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Apparently It’ll Be Mat Latos and Casey Lawrence Filling in for Happ and Sanchez This Weekend

According to Joel Sherman, a baseball columnist with the New York Post and insider with MLB Network, the Blue Jays will use Mat Latos and Casey Lawrence in place of the injured J.A. Happ and Aaron Sanchez this weekend against the Los Angeles Angels.

Latos has made two stars for the Triple-A Bisons so far this season, allowing three runs (one earned) on seven hits and six walks over nine innings pitched. Lawrence, who’s already been up with the Jays once this season, has made two starts for the Bisons, allowing only one run on five hits and no walks over five innings.

The logic, according to Sherman, is that the Jays want to use the right-handed throwing Latos and Lawrence rather than lefties like Brett Oberholtzer or T.J. House against Anaheim’s righty heavy lineup. Unfortunately, the Angels aren’t really much worse against lefties than righties anyways. For example, C.J. Cron, Kole Calhoun, Yunel Escobar, and Albert Pujols have a wRC+ of 118, 112, 105, and 102 respectively against righties, and 81, 122, 138, and 115 against lefties. And then there’s Mike Trout. He hits everyone.

But hell, the splits don’t matter. The reality is the team is already very, very thin on starting pitching depth, and we’re into the No. 6 and No. 7 starters. It’s going to be bad. It doesn’t matter what way thew throw, when guys like Latos and Lawrence are facing major league hitting, they’re probably going to get hit.

Godspeed to you, Aaron. Godspeed to you, J.A. The team is 2-11 right now. They’re facing last season’s Cy Young winner tonight, another Cy Young talent tomorrow, then they’re going to be relying on two minor leaguers to keep the team from hitting something even lower than rock bottom.

  • Space Ghost

    It’s only April 19. Why is bluejaysnation already abandoning the team? This team is primed to go on a run. It doesn’t even need to be a great run to get back in contention with plenty of time to spare. You all can abandon this team for the Leafs and Raptors bandwagon, but I won’t leave any koolaid for you when you come crawling back.

    • Cam Lewis

      I have no idea what you’re talking about. I’m sure as hell not abandoning the team. I didn’t abandon them when they didn’t make the playoffs for the first 21 years of my life, and I won’t now either.

    • The Humungus

      People are abandoning because it’s easy. Much easier than watching Stroman get BABIP’d to death in the 3rd inning last night!

      But seriously, fuck ’em. I’m looking forward to taking my kids to games this year on secondary market outfield 200’s that I got for 3 ancient cigarettes I found in my deep freezer from before I quit two years ago and a pack of hubba bubba original.

    • Mule or etc...

      There’s always fair weather fans but most of us survived 2008-2013 (4th in the division five times, 5th once) so I’m pretty sure this team isn’t being abandoned.

      Although I will say that a team that has lost it’s best position player and two of it’s starting five doesn’t seem like it’s “primed to go on a run” any time soon.

      Personally, I enjoy all the highs and lows of following a team. If the win that’s great and if they don’t I’ll just make bad jokes about how terrible they are. Humor, of course, being the greatest coping mechanism our monkey brains ever devised.

      Why am I rambling about monkey brains? I don’t know. This is a little box and I’ll be damned if I’m going to bothered to scroll up and edit because if I do there will still be four typos after I hit “post comment” and I won’t sleep for three days due to the weight of my failure.

      • lukewarmwater

        Well said Mule as for leaf fans, the rebuild has been wonderful to watch and I’m a hoping and wishing that Shaitkins can quickly rebuild the Jays. We do have some good young prospects who are not quite ready for prime time yet. We shall be counting on the scouts when it comes to drafting, wheeling and dealing for minor league prospects. As some one said we are the oldest team in baseball. Yes the rebuild will be painful but I can’t wait to see Jr. in the majors and some of the other kids coming along in the minors. We have had two wonderful years of playoff baseball to enjoy. With the proper drafting, development and yes luck such as having a potential superstar available in the draft or getting lucky and selecting Steve Trout at the position he was drafted the rebuild could happen relatively quickly similar to the leafs.

    • fred2

      Saying that the last few weeks have been a nightmare the the outlook for the next few games is not abandoning the team, it’s simply stating a fact. Everybody knows that if the hitters just hit somewhere close to their career averages, things will improve. Doesn’t contradict the fact that April has been dogshit and we’re down three of our best players (and only currently reliable hitter) for at least 10 days.

  • ThePowderedWhig

    Blue Jays have a good team and I suspect they’ll climb back into contention (cue QUALIFIER ALERT) assuming Sanchez/Happ/Donaldson aren’t shelved for an extended period of time. To the people that detest the “its baseball” argument for the Jays’ slow start look at the following:

    Team A is batting .220, with an OPS of .629 and an ERA of 4.76.
    Team B is batting .229 with an OPS of just over .700 and an ERA of 4.96 (and bullpen ERA of over 7).

    Team A is 2-11 Toronto.
    Team B is 8-5 (and first place!) Detroit.

    • fred2

      R.A.Dickey would be a fantastic 6th starter right now. Oh but you’re one of the idiots who are convinced he was terrible when actually … he was pretty damn fine, so long as you thought of him as a stellar 4th/5th starter and not a supposed ace.

    • fred2

      R.A. Dickey is currently Dickeying for the Barves. He’s 1-1 with 11 IP and 5 earned runs, 10 strikeouts and 5 walks. Classic Dickey, and classically totally a respectable 5th starter if we still had him and infinitely preferable to either of the meatballers the Jays are going to be serving up for target practice later this week. So … feel free not to use him in your crappy attempts at humour.

  • Teddy Ballgame

    Things can always be worse. Danny Ainge was once our shortstop.

    As the Huge one says, a nice upshot will be that I can go to any game and sit where I like. I mean, I’d rather the Jays were good, but as a baseball fan it ain’t a shabby consolation prize.

    • lukewarmwater

      Speaking of Danny why he might be executive of the year for the Boston Celtics who finished first in the entire eastern conference. What’s that say?? The eighth seed kicked their ass twice in a row. I will say my prayers go out to I.T. and his tragic loss.

  • dylcoch

    One interesting thing about Latos getting the call-up is that he has over five years of service time, thus he can refuse a demotion to the minors once he gets called up because he now has a major league contract. It will be interesting to see how that will play out