I’m going to run a hands off simulation of the Blue Jays season and report on the games here:
Red Sox 5 Blue Jays 6
The Jays opening day roster:
Even with an extra roster spot, but I still hate the idea of an 8 man bullpen.
Rowdy Tellez loses his roster spot to the extra pitcher, but Anthony Alford makes the team. I think they could use another bat.
Opening Day lineups:
|BLUE JAYS||RED SOX|
|Bichette, SS||Peraza, 2B|
|Hernandez, RF||Bogaerts, SS|
|Guerrero, 3B||Martinez, DH|
|Grichuk, CF||Devers, 3B|
|Shaw, 1B||Chavis, 1B|
|Gurriel, Lf||Benintendi, LF|
|Fisher, DH||Vazquez, C|
|Jansen, C||Bradley, CF|
|Biggio, 2B||Pillar, RF|
|Ryu, P||Eduardo Rodriguez, P|
I hate the idea of Fisher as DH.
Ryu did not have a good start. He went 6 innings, allowed 6 hits, no walks and had 5 strikeouts, but 3 of the 6 hits were home runs. Red Sox first baseman Michael Chavis had 2 of the home runs, and a single, driving in 3 of the Sox 5 runs. J.D. Martinez had the other home run against Ryu.
Jordan Romano pitched 2 innings of relief. He gave up 2 hits and a walk and a run on a Jackie Bradley Jr. solo homer. He started the 9th, but gave up base runner and Ken Giles pitched the rest of the 9th, stranding the runner
On the offensive side, after the Sox went up 1-0 in the top of the inning, on the Bradley homer, the Jays got 2 in the bottom of the inning. Bichette lead off with a walk, got first at second on a Hernandez ground out, and then Vlad hit a 2-run homer.
That was all the scoring we’d do until the 9th. Rodriguez went 8 innings, for the Sox, allowing just 3 hits, 2 earned, 2 walks with 3 strikeouts.
To start the bottom of the ninth, Matt Barnes came in to pitch with the Jays trailing 5-2. Barnes walked the bases loaded. Brandon Workman took over with the tying run at the plate and no outs. He wasn’t any better than Barnes. He gave up a 2-run single to Gurriel, making the game 5-4. A wild pitch tied the game.
Two walk, to load the bases (I hate intentional walks) set up a Cavan Biggio single to walk off the game.
Jays of the Day: Vlad (2 for 3, homer, walk), Biggio (walkoff single) and Gurriel (2 for 4).
It seems a rather improbable finish, but the Red So do look like they would have troubles in the bullpen.
Of note for the Red Sox:
Chris Sale is out for the season. Dustin Pedroia (he hasn’t retired?) is out for 6 months. Collin McHugh is our for 3 weeks. Alex Verdugo is out for 3 weeks with a stress fracture.
Domingo German is on the restricted list. James Paxton is out for 7-8 weeks. Luis Severino out for 14 months after Tommy John. Aaron Judge out for 3 weeks stress fraction.
Blake Snell out 2 weeks.
Trey Mancini out 3 weeks. DJ Stewart out 3 weeks.
In the game, no one has signed Yasiel Puig yet. There are some decent free agents out there.