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Old 04-23-2017, 10:02 AM
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Keep on, keepin' on, 7express. I won't be doing this this gig for a while.

Yeah, a horrendous start to be sure and the rest of 2017 is going to be an uphill climb. It's either going to build character or expose the lack of it.

I'm betting on the former and hopeful they'll claw their way back to .500 by the end of June. Bautista is coming around, as is Travis. Pearce and Martin won't be hitting in a black hole forever. Of course, all that goes out the window if any of these nagging injuries to Donaldson, Tulo, Sanchez and Happ turn out to be long-term.
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Old 04-25-2017, 03:53 PM
 
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Friday: Jays 8 @ Angels 7 (13 innings). Geez, what a long game this was. First, even 9 innings took about 3 hours & 45 minutes to play, and then when you add in the extra innings, Joe Biagini who was supposed to have the night off ended up getting the final out at 12:38 AM local time. or 3:38 AM back in Toronto. Am I crazy or stupid for staying up and listening to all of this?? Joey Bats had his first home run of the year in the 13th to put them up 8-5, and after Aaron Loup walked a batter sandwiched around 2 errors in the bottom half, Biagini allowed singles to Kole Calhoun and hit Mike Trout with a pitch but struck out Albert Pujols with the tying run on 3rd, and than left the bases loaded by getting CJ Cron to fly out to center to end it.
Saturday: Jays 4 @ Angels 5. Andrelton Simmons grand slam was enough for the Angels as the Jays made a late charge with a Pillar 2 run homer in the 8th and a Smoak homer in the 9th, but unfortunately couldn't get anything else.
Sunday: Jays 6 @ Angels 2. Goins & Travis each had a 2 run homer while Pillar added a solo home run to back Stroman who pitched a complete game 7 hitter.
Monday: Jays 1 @ Angels 2. Martin home run got the Jays their only run as a Pujols single and Cameron Maybin fielders choice accounted for the Angels 2 run. Jays got the first 2 on in the 9th, but Coghlan couldn't get a bunt down and struck out, and Travis grounded into a game-ending double play to finish with the split.


3 game series in St. Louis starts Tuesday and after the Cardinals series the Jays will head home for a quick 3 game series with the Rays before heading to the Bronx for the first series against the Bronx bombers next Monday-Wednesday. Tuesday's scheduled starters are Marco Estrada (0-1, 2.63) vs. Michael Wacha (2-1, 2.41), Wednesday Mat Latos (0-0, 7.20) makes his second start for the Jays against Carlos Martinez (0-3, 4.76), while Adam Wainwright (1-3, 6.27) and Casey Lawrence (0-2, 7.56) will conclude the series on Thursday. Tuesday and Wednesday starts are at 8:15 while Thursday goes at 1:45.
Marcus Stroman (2-2, 3.10) starts for the Jays on Friday against Blake Snell (0-2, 3.38), Matt Andreise (1-0, 3.86) goes for Tampa against Francisco Liriano (1-2, 4.58) and Chris Archer (2-1, 3.94) faces Marco Estrada (0-1, 2.63) in the series finale Sunday. Friday starts at 7:07 and Saturday & Sunday games start at 1:07.
Masahiro Tanaka (2-1, 6.00) starts for the Yankees Monday against Mat Latos (0-0, 7.20) Monday, Casey Lawrence (0-2,7.56), Aaron Sanchez (0-1, 4.38), or J.A. Happ (0-3, 4.50) will pitch Tuesday for the Jays against C.C. Sabathia (2-1, 2.70) and Marcus Stroman (2-2, 3.10) takes on Michael Pineda (2-1, 3.86) on Wednesday. Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday games each start at 7:05.
Angels host the A's for 3 games this week beginning on Tuesday, Cardinals will host the Reds for the 2nd time this month () after the Jays leave town over the weekend, while the Rays will play the battle of Florida against the Marlins starting Monday: Monday-Tuesday in Miami and Wednesday-Thursday in Tampa. Even though the teams are the same, and the umpires are the same, somehow ESPN treats the 2 games as 2 separate series which I don't have a clue why they do.


I'll be out of town for the weekend, so I'll have a recap of all 3 series next week, unless Trout wants to reclaim the throne.
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Old 05-01-2017, 09:09 PM
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Three Ws in a row.

