8:25 PM EDT, Wed August 15, 2018
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GameThread Game #120: Blue Jays at Royals

GameThread Game #120: Blue Jays at Royals

The Blue Jays have a chance to guarantee a series split with a win today. The post is up early again in case anyone wants to comment along with the Bisons’ game. We have a roster move: Thomas Pannone has been optioned down to AAA and Tim Mayza has been recalled for the 7th time this season, tying a franchise record with Ryan Tepera in 2016 and Leonel Campos in 2017. Here’s John Gibbons on calling up Vlad Jr: Gibby: I stay out of the Vlad, Jr. discussion. So much goes into those decisions, that I don’t get into that. Now if we were right in the thick of it, it might be a different...
6 hours ago
Blue Notes: Russell Martin, Cavan Biggio

Blue Notes: Russell Martin, Cavan Biggio

What do you think of Russell Martin’s play at third? We’ve had 10 guys play third this season (of course, 3 of then have only played 1 inning, Kendrys Morales and Darnell Sweeney, or 2 innings Gift Ngoepe). Martin has played the 3rd most innings at the position, behind Solarte and Donaldson (I had pretty much forgotten Josh has actually played this year). Martin’s looked pretty good at the spot. This play last night was as good play as we’ve seen this season at the position. I’m not sure he’s got the most range at the position, but he’s making all the plays he can get to....
12 hours ago
Game #120 Preview: Estrada vs López

Game #120 Preview: Estrada vs López

Blue Jays (54-65) vs Royals (36-83) The Blue Jays play game 3 of their 4 game road series against the Royals tonight. The game gets underway at 8:15 ET. Blue Jays’ Starter Marco Estrada looks to rebound after struggling a bit against the Rays his last time out. He ultimately went 5.1 innings, allowing 5 runs on 5 hits, walking 2 and allowing 2 home runs. This was just 1 start removed from his gem against the Mariners, where he took a no-hitter into the 7th and allowed just 1 run on 1 hit. On the season, Estrada now owns a 5-9 record with a 4.84 ERA. News came out yesterday that Curtis...
20 hours ago
Pillar hits a big 8th inning homer, Jays win

Pillar hits a big 8th inning homer, Jays win

And Danny Jansen gets his first career home run. Blue Jays 6 Royals 5 Ryan Borucki has been so good, we can allow him an off night. Tonight he was hit hard. Most of his outs were hit hard too. He just didn’t have it. 4 innings, 6 hits, 4 earned, 4 walks and 1 strikeout. He was being squeezed a bit. Plate umpire Marvin Hudson had a pretty small strikezone, but Ryan wasn’t good. But we got some hitting tonight. Not a lot of hitting, just 6 hits, but we managed 6 runs. Danny Jansen had his first MLB home run (and it wasn’t a cheapy, he hit it good) and Kevin Pillar played star, hitting...
Aug 14, 2018
GameThread Game #119: Blue Jays at Royals

GameThread Game #119: Blue Jays at Royals

We have a later start tonight, so I’ve put this post up early in case anyone wants to turn this into a Bisons’ GameThread for the first hour. Tonight Danny Jansen and Ryan Borucki will make their battery debut, which I am extremely excited about. However, the weather may have other plans as there is presently a 80% chance of precipitation in Kansas City tonight per Yahoo Weather. Grounds crew placed these mini tractors on top of the tarp to keep from getting blown away. They must be expecting some serious weather in the next couple hours at Kaufman Stadium....
Aug 14, 2018
Game #119 Preview: Borucki vs Fillmyer

Game #119 Preview: Borucki vs Fillmyer

Blue Jays (53-65) vs Royals (36-82) The Blue Jays go for round two of four against the Royals in Kansas City tonight. The game gets underway at 6:15 ET. Blue Jays’ Starter Lefty Ryan Borucki, having recently figured out what a win feels like, looks to make it 3 straight starts earning one. His last 2 starts, while not the most impressive on the strikeout side, was still enough to get the job done. On August 3 in Seattle, Borucki went 8 innings, allowing an unearned run on 4 hits while only striking out 2, but he didn’t allow a walk and did a great job managing contact. In his last go...
Aug 13, 2018
Jays lose in the MLB debut of Reid-Foley and Jansen

Jays lose in the MLB debut of Reid-Foley and Jansen

Blue Jays 1 Royals 3 Sean Reid-Foley’s first major league start wasn’t a rousing success, but he wasn’t terrible. 5 innings, 6 hits, 3 earned, 3 walks and 3 strikeouts. He gave up a 2-run homer. And, in the 4th inning, he loaded the bases, on a single, walk and single, with no outs. When he handed out another walk, it looked like it was going to be a big inning, but he got Adalberto (don’t call me Raul) Mondesi to pop out and got a double play ball from Alcides Escobar. He seemed to miss with a number of his fastballs (maybe nerves, maybe overthrowing?), but then he’d come back...
Aug 13, 2018
GameThread Game #118: Blue Jays at Royals

