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Blue Jays React To Alejandro Kirk Getting Hit By Red Sox’s Nick Pivetta

Tempers flared for a brief moment during the Boston Red Sox-Toronto Blue Jays game Wednesday night at Rogers Centre. Nick Pivetta hit Alejandro Kirk in the bottom of the second inning, causing the benches to clear. Kirk was hit twice Monday by the Red Sox, so frustrations began to boil. The home plate umpire warned […] The post Blue Jays React To Alejandro Kirk Getting Hit By Red Sox’s Nick Pivetta appeared first on NESN.com.
Bluebird Banter Jun 28, 2022
Vlad Gets Walk-Off Single, Jays Beat Red Sox

Vlad Gets Walk-Off Single, Jays Beat Red Sox

Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Red Sox 5 Blue Jays 6 What a great bottom of the ninth. Down a run: Alejandro Kirk, pinch-hitting, led off with a single. He’s having a fairy tale season. Bradley Zimmer pinch-ran for Kirk. Zimmer is worth the roster spot for this role. Springer walked to move Zimmer to second. Great at-bat. Bo singles the other way on the first pitch of his at-bat. Tie game. Just amazing. And Vlad gets the walk-off single, after taking two balls off the plate. One of those wonderful moments that we’ll remember all season. Before the ninth, there...
Bluebird Banter Jun 26, 2022
GameThread Game #72: Blue Jays at Brewers

GameThread Game #72: Blue Jays at Brewers

Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports We have a rubber match today as the Jays look to get back into the winning column. Here are this afternoon’s lineups. Springer is back, and Kirk is back catching. It feels like it could be a winner. Godspeed. Today's Lineups BLUE JAYS BREWERS George Springer - CF Christian Yelich - DH Bo Bichette - SS Willy Adames - SS Vladimir Guerrero - DH Rowdy Tellez - 1B Alejandro Kirk - C Andrew McCutchen - LF Teoscar Hernandez - RF Luis Urias - 2B Santiago Espinal - 2B Omar Narvaez - C Matt Chapman - 3B Tyrone Taylor -...
Bluebird Banter Jun 22, 2022
Bichette Hits Grand Slam, Jays Win

Bichette Hits Grand Slam, Jays Win

Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports Blue Jays 9 White Sox 5 Before the game even started, the Jays' hitting coach, Guillermo Martinez was tossed during the exchange of lineup cards. It appeared that he said something to yesterday’s plate umpire Doug Eddings. Like something suggesting Eddings get a white cane. Alejandro Kirk has been amazing. In the first inning, he drives in a run with a single. In the third inning, there was no one on base to drive in, so he homers. Also amazing, Matt Chapman. In the first inning Ross Stripling gave up a single, then a ground ball...
Bluebird Banter Jun 22, 2022
GameThread Game #69: Blue Jays at White Sox

GameThread Game #69: Blue Jays at White Sox

Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports Welp, last night’s game had a terrible ending. Let’s prevent the sweep today please and get back into the winning column. Here are today’s lineups. No Springer. Today's Lineups BLUE JAYS WHITE SOX Santiago Espinal - 2B Danny Mendick - SS Bo Bichette - SS Andrew Vaughn - 1B Vladimir Guerrero - 1B Luis Robert - CF Alejandro Kirk - DH Jose Abreu - DH Teoscar Hernandez - RF Jake Burger - 3B Matt Chapman - 3B Reese McGuire - C Raimel Tapia - CF Adam Engel - RF Lourdes Gurriel - LF Adam Haseley - LF Gabriel...
Bluebird Banter Jun 21, 2022
GameThread Game #68: Blue Jays at White Sox

GameThread Game #68: Blue Jays at White Sox

David Banks-USA TODAY Sports Well, the Jays have done a bunch of losing lately, but on the plus side, Alejandro Kirk is killing it in All Star votes: Over 1 MILLION votes his first time on the All-Star ballot! ⭐️ Captain @alejandro_kirk is ready for liftoff pic.twitter.com/NAyf6YrgYw— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) June 21, 2022 Charlie Montoyo on Alejandro Kirk's mass appeal in all-star voting: "I feel like a dad. Proud. One of the ones pushing for him. He deserved all the votes." #Bluejays— Rob Longley (@longleysunsport) June 21, 2022 Here are...
Bluebird Banter Jun 21, 2022
Tuesday Bantering: Vlad AL Player of the Week

Tuesday Bantering: Vlad AL Player of the Week

Photo by Quinn Harris/ And other Jays stuff I wonder if today, just to be different, our pitchers could hold the opponent to half a dozen runs or less today. It is funny, early in the season, the batters couldn’t hit. Now the pitchers can’t pitch. Vladimir Guerrero was voted AL Player of the Week. He hit .407/.500/.778 for the week, with 3 home runs and 7 RBI. And Vlad, Alejandro Kirk, Bo Bichette and George Springer (well, actually, Springer is third among AL outfielders, but that still would have him in the game) are leading in their positions in All-Star...
Bluebird Banter Jun 18, 2022
GameThread Game #65: Yankees at Blue Jays

