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This remains fucking fun.

The Jays are in Detroit for the kind of titanic battle that not even RoboCop could put a stop to (especially the shitty 2014 non-Peter Weller version), clashing with a division leader the way that they did with the Oakland A’s a weekend before last. It doesn’t even feel impossible that they could get the same result! But let’s not get ahead of ourselves here. Despite being a percentage point behind the Jays in the AL standings and losers of six of their last ten games, the Tigers are a tough nut to crack, they’ve got the best hitter in baseball, their starting pitching is, for the most part, superb, and the Jays don’t have the advantage of playing at home like they did against Oakland.

What do they have now, though? A fucking four game lead in the AL East for the first time since 1993.

I can live with that.

Scuttlebutt

Jesus J. Jones, it sure does make one not want to write something here about the fact that the Jays, apparently, took the team bus to Detroit for this series, rather than fly, when all just about anybody can think to respond to it is “MEUH MONEY FRYE ROGGET!!!” But it seems note worthy enough, given that it doesn’t seem like the millionaires took particularly well to cruising down the 401. To wit:

Thing is, at least according to Google Maps, it’s a 3 hour 45 minute drive from stadium to stadium, or about an hour flight, plus a half hour to travel to and from the airports. Factor in whatever time is needed for security and all that and it’s probably pretty close to a wash. So maybe it was a justifiable cost saving thing? Justifiable, though. Sounds justifiable to me.

RoboCop lobbed a pitch that bounced before reaching the plate, tweets John Lott. Oh, Detroit. (How much do you think it would have taken to get Verlander to don the suit unbeknownst to anyone, and to fucking fire one in there? Could it have hurt to ask?)

Shi Davidi tweets that Colby Rasmus is down in Florida still trying to get healthy, but that there has been no date set yet for his rehab assignment.

The Jays are going to eat Anibals like Robert Coello tonight. I think I have that right.

Not gonna lie: gonna be watching Hutchison’s velocity a bit tonight.

TV: Sportsnet

Next game(s): Tomorrow, 7:08 PM ET @ Detroit

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And now, the lineups… 

Toronto Blue Jays

SS Jose Reyes (S)
LF Melky Cabrera (S)
RF Jose Bautista (R)
1B Edwin Encarnacion (R)
DH Adam Lind (L)
2B Brett Lawrie (R)
3B Juan Francisco (L)
C Dioner Navarro (S)
CF Anthony Gose (L)

RHP Drew Hutchison

Detroit Tigers

2B Ian Kinsler (R)
RF Torii Hunter (R)
1B Miguel Cabrera (R)
DH Victor Martinez (S)
LF J.D. Martinez (R)
3B Don Kelly (L)
CF Austin Jackson (R)
C Alex Avila (L)
SS Andrew Romine (S)

RHP Anibal Sanchez

Comments (552)

  1. Oh great. A REVIEW. Thats what everyone wants in a 1-0 9th inning 2 men on 1 out game

  2. I’m good with that…Reyes has GOT to wake up!!

  3. Heads up by Bautista to snag 2B.

  4. With edwing at the plate…WHY HAVE A LEAD OFF at third???

  5. Sneaky Bautista

  6. Slippery Spiderman Dominican voodoo on that tag. Like Robbie used to do.

    Reyes is a blast.

  7. Cmon Kitty. Show us what you got vs these LHP sons of clowns.

    • Redacted. Cmon Pillar, give us a reason why the Jays shouldnt send you down….or whatever the hell you said.

  8. Will Lind get to hit here?

  9. Was that Pillar off the bench?

  10. Kratz smash?

  11. Jesus, I think I’d have left Lind in there. Any pitch with movement baffles Pillar.

  12. Honestly, a little disappointed to see Reyes caught napping at 3rd late in a 1-run game especially after “the throw” game not long ago.

  13. Nice job Pillar.

  14. 2 runs for Casey is nice. Add some more plz.

  15. Noice

  16. Fuck you Tigers.

  17. the fact that gibby is willing to pinch hit pillar for lind makes gibby so sexy to me.

  18. That was seriously Pillar’s first RBI?

  19. It’s nice to see the Tigers blow three relievers in one inning in the first game of this series.

  20. Al Alburquerque? Will he be followed by Chick Chicago or Boz Boston?

  21. Kinda nice that the Tigers are burning 5 relievers on the first game of a series when their starter was on a role.

    • Yup.

      On the other hand, it’s too bad the rest of their starters this series are pretty damn good [itchers.

      GONE!!!!!!!! CJ Delivers!!

