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?

Go Jays!


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 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!

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 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

Comments (722)

  1. What the fuck? Ciriaco leaned into that!

  2. That should not have been a hbp.

  3. I would think about the intentional walk here.

  4. That HBP was set up for Infante right?

  5. Did I say Redmond needs his own inning? I meant he needs his own game

  6. Stop that sidearm shit, it never works, just make your pitch

  7. Todd…..

  8. fuck right off

  9. Doh

  10. jesus fucking christ

  11. To be known as “The Jose Reyes Game”.

  12. Looks like it stops at 9. Been a great ride. Let’s start another one!

  13. fuck man. just fuck. fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck.

  14. Redmond gave him junk to hit, he gets a hit anyways.

  15. Fuck. You had to feel this coming with Redmond.

    • Redmond is fine. He just hadn’t been used in a while, so he had a bit of rust.

      • Thanks Tabby

      • There’s a reason Redmond hasn’t been used in a while. You just saw it.

        • Again, how many times do I have to repeat how solid Redmond has been for us this season?

          • I will never trust Redmond in any roll other than mop-up. I don’t think he’s as solid as you think.

            My guess is his decent numbers may be skewed by work he did when the game was out of reach one way or the other.

            My recollection tells me he’s given up runs in bunches this season when he came in, the game was close and it mattered.

            Coming into the season I was really rooting for him. But at this point I think he hurts the team more than he helps them.

            Gibby had no other choice but to use him after managing with the lead/for the win in the 9th.

        • +1

  16. Looks like the baseball gods are paying us back
    for the horseshoes we had last night.
    Holland is tough.
    We just have to go get ‘em tomorrow.

  17. One batter too late

  18. Just a shitty way to end it if this is it. Like a grounder to SS? To win the game. Fuck.

    • Kind of like a walk off sacrifice bunt?

      • Yeah you’re right, I’m just pissed. Thought we had it with EE’s bomb. But I know. Baseball is hard.

        • It’s great to be following so closely and be so excited. We have been in every game and dangerous. Sometimes, the bounces go the other way.

      • whoa..not equivalent at all.

        We were tied with Gose at the plate and already had a guy at second base. Even if goes gets thrown out..its man on second one out in tie game.

        This situation is much different. Game is immediately over if reyes makes that play. The game was not tied.

        It doesnt even come to this if Angel punches out Gordon on that two strike pitch that was a little off the plate but he was giving KC pitchers all night.

  19. I still think Infante should’ve been IBB’d.

    • To face Hosmer? Unless you are going to bring in Cecil….

      • Obviously hindsight is 20/20, but given that Hosmer popped up and Butler didn’t do anything…

        Not to mention any ball in play was going to score the runner; our only realistic shot was going for the double play.

  20. The streak was going to end sooner or later but what a dispiriting way to end it.

    • We got #9 on a walk off “bunt”. I don’t feel too bad on this one.

      • It is a bit dispiriting because of how it happened. A routine grounder to wrap up a solid bullpen effort, completely bungled. That does hurt.

      • You should. One out away from making it ten in a row and the SS has a brain fart and blows a throw he makes 99.9% of the time.

        • That was what I meant by my comment about that play having the potential to start a cold streak, however the super fans in here never would alloy that opinion.

          That play was a kick in the nuts and can really deflate a team.

        • Gose legs it out!

  21. OK, time to pull out the strange and make this happen.

  22. Fuck, fuck

    Proud of this team but i just prayed the streak wouldnt end on a game stolen from us (we havent won a game yet “being down” in last at bat believe it or not)

    We actually deserved to lose this game hence i was so uneasy praying for every out …we just fucking had the win and gave it to them

  23. Hi guys! Am I too late?

  24. Anyone else rather Thole hit here instead?

  25. We’ve got to keep EE away from the HR Derby.

  26. Fastball!

  27. Bunt from Gose, HR by Reyes to redeem himself.

  28. I’d definitely try for a bunt single here.

  29. I didn’t know Angels were blind?

  30. Damn shame it should end this way.

  31. Final stike? Really Buck? Fuck off

  32. Time to make amends…

  33. YES!

  34. Okay Jose, here’s your chance.

  35. Don’t get off the boat now.

  36. It ain’t over until it’s over!

  37. Come on Reyes, make us forget.

  38. GOSE!

  39. Jose Jose Jose Jose

    Jose Jose

  40. Well, get out the pom poms for tomorrow night.
    Looking forward to seeing the weekend games live.

  41. No matter what happens, we love you Reyes

  42. Well that was a bit anti-climatic.

  43. Way to redeem yourself Jose!!! Fucking asshole.

  44. wow…deflating.

