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Game Threat: Cesar’s Revenge, Athletics (44-55) @ Blue Jays (45-54)

Tonight, the Jays have a chance to put together back to back wins in Cesar Valdez’s homecoming to Oakland, following a full 9.1 innings there to start the year. If they can pull it off, it will be back to back wins for the first time since July 6th, and only the second time since June 19th. Toronto managed to take the first game of the series against the Athletics last night in a tight 4-2 victory but will have to have a much better outing from the bats if they want to do so again tonight. After going 13/70 with runners in scoring position on the road trip, despite the win last night it was more of the same, going just 2 for 12. Just juice up the bases for Ryan Goins or whatever. Fuck, I don’t know. Just win.

News and Scuttlebutt

It just wouldn’t be another day in 2017 Jays land without some kind of injury to talk about. Today’s special is Danny Barnes, hitting the 10 day DL, with lefty specialist Matt Dermody jumping up in his place.

Joe Smith’s name also continued to pop up in trade rumors today, this time being linked to the Brewers.

Today

TV: SNET

Radio: SN590

And now, the lineups…

Blue Jays

Cesar Valdez: 6.05 ERA, 19.1 IP, 10.7 H9, 2.3 HR9, 3.3 BB9, 6.5 SO9

Athletics

Sonny Gray: 3.66 ERA, 91 IP, 7.8 H9, 0.8 HR9, 2.8 BB9, 8.4 SO9

Tonight the Jays will have to look down the barrel of Sonny Gray. One can only hope that the weight of the trade talks swirling around his head cause him to struggle, and Cesar Valdez locks into Ace mode like he did during his outing in Boston (4IP 1 H 0 R 0 ER 0 BB 5 K).

  • The Humungus

    What a fucking pantload from Zaun Cherry on the pre-game.

    The Jays shitty luck and poor offense is “baseball righting itself” after they used only 7 starters last year and scored all the runs in 2015.

    What in the actual fuck is he talking about?

      • The Humungus

        Injuries are not a “mean” .

        And 2015 wasn’t an anomaly. It was a very good baseball team playing very good baseball. Unless we’re talking about the odd hot-streak from Ryan Goins during that final two months, and I’m quite certain that Ryan Goins isn’t the lynchpin to this offense.

      • DAKINS

        That’s not a regression to the mean, that’s a complete swing towards the other end of the spectrum. This is a team with good hitters, that are hitting badly.