Not Kyle Drabek.

Nope. Still doesn’t not feel weird to type those records out in the headline of this post.

This run from the Jays still hasn’t stopped being fun as hell, either. Series already clinched with Liam Hendriks yet to have pitched in it?

I can live with that.

Go Jays!


Casey Janssen won’t be available for the Jays tonight, due to “general soreness,” according to… everyone. He’s “hanging a little bit,” says John Gibbons, according to a tweet from Mike Wilner. It’s nothing serious. “Overall body soreness,” said Gibbers, as per a Brendan Kennedy tweet.

Sergio Santos, on the other hand, according to Wilner’s tweet, has suffered a bit of a setback and is shut down until Sunday. Gregor Chisholm elaborates, saying that Santos felt some soreness when throwing from 120 feet, while Kennedy tweets that the official explanation was that Santos’s forearm felt “tender.”

Scott MacArthur tweets: “Santos wouldn’t describe what he felt as either ‘pain’ or ‘soreness’ and says he’s not sore today.”

“Nothing new on Rasmus,” tweets Brendan Kennedy. “He says he’s just getting treatment, taking it day to day. Ran a little yesterday. No plans for a rehab assignment.” (As in, nothing is scheduled yet, not that he has no plans on going on one, even though that was something he was saying the other day that he hoped to avoid. Footsteps.)

Dioner Navarro, you’ll notice, is in the lineup and behind the plate tonight. Evidently the bruised finger he suffered last night isn’t terribly serious. He’s not perfect, though. John Lott spoke with him for a piece at the National Post, and it turns out Navarro is simply having too much fun to let a minor injury take him out of the lineup. ”I just love to play, man. I kind of put myself in a situation where I want to be [playing] again after being a backup for the past three years, and now I‘ve got this opportunity. This is such a wonderful experience being around these guys, Eddie hitting bombs, Melky getting five hits a day, Reyes getting stolen bases. It’s just so much fun,” he said, among other things that perfectly capture the current Jays zeitgeist.

Megan Robinson tweets a link to her new pre-game in a minute feature for Sportsnet and the Fan, warning our ears to be on the lookout (the hear-out?) for some Phil Collins tonight, thanks to Liam Hendriks.

Jerry Crasnick was on ESPN’s Baseball Tonight Podcast today talking about the Jays. Worth a listen if you want to hear US guys talk about how the Jays might actually be pretty good. Starts around the 38 minute mark.

Pitch Talks #3 goes Monday, with Richard Griffin, Scott MacArthur, Cathal Kelly, Brendan Kennedy, Alexis Brudnicki, and Cashew Mirman — not to mention, delicious suds from Left Field Brewery — so get yourself a ticket.

The Dome is not open at the time of writing, but there’s still a chance it will be open by game time. @IsTheDomeOpen will keep you posted.

TV: Sportsnet

Next game(s): Tomorrow, 7:07 PM ET vs. Kansas City

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 Adam Lind (L)
1B Edwin Encarnacion (R)
3B Juan Francisco (L)
2B Brett Lawrie (R)
C Dioner Navarro (S)
CF Anthony Gose (L)

RHP Liam Hendriks

Tampa Bay Rays

DH David DeJesus (L)
3B Evan Longoria (R)
1B James Loney (L)
CF Desmond Jennings (R)
LF Matt Joyce (L)
RF Wil Myers (R)
SS Yunel Escobar (R)
2B Sean Rodriguez (R)
C Jose Molina (R)

RHP Chris Archer

Comments (626)

  1. Was at the game. Tons of great defensive plays, no homers, and the team still found a way to win!! I have to say Im liking what im seeing from the offense (and defense). They are taking more walks and having better ABs then I can ever remember. Good to beat up on the rays since they have owned us over the last 5 or 6 years. The only non positive thing I can say is Hendricks. Not a fan of this guy. Pure shitballer. The guy smoke and mirrored his way through 6 innings. The rays were hitting rockets to the warning track off him all game long. Think it would be a mistake to give this guy more starts. Call up Stroman.

    • In his last two starts since getting sent down, Stroman has given up seven earned runs in nine innings.

      I agree that Hendriks’ spot is eventually Stroman’s spot, but I think he needs to get himself back on track in Buffalo before we hand him the rotation spot.

    • Come on, man.

