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Game Threat: Seeking A Split, Blue Jays (43-51) @ Red Sox (54-42)

Yesterday night featured another painful loss as the Blue Jays bats were completely silenced by Drew Pomeranz. To make matters worse, Aaron Sanchez was pulled from the game after four innings when his blister issue flared up again. Today, the Jays have a chance to earn a split, and thankfully they’re doing so without Chris Sale on the mound. Let’s be thankful for that.

News and Scuttlebutt

I mentioned the Blister That’s Ruined 2017 above, but here’s some more detail. They hope that the blister will callous over and Sanchez will be able to make his next start. If not, he could make his fourth DL stint of the season. My lord.

Today

TV: SNET

Radio: SN590

And now, the lineups…

Francisco Liriano: 6.04 ERA, 70.0 IP, 10.0 H9, 1.3 HR9, 5.0 BB9, 8.2 SO9

Doug Fister: 6.75 ERA, 17 1/3 IP, 10.4 H9, 1.6 HR9, 5.7 BB9, 7.8 SO9

Not having to face Chris Sale makes this game a hell of a lot more watchable. Doug Fister is, uh, well, a pretty fuckin’ massive downgrade on that front, but then again, who knows what version of Francisco Liriano we’re going to see today. Troy Tulowitzki is getting a day off and Ryan Goins will fill in a short, giving the Jays a prettttttttty ugly bottom part of the order. But still, it’s Doug Fister!

  • lukewarmwater

    Cam indeed a good title for poor Sanchez, The blister that ruined 2017 for him but more importantly for the Jays. Considering just how good he was last season, one could conservatively guess he would have 8 or 9 wins by this point of the 2017 season if he didn’t have that nagging blister problem. Obviously those likely wins puts the Jays right in the wild card battle.
    What would be of interest is to have some investigative journalism on other pitchers who have suffered from this problem. Is this a one season bizarre situation or is Sanchez in trouble going into next season. One thing we likely know is that Mr. Money a.k.a. Steve Boras can’t be a happy camper these days.

    • Glassman

      Considering Rich Hill had the same issue last year and spent 4 weeks on the DL with the blister this year does make me worry. He has pitched fine since coming back May 17th though.