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Game Thread: Toronto Blue Jays (3-4) vs Houston Astros (3-4)


After losing their first home series of the season to the New York Yankees, the Toronto Blue Jays welcome the Houston Astros to Rogers Centre for a 3 game set. Jeff Morten has graciously and thoroughly set up the series for us. It should be (in theory and on paper) be a chance for the Blue Jays to breathe and pad their record a bit after facing the Tampa Bay Rays and the Yankees. Keep in mind that this Astros team is the same that took the first two games of the season against the Yanks. A win tonight will put them back to .500. Considering all the doom and gloom that surrounded the Jays coming in to this season, they were fortunate to come away from the Trop with a series split and to hang in for the series with the Yankees. Thus far, the Jays have shown a Jekyll and Hyde act in 2014. The offense has been up and down, their pitching has been in and out, hot and cold. It’s like Katy Perry wrote the first week of the season. The question is, which Blue Jays team will show up this evening? Here’s how it looks:

Mark Buehrle (1-0) vs Brett Oberholtzer (0-1)

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Houston Astros Lineup:

Robbie Grossman-LF

Jose Altuve-2B

Jesus Guzman-1B

Jason Castro-C

Chris Carter-DH

L.J. Hoes-RF

Matt Dominguez-3B

Alex Presley-CF

Jonathan Villar-SS

Oberholtzer-P

Toronto Blue Jays Lineup:

Melky Cabrera-LF

Adam Lind-DH

Jose Bautista-RF

Edwin Encarnacion-1B

Dioner Navarro-C

Brett Lawrie-3B

Colby Rasmus-CF

Maicer Izturis-2B

Jonathan Diaz-SS

Buehrle-P

What Blue Jays Fan Should Watch For:

-Adam Lind is hitting in the two spot AGAINST A LEFTY! This should be interesting. Lind has been hitting quite well so far. This should be a good test for him. And, let’s be honest, with all due respect, Olberholtzer is no David Price. This move also rests a struggling Colby Rasmus.

-Can Mark Buehrle follow up his season debut? Against the Rays, Buehrle was lights out striking out 11! Can he keep that going and provide the Jays with a solid, quality start and save the bullpen? Regardless of the answer, you know it is going to be quick! Buehrle works fast, so you better hurry to catch it all.

-Is Brett Lawrie going to break out of his funk? The 24 yr old is batting .120 with only 3 hits in this young season. The Blue Jays NEED him and his bat to step it up. Perhaps tonight is the night.

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

    Let’s do this! First pitch coming up. In keeping with my write up above, I may try and work in Katy Perry song references. My ability to do so is IMPRESSIVE. No Google searches, either!

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

    Altuve sneaks a hit past a diving Diaz to start the game.

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

    huh. two hits in a row

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

    HOLY CRAP! Izturis with a dive and a glove flip for a DP!

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

    Lind in the 2 hole experiment: 0-1 line out to LF. But Buck SWEARS he looks good against lefty or righty. So, it’ll all be ok.

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

    BOOM! Bautista with a blast! Jays 1-0. He’s a firework!

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

    Colby did his best to try and stop Carter from scoring on that sac fly. Nice arm.

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

    Is Colby starting that goat-eek again?!

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

    Does Mark Buehrle ever get rattled?

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

    Diaz gets plunked in the arm and practically sprints to first. That’s how you do it.

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

    Not so generous strike zone for Buehrle this game.

    • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

      He’s getting pinched a bit on the outside edges

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

        on both sides

        • Kyle Franzoni

          Buehrle’s got a good head on his shoulders thus far though, figuring out how to change speeds to get the job done.

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

            It’s like he knows what he’s doing…..
            I love how he is calm and cool in every situation.

  • Andrew van Laar

    I really wish joey bats would hit more HRs with men on. i wrote about this a few months ago, but a ton of his bombs come with nobody on which is pretty disappointing.

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

      VERY disappointing. His RBI totals could and SHOULD be higher.

      • Andrew van Laar

        dont know if sarcastic or…. lol :P

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

          No. I agree 100%

    • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

      Well I have two points about that, 1) He can’t control if anyone is on base or not and 2) Pitchers rarely give him anything to hit when men are on.

      • Andrew van Laar

        I was going to say point 2 just when you wrote that but it seems like the other premier power hitters in the game drive in a lot more runs than Bautista and they do hit more HR’s with men on. I wonder if his mentality at the plate changes when men are on where he is looking for less power and more contact? I don’t know. i just wish he had more crowds waiting for him at home to high five him.

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

          I’m not convinced his approach changes ever.

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

    Navarro gets a Rogers Centre bounce for the double. Drives in EE from 1st!

    • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

      One advantage of playing on a cement field

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

    Is it me or is Brett Lawrie just flailing the bat. Can he be that frustrated?

    • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

      Lawrie looks lost… chasing pitches out of the zone, looking at strike three in the zone… terrible PA

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

        Exactly. What happened to his hot spring?

  • Kyle Franzoni

    All three of Altuve’s at bats have resulted in hits, all on the first pitch. Too bad you don’t have a pitcher on the mound who could brush him back.

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

      It would be entertaining to see MB try

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

    Esmil rogers up in the bullpen? It’s the 5.2 inning

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

    M.B. finally getting some calls.

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

    Go to the bullpen when that option is better than what is on the mound. You can’t tell me Rogers is better than Buehrle. Even tonight’s Buehrle.

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

    Buehrle exits after 5 1/3
    8 hits 1 ER 3 Ks
    Delabar in

    • Kyle Franzoni

      It was a good call. Buehrle was doing okay, but the Astros were getting some good looks at him and he wasn’t fooling anyone.

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

        Agreed

  • Kyle Franzoni

    And Jose gets picked off of second base and costs the Blue Jays a big run. We’ll see if that comes back to haunt the Blue Jays later tonight.

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

      In fairness to Jose, I wasn’t paying attention either. Buck’s shrill voice broke me out of it.

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

    Izturis using all 5 feet of himself to get in the face of umpire Mike Estabrooks…who deserves it.

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

    Melky takes the decisions out of the hand of Estabrooks and JACKS one! Boom! Roar!