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Things are going so swimmingly for the Blue Jays lately that I didn’t even breathlessly rush today to post about ol’ Nose Snygen and the wonky elbow that has landed him on the DL. Think about that. (The Mets are being cautious, by the way, and are saying that it’s just a “mild” flexor-pronator strain. MLB.com has the basic details, and also reminds us that “flexor-pronator strains have preceded elbow ligament tears for big league pitchers such as Stephen Strasburg and Josh Johnson. In many other cases, they have not.” Hopefully all is well for young Syndergaard. No, really.)

I also didn’t rush to post dispatches from the American media’s sudden awakening to the possibility that the Jays might be good. (Matt Snyder of CBS Sports is a believer, detailing how the Jays got to this point, and explaining that “given the state of the AL East, with the Orioles’ inconsistencies (including being allergic to walks on offense), the Yankees’ rotation and overall fragility issues, the Rays’ colossal struggles and the trainwreck that has been the Red Sox, the Blue Jays could be phrased as the favorites by default. Only that wouldn’t be be fair. The Blue Jays are the best team in the AL East in 2014 based upon their own performance and there are plenty of reasons to believe it will continue.” He continues, saying that “however weird it might sound, the Blue Jays are clearly the favorites to win the AL East.”)

I didn’t even post about Alex Anthopoulos shoring up some triple-A depth and cornering the market on Melky’s by reacquiring one-inning Blue Jay, right-hander P.J. Walters (of the Colby Rasmus trade) along with outfielder Melky Mesa from the Royals, and adding catcher A.J. Jimenez and Deck McGuire to the Bisons roster (with Austin Bibens-Dirkx and Jack Murphy moving the other way, down to New Hampshire — and Esmil Rogers clearing waivers and landing in Buffalo as well).

I didn’t get into the painfully uninteresting debate about the Jays having the “audacity” to recognize a U.S. holiday — which they will do tonight, donning Canadian Forces-inspired camouflage on their jerseys and hats — as though… fuck, I don’t even care. This and November eleventh are, like, the two days where I’m not going to complain about all the militaristic bullshit that crops up everywhere in modern sports. Go nuts with the camo, do a poppy instead, I’ll be over here waiting for the baseball to start.

Shit, I’m not even gloating about being someone who insisted all along that J.A. Happ was better than a lot of people believed.

Does this speak to my state of being and the long recovery from last night’s $3 wine glass special at Sweaty Betty’s? Perhaps. Perhaps it does. But it also, I think, speaks to my adoption of the mindset that all this peripheral stuff is just noise right now. I’m just trying to tune it all out and bask in the moment a little bit here. This is fun. Who knows how long it will last? I don’t want to waste it being petty or overconfident that meaningless moves are something other than that. This sort of feeling will disappear one day, so I kind of just want to enjoy the view from the top of the mountain for a moment. And yes, I know it’s May and that’s sad, but it’s been twenty damn years. Can you blame us?

Go Jays!

Scuttlebutt

The only major piece of scuttlebutt — and it’s a troubling one of sorts — is the fact that Jose Bautista was originally slated to play in right field, but was switched with Kevin Pillar just before game time. Jose will DH, so obviously nothing catastrophic has happened, but not exactly something you want to see, because you know he wants to be out there if he feels 100%. No reason had been given for the switch at the time of this writing. (Update: and he looked fine getting hung up after his first-inning RBI single… well… apart from the whole TOOTBLAN thing).

The Rays are on a bit of a roll themselves, FYI. No need to not take them just as serious as always simply because of their injury-decimated record.

TV: Sportsnet

Next game(s): Tomorrow, 7:07 PM ET vs. Tampa Bay

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)
DH Jose Bautista (R)
1B Edwin Encarnacion (R)
3B Brett Lawrie (R)
C Dioner Navarro (S)
2B Steve Tolleson (R)
RF Kevin Pillar (R)
CF Anthony Gose (L)

RHP Drew Hutchison

Tampa Bay Rays

DH David DeJesus (L)
3B Evan Longoria (R)
LF Matt Joyce (L)
CF Desmond Jennings (R)
1B James Loney (L)
RF Wil Myers (R)
2B Cole Figueroa (L)
SS Yunel Escobar (R)
C Ryan Hanigan (R)

LHP Erik Bedard

Comments (569)

  1. Blarg. Fookin Jennings

  2. Fuckin’ Rays, raining on our parade.

  3. It’s raining. Quick! Retract the roof!

  4. Fuck…they scouted the shit out of Drew today

  5. Anyone have the gif of Gibby showing the ump that the strike zone is the size of a grapefruit?

  6. Back-to-back jacks aren’t always fun, apparently.

  7. [scrotum tightening]

  8. Need a count on how many times buck has said SEEEZIN this. SEEZIN

  9. Rays have clearly figured out Hutch.

  10. Gose has an arm on him.

  11. Fuck you Myers you are out!!!!

  12. Let the Hutchison for Samardzija stupidity begin.

  13. You got the tie…so fuck off and end the inning

  14. Fuck off Maddon. Rays always do this kind of shit.

  15. psssssssssssstt: we cut the line, so we can end the inning.

