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Old 06-07-2017, 09:26 PM
 
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Monday: Jays 3 @ A's 5. Even though Justin Smoak connected on his 15th home run, Ryon Healy had 2 home runs to lead the A's.
Tuesday: Jays 1 @ A's 4. Kris Davis & Healy had RBI doubles in the 6th inning to turn a 2-1 A's lead into the final 4-1 final
Wednesday: Jays 7 @ A's 5 (10 innings). Smoak & Pillar homered in the 2nd to put the Jays in flight in the 2nd after a Davis double in the first. A's tied it on a Chad Pinder sac fly in the 5th, before the Jays salvaged the final game of the series with homers from Donaldson and Smoak's second of the game in the 10th.


Off day on Thursday before a 3 game series in the Pacific Northwest begins on Friday against the Mariners. Sam Gaviglio (2-1, 3.13) starts on Friday against Joe Biagini (1-4, 3.31), ex-Oriole prospect Ariel Miranda (6-2, 3.74) starts for the Mariners against Marcus Stroman (6-2, 3.25) Saturday and J.A, Happ (0-4, 5.33) starts on Sunday against James Paxton (5-0, 1.69) in what is likely the final matchup of the 2017 season between the 2 teams. Friday & Saturday games both start at 10:10 and Sunday's game is at 4:10.
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Old 06-11-2017, 09:21 PM
 
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Friday: Jays 2 @ Mariners 4. Jarrod Dyson had the tiebreaking single in the 7th to break a 2-2 tie as the M's came back from 2-0 down to take the opener
Saturday: Jays 4 @ Mariners 2. Morales, Carrera, and Smoak all homered for the Jays. Zeke's homer in the 8th was the tiebreaking shot after Dyson tied the game in the previous half inning: after leading off with a single, he stole second, and 2 errors brought Dyson all the way home to tie it up (a throwing error by Martin allowed Dyson to get to 3rd, and a fielding error from Pillar allowed Dyson to score).
Sunday: Jays 4 @ Mariners 0. Donaldson had the first 3 RBI's and Morales had the final RBI. Happ finally gets in the win column scattering 6 hits through 6 innings of work with 8 strikeouts.


Jays have Monday off, and are in the process of heading back to Canada off a 3-3 road trip. They'll face Tampa for a quick 2 game series starting on Tuesday night. Jake Odorizzi (4-3, 3.59) starts for Tampa Tuesday against Marco Estrada (4-4, 4.04) and Francisco Liriano (3-2, 5.87) faces Alex Cobb (5-5, 4.29) on Wednesday. Both games begin at 7:07. Mariners end their longest home stand of the year, of 11 games, at 7-4 and will now head on the road for 7 games beginning with 4 games in Minnesota against the Twins on Monday, and finishing with 3 games over the weekend in Arlington.
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Old 06-18-2017, 11:42 PM
 
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Split with Tampa and than lost 2 of 3 to the White Sox. Still struggling to get over that elusive .500 hurdle and a tough stretch this week: 4 in Texas against a Rangers team that's won 8 of 11, and than 3 in KC against the Royals who won 7 of their last 8 to end their west coast road trip.
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Old 06-23-2017, 04:38 PM
 
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Just can't get over that elusive .500 hurdle. 9 times they've been a game under .500.....and all 9 times they have failed to get back to .500 including what could likely be the season finale against the Rangers (though I predicted Blue Jays vs. Rangers in the Wildcard game preseason, so hopefully it's not the last matchup ). In all 9 of those games they've been outscored by about 60 runs.


