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Welp. Let’s try this again.

I’d say more, but I think I’ve spilled enough words since last night about whatever the fuck is going on, and frankly… I’m not ready to think about what the hell might be about to happen.

Hey, but Aaron Sanchez is here! That’s something!

Scuttlebutt

Mike Wilner tweets that John Gibbons says Ryan Goins is “here to play.” Ugh. Better news, though, as he adds that Brett Lawrie swung a modified bat today. So… he’s progressing, at least, even if the thinking in the Jays’ front office about Goins necessarily isn’t.

Brenan Kennedy tweets that Gibbers says Sanchez will have his innings limited to about 130 this season. He’s at 100.1 so far in the minors. He adds that Gibbons says he’ll look to get Sanchez into games at the start of a clean inning, rather than with runners on, at least at first.

Another tweet from Kennedy tells us that while Steve Tolleson didn’t hit the paternity list today, his wife is due within the next couple of weeks.

John Lott tweets that Erik Kratz lost his spot mostly because the Jays aren’t scheduled to face any left-handed starters until they get to Fenway Park next week.

More from Lott: Gibbons on Francisco playing first base: “He can play it… you hope.” And on Goins: “He’ll play a lot out there.” Ugh.

Francisco is in there tonight over Dan Johnson, according to a tweet from Barry Davis, because of some microsplits. Great.

Ben Wagner tweets that in Buffalo last night, Steve Delabar had his best outing since being sent down: “4K in 2 scoreless. Velo +/- 95mph, nasty split.” Get him back up here if he keeps this up!

Megan Robinson tells us that Aaron Sanchez is the youngest pitcher on an MLB active roster right now. (By the way, he was drafted out of high school — where the Jays have focussed heavily — in Alex Anthopoulos’s first draft as GM. Think about that, maybe, before you complain about how so few of the guys he’s drafted aren’t in the big leagues yet).

Scott MacArthur notices that the Cubs have D’d Darwin Barney FA, calling him the right-handed Ryan Goins. Well, he’s got a .358 OBP against lefties this year, so Eno Sarris retweets a half-serious suggestion: Barney for Sergio Santos? I dunno, could be a thing.

The Blue Jays almost had Jose Bautista receive tonight’s “first pitch” — a serve from Milos Raonic — but thought better of it, according to a tweet from Barry Davis. Milos said that even if he took a lot off his serve, it would still be upwards of 100 mph, so… yeah, probably a good idea (though Buehrle did it, and it’s not like he’s a whole lot less crucial).

“There’ll be other seasons,” tweets a soulless ghoul.

AA Speaks (via some of my own tweets)

“Any time you see us linked to a player daily and it’s not from a Cdn-based media outlet, normally there’s not anything to it,” says AA.

Anthopoulos on Fan 590 says he’s talking trades, and about a specific player that he hasn’t heard out there as yet.

“We’re in a holding pattern for the next five or six days,” AA says he’s been told by another GM. Extra Wild Card changes calculations.

AA laying groundwork for disappointment? Says more may happen in August this year. (Believable, though, to be fair.)

No other plans or thoughts for Hutchison. “He’s going to make his next start,” Anthopoulos says.

Next game(s): Tomorrow, 7:07 PM ET vs. Boston

For those of you who’ll be out and about, be sure to follow all the action on your phone with theScore app.

And now, the lineups… 

Toronto Blue Jays

SS Jose Reyes (S)
LF Melky Cabrera (S)
RF Jose Bautista (R)
C Dioner Navarro (R)
DH Colby Rasmus (L)
1B Juan Francisco (L)
3B Munenori Kawasaki (L)
2B Ryan Goins (L)
CF Anthony Gose (L)

LHP J.A. Happ

Boston Red Sox

CF Brock Holt (L)
2B Dustin Pedroia (R)
DH David Ortiz (L)
1B Mike Napoli (R)
LF Jonny Gomes (R)
RF Shane Victorino (R)
SS Stephen Drew (L)
3B Xander Bogaerts (R)
C David Ross (R)

RHP Jake Peavy

 

Image via @BKennedyStar.

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The Red Sox are charging, and the Jays really ought to do themselves and the rest of baseball a favour over the four game set that begins tonight at Rogers Centre, and put these fucks out of their misery and straight into the “sellers” category. Not that that’s necessarily the best long-term thing for the rest of the AL East, given the excellent collection of prospects that Boston already boasts, but fuck it. Let’s not let these dickholes back into the race — and at just 7.5 games out of it, the folks in Boston could certainly be forgiven for thinking that they just might be able to do it. There’s a fucking world I don’t want to live in, eh? Especially if it comes at the Jays’ expense. And don’t look now, but it’s not exactly like the Sox are playing with a team full of total rotting garbage, either. It’s not going well for them, but there are still a lot of guys playing tonight that won themselves World Series rings last year and that were supposed to be the core of a definite contender this year.

