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Bluebird Banter 13 hours ago
Game #54 Preview: King vs Shoemaker

Game #54 Preview: King vs Shoemaker

Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports Yankees (31-22) vs Blue Jays (27-26) The Blue Jays return home to finish up their 2020 regular season schedule, welcoming the Yankees in for 4 games in the penultimate series of the year. Today’s game gets underway at 6:37 EDT. Blue Jays’ Starter Fresh off the Injured List, Matt Shoemaker will make the start today after making a few “rehab” appearances down at the Alternate Site. He’ll be held to about 60 pitches today, which if he’s efficient and effective, should get him 3-4 innings, 5 if he’s really good. It was a month ago today that...
Pinstripe Alley 4 hours ago

New York Yankees @ Toronto Blue Jays: Michael King vs. Matt Shoemaker

Photo by Sarah Stier/ The Yankees are back in Buffalo When last we saw these Toronto Blue Jays, the Yankees were clubbing them back into third in the AL East in one of the most lopsided series you’ll see. The boys from Buffalo are looking for some revenge tonight in game one of a three-game set...
Bluebird Banter 7 hours ago
Ken Giles to have Tommy John

Ken Giles to have Tommy John

Mary Holt-USA TODAY Sports This shortened season has been very rough on pitchers. When pitchers head to spring training in early February in the future, I won’t be wondering why. Ken Giles is going to have Tommy John surgery. He’ll miss all of next season, which is just the way he’d want to go into free agency. I do feel sorry for the guy, he was looking at a pretty good pay day if this season went well. Now, no pay next year and a ‘prove you can pitch’ contract the year after. Giles turned 30 yesterday. BREAKING: Ken Giles out for the remainder of this season and all of...

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Jays Journal 10 hours ago

Blue Jays: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly in Philadelphia

It started to feel like the younger Blue Jays fans would get to witness what the older regimen suffered in 1987, but for now it can go on pause.  Toronto went into Philadelphia for a four-game set and was able to salvage the final game of the series.  Here is a look at the Good, […] Blue Jays: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly in Philadelphia - Jays Journal - Jays Journal - Toronto Blue Jays News, Rumors and Fan Community
Jays Journal 13 hours ago

Blue Jays: What do they need to do to make the playoffs now?

The Blue Jays have seven games left in their regular season schedule, and are tied for 7th in the AL. What do they need to do to make the playoffs? Sunday’s 6-3 win over the Phillies brought the Blue Jays a tremendous sense of relief after the worst week they’ve had all year. Starting last […] Blue Jays: What do they need to do to make the playoffs now? - Jays Journal - Jays Journal - Toronto Blue Jays News, Rumors and Fan Community
Jays Journal 14 hours ago

Blue Jays: Should Vladimir Guerrero Jr. play defence anymore this year?

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. has struggled with the transition to first base this season, and now that Blue Jays are close to the playoffs, he should put his glove away for the rest of the year. It’s been a difficult sophomore season for Vladimir Guerrero Jr., and not much has gone according to plan. The 21-year-old […] Blue Jays: Should Vladimir Guerrero Jr. play defence anymore this year? - Jays Journal - Jays Journal - Toronto Blue Jays News, Rumors and Fan Community
Jays Journal 15 hours ago

Blue Jays: It’s time to drop Randal Grichuk in the batting order

Despite the fact that he’s been struggling, the Blue Jays have stuck with Randal Grichuk hitting high in the order, and it’s time for that to change. The batting order has undergone a lot of changes throughout this season, with Charlie Montoyo often riding the hot hand. However, one hitter has been struggling for quite […] Blue Jays: It’s time to drop Randal Grichuk in the batting order - Jays Journal - Jays Journal - Toronto Blue Jays News, Rumors and Fan Community
Tip of the Tower 16 hours ago

Toronto Blue Jays end losing streak but doubts remain

The Toronto Blue Jays might be back on the winning track, but the critics will continue to find reasons to doubt their ability to succeed. The Toronto Blue Jays have been dealing with doubt all year. Prior to the season, not much was expected of them. Once the 2020 campaign began and the Blue Jays […] Toronto Blue Jays end losing streak but doubts remain - Tip of the Tower - Tip of the Tower - A Toronto Sports Site - Maple Leafs, Blue Jays, Raptors, Toronto FC, Raptors and Argonauts
Jays Journal 16 hours ago

Blue Jays Injury Updates: Shoemaker, Pearson, Romano and more

A look at some pertinent injury updates regarding Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Matt Shoemaker, Nate Pearson, Jordan Romano, and first baseman Rowdy Tellez. Shoemaker Takes Bump On Monday Matt Shoemaker will be activated off the injured reserve today in preparation for him to open up the series versus the New York Yankees. The timing of […] Blue Jays Injury Updates: Shoemaker, Pearson, Romano and more - Jays Journal - Jays Journal - Toronto Blue Jays News, Rumors and Fan Community
Bluebird Banter Sep 20, 2020
Jays end losing streak, beat Phillies