3 game series in KC against the Royals starts tonight, in what is my least favorite series of the year. J.A. Happ (2-4, 4.26) starts for the Jays vs. Jake Junis (2-1, 5.56) Friday, Marco Estrada (4-5, 4.98) starts on Saturday vs. Jason Vargas (10-3, 2.27) and Jason Hammel (4-6, 4.83) starts for the Royals Sunday vs. Francisco Liriano (3-3, 5.76). Friday's game starts at 8:15 while Saturday & Sunday go at 2:15.
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Old 06-25-2017, 08:52 PM
 
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Sure, if you had told me in March the Jays would have a 3-4 road trip through Texas & Kansas City in late June, I probably would have taken that as an acceptable result, so I shouldn't be disappointed because that's exactly what happened, but they really let one get away on Friday night........................badly! Easily will be one of the worst ways a team will lose this year, and I just hope that game doesn't come back around in October to haunt them as the "one that got away."

Friday: Jays 4 @ Royals 5. Jays were up 4-1 heading into the 9th and still up 4-1 with 2 outs in the 9th with a runner on 2nd with the bottom of the Royals lineup coming up with hitters 7-8-and 9 hitting collectively combined under .200, so even without their closer Osuna, who it would come out later in the weekend was unavailable due to an anxiety problem, it should still have been a fairly stress-free Jays win, and an important start to the series. Instead, the Royals worked their magic as Brandon Moss (a .187 hitter) worked a walk, and Alcides Escobar (a .201 hitter) with an RBI double off of Tepara. Then Gibbons started on the parade route from the dugout to the mound mixing and matching. Aaron Loup came in, threw 1 pitch, and that pitch was a run scoring single by Alex Gordon (a .189 hitter), Gibbons parades out to the mound again replacing Loup with Grilli, and Grilli throws 5 pitches, the last of which being the last pitch of the game as Whit Merrifield ends the game with a double to LF scoring Gordon all the way from first base as Dwight Smith, Jr had trouble with it in left.
Saturday: Jays 2 @ Royals 3. Bautista and Tulo homered for the Jays, as the Royals got a home run from Eric Hosmer, and got the game-winning hit from Gordon who had a triple in the 7th which accounted for the winning run.
Sunday: Jays 8 @ Royals 2. Jorge Bonifacio accounted for both of the Royals runs with a homer in the first, and scoring on Hosmer's single in the 4th. Bautista had a 2 run homer in the 5th to tie the game, and he'd have the game-winning RBI in the 7th drawing a bases loaded walk, and the Jays would add 4 more runs that inning to run away with the series finale and avoid the sweep.

Jays have Monday off, and return home for a 3 game set against the now-floundering and record-setting Orioles pitching. After allowing 15 runs to the Rays on Friday, they joined the 1924 Phillies as the only teams in history to allow 5 or more runs in 20 straight games. The Orioles stopped that streak with 3 allowed Saturday, but resumed it with a 5 spot to the Rays Sunday. Kevin Gausman (3-7, 6.47) starts for the O's Tuesday vs. Joe Biagini (2-6, 4.45) Tuesday, Wade Miley (3-5, 4.48) goes against Marcus Stroman (7-4, 3.69) Wednesday, and J.A. Happ (2-4, 3.23) starts for the Jays Thursday against Ubaldo Jimenez (2-3, 7.26). All games begin at 7:07.
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Old 06-29-2017, 08:59 PM
 
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We've played almost half of a season, we might have to come to the conclusion that this team isn't as good as the last couple of years. They had that horrible loss in KC the first game of that series when they were without Osuna, and really haven't recovered from that. The Orioles pitching is straight garbage, and they basically did nothing the entire series! If there was ever a series to proclaim "they are back" this was the series against these pitchers. Instead, they scored as many runs in 3 games, as the Rays scored in the first 2 innings against Ubaldo Jimenez on Friday down in Florida (5). With the final 10 games before the All Star Break against the Yankees, Red Sox, and Astros this has a chance to go south in a hurry. Really, if they can manage even a 4-6 stretch through those 10 games they should consider themselves lucky!

Tuesday: Orioles 3 @ Jays 1. Mark Trumbo with a 2 run double in the first put them in front for good, and a Tulo 9th inning homer ruined the Orioles shut out.
Wednesday: Orioles 0 @ Jays 4. Bautista and Smoak each had solo home runs to lead the Jays as they shut out the O's
Thursday: Orioles 2 @ Jays 0. Jimenez who came into the game with a 7.26 ERA, 72 hits and 34 walks allowed this year pitched 8 innings of 2 hit, shutout ball with a single walk and 8 strikeouts, as the Jays didn't get a single runner passed 2nd base on the evening.

