Game Threat: Jays (18-18) @ Rangers (20-15)

Crazy ramblings
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I defend RA Dickey quite a bit around here and on the Twitter, and for damn good reason. When Alex Anthopoulos traded for him in that crazy winter before the 2013 season, I was among the many folks who believed that he didn’t have to repeat the Cy Young magnificence of his 2012 to justify the exorbitant price the Blue Jays paid (and I remember, before the actual terms of the deal came out, worrying that they might move Anthony Gose and JP Arencibia — LOL — so yes, I always thought it was an overpay, albeit a justifiable one), but that something on the order of his 2011 season would have been just dandy.

Last season, even with his now-traditional early season wobble, that was, finally, close to what the Jays got. In 2011 his WAR was 2.5, per FanGraphs, and last year it was 2.0. His RA9-WAR (which is based on runs allowed, rather than FIP) was 3.4, compared to last year’s 3.6. His strikeout rate in 2011 was 15.3%, and his walk rate was 6.2%. In 2015 those numbers were 14.3% and 6.9%. He was a little less homer prone back when he pitched in the NL East (at a time before they moved the Citi Field fences in), and had better batted ball luck, but otherwise was quite similar.

I’ll take that! And I’ll take waiting around a little bit if we’re going to get that.

It’s just… it sure would be nice to see some signs of it. Even if one could likely dive into the peripherals and make the case that things haven’t quite been as bad as they seem, the natives are getting restless, and that’s for good reason, too. It’s been a liiiiiiiitle bit tough to watch.

Let’s hope it starts to (keeps?) going in the right direction tonight.

Oh yeah, and fuck the Rangers.

Scutlebutt

Barry Davis tweets that Devon Travis was 1-for-4 with a double in his rehab debut for Dunedin today.

Davis adds that Aaron Loup will begin his rehab assignment with Dunedin tomorrow, and also that Franklin Morales is merely at the stage of playing catch, and that Bo Schultz has moved up to Buffalo to finish his assignment.

TV: Sportsnet

Next Game(s): Saturday, @ Rangers, 8:05 PM ET; Sunday, @ Rangers, 3:05 PM ET
And now, the lineups…

Toronto Blue Jays

Kevin Pillar(R) CF
Josh Donaldson(R) 3B
Jose Bautista(R) RF
Edwin Encarnacion(R) DH
Justin Smoak(S) 1B
Troy Tulowitzki(R) SS
Michael Saunders(L) LF
Darwin Barney(R) 2B
Josh Thole(L) C
RA Dickey RHP

Texas Rangers

Rougned Odor(L) 2B
Ian Desmond(R) CF
Nomar Mazara(L) RF
Adrian Beltre(R) 3B
Prince Fielder(L) DH
Mitch Moreland(L) 1B
Elvis Andrus(R) SS
Ryan Rua(R) LF
Bobby Wilson(R) C
Martin Perez LHP