In other words, remember when the Sox got themselves in a deep hole back in the first couple months of the season? Well… it was still early then.

Let’s do this. Go Jays!

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When starting on four days rest this season Drew Hutchison’s opponents have OPS’d .798 and he’s posted a 4.81 ERA with a 1.44 WHIP and 1.71 strikeouts for every walk. On five days rest that OPS drops to .720, with a 4.58 ERA, a 1.31 WHIP, and 3.33 strikeouts for every walk. In the two starts he’s made on six or more days of rest the OPS is .375, the ERA 0.00, the WHIP 0.73, and the K/BB up to 3.67. He pitches tonight having had eight full days between starts.

Nails much? John Lott tweets that John Gibbons says Edwin Encarnacion and Adam Lind are in Florida, and both scheduled to take batting practice tomorrow, with Edwin also set to do some fielding as well. Nails mu– oh, right. Already said that bit.

Brendan Kennedy tweets that despite the strong attendance over the weekend, the Jays are still 198,000 behind last season’s pace in terms of attendance. Just guessing, but I think this might have had something to do with how the club did fuck all this winter.

Lastly, I didn’t bother mentioning it in today’s Assorted Weekend Thoughts post, because it simply goes without saying, but just so we’re clear, Colby Lewis is a dumb.

Next game(s): Tomorrow, 7:07 PM ET vs. Boston

For those of you who’ll be out and about, be sure to follow all the action on your phone with theScore app.

And now, the lineups… 

Toronto Blue Jays

SS Jose Reyes (S)
2B Munenori Kawasaki (L)
LF Melky Cabrera (S)
DH Jose Bautista (R)
CF Colby Rasmus (L)
1B Dan Johnson (L)
C Erik Kratz (R)
3B Juan Francisco (L)
RF Anthony Gose (L)

RHP Drew Hutchison

Boston Red Sox

RF Brock Holt (L)
2B Dustin Pedroia (R)
DH David Ortiz (L)
1B Mike Napoli (R)
LF Daniel Nava (S)
SS Stephen Drew (L)
3B Xander Bogaerts (R)
CF Jackie Bradley Jr. (L)
C Christian Vazquez (R)

RHP John Lackey

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Scuttlebutt

Brendan Kennedy tweets that the Jays have shuffled their rotation, moving R.A. Dickey up to Sunday at Tropicana Field, instead of J.A. Happ. Part of the reasoning, according to John Gibbons, is that “he’s been so good down here.” Makes sense.

More from Gibby, via Brendan, as we’re told that the manager says Jose Bautista is healthy enough to play right field right now, but that he’ll possibly still play first base this weekend, in order to keep him off the turf.

John Lott tweets that John Gibbons downplayed the story about Adam Lind’s mom suggesting he have the MRI that diagnosed his fractured foot, saying that it was scheduled by the club’s trainer after the pain got worse. Weird that the team wouldn’t want it to look like their staff was out-doctored by a player’s mom.

Barry Davis adds that “for those asking about the 6-8 week diagnosis on Lind, I’m hearing that was from the initial injury, not from Wednesday.”

Brendan tells us that no team in the Majors has used replay more often than the Jays this year. I can live with that.

Ben Nicholson-Smith tweets that A.J. Jimenez has been added to the World roster for the Futures Game, while Liam Hendriks will start the Triple-A All-Star game.

Lastly, today’s Schadenfreude Alert is from Marc Tompkin of the Tampa Bay Times, who reports that Yunel Escobar is back in the Rays lineup today, but wonders if that’s really such a a good thing.

Next game(s): Tomorrow, 4:10 PM ET @ Tampa; Sunday, 1:10 PM ET @ Tampa

For those of you who’ll be out and about, be sure to follow all the action on your phone with theScore app.

And now, the lineups… 

Toronto Blue Jays

SS Jose Reyes (S)
2B Munenori Kawasaki (L)
RF Melky Cabrera (S)
1B Jose Bautista (R)
C Dioner Navarro (S)
RF Nolan Reimold (R)
CF Colby Rasmus (L)
DH Dan Johnson (L)
3B Juan Francisco

LHP Mark Buehrle

Tampa Bay Rays

CF Desmond Jennings (R)
RF Ben Zobrist (S)
LF Brandon Guyer (R)
3B Evan Longoria (R)
1B James Loney (L)
DH Sean Rodriguez (R)
SS Yunel Escobar (R)
C Jose Molina (R)
2B Logan Forsythe (R)

RHP Chris Archer

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There is literally no way I’m watching this afternoon’s Jays game. Not with a damn World Cup semi-final going on, and a menu of krokets, herring, and heartbreak on tap. And it’s a shame, too, because somewhere around the middle of last night’s win, this team actually looked vaguely watchable again! So… there’s that.