3 game series against the Red Sox starts on Friday in Toronto. Doug Fister (0-1, 4.50) starts for the Red Sox against Marco Estrada (4-6, 4.89), Chris Sale (10-3, 2.77) starts for the Red Sox against Francisco Liriano (4-3, 5.46) on Canada day Saturday, and the series finale will feature Joe Biagini (2-7, 4.50) facing off against Drew Pomeranz (7-4, 3.81). Friday's game begins at 7:07, while Saturday & Sunday star at 1:07. Orioles head back to Baltimore for their final home series of the first half portion of the schedule as the Rays come in for 3 games.
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Old 07-02-2017, 10:27 PM
 
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This is not going good. Said these last 10 games before the break would be key to see if they could get anything going into the second half of the season, but I said they'd be lucky to finish these 10 games 4-6. Well, 3 of those games are down, and so far 0-3, as the Sox took them behind the woodshed all 3 games and gave them a good ole fashioned beating. They haven't played the Yankees well this year, and historically (last year being the exception) have been awful in New York, so expecting them to win 2 out of 3 might be asking too much. Houston has baseball's best record and also the best road record in baseball. Their starting pitching is depleted, and lead their division by like 15 games, so they could afford to throw the Jays a bone, but even that 4-6 stretch looks to be really stretching it at this point. What's good: Monday's a new day, and really, they can't be any worse than they were today, so here's hoping Tanaka serves up a bunch of home run balls tomorrow night at the Little League park on the corner of E 161 & River in the Bronx, NY

Friday: Red Sox 7 @ Jays 4 (11 innings). Smoak (who by the way was named the AL starter in the All Star game Sunday evening) had a 3 run 1st inning homer to put the Jays in flight up 3-0. Stayed 3-0 into the 5th when Dustin Pedroia had a 2 run double to get the Sox within 1. Deven Marrero and Andrew Benintendi would give the Sox the lead in the 6th, but Tulo would come back with a homer to tie in the bottom half. Xander Boegarts and Marerro would each have singles in the 11th for the final margin.
Saturday: Red Sox 7 @ Jays 1. Liriano would start the game walking Mookie Betts on 4 pitches which should have been a sign the game wasn't going to end well. He'd retire the next two batters before back-to-back doubles by Hanley Ramirez and Jackie Bradley, Jr put the Sox up 2-0. And with Chris Sale pitching, that would be all the Sox needed, and if a pitcher as good as Sale gives you an opportunity, you have GOT TO take advantage of it. The Jays did threaten in the first as Bautista drew a leadoff walk, and following 2 outs Smoak single moved Bautista to second, but Sale would strike out Tulo to end that threat, and the Jays would never seriously threaten again after that - they only had 2 batters advance past 1st base against Sale, both on the same Smoak double which moved Martin to 3rd with 2 outs, but at that point it was already 5-0 and the game was probably already lost anyways. Pearce homered in the 9th to avoid the shut out.
Sunday: Red Sox 15 @ Jays 1. After getting the first 2 outs, Biagini issued 2 out walks to Pedroia and Mitch Moreland and followed by allowing Ramirez's RBI single. It was 2-1 when Darwin Barney reached on a 2 base error to lead off the 3rd, and Bautista followed with a walk, so you may think the Jays would be in business to do some damage, but Martin flied out, and Donaldson hit into a double play to kill that, and the next half inning Mookie Betts would add the first of his 2 home runs on the afternoon to put the game on ice. Betts would finish with a career high 8 RBI's, as every member of the Sox starting lineup would record at least 1 hit and 1 run scored, the majority of the damage coming in an 8 run 7th inning.

