7:20 AM EDT, Fri October 19, 2018
11 hours ago
Open GameThread: Red Sox @ Astros

Open GameThread: Red Sox @ Astros

Justin Verlander starts this elimination game tonight for the Houston Astros. David Price starts for Boston. This seems like a game the Astros have as good of a chance of winning as they can get. Here are the lineups. Jose Altuve is DH’ing again, apparently he is injured enough that per AJ Hinch, he wouldn’t be playing if it were the regular season. Today's Lineups RED SOX ASTROS Mookie Betts - RF Alex Bregman - 3B Andrew Benintendi - LF George Springer - RF J.D. Martinez - DH Jose Altuve - DH Xander Bogaerts - SS Carlos Correa - SS Mitch Moreland - 1B Yuli Gurriel -...
17 hours ago
The season that was: Aledmys Diaz

The season that was: Aledmys Diaz

A look at Aledmys’ 2018 season The Blue Jays picked up Aledmys Diaz in trade from the Cardinals, for J.B. Woodman, back on December 1 of last year. We were pretty happy with the trade. At the time I said: There isn’t much to say beyond I like the deal. He won’t give us the defense that Goins did, but he should, at least, be reasonable with the bat. He’s going to make a bit of money, nice to see the Jays didn’t cheap out. With the Jays rather fragile middle infield, we needed better than Ryan Goins and Darwin Barney. As it turned out it wasn’t just the middle...
22 hours ago
Championship Series Day 7 Preview

Championship Series Day 7 Preview

ALCS Game 5: Red Sox at Astros Here we are at day 7 of the Championship Series round. The Dodgers and Brewers are taking the day off to head back to Milwaukee, with the Dodgers just needing one win there to punch their ticket to the World Series. In the ALCS, the Red Sox now hold a 3-1 series edge after yet another marathon of a 9 inning game, bookended by a controversial non-home run in the first inning and an amazing diving catch to end the game at peak threat level. .@RedSox radio broadcaster Joe Castiglione got so excited during the final play, he literally fell out of his seat. Can...
Oct 17, 2018
Open GameThread: Brewers @ Dodgers, Red Sox @ Astros

Open GameThread: Brewers @ Dodgers, Red Sox @ Astros

The Dodgers won a 5 hour, 15 minute marathon less than 15 hours ago in the bottom of the 13th inning on a walk off single by Cody Bellinger. Marcus Stroman may be at the game today: Might go to this @Dodgers vs. @Brewers game today in LA. Weather is perfect. Always wanted to take in a game as a fan at Dodger Stadium! @mlb— Marcus Stroman (@MStrooo6) October 17, 2018 Here are the lineups for the first game. Bellinger is leading off for only his second time in his major league career, and Max Muncy is playing 2nd base. Today's Lineups BREWERS DODGERS Lorenzo Cain - CF Cody...
Oct 17, 2018
Blue Jays manager search down to final five?

Blue Jays manager search down to final five?

There hasn’t been all that much for rumors about the Blue Jays search for a new manager. The odd one , like Chris Woodward, said that they weren’t interviewed, but, for the most part, the team has been able to keep things quiet. Shi Davidi tells us that the Jays are down to their final five. Shi tells us four of the five are: Joe Espada who is bench coach for the Astros. It seems like coaches for winning teams are always the popular choices. You can understand why. The Astros seem to be the role model for what teams are trying to do now. David Bell, Giants farm director. Bell is...
Oct 17, 2018
The Best Moments from the Blue Jays’ 2018 Season

The Best Moments from the Blue Jays’ 2018 Season

Mostly featuring the kids and Justin Smoak walk off homers Coming into 2018, there was slim optimism that if everything swung right, the Blue Jays could bounce back from their horrid season last year and possibly contend for the second wild card spot. Instead a dead arm, a freak suitcase injury, legal troubles, and months of anemic batting lines gave us one of the 10 worst records in franchise history. However, the wild unpredictability of baseball blessed us with some unbelievable moments this year, and we should choose to remember those while we place the rest of the season deep into the...
Oct 17, 2018
Championship Series Day 6 Preview

Championship Series Day 6 Preview

NLCS Game 5 and ALCS Game 4 It was an exciting day in baseball, or at least it was an exciting end to a long day of baseball. In the earlier game, it was a tight contest in game 3 of the ALCS until the Red Sox blew it open in the 8th inning, ultimately taking a 2-1 series lead with a pretty convincing 8-2 win. Over in the National League, it was super late for even the hometown Dodgers fans when Cody Bellinger hit the walkoff single in the bottom of the 13th inning at 11:25 pm Los Angeles time. The Dodgers won 2-1 and have now evened up their best of 7 ALCS with the Brewers at 2 games...
Oct 16, 2018
Open GameThread: Red Sox @ Astros, Brewers @ Dodgers

