Game Threat: Jays (71-54) vs. Angels (52-73)

Marco Estrada
Photo credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Could the damn Red Sox stop winning already.

I know this is where I’m supposed to write some half-assed thing at least tangentially related to tonight’s game, but seriously! They’ve won like 14 games on their recent nine game road trip and lately have looked slightly better than the unrepentant trash that we all know they are. Stop that, Red Sox!

I mean, honestly, I don’t want to take a dark turn here as the Jays are getting set to play once-in-a-generation talent Mike Trout and his godawful Angels teammates, but I keep having this thought about how we just might not be ready for this season to get ugly. Oh, I know, it won’t. And I know last year ended in just about the most frustrating way possible, but last year was also a damn fairy tale that we could instantly reflect on and feel incredible about. What a ride! This year? What if it goes shitty??? Good lord, we’re not ready!

Then again, I also keep having another thought: last night I tweeted about how the Jays should use a Tragically Hip song to inspire the crowd late in games, rather than — speaking of unrepentant trash — that pile of stale turds called Hooked On A Feeling, and somebody responded to it with something about Harambe, which caused me to start singing to myself, They shot Harambe once, in my hometown…, which has been stuck in my head ever since.

Which is to say: what the hell are my thoughts good for?

Scuttlebutt

I think I read Devon Travis is hopeful to be ready to go tomorrow. Anyway… drinkin’ time!

TV: Sportsnet
Next Game(s): Tomorrow vs. Anaheim, 7:07 PM ET
AL East StandingsTOR (-), BOS (-), BAL (2), NYY (7), TBR (18.5)
And now, the lineups…

Toronto Blue Jays

Darwin Barney(R) 2B
Josh Donaldson(R) 3B
Edwin Encarnacion(R) 1B
Russell Martin(R) C
Troy Tulowitzki(R) SS
Michael Saunders(L) DH
Kevin Pillar(R) CF
Melvin Upton Jr.(R) LF
Ezequiel Carrera(L) RF
Marco Estrada RHP

Mike Trout & Shitty Friends

Kole Calhoun(L) RF
Mike Trout(R) CF
Albert Pujols(R) DH
C.J. Cron(R) 1B
Andrelton Simmons(R) SS
Nick Buss(L) LF
Jett Bandy(R) C
Kaleb Cowart(S) 3B
Cliff Pennington(S) 2B
Matt Shoemaker RHP