The not-quite-Jays are playing a game against the almost-Tigers today. Yeeeeeaaaaaaahhhhhhh the regular season can’t come soon enough.
So let’s talk about all the interesting Jays-related stuff that happened at everyone’s favourite deeply-flawed but hilariously-entertaining international baseball tournament last night!
News and Scuttlebutt
WATCH: Last night, Joey Bats absolutely destroyed a pitch from Dustin Molleken.
Jose Bautista is a Blue Jay. Say it out loud. pic.twitter.com/fYZ91YHixz
— Jays Nation (@thejaysnation) March 10, 2017
Who said the World Baseball Classic is a random, junk-ass tournament not worth watching? In what other situation can you be presented with a mismatch of the Dustin Molleken pitching to Jose ‘Chip On His Shoulder’ Bautista in a game that’s like damn Olympics to the Dominican faithful? Nowhere!
Say what you want about the WBC, it isn’t perfect, hell, it’s far from being anywhere near perfect, but it’s a fantastic chance to watch players represent their countries in games that may not mean much to us up here in Canada, but sure as hell mean a lot to players from other countries around the world.
As Team Canada fans, which I assume most of us somewhat are, we were treated with a predictable clobbering from the defending champions. But, as Blue Jays fans, we were gifted with our boy Jose hitting a beautiful bomb to left field. Hell, I would probably rather watch this on repeat for three hours than today’s spring training match-up.
Jose went three-four-four with a homer, two singles, and a walk, drove in four, and struck out once. On the other side, Dalton Pompey went one-for-four with an RBI and a spectacular catch in centre field. Good times. Good times, indeed.
— #Statcast (@statcast) March 10, 2017
But the World Baseball Classic giveth and the World Baseball Classic taketh away. Our old friend Chris Colabello, who’s still searching for the truth and Team Italy mounted an incredible rally to shock Team Mexico last night. They were down 9-5 in the ninth inning, and scored five runs before Mexico could even record an out. Random international baseball!!
It seems like a fun and good time until you realize Roberto Osuna was the one who shit the bed for Team Mexico. Osuna came into the game with a four-run lead, allowed three-straight doubles, a guy reached on an error, and then he issued a walk and was pulled for some other guy who allowed two more singles.
Let’s get this straight: We can get excited about Jose’s monster home run off of some beer league slow pitch player and Dalton Pompey’s amazing grab in centre field, but we absolutely can-fucking-not get worried about Osuna blowing a game. Those are the rules!
Blue Jays manager John Gibbons says Josh Donaldson is still 7-10 days away from playing the field. Might get in a game at DH a bit sooner.
— Arden Zwelling (@ArdenZwelling) March 10, 2017
A Josh Donaldson injury update, as Arden Zwelling tells us that Josh Donaldson is about a week away from returning to the field, but will soon be ready to take at bats from the DH position. John Gibbons said that while taking practice in the batting cage, Donaldson looks like he hasn’t missed a beat. That’s great because, uh, 2017 would be a pretty massive cluster-fuck if the MVP missed a significant amount of time.
And now the lineups…
Ezequiel Carrera (L) LF
Steve Pearce (R) DH
Justin Smoak (S) 1B
Anthony Alford (R) RF
Darrell Ceciliani (L) CF
Richard Urena (S) SS
Jake Elmore (R) 3B
Jon Berti (R) 2B
Juan Graterol (R) C
Casey Lawrence (R) SP
Omar Infante (R) 2B
Mikie Mahtook (R) DH
J.D. Martinez (R) RF
Justin Upton (R) LF
Alex Avila (L) C
Brett Pill (R) 1B
JaCoby Jones (R) CF
Dixon Machado (R) SS
Brendan Ryan (R) 3B
Jordan Zimmermann (R) SP