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Anthony Kay.
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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:

  1. Joe Girardi: 27%
  2. Stubby Clapp: 17%
  3. 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.

Of note:

  • 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.

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.