      “Pure shitballer.” (No shit! As are a ton of other Major League pitchers pure shitballers.)
      “The guy smoke and mirrored” (I said the same thing myself earlier, but with more respect.)

      He’s done us two good turns recently, and deserves a certain amount of respect.
      Your condescension is churlish at best.
      Try to be better.

      • This. What Hendricks has done is EXACTLY what you would want a 5th starter to do…go six innings while giving the team a reasonable chance to win or come back.

        No complaints about the current starting pitching. The big question/concern is the ability of Happ and Hendricks to sustain their current results. THAT is why another starting pitcher is needed, so that only one of five starter slots is of the “cross your fingers and hope for the best” variety.

    • He’s not a shitballer, though; he’s got enough fastball. And he wasn’t getting his way through by smoke and mirrors. He got through today on some fine defence and some HR/FB luck.

    • smoke and mirrors is what good pitchers do best at

  2. Our next opponent, the Royals, were just swept by the Houston Astros. In Kansas City. On the plus side, they managed to hit a home run for the first time in ten games. The Royals currently have the worst offense in the AL.

    They’re pretty much the opposite of the Jays right now.

  3. I love the old style way that Gose plays the game. He also seems to inspire others to be better defensively too. I think Reyes NAND him are a great complement to the power style of our other players. Honestly if we can turn Colby into another starter….. Gose/Pillar should be a great CF platoon/ fourth outfielder. We probably haven’t had the bunt as an offensive weapon on this team since the early 90s.

    • Yeah, only problem is what else you give up with Rasmus because he ain’t bringing back any decent pitching on his own. If you’re giving up pitching chances are you’re out of it, so why would you want a rental player?

    • Holy fuck! Rasmus is going nowhere! How fucking hard is it for armchair GMs to understand that?!

      • He will stay. He will get paid this winter. He will net the Jays a draft pick. Hopefully, he will mash all the way up to his payday.

    • He also “inspires” others to play better defense. Dude clearly has some impressive magic powers then.

  4. The Jays proved to me that they can dismiss their deficiencies and win a ball game in areas that I was concerned they may lack in. They didn’t hit a home run and the bullpen was fairly tidy. A very encouraging sign to see.

    I also like that the OriLOLes got buried by another game in the standings. The more breathing room, the better.

  5. For once I agree with a TSN commenter…and the top comment, too:

    Toronto, get off your asses and support your team!

    Indeed. A little fan support would be nice. Out West, we pine to see baseball. Can’t even see ‘AAA’ anymore.

    • I agree – but don’t actually. Early week games in Toronto used to get like 7 thousand people. This was the case probably three years ago. 17 thousand on a Wednesday night against a team people don’t give a shit about is pretty good for the Jays.

    • My wife and our good friend were two of the 17,000+ (driving in from London at that)!! Attendance might improve if the concession stand variety (“pathetic…Oakland has better variety” as per our friend from San Fran) and the non-existant craft beer situation were better.

      • The food options ARE much better than they were two – three years ago. Same shit is still available at most stands (Hot dog, nachos and cheese, fries, popcorn, ice cream), BUT:

        Plenty of alternate options on 100 level (Quaker State Steak and Lube for Wings), lots of different types of nachos, pulled pork sandwiches, sushis, salads in the marketplace.
        You can even build your own nachos.

        200 level featured a wings poutine and the #12 Alomar nachos, both of them excellent (sampled both last night).

        You just have to walk around a bit. There are full meal options out there for less than $11 — stay away from the $6 hot dog (rip off), $7 nachos and cheese (ripoff), and popcorn. If you drink soft drinks and water, stop at the sobeys before you go in and play 1/5th the price and bring them in. If you must have a hot dog, stop at one of the specialty hot dog stands inside and pay more but have a better experience, or get out outside of the park for a couple of dollars less.

  6. Looky!! According to Brady and Walker, we haven’t lost since gose came up and this means rasmus is our most tradeable player.
    Who let’s these assholes talk baseball?

    • This is why I forsook the Fan 590 and listen to baseball podcasts on my way to and from work instead.

  7. Gil that’s not really as stupid to David I suggesting the jays have no $$$ for the draft, thus maybe they could sell of Romero for a prospect. jays could eat 60% salary and I would be shocked if they got a career minor leaguer.

  8. If Detroit beats the A’s this afternoon, and we beat the Royals, we will have sole possession of 1st in the entire AL (insert I’m Trippin’ Balls!!!! graphic here)!

