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Bluebird Banter May 23, 2022
Game #42 GameThread: Jays @ Cardinals

Game #42 GameThread: Jays @ Cardinals

Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports The Jays have a two-game series in St. Louis. Today’s lineup has Santiago batting second, Vlad third, Bo fourth and Teoscar fifth. Today's Lineups BLUE JAYS CARDINALS George Springer - DH Tommy Edman - SS Santiago Espinal - 2B Nolan Gorman - 2B Vladimir Guerrero - 1B Paul Goldschmidt - 1B Bo Bichette - SS Nolan Arenado - 3B Teoscar Hernandez - RF Juan Yepez - DH Alejandro Kirk - C Brendan Donovan - RF Matt Chapman - 3B Corey Dickerson - LF Lourdes Gurriel - LF Harrison Bader - CF Bradley Zimmer - CF Andrew Knizner...
Bluebird Banter May 23, 2022
Monday Bantering: Espinal Bats Second

Monday Bantering: Espinal Bats Second

Kevin Sousa-USA TODAY Sports There is a change in the Blue Jays lineup tonight. Santiago Espinal is batting second. That puts Vlad third, Bo fourth and Teoscar fifth. I’m ok with it. But if the don’t start hitting, the batting order really doesn’t matter. Today's Lineups BLUE JAYS CARDINALS George Springer - DH Tommy Edman - SS Santiago Espinal - 2B Nolan Gorman - 2B Vladimir Guerrero - 1B Paul Goldschmidt - 1B Bo Bichette - SS Nolan Arenado - 3B Teoscar Hernandez - RF Juan Yepez - DH Alejandro Kirk - C Brendan Donovan - RF Matt Chapman -...
Bluebird Banter May 22, 2022
Votto Drives in 3, Reds Beat Jays

Votto Drives in 3, Reds Beat Jays

Chapman practicing the superhero landing. | Kevin Sousa-USA TODAY Sports Reds 3 Blue Jays 2 It would be nice to score more than 2 runs someday. But then it is hard to score more than 2 runs when you only get 4 hits on the day. And no hits after the fourth inning. The Jays got a run in the: Second inning: Santiago Espinal led off with a double (our only extra-base hit of the day), and Matt Chapman singled him home. After that, it was three strikeouts from Danny Jansen, Zack Collins and Raimel Tapia. Third inning: George Springer was hit by pitch, went to second on a...
Bluebird Banter May 15, 2022
Offense Missing, Jays Lose Again

Offense Missing, Jays Lose Again

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports Blue Jays 0 Rays 3 The latest in a series of frustrating losses. If you don’t score, you aren’t going to win. Pretty simple stuff. But also, you gotta make the plays. The Jays had 4 of the top 5 hardest-hit balls and 8 of the 10 hardest-hit balls (only 2 of those 8 turned into hits), and yet, there was a goose egg. The Rays had a bunch of soft stuff fall. And surprisingly, Matt Chapman made 2 errors (directly leading to 2 of the Rays' 3 runs). Add into the day's mistakes, Santiago Espinal was picked off of first, and Alek Manoah threw...
Jays Journal May 15, 2022

Blue Jays and Matt Chapman: The good, bad, and the promising

While Matt Chapman has struggled at the plate like many of his Blue Jays teammates, he’s brought a new dimension to their infield defence with his incredible glove work. That’s more or less what the Blue Jays knew they were getting when they traded for Chapman prior to the start of the 2022 campaign. What […] Blue Jays and Matt Chapman: The good, bad, and the promising - Jays Journal - Jays Journal - Toronto Blue Jays News, Rumors and Fan Community
Bluebird Banter May 11, 2022
GameThread Game #32: Jays @ Sith

GameThread Game #32: Jays @ Sith

Photo by Jim McIsaac/ Quick GameThread because I’m running out and the game is at 10:30 my time. I’ll be back for the first inning. Today’s game has to be better than yesterday’s, but then that’s a low bar to jump. Today's Lineups BLUE JAYS YANKEES George Springer - DH Aaron Hicks - CF Bo Bichette - SS Aaron Judge - DH Vladimir Guerrero - 1B Anthony Rizzo - 1B Teoscar Hernandez - RF DJ LeMahieu - 3B Lourdes Gurriel - LF Gleyber Torres - 2B Alejandro Kirk - C Joey Gallo - LF Matt Chapman - 3B Isiah Kiner-Falefa - SS Santiago Espinal -...
Bluebird Banter May 8, 2022
Offense Still Missing, Jays Lose to Guardians

Offense Still Missing, Jays Lose to Guardians

Photo by Ron Schwane/ Blue Jays 3 Guardians 4 If you continuously play these close games, you will lose some of them. They are putting way too much pressure on the bullpen. The game started nicely. We scored two in the first. George Springer led off with a double. Bo Bichette walked, and Vladimir Guerrero singled to load the bases. Then Teoscar Hernandez singled home two. Still no outs, two on. We were hoping for a big inning. But no. Lourdes Gurriel ground out. Alejandro Kirk walked to load the bases again. But Matt Chapman struck out (which would become a theme, he...
Jays Journal May 8, 2022

Blue Jays: Cavan Biggio’s role when he returns from the IL

With the acquisition of Matt Chapman during the 2022 Spring Training, it looked like Blue Jays infielders Santiago Espinal and Cavan Biggio were going to have to compete for playing time at second base on the active roster. Espinal is coming off a stellar 2021 campaign that saw him take over third base (from Biggio) […] Blue Jays: Cavan Biggio’s role when he returns from the IL - Jays Journal - Jays Journal - Toronto Blue Jays News, Rumors and Fan Community
Bluebird Banter May 4, 2022
GameThread Game #26: Dark Side @ The Light Side

