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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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These are not your father’s Baltimore Orioles (or, obviously, they’d be a lot more likable)

I’m pretty sure all of Baltimore’s wins this season should be stricken from the record, because it turns out that all along they’ve been cheating. Unless, Y’KNOW, it somehow became legal for them to play TWO GUYS AT SECOND BASE.

Robert AND Dino???!?

HEYO! I’ll be here all week, try the fish…

Scuttlebutt

Wilner tweets that John Farrell confirms that he’s only got one year left on his contract, which… I’m pretty sure we totally knew, though I did hear Wilner shut down a JaysTalk caller the other day who tried to use the Bob Elliott-reported fact.

Wilner also tells us that Chad Beck and Anthony Gose have joined the club and are available tonight, that hitting coach Las Vegas hitting coach Chad Mottola is with the Jays as well, but that Yan Gomes is not.

Shi Davidi adds, on Farrell, that the manager says he is “unequivocally” committed to the Jays.

Jays Journal previews the Dunedin Jays’ Florida State League semifinal, which starts tonight. Or maybe it was Jays Prospects… whatever.

John Lott tweets that the two week negotiating window for minor league affiliations begins September 16th. I get the feeling it might be like how the NHL free agent period opens July first, and a bunch of guys mysteriously have deals negotiated in the first five minutes.

Lott also tweets a great pic of the Expos fans that took over a section of the Rogers centre over the weekend.

What the shit? The Jays’ lineup is identical, pitcher included, to the last time I actually did a full Game Threat, back on Thursday. How about that!

Lastly, for your between-inning viewing pleasure, check out today’s edition of Getting Blanked…

Um… after the rant in the post below, that is.

TV: Sportsnet

And now the 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 or tablet with Score Mobile

Toronto Blue Jays

R. Davis LF
C. Rasmus CF
E. Encarnacion 1B
A. Lind DH
Y. Escobar SS
K. Johnson 2B
M. Sierra RF
J. Mathis C
A. Hechavarria 3B

C. Villanueva RHP

Baltimore Orioles of Baltimora’s Tarzan Boy

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

Z. Britton LHP

 

Image via the Cleveland Fan.

Oh Those OriLOLes

Yes, yes, most days the Getting Blanked Show doesn’t show up around here until the evening’s Game Threat, but I’ve posted it below, since there was enough Jays content in today’s edition (because it’s not like there’s some of that every day, amiright?) that I think it’s worth an early look.

I should warn, however, that though much of our looking of the Jays was through the prism of the Baltimore Orioles– or, as I struggled not to call them on our cuss-free program, the Baltimore fucking Orioles.

Indeed, frustrations are boiling over around the Jays, and the idiot-empowering success of the Baltimore Orioles provides a particularly nasty bit of salt in the wound. I mean, here is exactly the kind of decent-but-deeply-flawed club that the Jays have been fielding for damn near two decades to no avail, having fortune come along to let them take dumb-luck advantage of an astonishing opportunity in the toughest division in baseball.

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What an absolutely crazy few hours it has been, huh? I’m still trying to digest the mammoth news myself, but there really is a whole lot to process, and until we start hearing about the motivations and where the future lies, it’s really difficult to come to any meaningful conclusion about what’s taken place. Whatever it means, I’m glad it’s finally official.

Yes, Colby Rasmus has cornrows.

Scuttlebutt

Oh, did you think I was talking about some other big news? Well, I guess the Dodgers did decide to run a train on the mom of the notion of how much a win above replacement is worth, and some company bought the Score TV network– though not their digital assets, which you would have learned if you’d actually read the entirety of today’s reports or the press release, as so. many. people. fucking didn’t– but… pffft. There’s only one news story that exists today, and it’s Colbrows.

Well… OK, also:

Today marks the return of Brandon Morrow to the Jays’ rotation, but it could be a short one as there’s rain in the Baltimore area, and even though, as of 6:17 PM ET it’s holding off, the sky isn’t looking promising, tweets Barry Davis of Sportsnet.

According to another Davis tweet, Morrow’s outing could be a short one because if there’s any kind of rain delay once the game gets going, he won’t come back out to continue pitching. And even if it clears up, according to a tweet from Mike Wilner, the Jays’ no-longer-arguable ace will be limited to 85 pitches tonight, in his first action since June.

Speaking of Colbrows, ol’ Cleatus ain’t in the lineup tonight, I reckon. He’s being given the day off courtesy John Farrell, a horrific slump, and perhaps the fact that he’s still not quite right, health wise. Seems an odd choice, seeing as the club just (mercifully) sent down Anthony Gose and Adeiny Hechavarria, though. Mike McCoy gets the start in centre.

Lastly, speaking of that pair of green rookies, let’s not go too nuts about how badly devalued they’ve been by their brief MLB experience this month. Not to suggest that they’re at all anywhere close to the same level of player as Mike Trout, but the same principle that might have you thinking that the two Jays prospects are now tarnished assets would also suggest that Mike Trout must therefore have been worth pennies on the dollar when he came up last year and struggled. You don’t exactly have to be Pat Tabler, or otherwise barely able to think your way out of a paper bag, to figure out that that’s simply not true.

TV: Sportsnet

And now the 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 or tablet with Score Mobile

Toronto Blue Jays

R. Davis LF
M. McCoy CF
J. Bautista RF
E. Encarnacion 1B
K. Johnson 2B
Y. Escobar SS
M. Sierra DH
O. Vizquel 3B
J. Mathis C

B. Morrow RHP

Baltimore Orioles

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

S. Johnson RHP

 

Image via Twitter.

Bit of a distracting day around here, job-wise, so I’m thinking there’s a chance I’ll miss posting a Game Threat unless I do so right now. So… that’s what this is. Hopefully I hear what’s going on in time to comfortably resume working and get a real one up before first pitch. If you’re seeing this, I guess we’re still in limbo. Or maybe just still at the bar.

Enjoy the game and the return of Jose Bautista!