Let’s try this again, eh? Just don’t get swept, and the Yankees can’t pass you. Win the series, gain ground. It’s simple stuff. Stuff that isn’t nearly as difficult to accomplish as the poor insufferable souls already convinced the Jays are fucked are pathologically desperate to think, I’m sure. Stuff they may well not accomplish, in fact. But simple stuff.

Yes, it’s gonna be a grind if they’re going to stay in this fight. A “grindddd,” perhaps, if Brett Lawrie was still here. But, of course, he’s now on the DL with a fractured finger.

The White Sox then a very good Brewers team are next, followed by trip to Oakland, Anaheim, and the house of horrors in Tampa before we go into the All-Star break. The season won’t be made or broken here in the next three weeks, but a replay of their awful last two-ish — with eleven losses in 15 games — could go a long way towards the latter. Yes, somewhere in the incoherent goo oozing forth from out of their keyboards, the doomsayers have a tiny kernel sense: the Jays can’t keep playing like they have. It’s just… y’know… it’s as dumb to believe that they will as it was to have believed they’d always play like they did in May, or that the ghosts of 2013 will surely haunt us, as if the team isn’t stronger in the rotation, stronger in defence, stronger in left field and at catcher, and — even counting the recent troubles with injuries — better health. Oh, and… uh… not to mention that they’re in a ridiculously better position, too.

It’s gonna be a fun ride. Now let’s see what these guys can do! A little bit of adversity never hurt anyone. And a chance to watch Marcus Stroman tonight? Sold! Go Jays!


Sticking with the injury stuff, the Jays announced earlier today that Lawrie is officially on the DL, and also that Erik Kratz has been optioned back to Buffalo, with Kevin Pillar and Anthony Gose both being recalled.

Chris Toman tweets that John Gibbons says the doctors figure Lawrie will be out three-to-six weeks. “Doctors here will check him out and we’ll get a little better idea on that,” he said, referring to the club’s doctors here in Toronto.

This latest bout of injury news is not all bad, though. In fact, “we lucked out,” says Gibbers according to a tweet from Mike Wilner, regarding Jose Bautista’s MRI results. The slugger has a “mild” strain, and hopes to only miss two or three days. There are no plans as yet to place him on the DL.

It’s not out of the question that Bautista could land on the DL, though. Wilner tweets that Jose “wouldn’t say for sure that he’d be back in 2-3 days, but hopes he can play at some point in this series.” John Lott quotes him as saying “there’s a really good chance I can avoid this, yes.”

Brendan Kennedy tweets that Jose says there’s a pretty good chance he could pinch hit at some point in this series if needed.

In Jose’s absence, Shi Davidi tweets that the club intends on platooning Gose and Pillar in right field — at which point, he adds, one will be sent back down. The club will also continue with Kawasaki and Tolleson platooning at second, and Francisco manning third (though he’ll occasionally be spelled by Tolleson as well).

Asked if it wouldn’t be a better option to have Gose play centre on the days in which he’s in the lineup, I explained it thusly: “Tactically, yes. Politically, no. I’d lean towards tactics, but I get it.” Right?

Aaaaand more injury stuff: John Lott tweets that Adam Lind says it will be “a little while” before the foot he fouled a ball off of last week will be fully healed, but it turns out he’s a trooper. Lind will DH and bat third tonight. “Playing doesn’t help,” he tells Lott, but at this point he has no choice.

Better news: Jose Reyes is in the lineup and says, according to another Lott tweet, that his leg is “nothing to worry about.”

Moving on, Bautista tweets that he’s been chosen as the AL’s captain for the Home Run Derby at the All-Star Game, and requests help from fans in selecting his fellow participants (*COUGH* Edwin *COUGH*).

And lastly — and bestly — Jose has a message all those doubters out there in Blue Jay Land, via a Mike Wilner tweet: “If they want to root for the Yankees or Red Sox, be my guest. They shouldn’t be Jays fans.”

TV: Sportsnet

Next game(s): Tomorrow, 7:07 PM ET vs. Yankees

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And now, the lineups… 

Toronto Blue Jays

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

RHP Marcus Stroman

New York Yankees

LF Brett Gardner (L)
DH Carlos Beltran (S)
CF Jacoby Ellsbury (L)
1B Mark Teixeira (S)
C Brian McCann (L)
3B Kelly Johnson (L)
2B Brian Roberts (S)
RF Ichiro! (L)
SS Brendan Ryan (R)

RHP Chase Whitley

Comments (338)

  1. Fukin Gose-that was ded red

  2. Fuk that was one of the slowest turned DP’s I’ve seen.
    elky is a tad on the slow side-begeezus

  3. Nice catch Gose!

  4. One thing about Gose-He is a + outfielder, much better than Rasmus. Hope he learns to hit a bit-no fear is right

  5. Everything’s coming up Blue Jays!

  6. And that folks is why you love to play with the lead. Gardner could not run and take the chnace so we get a Dp. If they’re winning or tieed he runs and no DP-shows why you need pitching (stroman) and D (gose)

  7. Ok, Spuds smasher and the gang. Got to go play my game in a fukin drizzle. You got to carry the mail for me here. Will catch with y’all later

  8. That ballboy just got eaten up

  9. I think I may have to start dating GSMC, if it’s ok with his wife.

  10. Chicago just went ahead of Balto.

  11. This ump! Strike three to Edwin was off the plate and strikes one and two to Colby were too!

    • My kingdom for a pitch framer.

