Game Threat: Jays (8-9) vs. Yankees (9-6)

If I know anything about Torontonians, it’s that they notice when their shit gets noticed in the United States. So… it’s probably got people excited that Travis Snider made Deadspin, albeit in shittily– yet hilariously-drawn– form.

If you haven’t been following their site, I should point out that the reason for the MS Paint job is that they’re angry with MLB for their ridiculous policy of not letting sites embed MLB-owned videos. It is, of course, a completely moronic policy that only serves to punish fans who don’t like the clunky MLB.com family of sites (read: everybody), and that essentially serves as a really expensive (surely there are teams of people constantly sweeping YouTube for MLB-owned content, and writing cease-and-desist letters) way of shutting down a shitload of free promotion.

Bravo, MLB. Bravo.

News and Notes

Clearly the most important news of the day is that, even though tomorrow is an off-day, Parkes and I will be on the air with another live stream for theScore.com. This one will start at 2 PM, so get following us on Twitter (@AndrewStoeten and @DustinParkes) and thinking about some questions for us to awkwardly answer.

As you can see in the lineups below, Aaron Hill won’t be in the lineup tonight after tweaking his wonky hamstring stealing a base last night. However, according to @ShiDavidi, the club won’t put him on the DL until absolutely necessary. He’s listed as day-to-day, and saw a doctor this afternoon, apparently.

Hill’s status, and the fact that the Jays are carrying a bajillion pitchers, means that they only have two players on the bench tonight. Fortunately, one of them is Juan Rivera. As much as I’m willing to shit on John Farrell for some of the peculiar moves he’s made, when it comes to not subjecting me to watching Juan Rivera… uh… thanks.

Speaking of, @GregorMLB tells us that John Farrell has confirmed that Edwin Encarnacion will be the club’s regular DH going forward, meaning Juan Rivera is now a bench guy, I guess– though Mike Wilner adds that Farrell said they would avoid long periods of inactivity for Gone Juan.

Wonder if this all means we’ll see Brett Lawrie sooner than– holy shit, Bartolo Colon is still alive???

Lots of people wondering if the Jays will have interest in Brandon Wood, the one-time hot prospect who was designated for assignment today by the Angels. Sure, why not? But I wouldn’t expect much.

No, seriously, Bartolo Colon is actually still alive, and I think he’s pitching for the Yankees tonight!

TV: Sportsnet One

And now the lineups, by way of theScore.com

Toronto Blue Jays

Y. Escobar SS
C. Patterson CF
J. Bautista RF
A. Lind 1B
E. Encarnacion DH
J. Arencibia C
T. Snider LF
J. Nix 2B
J. McDonald 3B

B. Cecil LHP

New York Yankees of New York

D. Jeter SS
N. Swisher RF
M. Teixeira 1B
A. Rodriguez 3B
R. Cano 2B
A. Jones LF
J. Posada DH
R. Martin C
C. Granderson CF

B. Colon RHP

(Image courtesy stealing images from Deadspin)

  • dm

    I am just floating this. Anyone like the idea of spending BIG MONEY on Jose Reyes as the second baseman (and leadoff hitter) for the next 7 years? He wants at least $100 million. Does that screw things up too much (ie. Reyes’ attitude/clubhouse presence) or is it a good investment? Worth a try? (and I don’t think it is any question that Escobar at short is better than Reyes, but I don’t really care, both up the middle is what I envision, with whatever the best defensive combination is).

  • CaptainCaveman

    Then expose him to waivers. I don’t want to see another outing from him. Get rid of him and don’t send down one of the young pitchers we’re counting on to be part of this thing

  • Malcolm

    Cecil doesn’t deserve to be in the starting 5 right now. No fastball? No chance. Hope he comes back to form, the rotation needs him.

  • pete

    Some people need to chill. The Jays are 8 – 10 to start the year. Clearly, that’s not a great start. But it’s not 4 -14 either. We’ve got Morrow coming back who (hopefully) emerges as a number 1-like starter this year. (Not many pitchers have the upside potential to throw a game like he did last year. If you disagree, check out the other names on his Bill James Game Score.) Our offence hasn’t gotten going yet. Hopefully it will. (Big fucking hope there.) This is a .500 team (I think). What we should be looking for (I think) is the young members of “the core” to take a step forward. I like watching the running game (although I agree with Stoeten that Patterson trying to steal third the other day when down by multiple runs late in the game was really dumb and a bit scary as a modus operandi). I do agree, however, with the idea that a good running game takes pitchers out of their comfort zone. I say this as a former high school pitcher (an obvious authority) but also someone who has watched us play the Rays rather shittily the past few years and remembers Ricky Henderson fucking us up badly in that ’91 series. The only thing that I really hate (so far) was sending down Litsch instead of moving Reyes to the long man in the pen role that he seems destined for (if not his outright release). It’s not that I wouldn’t rather be watching Zach Stewart in the 5 spot than Litsch, but I think they’ll be able to get something for Litsch at the deadline. I mean shit, look what we gave up for Estoban Loaiza (sp?) when we thought we were in a “race”. Snider is having a slow start, same as last year, same as the year before that in AA, but his history (I think) points to better things ahead. At least we’re not paying him 20 million like Crawford. Basically, I think this team needs a number 1 starter and a rain or shine, middle of the order left handed bat to be a contender going forward. (Maybe that’s Morrow and Snider?) On the plus side, Bautista is looking relatively for real in his post “outlier” season. (Only four and 9/10 seasons to go on that contract!) Just for fun, remember how many people on this board were shitting all over the fact that he was our starting right fielder last year? So many people (including our kind hosts I believe) were shitting on that. One guy said that he had the worst swing of anyone he’d ever seen hit in the big leagues. It’s funny how things can change over the course of 162 games.

  • pete

    I don’t like Reyes health issues at all.

  • dm

    I know, leg issues for a speed guy very concerning. This will be an interesting year for him. I am just curious about responses and issues raised.

  • Durrr

    http://twitter.com/#!/JuLiaNs_

    This is the jagoff who was getting into with Cecil the other day, read some of the tweets from fairweather piece of shit…unbelievable