Do I even bother pointing out that the dumb Yankees and Orioles are surging a little bit as well? I guess I already did. And while they’re maybe not quite keeping pace with the Jays, they’re not exactly falling back dramatically, either, with the Yankees being winners of three straight and the O’s of two. Seven it ain’t. A 9-1 record over their last ten games it ain’t (and right now the next-best record in the AL over the past ten games belongs to five teams, all of whom are a paltry 6-4). But both of those AL East foes are within one game of the Jays in the loss column, and just two and two-and-a-half games back overall. Obviously it’s too early in the season for scoreboard watching of this sort, it’s just… let’s not lose sight of the fact that if the Jays really hang in this like it looks as though they’re capable, this is going to be a fight. One that’ll be fun as fuck and they seem well equipped for, but one nonetheless. How awesome is that?
Now the Jays just have to keep it going. By which I mean Buehrle’s gotta Buehrle. And kick the Rays while they’re down.
That’s not too much to ask, is it? Though… fuck, with the way this offence is going, the Jays may not have any other choice but to win.
I can live with that.
Pitcher wins are meaningless as fuck, but if Buehrle gets his ninth before the end of May, that’s pretty impressive, I guess. Maybe not pretend-Miguel-Cabrera-had-a-better-year-than-Mike-Trout-because-he-won-some-outdated-phony-title impressive, but kinda cool.
Brendan Kennedy tweets that “at 35, Buehrle is oldest MLB pitcher to win 8 of first 10 games since Randy Johnson (38) & Curt Schilling (35) did it for Diamondbacks in 2002.”
Arden Zwelling reminds us that Colby Rasmus had told reporters the other day that he didn’t want to do a rehab assignment once he was fully healed from his hamstring issue. Yeah… John Gibbons says that he’ll definitely be heading out on a rehab assignment. If it ain’t broke… (Also: Colby hearing footsteps?).
Arden also tweets that Gibbons says he thinks this year’s streak-team is stronger than the one that won 11 games in a row last season. Let’s hope so. The Jays went 36-52 post-streak last year.
Bad news for those of you hoping for the Jays to ramp up their pursuit of the Royals’ James Shields: according to a tweet from Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star, Yordano Ventura’s MRI came back clean and he’ll only miss one start. Good news for those of you hoping for the Jays to keep rolling: the start he’ll miss was slated to be on Saturday at Rogers Centre.
Following last night’s game, John Lott of the National Post wrote about the healing Rasmus and Sergio Santos, and how the pieces may fit once everybody’s healthy. (HELLO KEVIN PILLAR!!!!)
The Jays have signed left-hander Mike Zagurski to a minor league deal, after the Triple-A hurler opted out of his prior minor league deal with Cleveland. MLBTR has the details. D-meh-pth.
Chris Zelkovich of Yahoo! gives us a ratings roundup from over the weekend, and includes Monday, where the Jays drew 836,000 viewers. Somebody tell Rogers, for fuck sakes.
Andy Martino of the New York Daily News tweets that the MRI on Noah Syndergaard came back clean. Shift your Shadenfreude to Round Rock, I guess.
On the other end of the spectrum, Lott points out that Ricky Romero starts tonight for Buffalo [tugs at the inside of shirt collar].
Because he’s awesome and it would be hilarious to see an army of folks wearing them, I’ll point out again that that Encarnacion parrot shirt is back selling this week, and also available in lady sizes/cuts and stuff, apparently.
Next game(s): Tomorrow, 7:07 PM ET vs. Tampa Bay
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And now, the lineups…
Toronto Blue Jays
SS Jose Reyes (S)
LF Melky Cabrera (S)
DH Jose Bautista (R)
1B Adam Lind (L)
DH Edwin Encarnacion (R)
3B Juan Francisco (L)
2B Brett Lawrie (R)
C Dioner Navarro (S)
CF Anthony Gose (L)
LHP Mark Buehrle
Tampa Bay Rays
SS Yunel Escobar (R)
3B Evan Longoria (R)
2B Logan Forsythe (R)
CF Desmond Jennings (R)
LF Sean Rodriguez (R)
RF Wil Myers (R)
1B James Loney (L)
C Jose Molina (R)
DH Matt Joyce (L)
RHP Alex Cobb