7:42 AM EDT, Wed September 22, 2021
9 hours ago
Jays get a win in Tropicana Field (but still, burn it to the ground)

Jays get a win in Tropicana Field (but still, burn it to the ground)

Photo by Julio Aguilar/ Blue Jays 3 Rays 2 It wasn’t Alek Manoah’s best start of the season, but he fought through 6 innings allowing just 2 runs. He gave up 5 hits and 6 walks. Alek hadn’t allowed more than 3 walks in any of his starts before this. Being fair to Alek, Joe West’s strike zone seemed to be shifted over away from the batter. Alek couldn’t get a call on the inside part of the plate, but the outside corner was three or four inches off the plate. I’ve said it before, but pitchers who fight through things when they don’t have their best stuff...
13 hours ago
GameThread Game #151: Blue Jays at Little Trop of Horrors

GameThread Game #151: Blue Jays at Little Trop of Horrors

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports The Jays have not lost back to back games since August, so we are due for a win today. Some exciting news down on the farm, from the division leaders: ROSTER MOVE: @BlueJays Top Prospect, C Gabriel Moreno (#33 overall by @MLBPipeline), set to join the #Bisons for start of 'Final Stretch' on Wednesday!https://t.co/M3bDd2DLIs— Buffalo Bisons (@BuffaloBisons) September 21, 2021 Here are tonight’s lineups. Kirk catches in back to back games. We have Joe West as the HP umpire tonight. Today's Lineups BLUE JAYS RAYS George...
19 hours ago
More on last night’s game

More on last night’s game

Ron Kulpa | Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/ I don’t understand why baseball doesn’t have robo umps. It is time. If you thought that ninth inning was a mess, you are right. Ron Kulpa’s three worst calls came against us that inning. I don’t think that will come as a surprise to anyone who watched that mess. Unfortunately, I watched that inning with people around me, and my rather loud swearing was noticed. I usually think that the worst calls are made in the first inning. I think that umpires need an inning or two to get into the game. Yesterday the worst calls were...
20 hours ago
Happy birthday Cecil Fielder, Danny Cox, Brian Tallet, and Jeremy Jeffress

Happy birthday Cecil Fielder, Danny Cox, Brian Tallet, and Jeremy Jeffress

We have a few birthdays today. It is Prince Fielder’s daddy’s, Cecil’s 58th birthday today. I wonder if Prince is sending him a card? I’ve read that they aren’t exactly close, some troubles because of Cecil’s treatment of Prince’s mother. Cecil was a similar player to Prince, both big slugger types. Prince was the better player, but Cecil wasn’t bad himself. The Jays got Cecil in trade with the Royals for Leon Roberts, but unfortunately for Cecil, he came up about the same time as Fred McGriff, and Fred was the better player. The Jays also had many DH types, so...
21 hours ago
Game #151 Preview: Manoah vs Rasmussen

Game #151 Preview: Manoah vs Rasmussen

Photo by Julio Aguilar/ Blue Jays (84-66) vs Rays (93-58) After a frustrating loss last night, the Blue Jays will look to bounce back in the second of three games against the Rays. Tonight’s contest once again gets underway at 7:10 ET. Blue Jays’ Starter Rookie right hander Alek Manoah will make his 18th start of the year, doing so on a little bit of extra rest after throwing a career high 8 innings last Monday. He was about as dominant as a Blue Jays’ starter has been, allowing just 1 hit over those 8 innings, walking none while striking out 10. That fantastic...
Sep 21, 2021
Rays grind down Ray and Jays for 6-4 win

Rays grind down Ray and Jays for 6-4 win

Photo by Julio Aguilar/ Tampa outlasts Robbie in the battle of the Rays. Blue Jays 4 at Rays 6 The difference in tonight’s game essentially came down to Robbie Ray not being able to finish off the Rays in the middle innings, and the Jays not exploiting opportunities right at the end. Add in some sloppy play and terribly inconsistent home plate umping, and it was a typically frustrating loss at Tropicana. From the beginning, Ray was not as sharp as he’s been in most of the season, and his velocity was down a little (low-90s rather than mid-90s). The Rays strategy...
Sep 20, 2021
GameThread Game #150: Blue Jays at Little Trop of Horrors

GameThread Game #150: Blue Jays at Little Trop of Horrors

John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports The Jays are in our least favorite park named after orange juice to take on a formidable division foe for the second time this month. They’ll have a tall task ahead of them if they want to score some runs tonight as they’ll be up against a top prospect making his major league debut in Shane Baz. Here are tonight’s lineups that will try to give Baz a unwelcoming hello to the majors. Springer will get another start as the DH, Grichuk starts in center, and Lamb at 3rd. Kirk, as always, will catch for Ray. Today's...
Sep 20, 2021
Monday Bantering: Jays in the Fall League

