7:45 AM EDT, Sun May 27, 2018
6 hours ago
Game #53 Preview: Happ vs Pivetta

Game #53 Preview: Happ vs Pivetta

Blue Jays (24-28) vs Phillies (29-20) After losing a pitcher’s duel on Saturday, the Blue Jays wrap up their series against the Phillies this afternoon, looking for the series win. Today’s game kicks off at 1:35 ET. Blue Jays’ Starter Staff Ace J.A Happ makes his 11th start of the season. Through 59 innings in his first 10, Happ is 6-3 with a 3.97 ERA, striking out 71 against 16 walks, while surrendering 9 home runs. The home run rate is a career high mark for Happ thus far, so there is some hope for positive regression on that front. Last time out, Happ went 7 strong innings,...
12 hours ago
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...
16 hours ago
AL East This Week: Red Sox back on top

AL East This Week: Red Sox back on top

And the Jays continue to sit in third place The Boston Red Sox are back on top, putting the New York Yankees back into second place. The Jays have remained stagnant in third place, while the Tampa Bay Rays and Baltimore Orioles stay in the last two places in the league. Here's what happened across the league this week. Boston Red Sox (35-16) This week the Red Sox sent down Hanley Rameriez on assignment and activated Dustin Pedroia. This was an interesting move to the Red Sox roster, but regardless, they shot back into first place in the division. They finished up their series with the...
16 hours ago
Bluebird Banter endorses Luke Maile for All-Star Game

Bluebird Banter endorses Luke Maile for All-Star Game

Deliver the Maile into the All-Star Game! FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Luke Maile 2018 MLB All-Star Write-In Campaign Launched, Receives Endorsement from Bluebird Banter Toronto, Ontario — Bluebird Banter is excited to announce the formation of the Blue Jays Nation—Bluebird Banter Bipartisan Committee for Better Back Catchers (BJNBBBBCBBC) and their full endorsement of Luke Maile as the starting American League catcher for the 2018 Major League Baseball All-Star Game. “I have been criss-crossing through the towns and cities of Ontario this spring, going into the homes of real, hardworking...
19 hours ago
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
20 hours ago
Game #52 Preview: Garcia vs Nola

Game #52 Preview: Garcia vs Nola

Blue Jays (24-27) vs Phillies (28-20) After a free and easy win last night, the Blue Jays get right back at it this afternoon in Philadelphia for game two of their three game set against the Phillies. Today’s game is set to begin at 4:05 ET. Blue Jays’ Starter After a short stay on the disabled list, Jaime Garcia is back with a vengeance. The 31 year old lefty is off to a bad start to his Blue Jays tenure, going 2-3 with a 6.28 ERA across his first 8 starts. While the walks (21) and home runs (8) have been the major culprit over his 38.2 innings, another concern is that his groundball...
23 hours ago
Saturday morning summary

Saturday morning summary

Yikes, that was a close one Its always more enjoyable when the Jays get a win. What isn’t always enjoyable is the manner in which they do it. And last night was no exception as Toronto held on to beat the Phillies 6-5 in a game that was excruciatingly tense. It was so tense in fact, that it lead to a couple breaking up mid game. Fortunately Axford and the bullpen are prepared to step in and make the save: Dear couple that clearly broke up while standing near our bullpen in the 5th inning today,Lovely entertainment for a few minutes, but we hope you’re ok. Feel free to come back...
May 25, 2018
Nothing comes easy, but Jays Win

Nothing comes easy, but Jays Win

Ryan Tepera made us worry but we get a much needed win. Blue Jays 6 Phillies 5 The bottom of the ninth was the most nerve racking inning I’ve gone through in a long time. Ryan Tepera added a ton of gray to my hair. in the bottom of the ninth, up by two, he got the leadoff man. Then gave up a single, a double and a wild pitch to make it a 1-run game with the tying run at 3rd. Two walks loaded the bases with 1-out. He wasn’t coming anywhere close to the strike zone. Winning run now at second. Then he gets a strikeout on a perfect pitch, two outs. Odubel Herrera up. Herrera, swinging at...
May 25, 2018
Friday Blue Jays Lineup

