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The Official Bluebird Banter Glossary

The Official Bluebird Banter Glossary

All your favourite terms in one easy to find place Whether you are a rookie or a long time veteran, we want everyone at BBB to feel welcome. Thus, we have derived an Official Bluebird Banter Glossary that will function as a resource page for all your favorite BBB terminology. Additions can be made at any time, so please feel free to leave suggestions in the comments. Frequently Used BBB Terminology 1B>1B: Endless debate over which marginal player should be starting. Originated with Justin Smoak and Chris Colabello. Maybe this one can be retired, I think it has been settled. 2013 Season: A...

Smoak nabbed after Laureano overthrow, but Jays sweep A's

Justin Smoak got thrown out on a wild sequence that began with another sensational play by Oakland center fielder Ramon Laureano, but wound up with four hits as the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Athletics 5-4 Sunday for a three-game sweep.
Bluebird Banter Apr 21, 2019
Jays win and sweep the A’s

Jays win and sweep the A’s

Blue Jays 5 Athletics 4 A series sweep. And we won 6 of 7 on the road trip. Very nice to see some wins after hearing so many tell me that we weren’t going to win 50 games when the team go off to a slow start. That game had some strange moments: Aaron Sanchez came out of the game after 4 innings with, we were told later, a broken fingernail. He went 4 innings, allowed 2 hits, 3 walks, 1 hit batter, 2 strikeouts and 1 earned. He wasn’t particularly sharp but got outs when he needed them. I have no idea if he’ll make his next start. In the top of the second, with Justin Smoak on...
Bluebird Banter Apr 18, 2019
Jays hit 3 home runs, beat Twins

Jays hit 3 home runs, beat Twins

Blue Jays 7 Twins 4 A series win, yay. This scoring stuff is fun. The name of the game was homers today. We had 3 of them: Randal Grichuk had a solo shot in the first. Justin Smoak had a 2-run homer in the 4th. We scored 3 more than inning, off a bases loaded double by Eric Sogard. Teoscar Hernandez hit his second of the series (and season) in the 8th, a solo homer. We had 9 hits total. Sogard and Grichuk had 2 each. Everyone else had 1 hit other than Freddy Galvis (who had a very nice play in the field and Brandon Drury (who did get a walk). Sogard has been a surprise, 4 hits in his...

Grichuk, Smoak, Hernandez hit HRs, Blue Jays top Twins 7-4

Randal Grichuk, Justin Smoak and Teoscar Hernandez hit home runs and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Minnesota Twins 7-4 on Thursday.
Bluebird Banter Apr 18, 2019
GameThread Game #20: Blue Jays at Twins

GameThread Game #20: Blue Jays at Twins

Today we get a second chance for the first series win of the year. Hooray for second chances! Here is today’s lineups, which looks pretty decent. Sogard is leading off again, Smoak gets a DH Day and Jansen will catch for Clay Buchholz. Today's Lineups BLUE JAYS TWINS Eric Sogard - 2B Max Kepler - RF Freddy Galvis - SS Jorge Polanco - SS Randal Grichuk - CF Nelson Cruz - DH Justin Smoak - DH Eddie Rosario - LF Teoscar Hernandez - LF C.J. Cron - 1B Rowdy Tellez - 1B Marwin Gonzalez - 3B Brandon Drury - 3B Willians Astudillo - C Billy McKinney - RF Jonathan Schoop -...
Bluebird Banter Apr 16, 2019
GameThread Game #18: Blue Jays at Twins

GameThread Game #18: Blue Jays at Twins

It’s much nicer day in Minneapolis for baseball, and a great day to go for a guaranteed split. Here are today’s lineup, which...woof. Brito is in CF, Grichuk is in right, Sogard gets his first start in the lead off spot, and Drury has another day off. Today's Lineups BLUE JAYS TWINS Eric Sogard - 3B Max Kepler - RF Freddy Galvis - SS Jorge Polanco - SS Randal Grichuk - RF Eddie Rosario - DH Justin Smoak - 1B Willians Astudillo - 1B Teoscar Hernandez - LF Marwin Gonzalez - 3B Rowdy Tellez - DH Jake Cave - LF Alen Hanson - 2B Ehire Adrianza - 2B Socrates Brito -...
River Ave. Blues Apr 16, 2019

The Blue Jays are already selling and the Yankees should be after Justin Smoak

Although the Yankees have 147 games remaining this year — their season is only 9.3% complete! — it already feels like they need some outside help. The injuries are mounting and, with CC Sabathia having returned over the weekend, it doesn’t seem like anyone is particularly close to coming back. The Yankees will be without […] The post The Blue Jays are already selling and the Yankees should be after Justin Smoak appeared first on River Avenue Blues.
Bluebird Banter Apr 14, 2019
GameThread Game #16: Rays at Blue Jays

