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$501 on a toaster??

MLB: Toronto Blue Jays at Seattle Mariners Jennifer Buchanan-USA TODAY Sports

Yesterday’s loss saw the Jays go Sweepless in Seattle - Matt W has your excellent recap here and tip of the hat to Erik T for the recap title.

Taking 3 out of 4 against the Mariners was an excellent result, given how poorly we played against the A’s (who love us right now). Lots of positives: the pitching of Hauschild, Borucki and Estrada, the excellent form of Diaz’s and Grichuk, the huge sea of Jays blue in in Rogers Centre West (aka Safeco).

The M’s are miserable

The Mariners clearly don’t like us: Jerry Dipoto had this to say:

So what are the other things that are bothering him? There are 16 of them apparently.

And then Marco Gonzales didn’t react well to getting his ass handed to him in the 7-2 defeat on Friday, as I quote:

“I take that personally when a team comes in here and brings their faithful fans and their muddy shoes and stomps on our carpet and takes a dump on our dining room table.”

So here is what i want to say to those two:

  • Everyone has been hammering the M’s for the past 45 games now. Suck it.
  • Thus, season ticket holders sell their seats because the Mariners under perform.
  • If you don’t like an invasion of away fans, put a winning team on the field and get better crowds. (Or get better fans....)
  • Those fans from across Western Canada were a nuisance to you but I’m sure the bars, restaurants, hotels, taxis, and Safeco concessions weren’t complaining.

And to top it off, the Mariners ownership want to spend $800m (and $501 on a toaster) renovating Safeco Field, which was only opened in 1999 and is still regarded as a very fine stadium. It feels as if Seattle taxpayers are about to get toasted.

Sale away

As we leave the Pacific Northwest behind we head back home to The Six to face the evil Red Sox for a 3 game series. Good news though: Chris Sale is still on the DL and wont be playing against us.

Drew Pomeranz will start the first game of the series against the Jays Tuesday followed by Brian Johnson in Sale’s spot Wednesday and Rick Porcello will get a chance to work on his career 4.87 ERA at the Rogers Centre to throw the series finale Thursday.

Jansen sighting?

With Luke Maile’s first child arriving this month and Luke undoubtedly taking paternity leave, it might be the perfect time to call up the Buffalo’s Danny Jansen, who is hitting .272 with a career high 12 home runs and 56 RBIs.

Easy wins ahead?

We have upcoming series against the Kansas City Royals (34-77), the Baltimore Orioles (34-78) and the Miami Marlins (46-67) in August. We are 12-1 against the Royals and the Orioles, who we play in six games over two series this month. So some easy wins right? Right??

Inside the park goodness from @jonny_hustle

Yesterday the Buffalo Bisons rallied from three runs down in the ninth inning to win 6-5 over Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Anthony Alford, Richard Urena and Tim Lopes all drove in runs in the comeback effort. Justin Shafer got his 12th save. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. had another walk, his eighth in his first six games at AAA.

And the Fisher Cats had an epic 7-6 win over Erie thanks to Jon Berti’s inside the park walk off homer- which is play of the day!

Happy Monday everyone!