much as anyone. Mainly because I know he’s capable of what he did last night.

    Here’s hoping this is the beginning of something good and I no longer have to wince when I see his name pop up as that day’s starter.

    • He’s frustrating as fuck because we all know he can throw strikes and yet he’ll nibble all the time and give up 3+ walks and bloat his pitch count.

      Last night he was still nibbling at times, but overall he was solid. Even the home run he gave up wasn’t a bad pitch.

    • I’m also hoping that this is the Happ that we will see going forward. I sometimes wonder with Happ if he’s good and bad starts are just a mirage caused by lefty and righty heavy linups, respectively (his OPS against is .250 better vs lefties than righties).

      Is there a way to “platoon” starting pitching? Wait, now that I think about it, that might cause some weird stuff in the bullpen management. Maybe flipping the odd start with the (other) 5th starter after a rest day to get a better matchup?

  15. What is up with MLB free preview.

    The reason I wont get it is because of this stupid 1970′s Blackout restrictions.

    The Jays are the free game of the day and I can’t watch them because where I live.
    Incredibly Fucking stupid.

    So I am supposed to buy MLB.com for the live games but I can’t watch my favorite team because I am in Toronto.

    Total bullshit!

    I vent I feel better.

    • That’s odd. I watch many Jays games on MLB.tv and I live just 45 minutes east of Toronto. You must live in hell my good friend.

    • That might just be for the free game. I have used MLB.tv in Toronto and got Jays games in the past (currently live in NYC and get blacked out for Yankees games all the time, but Jays in Toronto seems to work).

    • They didn’t black out the jays last year and haven’t this year. I don’t have cable so I depend on mlb tv for jays games. Honestly it really is a good service, full game replays are up like 30 mins after the game and if

    • They didn’t black out the jays last year and haven’t this year. I don’t have cable so I depend on mlb tv for jays games. I live like 45 mins from toronto too, honestly even if they do go back to blacking out its easy to get around.

  16. Is it a thing that we have to call them racist every game of every year and repost these awful pictures? It just makes me sad to look at them, not so much profanity-laced anger. I guess I’m growing out of DJF, it was a good five years.

    • Seriously? Taking the time to write about how you’re maturing and growing too old for this site indicates the exact opposite. But thanks for sharing your feelings. Your grade two teacher would be proud of you.

    • How else is awareness supposed to be spread? How would we all feel if the team was called the Cleveland Blacks? There really is no difference. Cleveland and Atlanta should consider rebranding their franchises.

    • I don’t follow your point. You are too mature now to appreciate a site calling out outdated thinking? So your newfound maturity… means we should laugh at the funny Indian on the Indians logo and make penis jokes?

      Please clarify so I can better please you.

    • And havingSkeletor as your user handle while professing to be mature is like insisting you’re on a diet while gorging out on a whole box of Krispy Kreme.

      • I was thinking that exactly.
        Skeletor: “…the primary antagonist of the Masters of the Universe franchise created by Mattel. He is the archenemy of He-Man.”
        I guess his next incarnation will be Batman?

    • Unless you keep at it the change won’t be made. Otherwise people mistake your silence for acceptance. It has nothing to do with maturity.

    • There’s nothing wrong or immature with posting those pics for every Cleveland game threat.

      That logo is beyond stupid, and it is in my thoughts whenever I think of that team. I think it’s only fitting it be called out until the franchise does its own growing up and fixes it.

  17. Not sure if this has been posted, but Chris Getz just retired from baseball (?!)

  18. Phat Juan is the truth, that is all.

  19. Great quote from a fantasy baseball recap:

    “Casey Janssen — 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0-0 K/BB, 0 ER, S (2). “Oh, not giving up a sh*t-ton of runs is how you get saves. Who woulda thunk it?” – Sergio Santos”

  20. Classic JPA, now it’s the fault of luck. The guy hits one ball in play per game and expects it to always drop for a hit:

    ARLINGTON, Texas — J.P. Arencibia is beginning to wonder when the breaks are going to start to even out.

    After an 0-for-3 in Friday’s 8-0 win over the Boston Red Sox, the Texas Rangers catcher saw his batting average drop eight more points to .120.

    “If I was striking out or making weak contact, I’d make adjustments,” Arencibia said. “But I’m hitting the ball hard. I’ve hit it hard at least once in every game I’ve played, but I don’t have anything to show for it.

    “It is just a matter of them falling in.”

    • I think “Arencibia” is Latin for “epic fail”.

      Does he not realize his words betray him?

      • There is a category of people on this planet – we’ve all worked with at least one of them – who are so stupid they don’t know they’re stupid. If JPA had anything going for him, he’d 1) STFU and 2) Work hard to salvage a career as a defensive catcher.

    • You know you suck when you have fewer hits than Ryan Goins.

    • Just shows how hard it is to predict baseball players careers.
      Former AAA MVP gets released after posting ( or 5 games away from qualifying) the 2 nd worst OBP in the history of baseball.
      Amazing freefall.

    • Jesus fuck! JPA is a moron. He sounds like some broke, ugly dude who thinks that he’ll eventually bang a supermodel. ‘Cause, you know, it’s just a matter of them falling in.

  21. Anybody hear Jeff Blair’s story this morning during the Brady and Walker crossover to his show? I can’t remember word for word so bear with me. He told of how, during the high point of all the Hayhurst/Zaun stuff last year, he was in the dugout talking to DeRosa. JP walked by and stopped to chat with him, and started talking about the media who were talking about his approach and that they don’t understand. How he’s a run producer and when he’s there to hit homeruns. DeRosa, who was still there listening, quickly replied with “How about you get on base and let someone behind you hit a homerun?”, to which Arencibia walked away. DeRosa then looked at Blair, threw up his arms and said “What the fuck?”, LOL!

    It was an awesome story.

    • JPA’s delusion is saying “I’m here to do ____” . . . you’re here to do whatever the fuck your manager tells you to do, pertaining to the very moment at which you’re at bat, otherwise no need to have basecoaches. If he was 21, 22 or 23 even I could see the fault in that thinking or if he had all world talents like a Trout and could hit both 400 bombs and steal 40 bases but for JP to say that kinda thing shows you how singular his focus was.

      Kinda feel bad for the guy that he has that much tunnel vision

    • Oh wow. That’s awesome. I don’t even care if it’s true or not.

    • God bless Mark DeRosa.

  22. This JPA stuff seems like piling on. Can we let it go?

    • Definite herd mentality.

      • About fucking time someone noticed. This shit is worse that what Rios got from this crowd. Its far more pathetic than the actual effect JPA’s play had here.

        • What the hell are you lot on about? This is pretty damn relevant considering this is the first time the Jays are playing Texas — you know, the team he plays for — this weekend.

          All I see is a dozen of so comments regarding some dumb remarks he made, and a pretty amusing anecdote.

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