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I’m sure you’ll be reminded umpteen times during tonight’s broadcast about how long it’s been, specifically, since the Jays won a series in Tampa, but hot damn, it’s been a fucking long time. Maybe the Jays can change that tonight, since at least it’s just Alex Cobb on the hill for the Rays. But… maybe they can’t, with Brett Lawrie out once again, Yunel Escobar at cleanup, and Kelly Johnson so bad that he’s the secondary of the back-to-back mid-order lefties, slotted behind fifth hitter David Cooper.

Ugh.

Scuttlebutt

On the injury front, Barry Davis tweets  that Brett Lawrie says he’s feeling better, while Shi Davidi tweets that Jose Bautista needed another MRI today, because of some movement occurred during imaging yesterday. The team is still awaiting the results, but John Farrell added to our knowledge of the injury today, explaining that “There’s a sheath that holds a tendon in place that when he swung rolled over the bone.” Sounds fun.

At FanGraphs, Eno Sarris looks at the injuries the Jays’ pitching staff has suffered this season, noting that the level of injury they’ve suffered has been bad, not record-breaking, and not unprecedented in the last decade. In fact, the teams who’ve suffered so many man-games lost from their pitchers in a single season the last decade have averaged just over half as many games lost the next season. In other words, there’s a decent chance it’s a coincidence.

At Getting Blanked, Parkes points us to Cleveland comedian Mike Polk’s parody of the Tribe’s “What If?” ad campaign. The parody, he writes, “almost perfectly describes how the fans of 24 teams in baseball feel at any given time.”

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



TV: Sportsnet One

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 DH
Y. Escobar SS
D. Cooper 1B
K. Johnson 2B
J. Mathis C
A. Gose RF
A. Hechavarria 3B

C. Villanueva RHP

Tampa Bay Rays

D. Jennings LF
B. Upton CF
M. Joyce RF
E. Longoria DH
B. Zobrist 2B
C. Pena 1B
J. Keppinger 3B
J. Molina C
S. Rodriguez SS

A. Cobb RHP

 

Image via Mike McGinnis/Getty.


Top Dog: Colby Rasmus, 10.6%
The Worst: JA Happ, -22.9%
Worst Bat: Moises Sierra, -8.4%
Impact AB: Colby Rasmus Solo HR, Top 4, 9.0%
Impact Pitch: Sean Rodriguez RBI Single, Bot 2, -11.0%
Highest Leverage AB: David Cooper Strikeout, Top 7, 1.61
Highest Leverage Opp. AB: Elliot Johnson Strikeout, Bot 2, 1.80
Lineup Contribution: -32.8%
Pitching Contribution: -17.3%
Average Leverage Index: 0.64
Chart explanation

I don’t know anymore, you guys.

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

The Jays keep on road trippin’ tonight as they head into Tampa to face the returning Evan Longoria, along with Big Game James Shields and the rest of the Rays. JA Happ makes his debut as an American League East starter for the Jays, which… probably isn’t going to go so well. Ahh, but if it does, at least he might finally shut up about it when he gets dumped back into the bullpen for another Plan G.

Colby Rasmus returns to the lineup tonight for the Jays, bringing their total of expected 2013 regulars in the lineup to a whole three. (That’s right, Hechavarria.)

Yunel Escobar hitting cleanup. No, really.

Scuttlebutt

Holy shit, is the game tonight actually on regular ol’ Sportsnet? What, there wasn’t some fucking Dressage to be shown that bumped the Jays down to the kids’ table that is SN1? Pffft.

Shi Davidi tweets that Carlos Villanueva, who had gone to the Dominican on a personal leave, has rejoined the team and will start tomorrow.

At Sportsnet, Davidi writes that Jose Bautista still has soreness in one small area of his wrist, and will go for a second MRI this week. If, by some small chance, Dr. Paul O’Neill was right when, on the YES broadcast of the game in which the incident occurred, he thought it was a hammate bone break, and noted that it’s an injury that sometimes goes unnoticed by MRI, I might have to flip the fuck out. Of course, I’ll wait before doing so, it’s just… would anything surprise you at this point? Especially something negative about the club’s medical situation?

If you’re into having your blood boil on a lazy Tuesday evening, I’m guessing you could do worse than reading Parkes’s I told ya so on Dustin McGowan’s contract over at Getting Blanked.

Lastly, for your between inning viewing pleasure, here’s 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
K. Johnson 2B
J. Mathis C
A. Hechavarria 3B

J. Happ LHP

Tampa Bay Rays

D. Jennings LF
B. Upton CF
B. Zobrist RF
E. Longoria DH
J. Keppinger 1B
R. Roberts 3B
S. Rodriguez 2B
J. Lobaton C
E. Johnson SS

J. Shields RHP

 

Image via Abelimages/Getty.