The last time the Blue Jays played the Royals there was a hole in the Rogers’ Center roof, and the Blue Jays were still in contention. It’s been a while.
It’s a very exciting day for us prospect watchers as two top Blue Jays prospects are making their major league debut in the same game. Sean Reid-Foley will be the starting pitcher, and Danny Jansen will catch for him. Plopping Reid-Foley down in the spacious ballpark that is Kauffman Stadium against a rebuilding Royals team is a pretty ideal environment for a first start (minus the humidity). His next would be at Yankee stadium, which is slightly less than ideal, but giving Ryan Borucki the Red Sox, Astros and Yankees in his first four starts wasn’t easy either.
We will get to see our fair share of Danny Jansen while he is here:
Gibby: Jansen will be behind the plate tomorrow night (to catch Borucki), too. He’s here to play. #Bluejays— Mike Wilner (@Wilnerness590) August 13, 2018
.@Ryan_Borucki + @D_Jansen31 = Friendship Goals pic.twitter.com/qDVoxPSyHC— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) August 13, 2018
Watching these two together is going to be what I live for during the next retooling months.
We have some injury updates too:
#Bluejays injury update! pic.twitter.com/JiMOVZo2bS— Mike Wilner (@Wilnerness590) August 13, 2018
Couple words of wisdom from John Gibbons for our new major leaguers:
Gibby: I told (SRF & Jansen) what I told everyone - “There’s only one first game. Good, bad or ugly, enjoy it. It’s not going to make or break your career.” #Bluejays— Mike Wilner (@Wilnerness590) August 13, 2018
Here are our lineups for tonight. Danny Jansen bats ninth, Russell Martin plays 3rd, and Grichuk bats cleanup on his birthday. Happy Birthday, Randal!
|Curtis Granderson - LF||Whit Merrifield - 2B|
|Devon Travis - 2B||Alex Gordon - LF|
|Justin Smoak - 1B||Salvador Perez - C|
|Randal Grichuk - RF||Lucas Duda - 1B|
|Kendrys Morales - DH||Rosell Herrera - RF|
|Russell Martin - 3B||Brett Phillips - CF|
|Aledmys Diaz - SS||Ryan O'Hearn - DH|
|Kevin Pillar - CF||Adalberto Mondesi - SS|
|Danny Jansen - C||Alcides Escobar - 3B|
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