Monday Bantering: Jays in the Fall League

Photo by Vaughn Ridley/ We have two weeks left in the regular season and we have meaningful baseball games happening. Can’t ask for too much more. Well, maybe a dozen more wins. Arizona Fall League rosters are out. The Blue Jays share the Scottsdale Scorpions with the Braves, Mets, Phillies, and Giants. Cesar Martin, who manages the Fisher Cats, is the manager. Jays on the roster: Maverik Buffo, RHP Mike Ellenbest, RHP Jackson Rees, RHP Graham Spraker, RHP Cullen Large, Inf Kevin Smith, Inf Logan Warmoth, Inf There will be changes. The Blue Jays have 13 games...
Sep 20, 2021
Game #150 Preview: Ray vs Baz

Game #150 Preview: Ray vs Baz

Photo by Vaughn Ridley/ Blue Jays (84-65) vs Rays (92-58) The Blue Jays will look to take their momentum down to the Little Trop of Horrors where the first place Rays await for a three game series. The first game gets underway this evening at 7:10 ET. Blue Jays’ Starter Cy Young hopeful Robbie Ray heads to the mound, making his 30th start of the season. Ray’s chances got a bit better yesterday after Cleveland thumped his biggest competitor Gerrit Cole, but Ray still has to finish strong if he wants the award. He’s currently sitting with a 12-5 record and a 2.64...
Sep 20, 2021
Happy Birthday Ken Giles

Happy Birthday Ken Giles

Photo by Jim McIsaac/ Ken Giles turns 31 today. When the Blue Jays picked up Giles in the Roberto Osuna trade, on July 30, 2018, 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 and Hector Perez. Paulino pitched 6.2 innings for the Jays in 2018 and then was released in August 2019....
Sep 19, 2021
Jays score 5 in the first and coast to a win over the Twins.

Jays score 5 in the first and coast to a win over the Twins.

Photo by Vaughn Ridley/ Twins 3 Blue Jays 5 My son and I had a morning of playing pokemon, since it is community day today, and then watched much of the game in a bar, so the recap will be a little spotty today. But everything that was important happened in the bottom of the first. The Jays scored five in the inning: After a George Springer strikeout, Marcus Semien doubled. Vlad drove him home with a single, RBI #105 for Vlad. Bo Bichette hit his 26th home run of the season, bringing him to 97 RBI. Singles from Teoscar Hernandez, Corey Dickerson and Lourdes Gurriel...
Sep 19, 2021
GameThread Game #149: Twins at Blue Jays

GameThread Game #149: Twins at Blue Jays

Photo by Mark Blinch/ Let’s take the series. Ryu has been placed on the IL with a neck strain. Ross Stripling is an option to make up his next start. The Jays need to figure out whatever it is that’s been causing him to struggle so much lately. Here are today’s lineups. Jansen catches, Valera gets the start at 3rd, and Dickerson will start in center. Today's Lineups TWINS BLUE JAYS Luis Arraez - 3B George Springer - DH Byron Buxton - CF Marcus Semien - 2B Jorge Polanco - 2B Vladimir Guerrero - 1B Josh Donaldson - DH Bo Bichette - SS Max Kepler...
Sep 19, 2021
Sunday Bantering: Ryu to IL

Sunday Bantering: Ryu to IL

Photo by Greg Fiume/ There is news this morning. Rob Longley tells us Hyun Jin Ryu is going on the IL with neck tightness. Taylor Saucedo comes back to take his roster spot. We have a couple of weeks until the playoffs (hoping that we get there), so he could be back. Breaking. Ryu headed to injury list with neck tightness.— Rob Longley (@longleysunsport) September 19, 2021 The Sun’s Rob Longley spoke to Josh Donaldson, who told him that Vladimir Guerrero Jr. should be AL MVP. Donaldson bases his feelings on the fact that the Jays are in the playoff race....
Sep 18, 2021
Jays take 8 walks, beat Twins

Jays take 8 walks, beat Twins

Photo by Mark Blinch/ Twins 2 Blue Jays 6 The Jays were hitless through 3 innings, with just one walk. It sometimes seems they like to lure the other team into a false sense of security. Then, four runs in the fourth. Marcus Semien led off with his 40th home run of the season, the first time a Blue Jay second baseman has hit 40. Aaron Hill had 36 in 2009. Vlad followed with a walk in a 9-pitch at-bat. Bo singled. And Teoscar brought them home with his 28th home run of the season (a wall scrapper). And we got two more in the seventh. Alejandro Kirk, pinch-hitting,...
Sep 18, 2021
GameThread Game #148: Twins at Blue Jays

GameThread Game #148: Twins at Blue Jays

Photo by Cole Burston/ The Jays will look to get back to their winning ways against a team we’d really like to be able to beat. Here are this afternoon’s lineups. McGuire will catch this one. Today's Lineups TWINS BLUE JAYS Byron Buxton - CF George Springer - DH Jorge Polanco - 2B Marcus Semien - 2B Josh Donaldson - 3B Vladimir Guerrero - 1B Miguel Sano - DH Bo Bichette - SS Brent Rooker - LF Teoscar Hernandez - RF Max Kepler - RF Lourdes Gurriel - LF Ryan Jeffers - C Breyvic Valera - 3B Willians Astudillo - 1B Randal Grichuk - CF Nick...