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Great start from Jamie Garcia wasted, Jays lose

Great start from Jamie Garcia wasted, Jays lose

Blue Jays 1 Phillies 2 That game was all about the starting pitchers. Aaron Nola had a no-hitter going until 2 outs in the 7th. In the 7th, he gave up 2 walks, and looked like he was tiring. After the second walk, the Phillies had a mound visit and I thought they might take him out. Instead he pitched to Russell Martin and gave up hit first hit of the game, which scored Justin Smoak to tie the game. That was the last pitch of the game for Nola. Nola went 6.2, allowed just the 1 hits, 1 earned, 3 walks (I thought we could have had more walks, but we weren’t very patient), with 10...
Jays Journal May 26, 2018

Blue Jays: Stopgap option or not, this feels like a joke

The Blue Jays started 35 year old catcher Russell Martin at shortstop on Saturday. Yes, you read that right, and it’s not a good sign. Russell Martin was originally drafted as a third baseman, and there’s no denying that he’s got some of the best hands in the big leagues. He’s been an elite defensive […] Blue Jays: Stopgap option or not, this feels like a joke - Jays Journal - Jays Journal - A Toronto Blue Jays Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Bluebird Banter May 26, 2018
Saturday’s Blue Jays Lineup

Saturday’s Blue Jays Lineup

Russell Martin plays shortstop Well, here is a new one. Russell Martin will start at short for the Blue Jays today. Now Vlad Jr needs more development time at third base but Martin can just be thrown in at short. I still haven’t seen what the roster move is to make room for activating Gracia. I’ll add it to this post when they announce it. .@russellmartin55 makes his 1st career start at shortstop as we go for the series win. https://t.co/ym3l54N3DI pic.twitter.com/p1AtOdSDwp— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) May 26, 2018
Jays Journal May 21, 2018

Blue Jays’ Russell Martin willing to play anywhere to help team

Toronto Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin is willing to move out from behind home plate and play anywhere if it makes the team better. The versatile Russell Martin has struggled offensively again this season while backup catcher Luke Maile has come into his own knocking in more runs than Martin in limited opportunities at the […] Blue Jays’ Russell Martin willing to play anywhere to help team - Jays Journal - Jays Journal - A Toronto Blue Jays Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Bluebird Banter May 21, 2018
2018 Draft Preview: Reviewing the 2015-16 Drafts

2018 Draft Preview: Reviewing the 2015-16 Drafts

I reviewed the 2012-14 drafts yesterday, so next up are the 2015-16 drafts, which are interesting for the transition they represent between regimes. For each draft year, I’ll list the total spending, as well as information and notes on three groups: signed draftees picked in the top 100; draftees who received signing bonuses over $250,000; and other notables (players with MLB potential). 2015 Draft Total spend: approximately $4.36-million The Blue Jays gave up their first round pick to sign Russell Martin, but got a supplemental pick for Melky Cabrera that was used to take...
Jays Journal May 12, 2018

Blue Jays: Why does Russell Martin get off the hook?

The Blue Jays have had several hitters that have been heavily criticized like Kendrys Morales, Randal Grichuk and others. Whether it’s being talked about much or not, Russell Martin has been just as bad on offence. For as well as the Blue Jays offence has performed this season, there have been several individual disappointments. It’s […] Blue Jays: Why does Russell Martin get off the hook? - Jays Journal - Jays Journal - A Toronto Blue Jays Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Bluebird Banter May 10, 2018
Thursday Bantering: Martin, Osuna

Thursday Bantering: Martin, Osuna

More Just some random links: John Lott, over in the Athletic, wrote about Russell Martin playing third base last night. He was terrific. He made plays that Josh Donaldson wouldn’t have. He made plays that Josh might not have made in his prime. Martin said: “If there ever comes a day where I want to keep playing and catching is not no longer an option or something, I definitely feel like I can play just about anywhere on the field,” he said. “It’s nice to be able to be versatile and be able to play different positions, or know later on, if I’m just a role player and they need a...
Bluebird Banter May 9, 2018
A big 8th inning powers the Blue Jays to a win

A big 8th inning powers the Blue Jays to a win

Mariners 2 Blue Jays 5 It took us a while to get scoring, but that 4 run 8th felt like a dozen runs. About time we put up a crooked number. In the 8th we had doubles from Josh Donaldson, Yangervis Solarte and Justin Smoak. Then an almost double from Kevin Pillar, he was thrown out trying to stretch it into a double. Then Russell Martin doubled. After an out (I’m disappointed Gurriel), Luke Maile then singled home Martin (nice slide Russell). Curtis Granderson struck out to end the inning, his first at bat in a little while. Up until the 8th, we only had 1 run, a monster homer to center...
Bluebird Banter May 9, 2018
Wednesday’s Blue Jays lineup

Wednesday’s Blue Jays lineup

So an interesting lineup today. I was waiting for today’s roster moves, but I guess we are skipping a day. Russell Martin plays third. Josh Donaldson DH. Maile at catcher of course. Dalton Pompey deals in after a couple of days off. Maybe we could hit today. Game 2 v Mariners... Russ Martin starts at 3B, Donaldson DH, Pompey in LF. pic.twitter.com/aqRLVm41yi— Ben Wagner (@benwag247) May 9, 2018 Wagner also tweeted a picture of the dome open. I’m hoping it is staying that way.
Bluebird Banter May 3, 2018
More Jays Roster Moves: Dwight Smith up, Gift Ngoepe down

More Jays Roster Moves: Dwight Smith up, Gift Ngoepe down

And the Jays lineup for game one. The roster moves are never ending today. The Jays have called up Dwight Smith Jr. Gift Ngoepe goes down. Ngoepe isn’t needed anymore with Donaldson back. Now Yangervis Solarte and Lourdes Gurriel can split time at second and the utility spot. Russell Martin can also go into an infield spot in an emergency. Why Smith over Dalton Pompey or Anthony Alford? Well, Pompey hasn’t played since Monday so something is going on there. And Alford hasn’t found his swing yet. After coming back from the DL he’s hitting .194/.265/.226 in 8 games. Not that...

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