Give us some Stroman! Um… y’know… from a safe distance, that is.
I don’t say that because the curveball-that-looks-like-a-slider thing he throws is so disgustingly filthy that it might be lethal — though that would be a good guess.
No, I say that because this isn’t your little brother’s businessman’s special today. Or… wait– no! It is your little brother’s businessman’s special today, because it’s fucking Kids Day! Or School Day… or… whatever it is they call it when the Rogers Centre gets overwhelmed by shrieking children when I’m just trying to have a damn drink and enjoy some baseball!
But, actually, I kid. This maybe isn’t the day that I’m happiest to skip out on the office and take in some mid-week afternoon baseball, but I can’t begrudge the club for encouraging younger fans to take in a game. Good on them, I guess. It’ll keep the beer lines small if you do end up going, or it’ll give you an excuse to go watch the game with some cheaper beers in a bar, and get an even better look at the ridiculous stuff Marcus Stroman brings to the mound.
I can live with that.
A roster move! Kevin Pillar has been sent back down to Buffalo, and Bobby Korecky recalled. Shi Davidi of the Rogers-owned Rogers Sportsnet tweeted this news from Rogers Centre on the Rogers-owned Blue Jays first.
Of the move, Drew tweets that he thinks the “Blue Jays seem very wary of a short Stroman outing. With Redmond and Jenkins going long this week, figure Korecky is the caddy for today?”
Gregor Chisholm adds that John Gibbons said that Pillar became the odd man out on the roster because the club isn’t scheduled to face a lefty starter for the next ten days. He follows up by tweeting, though, that the Jays are likely to add a position player following today’s game — with Darin “Pat” Mastroianni a possibility. Which kinda takes us back to what GROF said…
When Korecky was recalled the last time, John Lott wrote about the secret of his new-found success for the National Post.
Ken Rosenthal talks Jays at Fox Sports, saying that they can’t limit themselves to just rentals — they have to go for it, he says.
Steve Tolleson against a right-hander? Yes, Juan Francisco has been that cold of late.
Sergio Santos didn’t have a great rehab outing for New Hampshire last night, but not quite as bad as the line makes it look, according to a tweet from Fisher Cats play-by-play man Bob Lipman. “Strikeout, line drive single, walk, strikeout, infield single, misplayed fly ball (double) allows 3 runs,” is how he says it went down.
John Lott spoke to Alex Anthopoulos about the status of Colby Rasmus, and he tweets that the GM warns that, despite some other, slightly more positive reports, the club is just “hopeful” that their centre fielder will get into a rehab assignment by week’s end. He has “not played a game in extended spring,” we’re old.
Marcus Stroman tweets a birthday felicitation to Jose Reyes. He makes $16-million this year, $22-million each of the following three years, and turns 31 today. But that’s OK, because he’s fucking awesome. And the third best Jose in baseball!
There were a few Jays-related tidbits in Keith Law’s post-draft chat with readers at ESPN.com last week, but this was definitely my favourite:
Would the Jays picking Toronto’s own Gareth Morgan over Reid-Foley have been defensible?
No. I didn’t understand Jays fans’ desire for the team to take Canadian players when I worked there and I don’t understand it now. This is major league baseball not the freaking World Cup.
Not baseball-related, but holy shit The Ray Hudson Soundboard.
Get down to the park if you can, because it’s the last Jays home game for nearly two weeks — until the Yankees come to town following a road trip that will first send the Jays to the Bronx, following their weekend series at Baltimore and next weekend’s visit to Cincinnati. Big divisional matchups upcoming! And how great is it going to be to go in thinking, “Hey, if we even just win one of three, they’re not gaining that much ground”? Not that we don’t want more, of course. And not that we can’t damn well get it.
Next game(s): Tomorrow, 7:05 PM ET @ Baltimore — and at the DJF shindig Opera Bob’s!
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 Edwin Encarnacion (R)
1B Adam Lind (L)
3B Brett Lawrie (R)
C Erik Kratz (R)
2B Steve Tolleson (R)
CF Anthony Gose (L)
RHP Marcus Stroman
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 Trevor Plouffe (R)
C Kurt Suzuki (R)
SS Eduardo Nunez (R)
RHP Phil Hughes