Jays end losing streak, beat Phillies

Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports Blue Jays 6 Phillies 3 The win brings the Jays magic number down to 5. If the Padres hold on to their win over the Mariners we’ll be down to 4. Rather amazing considering the way we’ve played. It has a long time since we have seen a good start paired with good hitting. I think the last time was 2015. Taijuan Walker pitched 6 complete. He threw 104 pitches (being fair there were some cookies in that sixth inning, Lourdes Gurriel made an amazing catch, after a terrible route to a ball, that saved Walker at least a run). He allowed just 4 hits, 1 earned,...
Bluebird Banter Sep 20, 2020
GameThread Game #53: Please Win

GameThread Game #53: Please Win

Photo by Mitchell Leff/ So it is up to Taijuan Walker to throw a shutout and somehow manage to bat and hit a home run so we could possibly, maybe, finally, win one. There were some injury updates: Nate Pearson will throw BP tomorrow, he could be back soon and help out a bullpen that seems to have fallen apart of late. Jordan Romano has started a “mound progression”. Maybe back for the playoffs? And, a surprise, Rowdy Tellez is going to take BP. Last I heard there was no chance of him coming back and now.....maybe? @tai_walker gets the ball this afternoon! #WeAreBlueJays...
Bluebird Banter Sep 20, 2020
Game #53 Preview: Walker vs Medina

Game #53 Preview: Walker vs Medina

Photo by Mitchell Leff/ Blue Jays (26-26) vs Phillies (27-25) The Blue Jays wrap up their 4 game series in Philadelphia this afternoon, looking not only to prevent the 4 game sweep at the hand of the Phillies, but also prevent the 7 game road sweep, on this final road trip of the 2020 season. Either way, they’re back in Buffalo tomorrow, but first the game that gets underway at 3:05 EDT today, and I’ll never understand the random start times this season. Blue Jays’ Starter Taijuan Walker will be back on the mound for retribution after the shellacking he took at the hands of the...
Bluebird Banter Sep 20, 2020
Happy Birthday Ken Giles

Happy Birthday Ken Giles

Photo by Mike Carlson/MLB Photos via Ken Giles turns 30 today. When the Blue Jays picked up Giles in the Roberto Osuna trade, he came with his own baggage. We all saw the video of him hitting himself. And the Astros had sent him to the minors when he had a poor start to the 2018 season. Of course, Osuna had his own issues that forced the Jays into making the trade, so we kind of expected getting a discounted return. Along with Giles, the Astros sent David Paulino (who was released after 7 starts and a 3.45 ERA in Buffalo this year, as far as I can tell no team has picked him up) and...
Bluebird Banter Sep 19, 2020
Jays lose sixth in a row, will they ever win again?

Jays lose sixth in a row, will they ever win again?

Photo by Gregory Fisher/Icon Sportswire via Blue Jays 1 Philles 2 Things that drive Tom crazy. After 3 innings, Phillies starter Vince Velasquez had thrown 69 pitches. We hadn’t scored, but we were having good long at bats. The leadoff hitter walked in each of the three innings (Cavan Biggio twice and Joe Panik once). We didn’t score them, but it looked like we were going to get to the Phillies crappy bullpen early. And then we went into swing at everything mode. Bo Bichette swung at a ball after it bounced and 2 head level in the same at bat. I don’t understand how you go from...
Bluebird Banter Sep 19, 2020
GameThread Game #52: Blue Jays at Phillies

GameThread Game #52: Blue Jays at Phillies

James Lang-USA TODAY Sports Hi Blue Jays. Please win. A win today would keep the Jays over .500, so that would be good. No Vlad today. Today's Lineups BLUE JAYS PHILLIES Cavan Biggio - RF Andrew McCutchen - LF Bo Bichette - SS Bryce Harper - RF Teoscar Hernandez - DH Jean Segura - 3B Lourdes Gurriel - LF Didi Gregorius - SS Randal Grichuk - CF Phil Gosselin - 1B Joe Panik - 3B Jay Bruce - DH Jonathan Villar - 2B Scott Kingery - 2B Travis Shaw - 1B Andrew Knapp - C Danny Jansen - C Adam Haseley - CF Hyun-Jin Ryu - LHP Vince Velasquez - RHP GO...
Bluebird Banter Sep 19, 2020
Game #52 Preview: Ryu vs Velasquez

Game #52 Preview: Ryu vs Velasquez

Photo by Mitchell Leff/ Blue Jays (26-25) vs Phillies (26-25) The Blue Jays will attempt to put a stop to their rough losing streak this evening, as they take on the Phillies in game 3 of their 4 game series. Gametime is set for 6:05 EDT. Blue Jays’ Starter The Jays will turn to their Ace, and also their last pitcher to earn a win, in Hyun-Jin Ryu. Ryu picked up the win last Sunday against the Mets by allowing just 1 run on 8 hits no walks over 6 very strong innings. That start was an excellent bounce back from his rough outing his time before against the Yankees, and fits right in...

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