Yep. That’s about how it feels.
There are only three teams in all of baseball to have won eight of their last ten games, and — holy shit! — two of them take the field tonight at Rogers Centre.
Yep, the A’s, Blue Jays, and Cardinals have been the best teams in baseball over the past week-and-a-half, with only the Twins and Angels behind them, sitting on 7-3 in their last ten. Does it matter? Not terribly, in the grand scheme of things, but does that mean that we shouldn’t love the fucking shit out of seeing the Red Sox and the Rays five and six games in the rearview? Hells no. Same goes for the fact that the Jays already have won 14 times in May, with nine games sill left in the month. The only teams in the AL above 25 wins are the Jays, A’s, Tigers and Angels. It’s weird!
That all said, fucking Oakland, man. Add up the ERA of the three starters that the A’s will send to the hill this weekend and you don’t even get to 6.00. How fucked is that?!? Oh, but don’t worry, the A’s lineup has only averaged 6.5 runs per game over those ten. No big deal here.
And actually, it isn’t a big deal. The Jays don’t have to be perfect against the A’s. They’re sending Henriks, Dickey, and Happ to the mound, don’t forget. They’re prooooobably going to lose at least a game, maybe more. And that’s OK. They’re healthy, they’re good, and it looks more and more like they’ll be in this for the long haul. That doesn’t mean we have to be entirely indifferent to losses, or that we shouldn’t expect a sense of urgency, as though these games don’t mean as much as ones later will. That’s not true. It’s just… we’ll get ‘em tomorrow and we’ll be fine.
Super weird, eh?
And, honestly, why should I even be so pessimistic? I heard tonight’s Oakland starter, Scott Kazmir, was once traded for Victor Zambrano — and he sucked. Can’t be that good, right??? Plus, his ERA this year is a full run higher on the road than it is at home — *COUGH* um… 2.96 compared to 1.91 — and he hasn’t yet faced this fucking lineup. Nails much?
Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet chats with the A’s Canadian assistant GM, Farhan Zaidi, while Brendan Kennedy of the Toronto Star looks at former Blue Jay Jesse Chavez, who is having a fantastic start to the year for Oakland.
Gibbons also says, according to one of Arden’s tweets, that he’s big on Rob Rasmussen, and could see him even as a multi-inning guy. He went two innings in five of thirteen appearances for Buffalo before his call-up, FYI.
As I noted in the previous post, the Rogers Centre roof will be closed tonight, but should open at some point this weekend. Check the official roof status page if you’re thinking about heading down to the game but don’t want to sit in the damn indoors.
Lastly, @theKaufmanShow appears to have found a new candidate for the greatest baseball commercial in Canadian history. Witness:
Next game(s): Tomorrow, 1:07 PM ET vs. Oakland
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)
1B Edwin Encarnacion (R)
3B Brett Lawrie (R)
DH Dioner Navarro (S)
2B Steve Tolleson (R)
C Erik Kratz (R)
CF Kevin Pillar (R)
RHP Liam Hendriks
CF Coco Crisp (S)
SS Jed Lowrie (S)
3B Josh Donaldson (R)
1B Brandon Moss (L)
LF Yoenis Cespedes (R)
RF Josh Reddick (L)
C Derek Norris (R)
2B Nick Punto (S)
DH Kyle Blanks (R)
LHP Scott Kazmir