GameThread Game #26: Dark Side @ The Light Side

Photo by Vaughn Ridley/ So Tom needs to work on reading comprehension. I thought Kate said she wouldn’t be able to do GameThreads from the 24th to the end of the month. She really said ‘from now until the 24th. So this is late. Lineups: Today's Lineups YANKEES BLUE JAYS DJ LeMahieu - 2B George Springer - DH Aaron Judge - RF Bo Bichette - SS Anthony Rizzo - 1B Vladimir Guerrero - 1B Giancarlo Stanton - DH Lourdes Gurriel - LF Josh Donaldson - 3B Matt Chapman - 3B Aaron Hicks - CF Santiago Espinal - 2B Joey Gallo - LF Vinny Capra - RF Isiah...
Bluebird Banter May 3, 2022
GameThread Game #25: Yankees at Blue Jays

GameThread Game #25: Yankees at Blue Jays

Photo by Jon Blacker/MLB Photos via If there is anything Alek Manoah loves, it’s pitching against the Yankees. Let’s hope he has his A game today. Here are today’s lineups: Today's Lineups YANKEES BLUE JAYS Aaron Hicks - CF George Springer - CF Aaron Judge - RF Bo Bichette - SS Anthony Rizzo - 1B Vladimir Guerrero - 1B Giancarlo Stanton - DH Lourdes Gurriel - LF Josh Donaldson - 3B Raimel Tapia - RF Gleyber Torres - 2B Matt Chapman - 3B Marwin Gonzalez - LF Zack Collins - DH Isiah Kiner-Falefa - SS Alejandro Kirk - C Jose Trevino -...
Bluebird Banter May 2, 2022
GameThread Game #24: Yankees at Blue Jays

GameThread Game #24: Yankees at Blue Jays

Photo by Vaughn Ridley/ Another “no time, insert your wittiest prose here” post. Today's Lineups YANKEES BLUE JAYS DJ LeMahieu - 3B George Springer - CF Aaron Judge - CF Bo Bichette - SS Anthony Rizzo - 1B Vladimir Guerrero - 1B Giancarlo Stanton - RF Lourdes Gurriel - LF Josh Donaldson - DH Matt Chapman - 3B Aaron Hicks - LF Alejandro Kirk - DH Gleyber Torres - 2B Santiago Espinal - 2B Isiah Kiner-Falefa - SS Raimel Tapia - RF Jose Trevino - C Tyler Heineman - C J. Montgomery - LHP Ross Stripling - RHP GO JAYS GO! We are...
Bluebird Banter Apr 29, 2022
Rough Night for the Pitchers, Jays Lose

Rough Night for the Pitchers, Jays Lose

Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports Astros 10 Blue Jays 7 Let’s start with the good stuff: Vlad hit his 6th home run of the season. 114.4 MPH. 446 feet. Matt Chapman hit a home run off the facing of the fifth deck. 110.2, and 418 feet. But launched. Our 6 thru 9 hitters had 10 hits. Chapman 2 for 4, Tapia 4 for 5, Espinal 2 for 4, Heineman 2 for 3. Vlad made a terrific play, throwing out a runner trying to go second to third on a ground ball to first. The rule is that if the ball is hit behind you, you go for third but Vlad has a great arm. Hmmmm beyond that, there...
Bluebird Banter Apr 28, 2022
GameThread Game #20: Red Sox at Blue Jays

GameThread Game #20: Red Sox at Blue Jays

Photo by Mark Blinch/ Going for the series win. As much as I love lunch time baseball, I enjoy having it at 4:15pm to help get me through the end of the workday. Here are today’s lineups...which...are a thing. Today's Lineups RED SOX BLUE JAYS Trevor Story - 2B George Springer - DH Alex Verdugo - LF Bo Bichette - SS Rafael Devers - 3B Lourdes Gurriel - LF Enrique Hernandez - CF Raimel Tapia - RF Jackie Bradley - RF Matt Chapman - 3B Christian Arroyo - SS Alejandro Kirk - C Bobby Dalbec - 1B Santiago Espinal - 2B Travis Shaw - DH Gosuke Katoh -...
Bluebird Banter Apr 28, 2022
Blue Jays Birthdays: John Cerutti

Blue Jays Birthdays: John Cerutti

Photo by Otto Greule Jr/ Also Matt Chapman John Cerutti would have turned 62 today. John was a good lefty pitcher for the Blue Jays in the late 1980s. He was 46-37 in 6 seasons for us, starting 108 games and relieving in 83, and had a 3.87 ERA. His best season was 1989, when John went 11-11 in 31 starts, with a 3.07 ERA n 205 innings. The next year he was 9-9 with a 4.76 ERA in 30 games, 23 starts. After the season, he signed with the Tigers as a free agent. He told a great story about his first major league game. I was called up on 1 September 1985. I didn’t arrive...
Bluebird Banter Apr 25, 2022
GameThread Game #17: Red Sox at Blue Jays

GameThread Game #17: Red Sox at Blue Jays

Photo by Leslie Plaza Johnson/Icon Sportswire via Let’s start this week with a W. Here are tonight’s lineups. Gurriel will DH, Zimmer gets the start in right, and Kirk will catch this one. Today's Lineups RED SOX BLUE JAYS Enrique Hernandez - CF George Springer - CF Alex Verdugo - LF Bo Bichette - SS Xander Bogaerts - SS Vladimir Guerrero - 1B Rafael Devers - 3B Lourdes Gurriel - DH J.D. Martinez - DH Matt Chapman - 3B Jackie Bradley - RF Alejandro Kirk - C Bobby Dalbec - 1B Raimel Tapia - LF Christian Arroyo - 2B Santiago Espinal -...

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