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Old 09-16-2018, 05:18 PM
 
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Got swept in Boston to begin the week before winning 2 of 3 in the Bronx. They got teed off on Friday, but Saturday & Sunday were both great games if you had the chance to be there (and I was fortunate enough to be at the game on Saturday) with absolutely perfect September weather. They got out to leads of 5-0, and 8-1 on Saturday before 2 Didi Gregorius home runs and a Miguel Andujar grand slam got the Yankees to within 1 at 8-7, but Ken Giles was able to retire the final 4 batters to close out the win. Sean Ried-Foley was terrific setting a Blue Jays record for most strikeouts by a Jays rookie starter at Yankee Stadium, old or new as 10 of the 15 outs he recorded were via the strikeout, and his final strikeout of Giancarlo Stanton was just filthy as Stanton swung at a pitch that almost hit him in the head . And then on Sunday, they got another terrific start from the rookie Thomas Pannone as Gibbons gave him the leash trailing in a 2-1 game, let him pitch 7 innings with a chance to get the win, and both Gibbons & Pannone were rewarded with that faith as they got 2 runs in the 8th off of Dellin Betances to win the game 3-2, so at least the future is here and it looks bright! 3 games in Baltimore beginning on Monday, before the Jays start their final home stand of the year, likely manager Gibbons final 7 home games he will be managing as a Blue Jay when the Rays come in for 4 beginning on Tuesday.

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The Blue Jays have been mathematically eliminated. A far cry from two or three years ago.
I saw this at the beginning of the year. Unfortunately with the injuries to Donaldson and Tulo, and with how loaded the Yankees and Red Sox looked this year (Yankees still with the 3rd best record in baseball yet are 11.5 games out in the division), they needed almost everything to break right for them this year to give themselves a playoff spot, and almost right off the bat from day 1 they were doomed. Can't play from behind in this division. Rays will likely finish with the 6th best record in the AL, and they were basically an afterthought for the playoffs at the end of April with how awfully the Rays started the season at 3-12.
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Old 09-24-2018, 02:43 AM
 
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Won 2 of 3 in Baltimore and split 4 games at home with the Rays. 2 things from this week:
1) Richard Justice wrote this article a day too early: https://www.mlb.com/bluejays/news/ea...18/c-295511564. If he starts writing that on the 22 or 23, for the Blue Jays game he can write about the opening game against the Rays: down 8-2 going into the 9th inning and they win 9-8. That was a lot better than what Yangervis Solarte did in 1 game of a double header back in May
2) Blake Snell of the Rays is very, very good! Assuming him and Jacob deGrom of the Mets don't have complete blowups in their last times out (if either of them even start another game) that will make two starting pitchers that will end the season with a sub 2.00 ERA which is almost unheard of. Granted I'm not that old (only 31), but I can't remember a starting pitcher finishing a season with an ERA under 2 before and this year we are likely going to have 2. The last time we had a pitcher this good (Bob Gibson in '68) they had to lower the mound, what, if anything, are they going to do this year?? And btw, Blake Snell should win the Cy Young easily. Severino has had a terrible second half, Verlander's struggled this month, Sale & Bauer have been on the DL since August and nobody else was really that much in the running (Corey Kluber maybe??) If Snell doesn't win the award then they should just abolish it. Same with deGrom in the NL. I don't care that he only has 9 wins. He's been doing something that hasn't been done in a half century. Is it his fault his team can't score any runs when he pitches??

Last week of the season sees them welcome the Astros in for 3 beginning on Monday, and following a Thursday off day will see them finishing the season down at the Trop in St. Pete beginning on Friday.
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Old 03-26-2019, 05:43 PM
 
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A new Blue Jays era is upon us. Out with the old in John Gibbons, Troy Tulowitski & Russell Martin, in with the new in new manager Charlie Montoya, a Rays bench coach last year, Danny Jensen, and sometime in the first half of the year (hopefully sooner rather than later!) Vlad Guerrero Jr. This still looks like another step in the direction towards playoff contention in 2021/22, so this is a big year for players like Teoscar Hernandez, Billy McKinney, and Brandon Drury: prove this year that you should remain here when the next wave of talent comes up in 2020 from AAA Buffalo, and AA New Hampshire. I liked the moves in the winter with the signings of Clayton Richard & Matt Shoemaker for SP depth. These aren't household names or stars by any means, but they don't need to be this year, but when healthy (and that's a big if for both) they can provide innings, and in case Stroman and Sanchez get hurt again, they are able to fill those spots with major league quality pitchers. Another big FA signing was SS Freddy Galvis from the Padres. He's not a big hitter, but his is an EXCELLENT defender.

