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Game Threat: J.A. Happ-ens To Be Very Good Against Baltimore, Blue Jays (0-1) @ Orioles (1-0)

After a shitty post-Opening-Day off-day, the Jays are back in Baltimore for the second of two games with the trash birds. Jays Ace Happ will take the ball for his first start of the season against an Orioles team that he dominated last year in pursuit of Toronto’s first win of the season.

News and Scuttlebutt

It looks like the Gavin Floyd era is over, as the Jays have released the oft-injured veteran. Floyd was solid for a few weeks in the ‘pen last year for the Jays, but got hurt, and ended up missing the rest of the season. It’s a shame he had such poor injury luck over his career, because Floyd was a damn solid pitcher.

Speaking of injuries to pitchers, Roberto Osuna is apparently progressing nicely, and will likely see action in a minor league game in Florida this weekend. The ‘pen was strong on Monday, but the Jays will certainly need Osuna sooner rather than later.

MLB.com’s translation lead to some hilariously weird and random sentences. This thread is fantastic.

If you haven’t seen yet, MLB.tv isn’t going to blackout Jays games in Canada, which is awesome. There was worry all throughout spring, largely due to very, very bad communication problems, that we weren’t going to be able to watch the Jays on the excellent streaming service, and instead, we were going to have to pay for some Sportsnet Now nonsense. But that isn’t the case! Woo!

Today

TV: SNET-1, MLB.tv

Radio: SN590 

And now, the lineups…

Blue Jays

Devon Travis (R) 2B – 101 GP, 432 PA, 11 HR, 50 RBI, .300 AVG, .332 OBP, .454 SLG

Josh Donaldson (R) 3B – 155 GP, 700 PA, 37 HR, 99 RBI, .284 AVG, .404 OBP, .549 SLG

Jose Bautista (R) RF – 116 GP, 517 PA, 22 HR, 69 RBI, .234 AVG, .366 OBP, .452 SLG

Kendrys Morales (S) DH – 154 GP, 618 PA, 30 HR, 93 RBI, .263 AVG, .327 OBP, .795 OPS

Troy Tulowitzki (R) SS – 131 GP, 544 PA, 24 HR, 79 RBI, .254 AVG, .318 OBP, .443 SLG

Russell Martin (R) C – 137 GP, 535 PA, 20 HR, 74 RBI, .231 AVG, .335 OBP, .398 SLG

Steve Pearce (R) LF – 85 GP, 232 PA, 13 HR, 35 RBI, .288 AVG, .374 OBP, .492 SLG

Justin Smoak (S) 1B – 126 GP, 341 PA, 14 HR, 34 RBI, .217 AVG, .314 OBP, .391 SLG

Kevin Pillar (R) CF – 146 GP, 584 PA, 7 HR, 53 RBI, .266 AVG, .303 OBP, .376 SLG

J.A. Happ (L) SP – 195.0 IP, 20-4, 3.18 ERA, 3.96 WHIP, 7.8 H9, 2.8 BB9, 7.5 SO9 

Orioles

Joey Rickard (R) LF – 85 GP, 282 PA, 5 HR, 19 RBI, .268 AVG, .319 OBP, .377 SLG

Adam Jones (R) CF – 152 GP, 672 PA, 29 HR, 83 RBI, .265 AVG, .310 OBP, .436

Manny Machado (R) 3B – 157 GP, 696 PA, 37 HR, 96 RBI, .294 AVG, .343 OBP, .533 SLG

Mark Trumbo (R) DH – 159 GP, 667 PA, 47 HR, 108 RBI, .256 AVG, .316 OBP, .533 SLG

Chris Davis (L) 1B – 157 GP, 665 PA, 38 HR, 84 RBI, .221 AVG, .332 OBP, .459 SLG

Trey Mancini (R) RF – 1142 GP, 611 PA, 20 HR, 68 RBI, .282 AVG, .357 OBP, .457 SLG (AA and AAA)

Welington Castillo (R) C – 113 GP, 457 PA, 14 HR, 68 RBI, .264 AVG, .322 OBP, .423 SLG

Jonathan Schoop (R) 2B – 162 GP, 647 PA, 25 HR, 82 RBI, .267 AVG, .298 OBP, .454 SLG

J.J. Hardy (R) SS – 115 GP, 438 PA, 9 HR, 48 RBI, .269 AVG, .309 OBP, .407 SLG

Dylan Bundy (R) SP – 109 2/3 IP, 4.02 ERA, 1.337 WHIP, 8.9 H9, 3.4 BB9, 8.5 SO9

Last season, the Orioles posted an American League worst 83 wRC+ against left-handed pitching. It isn’t surprising, then, that J.A. Happ was excellent against the O’s, putting up a 3.54 earned run average and keeping hitters to a .224 batting average over three games last season. On the other hand, the Jays only faced Bundy as a reliever last season. He pitched 3 2/3 innings against the Jays allowing two hits and one walk.

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