Friday Blue Jays Lineup

And injury updates on Diaz, Grichuk, Pearce, Stroman and Tulo There are some Blue Jays injury notes. Aledmys Diaz is doing base-running drills, getting ABs in extended spring, likely to begin rehab assignment next week. Diaz will likely resume the starting role at shortstop. While Diaz is only hitting .210/.269/.430 with 6 home runs on the year, in his last seven games before being injured, he was heating up with a line of .350/.435/ .750. Randal Grichuk - will resume rehab games in OF tonight, may send him to AA to avoid bad weather in Dunedin. Grichuk, while showing some improvement...
May 25, 2018
FanPost Friday: What Keeps You Coming Back

FanPost Friday: What Keeps You Coming Back

The Blue Jays are sucking, but you’re still here. Why? You all have a story as to why you’re a fan of the Blue Jays. But as the Blue Jays roll through the 3238th tough stretch of the last 25 years, it’s understandable for fans to find alternate forms of entertainment. But here you are, on a Blue Jays’ blog, reading about a team that many other people can’t even stand to watch at the moment. So this weekend’s mission: go here, let us know what it is about the Blue Jays that keeps you coming back. In doing so, you might even help us redirect some of our content here to further...
May 25, 2018
Blue Jays Roster Moves: Pompey Up

Blue Jays Roster Moves: Pompey Up

Deck McGuire back to AAA Another day, another roster move: Roster move: RHP Deck McGuire has been optioned to Buffalo (AAA) and OF Dalton Pompey has been recalled from Buffalo (AAA) and will be active for tonight's game.— Blue Jays PR (@BlueJaysPR) May 25, 2018 Heading into a national league park, it makes sense the Jays would opt for an extra position player to pinch hit. Since being optioned down last time, Pompey has collected 6 hits in 6 games including 3 homers, a double and a walk. He has an .810 OPS in AAA. Jaime Garcia will also need a roster spot tomorrow. I expect this...
May 25, 2018
Around The Nest - Blue Jays Minor League Podcast - Week 7

Around The Nest - Blue Jays Minor League Podcast - Week 7

Wait—what happened? There is an old adage that one can have seen a thousand baseball games and yet there’s a chance that something completely new and weird would happen—like a go-ahead run of an elimination game could be scored on a ball thrown from a catcher to a pitcher that ricochets off of a bat. Today on Around The Nest, the Blue Jays minor league podcast, we will talk about some of the weirder things that have happened so far this season down on the farm. And of course we will have our weekly Vladimir Guerrero Jr. content. Around The Nest broadcasts live every Friday of the...
May 25, 2018
View From the Other Side: Phillies questions for Liz Roscher of the Good Phight

View From the Other Side: Phillies questions for Liz Roscher of the Good Phight

The Blue Jays start a series in Philadelphia tonight. The Phillies are sitting second in the NL East, half a game back of the Braves. The top four teams are within 3 games of each other. The Phillies are fourth in the NL in runs scored per game at 4.55 and fourth best in runs allowed per game at 3.70. I sent off some questions to Liz Roscher of The Good Phight, (the name isn’t her fault) SB Nation’s Phillies blog and she was kind enough to answer. I guess I have to ask about an old friend, you guys have Drew Hutchison on the team. What’s his role and how is he doing? Hutchison has...
May 25, 2018
Hello, Darkness: 50 games in, it’s deja vu all over again

Hello, Darkness: 50 games in, it’s deja vu all over again

It’s beginning to look a lot like...2017 The 2018 Blue Jays season started off completely opposite to the one that preceded it. Whereas the 2017 Blue Jays dug themselves an ultimately insurmountable hole in the first couple weeks of the season, this year’s edition jumped out of the gate (albeit after a slight stumble) to the extent that playing .500 ball the rest of the season would likely keep them in the wild card hunt all summer. But as the chart below shows, the divergent starts have yielded to converging fortunes so that after 50 games we’re in the same spot: The...
May 25, 2018
Game #51 Preview: Gaviglio vs Eflin

Game #51 Preview: Gaviglio vs Eflin

Blue Jays (23-27) vs Phillies (28-19) After yet another terrible loss yesterday afternoon, the Blue Jays find themselves at the exact same record as they were after 50 games last season. The Blue Jays look to right their sinking ship as they head to Philadelphia for a weekend series, with the first pitch tonight at 7:05 ET. Blue Jays’ Starter Sam Gaviglio is making his second start and 4th appearance in the Majors this year. So far, he is 1-0 with an 0.93 ERA, with 12 strikeouts and 2 walks over his 9.2 innings. In his first start last Saturday, Gaviglio went 5.1 shutout innings, helped...