GDB 119.0: Toronto Blue Jays look to beat Chicago Cubs as team honours José Bautista

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Zach Laing
10 months ago
Happy José Bautista weekend.
It’s been a long time coming, but the Toronto Blue Jays are finally honouring Joey Bats today welcoming him to the Level of Excellence. A journeyman before the Jays acquired him in 2007, Bautista enjoyed the best years of his career becoming a six-time all-star in the process.
He led all of baseball in both 2010 and 2011 with 54 and 43 homers, and over his 10-year tenure in town, added another 194 to the mark.
Today, the Jays will take on the Chicago Cubs in game two of a three-game set, and boy — could they use Bautista’s bat in the lineup. After scoring 25 runs in three games against the Boston Red Sox en route to a crucial series sweep, the last five games — four against Cleveland and one against the Cubbies last night — they’ve scored just nine runs.
Let’s see if that can get back on track today.

  • The Bautista ceremony kicks off on Sportsnet at 2:30 p.m. EST.

First pitch: 3:07 p.m EST — Sportsnet, Sportsnet 650.
Toronto Blue Jays: 65-53, 7.0 GB, – WCGB, +53 DIFF.
Chicago Cubs: 60-56, 2.5 GB, – WCGB, +70 DIFF.
Odds via Betano:
Moneyline: TOR -118; CHI +100.
Series Bets:
Blue Jays to win the series -143
Series correct score Toronto 2-1 +130
Starting pitchers:
TOR: Chris Bassitt RHP – 11-6, 24 GS, 1392 IP. 3.87 ERA, 108 ERA+, 4.57 FIP, 1.246 WHIP, 3.0 BB/9, 8.4 SO/9.
CHI: Justin Steele LHP – 13-3, 21 GS, 121.0 IP. 2.68 ERA, 171 ERA+, 3.21 FIP, 1.174 WHIP, 2.1 BB/9, 8.4 SO/9.
  • Bold season totals indicate player led league. Italic season totals indicate player led all major leagues.
  1. W Merrifield (R) LF
  2. G Springer (R) DH
  3. V Guerrero Jr. (R) 1B
  4. M Chapman (R) 3B
  5. D Schneider (R) 2B
  6. A Kirk (R) C
  7. C Biggio (L) RF
  8. S Espinal (R) SS
  9. D Varsho (L) CF
  1. M Tauchman (L) CF
  2. N Hoerner (R) 2B
  3. I Happ (S) LF
  4. C Bellinger (L) 1B
  5. D Swanson (R) SS
  6. C Morel (R) DH
  7. J Candelario (S) 3B
  8. S Suzuki (R) RF
  9. Y Gomes (R) C

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Zach Laing is the Nation Network’s news director and senior columnist. He can be followed on Twitter at @zjlaing, or reached by email at zach@oilersnation.com.

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