Hup Jays Hup!

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What is there to even say at this point? WIN A FUCKING GAME.

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Barry Davis tweets that Cole Gillespie is ailing, having hurt his oblique while swinging today. BUT WHO WILL PLATOON WITH LIND AND SUCK??? Davis adds that a DL stint might be possible, which… sure, gets some big league DL money before the inevitable DFA. Why not?

John Lott tweets a link to his great piece from the National Post on Dan Johnson, who awaits his turn in Buffalo, tearing up the International League.

Next game(s): Tomorrow, 3:35 PM ET @ Anaheim

For those of you who’ll be out and about, be sure to follow all the action on your phone with theScore app.

And now, the lineups… 

Toronto Blue Jays

SS Jose Reyes (S)
3B Steve Tolleson (R)
RF Melky Cabrera (S)
1B Jose Bautista (R)
RF Nolan Reimold (R)
DH Dioner Navarro (S)
CF Darin Mastroianni (R)
2B Munenori Kawasaki (L)
C Josh Thole (L)

RHP R.A. Dickey

Los Angeles Angels Of Anaheim

RF Cole Calhoun (L)
DH Mike Trout (R)
1B Albert Pujols (R)
CF Josh Hamilton (L)
SS Erick Aybar (S)
2B Howie Kendrick (R)
C Chris Ianetta (R)
LF Collin Cowgill (L)
3B John McDonald (R)

LHP Tyler Skaggs

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You’d think the Jays record was a whole lot worse than those numbers in the heading on the post would show, given the corrosive state of the conversation surrounding the team right now — which, given the way they’ve played of late, I can’t say isn’t exactly warranted — but thankfully we don’t have that to talk about tonight as we head into another west coast game, with J.A. Happ taking on the Angels’ Jered Weaver in Anaheim.

Why don’t we have to talk about that? Because something fucking weird is going on, is why.

Gregor Chisholm tweeted earlier this evening that, according to John Gibbons, the Jays are planning on platooning Colby Rasmus and Darin Mastroianni in centre for a while, and Adam Lind and Cole Gillespie, “for a little while,” or “at least until someone gets hot.”

In this scenario, Erik Kratz, for some reason, remains in the minors, despite the fact that the club has the two aforementioned centre fielders, corner outfielders Gillespie, Jose Bautista (who starts tonight at first), Melky Cabrera, new addition Nolan Reimold, along with the versatile Steve Tolleson, who can play there in a pinch as well.

That’s not the only reason the move is strange, though. We’re now supposed to believe that Gillespie — the fifth right-handed outfielder on the depth chart (fourth if you count Bautista as an infielder for the time being) — is going to get regular at-bats against left-handed pitching?

Maybe the Jays are crazy enough to actually believe in some awfully small splits. Against lefties in the majors this season Gillespie has batted .275/.351/.314 in 57 plate appearances. If nothing else, that’s at least a decent on-base, but broaden the sample to include his 13 minor league plate appearances against lefties this year — in the damn PCL, no less — and the overall 2014 line slumps to .230/.329/.262. In 2013, at both the MLB and AAA level, Gillespie slashed .257/.322/.362 in 118 plate appearances against lefties. Over his 155 career plate appearances in the majors against left-handers he’s slashed .220/.284/.270.

He is barely anyone’s big-leaguer, let alone anyone’s lefty-mashing half of a platoon. I’m pretty sure he’s no Kevin Pillar, even.

So what the hell is going on?

Well, maybe Kratz is hurt and nobody is saying so. Maybe, as I said, the club actually believes Gillespie is the better option. Maybe they’re being ultra-polite and want to do right by him and not designate him for assignment so soon after picking him up, even though their claim of Nolan Reimold made Gillespie rather immediately redundant.

Or maybe… maybe? … hopefully? … fucking hopefully? … some right-handed hitting help is on the way?

Fuck, that’d be alright. Be it Chase Headley, who we heard rumours of the Jays closing in on earlier, or someone else, with Lawrie and Encarnacion now on the shelf, Francisco getting badly exposed (he has struck out in 48.5% of his plate appearances in the last 27 games, posting a wRC+ of 55 – .164/.227/.344 in 66 PA over the span), and a Baltimore cast-off looking like the closest thing to a saviour we’ve got.

