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Started by Nik, February 17, 2019, 12:26:03 PM

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Much better.  Still...

...it was heartbreaking for the Jays as they competed bat to bat with the powerhouse Dodgers.  It was Matt Muncy's walk-off home run in the bottom of the tenth that gave L.A. the 2-1 victory Wednesday.

This game was a far cry from Tuesday's debacle (a 16-3 shellacking of the Jays by the Dodgers).
Jays Wilmer Font started on the mound followed by Buddy Boshers.  Then came Zach Godley in the fourth, who's first pitch ended up a Dodger home run.  Godley then went on to shut down the rest of the Dodgers lineup.  Adams & Giles provided further relief, but alas, it was loser Mayza who tossed L.A.'s game-winning homer.

Wait, something's missing here.  Yes, Toronto's Rowdy Tellez's game-tying solo shot in the ninth inning. 
It became a pitcher's duel until the tenth.



Some defence!




Another heartbreaker.

This time the Blue Jays were leading 2-0 right up until the ninth, when the Dodgers scored three off reliever Derek Law and carve out a 3-2 win,

Jays starter Jacob Waguespack was the real show of the night.  Waguespack pitched a gem allowing zero runs, and had been riding a one-hitter going into the seventh inning.  He baffled the L.A. offence as he struck out six in the process.



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Starting Pitchers:
Friday August 23  10pm
Trent Thornton RH Blue Jays   4-8  5.30 ERA vs  Justus Sheffield LH Mariners   0-0  6.00 ERA

Saturday August 24  9pm
TBD vs Felix Hernandez RH Mariners  1-4  6.52 ERA

Sunday August 25  4pm
TBD vs Marco Gonzalez LH Mariners  13-10 4.30 ERA

All games on SN & The FAN 590.

Source:  MLB.com,  CBSSports, FanGraphs

The Blue Jays (52-78) venture to T-Mobile Park for a three-game series against the Seattle Mariners (54-74).

This weekend (Aug.23-25) marks Player's Weekend, where we're sure to see some (strange) player nicknames. 

The Seattle Mariners haven't had much to sing about this season, dead-last in the A.L. West.  However, the Mariners are doing better in two categories — fifth in HRs (204) & third in SB (90).  The Jays by comparison are 11th in HR (199) & 26th in SB (37).

The Jays come off on the losing end of a their series against MLB's powerhouse Dodgers, where two out of those three losses were heartbreaking.  After that 16-3 first game debacle, the Blue Jays went toe-to-toe with the Dodgers in the next subsequent two games.

There was a positive note here as the Jays competed and their pitching shown brightly.  Every positive step counts for this youngest of teams.  Holding their own against a top club says a lot about the bounce-back character of the team.

Throngs of Blue Jay fans are expected to descend T-Mobile Park here in Seattle, with plenty of cheering to boot.

C'mon Blue Jays, let's string together some wins.






Ouch, the first one hurts...😢😬

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The Canadian Invasion roars!

With T-Mobile Park-turned-RogersCentre, the Blue Jays had no shortage of cheering as they downed the hometown Mariners 7-5.

Home runs by Hernandez and Bichette paved the way for Toronto.

Bo the Amazing had his 21st extra-base hit and isn't too far in chasing DiMaggio's & Brooks record accomplishment in 22 and 25 games respectively.  As if that isn't enough, Bichette's leads all major leaguers in that category plus he's batting .345.  The Bo train just keeps getting better!

Jays Wilmer Font started on the mound followed by Brock Stewart (a.k.a. Beef Stew), who got the win. 
Derek Law (a.k.a. Lapdog) got the save.



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Hernandez a.k.a. Mr. Seeds:

D-fence! (the Bo way):


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Starting Pitchers:
Tuesday August 27  7pm
Mike Soroka RH Braves  10-2  2.41 ERA  vs  TBD

Wednesday August 28  7pm
Mike Foltynewicz RH Braves  4-5  5.68 ERA  vs  Jacob Waguespack RH Blue Jays  4-1  3.63 ERA

All games on SN & The FAN 590.

Source:  MLB.com,  Fangraphs,  baseball-reference.com

The Atlanta Braves (80-53j visit the Rogers Centre for a two-game interleague series against the Blue Jays (53-80).

The Braves are tops in their N.L. East division and are among one of the best teams in the league.