  45. Holland deals.

  46. Start over and go again tomorrow.

  47. Fuck their asses tomorrow

  48. Just look at those dejected faces… go ahead and tell me that the Reyes play does not have cold streak causing abilities.

    • My heart tells me it does, but my brain tells me it doesn’t.

    • Waking up in the morning has cold-streak promoting tendencies. I’d be more concerned about Dickey’s unknuckeball than this (and I’m not). They just won 9 in a row. They were due for some back luck, or regression to the mean, or whatever you want to call it.

    • If you want, you can fuck off and die, at anytime, thanks

    • Go look in the mirror. Tell me you’re not as dumb as you probably look.

  49. Well that wasa strange one.

    I’m going tomorrow and a new win streak will begin.

  50. Reyes had a shit game. It happens. Get over it.

  51. Go fuck yourself BangingTheMelkman you super emotional negative nancy fuck.

  52. Fire Gibbons and blow it all up. This season is over.

    • Treat them like Columbian sweepers who score on their own net.

      • I want them dead. I want their families dead. I want their dogs dead.

      • Put him in the camel clutch, break his back, then fuck his ass. Make him humble, old country way.

      • /hyperbole>

      • SP…you know that was joke right?

        • Lieutenant Steven Hauk: I understand you’re pretty funny as a dee-jay and, well, comedy is kind of a hobby of mine. Well, actually, it’s a little more than just a hobby, Reader’s Digest is considering publishing two of my jokes.
          Adrian Cronauer: Really.
          Lieutenant Steven Hauk: Yeah. And perhaps some night we could maybe get together and swap humorous stories, for fun.
          Adrian Cronauer: Oh, why not? Maybe play a couple of Tennessee Ernie Ford records, that’d be a hoot.
          Lieutenant Steven Hauk: That’s a joke, right?
          Adrian Cronauer: Maybe.
          Lieutenant Steven Hauk: I get it.

  53. Gang – lets start a 10 game streak! Why not right.

  54. They had to lose sometime, but I wish it had just been a garden-variety 6-2 loss or something. To lose this way is a kick in the nuts.

    • Ain’t it wonderful being a fan.

    • Exactly, feel the same way as its just crushing to lose this way (i dont care if you win 20 in a row) especially when we have not comeback late in last at bat to win a game this yr. we’ve blown alot but can we win a game being down a run into our last atbat like even a bad team does once in awhile?
      It just goes to show we’ve actually played alot better then our record amazingly.
      Its like we have to almost control game to win (which has worked because we’re controlling most of them) but we never fucking steal one back like the Royals did to us tonight and just pisses me off like no other

      • Anyone happen to notice that 2-2 pitch by Janssen to Gordon that shouldve ended the game? Where did it miss in zone? Horrible

  55. Baseball really is the game of inches and one muscle tick or reflex away from sealing it or blowing one. It is the beauty of the game, and the Blue Jays showed it none better than any other. It is an end of another streak, but tomorrow could be start of another winning one. Don’t let up, the pain will be a thing of the past in less than 24 hours! Go Blue Jays!

    • This game was fought till the bitter end. KC showing us their new hitting coach might have them take the Central Division in a month. Yet another Series against a team that will never GO AWAY, like the A’s & Rays.

  56. It’s not so much the streak coming to an end, but the fact that this game was so close that hurts. That play by good Jose (sorry couldn’t help it) in the 9th put us on the peak of excitement, and one bad play turned it into a cliff. And Redmonds weight made it crumble.

    However, it’s just the end of the beginning. Get em tomorrow, and keep Stoeten away from the fucking stadium.

  57. What will it take to keep Stoeten out of the Dome for the rest of the year?

    I jest.

  58. My troling levels have now simmered down…give KC credit, they ripped this victory from our big grip-manly hands tonight. We had everything working for us until the last strike… then Sally Perez stole it all from us.

    • I disagree. The Jays beat themselves tonight.

      KC’s 6th run scored on an error (that would’ve ended the game), after being put on the bases by a walk.

      • To a point true…. but credit that bastard on not making Casey get a 1-2-3 inning.

      • I’m with you Lloyd. We made a Lotta little mistakes tonight. Getting picked off at first, not catching balls in the field – at least two of Dickey’s runners could have been outs.

  59. Going to a club with a pretty young girl tonight… so here’s something completely unrelated to baseball

  60. If Reyes makes that play, the Blue Jays are at .600. Will they will reach .600 now? Anyone really believe they will?

    • Fuck off and die

    • As long as they remember what the mindset was and still should be since the Phillies series begun, pitch smart, hit smart, and play defense smart (as long as Reyes throws ‘em properly)

  61. Just found out KC hired a new hitting coach, did they genetically engineer a new Sietzer? They were as annoying to get out like the Yankees and the Rays. With Wade Davis and James Shields on the KC Roster, I felt after the game that the Entire KC TEAM have both fists in the air and yelled out “HAIL MADDON”.

