West coast baseball! As a night person, I’m all for these outstanding start times — nine o’clock today, four tomorrow, ten on Saturday, and four again on Sunday. It’s perfect! Thing is, though, thanks to the Jays’ long history of futility over the last two decades, and the fact that these trips don’t usually happen until deep into the season, they’re not usually this bloody daunting.

Or, they are, but the potential consequences aren’t always so very real. The Jays lead the AL East by just one game over the Orioles, and while the Orioles head into the All-Star break with one tonight in Texas (in which the asshole Rangers scratched Yu Darvish over uncertainty with the weather), three in Boston, a four-game home-and-home with Washington, and three with the Yankees, the Jays get the potential horror show that is the Oakland Coliseum for four, three with the Angels, then three more at Tropicana Field, where they’ve done so abysmally poorly in recent years.

A little too much is probably being made of all this, though, to be honest. Sure, west coast trips are always tough, but neither club’s schedule is particularly easy, and heading out of the break? The Jays host Texas and Boston, then go to the Bronx and Fenway, before closing out the month with the first of a four-game set in Houston. The O’s head out of the break going to Oakland, Anaheim, Seattle, then finish the month hosting the Angels at Camden Yards. It’s not like this stuff doesn’t even out. And when the Jays make their next trip west, and play the Mariners, it’s practically going to be a home game for them. I can live with that!

For now, though, yes, it’s not going to be easy. If the Jays end up five and five in these ten games, I can live with that too. But hoo boy, if doing better than .500 is gravy, let’s get to the damn gravy as soon as we can, and start off a damn win tonight. Sonny Gray and the Jays’ continued lineup issues won’t make it easy, but R.A. Dickey in that ballpark surely has more than just a fighting chance.

Let’s do this!


Yes, Edwin Encarnacion is back out in left field. Hey, he didn’t have the chance to field a ball yesterday, so… found money, right? I don’t know.

Good news, though, Barry Davis tweets that Jose Bautista tells him that he feels much better and could play in right today, but the club has elected to err on the side of caution for at least another day.

And no, that’s not a typo: Colby Rasmus isn’t in the lineup. He “tweaked” his wrist hitting the wall yesterday, says John Gibbons, via a Barry Davis tweet. It’s not serious.

Scott MacArthur tweets that Colby is “day to day,” while Gregor Chisholm adds that the wrist was being evaluated today.

Davis also tweets that Brett Cecil is headed to rejoin his teammates. He’s eligible to be activated from the DL tomorrow, and evidently that’s what’ll happen.

Gregor tweets that it’s not just Cecil who is coming, but that John Gibbons strongly hinted that Erik Kratz could be on the way. Kratz’s arrival could be tied to Colby’s status, Gregor adds, because the Jays would need to stick with five outfielders if Colby needs more than just a day or two. But if Rasmus can be back quickly, Gregor figures that sending down a couple outfielders would make sense (they’d likely be Glenn and Mastroianni).

Not related (directly, at least) to the Jays or this game, but Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News tweets that CC Sabathia has had a setback. Ruh-roh!

TV: Sportsnet

Next game(s): Tomorrow, 4:05 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)
LF Edwin Encarnacion (R)
1B Adam Lind (L)
3B Juan Francisco (L)
2B Munenori Kawasaki (L)
CF Anthony Gose (L)
C Josh Thole (L)

RHP R.A. Dickey

Oakland Athletics

DH John Jaso (L)
3B Alberto Callaspo (S)
LF Yoenis Cespedes (R)
RF Brandon Moss (L)
SS Jed Lowrie (S)
C Stephen Vogt (L)
1B Eric Freiman (R)
2B Eric Sogard (L)
CF Craig Gentry (R)

RHP Sonny Gray


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Comments (332)

  1. coulda been worse, if mastrionni was running he would have been at 3rd by the time that ball was caught

  2. Well, at least we have our big guns up in the 9th.

  3. Just a reminder – Tabby does not like to be “hit on” by fans. We’ve been warned. He will endure it, but under protest.

  4. If buck was fooled what chance did thole have?

  5. A’s just do enough to win with fundamentals. absolutely inexusable though the way the night is going Melky probably would’ve got doubled up anyway if Thole got back

    damn it looked good for extra bases off Reyes bat


  7. Hate to say itodaso but fucking itodaso

  8. Edwin has no business playing in LF.

  9. Holy hell: EE made that flyout look a lot scarier.

  10. Fucking dick fuck does it again

  11. What a shock, Gibby leaves Dicky in too long and the game is out of reach.

    Where have i seen this before?

  12. Ha Edwin looked like a 1B playing LF there

    • Edwin is a joke in LF. That experiment needs to end shortly. Failing which, we deserve to not be a playoff team and be the ridicule of the league. How about Dickey in CF and Lawrie as bullpen coach!? May as well if you are a fan of EE in LF, for fuck sakes!

  13. Eddie is an absolute ballerina out there….

    I never thought I’d say this, but bring on the LH starters.