It ain’t good.

Weirder still, John Gibbons was asked about the absence of Kratz and had this to say, according to another tweet from Gregor: ”I’ll tell you what, we’d like to get him back… He helped us when he was here. I think he would be a big addition.”

Hmmm. We’ll see what happens, I guess. Probably getting ahead of ourselves…

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The Jays really probably do have to do something, though, and fans are in a lather that they aren’t. But it’s never as simple as it seems. In a piece for Sportsnet following last night’s game, Shi Davidi reported the Cubs’ ask, that the Jays balked at, which may have landed them Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel: “Marcus Stroman and Drew Hutchison plus at least one if not all three of top prospects Aaron Sanchez, Daniel Norris and Dalton Pompey.” Bold mine, and Billy Beane’s. So… turns out other teams don’t care if you don’t want to give up pieces off your big league roster. Turns out the three best minor leaguers the Jays have aren’t really so attractive to other teams, too. And that whatever trade they do make is gonna fuckin’ hurt, most likely.

Yikes.

Next game(s): Tomorrow, 10:05 PM ET @ Anaheim

For those of you who’ll be out and about, be sure to follow all the action on your phone with theScore app.

And now, the lineups… 

Toronto Blue Jays

SS Jose Reyes (S)
2B Munenori Kawasaki (L)
RF Melky Cabrera (S)
1B Jose Bautista (R)
DH Adam Lind (L)
C Dioner Navarro (S)
CF Colby Rasmus (L)
RF Nolan Reimold (R)
3B Juan Francisco (L)

LHP J.A. Happ

Los Angeles Angels Of Anaheim

RF Kole Calhoun (L)
CF Mike Trout (R)
1B Albert Pujols (R)
LF Josh Hamilton (L)
2B Howie Kendrick (R)
SS Erick Aybar (S)
3B David Freese (R)
DH C.J. Cron (R)
C Chris Ianetta (R)

RHP Jered Weaver

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Welp. Let’s try this again.

The A’s seem to have some kind of magic, but I’m sorry, I can’t help but think that three more games in Oakland, pitting Drew Hutchison, Mark Buehrle, and today’s starter, Marcus Stroman, against fucking Brad “9.82 ERA in four 2011 starts for the Jays” Mills, the reanimated corpse of Scott Kazmir, and Tommy Milone should be such a daunting task. It is but fuck me if I can figure out why or how. That’s the A’s for you, I guess. Good on them. But holy shit, let’s win some of these. Brutal lineup against lefties be damned!

Go Jays!

Scuttlebutt

Nice to know that there are other teams — the A’s, for example — who look just as dumb as the Jays do when they wear a red hat.

Apparently Colby Rasmus isn’t quite OK to play yet, as Darin Mastroianni is in the lineup today, as is Brad Glenn. Neither was demoted today, as we thought they may have been, with Erik Kratz due up.

Anthony Gose was demoted, though! He’s back in Buffalo — or at least headed there — with Brett Cecil now back in the bullpen. That works.

Schadenfreude alert: Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News tweets that Joe Girardi, when asked if he assumes CC Sabathia is out for the season, said, “I think that’s fair to say.”

Get ready for PITCH #5, which will feature Bob Elliott of the Sun, and our old friend GROF!

Not much scuttlebutt, really, so check out this clip of me talking before PITCH #4. Because… why not?

Meh. And one more tweet from me, as J.P. Ricciardi wishes us all a happy fourth of July.

TV: Sportsnet

Next game(s): Tomorrow, 10:05 PM ET @ Oakland; Sunday, 4:05 PM ET @ Oakland

For those of you who’ll be out and about, be sure to follow all the action on your phone with theScore app.

And now, the lineups… 

Toronto Blue Jays

SS Jose Reyes (S)
RF Melky Cabrera (S)
DH Jose Bautista (R)
1B Edwin Encarnacion (R)
C Dioner Navarro (S)
RF Brad Glenn (R)
3B Steve Tolleson (R)
CF Darin Mastroianni (R)
2b Munenori Kawasaki (L)

RHP Marcus Stroman

Oakland Athletics

CF Coco Crisp (S)
DH John Jaso (L)
LF Yoenis Cespedes (R)
RF Brandon Moss (L)
3B Josh Donaldson (R)
RF Stephen Vogt (L)
C Derek Norris (R)
SS Jed Lowrie (S)
2B Nick Punto (S)

LHP Tommy Milone