He has no idea where he’s about to throw that damn thing.
The moment could well be fleeting, and it may be mid-fucking-May still, but I cannot tell you how good it felt to write the records for the Jays and the Sox in the title of this post.
Oh, but don’t worry Red Sox fans. Ol’ John Farrell has got you in good hands. As the season moves along and the division remains tight, you may find yourselves down three runs with none out in the eighth and the tying run at the plate. But fear not. Ol’ Farrellsy will know exactly what to do. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!
I suppose the World Series he somehow managed not to fuck up softens the blow a bit, eh?
Anywho, I sure don’t mind the lineup that Boston is running out there tonight — though the pessimist that resides in me, as it does all of us, can’t help but figure that the Jays are sure to be the club that helps Clay Buchholz moving on the path back towards his greasy best. Ugh.
Prove me wrong, kids! Prove me wrong.
— Principal Skinner (@seemoreskinner) November 28, 2013
John Lott tweets that John Gibbons says he’s not ready yet to announce a starter for Saturday. It being Wednesday, I suppose that makes sense, right? Doesn’t mean they haven’t basically decided it (though how the bullpen gets used over the next couple of days will factor), but I can get their reluctance to announce it. I mean, what if something changes? Then you’ve got a bunch of idiots talking about how the club doesn’t have a plan is what.
Saturday’s starter is “still expected to be Liam Hendriks,” Shi Davidi tweets.
Credit to a commenter for pointing this out, but Rob Rasmussen may be more than just the bullpen fodder a lot of people may currently think he is. He posted some nice numbers in what was sort of his second go-round at double-A in 2013 — he pitched half a season at the level in 2012, and the posted a 2.55 ERA, 2.99 FIP), struggled in a promotion to triple-A, but then was pretty good there this year in Buffalo. Thing is, though, all that was almost entirely as a starter. Now he’s working out of the bullpen as a lefty who — at least on the three heaters he threw last night — is averaging 93.4 on the radar gun. Walks have been a major problem for him — one that got worse as he moved up to AAA (both last year and this) — but he’s still just 25, and his strikeout rate jumped majorly after the switch to the bullpen in Buffalo. If he could throw a few more strikes — which he maybe seemed to start to do in Buffalo, walking just two over the 7.1 innings preceding his call-up — maybe he could be an actual thing.
Shi Davidi tweets that in order for the Red Sox to make room for Stephen Drew on their active roster, they’ve placed last night’s starter, Felix Doubront, on the DL with a shoulder strain. Doubront left last night’s game early with… wait for it… shoulder trouble.
Texas beat writer Drew Davidson, of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, tweets that J.P. Arencibia cleared waivers today, and was formally assigned to Round Rock. Gloat away, if that’s your thing.
Speaking of waivers, the White Sox have requested unconditional release waivers for Jeff Keppinger. MLBTR has the details. With apologies to Steve Tolleson, Keppinger sure would be an interesting piece to move into the Jays’ second base rotation, with he and Brett Lawrie second and third against lefties, and Lawrie and Juanfran doing so against right-handed pitching. I wrote about the Keppinger possibility here.
According to the Globe and Mail, former Edge 102.1 host (fired last year — or earlier this one, who gives a shit? — for homophobic comments) Dean Blundell will co-host Jeff Blair’s Fan 590 show tomorrow. The purveyor of this site can’t get too hoity-toity about offensive frat boy bullshit, one supposes, or about people being allowed to own up to something offensive in their past and move on as more decent human beings, but that said, this is all kinds of fucking dumb — which… well… apparently that’s what they’re going for. Guess the radio biz isn’t so hot these days, huh?
Next game(s): Tomorrow, 4:05 PM ET @ Boston (And at Opera Bob’s! Join us! Info here, via Facebook).
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And now, the lineups…
Toronto Blue Jays
SS Jose Reyes (S)
LF Melky Cabrera (S)
RF Jose Bautista (R)
DH Adam Lind (L)
1B Edwin Encarnacion (R)
3B Juan Francisco (L)
2B Brett Lawrie (R)
C Dioner Navarro (S)
CF Anthony Gose (L)
RHP Drew Hutchison
Boston Red Sox
CF Grady Sizemore (L)
2B Dustin Pedroia (R)
DH David Ortiz (L)
LF Jonny Gomes (R)
C A.J. Pierzynski (L)
RF Shane Victorino (R)
1B Mike Carp (L)
SS Xander Bogaerts (R)
3B Brock Holt (L)
RHP Clay Buchholz