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Game Threat: Eyes On The Sanchize, Blue Jays (43-50) @ Red Sox (53-42)

The Blue Jays lost a heartbreaking game in a 15-inning marathon last night. Are you sure you’re ready to watch them again? If so, Aaron Sanchez is taking the mound against Drew Pomeranz. If they win today, Toronto will guarantee at least a split with the Sox. When you consider that they did that against the AL’s best team, the Astros, before the All-Star break, the team almost seems sort of impressive!

News and Scuttlebutt

The news from today is that last night’s almost hero Mike Bolsinger was placed on the 10-day DL. Cesar Valdez is up in his spot and Joe Smith will rejoin the team in Cleveland. All of the info is in the link above.

Apparently the Kansas City Royals are interested in Marco Estrada? I mean, sure, why not? The Royals of all teams should know how good he can be for a playoff run considering how good he was against them in Game 5 of the 2015 ALCS.

Today

TV: SNET

Radio: SN590

And now, the lineups…

Blue Jays

Aaron Sanchez: 3.94 ERA, 32 IP, 10.1 H9, 1.7 HR9, 4.2 BB9, 6.2 SO9

Red Sox

Drew Pomeranz: 3.75 ERA, 96 IP, 9.0 H9, 1.1 HR9, 3.2 BB9, 9.8 SO9

Miguel Montero will jump behind the plate, giving Russell Martin a much-needed day off. Martin got drilled in the hand yesterday by a foul ball, but nothing came up about it today, so it seems he’s fine. Josh Donaldson also appeared to be injured in the bottom of the 11th, but he’s playing again today, so that also looks good.

  • lukewarmwater

    Cam even the slowest of slow Tigers got the urge to run against Montero and succeeded. Tonight the killer B’s are salivating on running wild against stellar team man Montero, who threw the Cub pitching staff under the buss after having 7 bases stolen in his last game catching for the Cubs as Joe Maddon had an air plane ticket printed up pronto to rush him out of town. Now he is a Jay. Love to know what the Jays staff think about a guy who blames his total inability to throw out runners as being consistently the pitchers fault. Good luck with having a close relationship with the staff and catcher as Martin certainly has.

    • Glassman

      As much as I don’t agree with publicly calling out players to the media, he does have a point. He may not be great at it but how many times have you seen pitchers that suck at holding guys on (Lester for example). It counts against the catcher while it takes both to be able to catch a guy stealing.

      • lukewarmwater

        Glassman you are absolutely right about certain pitchers with slow deliveries, poor pick off moves etc. But in the case of the Cubs he as I recall had thrown out only one runner out of approximately 31 attempts. So the guys who do have a fast delivery and are solid at keeping the runner close to the bag must have been totally exasperated with Montero. His mistake was blaming the pitcher of the Washington game in which they stole 7 bases on him. The Cubs brotherhood of pitchers undoutably went to Maddon who is a good manager and realised that Montero had crossed the line and he was gone after the game.