  9. I personally like this team much more with Gose in the line-up over Rasmus as long as Gose keeps his overall decent approach at the plate. When he gets on from the 9 spot, it opens up so much for Reyes. Baseball has begun to convert back to more small ball. That’s the way to beat an ace / win in the playoffs. I would think the idea of flipping Rasmus for a good prospect which would be then sent with another piece or two for a SP would benefit us the most…..

    • I really hate having to shit on Gose when he’s playing just fantastic but…

      it’s way too early to say sell Rasmus, Gose has been over the top outstanding and we’re all loving it, but this is a very small sample size, and from his history it is likely a flash in the pan.
      I hate watching Colby strike out with guys in scoring position as much as anyone, but in spite of it he is still a very good bat and a respectable defender.
      Until Gose keeps this up for 150PA you should remain confident that we have need for Colby this season

      • I believe it was said that 80 PA is the magic number to see if a player is for real – Stoeten wrote a piece about that not long ago in regards to Fat Juan.

        I like Colby, but the Jays should continue to run Gose out there to see exactly what it is they have here. His BABIP is insanely high right now, so when that regresses, we’ll know where he’s at.

      • Bring back Colby. He just has plenty more power and OBP potential than Gose and the defensive tradeoff (when Colby is healthy) is worth it, in my opinion.

        I love Gose as 4OF / PH / PR option.. kind of like a Rajai Davis. He can bunt (thanks to instructional league in the winter). He can run. He can take a walk, but he lacks power.

        Bring on Gose as defensive replacement to Cabrera late in the game, as a PR to Navarro, as a PH to a Tolleson, or whenever you need a bunt.

        Rasmus gets paid in the winter and Gose is your starting CF next year…

        • I don’t think the question is whether or not Colby is better than Gose. He is, no question.

          The question is whether or not the difference in value between Rasmus and a Gose/Pillar tandem is greater than the difference in value between Hendricks/Happ and a pitcher that can be brought in for 15m+ difference in salary going forwards.

          Personally, I don’t get why everyone is so sure, one way or the other. It seems like a pretty close call to me.

  10. The young Turk called out Keith Pelley President of Rogers media on twitter last night.
    Was entertaining.
    He wrote about it this morning.


    • Thanks for the link. Who knows, maybe a tweet troll may actually change ownership’s decisions for bottom up change. One can dream right? I know I know, but how about everyone who can Tweets the Turk’s article to Keith Pelley in order to at least show Rogers that we’re aware of their lies.

      • I’m in.

        • Is this beginning to remind anyone else of Major League? Cheap owners, overachieving team, shitty stadium.

          • I’ve thought about that same thing a bunch in the last few weeks.

            That line where the manager says something like, “some of the young players are coming along faster than we expected and the veterans are playing well. Charlie, I think we can be a contender right now.”

            Young player coming along better than expected? Hutchinson?
            Veterans doing the same? Buerhle? Melky?

  11. Can we assume the Jays will likely skip Hendricks next start? Which happens to fall on the off day Monday. Tough series in Detroit starting on Tuesday.

  12. We’ve talked about this a few times so just quickly but A. SAnchez of Detroit pitching a 1-0 gem into the ninth , not tired at all and the manager goes to the “closer” for the all important fuckin save. 3 batters later, HR, A’s walk off 3- 1 winners. Amazing how often this happens

  13. I always hated the Royals growing up because it seemed like they copied our uniforms. And that is why ten year olds can’t make decisions about cancer treatment.

  14. There’s no way this should have taken until this morning to be a gif:


  15. The gose fapfest got alot material last game….hurry back colby

    • So even though the fill-ins are doing a phenomenal job so far, you want Colby to hurry back so that people don’t get too excited about them? There’s a pretty good chance I’m just misreading the tone of your post, but that seems kind of odd.

      • I’m excited about Gose, I just love me some Colby. I want Rasmus to come back healthy so that people can say ‘oh yeah, he’s pretty damn good too’.

        • Or let me rephrase… the jays are on this impressive win streak with Gose playing and Rasmus absent and I see people taking on the mindset that rasmus isn’t necessary and that Gose and his ‘offensive weapon’ bunting are the bees knees. I’d just rather see Rasmus tear it up in his contract year and have Gose slotted in whenever.

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