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The Jays’ lineup for tonight has been posted, and even the chance to take a turn against right-handed Twins shitballer Kevin Correia has apparently not been enough to convince John Gibbons to not let Juan Francisco drop farther down his lineup, tumbling like a rotting pumpkin down a mid-November staircase.

Er…

What I mean to say is, Juan Francisco hasn’t been the same guy lately as he was when he first showed up. To wit: he only played one game in the span of five days surrounding May 21st (and 0-fer that I’m not including in the sample) and since then he’s been a little bit too Arencibia-like for anybody’s comfort. A line of .167/.222/.405, producing a wRC+ of 68.

Now, that’s just a fifteen game sample (some of which he entered merely as a pinch hitter), covering 45 plate appearances. He has certainly earned the right to go into a trough for a couple weeks, sporting, as he does, a .301 ISO — which would be good for fifth in baseball if he had enough at-bats to qualify for the batting title — and a wRC+ of 139 (top 25 in MLB with the same caveat). This is no time to abandon ship, but the trend is certainly something to be monitored. Two walks in 45 plate appearances? That’s not good — especially not for a guy who came with big reservations about his plate discipline.

It’s still just 150 plate appearances so far — and I’m not sure whatinthefuck Dioner Navarro has done, exactly, to hit ahead of him — so a couple big nights can swing things entirely the other way. Let’s not go looking up Dan Johnson’s stats in Buffalo, in other words. But… we’ll see. We’ll see…

Doesn’t feel quite so bad as it did a week ago to think that Colby Rasmus is soon going to be back, though, does it?

I can live with that.

Go Jays!

Scuttlebutt

John Lott tweets that Sergio Santos begins his rehab assignment with New Hampshire tonight.

Via Chris Zelkovich of Yahoo! Sports, the Jays hit 998,000 TV viewers back on Friday. That’s a lot!

Note the time on tomorrow’s game, folks. FYI, it’s “Kids day,” so bring your earplugs if you’re headed to the Dome.

Lastly, we know now that pitcher wins are pretty useless, but that doesn’t mean Bob Welch’s epic 27 wins in 1990 weren’t pretty seriously amazing — and back at a time when baseball was everything. RIP.

TV: Sportsnet

Next game(s): Tomorrow, 12:37 PM ET vs. Minnesota

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

LHP J.A. Happ

Minnesota Twins

CF Danny Santana (S)
2B Brian Dozier (R)
1B Joe Mauer (L)
LF Josh Willingham (R)
DH Kendrys Morales (S)
RF Oswaldo Arcia (L)
3B Eduardo Nunez (R)
C Kurt Suzuki (R)
SS Eduardo Escobar (S)

RHP Kevin Correia

Comments (288)

  1. I thought Ventura was out with elbow trouble? Nice play Tolley.

  2. PIllar has sadness in his eyes.

    I hope he hits a dinger today

  3. Could use some fucking runs dudes!

  4. Delabar seems to have rediscovered throwing strikes!

  5. Jays sure have hung a bunch of zeros on their fans on this homestand. Unlucky tonight..

  6. Quick get Edwin a live chicken.

  7. on the bright side these strawberries are delicious

  8. AA get ahead of the curb. The firewall is upon us.

  9. Danny Santana: The Soft Single Sultan

  10. I’m pretty upset about Mauer being slightly terrible. It makes me feel really conflicted. What can be done? The heart wants what it wants.

    On a positive note – I’ve got more mini gourmet cupcakes!

  11. I was on a plane for the entirety of the game. Landed and checked the score.
    Did we just get shut out by Kevin fucking Correia??

  12. Rays can’t buy a win right now.

  13. We’ll just give Hughes the Blues.

    Catch you kids tomorrow.

  14. Well shit. Gotta pull for the Sux to take care of things.

    • I’d rather see Baltimore beat Boston and close the gap than see the horror of Boston winning. And I don’t even like Baltimore all that much.

  15. Cue the moron squad proclaiming that a June collapse is in full-swing.

  16. wow, Blue jays talk callers never disappoint. Just when you think you’ve heard it all, an idiot calls up and talks about what is preventing the opposition from watching TV.

  17. Just watched Connected.
    I like Tim and Sid but..
    Awkward.
    Just trying too hard.

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