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Game Threat: Rubber match, Yankees (60-52) @ Blue Jays (53-60)

The Blue Jays have a chance to earn a series win with the New York Yankees and bring all of us a little further away from the ledge. The second wild card, while sorta within striking distance, is very far away, though wins against teams like the Yankees, Rays, and Royals — all teams they’ll see down the stretch — are critical in this run.

Today

TV: SNET

Radio: SN590

And now, the lineups…

Blue Jays

Marco Estrada: 5.12 ERA, 128 1/3 IP, 9.0 H9, 1.5 HR9, 3.7 BB9, 9.4 SO9

Yankees

Sonny Gray: 3.41 ERA, 103 IP, 7.7 H9, 0.7 HR9, 2.9 BB9, 8.7 SO9

The Jays saw Sonny Gray in his last start as a member of the Oakland Athletics before he was freed from his chains to play meaningful baseball with the New York Yankees. In that start, Gray was good, going six innings while surrendering four runs, all of them unearned. In his first start with New York, Gray again was let down by his defence, getting charged for four runs, only two earned, over six innings pitched.

He’ll go against Marco Estrada who seems to have broken out of his mid-season funk. In his last two starts, Estrada has surrendered just four earned runs total over 14 innings, reaching seven innings in back-to-back outings for the first time all season.

Another note, the #MakeKevinPillarEightAgain thing worked out, as John Gibbons has pushed the struggling Pillar down to the No. 8 hole in the lineup, where he tends to do very well. Another last-second change, Zeke will fill in right field and Jose Bautista will slide into the DH spot as Kendrys Morales is out with an illness.

  • lukewarmwater

    Excellent rubber match as Estrada finally seems to have found his old form much to the delight of another amazing plus 40,000 crowd. A home run by Joey Batts, a little small ball mixed in along with Osuna obviously back on track and presto a 4 to 0 shut out of the cranky Yankees.
    Right now we are playing roulette with the shortened rotation but surely, did I say Shirley, one of these minor league guys will have that little white ball roll into his number with all the chips on it and boom we get a much needed victory as Marcus is fired up, Happ is back in form and Estrada’s 7 innings tonight shows what the team can do in the last part of the season.