  16. Fix the phone….are you fucked

  17. So, do you send Hutchinson out there for more punishment next inning if the Jays don’t score?

    • Uhh.. no. I dunno if you send him out even if the Jays do score runs, unless they score 10. I like Hutch, but he just doesn’t have it tonight. Shit happens.

    • Yes. He goes out until he gives up another baserunner, whether he has a lead or the game is tied.

      Have a reliever warming up, though.

  18. I can’t tell it’s raining at all from my balcony right next to the Dome

  19. Also fuck off Myers you whiney bitch you were out by a goddamn mile.

  20. Hutch must know the art of pitching through shitty games, this is one of them.

  21. Bedard getting better end of umpire inconsistency.

  22. Hutch is our Shaun Marcum version 1.5 (with more arm power)

  23. Eddie!!!!

  24. Encarnacion: high fastball? how high was that?

  25. Gots to get him home

  26. CJ!!!!!!!!

  27. BONERS UP! GET HIM A RED BULL

  28. Gotta love when Buck & Tabby cackle.
    Sharing a moment.

  29. Red Bull with the stretch 2B…wanna challenge that Madden?

  30. Is he hurt?

  31. Dinner!

  32. It must be DESTINY!

  33. Hells yes!

  34. Dinner!!!!!!!!!!

  35. Lawrie was just a fuck’n given’r there. Woooooooowhoooooo.

  36. Manufacturing runs like a good assembly line.

  37. Someone said it’s a 8-5 Jays win tonight from how this game is going. I’m now guessing 80-50 for the Jays.

  38. Lawrie, you should of wore this from that at BAT for Yunel: http://www.buymotorcyclehelmets.com/assets/images/products/flatblackspike.jpg

  39. Lawrie angry running will never stop being hilarious

  40. You guys see how much snacks the Rays have on the bench?

    hahahaha good for them good for them

  41. We’re going to Juan Francisco (for the world series)

  42. Hit a home guys…. look whom occupies the bases

  43. Rays going to the bullpen in the 5th has to bode well based on their weekend series.

  44. 82.3% for the Jays to win :O Haven’t gone below 50% yet this game.

  45. I was thinking, has anyone kept tabs on the vitriol Buck and Tabs receive when the Blue Jays are losing compared to when they are winning?

    Also, Gose has some real intensity in his eyes when at the plate.

  46. Fast!

  47. Oh my Gose!

  48. Gose!!!!!!!!!!!

  49. The golden gose is on the loose!

  50. bonerific.

  51. Didn’t you know Gose was a part time ninja on his off days?

  52. Madden doesn’t have that smirk anymore.

  53. This power/speed combo is just unfair

  54. Helluva match so far

  55. Is that Esmil Rogers pitching for Tampa?

  56. 8-5….. who prophecized that again?

  57. Phew, now there’s speed on the basepaths.

  58. Cmon Melkman. BELIEVE

  59. Gapper can now score all

  60. So satisfying when it isn’t our team with a dead bullpen, pitching with the bases loaded after the starter got rocked early.

  61. darn…but Bauts will collect sloppy seconds

  62. This team is really looking scary good right now.

  63. Joey bats!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You need to catch up to EE

  64. Sounds odd, but Rogers could end up being a useful piece of a trade if he can rebuild some of his worth in Buffalo.

  65. Loup with the gold glove

  66. Holy fuck that was slick

  67. Mark’s book? more like Robbie’s book

  68. Maddon…fuck off you bitter fuck. Stop being sour we’re better than you.

  69. It’s true, we did cut the line…..

  70. Our former beloved Fat Catcher

  71. Fuck Dinner, frame the close pitches you fuck.

  72. scary thing is the jays got to the rays bullpen early, add it to ordozzis 6 and Saturday’s extra innings the bullpen will continue to be taxed tomorrow!

  73. That’s a good new nickname for Buck: the Little General.

  74. Just tuned in. These Blue Jays hats are some kind of ugly.

  75. Melky!

  76. Oh man, we’re just killing it

  77. Backward somersault! Now that’s athleticism.

  78. awww dejesus and lawrie havin a little flirt

  79. Fuck yeah. Re-sign Melky.

  80. Go ahead and call Madden use that chellenge…

  81. Aaaahahahha what a roll by DeJesus

  82. With things go well, they go freaking great

  83. Sign Melky – like….tonight!!

  84. God, every single one of those WestJet commercials are terribad.

  85. Challenge that, Maddon. The phone might be back in order.

    • “Karma” biting him in the ass for the malfunctioning phones in Tampa at the start of the season…similar to his Yunel base stealing situation from yesterday, vis-a-vis the playoffs against Boston last year.

  86. Defence guys. Defence. I’ve been preaching it for a couple of years. Defence is important!

  87. SQUUUUUAK!

  88. Fuck me.

  89. Parrrott!!!

  90. EE is MONEY

  91. EE!!!!!!!!!

  92. Edwin today. Edwin forever.

  93. jesus, eddie

  94. Gonna go to KFC and order some GOT-DAM WINGS!

  95. Edwin breaks his HR slump*

    *Hey, he didn’t hit one yesterday.

  96. EE is Penny Hardaway in NBA Jam ’94 ON FIRE!

  97. Eddie! After one of the funniest first-pitch swings I’ve ever seen.

  98. I’m hearin’ some feathers getting ruffled!!

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