GameThread Game #118: Blue Jays at Royals

The last time the Blue Jays played the Royals there was a hole in the Rogers’ Center roof, and the Blue Jays were still in contention. It’s been a while. It’s a very exciting day for us prospect watchers as two top Blue Jays prospects are making their major league debut in the same game. Sean Reid-Foley will be the starting pitcher, and Danny Jansen will catch for him. Plopping Reid-Foley down in the spacious ballpark that is Kauffman Stadium against a rebuilding Royals team is a pretty ideal environment for a first start (minus the humidity). His next would be at Yankee stadium,...
Aug 13, 2018
Blue Jays Roster Moves: Reid-Foley Up, Barnes Down, Cumpton DFA

Blue Jays Roster Moves: Reid-Foley Up, Barnes Down, Cumpton DFA

We knew this was coming. Sean Reid-Foley has been called up for tonight’s start. Danny Barnes is going back to Buffalo. Brandon Cumpton has been DFAed. I’m looking forward to Reid-Foley’s start tonight. I don’t know why he wasn’t brought up when we first started with ‘bullpen days’, but I guess he’s ready NOW. Barnes has been in just 3 games since returning to the team at the end of July, going 2.2 inning, allowing 4 hits, 2 walks with 3 strikeouts. On the season he’s pitched in 35 games, 32 innings, 34 hits, 5 home runs, 19 walks and 30 strikeouts. I’d rather keep him...
Aug 13, 2018
Game #118 Preview: Reid-Foley vs Keller

Game #118 Preview: Reid-Foley vs Keller

Blue Jays (53-64) vs Royals (35-82) The Blue Jays hit the road for a 7 game trip, starting with 4 in Kansas City tonight. The first game gets underway at 8:15 ET. Blue Jays’ Starter The Front Office has finally done it, calling up top prospect Sean Reid-Foley instead of going with yet another dreaded bullpen day. Reid-Foley began the season ranked as our number 9 prospect, and put up a really good season between AA and AAA this year. In 8 AA starts before being moved up, he was 5-0 with a 2.03 ERA. He had a 3.43 FIP, which he lowered in 15 AAA starts down to a 3.04, although his 3.50 ERA...
Aug 13, 2018
Monday bantering aka SRF’s Up!*

Monday bantering aka SRF’s Up!*

Behold, our new battery! (*hat tip to esfandia for the great title) Good morning dear brothers and sisters- ask and ye shall receive! A new day has dawned and exciting young players will shine forth today in glorious righteousness!! Yes our new battery of Sean Reid-Foley and Danny Jansen will make their debut today as the Jays head out on the road for three games against the Kansas City Royals and three more against the New York Yankees. There has been a clamour to see both of these guys for a while now and it seems that others misfortune has opened their door of opportunity. With...
Aug 12, 2018
Jays pull out a close one to avoid sweep

Jays pull out a close one to avoid sweep

Rays 1 Blue Jays 2 For a good portion of the day, it looked like the Jays were in for the sweep as the bats were stymied by Tyler Glasnow, but a late rally provided just enough to eke out the series finale and stave off the brooms. Marcus Stroman turned in a very good start despite a significant blister issue that ultimately forced an early departure after 5 innings. He did work around some trouble, which just one totally clean inning, but also helped himself significantly a couple times flashing the leather where his background as an infielder shone though. The one run he (and the Jays)...
Aug 12, 2018
GameThread Game #117: Rays at Blue Jays

GameThread Game #117: Rays at Blue Jays

Happy Danny Jansen Day! The rumors started swirling last night that top prospects Danny Jansen and Sean Reid-Foley had received big league call ups, and they were confirmed this morning. I am the most excited. I am essentially the heart eyed emoji. This is exactly what us fans who tune in every day hope for in a lost season. Here’s a short video of Danny sharing the story of how he found out about his call up: #BlueJays catcher Danny Jansen got to experience the call every prospect dreams of: pic.twitter.com/3VUfeAHX4D— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) August 12, 2018 Here are the lineups...
Aug 12, 2018
Game #117 Preview: Glasnow vs Stroman

Game #117 Preview: Glasnow vs Stroman

Rays (60-57) vs Blue Jays (52-64) The Blue Jays wrap up their 6 game homestand this afternoon, looking to win just their 2nd game. The game gets underway at 1:07 ET, so you better read this quickly. Blue Jays’ Starter Marcus Stroman is supposedly good to go to make this start after leaving his last start with blister problems. He threw a side session earlier this week, and I guess that must have gone well enough to go today. That blister prematurely pulled Stroman from easily his best start of the season too. Through 92 pitches, Stroman held the Red Sox to 1 unearned run on a pair of...
Aug 12, 2018
Today’s Blue Jays lineup

Today’s Blue Jays lineup

Danny Jansen isn’t in today’s lineup. Best to have him make his first start catching a pitch who he knows. But, Martin is playing third today and I’m thinking that’s his spot for the next few days. When Gurriel comes back, who knows what they will do. Of course, many things could happen by then. And, after a terrible game yesterday, Pillar is sitting and Randal Grichuk is in center. I wish we could dump one bullpen arm and get another fielder for the bench. The bench looks pretty thin. I don’t understand the point of 8 guys in the pen. Martin at 3B, Grichuck in center for the...