Blue Jay fans remember Alex Anthopoulos when he was the main man running the team.  Nowadays, Anthopoulos, the Braves' GM, has been amassing talent to build up his Braves, and so far, so very well done.
Josh Donaldson, "Bringer of Rain" will make his return to Toronto and face his former club.

Among Atlanta hitters, Freddy Freeman comes to mind, leading the team in both HRs & RBIs. 
The Braves are sixth in runs scored with 704, and fifth in HRs (210). 
The Blue Jays are eleventh in HRs (202).

The Jays come off having lost two out of three to the Mariners in Seattle in their most recent series.  It has been a tough road week for the Bluebirds in both L.A. against the Dodgers, and in Seattle against the Mariners.

A good learning curve for the young Jays, holding their own against L.A. (bouncing back from that first game debacle) and competing in the rest of the series. 
Against the Mariners, the Jays offence ran dry, but at least it felt like 'home', what with 20,000+ Jays fans invading T-Mobile Park.

A winning streak hasn't materialized, so come on Blue Jays go out there and rock 'em!



The Bringer of Rain welcomed 'home'.

Ex Blue Jay Josh Donaldson was given a video tribute plus a standing ovation prior to the commencement of the game.  Toronto hasn't forgotten the contributions Donaldson, otherwise known as J.D., gave the team during his time here. 
Surely Atlanta GM and former Jay boss Alex Anthopoulos didn't forget and scooped up free agent Donaldson for the Braves last season.

Anyway, back to the game...which the Jays  emerged victorious by a 3-1 score.

Justin Smoak's two RBIs (including a seventh inning solo homer run), and Vladdy Guerrero Jr.'s RBI single were all the markers the Jays needed on this night, as starter Wilmer Font along with Zach Godley, and the rest of the Jays bullpen crew shut down the Braves bats.

Godley pitched the longest after Font, and was the winning pitcher,  and closer Giles got the save.

Mr. Steady Justin Smoak has now had three consecutive seasons of hitting 20 home runs.

Biggio, Bichette, McGuire, Tellez  were the other hitters who reached base.  Tellez and Biggio's attempts to outrun the bases met the speed & power of the Braves outfield, among one of the better ones in baseball, with Ronald Acuña Jr. out there.


Saluting Donaldson:

The kids are al-right!


Where there's Smoak, there's a home run!

Give it up for the pitching!


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Blue Jays lose 9-4.

The Jays brought the game close, coming back from a 5-0 deficit, but the Braves' three runs in the seventh sealed the win for Atlanta.

Jays starter Jacob Waguespack did not have a good outing as he allowed five runs (three earned) on six hits to take the loss.




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Starting Pitchers:
Friday August 30  7pm
Wade Miley LH Astros   13-4  3.13 ERA  vs  Trent Thornton RH Blue Jays  4-8  5.34 ERA

Saturday August 31  3pm
Framber Valdez LH Astros  4-6  5.14 ERA  vs  Clay Buchholtz RH Blue Jays  0-3  5.87 ERA

Sunday September 1  1pm
Justin Verlandet RH Astros  16-5  2.69 ERA  vs  TBD

All games on SN & The FAN 590.

Source:  MLB.com,   CBSsports,   baseball-reference.com,  Fangraphs

The Houston Astros arrive in Toronto for a three-game series against the Blue Jays.

The Astros, leaders in the A.L. West and owners of the third best w/l record in the league, have practically secured their crown in their division.  With a six-game winning streak going, nothing looks to stop this team, as has been the case all season long.

Jays fans get to see among MLB's best pitchers in Justin Verlander and some former Jays such as Joe Biagini, Aledmys Diaz, and Roberto Osuna.
Aaron Sanchez is currently on the IL.

As for the Blue Jays, they're coming off a draw in their most recent two-game series against the Atlanta Braves.

Vladdy Guerrero Jr. leads all A.L. rookies in doubles (23) and is third in runs scored (47).  He's also second in hits (59).  This is only the beginning of what promises to be an eventful career for "El K".  Just like the rest of the Jays rookies & prospects, particularly Bo Bichette, who are providing the rejuvenation for a once-proud franchise.
In other words, so far, the kids are definitely alright.

The Astros are first in OBP (.351), second in WHIP (1.14) & BA (.276) and fourth in HRs (226) & Runs scored (747).
The Jays are eleventh in HRs (203).

