Mar 28, 2014; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Munenori Kawasaki (66) celebrates after scoring the winning run in the ninth inning against the New York Mets at the Olympic Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

Live Game Thread: Toronto Blue Jays vs. New York Mets in Montreal Game 2


Major League Baseball returns to Montreal for the second time in less than 24 hours with the Toronto Blue Jays set to wrap up their spring training schedule with an exhibition game at Olympic Stadium today against the New York Mets. First pitch is scheduled for 1:05 PM EST.

TV: MLB.TV (Free), Sportsnet East, Ontario, West and Pacific
Radio: Sportsnet 590 THE FAN

Toronto Blue Jays Lineup:

Jose Reyes SS
Melky Cabrera LF
Adam Lind 1B
Edwin Encarnacion DH
Dioner Navarro C
Brett Lawrie 3B
Colby Rasmus CF
Moises Sierra RF
Ryan Goins 2B

Brandon Morrow – P

New York Mets Lineup:

Eric Young Jr. LF
Daniel Murphy 2B
David Wright 3B
Curtis Granderson RF
Chris Young CF
Lucas Duda DH
Ike Davis 1B
Travis d’Arnaud C
Ruben Tejada SS

Daisuke Matsuzaka – P

(H/T to Rising Apple for today’s Mets’ lineup)

According to Mike Wilner of The Fan 590, Jose Bautista has been scratched from today’s lineup and has the same stomach bug that hit Dustin McGowan and Sergio Santos earlier this spring.

The good news is that we won’t need to worry about Jose diving for a fly ball on cement in a meaningless game. Drink lots of water Jose, the Blue Jays need you back and healthy for Monday.

The major concern with today’s game is probably how watchable it will be with the notorious slow working Daisuke taking the mound for the Mets. He’s known for taking 30-40 seconds between pitches so hopefully the Jays are able to chase him before the game gets too ugly.

The Big Owe looked decent enough for baseball (mound issues aside) as watching on TV I didn’t mind the retro feel the game had, specifically without fans sitting directly behind home plate. It’s always hard to tell what the stadium is really like but with a full house it looked decent enough to me watching on TV.

Tags: Montreal Toronto Blue Jays

  • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

    Morrow’s off-speed stuff looks sharp early.

  • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

    Two swinging strikeouts for Morrow in the first, 2 out.

  • http://www.jaysjournal.com Shaun Doyle

    K the side! Great start so far

    • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

      All three swinging too – gotta love that!

      • http://www.jaysjournal.com Shaun Doyle

        Absolutely

  • http://www.jaysjournal.com Shaun Doyle

    Is it just me or are Jays hitters seeing more pitches this spring?

    • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

      I remember to start the season last April they seemed overly aggressive and it hurt them but for the most part I haven’t noticed a huge difference in the number of pitches taken.

      • http://www.jaysjournal.com Shaun Doyle

        I can’t seem to find any info. I haven’t been counting but I get that impression. Something to look for.

  • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

    End of 2, both teams have a hit but no runs scored. Morrow and Dice-K have 3 Ks each.

  • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

    Lead off single from Sierra. Hit and run, Goins flies out to deep center, Sierra retreats back to first after rounding second.

  • http://www.jaysjournal.com Shaun Doyle

    Melky just cringed at Sierra nearly getting picked off? Getting thrown out at home won’t help.

  • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

    Melky doubles to right field, Sierra tries to score from first but is gunned down at the plate. d’Arnaud is very happy about the new collision rule right about now, under the old rules (in a real game) he probably would have been barreled over.

  • http://www.jaysjournal.com Shaun Doyle

    Sierra just signalled “one out”. There are two. Ugh

    • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

      lol he must have been out on the town last night

  • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

    Morrow so far: 5 Ks, 2 BB, 1 H, 0 ER through 4 innings.

  • http://www.jaysjournal.com Shaun Doyle

    Love the hitting against the shift this spring.

    • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

      Here’s Edwin’s spray chart. Definitely hits the ball much harder to the pull side, I’m not surprised to see team’s use it against him. It’s one reason why I think his BABIP has been so low the past couple of seasons.

  • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

    Morrow with another K. The Mets at times look like they just want to get back to New York, chasing at everything.

  • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

    Goins has two fly outs, Young appears to be playing him quite shallow. It’s at least nice to see him get the ball in the air, drove too many down into the ground last year.

  • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

    Morrow done for the day. Looked great, final line: 5.2 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 8 SO, 0 ER

  • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

    Aaron Loup now in for Morrow.

  • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

    Daniel Murphy picked off and caught stealing, midway through 6 we are still scoreless.

  • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

    Dice-K’s cringe-worthy delivery worked for him today. He exits the game after 5 and despite allowing 5 hits did not walk a batter and matched Morrow with 8 Ks of his own.

    Farnsworth gets throw the sixth with a clean frame and we are still knotted up 0-0.

  • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

    Loups get Granderson to fly out, Steve Delabar enters the game for the Blue Jays.

  • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

    Never envied what catchers have to endure on a day in and day out basis. Navarro takes a foul tip off the thigh (no padding).