    • Certainly there are bad umps out there (see last series in NYY) but I just think of how many times I try to guess exactly where a pitch that has been made but hasn’t shown up yet on’s pitch tracker and I am wrong, and well … calling balls and strikes isn’t always easy I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt on a few pitches here and there.

  12. Has Rasmus hit a homer since he got back?

  13. Cletus rocks (and walks).

  14. Buck and Tabby would like to see Stroman stretched out. And they think he’s been keeping his body in great shape.

  15. Beautiful slider on Ellsbury.

  16. That curve is filthy.

  17. Should have given him a standing O. He is likely done after 7 strong and 100 pitches against the Yanks.

  18. Must be cookin in the dome. I’m no where near Toronto and too lazy to look up the weather but it looks muggy.

    • Radio folk were complaining about the humidity so I didn’t go out. But then I had to go get some allergy stuff so I wore shorts + it was not humid @ all. I was kinda cold. Shamelessly showing my gams to the neighbourhood like a hussy.

      Anyway, it’s been raining a bit + it’s quite cool/definitely not humid. However, Under The Dome it’s always really sticky.

  19. People think I’m gay all the time. I don’t speak with a lisp or pluck my eyebrows or anything but I love women’s fashion. Meanwhile, dudes with frosted tips that cry about their girlfriends think themselves manly mwn.
    Down with prejudice and stereotyping!

    And, boy, what an arm.

  20. The hell is Johnny Mac doing playing short for the bad guys tonight?

  21. Did I mention I’m in the hammer and paid 18 bucks for a Samuel smiths chocolate stout at a local pub yesterday
    .actually thrice…was worth every penny..jays 2014 are fun…cheers

  22. Did I mention I’m in the hammer and paid 18 bucks for a Samuel smiths chocolate stout at a local pub yesterday
    .actually thrice…was worth every penny..jays 2014 are fun…cheers..

  23. Nobody warming in the pen?

  24. I’m assuming stroman is in so that Gibby can pull him to a standing o?

  25. Guess not

  26. so it looks like that stroman fella be pretty good eh

  27. One of the few times I didn’t want Ichiro (!) to get a hit.

  28. Anybody notice how “Stroman” and “Stoeten” are very similar? Anybody ever see them in the same room together?

  29. We might have something with this Stroman kid.

  30. Quick question or fellow DJF’s.. I have extra flex pack tickets available. The jays are demanding that I pick my games prior to August 1 otherwise they will assign my tickets to specific dates.

    Option A) bet that the Jays will be in a pennant race, & pick dates in Sept.
    Option B) bet that the jays will be out of the race in Sept, so pick dates in July & August to enjoy the open dome.

    I really want to believe in Option A….

    • Option A. Never get off the bus.

    • The Jays WILL BE IN THE PENNANT RACE. There is only one option.

    • Option A. Ride this bandwagon till it burns.

      At the very least a miserable September will let you justify sneaking alcohol into the dome to drown the sorrow.

      • +1… but my Doctor said I might develop I fatty liver if I continue drinking beer like I did yesterday after Lawrie & Bautista got hurt.

        I am hopeful that Rogers will let AA take on extra payroll in 2014 to ensure a playoff run.

        We are 1 pitcher & 1 infielder short of the playoffs.

    • FFS Oakville69, you’ve got a whole month before you need to pull the trigger.

      • @Small Potatoes.

        I know that but I am very nervous about Rogers not letting AA make any trades that will improve the team.

        I think this is the year to blow the budget & go for it. It’s weird that the Red sox & Yankees
        haven’t dominated.

    • I stopped reading after Option A, because that is the only option.

    • Don’t be a chickenshit Oakville. backload that mother. I’ll see you in September.

    • I get why they’d want those picked by then but boy, it seems to me the ticket office is ruled more and more by the corporate overlords.

      Love the season but still a little bitter they forced me to buy a second season seat or they were moving me 3 aisles over

  31. Griffs mail bag. After seeing stroman start a second time versus the Yankees do you think it is easier for a pitcher to face a batter a second time or the other way around

  32. Nice step forward tonight for Stroman.
    There will be bumps in the road,
    as there are with most young pitchers,
    but the kid looks like a keeper.

  33. Only downside, is the Yanks somehow managed to only use 3 pitchers. Poo.

    • But the lefty, Huff, threw 61 pitches. He probably won’t be available for the rest of the series. That could help alot because the Jays are missing 2 RH bats in JB and Lawrie and have a lot of LH batters.

  34. Adam Lind is crazy good against RHP.

    Stroman was great tonight.

    This has been one of the most quickly played blowouts ever.

  35. Oh, Jenkins… What do you say, give him 40 pitches to get two more outs before you bring in a more useful reliever?

  36. Anyone want to guess what the handjobs will be complaining about tonight?

  37. Woo!

  38. White Sox up 4-2 on Orioles
    Pirates up 6-1 on Rays

  39. Kelly Johnson can fuck right off.

  40. Marcus fuckin Stroman.

  41. Close to surgical

  42. Jays are fucking pathetic.
    Dominated the yankees.
    Bunch of losers.

  43. He doesn’t seem to be straining either

  44. I’ll watch one more game.

  45. Matt Smoral struck out 8 in 3 innings for Bluefield

  46. White Sox up 4-3 on the Orioles, going into the bottom of the ninth.

  47. Chris Davis can fuck right off too.

  48. Belisario is the worst!

  49. Orioles win with a Chris Davis walk off 3 run HR.

  50. Orioles schedule leading up to the All-Star break is kinda pathetic.

    4 vs Tampa
    4 vs Washington
    4 vs Texas
    3 vs Boston
    3 vs NYY
    2 vs CWS

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