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Game Threat: Ladies And Gentlemen, The Toronto Bisons! Clevelanders (18-14) @ Blue Jays (12-21)

I thought spring training ended over a month ago… Wait, this is a major league lineup? In MAY?!

News and Scuttlebutt

So we don’t know just yet whether or not Kendrys Morales will need to hit the disabled list or not, but we do know for sure he won’t be available today. Just wait until you see the lineup! Woof! Anyways, Troy Tulowitzki is reportedly set to come back soon, which is huge, because, well, I mean, you’ll see in a second.

Today

TV: SNET1

Radio: SN590

And now, the lineups…

Blue Jays

Francisco Liriano: 26 1/3 ERA, 4.44 ERA, 8.9 H9, 1.0 HR9, 6.8 BB9, 10.3 SO9

Clevelanders

Danny Salazar: 33 2/3 IP, 4.28 ERA, 9.1 H9, 1.1 HR9, 4.3 BB9, 13.1 SO9

That lineup. *whistles* My goodness. It looks like a team they would send on the bus to Clearwater. Let’s hope that nobody else is injured tonight, because there are only four more position players not on the team or disabled list left on the 40-man roster. Anyways, Liriano vs Salazar is a battle of similar pitchers. Both guys rely on an inconsistent but lethal slider, both walk a lot of guys, and both are going to rack up the strikeouts. Tonight’s game is largely going to come down to who’s slider is working and who’s isn’t.

  • Will Murray

    The only time you want to see a lineup like that is in the back half of a double header in Baltimore in late September with Gibby sneaking a cold one in a paper cup.

  • Teddy Ballgame

    Have to say – while this season has been bumpy, most of Shatkins (sorry) moves that were derided at the time seem vindicated. Not paying up for fan favourites Joey Bats and Edwin. Dropping Upton and keeping Goins. Signing Smoak. They certainly couldn’t predict half the starting lineup going down, but it’s more evidence that we have a front office that knows what they’re doing. If it turns into a rebuild/retool, I’m cool with these guys managing it.

  • lukewarmwater

    As far as the woof line up, let me remind you every dog has its day in the sun and what we have here is a bunch of guys from the bench who similar to that infamous scene in a Monty Python movie of the two knights going at it hammer and tong and sword. Now the one knight gets the upper hand and takes out our M.V.P., then our shortstop, plus 60% of our starters and now the D.H. but like that knight, despite losing arms and legs just kept coming forward against his opponent. The current Jays are indeed showing that attitude as they take two out of three against the tribe and continue their fine play in the month of May, led by our should we drop him or keep him Ryan Goins. Got to love it, Keep it going Jays.

  • Holly Wood

    By playing Goins you are getting a top defensive player everyday, while his offence isn’t great it is certainly better than Travis. Devin Travis has completely lost confidence to play at this level, mistakes are piling up on defence and the base paths.

  • A Guy

    and what must they do if they are in a position to get a playoff spot? Writing this team off in mid-May is wee bit premature. Yankees & O’s are not going to sustain their current pace.

  • Barry

    “With the prospects they have in the system right now plus Stroman and Sanchez, they could be competitive again by 2019, easily.”

    Easily? We’re not flush with top-end prospects. We’ve got some good prospects, most of whom are in the low minors and difficult to project. The system as a whole is better than some think, though I don’t know of anyone who ranks our system higher than middle-of-the-pack.

    If we had much more depth of prospects in the high minors, particularly at AAA, I might be inclined to consider “competitive again by 2019” realistic. But as it is, you’re putting a lot of stock in a very high percentage of our top prospects developing quickly and reaching their ceilings.

    Nor does it justify trading someone like Donaldson. Sure, he could fetch some high end prospects, but we’re not talking about five our six guys. One? Sure. Two? Maybe. But that hardly restocks our system. Restocking a minor league system is best done over time by drafting well but, more importantly, developing well.

  • Holly Wood

    so are you saying his performance is physically related? Confidence is so much a part of any sport be it ball, golf, tennis. What did Yogi Berra say, half of this game is 100% mental

  • A Guy

    No, I am not. I am asking how someone can deduce a player’s confidence from afar. Yogi said something to the effect that baseball is 90% mental and the other half is physical.