GameThread Game #16: Rays at Blue Jays

An overwhelming 50% of BBB GameThread pollers predicted the Blue Jays would win exactly one game in this series. A second win today would be quite remarkable for this team. Here are today’s lineups for the first Junior Jays Sunday of the season. McKinney’s in left field, Brito’s in right and Jansen will catch for Marcus Stroman. Today's Lineups RAYS BLUE JAYS Austin Meadows - LF Billy McKinney - LF Yandy Diaz - DH Freddy Galvis - SS Ji-Man Choi - 1B Justin Smoak - 1B Avisail Garcia - RF Randal Grichuk - CF Brandon Lowe - 2B Rowdy Tellez - DH Daniel Robertson -...
Bluebird Banter Apr 13, 2019
Buchholz shines in debut, Jays rally late to stifle Rays

Buchholz shines in debut, Jays rally late to stifle Rays

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before, but the Blue Jays were no hit until the 6th inning, then rallied late off the relievers. ‘Tis the Blue Jays way. However, I don’t think many of us were expecting a lineup that had Alen Hanson playing in right field to defeat the Rays in a game started by both Blake Snell and a pitcher who gave up 4 homers in a AAA start a few days ago, so we will take it. The Jays, facing Cy Young winner Blake Snell, predictably didn’t have a base runner until the 4th inning when Justin Smoak took a one-out walk. Teoscar Hernandez hit a grounder to second...
Lone Star Ball Apr 12, 2019
Rangers go college OF in latest BA mock

Rangers go college OF in latest BA mock

Baseball America’s latest mock draft has the Rangers selecting a college outfielder with their first selection 2019 MLB Mock Draft: The Texas Rangers select ninth in the MLB Draft this year, and in their latest mock draft, Baseball America has the team going with a college position player with their top pick, something Texas hasn’t done since grabbing Justin Smoak at #10 in 2008. However, in Hunter Bishop, the Arizona State outfielder who BA has Texas taking at #8, they are slotting Texas was someone who fits the Rangers’ history of toolsy, high-ceiling players. Bishop is a former...
Bluebird Banter Apr 11, 2019
Giles gets his first blown save as a Jay, Jays lose

Giles gets his first blown save as a Jay, Jays lose

Blue Jays 6 Red Sox 5 That 9th inning wasn’t fun: Ken Giles gave out a 1-out walk to Mookie Betts and then Moreland hit a hard liner over Grichuk. I thought Randal should have made the catch, but it was hit hard. The double scored Betts and Giles’ save streak was over. An intentional and non-intention walk loaded the bases. And a chopper over a drawn in infield ended the game. Giles wasn’t hitting his spots, hopefully it was just one bad game. He should be allowed one every now and then. But I hope there isn’t another one this year. We had 3 home runs: Justin Smoak had a 3-run...
Bluebird Banter Apr 11, 2019
GameThread Game #13: Blue Jays at Red Sox

GameThread Game #13: Blue Jays at Red Sox

Going for the (mini) sweep It’s another chilly evening in Boston as the Blue Jays will aim to continue to rain on the Red Sox’s home opener parade. Only 36% of BBB GameThread voters thought the Blue Jays hitting would prevail over the Red Sox pitching, which is just about equal to the odds FanGraphs has given the Jays of winning this game. Game 1 went to the Jays hitting. Let’s hope Game 2 does as well. Here is today’s lineup that will look to make that happen. Smoak is back in, thankfully. Brito is down to the 9th spot, and Jansen will catch for Sanchez. Today's...
Bluebird Banter Apr 9, 2019
GameThread Game #12: Blue Jays at Red Sox

GameThread Game #12: Blue Jays at Red Sox

It’s a meeting of two equally matched teams (at least, in the standings). The Red Sox have had terrible pitching, and the Blue Jays haven’t been able to hit. In theory, one of these two issues should be resolved by the end of this series. Let’s hope the Jays start hitting. Here are today’s lineups. Smoak is still out, Galvis is back up to the lead off spot, Drury is batting 3rd, and Alen Hanson is playing 1st base (?!). Apparently Luke Maile is also out with a sore neck, leaving Richard Urena as the emergency catcher. Today's Lineups BLUE JAYS RED SOX Freddy Galvis -...
Bluebird Banter Apr 6, 2019
GameThread Game #10: Blue Jays at Cleveland

GameThread Game #10: Blue Jays at Cleveland

Let’s get back to our winnings ways. Thomas Pannone will get the chance to start in the home park of the team that drafted him. Hopefully he can match his performance from the last time he faced them (2 ER over 6.1 IP) in September of last year. Here is today’s lineup, which looks much better than it has as of late. Freddy Galvis has been bumped up to the lead-off spot, Gurriel and McKinney have been bumped down to the bottom, and at the time of writing Justin Smoak is back in. Today's Lineups BLUE JAYS INDIANS Freddy Galvis - SS Greg Allen - CF Teoscar Hernandez - LF Jose...

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