OK, so obviously that’s not a picture of Big Hirok above there, but it is a picture of his mound opponent, Drew Hutchison, who is having a very nice year so far for the Jays, even though of late he’s alternated between good starts and bad. One earned over 5.2 against the Red Sox, then five in five against the Rays (albeit in a win). Seven three-hit shutout innings against the Tigers, then five runs in three innings against the Cards. Seven strong and none earned in Baltimore, then four in 4.1 against these bloody Yanks.
So… I’m not super into this pattern continuing, but if it wants to for just one more start, considering he’s due a gem, I can live with that. Especially since it would obviously be real fucking nice to return the favour that the Yankees did to us last week and sweep them.
Right? So let’s do it!
First off, Drew’s piece for theScore in which he interviews Marcus Stroman is awesome, and even though I’m going to link it again the next time I do a Daily Duce, I can’t wait that long to share it. Read it.
As you can see below, Edwin Encarnacion is evidently fine, as he’s in the lineup. Adam Lind is apparently OK to play through some pain, too, because he’s in at first base while Edwin — who John Gibbons told reporters last night merely had a “fat lip” — takes a night at DH. So, the Twitter doctors can slither back down their holes now, I guess. It’s possible to hit your head pretty fucking hard and not get a concussion, by the way.
John Lott tweets that even Edwin himself is amazed that he suffered no ill effects of the blow from Teixeira.
Speaking of the lineup, um… I cannot fathom there being an actual, reasonable, non-microsplit reason for Colby Rasmus to be hitting below Navarro and Francisco tonight. Can. Not. (Gibby still the best, though.)
I really should have used this as the image in last night’s Half-Assed DJF Post-Game (HADPG? Y’know, the ol’ Had Pig), because it remains amazing.
Barry Davis tweets that Jose Bautista says his hamstring is feeling better, but that he won’t be available for at least the next few days. Ugh.
On the possibility of Jose pinch hitting, Megan Robinson tweets that John Gibbons says it’s possible, but he really wants to make sure his star slugger is “good to go” before using him.
Megan also tells us that, when asked at what point he starts to get excited about where his team is in the standings, Gibbers replied, “three weeks ago.” NAILS MUCH?
Back to Drew, as he tweets that the fans in the stands at the Rogers Centre were clapping as Tim Lincecum got the final outs of his no hitter today, which was shown live on the Jumbotron. Cool stuff, though… the folks there that early probably tend to be the more eager baseball fans, right? I’m kinda just making that up, but… seems reasonable. (Also of note: TimmyTheBest.)
Pro tip: Search FanGraphs for “Big Hirok” and after Kuroda the suggestion is “Big Jeff Pfeffer”. (He was 6’1 185, FYI).
Next game(s): Tomorrow, 7:07 PM ET vs. White Sox
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)
1B Adam Lind (L)
DH Edwin Encarnacion (R)
C Dioner Navarro (S)
3B Juan Francisco (L)
CF Colby Rasmus (L)
2B Munenori Kawasaki (L)
RF Anthony Gose (R)
RHP Drew Hutchison
New York Yankees
LF Brett Gardner (L)
SS Derek Jeter (R)
CF Jacoby Ellsbury (L)
1B Mark Teixeira (S)
DH Carlos Beltran (S)
RF Ichiro! (L)
2B Brian Roberts (S)
3B Kelly Johnson (L)
C Francisco Cervelli (R)
RHP Hiroki Kuroda