Aug 22, 2013; Bronx, NY, USA; Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons (5) is thrown out of the game against the New York Yankees by first base umpire Scott Barry (87) during the fifth inning of a game at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Toronto Blue Jays - DraftBoard Update - 01/09

James Shields did the Jays draft position a huge favour by throwing seven scoreless in Toronto.  Handing the the blue birds their first loss in four and arresting this unneeded run down the draft board.

Unfortunately the teams around the Jays didn’t do them a ton of favours.  I suppose the Mets, Angels, and Rockies are helping by extending getting hot at the right time and ensuring the Jays will be occupy at least the 10 or 12 slot for the forseeable future.  Other than that, even with today’s loss, not much changed.  The Phillies are ice cold and playing out the string.  The Mariners got shutout by the Astros, and Milawaukee continue to tank.

Next up for our heroes is a cross country flight to the desert where they’ll begin a three game set with the Arizona Diamondbacks.  Similar to the Royals, the D’Backs are slightly above .500 yet done in the wild card race.  They are ten games over .500 at home though, so hope that trend holds.

A couple of three win pitchers get the nod with Esmil Rogers (0.1 WAR) gets the nod against Brandon McCarthy (1.3 WAR).  Should be a doozy.

Happy Labour Day.

Rk Tm G W L W-L% ▴ GB
1 HOU 135 45 90 0.333 0
2 MIA 135 50 85 0.370 5
3 CHW 135 56 79 0.415 11
4 CHC 136 58 78 0.426 12.5
5 MIL 136 59 77 0.434 13.5
6 MIN 135 59 76 0.437 14
7 SDP 136 60 76 0.441 14.5
8 SFG 136 61 75 0.449 15.5
9 PHI 138 62 76 0.449 15.5
10 TOR 137 62 75 0.453 16
11 TOR Phil Bickford
12 SEA 136 62 74 0.456 16.5
13 NYM 135 62 73 0.459 17
14 LAA 135 63 72 0.467 18
15 COL 138 65 73 0.471 18.5

I’m really not sure what’s so funny James.

Aug 27, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Kansas City Royals starting pitcher James Shields (33) smiles after finishing the sixth inning against the Minnesota Twins Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

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