We have been treated to a lot of real baseball since the start of the season. It is kind of funny given how sick I (and everyone else) was of spring training that the baseball gods see fit to give us everything all at once to kick off the season. It kind of reminds me of the episode of the Simpsons where Homer sells his soul for a donut and when he is in Hell they are forcing him to eat mountains of dounts... doesn't quite work out as he just keeps going instead of going crazy. So with that in mind. MORE INNINGS!
The lineups that we will see together don't change very much at all. For the Indians they are throwing out the same lineup they have for games 1 and 2 of the season. For the Jays one small change has been made. J.P. Arencibia is getting the day off due to all oft the extra innings and Jeff Mathis gets his first start in a Jays uniform. The lineup will adjust slightly with Rasmus moving up one spot and Mathis hitting 9th.
On the mound we have Joel Carreno taking on Derek Lowe for the Indians. Carreno won a job at the end of spring training due to an injury suffered by McGowan as well as the general awfulness of Brett Cecil. Last year for the Jays he appeared in 11 games spanning 15 innings. He fair welled, posting a 1.15 ERA while strikiung out 14, he did walk 4 in that time as well. Derek Lowe spent last year with the Braves over in the NL posting one of his worst years to date. He finished the year 9-17 with a 5.05 ERA and 1.508 WHIP in 34 starts, his walks per game ballooned up to 3.4 and while he did bump up his Strikeouts per nine innings it wasn't quite enough to compensate. Im sure leaving the confines of the National League to come back to the American League will help right the ship for Lowe.
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Blue Jays lead the series 2-0
WP: Luis Perez (1 - 0)
LP: Jairo Asencio (0 - 1)
|7 - 4 win|
WP: Casey Janssen (1 - 0)
LP: Tony Sipp (0 - 1)
|7 - 4 win|
|TORONTO BLUE JAYS||CLEVELAND INDIANS|
|1. Yunel Escobar - SS||1. Michael Brantley - CF|
|2. Kelly Johnson - 2B||2. Asdrubal Cabrera - SS|
|3. Jose Bautista - RF||3. Shin-Soo Choo - RF|
|4. Adam Lind - 1B||4. Carlos Santana - C|
|5. Edwin Encarnacion - DH||5. Travis Hafner - DH|
|6. Brett Lawrie - 3B||6. Shelley Duncan - LF|
|7. Eric Thames - LF||7. Casey Kotchman - 1B|
|8. Colby Rasmus - CF||8. Jason Kipnis - 2B|
|9. Jeff Mathis - C||9. Jack Hannahan - 3B|
|Pitching - Joel Carreno||Pitching - Derek Lowe|
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GO JAYS GO!