  62. I know you win as a team and lose as a team.

    It still pisses me off the game recap reads, “Casey Janssen blew his first save of the year in the 9th”.

    Janssen fucking did his job.

  63. That sucked. Time to get back on the horse and take the next 3.

  64. On the bright side, they’re 32-23.

  65. LOL NOW the Jays make ESPN’s headlines

    All of their readers will be like, “wait, the Jays won 9 straight?!”

    • Might mostly be because EE tied Mantle’s record. Not that anyone should give a damn about what ESPN has to say.

      Jays are in first. 32-23. Hell yeah.

  66. I still believe and by facts that Reyes is an ALL STAR Defensive Fielder, but please cut that side-arm DOG SHIT PLEASE!! Just THROW It OVER-HAND if your feet are set!!!!

  67. Well that ate a bag of dicks

  68. fuck jose reyes is the worst defensive ss in the league. he is the dominican derek jeter. 20 mil for a guy who can’t throw a ball to first. imagine this fuck in the world series with the game on the line.

    • That’s one of the worst attempts at trolling I’ve ever seen.

      Jeez, take some lessons or something.
      Your game needs some work.

    • It’s funny how people only notice the bad after a loss.

      Even if it’s the first loss in a week and a half.

  69. Guys – I have to ‘fess up here.
    For the past two weeks, I’ve been incommunicado – shut away in a internet-less, cableTV-free dead zone of hell (namely my elderly parents’ place). I don’t own a smartphone – so basically, for the past two weeks, I’ve lived the life of a peasant from the Dark Ages.
    I had no idea the Jays’ were on a streak, nor were in first place until yesterday. I finally retouch with civilization – and they lose.
    I gotta think there’s a connection.
    My bad..I think.

    • Ease your mind.
      While certainly a coincidence,you and your kind are not to blame.
      It is without a doubt Stoeten’s fault. As you may have seen in the preamble,his attendance at Jays games is a precursor to the evil joba that adversely affects the Jays success. Sure they win the odd time he attends but even he will tell you, that would be an outlier,in the statistical sense.
      Same thing happened last year.The Jays lose 8 of 10 games Stoeten attends.
      On those rare occasions that he attends and they do win, it is because I, RADAR, have advance knowledge of the event, thus setting into motion the antidote to avoid catastrophe.
      Without giving too much away, a centuries old ceremony, created by Shamans, involving candles.rythmic ( as opposed to non rythmic )chants,sacrificing a small goat.a cauldron filled with extract of toad ear , eye of newt,hair of dog and some chicken stock for taste,and of course some fricken laser beams for that modern flair ( the Shamans woulda approved).
      So as you see,it’s Stoeten’s fault.Step back from the ledge and live life.You have been released from purgatory.
      Do not worry anymore.It’s not your fault.

      • Chicken stock for taste – nice!

      • Thank fuck for that, RADAR. I was considering a personal one-year sort of self-imposed abstinence from all things Jays-related, just to see if my non-interest would stop the inevitable slide to mediocrity which seems to happen every time I turn on the TV to catch a game – but that was too hard to even consider. I can’t go a week without violating any one of my New Years’ resolutions (or myself, for that matter)
        Thank you for the ju-ju soup recipe, though. But really – a goat? Do you know how hard it is to get a goat these days?

        • People get my goat with surprising regularity.

        • @ fastball

          Getting good quality eye of newt isn’t easy nor cheap ( ever since the eye of newt cartel was formed).
          i’ve since resorted to using artficial eye of newt,unsweetened of course.I tried the one sweetened with aspartame but it had an aftertaste.

  70. I was at the game today. Although it was a heartbreaking loss, I’m not really mad. Sure, Reyes threw a ball in the dirt at EE, but we still had a chance to win it in extras.

    It all comes down to the fact that Angel Hernandez was the home plate ump, which means there was probably going to be a blown call at some point. It just happens that it went against the Jays (Ciriaco’s foul bunt off himself). I really think that call changed the whole dynamic of the inning. If it would have been an 0-2 count, so Escobar would have had to make some steal attempts while Ciriaco would be battling to stay alive. It probably would have been a hell of a lot tougher for them to manufacture even one run in the inning. But hey, umps blow calls… and Hernandez is a little more prone to that than other umps. Just accept it and turn the page.

    And on the bright side, Ciriaco seems to be okay. That play looked pretty bad from way up in the 500-level, and my heart sank immediately when I saw him laying there motionless. I definitely breathed a sigh of relief when he got up. Being a referee of two sports (soccer & basketball), I have definitely seen my fair share of scary injuries. But no matter how many you see, you never get used to it.

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