Apr 25, 2013; Bronx, NY, USA; Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons (5) throws down his cap while arguing a call with umpire Jeff Kellogg (8) against the New York Yankees during the seventh inning at Yankee Stadium. Yankees won 5-3. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

Game Thread: Blue Jays (9-14) @ Yankees (12-9) THE PANIC EDITION


It’s happened again. For the 15th time this season (give or take all of them) the Blue Jays are facing a MUST WIN game. I mean if they lose again today, these bums will let another series go by without winning a series and you know what? April ain’t for long my friends and then what will people say? “Don’t worry its May?” RIDICULOUS. No team has ever been struggling in MAY and made the playoffs!

 

Well thanks for ruining that point…what are you guys going to tell me next, that a team doesn’t even have to have a winning record in June to make the playoffs?

Ok, so the Athletics were 8 games below .500 on June 1st of last season, and got a little better, but they didn’t have to play the Red Sox and Yankees amirite?

Ok, I get it, the A’s struggled early and have been the best team in baseball since last June 1 when everyone thought they were awful, but I mean the AL West is a joke right? We have to deal with the Yanks and Sox! Yeah I guess Lyle Overbay is starting at first base for the Yankees…and I have to admit that a line up with Mike Trout, Albert Pujols, and Josh Hamilton is pretty good…but have you seen Vernon Wells this year!

FINE. You win. Just because a team is struggling early doesn’t mean the season is completely and utterly lost. I suppose we can stop this ridiculous #firegibby campaign on Twitter. Maybe next time R.A. Dickey starts instead of fretting over every little thing that happens, I’ll just sit back, relax and enjoy the fact that the reigning NL Cy Young winner whom throws one of the coolest pitches you’ll ever see is toeing the rubber for the Toronto Blue Jays…come June 2nd though, PANIC TIME.

News & Notes

Well I suppose I deserve this after writing that condescending introduction seen above before this news came down. My bad! On a side note, I love this picture:

Apr 25, 2013; Bronx, NY, USA; Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Edwin Encarnacion (10) argues a reversed call with umpire Chad Fairchild (75) during the seventh inning against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. Yankees won 5-3. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

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Things That Are Happening

I’ll be updating all game long with what’s going on, my thoughts on these things, and probably some inane ramblings because it’s Friday night and I’m live blogging a baseball game for a team that’s 9-14! Have any thoughts on the game or your very own inane ramblings because you’ve spent your Friday night reading mine? Let me know in the comments below or send me some love via the Twitter machine to @travisb31

Tags: Game Thread Live Blog New York Yankees Panic Toronto Blue Jays

  • http://twitter.com/Wrayzerblade Michael Wray

    amazing pic

  • http://twitter.com/Wrayzerblade Michael Wray

    Gibby earned a break today for making me laugh on Baseball Central. I say bad luck but it doesn’t helped the Jays have sleepwalked through April I wouldn’t say it’s a lack of team chemistry I don’t really think that matters a lot but maybe, just maybe this team bought into their own hype and the rest of the league has taken advantage. I’d must rather get through these growing pains early so this team can come back down to Earth and start playing the baseball they are capable of. Plus this awful April weather doesn’t help these former Miami Marlins. They just need some sun…

  • Jay Blue

    Massive shot by Edwin! That’s one way to keep the BABIP gods at bay!

  • Jay Blue

    Why are umpires still chewing tobacco? Geez.

  • Kyle Franzoni

    Laffey looks like he’s ready to hand it right back to New York…

  • Kyle Franzoni

    Here’s a GIF for the vomiting ump…

    • Kyle Franzoni

      Nevermind, guess it doesn’t want to be a GIF right now….

      • http://twitter.com/Wrayzerblade Michael Wray

        gets the point across lol

        • Jay Blue

          Also my reaction to tonight’s Blue Jays game.

  • Kyle Franzoni

    I wonder what Cano feels liks with the team around him. Yes, they are winning but it must be like hitting free agency a year early.

  • Kyle Franzoni

    That’s three walks against 0 K’s for Laffey. Looks like we’re getting into Aaron Cook territory here.

    • Kyle Franzoni

      Sorry, four walks.

  • Jay Blue

    Thanks Vernon. #shunned

  • Kyle Franzoni

    Time to make David Phelps famous.

  • Kyle Franzoni

    Does it speak more to the coaching or the players when #Yankees win despite injuries and #BlueJays flounder? #HeadScratcher

    • Jay Blue

      Really? Coaching?

      • Kyle Franzoni

        Just looking for some answer, any answer at this stage.

        • Jay Blue

          I think Gibby’s looking for the same thing.

    • Travis Bateman

      At this point I think it’s just dumb luck. There’s no way Vernon Wells/Lyle Overbay can sustain this type of production

      • Jay Blue

        What if Wells remembers that he was once a good player? Seems like that’s happening. Or, consequently, 18 awesome games against the Jays this year will serve to pump up the rest of his mediocre numbers to the point that they actually look half decent.

  • Kyle Franzoni

    How can a guy like Overbay leg out a triple in a bandbox like Yankee Stadium?

  • Justin Jay

    War of 1812 reference by Dan George has gotta be an instant classic. I was dying

  • Jay Blue

    it’s not this game that’s getting us down…. It’s issues finding pitching that can go out there and shut down the opposition.

  • Travis Bateman

    Please note my latest Live Blog Update for the Official Edwin HR GIF

  • Jay Blue

    Ichiro has struck out 2X or more in one game 125 times from what I can tell on Baseball-Reference. But since I don’t subscribe to play-index, I can’t tell for sure.

    • Travis Bateman

      Seems surprising, I just always imagine him never ever striking out!

      • Jay Blue

        Everyone strikes out. But yeah. that number does seem high.

  • Jay Blue

    Re: 9 Ks vs Phelps – concerning, but not surprising.

    • Travis Bateman

      We’re a team that’s going to strike out, which is okay most of the time as long as we’re hitting the long ball and managing some walks…just not against DAVID PHELPS.

      • Jay Blue

        Agreed. it’s a problem. Right now, there a lot of problems.

  • Kyle Franzoni

    And the nail in the coffin, provided by Brett Gardner…really, Brett Gardner?

  • Kyle Franzoni

    10 walks by Blue Jays pitching is just atrocious.

  • Kyle Franzoni

    Wait a second, rally time! Lawrie and Izturis with back-to-back singles with one out in the top of the ninth. Can we pull this off?

  • Kyle Franzoni

    Come on Colby! If there was ever a time to take advantage of the short porch in Yankee Stadium.