Better than a sharp stick in the eye.
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Old 05-04-2017, 11:41 AM
 
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April 25: Jays 6 @ Cards 5 (11 innings). 4 Cards errors lead to 2 unearned runs including the winning run in the 11th scoring on an error, the Cards 4th and last of the game.
April 26: Jays 0 @ Cards 0 (postponed). Day night double header on the 27th since the Jays won't be back in St. Louis for another 3 years at the earliest.
April 27 game 1: Jays 4 @ Cards 8 (11 innings). Randal Grichuk's homer in the 9th off of Osuna forced extra's and the Cards walked it off on Matt Carpenter's grand slam in the 11th.
April 27 game 2: Jays 4 @ Cards 6. Casey Lawrence was ineffective as he allowed 6 runs and 10 hits in only 5 innings of work, and the offense never had a chance to recover from the hole Lawrence put them in.
Friday: Rays 7 @ Jays 4. Jays were looking good, up 3-1 in the 7th after Kevin Pillar homered, but 3 Rays (Corey Dickerson, Evan Longoria, Logan Morrison) hit homers in the 8th to put them in front to stay, and add another depressing loss on the ledger to the Jays in April
Saturday: Rays 1 @ Jays 4. Bullpen pitched 4 innings allowing only 1 hit with 1 walk and 4 strikeouts to preserve the win.
Sunday: Rays 1 @ Jays 3. Aaron Sanchez was activated off the DL prior to the game to start and lasted all of 1 inning and 13 pitches before landing back on the DL with a split fingernail . All runs scored in the 8th: Daniel Robertson sac scored the Rays run; Jose Bautista double, Russ Martin single, and Zeke Carrera infield single were the Jays 3 runs.
Monday: Jays 7 @ Yankees 1. Chris Coghlan, Bautista, and Ryan Goins each had home runs, and Goins added the majors first 2 RBI sac fly since 2014 (coincidently also against the Yankees) when Jacoby Ellsbury caught Goins drive deep in center field and ran into the wall.
Tuesday: Jays 5 @ Yankees 11. Mat Latos got pounded for 7 runs, 10 hits and 4 home runs in 4 innings, and the offense never had a chance even in that ballpark.
Wednesday: Jays 6 @ Yankees 8. Both starting pitchers (CC Sabathia & Marcus Stroman) failed to make it past 4 innings as combined they allowed 11 runs on 13 hits with 3 homers, though after allowing 6 runs in the first 2 innings Sabathia and the Yankees bullpen (Adam Warren, Dellin Betances, Tyler Clippard & Aroldis Chapman) kept the Jays off the scoreboard the remainder of the game which allowed the Yankees to chip away at the deficit (6-3 after 2) which is what they did with a 3 run 7th which was the final tally.


Both teams have Thursday off before embarking on road series over the weekend. Yankees will head to Wrigley Field for a series against the Cubs beginning Friday afternoon, while the Jays head to Tampa for a 3 game series with the Rays. Francisco Liriano (2-2, 3.97) starts on Friday against Chris Archer (2-1, 3.43), Jake Odorizzi (1-1, 3.50) faces Marco Estrada (1-1, 2.43) on Saturday, and Alex corn on the Cobb (2-2, 3.86) starts against Mat Latos (0-1, 6.60) on Sunday. Friday starts at 7:10, Saturday at 4:10 and Sunday at 1:10.
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Old 05-07-2017, 08:06 PM
 
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Chip away! Yes it's too bad they play in the same division as the best team in baseball but all you can do is chip away, win series, get to .500 by the middle of June (which is definitely possible with this team, especially as they start to get people off the DL), stay right around .500 for the next 6 weeks until August and then go on another 30-13 mark to end the year like they did in 2015 and let the chips fall where they may. Fail to make the playoffs, oh well, at least they gave it their best shot and didn't throw in the towel and as a fan that's all you can ask for.


Friday: Jays 8 @ Rays 4. Kendrys Morales had 2 homers. 5 RBI's and 3 runs scored to lead the Jays to the comeback win.
Saturday: Jays 1 @ Rays 6. Logan Morrison & Colby Rasmus each had 3 RBI's for the Rays including a pair of 2 run homers each to lead the Rays.
Sunday: Jays 2 @ Rays 1. Joe Biagini started his first career major league game pitched 4 innings allowing only 2 hits, 1 run with 0 walks and 4 strikeouts. It was 1-1 after 7 when Darwin Barney hit a solo homer to give the Jays the win......and the series win, a rarity at the Trop.


