The Blue Jays will kick off a tough series with the Red Sox tonight. It’s four games long and we somehow won’t see Chris Sale, David Price, or Rick Porcello. Maybe this spaghetti string bat lineup can take advantage of it?
News and Scuttlebutt
— Blue Jays Nation (@thejaysnation) July 17, 2017
Hey, the Jays are so bad that they won’t have to see Chris Sale on Thursday! Hell yeah! Wait, what?! I wrote about it above if you’re interested.
John Gibbons on Francisco Liriano, who's nursing a sore neck: "Hopefully he's good to go for Thursday."
— Israel Fehr (@israelfehr) July 17, 2017
Speaking of Thursday, that’s Liriano’s spot in the rotation, but he was removed from Saturday’s loss with neck soreness and it’s unclear if he’ll make that start or not. As all of the beat reports sang in unison, Liriano will be re-assessed and we’ll know tomorrow if he’ll be able to go. If not, it’ll be Mike Bolsinger I’m guessing.
And now, the lineups…
— Blue Jays (@BlueJays) July 17, 2017
— Red Sox (@RedSox) July 17, 2017
Marcus Stroman: 3.23 ERA, 112 1/3 IP, 9.1 H9, 1.0 HR9, 2.3 BB9, 7.5 SO9
Eduardo Rodriguez: 3.54 ERA, 61 IP, 7.2 H9, 1.3 HR9, 3.1 BB9, 9.6 SO9
Eduardo Rodriguez will make his first start since June 1 today. He missed a month-and-a-half with a knee injury, but has been largely excellent this season. His one issue has been command, which can bode well for the Jays. As we saw on Friday night, Toronto’s veteran lineup can capitalize on a pitcher struggling to keep the ball in the zone. Rodriguez has faced the Jays only once this season, and it came back in April in a one-inning clean relief appearance.