3 game series against the Bronx bombers starts on Monday: Marcus Stroman (8-4, 3.41) starts for the Jays against Masahiro Tanaka (6-7, 5.56) on Monday, CC Sabathia (7-2, 3.46) comes off the DL to start for the Yanks on Tuesday against J.A. Happ (2-5, 3.71), and Michael Pineda (8-4, 4.05) takes the ball against Marco Estrada (4-6, 4.86) in the series finale Wednesday. Monday's game starts at 7:05, but Tuesday & Wednesday are matinee games each beginning at 1:05. Red Sox continue their 10 game road trip to close the first half of the schedule which will take them to Texas for 3 games against the Rangers starting Monday.
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Old 07-05-2017, 10:34 PM
 
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I didn't think they had that in them. Granted, Sabathia & Pineda were horrendous each getting knocked out before the 4th inning concluded, and than Dellin Betances walking the entire ballpark on Wednesday after the Jays blew the 5-0 lead, but when you've been struggling like the Jays have, you'll take wins any way you can come, and you certainly won't hear my complaining about how over half of Betances pitches that he threw were outside of the strike zone!

Monday: Jays 3 @ Yankees 6. Yanks blew the game open with a 4 run 8th to open up a 2-1 lead, the latter 2 runs coming on a ball that traveled about 50 feet when 2 runs scored when Luke Maile (in what is likely his last Jays appearance until rosters expand in September, since they traded for the recently DFA'd Miguel Montero) dropped the throw and the ball got away.
Tuesday: Jays 4 @ Yankees 1. Aaron Judge would homer for the Yankees lone run, and all Jays runs came in the 3rd when they knocked C.C. Sabathia out of the game in the 3rd inning.
Wednesday: Jays 7 @ Yankees 6. Jays would knock out Michael Pineda after Pillar's homer in the 4th put the Jays up 5-0. Yankees would start the comeback with a pair of 2 run homers: The first from that Judge guy in the 4th, and than from the recently promoted Ji-Man Choi in the 5th, and Didi Gregorius gave the Yankees the lead and subsequently knocked Estrada from the game with a 2 run double later in that same frame. Martin homered leading off the 7th to tie it at 6, and than the Jays caught their breaks. Tyler Wade lead off the bottom half with a double, and then for some reason with Judge behind him, Joe Girardi had Brett Gardner sacrifice Wade to second, and after the inevitable intentional walk to Judge (which I guess Girardi was the only person watching who DIDN'T see that coming ), Danny Barnes got Gary Sanchez to strike out, and Gregorius to fly out to end the threat. Betances would come on for the 8th. he started out with strike 1 to Montero, and than 18 of his final 26 pitches would be balls walking 4 of the 5 batters he faced which lead to the Jays winning. Osuna allowed a 2 out single to Gardner which got us all the matchup we wanted to see: One of the best closers in the game (Osuna) vs. one of the hottest hitters in the game (Judge), and Osuna overpowered him, ending the game with a Judge strikeout.

Final series of the first half starts on Thursday, as the Jays will host the MLB leading Houston Astros, seeing baseball's best for the first time this season. Francisco Liriano (4-4, 5.66) starts Thursday vs. Lance McCullers Jr (7-1, 2.69), 2 players currently on the DL will be activated prior to Friday's game time to start that game as Aaron Sanchez (0-1, 3.33) returns from a blister, and Charlie Morton (5-3, 4.06) returns from a lat injury, Mike Fiers (5-3, 3.80) starts for the Stros Saturday against Marcus Stroman (8-5, 3.42), and Brad Peacock (6-1, 2.91) is scheduled to face J.A. Happ (3-5, 3.47) in the first half conclusion on Sunday. Thursday & Friday games are at 7:07, Saturday & Sunday begin at 1:07. Yankees have Thursday off, and will conclude the first half of the season with a home interleague series against the NL Central leading Milwaukee Brewers beginning on Friday.
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Old 07-14-2017, 09:51 AM
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Jays are deservedly last in the AL East. Injuries have played a significant part with 21 players on the DL in the first half.

