Spring Threat: Jays vs. Mets

Aaron Sanchez
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A Bartolo Colon start against the Jays and it isn’t televised? For shame!

But even bigger (though not, of course, literally) than that is Bartolo’s opponent on the mound today, Aaron Sanchez, who looks to continue to force the Jays’ hand in his quest to break camp as a member of the Blue Jays’ rotation.

The Mets even almost brought some recognizable names for him to mow down in the process. Almost.

Scuttlebutt

Marcus Stroman has been officially named the Jays’ Opening Day starter, which… apparently that wasn’t official before.

John Lott tweets that “Bautista is scratched with a stiff neck and Goins with a stomach virus, and @Wilnerness590 insists we give him credit for finding out first.”

Want stuff on today’s starter, Aaron Sanchez? We’ve got it! Yesterday Drew Fairservce made the case that Sanchez is a reliever and it’s probably time to accept that, while on Monday, John Lott argued that he should be a starter. I weighed in taking the third route, saying he should be a starter, but in Bufffalo (and suggesting Mark Shapiro’s recent comments on player development hint that’s how the front office might feel, too). You can catch that one over at Vice Sports.

TV: None

Next game: Tomorrow vs New York (NL), 1:07 PM ET 

And now, the lineups…

Toronto Blue Jays

Kevin Pillar(R) CF
Josh Donaldson(R) DH
Troy Tulowitzki(R) SS
Chris Colabello(R) 1B
Michael Saunders(L) LF
Russell Martin(R) C
Darrell Ceciliani(L) RF
Darwin Barney(R) 2B
Andy Burns(R) 3B

RHP Aaron Sanchez

New York Mets

Juan Lagares(R) CF
Dilson Herrera(R) 2B
Michael Conforto(L) LF
Wilmer Flores(R) SS
Marc Krauss(L) 1B
Kevin Plawecki(R) C
T.J. Rivera(R) 3B
Travis Taijeron(R) RF
Danny Muno(S) DH

RHP Bartolo Colon

  • Kristen Sprague

    Totally agree with Lott that Sanchez should be a starter and definitely not yo-yo’d between the rotation and pen. In Buffalo? Not so sure about that. I think he has proven enough that he should break with the team as a 5th starter. I don’t get Blair’s feelings that Floyd should start if he makes the team. How about we control the innings of the guy who’s only thrown 14 innings in the last 2 years?

    • Player to Be Named Later

      I think Blair’s argument (at least from what he’s said on the radio) is that the up-and-down nature of bullpen work (warming up but not coming in, pitching on consecutive days, etc.) brings its own strains on the arm. Whereas a starters’ routine allows one to have more control over the regimen. (Pitching on regular rest, predictable days of work, etc.) So with Floyd’s injury history he might not be well suited to the bullpen, despite that he would log fewer total innings.

      I think I’d roll the dice, start Sanchez and put Floyd in the bullpen. His elbow is either going to explode or it isn’t. Give Sanchez two months in the rotation and see where we are. If Floyd gets injured that quickly, he wasn’t going to make it as a starter anyway.

  • Aaron Sanchez is gonna start in Montreal, and be great. As it is the natural progression of his closing appearance there.

    People will fall in love with him once more and he’ll be carried into the starting 5, riding the wave of his fans.