  22. Put it on ice here CJ

  23. Albuquerque’s short arms are distracting.

  24. This inning is taking years and years. I like it it’s just I have some shit to get done, you know?

  25. Lawrie!

  26. BOY CANADA PREVAILS ABOVE ALL. SIMULATE THAT MLB 2014 THE SHOW

  27. Yesssssssssssssssssssss.

    My guy

  28. Oh My!
    Very sweet.

  29. unexpected awesomeness

  30. Hallelujah!!!

  31. heyzooooooos!

  32. Sweet maple goodness!

  33. This pitching duel got out ta hand in a hurry

  34. Oppo taco baby! Let’s mix up our vodka, redbull, and maple syrup and raise a glass!

  35. sweet man

  36. Red bull gives you motherfucking mapble boners

  37. BOOM Muthafucka!!!!!!!!!!

  38. Sit down Casey

  39. Lawing down the Lawrie

  40. WTF is going on???? This is impossible !!!

    This team can’t be doing this, can it????

    • I care, just a little bit.
      Toronto gets mentions in Goldeneye and Kimmel but not SNB?
      We are important. Our city is huge; our baseball team is successful in the AL East, and for the above reasons, we can’t be in the same league as 85% of the
      MLB teams out there?
      I call haterism.

  41. Sit the Fuck Down Casey Janssen!

    No save to be had courtesy of Canadian Hay-Soos!

    What a fucking inning!

  42. The other way in a big park to boot!!

  43. So much for a tight game.

  44. Juan giving Detroit the Mercy out, could of fired another homer, but did not feel like it.

  45. That twitching Sportsnet graphic summarizes Brett Lawrie perfectly

  46. BOOM BABY BIG BOY BRETT BE BASHING BOMBS

  47. Aaaaaand they don’t have to burn Jansen!

  48. Was that a broadcast glitch or lawrie twitching?

  49. Man, look at that rally-killing home run. The inning ended on the very next batter.

  50. The Playstation 4 robots are right again! Well, kinda. They said Lawrie would also hit a triple. But still…freaky!

  51. Booom…captain canuck!!!

  52. Question, why are you guys calling Lawrie CJ?
    I’m obviously behind the times.

  53. An advertisement for Labatt Blue in Detroit….? They even sell that out there…? wtf?

  54. why did sportsnet show lawrie career bases loaded stat after the hr. The homerun helps put the game away but it was not a slam. there was no one on 2nd.

  55. Awesome game. This winning thing really is fun.

  56. Hey bean, have you caught the Lind/Reyes kitten claw high five after a home run yet?

    They did it again the other day after Lind scored on a parrot sighting.

  57. Strikes please

  58. and Delabar will try to give all the runs back now

  59. Yo Stevey D, lets see some strikes

  60. Reyes looked like he was Redbulled on Lawries HR.

  61. just walk him at this point

  62. “What strikezone?” – Steve Delabar

  63. I wonder if the added weight of that beard is throwing off his delivery.

    • Gotta be somethin…maybe it’s interrupting the air currents.
      Whatever, I’d order him to shave it if I were AA.

  64. Delebar gonna nibble!!

  65. Delabad.

  66. Velocity is kinda low,,,, 92/93mph.

  67. God dammit Delabar stop it

  68. Fuck, I know baseball is hard, but man, throw a fucking strike

  69. dammit, now casey has to get up

  70. Getting real tired of your shit, Delabar.

  71. Delabar has lost the strike zone. Don’t send Ricky to help him find it.

  72. No Steve, we like it when the other team throws balls. We want you to throw strikes.

  73. 5 run lead
    Just throw strikes.

  74. Jesus fuck Delabar. I know it’s a 5-0 game but fucking put some god damn strikes in there you bearded boondoggle.

  75. at least he is missing low

  76. The beauty of Lawrie’s HR was it saved us from using Casey tonight.

  77. This ump has even had enough of Delabars shit lol. “Fuck it, here’s a couple strike calls”

  78. casey is warming though

  79. If I’m curt with you it’s because time is a factor. I think fast, I talk fast and I need you guys to act fast if you wanna get out of this. So, pretty please… with sugar on top.Throw a fucking strike.

  80. Thanks Victor. Ball three.

  81. Why the fuck is anybody even swinging at Delabar’s pitches?

  82. Holy shit as if he swung at that.

  83. He did not throw a single strike that AB if you ask me…

  84. Thats what happens when ya leave em up fella

  85. Go home Delabar, you’re drunk.

  86. God dammit get Casey in there and stop it now.

  87. What’s up Delabar?

  88. Is this where one goes “oh shit”?

  89. Ca-rap.

  90. Love ya Steve Delabar but you need to go on the DL

  91. well yank that fucker….can’t believe how he got so shitty so fast.

  92. exactly why you don’t walk people…..

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