Archive for the ‘Game Threat’ Category

hutchfen

Time for some Hutch Clutch, one hopes, as the Jays ride into Boston on a hot streak, looking to really give their playoff hopes a hot life injection (?) as they face the lowly — but still dangerous — Red Sox, who are offering us the gift of Allen Webster, a 24-year-old prospect starter who currently sports a 7.58 ERA in 65.1 big league innings spanning the last two seasons. Will the Jays take the gift? They’d fucking better!

Webster, however, didn’t look quite so much like total dog shit until his previous two starts — giving up six earned runs in each, over a combined 8.1 innings — so he’s capable of being a whole lot better than that ERA makes him look. But let’s not think about that. No need to get off this ride yet, eh?

Go Jays!

Scuttlebutt

Even though they would normally platoon Anthony Gose and Kevin Pillar in centre (now that Colby is effectively benched, despite last night’s heroics), Gregor Chisholm tweets that, with the Jays going through a long stretch where they’re not expected to face lefty starter, Pillar will still get some starts — as he does tonight — with he and Gose switching spots every couple of games.

Speaking of the Jays using far too small samples to evaluate who they think can play next year: Danny Valencia! Another tweet from Gregor tells us that Alex Anthopoulos “seemed to hint” last week, and not John Gibbons has hinted as well that if Danny Valencia plays well, he could earn himself the club’s starting third base spot next year. Players can change, of course, and Valencia hasn’t looked as godawful against right-handed pitching as his numbers suggest. However, given his 60 wRC+ in the split this season, and his 68 over nearly 900 plate appearances versus righties, this idea sounds pretty fucking stupid.

Because team have to do things like this, the Jays, just in case, released their playoff ticket pricing information today, and if you thought the fine folks at Rogers would gouge the shit out of loyal, beaten-down Jays fans they’ve been fucking over for years by running the franchise they invest so much emotionally in the most dispassionate, crudely cynical, corporate fuckface-y way possible… you’d be right! Get to the World Series and the worst, most regularly-unsellable seats in the 500s will cost $100 each. Which… actually, that’s probably fair.

Lastly… lately Facebook changed its algorithm with respect to sharing, it’s really become a much more powerful social media tool, and so it’s probably in your best interest to just go right ahead and like DJF on Facebook. That way you can get everything that’s posted here injected straight into your feed-veins.

And while we’re at it, you might as well follow me on Twitter, follow @DrunkJaysFans, and follow the dusty ol’ DJF Instagram too!

Next game(s): Tomorrow, 7:10 PM ET @ Boston; Sunday, 1:35 PM ET @ 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)
1B Edwin Encarnacion (R)
DH Adam Lind (L)
C Dionner Navarro (S)
3B Danny Valencia (R)
CF Kevin Pillar (R)
2B Munenori Kawasaki (L)

RHP Drew Hutchison

Boston Red Sox

3B Brock Holt (L)
2B Dustin Pedroia (R)
DH David Ortiz (L)
LF Yoenis Cespedes (R)
1B Mike Napoli (R)
RF Daniel Nava (S)
CF Mookie Betts (R)
SS Xander Bogaerts (R)
C Christian Vasquez (R)

RHP Allen Webster

buehrleCWS

If Detroit loses to Cleveland tonight, and Seattle loses to Texas, while the Yankees lose to Boston, and the Jays win in Tampa, our boys would sit just 3.5 games back of the second Wild Card. Such a scenario would leave only two teams between the Jays and the Tigers: Seattle, at a half game back, and Cleveland at three games back.

Is that all too much to ask? Definitely. But I think it shows you how much ground can be made up if the club just keeps on winning like it has been. And with 23 games still to go after that, things could get very interesting — especially if Oakland, who currently occupy the first Wild Card spot, continue sinking.

Whatever the other teams do, though, the Jays obviously can’t control. But they sure can help themselves with another win tonight. And putting together a good one to sweep away the Rays would hopefully mean tonight’s starter, Mark Buehrle, turning the corner from a dismal August in which he posted a 5.76 ERA over five starts.

Stranger things have happened. Go Jays!

Scuttlebutt

John Lott tweets that John Gibbons says he talked to Casey Janssen about giving Aaron Sanchez the save opportunity last night, and the impending free agent says he understands that his manager is “riding the hot hand.” He also, Lott tweets, says he can still close out games as well as anyone in baseball. So…

Hopefully Janssen is right, because while Brendan Kennedy tells us that it sounds like Sanchez will get opportunities to close out games when he’s available, he also notes that Sanchez won’t be able to pitch in either of the next two games. Would really like to see ol’ Gibbers just keep using Sanchez in the role he’s been in, personally.