Best case scenario for the Jays in 2019: With a full season, Lourdes Guirrel, McKinney, and Drury all play a full season, and put up respectable numbers. Sanchez only misses a few turns through the rotation, while Stroman makes all 32 starts. Guerrero will come up at the end of April, struggle for the first month-six weeks, but then get going finishing with 25 home runs and 70 RBI's. Shoemaker and Richard both eat quality innings, and combined they go into the last week of the season 4 games out of the second Wildcard. I'll take that for a successful season! If they can manage to start play on September 23 not officially eliminated from post season contention yet I would be ecstatic.

Worst case for the Jays: Guirrel struggles in his first full season, while McKinney and Drury both miss significant time with injuries. Guerrero comes up at the end of April, and struggles against major league pitching only hitting 12 home runs with 35 RBI's. Sanchez, Shoemaker and Stroman all miss a month plus with various injuries and ailments while only Richard pitches a full season, and he gets rocked coming to the AL, and a division which is mostly all hitters parks that he is released in August. Rays have staying power and show they are even better than they were last season when they were the quietest 90 win team in MLB history, so even though they won't officially be eliminated from playoff contention until mid-late September, they'll theortically be out of the race in August again.

My prediction for the Jays: I really do think the Rays have staying power (in my preseason prediction I have them in the World Series) so that makes the Jays playoff push more difficult, but the playoffs should be the furthest thing from their minds in 2019. I can't wait to see Vlad in the majors, and while I do think he will initially struggle like most players do, he'll come around and make adjustments and by the end of the year will be crushing homers just like he did in the minors last year. I'd also like to see Bo Bichette sometime during the year as well. Unfortunately, I don't see how Stroman, Sanchez & Shoemaker combine to make 80 starts, yet alone 90 as all 3 are injury risks, which unfortunately will put pressure on Richard. I think when all said and done this is a 4th place team in the division and about 8th or 9th overall in the American League. They are good enough where they can put together some decent winning streaks, but unfortunately they can't compete in the division.

First game of the year is on Thursday: Jordan Zimmermann (7-8, 4.52 in 18) starts for the Tigers against Marcus Stroman (4-9, 5.54) for the Jays. First pitch scheduled for 3:37 at Rogers Centre.
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Old 03-29-2019, 12:35 AM
 
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Tigers 2 @ Jays 0 (10 innings).

Not a lot to recap from Rogers Centre on Thursday afternoon. Tigers didn't have their first hit off of Marcus Stroman until their were 2 outs in the 6th which brought the first runner to second for the Tigers, but Miguel Cabrera ended the inning on a ground out. The Jays were even more futile against Jordan Zimmermann, as Zimmermann retired the first 20 Blue Jays hitters he faced until Teoscar Hernandez ended the perfect game with a single in the 7th. Outside of that 2 out hit by Nick Castellanos in the 6th which was the first hit of the game, the only other player that made it into scoring position for the afternoon was Tigers Niko Goodrum who lead off the 10th with a double, and was immediately plated on Christian Stewart's 2 run game winning homer. Zimmermann allowed 1 hit, 0 walks and 4 strikeouts in 7 scoreless innings, Victor Alcantara (1-0) had a hit and a strikeout in a scoreless 9th, and Shane Greene (1st save) had a 1-2-3 9th with a strikeout. Stroman had 4 walks with 7 strikeouts and 2 hits allowed in 7 innings, and Daniel Hudson (0-1) allowed 2 runs on 2 hits (1 homer) with 2 strikeouts in his Jays debut.

Game 2 of the series is on Friday. Ex-Jays farmhand Matt Boyd (9-13, 4.39 in 2018), dealt at the 2015 trade deadline for David Price returns to Toronto to matchup with Matt Shoemaker (2-2, 4.94 in 7 starts with the Angels last season), making his Jays debut after signing with the Jays over the winter. First pitch slated for 7:07.
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Old 03-30-2019, 11:42 AM
 
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Tigers 0 @ Jays 6.

