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GAME THREAT FORTHCOMING!

Or not. Um… I’ll explain later.

Batter WPA aLI
3B – Lawrie -0.036 0.69
CF – Rasmus 0.018 0.78
DH – Encarnacion -0.042 0.74 Pitcher WPA aLI
SS – Escobar 0.009 0.60 SP – Laffey 0.333 0.95
1B – Gomes 0.103 0.82 RP – Delabar -0.002 0.82
RF – Davis -0.054 0.85 RP – Cecil 0.040 1.76
2B – Hechavarria 0.061 0.78 RP – Lyon 0.031 1.17
C – Arencibia 0.021 0.55 RP – Oliver 0.028 0.37
LF – Gose -0.029 0.70 RP – Janssen 0.018 0.61

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Alright, more playoff-atmosphere’d baseball! Y’know, for us too leech off of the damn Baltimore Orioles and their insufferably fucking lucky fans.

Let’s stick a knife in their hearts.

Layin’ Down the Law

Aaaaaaand because I didn’t have time to squeeze them into today’s Afternoon Snack, it’s the Jays-related nuggets from last Thursday’s KLawchat at ESPN.com

Dave (NJ)
Do you think Brian Butterfield is a legitimate candidate to manage in Houston in 2013?
Klaw
I have no idea what his chances are, but I would certainly endorse him, having worked with him several years in Toronto.

Richard (Toronto)
What does the move from Las Vegas to Buffalo mean for the Jays developmentally, more consistent stats to analyze, better ballpark, closer to home? Did the Jays essentially win the jackpot by getting Buffalo as an affiliate?
Klaw
Better ballpark is the key. Look at Gose, Snider, Hechavarria in Vegas this year. Totally misleading, and it’s harder to develop hitters in that environment, not just pitchers.

Zack (San Diego)
If Vizquel did reach 3,000 hits, how would that affect your opinion of his HOF chances, if they do at all? I know you are not a big fan and think of him as a homeless man’s Ozzie Smith
Klaw
It would not. I don’t believe in arbitrary benchmarks for the HoF.

Scuttlebutt

Nah, screw scuttlebutt. Except that, for your between inning viewing pleasure, here’s today’s edition of Getting Blanked. (Audio here). (Subscribe on iTunes for audio and video).

TV: Sportsnet

And now the Game One lineups, by way of the live box score at theScore.com. And for those of you who’ll be out and about, be sure to follow all the action on your phone with Score Mobile

Toronto Blue Jays

B. Lawrie 3B
C. Rasmus CF
E. Encarnacion DH
Y. Escobar SS
Y. Gomes 1B
R. Davis RF
A. Hechavarria 2B
J. Arencibia C
A. Gose LF

A. Laffey LHP

Baltimore Orioles of Baltimora’s Tarzan Boy

N. McLouth LF
J. Hardy SS
A. Jones CF
M. Wieters C
M. Reynolds 1B
C. Davis RF
M. Machado 3B
S. Tolleson DH
R. Andino 2B

J. Saunders LHP

 

Image via @toysubmarine/@mattomic.

I honestly don’t know what’s more depressing: the spectre of watching eight hours of baseball from the September 2012 version of the Toronto Blue Jays, or having to write that “87″ next to the name of the Baltimore Orioles– equal to the most wins the Jays have had in a full season since 1998, and one win behind the best Jays season since the damn World Series years, with ten games still left to play.

Oh, who am I kidding… clearly it’s the eight hours!

Ugh. And nine times out of ten, I’m pretty sure I’d be Ernie damn Banks on the proposition. It’s just… this happens to be that tenth time, I think.

Go Jays, though. Let’s spoil this bitch!

Scuttlebutt

Starting in Game Two, later this evening, will be Ricky Romero and outlaw country superstar Wei-Yin Chennings. Didn’t Romero and Alvarez both start in the last doubleheader, too?

Um… yeah. That’s about alls I got. Except this!

Lastly, for your between inning viewing pleasure, here’s today’s edition of Getting Blanked. (Audio here). (Subscribe on iTunes for audio and video).

TV: Sportsnet

And now the Game One lineups, by way of the live box score at theScore.com. And for those of you who’ll be out and about, be sure to follow all the action on your phone with Score Mobile

Toronto Blue Jays

B. Lawrie 3B
C. Rasmus CF
E. Encarnacion DH
A. Lind 1B
R. Davis RF
K. Johnson 2B
A. Hechavarria SS
J. Mathis C
A. Gose LF

H. Alvarez RHP

Baltimore Orioles of Baltimora’s Tarzan Boy

N. McLouth LF
J. Hardy SS
C. Davis RF
A. Jones CF
M. Wieters C
J. Thome DH
M. Reynolds 1B
R. Flaherty 2B
M. Machado 3B

S. Johnson ShB

 

Image via @toysubmarine/@mattomic.

The Jays begin a four game set in Baltimore later this afternoon with game one an old school twi-night doubleheader (making up for the rainout of August 26th), and as much as I’d hope we’ve all stopped having anything resembling faith in the Jays’ ability to win in any given outing, seeing as even they seem to have checked out weeks ago– they were .500 at the All-Star Break, and have been nineteen games below in the second half– this series certainly does present a wicked opportunity for our boys in blue to deliciously set back Baltimore’s little, impossibly ridiculous dream.

OK, so maybe it’s a little fucking shameful to be rooting so openly and vigorously against a team and a fan base that closely mirrors our own– and, therefore, for the status quo to essentially be maintained, and the Yankees to hold strong in the division– but that’s part of what, for me at least, makes the seething I feel unstoppable. I mean, O’s fans have experienced AL East frustration on par with what we have over the last decade– probably worse– and what they’re doing now is precisely what JP Ricciardi was always talking when he tried to soothe our jangled nerves by insisting that the clubs he put together really could be contenders, just as long as everything broke right.

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Batter WPA aLI
LF – Davis 0.161 1.38
CF – Rasmus -0.077 0.72
1B – Encarnacion -0.046 0.53
DH – Lind -0.012 0.74
SS – Escobar 0.048 0.99 Pitcher WPA aLI
2B – Johnson 0.198 0.92 SP – Morrow 0.146 1.13
C – Torreabla -0.157 1.09 RP – Delabar 0.065 1.00
3B – Hechavarria 0.054 1.77 RP – Oliver 0.049 0.99
RF – Gose 0.055 1.08 RP – Janssen 0.015 0.41

Bests / Worsts and the Gif of the game after the jump!
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Batter WPA aLI
LF – Davis -0.002 1.05
CF – Rasmus -0.082 0.79
DH – Encarnacion -0.037 0.81
DH – Lind -0.083 1.04
SS – Escobar 0.002 0.56 Pitcher WPA aLI
2B – Johnson -0.048 0.62 SP – Villanueva -0.154 0.77
RF – Sierra -0.003 0.67 RP – Loup -0.026 0.08
C – Mathis -0.081 0.94 RP – Beck -0.001 0.00
3B – Hechavarria 0.010 0.71 RP – Lyon 0.000 0.00

Bests / Worsts and the Gif of the game after the jump!
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