GameThread Game #65: Yankees at Blue Jays

Photo by Leslie Plaza Johnson/Icon Sportswire via Jays and the Sith battle it out again. Today Alek Manoah starts. And there was a roster move. Matt Gage is back, Trevor Richards was put on the IL. Surprising to me, Casey Lawrence is still with the team. Today's Lineups YANKEES BLUE JAYS Matt Carpenter - 3B George Springer - CF Aaron Judge - DH Bo Bichette - SS Anthony Rizzo - 1B Vladimir Guerrero - DH Gleyber Torres - 2B Alejandro Kirk - C Joey Gallo - LF Teoscar Hernandez - RF Isiah Kiner-Falefa - SS Raimel Tapia - LF Aaron Hicks - CF Matt...
Bluebird Banter Jun 17, 2022
Jays lose to Yankees

Jays lose to Yankees

Photo by Cole Burston/ Yankees 10 Blue Jays 3 This one wasn’t fun at all. We were winning for a moment. Gabriel Moreno singled home Alejandro Kirk (who took a pitch off the hand to reach base) in the third inning. Ross Stripling pitched a 3 up 3 down first. In the second, he started the inning with a walk and a single but stranded the runners. In the third, two singles but they were stranded again. The luck ran out in the fourth. Single and Gleytor Torres double scored the Yankees’ first run. A ground-out scored the second and that was it for Ross. 5 hits, and 2...
Bluebird Banter Jun 16, 2022
Jays Get Thumped By Orioles

Jays Get Thumped By Orioles

Photo by Vaughn Ridley/ Orioles 10 Blue Jays 2 Just a bad day for the Jays and for Kevin Gausman. Gausman only went 2.1, allowed 7 runs, 5 earned, off 7 hits and 1 walk with 3 strikeouts. He gave up 6 runs in the third inning (helped along by a Santiago Espinal error). And that was the game. Beyond that, we didn’t do much on offense. Just 8 hits on the day. Alejandro Kirk was the only batter with more than one hit and had one of our two RBI. Beyond that, Teoscar Hernandez hit a solo home run; that was all the scoring we’d do. David Phelps finished off the third...
Bluebird Banter Jun 12, 2022
Game #59 GameThread: Jays @ Tigers

Game #59 GameThread: Jays @ Tigers

Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports Late GameThread. Lineups. Moreno catches. Chapman is out with a sore wrist. Today's Lineups BLUE JAYS TIGERS George Springer - CF Victor Reyes - CF Bo Bichette - SS Jonathan Schoop - 2B Vladimir Guerrero - 1B Austin Meadows - RF Alejandro Kirk - DH Miguel Cabrera - DH Teoscar Hernandez - RF Harold Castro - 3B Santiago Espinal - 3B Javier Baez - SS Lourdes Gurriel - LF Robbie Grossman - LF Gabriel Moreno - C Spencer Torkelson - 1B Cavan Biggio - 2B Tucker Barnhart - C Ross Stripling - RHP Tarik Skubal -...
Bluebird Banter Jun 7, 2022
GameThread Game #55: Blue Jays at Royals

GameThread Game #55: Blue Jays at Royals

Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports The sad news of the day is Danny Jansen has a broken pinkie. The good news is that Zack Collins and his awesome “W” tweets are back! Here are tonight’s lineups as the Jays are going for the series win. Today's Lineups BLUE JAYS ROYALS George Springer - DH Whit Merrifield - RF Bo Bichette - SS Andrew Benintendi - LF Vladimir Guerrero - 1B Bobby Witt - SS Teoscar Hernandez - RF Salvador Perez - C Alejandro Kirk - C MJ Melendez - DH Santiago Espinal - 2B Carlos Santana - 1B Matt Chapman - 3B Kyle Isbel -...
Jays Journal Jun 7, 2022

Using advanced stats to see which Blue Jays could improve regress

With two months of the 2022 MLB season already in the books, we’ve been able to gather a much larger sample size of statistics that can accurately reflect a player’s performance. Some Blue Jays, like Alejandro Kirk, who currently has an OPS well above .800, have put up some great raw numbers this season, while […] Using advanced stats to see which Blue Jays could improve regress - Jays Journal - Jays Journal - Toronto Blue Jays News, Rumors and Fan Community
Bluebird Banter Jun 6, 2022
Who’s Hot, Who’s Cold: Blue Jays Batters

Who’s Hot, Who’s Cold: Blue Jays Batters

Is the red slimming? | Photo by Vaughn Ridley/ A look at the Jays hitters over the last two weeks It is a lot more fun to do one of these when some (most) of the hitters are actually hot. The Blue Jays were 9-3 over their last 12 games. Our hitters went .285/.375/.533 for a .908 OPS. A pretty huge jump from their season mark of .730. Hot Alejandro Kirk: Played in 10 games, starting 9. Hit .444/.512/.889 with 4 home runs, 5 walks and 2 strikeouts. His 4 home runs came in his last 5 games. Of the games, he started 5 as catcher and 4 as DH. In the two weeks, he caught 1...
Jays Journal Jun 1, 2022

Predicting when the Blue Jays will call up top prospect Gabriel Moreno

Looking at the Blue Jays’ current roster, both Danny Jansen and Alejandro Kirk are performing well behind the plate and in the batter’s box. The club’s catchers boast a 124 WRC+ which ranks them third in the league while they also sit in the top five of numerous offensive categories, including OBP, SLG, and fWAR. […] Predicting when the Blue Jays will call up top prospect Gabriel Moreno - Jays Journal - Jays Journal - Toronto Blue Jays News, Rumors and Fan Community

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