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Thursday Bantering: Today’s Lineup

MLB: Philadelphia Phillies at Toronto Blue Jays Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

We can watch today’s game on the single-camera thing again today. I like the view of the pitcher and strike zone. Not so thrilled with the field view.

Today’s lineup:

George Springer, CF

Marcus Semien, 2B

Bo Bichette, SS

Teoscar Hernandez, LF

Rowdy Tellez, DH

Vladimir Guerrero, 1B

Cavan Biggio, 3B

Randal Grichuk, RF

Alejandro Kirk, C

Tanner Roark starts.

I’m not a big fan of moving Teoscar back and forth from right to left. I think Randal would be better at moving between the spots to me.

There has been depressingly little news coming out off the Jays camp. There is this:

But, it isn’t all that exciting.

Mike Johnson, at Sportsnet, tells us that Mark Shapiro says they want:

... an era of championship baseball, not a season of championship baseball,

Of course, Alex Anthopoulos told us much the same and then signed a bunch of older players to give us a playoff team that wasn’t sustainable (not that I’m complaining, I enjoyed watching those teams). These things sound good, but if time goes on and we don’t get a playoff team, at some point the front office will push all the chips in.

But we do have a very good core with Bo, Vlad, Nate, Teoscar, Lourdes and all. I don’t know if the hard part is putting together the core or finding the last pieces to push the team over the top.

But Shapiro has been here before:

“I remember being farm director in the mid-90s, Cleveland, and just sending championship- after championship-calibre player that was ready for the major leagues back to triple-A.”

Cleveland was one of the top teams in baseball in the mid-to-late 1990s with five consecutive division titles and a pair of World Series appearances.