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And now back to your regularly scheduled programming Gm 111 - Rays @ Jays

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So a day after his amazing debut Arencibia is relegated back to the bench as a lot of us suspected. I am not sure where all of the thoughts were coming that his debut would change Cito's mind on putting him in the lineup. Sam and Pat were talking about it on the Connected show after the game making it sound like it was a real possibility. Molina has caught Morrow all year long and there was no way Cito was going to change that. The other thought would be that Cito would DH him but I didn't think it would actually happen and low and behold it didn't. If you go back and look in the threads yesterday you can see that I did post that it didn't matter how well he did, there was no way JP was starting today. Oh and to top it all off, Snider is back on the bench today as Dewayne Wise gets the start in LF and leads off. Thanks a bunch Cito.

We were originally supposed to see Niemann today, but it was announced that he would be scratched from his start yesterday so in his place we get to see Andy Sonnastine who is going to making his first start of the year. Hopefully we can hit the ball as hard as we did yesterday as it would be really great to sweep the Rays and take 5 of 6 overall in the two series against the Yanks and Rays.


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2010 - Brandon Morrow 8-6 21 21 0 0 0 0 118.1 116 66 63 10 55 134 4.79 1.45


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2010 - Andy Sonnanstine 2-0 30 0 0 0 1 0 49.0 47 23 23 9 11 35 4.22 1.18


As mentioned above, I am not exactly happy about the lineup today. It is like our GM and Manager aren't on the same page at all. AA says Arencibia and Snider are here to play and will get the majority of the starts but so far that isn't the case at all. I know for JPA it is only his 3rd game and it could still prove to be true but it is very frustrating.

Dewayne Wise is in for Lewis/Snider and is playing LF and leading off, everything else the same with Molina dropping down to 9th which bumps up EE to 8th.

It really saddens me that the fact that neither Snider or JP not being in the lineup doesn't surprise me at all. I could maybe understand the argument against it if they had been performing poorly or some such thing, but all JPA did before being called up is tear the cover off the ball and he continued that in his first game here. Our record shows that when Snider is in our lineup we are a better team as he adds a very nice extra punch to our lineup. Yet Cito ignores this and goes about his merry way. Complete Oblivious to everything else except what is going on in his head. Morrow has to start pitching with someone else! There is a chance that Molina is not back next year? And then what happens? I know Cito would spout off some great nonsense about losing to win 2 later, I am sick of that crap answer, you try to win every game that's your job as manager. And by not using Snider and JPA and using much lighter hitting replacements in their place you are not maximizing your chances. Yes I know Wise and Molina probably offer better defensive options but does that really offset it that much? This is when we are supposed to be seeing our future. And instead we get to see more Journeymen, Its the Riccardi era all over again. Fanfriggintastic.

Tune in after the jump for Lineups and Series info


Current Series

Blue Jays lead the series 2-0

Fri 08/06 WP: Brett Cecil (9 - 5)
SV: Kevin Gregg
LP: Matt Garza (11 - 6)
2 - 1 win
Sat 08/07 WP: Brian Tallet (2 - 4) LP: James Shields (10 - 10)
17 - 11 win

Tampa Bay Rays
@ Toronto Blue Jays

Sunday, Aug 8, 2010, 1:07 PM EDT
Rogers Centre

Andy Sonnanstine vs Brandon Morrow

Partly cloudy,rain. Winds blowing out to right field at 5-15 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 85.

Complete Coverage >



Lineup

Tampa Bay Rays @ Toronto Blue Jays

08/08/10 1:07 PM EDT

Tampa Bay Rays Toronto Blue Jays
Ben Zobrist - RF DeWayne Wise - LF
Carl Crawford - LF Yunel Escobar - SS
Evan Longoria - 3B Jose Bautista - RF
Dan Johnson - 1B Vernon Wells - CF
Matt Joyce - DH Adam Lind - DH
John Jaso - C Aaron Hill - 2B
B.J. Upton - CF Lyle Overbay - 1B
Reid Brignac - 2B Edwin Encarnacion - 3B
Jason Bartlett - SS Jose Molina - C

Keep it Civil and Go Jays Go

I am sure the title is from somewhere. I just couldn't be bothered to try and find a quote to justify how annoyed I am with JPA and Snider out of the lineup again.