  14. Eddy is smooth as silk out there. Lol. Whatev’s on any LFer that would have been a SF.

  15. Nice job again by Gibbons. Not. Bye bye first place.

  16. So what if the Dick gives up 10 runs here. He needed to pitch a shut out for this pathetic offence to have a chance.

  17. So moves need to happen now?
    Edwin can’t be playing LF again

  18. Saved the bullpen though.

  19. Cue the impulsive panic/trolling. I know, I’m a tad late

  20. Buck really is insufferable. The reason you leave dickey in is to get him the win? Wow

  21. What is the likely outcome of this road trip? 3 – 7, 2 – 8 ?

    .500 club by the A.S.B.?

  22. If you get 6 or 7 good innings from Dickey then be thankful and take him out of the fucking game. Don’t send him out there for another inning.

  23. Rally caps! This games been too weird for something fun not to happen

  24. First place lead has been diminishing for a month. Why would anyone panic or be critical? LeMasterTroles gonna troll I guess.

  25. Dick fuck and thole played awesome tonight…..dicky wasn’t actually horrible but my god how can he be our ace like buck said. And ya thole was decent with a couple hits but that’s erased by his fuck up on the base paths and his best jp impersonation with the passed ball

  26. Win or lose, those headbangers just made my night.

    • Oakland has some shockingly luxurious hair. Even my dude was impressed.

      • Who wouldn’t be?
        On a related note, i just cut my hair after growing it, without a trim, for eight months. And now it’s curlier than before, it seems.

  27. Haha this game has been absolutely hilarious

  28. Genie won at noon today. Weird how Buck just announced it like it’s breaking news.

  29. I love Gibby but start after start Dickey has done somewhat well then one inning the wheels fall off. No one in the bullpen has pitched a lot lately, in fact, I’m concerned that everyone besides Loup, McGowan and Janssen will be rusty as fuck.

  30. My rally cap just popped off my head and landed right side up.

  31. Im not sure its possible to hit a home run at this ballpark at night, nothing even reaching the track

  32. A’s had better stay in Oakland for the sake of their pitching, holy shit

  33. I still believe

  34. Poop. If only there were more games this season… oh wait.

  35. That was a very entertaining game. I am a satisfied baseball customer.

  36. ah well, back at em tomorrow, lot of tough breaks for the Jays today.

  37. Fucking suckage. 9 and 16 since game 1 of the Cardinals series, where it all started going sideways. If we had gone even 13 and 12 in this stretch we’d be 51-36 and 4 games up. Fucking frustrating team to watch that’s for sure.

    • That’s baseball. Figure it out.

      • Can you be something other than a fucking prickly arrogant bastard once in a while? I was just expressing a little disappointment while making an observation.

        • It’s not a frustrating team to watch, though. It’s baseball. Every team would be frustrating by your measure. They all lose a lot.

          • Of course even the best lose like 60+ games. I don’t find all the losses frustrating but many yes I do and I think for some valid reasons

      • Stoeten,

        Wilner endorsed the lefty masher platoon for Lind notion on the Jays Talk tonight. I suppose we’ll find out more for certain after the road trip with all the LH starters the Jays face.

        I know your not a fan of Cody Ross (if he can return to form since the hip injury), but Gabby Sanchez (If the Pirates fall out of the race), and John Mayberry Jr. come to mind.

        It would be a timely and great post to read if you have the time look into it.

  38. So when does Mark Derosa surprise everyone and un-retire?

  39. Keep your heads up and support the team, guys. Looks like it’ll come down to 3 teams (jays, o’s, and mariners) fighting for 2 playoff spots, and the mariners aren’t even eligible for one of those spots (AL east winner). Objectively, I can’t think of anyone who’d bet against the Jays in that situation.

    It’ll be good to get Cecil back. Bring up Kratz as well and dump 2 of the outfielders. Stop with the circus of players for a little while, and they should be fine.

    • I doubt it’ll be that simple. But no one can honestly expect that there won’t be frustrating losses, or that it’d be the biggest surprise ever if this team didn’t make the playoffs.

      The fact is no one knows what will happen. They aren’t in a bad spot, and things are far from hopeless. They have a solid chance at doing some good things and that’s all you can ask for

  40. The hitting has been fucking shit of late. Joey Bats looked horribly over-matched against some cocksucking closer I’ve never heard of before.

    • Must be a cocksucker if you’ve never head of him Dirk, the guy with the whip of .065 and 60 k’s in 40 ip

  41. Hey Stoets, when do you give Gibby his next Handbone Malone? I think he’s due…

  42. Hey Stoets, have you or has anyone else in here ever been to the shit hole that is the coliseum? It is most definitely on my bucket list. The A’s fans are off their rocks for their team and I love it! I wish Jays fans would lose the golf clap mentality and have little more fun like they do.

    • A’s fans = Raiders fans (those guys nuts)

    • I like the outfield fans (headbangers, the Fry guys last night etc.) but the ones we sat near (last July vs. BoSux…good game) down the 1st base line were just flat out obnoxious…so yes A’s fans = Raiders fans…for better and for worse.

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