Mar 26, 2014; Dunedin, FL, USA; Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher R.A. Dickey (43) runs to home plate after he gave up a hit during the second inning against the New York Yankees at Florida Auto Exchange Park. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Game Thread: MLB Opening Day!!! Toronto Blue Jays at Tampa Bay Rays


Today is rather massive as all four of the Toronto Blue Jay full season minor league franchises announce their rosters.  Personally, I’ve been refreshing my twitter feed constantly since Saturday morning, looking for any sort of tidbits.  My family really likes me right now.

Oh ya, there’s also a few real baseball games as well.  Including our beloved Blue Jays taking on the ex-DEVIL Rays of Tampa Bay.  Real, honest to goodness baseball!!  Someone tell my wife I’ll see her in six months.

Details:

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

Toronto Blue Jays Lineup:

Jose Reyes – SS
Melky Cabrera – LF
Jose Bautista – RF
Edwin Encarnacion – 1B
Dioner Navarro – DH
Brett Lawrie – 3B
Colby Rasmus – CF
Maicer Izturis – 2B
Josh Thole – C

R.A. Dickey – P

Tampa Bay Rays Lineup:

David DeJesus -  LF
Wil Myers – RF
Ben Zobrist – 2B
Evan Longoria – 3B
James Loney – 1B
Desmond Jennings – CF
Matt Joyce – DH
Jose Molina – C
Yunel Escobar – SS

David Price – P

Jays Droppings:

After hinting during spring that Adam Lind would not necessarily be a platoon player despite his ugly .253 wOBA versus lefties, it’s David f’n Price, so cooler heads have prevailed.  We’re also spared watching Ryan Goins flail away against the right Price.  That being said, in an admittedly tiny sample size, Goins isn’t much worse against southpaws than his replacement Maicer Izturis.  And the defense, remember the defense.

Josh Thole starts behind the dish.  I know he’s Dickey’s personal caddie, but why then call up a right-handed hitting catcher to replace the DL’d Casey Janssen?

For those wondering, it’s 13 degrees and sunny in Vancouver today.  Think I may bbq during the game.  May even crack a lunchtime beer.

Heard on Connected:

“It’s about giving the guy a chance, keeping the body lubricated”

Words for wisdom from Greg Zaun on Adam Lind.  Of course, completely forgetting that Lind is absolutely useless against left-handed pitching…….

but, ummmm, just give him a chance!!  It’s not like it’s a proper major league game or anything

Tags: Toronto Blue Jays

  • Justin Jay

    Woo! LET’S DO THIS!!! LET’S GO JAYS!!!

  • Andrew van Laar

    Oh ya so stoked! I need to get a little radio so I can listen to it at work :S I have to constantly check the game day application on my computer. I hope it works better than it was in ST…

    What do you guy think will be the most surprising thing to happen in today game (Other than the Jays actually winning in the Trop haha)?

    • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

      My bold prediction for today’s game? Ryan Goins pinch hit home run.

      • Andrew van Laar

        Oooo I like! I was going to say Navarro gets a stomach bug from all the food he eats and has to leave the game, Adam Lind comes in and hits a 450+ foot home run over the LF fence on the first pitch he sees from Price.

    • Kyle Franzoni

      I’m going to go with Melky with the dinger. He got one out of the way Sunday, so he’ll lay into one today.

  • Charlie Caskey

    I’ll be the one to be a bit more negative then….my prediction? Brett Lawrie goes 0-4 with 4 ground ball outs, including 2 GIDP

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

      Bite your tongue!

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

    Bautista will drop a bomb. Melky 3 hits.

  • Andrew van Laar

    Know what would be awesome? Getting a bunch of the JaysJournal guys together one day for a Jays game and head to the park. Except for Wray… hes kinda sketchy… :P

  • Kyle Franzoni

    Wow, nice catch by Desmond Jennings to rob Reyes. There’s the luck we know and love at the Trop.

  • Charlie Caskey

    jesus, Myers has easy power

    • Kyle Franzoni

      I’d say the Rays won that trade.

      • Charlie Caskey

        ummm, ya, kid is going to be a stud

  • Andrew van Laar

    Ugh is gameday lying to me or did Reyes actually get hurt?

    • Kyle Franzoni

      No lie, Reyes appeared to grab his hamstring. And so it begins..

      • Andrew van Laar

        flipping heck…

  • Charlie Caskey

    time to make an adjustment fellas? they seem to be all over that first pitch

  • Charlie Caskey

    This could be a very long day….when the Rays are hitting that is

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

      At least I have Longoria and Myers on my fantasy team.

      • Kyle Franzoni

        What’s the etiquette for thumbing down a staff member?

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

          Should probably go to his supervisor……..

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

          PS: I also have David Price.

    • Kyle Franzoni

      Be nice to see Dickey get out of this inning unscathed.

      • Kyle Franzoni

        Damn you Wil Myers….

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

    Ok, quick! Positives…..ummmm….Dickey hasn’t given up a HR……4 runs isn’t beyond the offense of this team…..

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

    Question time: Should Thole have bunted? Third inning. Do you take any chance to advance the runners? Or, do you wait for bigger?

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

    The line on Dickey. A lot of balls. It’s nuts!

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

    Is anyone still watching this $h!t show?

  • Andrew van Laar

    Wow…. so that didn’t go so hot…. glad i didn’t leave work early