“We’ve got guys in here that just hit little bleeders and little dinkers, you know? I don’t ever get any of those, never. Balls never fall for me. My hits are, like pow, suck on that, you know? That’s the way it’s been my whole career, for whatever reason, it’s just the way the game works out for me,” says Colby Rasmus to Shi Davidi in a new piece at Sportsnet — and he’s not exactly wrong. Or, at least, it’s sure felt like Colby has hit the ball hard at a lot of well-placed defenders this year.

Lately Facebook changed its algorithm with respect to sharing, it’s really become a much more powerful social media tool, and so it’s probably in your best interest to just go right ahead and like DJF on Facebook. That way you can get everything that’s posted here injected straight into your feed-veins.

And while we’re at it, you might as well follow me on Twitter, follow @DrunkJaysFans, and follow the dusty ol’ DJF Instagram too!

Next game(s): Tomorrow, 7:10 PM ET @ 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)
DH Edwin Encarnacion (R)
1B Adam Lind (L)
C Dionner Navarro (S)
3B Danny Valencia (R)
2B Ryan Goins (L)
CF Anthony Gose (L)

LHP Mark Buehrle

Tampa Bay Rays

DH Ben Zobrist (S)
RF Wil Myers (R)
LF Brandon Guyer (R)
3B Evan Longoria (R)
2B Logan Forsythe (R)
1B Sean Rodriguez (R)
SS Yunel Escobar (R)
C Ryan Hanigan (R)
CF Kevin Kiermaier (L)

RHP Jake Odorizzi

strothrows-grey

Could this really be it? Could we actually no longer have the damn Jays-can’t-win-a-series-in-Tampa thing to talk about after tonight?

It really could be! And with what few scraps of playoff hopes remain for this club to cling to, it had probably better be.

A tough opponent in Chris Archer stands in their way, but the Jays counter with Marcus Stroman, so they’ve certainly got a chance.

Let’s do this! Shit, even if you don’t want to believe this is a game of “meaningful September baseball” let’s just do it so we never have to speak of the damn Tropicana Field bugaboo again.

Scuttlebutt

R.A. Dickey was hit in the head by a ball off the bat of Evan Longoria during batting practice today, but he’s fine, tweets everyone (like Gregor Chisholm of BlueJays.com, for example, who I linked to).

Colby Rasmus says that he’s been benched in favour of “rookies,” according to a piece from John Lott of the National Post. “’I’m not down about it. No hard feelings,’ he insisted, not very convincingly.” Thing is, though, I still really do believe in Colby’s talent, but when you get 362 plate appearances and only have a .287 on-base to show for it, these sorts of things will happen.

Lately Facebook changed its algorithm with respect to sharing, it’s really become a much more powerful social media tool, and so it’s probably in your best interest to just go right ahead and like DJF on Facebook. That way you can get everything that’s posted here injected straight into your feed-veins.

And while we’re at it, you might as well follow me on Twitter, follow @DrunkJaysFans, and follow the dusty ol’ DJF Instagram too!

Next game(s): Tomorrow, 7:10 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)
LF Melky Cabrera (S)
RF Jose Bautista (R)
DH Edwin Encarnacion (R)
1B Adam Lind (L)
C Dionner Navarro (S)
3B Danny Valencia (R)
2B Ryan Goins (L)
CF Anthony Gose (L)

RHP Marcus Stroman

Tampa Bay Rays

2B Ben Zobrist (S)
RF Wil Myers (R)
LF Matt Joyce (L)
3B Evan Longoria (R)
1B James Loney (L)
SS Yunel Escobar (R)
DH David DeJesus (L)
C Jose Molina (R)
CF Kevin Kiermaier (L)

RHP Chris Archer

dickeytampa

A lot of new faces are with the Jays tonight… and sitting on the bench. A lot of new faces that I… haven’t quite gotten around to writing much about just yet. So score one for me, I guess! John Gibbons has chosen not to throw any of his new guys straight into the fire, even if it means Kevin Pillar and Danny Valencia facing a right-handed pitcher and Munenori Kawasaki playing.

I get wanting to let guys get a little bit acclimatized to their new environment and all that stuff, but… well… I guess what I don’t get is Kevin Pillar and Danny Valencia facing a right-handed pitcher (Pillar more than Valencia, because I think we can all agree that Juan Francisco probably shouldn’t see the light of day any longer), and picking Kawasaki’s bat over Goins’ defence at this point.

