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Jays notes and today’s lineup: Bautista out, Hernandez in

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Toronto Blue Jays v Baltimore Orioles Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images

Random Jays thoughts:

A 3 home run game can do a lot for a player’s WAR. Before the game, Kendrys Morales had a -0.3 bWAR and a -0.6 fWAR. After the game 0.2 bWAR and -0.2 fWAR. Give him a couple more good games and he’ll be on the positive side on both.

Not that it changes that he’s having a bad year.

I said, before the season, that his signing was a mistake, but I expected a better season. I figured something around a 2 WAR, not that it would have changed the season for the Jays, but, if he played better, we could have had a moment at .500.

I do expect better from him next year. Maybe something like a 1 WAR.


Roberto Osuna picked up his 91st career save last night, passing Casey Janssen for the #4 spot on out franchise leader board. Ten more saves and he’s #3, passing Billy Koch and 31 more saves, he’s #2, jumping past Duane Ward.

He has a little ways to go to catch Tom Henke’s 217.

He’s had his bad moments, this season. But then Henke had 8 blown saves in 1986 (26 saves) and 8 in 1987 (34 saves). It’s part of the life of a closer.


This week’s Prospect Hot Sheet, from Baseball America, mentions Ryan Borucki:

The best changeup in the Blue Jays system has led Borucki to Double-A this season, and then he made his final start with Triple-A Buffalo. The 2012 15th-rounder, signed for $426,000, has taken the ball every turn, pounded the zone and kept the ball in the ballpark, giving up just seven homers all season. He's not J.A. Happ yet, but he has a chance to have a similar career.

I’d be good if he turned out to be like Happ.


As much as I would rather have Anthony Alford up with the team than Michael Saunders, I will admit that having a lefty power bat on the bench, to pinch hit for any of our middle infielders or catchers, is a good thing.


Today’s lineup. Hernandez in for Jose. Carrera leads off. Lopez catcher:

Today's Lineups

TORONTO BLUE JAYS BALTIMORE ORIOLES
Ezequiel Carrera - LF Tim Beckham - SS
Josh Donaldson - 3B Manny Machado - 3B
Kendrys Morales - DH Jonathan Schoop - 2B
Steve Pearce - 1B Adam Jones - CF
Kevin Pillar - CF Trey Mancini - LF
Ryan Goins - SS Chris Davis - 1B
Darwin Barney - 2B Mark Trumbo - DH
Teoscar Hernandez - RF Seth Smith - RF
Raffy Lopez - C Caleb Joseph - C
Joe Biagini - RHP Kevin Gausman - RHP