Let the series begin!



It was "Star Wars Night" at the Rogers Centre Friday but the force didn't help the Jays.  Another ho hum loss as the Astros win 7-4.

Jays got solo homers from McGuire, Biggio, and Fisher.  Even so, the Astros put the brakes on the Jays offence which had trouble the entire game ((save for those  home runs).

Jays starter Trent Thornton had little offensive support.  He struck out six in five innings but allowed the four runs (one unearned) on six hits.
The relievers, namely Josh Adam and Tim Mayza ran into some trouble each allowing several runs scored.

Yer out!
Guerrero Jr., got turfed in contesting the calls by the umpire.  Frustration no doubt on a night like this for the Jays offence.  Oh well.




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Beautiful day!

The kids lambasted the Astros pitching (avenging yesterday's loss) with plenty of infield histrionics in leading Toronto to a 6-4 win this afternoon.

The Jays staked out a 5-0 lead by the fourth inning on two-run homers from Hernandez & Biggio.   Biggio finished with three RBIs while Hernandez with two.

Nearly every player contributed in the hits department, most notably Bo Bichette who just keeps adding to the MLB history books.

Jays starter Clay Bucholtz finally got his first win as a Jay.  He pitched a little over five innings, allowed two runs while limiting the opposition to three hits.
It was also a bit of a redemption by the relievers who did a far better job of stymying Houston's bats as compared to Friday's game.  Good job there.
Closer Giles got the save.








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N-o  h-i-t-t-e-r!

Those two words belong to Astros starter Justin Verlander who blanked the Jays in this afternoon's game, enroute to his team winning 2-0.

Verlander effectively ended Bo Bichette's MLB hitting parade.  Awww.....

It was actually a scoreless game all the way to the top of the ninth when with the Jays closer Giles pitching, Canadian prospect Abraham Toro Slammer a two-run homer that proved the winner.

The Blue Jay pitchers — Font, Gaviglio, & Godley — all limited Houston to five hits.  Too bad for Giles' miscue, otherwise this ballgame would have gone on and on.

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Starting Pitchers:
Monday September 2  1pm
Jacob Waguespack RH Blue Jays   4-2  3.93 ERA  vs  Mike Soroka RH Braves  10-3  2.44 ERA

Tuesday September 3  7:30pm
TBD vs  Mike Foltynewicz RH Braves  4-5  5.59 ERA

All games on SN & The FAN 590.

Source.  MLB.comtheStar.comESPN.com

The Blue Jays (55-83) venture to Sun Trust Park for a two-game interleague series against the Atlanta Braves(84-54).

The last time the Jays & Braves played a two-gamer was in Toronto a week ago, with both teams splitting their series.

Atlanta's w/l record is among one of the best in the league (fifth).  The Braves occupy first place in their N.L.East division, but the second-place Washington Nationals are hot on the heels being 5.5 GBL.

The Jays lost two out of three in their most recent series against the Astros.  They were no-hit by Justin Verlander and as much as that hurt, kudos to Verlander for his pitching brilliance.

Vladdy Guerrero Jr., has been on a torrid pace with a .341 BA, .406 OBP, & .977 OPS.  Not bad at all for a rookie. 

Let's keep it going, guys!



Close but the Braves win it 6-3.

The score was 4-3 in the eighth for the Braves when reliever Buddy Boshers was dinged for a two-run homer that sealed the win for Atlanta.

The Jays trailed 4-0 at one point and by the fifth inning they had narrowed the score still trailing 4-3.  A pair of solo home runs by Grichuk & Tellez helped in the process.

Jays starter Jacob Waguespack took the loss as he ran into ball trouble early in the game.  In four innings of play, Waguespack allowed four runs (two earned) on one hit and five base on balls.  He also struck out four.




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Jays lose 7-2 as Braves take series two-zip.

Atlanta's Josh Donaldson brought rain with his three RBIs.

Jays opening starter Wilmer Font took the loss.

This game saw the the debut of young Blue Jay prospect pitcher T.J. Zeuch.  While he didn't throw any no hitter, he allowed two runs on three hits in four innings and struck out four.  Certainly not too shabby for one's intro into the major leagues.

The Jays are off tomorrow and return Thursday to play the Rays in Tampa Bay.


Rowdy homers

The Bo throw!

T.J. Zeuch:

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