Marcus Stroman has the only Blue Jays win this season. Can he get the second? Please, lord.
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— The Ringer (@ringer) April 12, 2017
The Jays are 1-6. One win. Six losses. That’s bad. It’s been a miserable start for the team, sure. But the season certainly isn’t over. I don’t need an example of how many teams have missed the playoffs after going 1-6, or whatever, because it’s irrelevant to this team, right here, right now. Most teams start 1-6 because they’re awful, and they go on to miss the playoffs for that same reason. This Jays team, despite how much some of the negative, sulking, gremlin-like weirdos who want to make everybody on the world wide web as miserable as they are want to believe, is not awful.
This article I liked above walked you through why not to panic (or, in Arizona’s case, get to fired up) about a bad (or amazing) start. The Jays had multiple 1-6 streaks last season, and one in 2015, as well. The fact it’s happening in April doesn’t make it any different. Seven games is the equivalent of one out in a nine-inning baseball game. It’ll be fine.
Josh Donaldson is back in Blue Jays lineup tonight, hitting third as the designated hitter.
— Arden Zwelling (@ArdenZwelling) April 12, 2017
Thank fuck. Josh Donaldson is back, as the DH. I’ll talk about it more later.
And now, the lineups…
— Blue Jays (@BlueJays) April 12, 2017
Marcus Stroman: 204 IP, 4.37 ERA, 9.2 H9, 0.9 HR9, 2.4 BB9, 7.3 SO9
— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) April 12, 2017
Chase Anderson: 151 2/3 IP, 4.39 ERA, 9.2 H9, 1.7 HR9, 3.1 BB9, 7.1 SO9
Like I mentioned earlier, Josh Donaldson is back! But it’s as the designated hitter, meaning Kendrys Morales, who isn’t known for his glove, will be playing first base. That probably isn’t ideal with a ground ball pitcher like Stroman on the mound, but screw it, this lineup badly needs something, because last night, it looked completely hopeless. Tonight would certainly be a good time to get the bats going, because the guy starting for the Brewers certainly isn’t very good. Getting shut down by Dylan Bundy or Kevin Gausman when they have their best stuff is one thing, but if you’re getting mowed down by Chase goddamn Anderson, fuck, it isn’t good.