Future Blue Jay James Shields? Don’t bet on it.
The Jays put their nine game winning streak on the line tonight with two major things working against them. One, James Shields is on the hill for the Royals, and he’s sort of a fuckin’ beast. Two, I’m headed down to the ballpark tonight, and my record in games seen in person this year is dismal to say the least. I can’t remember all the ones I’ve been to, but this will be the first since the streak started, and… I’ve probably been to a win at some point this year. Like, literally maybe one.
It’s all going to be my fault if the streak comes crashing to a halt tonight, is what I’m saying.
But you know what? If it does… fuck it. Couldn’t ever blame them for losing to Shields, even with Dickey on the mound, and they’re running so damn well right now that you feel like all it will mean is they get a chance to start a new streak tomorrow.
I can live with that.
Have I mentioned yet that this is really, really fucking fun?
Arden Zwelling passes along some comments from John Gibbons. Among them: Colby’s status is still “wait and see“; Gibbons, as he thought he would, likes Dustin McGowan as a reliever, figuring he’s better when he throws harder and fewer pitches; and the manager suggests Steve Delabar is struggling a little bit because of his decreased velocity, which… obviously.
Sportsnet’s Megan Robinson tweets that Casey Janssen is available again tonight, having benefited from a night off after being unavailable yesterday due to “general soreness.”
Megan also tweets a link to today’s Sixty-Second Setup, in which she previews tonight’s game.
Sportsnet’s PR team tweets that last night’s Jays game was the most-watched of the season, at 839,000 viewers. Winning is good.
The Jays’ official account tweets out a picture of Kevin Pillar in the hat they’re giving away for Country Day on Sunday, because, y’know, when you think Blue Jays and country, you think of the man from the affluent San Fernando Valley community of West Hills. You think of Kevin Pillar.
Ben Nicholson-Smith notes that while the Jays’ power numbers may be inflated somewhat by the hitter-friendly Rogers Centre, the club also leads the majors in park- and league-adjusted wRC+ at 116. Nails much?
Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com answers a mail bag question about the Jays possible interest the name Touki Toussaint — and not just because it’s an awesome name, but because they’ve been linked to him as a potentially draftee next week. The draft begins a week today.
Feminist Bautista has a message for assholes of all stripes.
Sounding like we might be doing another Opera Bob’s event sooner than later — might as well get people out to watch this magic while it’s still unfolding, right? Y’know… assuming it will be. Stay tuned!
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 Josh Thole (L)
CF Anthony Gose (L)
RHP R.A. Dickey
Kansas City Royals
RF Nori Aoki (L)
2B Omar Infante (R)
1B Eric Hosmer (L)
DH Billy Butler (R)
LF Alex Gordon (L)
C Salvador Perez (R)
CF Lorenzo Cain (R)
SS Alcides Escobar (R)
3B Pedro Ciriaco (R)
RHP James Shields