If you missed last night’s game, it was probably for the best. Despite the Blue Jays calendar seemingly predicting Morales might hit that majestic number 8, it never happened. Also, the Jays were shut out by the Orioles. DexFarkin has your recap here if you want to read all about it. C’est la vie.
There was one precious gem from last night - Gurriel’s handmade Morales cam. Adorable.
Also noteworthy - Murphy Smith made his major league debut, and broke a franchise record of his own.
Murphy Smith became the oldest player to make his Major League debut for the #BlueJays. Smith, who turned 31 earlier this week, retired all four batters he faced. Previous oldest was RHP Darren Hall (29 years, 290 days in 1994).— Gregor Chisholm (@gregorMLB) August 28, 2018
Even though his historic homer streak ended, Morales’ past eight games were worthy of recognition as MLB named him as the American League Player of the Week.
FanGraphs hopped on the hype train at the right time and got a piece of their own in.
MLB even made their own compilation video, which can now function as a tribute to the Morales homer streak of August 2018. ‘Twas the best of times.
Tonight Kendrys Morales looks to make history. pic.twitter.com/0SmLXFX5xa— MLB (@MLB) August 27, 2018
Speaking of hot hitters, Billy McKinney has been on fire since his call up. We thank our friends the Yankees for blessing us with this gift in a lost season.
McKinney has reached base in all eight games he has received an at-bat in since joining #BlueJays. In nine games overall, he's batting .407 (11-for-27).— Gregor Chisholm (@gregorMLB) August 28, 2018
Josh Donaldson is set to begin his rehab in Dunedin tonight, which will give the front office a very narrow window in which to trade him. He is going to have to clear waivers first...but that may not be tricky with his high salary. Let’s have a brief poll:
Will Josh Donaldson be traded before August 31st?
This poll is closed
Yes, for a good return
Yes, for a minimal return
No, he will finish out 2018 as a Blue Jay
I honestly have no idea if he will be traded or not. Chatter has indicated the front office is very eager to move him. I just hope they don’t give him away for nothing.
Speaking of All Star calibre third baseman, Vladito hit a dinger on Fan Appreciation Night at the last home game of the Bisons’ season. Check ‘er out:
Speaking of which:
Tonight's attendance at Camden Yards: 15,436. Tonight's attendance at Coca Cola Field for the Buffalo Bisons final home date of the season: 16,413. #Bluejays— Rob Longley (@longleysunsport) August 28, 2018
Reports circulated yesterday that Jose Bautista could be on the move:
#Phillies have claimed #Mets’ Jose Bautista on revocable trade waivers, sources tell The Athletic. Teams discussing a deal, would need to complete it by tomorrow. Bautista slumped badly at start of August, but has .738 OPS in last 14 games.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) August 27, 2018
As we saw firsthand over the weekend, the Phillies could absolutely use an outfielder with some pop. However, it doesn’t sound the like Mets are going to give him up easily:
mets are telling Phillies that Jose Bautista isn't just a giveaway, that they won't let him go for nothing and they'll want a prospect back for him. understandable since his mets salary is the pro-rated minimum. @Ken_Rosenthal 1st reported that Phils got the claim on joey bats,— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) August 27, 2018
I think we would all be very happy to see Jose traded to a contending team and have one more postseason run.
Tonight, in a battle of the youths, the Blue Jays will be facing a pitcher making a major league debut of his own in Josh Rogers. Rogers was sent from the Yankees to Baltimore in the Zach Britton trade. The Blue Jays will counter with Thomas Pannone, who is making his second major league start. Pannone faced the Orioles last week and took a no-hitter into the 7th. It would be super awesome if he wanted to do that again, but, no pressure!