Brandon Drury lead off the game with a lead off triple, but Matt Boyd would strikeout Randall Grichuck, Justin Smoak, and Teopscar Hernandez to keep the Jays off the board. Nick Castellanos had a 1 out double, Miggy Cabrera followed with a walk, but Matt Shoemaker kept the Tigers off the board striking out Jeimer Candelario, and ending the inning getting Niko Goodrum to ground out to second. The Jays finally got on the board in the bottom half. Grichuck lead off with a walk, went to second on a Smoak single, and Hernandez had the Jays first RBI of the season with a single. Following a Lourdes Gurriel strikeout and a Kevin Pillar pop up, a Billy McKinney infield single loaded the bases, and Freddy Galvis would unload the bases with a 2 RBI single, with McKinney scoring on an error by Mikie Mahtook. Castellanos had a 1 out triple in the 6th, but got erased in a run down when Cabrera had a grounder to 3rd. Galvis singled to lead off the Jays 7th, Luke Maile followed with a single, Drury struck out, and Grichuck followed with a ground out to put runners on 2nd and 3rd, and Smoak would bring in the final 2 runs of the night on a 2 run single. Boyd (0-1) allowed 4 runs (3 earned) on 5 hits with 1 walk and 10 strikeouts in 5 innings, and Shoemaker (1-0) allowed only 2 hits with 2 walks and 7 strikeouts in 7 scoreless innings.

Game 3 of the series is on Saturday. Aaron Sanchez (4-6, 4.89) starts for the Jays against Spencer Turnball (0-2, 6.06 in 4 September games last year) with first pitch slated for 3:07.
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Old 03-30-2019, 07:06 PM
 
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Tigers 0 @ Jays 3.

Nick Castellanos and Miguel Cabrera had 1 out singles in the first, but Aaron Sanchez got Jeimer Candelario hit into a force out, and Niko Goodrum struck out. In the second, Christian Stewart lead off with a walk, he went to second on a Grayson Greiner ground out, but got thrown out at 3rd. Gordam Beckham lead off the 3rd with a walk, Sanchez retired Josh Harrison and Castellanos, Cabrera singled Beckham to 3rd and Candelario flied out to end the inning. Brandon Drury doubled to begin the 4th, Billy McKinney had an RBI single for the games first run, but got thrown out trying to stretch that into a double, and after a Teoscar Hernandez walk, Justin Smoak hit a 2 run homer, the Jays first long ball of the year. Richard Urena had a 1 out single in the 5th, and 2 batters later McKinney would walk, but Hernandez would strike out to end the inning. Cabrera was hit by a pitch to lead off the 6th, following a Candelario strike out, Goodrum walked to put runners on first and second, Stewart followed with a ground out, and Greiner ended the inning with a strikeout. Freddy Galvis lead off the 7th with a double, Urena sacrificed him to 3rd, but he would get thrown out in a run down on a Drury grounder to 3rd. Hernandez walked to lead off the 8th, 2 batters later Danny Jansen had a 1 out single, Randal Grichuck was hit by a pitch to load the bases, but Kevin Pillar struck out and Galvis lined out. Sanchez (1-0) allowed 3 hits, with 3 walks and 6 strikeouts in 5 innings, Tim Mayza (1st hold), Daniel Hudson (1st hold), and Joe Biagini (1st hold) combined to allow 1 hit, 1 walk and 5 strikeouts in 3 scoreless innings of work, while Ken Giles (1st save) allows a hit with 2 strikeouts in a scoreless 9th inning picking up his first save of the year. Spencer Turnball (0-1) allowed 3 runs on 4 hits (1 homer) with 2 walks and 5 strikeouts in 5 innings.

Jays go for the series win on Sunday. Trent Thornton (MLB debut) makes his major league debut for the Jays and he will be opposed by Matt Moore (3-8, 6.79 last year with the Rangers). First pitch scheduled for 1:07.
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Old 03-31-2019, 09:32 AM
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I think the Jays will surprise some teams this year. They won't scare the Yanks or Bosox just yet but may very well duke it out with Tampa for 3rd in the East. Most pundits are calling for a 72-75-win season. I think if they stay healthy, they'll be a .500 team.

Baby steps. And then contending in '21.
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Old 03-31-2019, 11:30 AM
 
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How do Toronto fans feel about Troy Tulowitzki and the Yankees? Only two games, but he is off to a hot start (.333/.500/1.000) after having given the Jays three and a half years of DL time and poor performances on the few occasions he was healthy. Do you wish him well with New York? Or hope that he is a big a bust for them as he was for Toronto?
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Old 03-31-2019, 12:15 PM
 
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Meh, whatever. I don't have any ill will towards him. He was never going to be a part of the next future wave of talent anyways as he was just going to be a place holder for Guerrero Jr, Bichette. He was a part of 2 playoff teams, and along with Price was a big reason they ended some 22+ year playoff drought and made baseball popular in Toronto again. And 4 years later the prospects we gave to Colorado still haven't panned out, of course same as Norris & Boyd for the Price deal.
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Old 03-31-2019, 03:20 PM
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I'm not a fan of Tulowitzki. He mouths platitudes about team but he's a selfish jerk.
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