The skies over downtown Detroit are clearing as we speak, and should improve markedly in the hour or so following what the image above forecasts, so I don’t doubt that we’ll see some baseball tonight, but there’s a chance it could be a while before we go. Gregor Chisholm tweets at 6:25, though, that “the tarp is coming off at Comerica Park and the sun is starting to shine through the clouds. Should be able to start this game on time.” I can live with that. Especially since, while it’s not April, and the game-time temperature will be a hell of a lot closer to 20 degrees than it will zero. But… uh… if Mother Nature does turn shitty, how do we feel about the Jays whipping the Dick out — along with his magic knucklepitch — in rainy conditions?

Not good, I suspect. And hopefully we don’t have to find out.

On the other hand, the Jays already have a leg up in this three-game set, following last night’s ninth inning awesomeness and unawesomeness and awesomeness again. So… I can live with that. And they face Rick Porcello tonight, who… while he’s been pretty excellent so far this year (3.68 ERA, 3.93 FIP, 3.68 xFIP), might be the kind of starter the Jays can get to. He doesn’t get a tonne of strikeouts (16.3%), and while an improved defence behind him surely is helping keep his BABIP lower than it has been in any of the previous four seasons, at .290 it’s pretty low, while he sports quite a bit higher-that-usual ground ball rate, and is giving up more line drives than ever before in his career, and fly balls at a rate higher than he has in three years. Inducing flies at Comerica doesn’t sound like the worst thing a pitcher could do (fingers crossed, R.A.), but the Jays certainly have demonstrated the ability to put them where the defenders can’t reach, and it doesn’t hurt that, along with the A’s, they lead the majors in wRC+ against right-handed pitchers, too.

Yep. Oh, yep. I can live with that.

Go Jays!


Brendan Kennedy tweets a tidbit via Buster Olney, which is the fact that the eight runs scored in the ninth inning by the Jays and Tigers were the most combined runs scored ever in a game with eight scoreless innings. Toldja it was a weird’n!

The Tigers D’d Danny Worth FA today, calling up some infield help in Eugenio Suarez. Sports Illustrated has it, apparently.

Yours truly tweets, “RA has reverse splits this year, but hadn’t for the past 3. Tigers hardly have any LHB, but Don Kelly (L) out for Castellanos (R). Hmm.”

While we’re on the subject, if you want all the irreverence and breaking news and yelling and instant hot takes of DJF polluting your Twitter feed, follow me. If you really just want the important stuff — and the notifications when posts go up — follow @DrunkJaysFans. We please to aim!

Note the start time for tomorrow, folks!

TV: Sportsnet

Next game(s): Tomorrow, 1:08 PM ET @ Detroit

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

Detroit Tigers

LF Rajai Davis (R)
2B Ian Kinsler (R)
1B Miguel Cabrera (R)
DH Victor Martinez (S)
RF Torii Hunter (R)
CF Austin Jackson (R)
C Alex Avila (L)
3B Nick Castellanos (R)
SS Andrew Romine (S)

RHP Rick Porcello


Image via The Weather Network.

Comments (568)

  1. Game saving pitching by Loup.

  2. Loup the best.

  3. Loup Garou

  4. Aaron Loup for MVP.

  5. Loup is just fuckin amazing.

  6. I get the feeling there’s a smidge of destiny guiding this team…

  7. wow

  8. I am boner

  9. The Wolf is a rockstar

  10. Snoop-a-Loup!

  11. Holy shit what an inning for Loup

  12. Loup de loup!

  13. Loooouuup ! that’s a spicy meatball !!!

  14. I think I’ve figured it out, everyone. We thought that we were getting a Cy Young winner named Dickey. But here’s what actually happened:

    In 2012, Dickey started 6 games against Miami. 2 of those, he matched up against Mark Buerhle. The second of those was late in September, when Dickey was putting the finishing touches on the Cy Young season. Dickey was sure he would be dominant for at least another couple years. Buerhle had other plans.

    Buerhle, along with employing an ultra-secret fastball that no hitter can see, employs a team of secret witch doctors. Buerhle decided that to prolong his career, he should make himself the Cy calibre pitcher. He decided that he and Dickey should essentially switch levels of ability, in terms of pitching performance. So his witch doctors began the process. Like his fastball, it’s a slow play.

    They were teammates last year, and neither were very good in the first half. Then, they appeared to turn a corner. In mid-July the procedure finished. Dickey took fairly well to his diminished abilities, while Buerhle took the second half of 2013 to feel out his new abilities.

    Buerhle is the Cy Young winner, not Dickey. Dickey is Buerhle, and Buerhle is Dickey.

    As I finished typing this load of slop, Wolf Monster comes in and FUCKING OWNS THE SHIT OUT OF THOSE TIGERS!

  15. That. Was. The. Business.

  16. oh SHIT that was huge…love ya Loup

  17. snoop a loup

  18. Froot Loups

  19. Encardo !!!!!

  20. Well done loup!


  22. L-OOO-UP!

  23. Dickey still in position to pick up the W.

  24. Loupppppppp man that was 3 crazy outs!

  25. Holy shit Loup. That was a thing of beauty.

  26. That was a hell of a “hold”

  27. Minnesota seems like it belongs in the nightmare of 2013, not the pipe dream that is 2014.

  28. That’s back to back starts where Dickey
    has done an excellent impersonation of a # 7 starter.
    That is a bit of a concern.