But injuries don't tell the whole tale. Some players just are not playing to expectations.

EXCEEDING EXPECTATIONS - A: 1B Justin Smoak, Manager John Gibbons, RP Danny Barnes, RP Ryan Tepera. RP Roberto Osuna. Smoak's numbers speak for themselves. Gibby has somehow managed to keep the ship afloat under exceptionally trying circumstances. Barnes and Tepera have become reliable 6th-8th-inning guys. Osuna has been lights-out since May.

MEETING EXPECTATIONS - B: SP Marcus Stroman, LF Ezequiel Carrera, SS/2B Ryan Goins, C Russell Martin, SP/RP Joe Biagini, DH Kendrys Morales

PASSING GRADE BUT COULD IMPROVE - C: 2B Darwin Barney, SP JA Happ, CF Kevin Pillar, LF Steve Pearce, 3B Josh Donaldson, RP Aaron Loup

MUST IMPROVE - D: RF Jose Bautista, SS Troy Tulowitzki, SP Marco Estrada, SP Francisco Liriano

INCOMPLETE GRADE: (Largely because of injuries.) SP Aaron Sanchez, RP Joe Smith, 2B Devon Travis, RP J.P. Howell

On the glass-half-full side, Bautista, Donaldson and Tulowitzki showed signs pre-Break that they were coming out of long funks. Should that continue and the starters start doing what's expected, the Jays may be primed to go on a run.

If it's gonna happen, it had best happen soon. As that wise sage Yogi Berra said: It gets late early these days.
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Old 07-14-2017, 03:07 PM
 
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Well, they finished those last 10 4-6, so they got the 4 wins. Now another important 10 game stretch for a team stuck in really what I like to call it "no man's land." 3 in Detroit, 4 in Boston, 3 in Cleveland. The problem they have if they flounder and have another 4-6 stretch, they really don't have many valuable pieces to sell off and rebuild a farm system that has taken a hit in recent years going for back-to-back playoff spots. Estrada, Happ, Smoak, Bautista, & Smith are all free agents either after this year or next season, but none of those guys are going to get you back a haul like the Yankees got for Miller or Chapman. Guys under contract for the forseeable future (Osuna & Stroman especially) will give you back the Miller type haul, but those are the guys you should keep and build around. Really, the only player that fits both criteria (a free agent either after 17 or 18) AND will get you back a decent sized haul is Donaldson. Not saying you do trade him, but if they are still 5 games back in the Wildcard with 7 teams in front of them when this 10 game stretch ends on July 23, you should at least strongly consider it. I know for a fact the Cardinals would love to have him, and they've got a lot of young pitchers, and a pretty good first basemen that made a decent cameo major league appearance earlier this year that would be a good return.

Thursday: Astros 4 @ Jays 7. Jays got 5 runs in the 5th with singles from Donaldson and Tulo, and doubles from Morales & Goins.
Friday: Astros 12 @ Jays 2. Rude awakening for Sanchez's return as Sanchez allowed 8 runs (but only 5 earned) in 1.2 innings pitched as the Astros scored 9 runs in the first 3 innings.
Saturday: Astros 2 @ Jays 7. Donaldson home run in the 6th put them up 3-1, and Tulo added a 3 run homer in the 7th.
Sunday: Astros 19 @ Jays 1. Not very often you split a 4 game series, but got outscored by 20 runs in the series, but that's exactly what happened with the Jays here. Carlos Beltran was the only Astros starter that didn't record a hit or score a run.

3 game series in Detroit against the Tigers starts Friday. Aaron Sanchez (0-2, 4.85) starts on Friday against Justin Verlander (5-6, 4.73), Michael Fulmer (9-6, 3.19) starts for the Tigers against a TBA pitcher on Saturday, and Anibal Sanchez (1-0, 5.89) starts for the Tigers on Sunday against another TBA pitcher on Sunday. Friday's game starts at 7:10, Saturday's game goes at 6:10, and Sunday's game at 1:10. Astros open up the second half at home with 3 games against the Twins.
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