Open GameThread: Red Sox @ Astros, Brewers @ Dodgers

Another day of two games. What a time to be alive. The Red Sox are in Houston for Game 3 of the ALCS. Here are the lineups: Today's Lineups RED SOX ASTROS Mookie Betts - RF George Springer - CF Andrew Benintendi - LF Jose Altuve - DH J.D. Martinez - DH Alex Bregman - 3B Xander Bogaerts - SS Yuli Gurriel - 1B Steve Pearce - 1B Marwin Gonzalez - 2B Eduardo Nunez - 3B Josh Reddick - RF Ian Kinsler - 2B Carlos Correa - SS Christian Vazquez - C Brian McCann - C Jackie Bradley - CF Tony Kemp - LF The Dodgers and Brewers will play their 4th game of the series...
Oct 16, 2018
Question Time

Question Time

What’s the most memorable in-person encounter you’ve had with a member of the Jays organization? I have a few things going on this morning and no time for a real post, so let’s just ask a question: What’s the most memorable in-person encounter you’ve had with a member of the Jays organization? Tell us the story. It can be as simple as an autograph or, maybe, a player saved your life. Me? Getting to talk to Brian Butterfield, would be it. It was the first time I was allowed to interview someone with the Blue Jays. It really isn’t an exciting story, but, if you missed the...
Oct 16, 2018
Championship Series Day 5 Preview

Championship Series Day 5 Preview

ALCS Game 3 and NLCS Game 4 The Brewers beat the Dodgers last night 4-0 in the day’s only action taking a 2-1 series lead into game 4 of the NLCS tonight. The ALCS now shifts to Houston with both the Red Sox and Astros owning one win apiece. Red Sox @ Astros - 5:09 ET The series is tied up, and looks to continue its promise of a hard fought series. Tonight’s game doesn’t have the marquee pitching matchup of the first 2 games, but still features a pair of starters that belong here. Astros’ Starter Former Cy Young winner Dallas Keuchel looks to give his team the 2-1 lead at home....
Oct 15, 2018
Open GameThread: Brewers at Dodgers

Open GameThread: Brewers at Dodgers

We only have one baseball game today as the Red Sox and Astros are both off. The Brewers and Dodgers are in town (well, my town at least) for Game 3 of the NLCS. The saddest part of my day is always overhearing colleagues who got offered someone’s corporate tickets and are turning them down. I’ve also gotten a bit of chirping from some Kings fans today, since they are playing the Maple Leafs in Toronto. I just remind them Auston Matthews has scored one fewer goal than the Kings have combined and that usually does the trick. Here are today’s lineups: Today's...
Oct 15, 2018
Jays to play Brewers in Montreal

Jays to play Brewers in Montreal

Jays and Brewers finish spring training in Olympic Stadium Once again the Blue Jays will finish spring training in Montreal with a two-game series against the Milwaukee Brewers. The games will be on March 25 and 26. After that the Jays have a day off and then start the season at home against the Tigers. The Jays start their spring training schedule February 23, also against the Tigers. They play 32 games in Florida, before traveling to Montreal. I do wonder how much the Jays have to pay the Brewers to get them to go to Montreal for those 2 games. It seems to be a big inconvenience to...
Oct 15, 2018
Happy Birthday Teoscar Hernandez

Happy Birthday Teoscar Hernandez

And Chad Mottola and Carlos Garcia Teoscar Hernandez turns 26 today. The good news is that he’s coming into his prime years for a ball player. I really said everything I wanted to say about Teoscar back here. But.....he had a 107 wRC+ last year. A little bump from that and you have quite the offensive player. The glove isn’t good, and I’m doubting it will ever be good, but maybe the bat will turn out to be special. Next year will be big for Teoscar, he either proves himself to be part of the future of the team or he gets passed by with all the prospects we have in the system. He...
Oct 15, 2018
Championship Series Day 4 Preview

Championship Series Day 4 Preview

NLCS Game 4: Brewers at Dodgers Welcome to the 4th day of League Championship play. Yesterday saw the Red Sox draw even with the Astros, as that series shifts to Houston after today’s off day. In the National League, the Dodgers and Brewers have headed to Los Angeles to continue their 7 game series tied at a game apiece. Tonight’s contest begins at 7:39 ET. Dodger’s Starter Rookie sensation Walker Buehler gets the ball in Game 3, as the Dodgers look to gain the 2-1 advantage. Buehler is coming off a rough start in the NLDS against the Braves, where he went just 5 innings, allowing 5...
Oct 14, 2018
Open GameThread: ALCS Game 2 - Astros at Red Sox

Open GameThread: ALCS Game 2 - Astros at Red Sox

The Astros took the first game of the ALCS yesterday against a team who was seen as the underdog despite the fact they won 108 games. The ‘Stros took a large lead late and didn’t have to use their closer. It was a good win. Tonight, Gerrit Cole, who is thankfully not a Yankee, will face off against David Price. Here are the lineups: Today's Lineups ASTROS RED SOX George Springer - CF Mookie Betts - RF Jose Altuve - 2B Andrew Benintendi - LF Alex Bregman - 3B J.D. Martinez - DH Yuli Gurriel - 1B Xander Bogaerts - SS Tyler White - DH Steve Pearce - 1B Marwin Gonzalez...