No, that’s not a typo in the lineup I’ve posted below: Edwin Encarnacion is indeed your starting left fielder for this afternoon’s game. And that’s… fine.
Y’know, as long as he stays healthy.
I mean, obviously this is not an ideal defensive alignment, but if you’re going to trade defence for offence, you couldn’t do much better than doing so to get one of Edwin, Jose Bautista, or Adam Lind (against a RHP), which is what John Gibbons is doing. And while some may wonder about using Edwin at third base (which would mean replacing Juan Francisco with Brad Glenn), the club decided yesterday that’s not a road they want to go down. And no, the fact that Adam Lind played left field in 2006 doesn’t make it a better idea for him to take his wonky back out there, especially when he’s not getting to any balls faster than Edwin can, nor can he throw as hard as the former third baseman (um… most likely, right?).
It should be… interesting. And J.A Happ is a strikeout pitcher now, so it should be all good, right? Right???
I can live with that.
Alex Anthopoulos spoke to the media before today’s game, ostensibly to talk about the draft picks the club just signed. Here is some of what he was saying:
Drew tweets that AA says there is a scenario in which Aaron Sanchez helps the big league club this season, either as a starter or a reliever.
He adds that Anthopoulos claims a recent arm slot adjustment has really improved Sanchez’s command of late. *COUGH* horseshit *COUGH* Hey, but he only walked one in his last start, as opposed to four each in his first three starts at Triple-A.
Shi Davidi tweets that the GM says Max Pentecost is in Florida right now, but is getting his passport sorted out and will report to Vancouver once he does.
Davidi also tells us that AA says most teams seem to be waiting until the All-Star Break to figure out which direction they’re going to go with respect to trades.
Megan Robinson tweets that word from the GM is that Brett Lawrie is expected to be out the entire month of July.
Not related to AA’s comments, but still worth a mention: today marks the start of the international amateur signing period, and Baseball America’s Ben Badler tweets that the Jays have signed the tenth best prospect on his board, 6’3″ 16-year-old Juan Meza, who is a right-handed pitcher that reportedly throws strikes and has touched the low-90s. They’ve also signed the 30th player on his board.
Next game(s): Tomorrow, 9:05 PM ET @ Oakland
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And now, the lineups…
Toronto Blue Jays
SS Jose Reyes (S)
RF Melky Cabrera (S)
DH Jose Bautista (R)
1B Adam Lind (L)
LF Edwin Encarnacion (R)
C Dioner Navarro (C)
CF Colby Rasmus (L)
3B Juan Francisco (L)
2B Munenori Kawasaki (L)
LHP J.A. Happ
DH Rickie Weeks (R)
RF Ryan Braun (R)
1B Jonathan Lucroy (R)
CF Carlos Gomez (R)
3B Aramis Ramirez (R)
SS Jean Segura (R)
C Martin Maldanado (R)
LF Elian Herrera (S)
2B Jeff Bianchi (R)
RHP Wily Peralta