Meh, I guess. Just struck me as odd is all. Doesn’t mean some of them can’t be used later in the game.

And hopefully it doesn’t matter much what the lineup looks like anyway, as R.A. Dickey gets a precious dome start, and will ideally get the Jays off to a winning start in a series they really need to win, and certainly could use sweeping, in a place where they haven’t actually taken a series since approximately the paleolithic era.

Meaningful-ish Septemeber baseball has arrived-ish!

Scuttlebutt

Seriously, though. Reaaaaaally thought the bottom of the lineup might look a little better than that, given all the recent call-ups.

Scott MacArthur tweets that John Gibbons says Brett Cecil is “hanging” and won’t be available tonight, nor will Daniel Norris — he’ll be available starting tomorrow.

Brendan Kennedy notes that there was a late lineup change today, with Edwin Encarnacion moving to DH and Adam Lind shifting to first, where EE was originally going to be. Don’t particularly care for the connotations of that, but at least Eddie’s still playing, right?

Lately Facebook changed its algorithm with respect to sharing, it’s really become a much more powerful social media tool, and so it’s probably in your best interest to just go right ahead and like DJF on Facebook. That way you can get everything that’s posted here injected straight into your feed-veins.

And while we’re at it, you might as well follow me on Twitter, follow @DrunkJaysFans, and follow the dusty ol’ DJF Instagram too!

Next game(s): Tomorrow, 7:10 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)
LF Melky Cabrera (S)
RF Jose Bautista (R)
DH Edwin Encarnacion (R)
1B Adam Lind (L)
3B Danny Valencia (R)
2B Munenori Kawasaki (L)
CF Kevin Pillar (R)
C Josh Thole (L)

RHP R.A. Dickey

Tampa Bay Rays

2B Ben Zobrist (S)
RF Wil Myers (R)
LF Matt Joyce (L)
3B Evan Longoria (R)
1B James Loney (L)
SS Yunel Escobar (R)
DH David DeJesus (L)
C Ryan Hanigan (R)
CF Kevin Kiermaier (L)

RHP Jeremy Hellickson

Visual approximation of Mike Wilner taking JaysTalk calls about Derek Jeter.

jeterdome

OK, OK, we’ll do a proper game threat. Yes, it’s been a lazy couple of days ’round here on DJF mountain. Don’t expect that to continue next week, but it seemed as good a time as any to check out for a little bit — even though I actually was at Rogers Centre for the past two games, the latter of which was one of the most enjoyable of the season (at least among those I’ve been to, I think) — and to give the ol’ mind brain a reset. Which I’m totally going to keep doing over the long weekend, I suspect, unless anything too crazy happens.

This, of course, will mean there will be no weepy paeans to Deh-reck Jeet-ah from these parts, as “the captain” makes his last appearance in Toronto, save for an unlikeliest-of-unlikely trip back here during the post-season. He’s had a pretty terrific career, though, obviously, and it’ll actually kinda be nice this weekend that Jays fans won’t reflexively boo him just because he’s the only name on the other team that half of them recognize. Y’know?

Scuttlebutt

Meh. Oh, except for this!…

Lately Facebook changed its algorithm with respect to sharing, it’s really become a much more powerful social media tool, and so it’s probably in your best interest to just go right ahead and like DJF on Facebook. That way you can get everything that’s posted here injected straight into your feed-veins.

And while we’re at it, you might as well follow me on Twitter, follow @DrunkJaysFans, and follow the dusty ol’ DJF Instagram too!

Next game(s): Tomorrow, 1:07 PM ET vs. New York (AL); Sunday, 1:07 PM ET vs. New York (AL)

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)
1B Edwin Encarnacion (R)
C Dioner Navarro (R)
3B Danny Valencia (R)
2B Steve Tolleson (R)
DH Colby Rasmus (L)
CF Kevin Pillar (R)

LHP Mark Buehrle

Poo Yuck Stankees

CF Jacoby Ellsbury (L)
SS Derek Jeter (R)
3B Martin Prado (R)
1B Mark Teixeira (S)
C Brian McCann (L)
DH Carlos Beltran (S)
LF Brett Gardner (L)
RF Ichiro Suzuki (L)
2B Stephen Drew (L)

LHP Chris Capuano

pillarlooks

HELLO KEVIN PIL– … wait… huh? He’s not even in the lineup?

Fuck, I don’t know.