The Orioles have already lost once today (they’re playing a doubleheader with the Rays), bringing the Jays’ lead in the AL East back up to 2.5 games, with a chance for it to grow even more, as they send R.A. Dickey to the hill to face the Chicago White Sox. Hopefully the knuckle is dancing, because guys like Jose Abreu and Adam Dunn could certainly do some damage with one swing of the bat.
On the other hand, a win ensures at least a tie in this four-game series, which is a good thing with Chris Sale going for the ChiSox tomorrow. And Sunday’s starter, Quintana? That creep can roll.
The Jays counter with Marcus Stroman and Mark Buehrle in those games, though, so it’s not like they don’t have a chance. Should be a good weekend of #PITCHING… y’know, once we get through this one. Is Dickey seriously currently the Jays’ fifth best starter??!? Until Happ lays another egg, I think he is! So… not for long, most likely.
I know Bautista and Lawrie being out makes it considerably worse, but this Jays lineup against the left-handed Jon Danks? Woof. Let’s see some Chase Headley! (And no, let’s not see some Adam Lind against a lefty, for fuck sakes. Quit that dumb noise.)
Hey, hold on, Happ threw a gem despite his magic personal catcher being sent down. Super weird!
Barry Davis tweets that Bret Cecil threw a bullpen session today, and Brandon Morrow played catch again as well. They’ll “see how he feels today,” says John Gibbons (via a Megan Robinson tweet). “Shouldn’t be long.” He won’t be eligible to come off the DL until next weekend, when the Jays visit Oakland.
Davis adds that Cecil said the session went well, and that he hopes to pitch for the Bisons in Syracuse on Tuesday.
Mike Wilner tweets that Colby Rasmus isn’t in today’s lineup because John Gibbons wanted to give him a day off, seeing as he just returned from a hamstring problem. He adds that ol’ Gibbers says he went with Munenori Kawasaki today over Juan Francisco because he preferred someone who is at least likely to make some contact.
Megan Robinson tweets that Jose Bautista “will workout tomorrow, get treatment, and be assessed. Could be put in on Sunday to DH or pinch-hit, if OK.”
Megan also tells us that Steve Tolleson won’t have to use those glasses anyway — a couple eye drops from the specialist completely cleared up his issue. OK then.
John Lott tweets that Dalton Pompey has been promoted to New Hampshire. Those footsteps you hear… only exist if you’re Anthony Gose or Kevin Pillar.
Lott also tweets a link to his piece on last night, regarding Dioner Navarro’s awesome, hilarious adventures in baserunning. “I might kill Luis if he sends me again,” the Jays’ catcher says.
Rather than save this for a Daily Duce that I’m sure I’ll finally get around to doing next week, Chris Toman tweets a link to his piece at Gamereax in which he looks at Marcus Stroman, who has been the Jays’ best pitcher since he made his first start, back on May 31st.
Next game(s): Tomorrow, 1:07 PM ET vs. White Sox; Sunday, 1:07 PM ET vs. White Sox
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And now, the lineups…
Toronto Blue Jays
SS Jose Reyes (S)
LF Melky Cabrera (S)
1B Edwin Encarnacion (R)
DH Dioner Navarro (S)
RF Brad Glenn (R)
3B Steve Tolleson (R)
2B Munenori Kawasaki (L)
CF Anthony Gose (L)
C Josh Thole (L)
RHP R.A. Dickey
Chicago White Sox
CF Leury Garcia (S)
2B Gordon Beckham (R)
3B Connor Gillaspie (L)
1B Jose Abreu (R)
DH Adam Dunn (L)
SS Alexei Ramirez (R)
RF Dayan Viciedo (R)
LF Alejandro de Aza (L)
Tyler Flowers (R)
LHP Jon Danks