Jays head home to face old friend Edwin Encarnacion (hopefully the Rogers Centre crowd gives him a standing ovation on Monday, I'd be really displeased if they don't) and the Indians for 3 games beginning on Monday. Seattle than comes in for a 4 game weekend series beginning Thursday before the Jays end the 9 game homestand with 2 against the Braves before they head to Atlanta and new Sun Trust park for 2 games next Wednesday-Thursday. Marcus Stroman (2-2, 3.89) starts for the Jays against Trevor Bauer (2-3, 7.67) for the Indians Monday, Carlos Carrasco (3-2, 2.18) starts for Cleveland Tuesday against a TBD spot starter for the Jays and Wednesday Francisco Liriano (2-2, 4.44) takes the ball against Danny Salazar (2-3, 4.28). Each game will begin at 7:07.
To open the Mariners series on Thursday Marco Estrada (1-2, 3.14) starts against Yovani Gallardo (1-3, 4.46), Chase de Jong (0-2, 6.75) starts for the Mariners against TBD for the Jays Friday (could be another spot starter or Biagini [0-1, 3.38] if Gibbons and management wants to give him another start), Marcus Stroman (2-2, 3.89) takes the ball for the Jays Saturday against Dillon Overton (0-0, 6.14) and Hishashi Iwakuma (0-2, 4.35) and Aaron Sanchez (0-1, 4.05) IF he gets through his extended Spring training start on Tuesday will close the finale on Sunday. If Sanchez doesn't then it's just another TBD pitcher for the Jays. Thursday & Friday games go at 7:07 while Saturday & Sunday are at 1:07.
Bartolo Colon (1-3, 6.27) and Francisco Liriano (2-2, 4.44) open the home-and-home of the Braves series Monday and Marco Estrada (1-2, 3.14) faces Jaime Garcia (1-1, 3.99) in the Rogers Centre finale of the home and home Tuesday. Mike Foltynewicz (0-4, 4.55) and whoever starts for the Jays the 2nd game of the Mariners series will pitch Wednesday in the series opener at Sun Trust Park, and Marcus Stroman (2-2, 3.89) takes the ball against Julio Teheran (2-3, 4.69) in the series finale between the 2 teams on Thursday. Monday's game is at 7:07, Tuesday is at 4:07, Wednesday & Thursday are at 7:35
Rays meanwhile stay at home to welcome in another last place team the central's last place KC Royals for a 4 game series Monday-Thursday. After the Indians leave Toronto they will head home to face the Twins for 3 games Friday-Sunday, and the Mariners after leaving Toronto will head home for 3 games against the A's beginning on Monday the 15.
Heading over to Italy tomorrow for a week, so I'll have a recap on all 3 series (well ESPN considers the home and home Braves series as 2 separate series but since the teams and umpires are the same I just consider it 1 series with a change in venue and location) when I get home next week, but Trout feel free to take over in my absence!
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Old 05-11-2017, 09:55 AM
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Indians 7 @ Jays 8

Ryan Goins hit a bases-loaded walk-off single to lift the Jays to their 2nd consecutive series win. (Hey, sometimes you need to celebrate the little things.)

The B-team is playing well. With C Martin, SS Tulowitzki, 3B Donaldson, SP Sanchez and SP Happ all on the DL and DH Kendrys Morales sitting out a couple of days (at least) the other guys are stepping up. Kudos to Goins, Barney, Carrera, Coughlan, Maile and some of the arms summoned from the Triple A Bisons.

They're still in a terrible position, of course. But at least there's hope that if they can play around .500 for a couple more weeks, then they may start to make up ground when the regulars return to duty.

(I'm still not into doing daily reports but will chime in now and again.)
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Old 05-11-2017, 12:38 PM
 
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Good series by the Jays over the Indians. The Indians were very good against them last year. It will be interesting to see how the Jays will do when they go to Cleveland.
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Old 05-14-2017, 09:40 AM
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Ms 2 @ Jays 7

Don't look now but the Jays are slowly pecking their way towards the (current) Holy Grail of reaching .500. After their horrendous 2-11 start, they've gone a respectable 14-10, won 4 in a row and 6 of their last 7.

Both the Mariners and Jays' starting staffs are beat up. Both teams have already used 9 starters this season. (Jays used 8 all last season.) But the Jays fill-ins have been ok for the most part and the bullpen has been excellent. Factor in some timely hitting (finally) and good defense and suddenly the Jays look like a good ball club again. And this is without Donaldson, Tulowitzki, Martin, Happ and Sanchez. Although Toronto will take Sanchez off the DL to make a start today.
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Old 05-15-2017, 09:10 AM
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Ms 2 @ Jays 3

Kevin Pillar hit a walk-off dinger to sweep the Mariners and send the Jays to their 5th straight win.

Aaron Sanchez came off the DL to make the start and went 5, allowing one earned run. Ryan Tepera picked up the win with 2+ innings of relief.

Braves are in for two starting tonight, to finish off this homestand.
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Old 05-17-2017, 08:46 AM
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Jays dropped the first two of a home n' home 4-gamer to the Braves. Those Atlanta hitters can purely mash the ball.

It's off to hot 'lanta for the other two, starting tonight. Hopefully the Jays can prove to be just as welcome a guest as the Braves were up here.
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