I’m really looking forward to seeing Anthony Kay pitch tonight. I’m really not worried about hot he does tonight. I just want to see him throw. I’m not expecting success out of the gate. I think he will need a few starts to figure out how to get outs in the majors. I hope he gets 3-4 starts before the end of the season.
He will be the Blue Jays 19th starting pitcher this season.
A year ago today, I got an email giving odds on the ‘next Jays manager’. As you might imagine, Charlie wasn’t on the list.
We had a poll, asking ‘if you had to bet who would you take’. Our top three:
- Joe Girardi: 27%
- Stubby Clapp: 17%
- John McDonald: 14%
Farrell got 3% of the vote.
Also a year ago today: Kevin Pillar hit an 11th inning walk-off home run to get us a win over Cleveland.
- Marco Estrada had a quality start. 6 inning, 5 hits, 2 earned, 2 walks, 5 k.
- Rowdy Tellez had 2 doubles.
- We had 20 strikeouts.
- Billy McKinney hit leadoff. He was followed by Gurriel, Smoak, Grichuk, Tellez, Pillar, Diaz (playing third), Urena and Maile.
- We used 7 relievers: Mayza, Clippard, Tepera, Giles, Jose Fernandez, Jake Petricka and Barnes. I really didn’t remember that Tyler Clippard was a Blue Jay.
Baseball America has updated it’s ‘organizational talent rankings’. The Jays over moved up 3 spots from 9th to 6th. The top 10 in order are the Rays, Padres, White Sox, Braves, Dodgers, Jays, Twins, Marlins, Orioles and Cleveland. The Astros dropped 8 spots from 7th to 15th.
Twins starter Michael Pineda has been suspended for 60 games for a drug violation, sources tell ESPN. He originally got an 80-game suspension, but it was reduced to 60 on appeal, as a compelling case was made that a banned diuretic he used was not a masking agent for PEDs.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) September 7, 2019
On the things I don’t understand, Davis over Alford in center? I could be wrong, but I can’t see many thinking Davis is a better prospect than Alford. Oh well, I shouldn’t get too worked up about one game’s lineup.