  29. Why is Loup walking funny to the dugout? Because his balls are as big as basketballs now.

  30. oakland has bases loaded, none out. lets hope they do better than the tigers did

  31. Loup Ferrigno

  32. Meanwhile, the A’s have the bases juiced and no outs. Trailing only by one

  33. RIP Don Zimmer. :(

  34. R.I.P. Don Zimmer. Not even an association with the Skankees can tarnish a long, quality career as a baseball man. A class act through and through, including going toe to toe with Pedro.

  35. Don Zimmer, the 2nd most important figure of the Joe Torre ERA. RIP

  36. Same situation in the Yankee game, A’s just tied it on a sac fly.

  37. Ok now let’s score MOAR runs please

  38. Just saw that Bud Norris is pitching for the Whoreiols. Not a fan of Norris since that idiocy about the Singleton extension. C’mon Texas!

  39. I just don’t think the Orioles have any starting pitching to be a serious contender.

    • Pretty weak looking, overall. Nelson Cruz has bolstered them greatly, and they’re still only one run over even differential including tonight so far.

  40. Sweet Jesus is this team playing well.

  41. Awesome, Loup.
    I love baseball.

    • One hell of a performance by Loup. AA apparently fielded a shit load of calls from opposing GM’s this past offseason for Monsieur Loup

  42. I just had a flashback to what those routine grounders and double play balls looked like when Bonifacio was at second.

  43. simply majestic.

  44. loup to cecil to casey. love it

  45. Jays seem to always find some pretty good lefty relievers down through the years.
    Carlson, Rzepczynski, Perez, Cecil (as a reliever) Loup.

  46. When does Colby come back? Serious question, not bait.

    • He’s rehabbing now, but there’s no definitive timeline. He’s well past the 15 days of the DL, so whenever he’s feeling good.

    • Stoeten mentioned in the Duce there’s no mention of a return date yet.

  47. Loup is French for wolf

  48. A million Sportsnet channels and none of them are showing the draft tomorrow?

  49. Ok Reyes, you don’t HAVE to steal 3rd….but I’d like it

  50. Ya gotta like that!

  51. Bing bam boom! Good work boys.

  52. wow speeeeeeed kills indeed

  53. Running on Rajai…

  54. This Jays game has been bonerific.

  55. Scouting reports: The third base coach knows Rajai very much

  56. I love 2014.

  57. Nice work Rivera.

  58. The ol Davis arm

  59. I don’t miss Rajai’s flaccid arm

    • I can’t remember last year that well but didn’t he throw a guy out at home in the same game he made “the catch” ?

  60. 2014 Yo.

    I love this team

  61. Loup has a .469 WPA for this game so far.

  62. Spaghetti is excellent in many dishes. Not left field, though.

  63. I think this is the first time I’ve heard anyone talk about Luis Rivera as a third base coach and not use words like “idiot” or “wtf”

  64. LOL.

  65. Buck is going to run out of jizz by August at this rate.

  66. Who are these bums?

  67. LOVE IT!

  68. well done melkman!

  69. Either luck or skill, we are punishing this Tiger ‘pen again!

  70. Joey Batz
    Erik Kratz
    Juan Fatz
    Army Hatz
    Edwins Latz
    Lawries Spatz

    2014 Y’all


  72. Is there nothing this team can’t do? I ask you!

  73. Lind never hits the first pitch. Ever. Ever. Adam Lind, strike 1.

  74. 1993 Blue Jays ERA + 103.

    2014 Blue Jays ERA + 103


  75. Swing low, sweet chariooooot

    Coming for to carry me hoooooooome

  76. Kittenface!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  77. Like a generic deejay: The hits keep on coming!

  78. Kitty Kitty Mew Mew!

  79. Lind continues his six pound gun assault on right handed pitching.

  80. OK Gibby?? No Delabar tonight , right?

  81. Sweet Lind

  82. What is with the Lind/Reyes cat claw high five thing?

  83. Just make the entire batting order the AL All-Star team

    What an offence

  84. wow what a great game

  85. All right Juan. Ice this sucker.

  86. Fat Juan is offended with this show of intentionality!!

  87. Okay okay.
    Lind can keep the nest on his chin.

  88. Jeez, Leyland looks decades younger since shaving that moustache…

  89. Common A’ssssss

  90. A’s now lead the Yankees 5-4

  91. Give Coke a little bump

  92. Tolleson super utility guy!

  93. Anything we get from Towlie, is infinite more than JPA last year

  94. Just a little bit outside.

  95. Jimmy Leyland laughing it up in the Jays dugout with Buehrle and Hutch.

    Love it.

    • That’s who that was? I thought it was some random clubbie. And what the hell is he doing in the road dugout?

      • Jim Leyland doesn’t care about anything really. I don’t know of any other manager who smoked in the dugout during games.

  96. Boston game just started.

  97. Went out for 20 minutes, sounds like I missed some fun.
    This team is crazy!

  98. Goggles!!!!!

  99. Sure, Avilla really tried to avoid that breaking ball.

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