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According to a tweet from Tim Brown of Yahoo!, since confirmed by Ken Rosenthal as well, the Tampa Bay Rays have kicked off their Winter Meetings with a rather Rays-y, uninspiring move, picking up former below-average, current replacement-level first baseman James Loney, formerly of Boston and Los Angeles.

The Rays’ track record is too solid for me to guffaw too heartily, but… it’s not exactly a move that has me shaking in my boots, as a Jays fan.

This, on the other hand, kinda does– and could make sense for both a Rays club and a Nationals club with some areas of surplus to work with:

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BatterWPAaLI C – Arencibia-0.1281.38SP – Jenkins0.1110.74

3B – Lawrie -0.185 1.75
CF – Rasmus -0.135 1.30
DH – Encarnacion -0.050 1.18
1B – Lind -0.020 1.32 Pitcher WPA aLI
SS – Escobar 0.153 1.29 RP – Delabar 0.062 0.80
2B – Johnson -0.157 2.34 RP – Oliver 0.022 0.53
RF – Sierra -0.161 1.57 RP – Lyon -0.104 0.73
LF – Gose -0.084 1.38 RP – Loup 0.008 0.15

Bests / Worsts of the game after the jump!
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Have at it and enjoy the weekend. Yes, this really is your Game Threat!

Batter WPA aLI
LF – Davis -0.033 0.48
CF – Rasmus -0.056 0.53
1B – Encarnacion -0.021 0.42
DH – Lind -0.007 0.45
SS – Escobar 0.031 0.65 Pitcher WPA aLI
2B – Johnson 0.167 1.02 SP – Villanueva 0.337 1.22
RF – Sierra -0.064 0.79 RP – Oliver 0.073 0.94
C – Mathis -0.033 0.56 RP – Lincoln 0.077 1.00
3B – Hechavarria -0.049 0.64 RP – Janssen 0.077 0.99

Bests / Worsts and the Gif of the game after the jump!
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It’s a shame about Ray

Ahh, the Rays.

They’re… here. Playing baseball. Tonight. Against the Jays.

Yeah, I don’t know.

Scuttlebutt

Brendan Kennedy of the Toronto Star tweets that Travis d’Arnaud has not been added to the Jays’ Arizona Fall League roster, because the club isn’t sure if he’s yet ready to catch. He may still be added later on, though.

By way of a Mike Wilner tweet, John Farrell says that, had Jose Bautista been shut down following his original injury, the club probably wouldn’t have realized the need for surgery until spring. Real fucking comforting, that.

Cathal Kelly of the Toronto Star writes about the changing nature of fandom, and wonders if the tribalism and anger that’s stoked by the internet may be connected with the killing of Brian Ludwig outside a Calgary bar this week, following an argument about the Jays’ pitching staff.

Dirk Hayhurst reflects on his first foray into broadcasting, which will conclude September 6th, when Sportsnet’s noon show switches back to dull-headed hockey babble.

At Getting Blanked, Eno Sarris takes us through the just-released fielding dependent pitching stats that have just been rolled out at FanGraphs, where he’s also a contributor.

Bluebird Banter asks their readers just what the hell the Jays should do at second base, and with Kelly Johnson.

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

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

Tampa Bay Rays

D. Jennings LF
B. Upton CF
B. Zobrist SS
E. Longoria 3B
M. Joyce DH
J. Keppinger 2B
L. Scott 1B
J. Lobaton C
S. Fuld RF

M. Moore LHP

 

Image via John Dibiase.

Holy hell, would you look at that lineup!

I mean… not that this is in any way actually true, but it almost makes you thankful that the club isn’t anywhere close to the race, just so we wouldn’t have to suffer through caring so much about whether or not a lineup like this wins or loses.

I mean… yes, we want them to win, and we still get fucking distraught when they don’t, but I think we’ve moved firmly into the let’s see how bloody exposed Sierra, Gose, and Hechavarria are part of the season. The club is 8-13 since Jose Bautista went down– including that fateful game in the Bronx– and I’m thinking it’s not going to get a whole lot better until he’s back… whenever that might be.

Ugh.

Scuttlebutt

At Getting Blanked, Parkes weighs in on the Brett Lawrie DL’ing.

Bluebird Banter looks at how ridiculously solid the Jays’ bullpen has been over the last week.

An AP story via the Globe and Mail tells us that Jose Bautista has been cleared to begin taking dry swings again, which he’ll do… on Monday.

Gregor Chisholm of BlueJays.com writes that, with Chad Jenkins’ MLB debut on Tuesday, the Jays set a club record for the most pitchers used in a season. Hooray?

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Lastly, it’s not up yet, but as soon as it is, for your between inning viewing pleasure, we’ll have today’s episode of Getting Blanked…

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
Y. Escobar SS
D. Cooper DH
M. Sierra RF
J. Mathis C
O. Vizquel 2B
A. Hechavarria 3B

H. Alvarez RHP

Tampa Bay Rays

S. Fuld LF
B. Upton CF
M. Joyce RF
E. Longoria DH
B. Zobrist SS
C. Pena 1B
J. Keppinger 3B
R. Roberts 2B
J. Lobaton C

M. Moore LHP

 

Image via Mike Ehrmann/Getty.


Top Dog: Colby Rasmus, 2.7%
The Worst: Carlos Villanueva, -14.0%
Worst Bat: Rajai Davis, -12.3%
Impact AB: Rajai Davis GIDP, Top 5, -9.0%
Impact Pitch: BJ Upton RBI Double, Bot 3, -12.0%
Highest Leverage AB: Edwin Encarnacion Sac Fly, Top 3, 2.39
Highest Leverage Opp. AB: Evan Longoria Run-scoring GIDO, Bot 3, 1.88
Lineup Contribution: -39.3%
Pitching Contribution: -10.8%
Average Leverage Index: 1.30
Chart explanation

Injuries, man. This lineup ain’t what she used to be.

(WPA data courtesy Baseball Reference)
(Idea for a post game graph courtesy Lookout Landing)