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Posted by Andrew Stoeten under Game Threat on Sep 08, 2013
Posted by Andrew Stoeten under Game Threat on Sep 06, 2013
Probably where he picked up the “losing culture,” eh fuckfaces?
The Jays head to Minnesota to take on the Twins, because… y’know… they committed to this whole 162 game thing, and I guess there’s no turning back now.
Brendan Kennedy tweets that Todd Redmond will have his next start skipped, not because of health concerns, but because Gibbers wants to keep Dickey and Buehrle on regular rest.
Brendan also tells us that Ricky Romero is available to come out of the Jays’ bullpen tonight, as he’s on his fifth day of rest since his last start. He wasn’t available previously, apparently.
Kennedy also notes that Gibbons says Colby Rasmus is “making progress” in his recovery from injury, but the club still doesn’t know if he’ll actually get into any big league action before the season runs out.
According to a Gregor Chsiholm tweet, Rasmus will rejoin the club to continue his rehab, as there isn’t much activity at the Jays’ minor league complex anymore, now that minor league seasons have ended.
Gregor also notes that Steve Delabar won’t be available tonight after working an inning in the Jays’ last game in Arizona. The club will be monitoring his workload through the end of the season.
A couple interesting pieces from Kennedy in the Toronto Star, as he looks at Jeremy Jeffress, who was diagnosed with epilepsy earlier this year, and delves into the gory– note: literally (graphic images!)– details about Tommy John surgery.
Posted by Andrew Stoeten under Game Threat on Sep 03, 2013
The Jays continue their series against the Diamondbacks and HOLY SHIT, WHAT’S RICKY ROMERO DOING HERE?!!?!?
And Kyle Drabek! Happy Drabekkuh, everyone! (What? … No?)
Yes, as you’re surely already aware, the Jays made several September call-ups last night, adding Kyle Drabek, Luis Perez, Jeremy Jeffress, Mike Nickeas, and Ricky Romero to their roster. Though, that didn’t technically happen before some other roster moves today, as all but Drabek and Perez needed to be added to the 40-man roster.
Scott MacArthur appears to have been the first in my feed to have tweeted that the Jays added Melky Cabrera and Josh Johnson to the 60-day DL, formally ending their seasons (note: ugh), while designating Mauro Gomez for assignment in order to add players to the 40-man.
Brendan Kennedy tweets that John Gibbons says he doesn’t expect any more call-ups, so Marcus Stroman and Sean Nolin don’t appear as though they’ll see the Majors this year– nor will A.J. Jimenez, who of course is hurt. Fingers still crossed they all to head to the AFL, as planned– along with Aaron Sanchez, to boot.
Kennedy also notes that Drabek and Romero will work out of the bullpen for now, though they’re not sure when– except that Drabek has been told he won’t be coming into any mid-inning situations. Should be interesting to see where he’s at, actually!
A couple articles to peruse in lieu of a Daily Duce:
- Brendan Kennedy of the Toronto Star notes that the Jays, no longer with Brian Butterfield, are one of only two teams deploying the infield shift less often than last season. Of course, the Jays shifted so much last year that maybe it was too much, but that’s kinda disappointing. If you want to find something negative to lay at the feet of John Gibbons and his staff, there ya go.
- Elsewhere in the Star, Richard Griffin quotes some not-wholly-impressive numbers from some mostly not-wholly-impressive prospects at not-wholly-impressive levels and tries to call the J.A. Happ trade the worst of Alex Anthopoulos’s tenure. He’s almost certainly wrong– caveats and all, you’d still gotta figure at least it’s Napoli for Francisco– but… um… shouldn’t we maybe wait and see if these prospects are anything before shitting on jettisoning them? Or if Happ is? Or if he isn’t maybe flipped for something useful this winter? A team looking for a back end starter could do worse than J.A. Happ if they had a passable second baseman to dangle, don’t you think?
- Speaking of prospects, at Sportsnet, Shi Davidi runs down a list of all the Jays key prospects at all levels, and gives us an update on how their seasons went. Must-read stuff.
Not here, though. But at least we’ve got a bit of a fire going.
Like sands through the hourglass, so are the days of this wretched season. Not that it isn’t– if you’ll excuse my indulging in bullshit for a second here– a little bit refreshing to see the Jays playing guys like Goins, Pillar, and Gose, who look like they just maybe give more of a shit than some of the players we’ve seen here this season. Or maybe it’s just that their legs actually work. Whatever the case, and whatever little faith I have in these guys being any more than depth pieces in 2014– the Jays should, unquestionably, aim higher (after all, with Goins, we’re talking about seven games of a guy who put up a .679 OPS at Buffalo this year)– for at least a little while, the team as constituted is making these games tolerable, and for that we owe them some serious gratitude. Would be nice to get a look at Stroman, Nolin and Jimenez, too, at some point. Though I won’t complain at seeing R.A. Dickey put in yet another comfortable-looking effort in the home park that’s been killing him all season, either. And with Buehrle still looking good, shit, maybe things really are going to be OK…
This is your Game Threat.
Posted by Andrew Stoeten under Game Threat on Aug 28, 2013
Todd Redmond, everybody! (No, really, that’s what he looks like.)
Did I say something about a shindig? Ahhh, I don’t know. It’s baseball. Here’s your Game Threat.
Toronto Blue Jays
SS Jose Reyes (R)
2B Ryan Goins (L)
1B Edwin Encarnacion (R)
DH Adam Lind (L)
3B Brett Lawrie (R)
LF Rajai Davis (R)
C J.P. Arencibia (R)
RF Moises Sierra (R)
CF Anthony Gose (L)
RHP Todd Redmond
New York Yankees
CF Brett Gardner (L)
SS Derek Jeter (R)
DH Curtis Granderson (S)
LF Alfonso Soriano (R)
3B Alex Rodriguez (R)
1B Lyle Overbay (L)
2B Eduardo Nunez (R)
RF Ichiro (L)
C Chris Stewart (R)
RHP Hiroki Kuroda