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.

Go Jays!


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.

Bob Elliott tweets a link from the Washington Post, telling us that the Jays’ third-rounder, Nick Wells, will sign for slot — $661,800. So… that’ll play.

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 last week, but this was definitely my favourite:

Maurice (Toronto)
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.

TV: Sportsnet

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

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 Trevor Plouffe (R)
C Kurt Suzuki (R)
SS Eduardo Nunez (R)

RHP Phil Hughes

Comments (309)

  1. It’s still early somewhere……

  2. well shit..

  3. fuck

  4. Price is Right sound.

  5. When i was happy there was still this nagging voice FML

  6. They can at least still try to not get shut out

  7. God, Kopecky just tries to throw the same goddamn pitch over and over to Morales. He was looking for it and he got it. Not good pitch calling IMO.

  8. At least it’s not 5-0 amirite

  9. Is it a bad thing if we score runs??
    I mean, have the rules of the game changed in the past week? It’s alright to fucking score.
    Seriously guys…let’s not pull a Leafs here.
    (“pulling a Leafs” is now a verb. I looked it up)

  10. Losing happens, but can we not get shutout for the 4th time in a 5 game period?

    • Bad vibes began when Reyes turf’d a ball to EE that would have won the game. Ever since I’ve seen poor fielding and lame batting.

      • There are no such things as vibes, unless you’re a real hep cat referring to a vibraphone. Be serious.

  11. Every ump that calls a fucking ball outside to a lefty a strike can GO TO HELL. Might be biased.

    • It’s fine when the entire strikezone is shifted over but when they are also calling strikes on the inside corner, it’s enough to drive you insane.

      • It’s ridiculous how often it’s called on lefties though. Do they not realize they’re consistently fucking up there?

        • I’m pretty sure it’s just a commonly accepted phenomenon now.

          The zone for lefty hitters is shifted outside. Just like the strikezone is narrower near the top and bottom, bulges near the bottom, grows on 3-0 counts and shrinks on 0-2 counts.

          I do wonder what would happen to hitters if they made the change to robot umps and didn’t include any of these accepted oddities. How long would hitters be thrown off? Would Bautista smash a weatherstation?

          • That should read “bulges near the middle”.

            There are probably other typos but I’m not going to finish reading it over.

    • The lefty strike is a well known thing. Accept it. Embrace it. Use it to your advantage.

  12. What happened to our sign flasher?????

    • He replaced him with a guy from the DR to ensure even better communication to our sluggers. Unfortunately he got arrested the very first game for indecent exposure. Something must have gotten lost in translation.

  13. Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit amphetamines.

    • Stick to the glue, it’s cheaper.

    • Try anti-depressants. They work wonders for me.

    • So Billy…do you like movies about Gladiators?

      • Roger Murdock: Flight 2-0-9′er, you are cleared for take-off.
        Captain Oveur: Roger!
        Roger Murdock: Huh?
        Tower voice: L.A. departure frequency, 123 point 9′er.
        Captain Oveur: Roger!
        Roger Murdock: Huh?
        Victor Basta: Request vector, over.
        Captain Oveur: What?
        Tower voice: Flight 2-0-9′er cleared for vector 324.
        Roger Murdock: We have clearance, Clarence.
        Captain Oveur: Roger, Roger. What’s our vector, Victor?
        Tower voice: Tower’s radio clearance, over!
        Captain Oveur: That’s Clarence Oveur. Over.
        Tower voice: Over.
        Captain Oveur: Roger.
        Roger Murdock: Huh?
        Tower voice: Roger, over!
        Roger Murdock: What?
        Captain Oveur: Huh?
        Victor Basta: Who?

  14. When PitchFX doesn’t know if you’re throwing a fastball or a curveball, you probably suck.

  15. Was anyone else besides Korecky available?

  16. Say, how about we cheer ourselves up by calling Wilner with suggestions to bring up Kawasaki to improve the Jays offense?

    • Did you see Wilner during the pre-game? It was my first exposure to him. Apparently he will routinely be sharing “Wilner’s Wisdom” TM with us.

  17. Shutout 4 of the last 5 games, outscored 24-5 in that span. Here comes the oh so predictable collapse. 5 his team is dogcrap after all ha ha ha

  18. A run! A run!


  20. Does EE have a Riverdance class after the game?

  21. 6-3 could make it interesting….

  22. Why was lind held there? I know he’s slow but I think he would’ve been in

  23. Pitching needs to be upgraded still I hope the jays don’t waste this offense they have with question marks in the rotation

    • don’t worry, chad Jenkins will be starting soon

    • This topic can’t be mentioned here or you’ll have insults hurled at you by Dear Leader

      • I am all for letting a guy start who has had 6 major league starts in the last 2 years, has never pitched under 5 innings or let more than 2 earned runs in all 6 starts.

        But then again I’m also for letting liam Hendricks keep starting until he shits the bed at least once

  24. If Lind still owns an OF glove, that would have been a solid time to go with Thole.

  25. Gibby seems to like Cecil in the 9th inning of games like this

    • I’m not really sure what’s going on with Cecil….he hasn’t been quite as good this year, but with the state of the pen he hasn’t done enough to get demoted.

      • From Cecil and Delabar to Loup and McGowan. You never really know what to expect from relievers

        • I was referring more to Gibby’s usage and non-usage of him…he’s struggling a little compared to 2013, but I still consider him one of the top 4 options out of the pen.

          • Yeah but we can see who the go-to guys are in the high leverage situations. Cecil is starting to see much less of those, but he’s still plenty good

  26. Is that a typo? Did Tolleson really hit the first pitch?

    • no typo, didn’t take a single pitch on the guy that gave up the winning run 2 nights ago

      • Well it’s not like Tolleson’s been in that situation much in his short-lived major league career.

        • His career is short lived because he’s not very good. His minor league numbers are average at best, and he’s 30 y/o with 87 ML games under his belt.

      • As long as Tolleson is used properly, he’s just fine, and we don’t need an upgrade at 2B.

        I know this because I was insulted and set right by Dear Leader again after suggesting that If we have Lawrie at 3B, 2B is a hole. If we have him at 2B, 3B is a hole.

        Apparently, this observation was so obviously and laughably false that ignoring the comment or responding in a civil manner would not suffice. No, only insults befit such a ridiculous comment.

        Tolleson and Francisco are just fine (as long as they’re used properly). I know this because Dear Leader said so.

  27. Jesus Juan the fucking pitches low and away. Reminds me of Wells and the shoulder high fastballs. Gotta learn to lay off that shit.

  28. shitty as this game is,
    stroman is the man
    i think it goes buerhle, stroman, dickey, hutch, happ
    in order of expecting a good start

  29. Is it time to panic yet?

  30. Yeah it’s time to fucking panic! Wait, it’s June 11?? Never mind.

  31. Jays can do more damage (to themselves or other AL-East) with up coming Os and Yanks series. Lets forget the most recent Cards (excellent team) and Twins (annoyingly scrappy team) series. Plate focus, better D, and tossing strikes.

  32. aaaaaand I’m 0-6.

  33. Thanks. We need someone to blame.

  34. not that it would’ve mattered, but did gibbons know that Korecky pitched last night in Syracuse?

  35. Can’t believe I took a day off of work to watch the jays suck cock in front of 40000 screaming kids

    • Hope you learned your lesson. Avoid kids’ day.

    • It’s a good thing it’s the end of the day or the laugh that just erupted out of me reading that would have been as inappropriate as the comment itself.

      I just can’t stop picturing thousands of kids screaming in terror, pushing and climbing over each other, trying to escape the Rogers Center and the display of homosexuality that they refuse to accept.

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