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Blue Bird Banter Apr 19, 2017
Jays win!

Jays win!

Great pitching from Liriano and Biagini Red Sox 0 Blue Jays 3 Boy scoring is nice. Bad Red Sox defense helped us out in the second inning. Back-to-back errors, one a throwing error on Mr. Defense Pablo Sandoval and a just a miss on a ground ball by Mitch Moreland (to show my age, I originally typed Keith Moreland) gave us Russell Martin and Troy Tulowitzki on second and third. After a Justin Smoak strikeout, Darwin Barney singled home our base runners. Then Kevin Pillar and Ezequiel Carrera each singled, bringing Barney around. Unfortunately, that was the end of our scoring. We only had...
Blue Bird Banter Apr 18, 2017
Blue Jays’ Plummet Continues in 8-7 Loss

Blue Jays’ Plummet Continues in 8-7 Loss

What else is new? So. Close. The Blue Jays, falling 8-7 to the Boston Red Sox, have lost a major league-leading 11 games. In Tuesday’s game, as with many of Toronto’s losses so far, the Blue Jays made a ninth-inning push to win the game, but the effort fell short. The game started well - as have most of the other games this season - with a Kevin Pillar double. Pillar, who has collected seven hits in his past five games, scored after Kendrys Morales singled. The Blue Jays got their second run of the game later in the inning, when Justin Smoak doubled home Morales. “[Pillar has] always...
Sports Illustrated Apr 11, 2017

Toronto Blue Jays: Release Justin Smoak

A modest proposal for the Toronto Blue Jays: Consider releasing Justin Smoak
Jays Journal Apr 7, 2017

Blue Jays’ releasing Justin Smoak not a viable immediate solution

There is an obvious ground swell, or at least groan, about Justin Smoak from the fans. Their gripe is not without reason. But to those that ask, “why don’t the Jays just release him?” the answer is not so simple. Firstly, Rowdy is not ready. As Brad Barker astutely noted on Tuesday’s Jeff Blair show, […] Blue Jays’ releasing Justin Smoak not a viable immediate solution - Jays Journal - Jays Journal - A Toronto Blue Jays Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Blue Bird Banter Apr 6, 2017
Kendrys Morales Hits A Grand Slam, Blue Jays Win 5-2

Kendrys Morales Hits A Grand Slam, Blue Jays Win 5-2

Blue Jays 5, Rays 2 First win of the year! The Blue Jays began their second series of the season on Thursday night, sending Marcus Stroman to the mound against young southpaw Blake Snell. After dropping a pair of close games in Baltimore, this new roster was still hungry for their first victory. A pitchers duel began early on, as Snell began the first by striking out Steve Pearce, then worked his away around a two-out walk for a scoreless first. He followed that up with a three-up-three down second, striking out Russell Martin and Justin Smoak in the process. Not to be outdone, Stroman...
Blue Bird Banter Apr 5, 2017
Jays lose to Orioles

Jays lose to Orioles

Jays start the season with two losses. Blue Jays 1 Orioles 3 So, again we get a good start, not a great start, but good. J.A. Happ pitched 7 innings, allowed just 5 hits, no walks, with 9 strikeouts. The only thing he did wrong was give up 2 home runs. The first was a 2-run shot by Adam Jones, the other a solo homer by Chris Davis. Giving up 3 runs in 7 innings should buy you a win. Ryan Tepera pitched a clean 8th. For the second game in a row, we didn’t do enough on offense. 7 hits and 1 walk. The only extra base hit was a Justin Smoak double (and he was the only Jay with 2 hits)....
Blue Bird Banter Mar 31, 2017
Better know your Blue Jays 40-man: Justin Smoak

Better know your Blue Jays 40-man: Justin Smoak

Oh, I don’t want to write about Justin Smoak. But let’s give it a shot. He’s a switch-hitting first baseball (or a switch-not-hitting first baseman). Career, he’s been better against RHP (.221/.325/.413) than LHP (.209/.284/.337). To me, that’s better enough against RHP to make me think he should give up on the switch-hitting business and just work on his swing from the left side. It’s easier to work on one swing than to work on two. We picked Smoak up off waivers, back in October of 2014, from the Mariners. We didn’t mind the move, at the time, figuring moving him away from...

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