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Blue Jays Game Thread: Let's Play Two!


 

So, apparently, the weather was so ominous looking that the decision was made to cancel yesterday’s game well before game time. And, it looks as though it was the right call.

The Twins’ Grounds Crew tweeted the following:

 

And, here’s what they had to deal with:

 

And, by the looks of things they’ve done a good job:

 

All of this begs the question if the MLB season is too long. Does it start too early? The weather in October is cruel also. But, that is the subject for another day.

 

Jays Journal Staff Writer, Ryan Mueller (@MuellerRyan11) has the prep work for yesterday’s game all set to go. Here’s what he had to say: After Tuesday night’s dominant performance from the bullpen in picking up a shaky Brandon Morrow who only last 3.2 innings, John Gibbons will hope to get a quality start out today’s starter.  R.A. Dickey (1-2, 5.30 ERA) will try to secure a series victory as he takes the hill in the second game of three game series against Minnesota Twins Kyle Gibson (2-0, 1.59)

R.A. Dickey went 7 innings in a 6-4 loss to the Houston Astros on Thursday. Dickey gave up two home runs in that start which is a bit of a concern considering he gave up 35 HR in 34 starts last year. Dickey did have good velocity and movement on his knuckball, but it just wasn’t his night. With 2 degree Celsius weather expected for today, Dickey has his work cut out for him. Dickey doesn’t even like to pitch with the dome open. In 35.1 innings against the Twins R.A. Dickey has 21K’s, a 2-2 record with a 6.11 ERA.

Kyle Gibson is off to a good start this season. He’s only given up 2 earned runs thus far. He’ll be in tough against a Blue Jays offense that looks as though it is starting to come around. It looks as though control is going to be the key for Gibson. In his first two starts against Cleveland and Kansas City, he gave up 4 walks to each club. If the Blue Jays can remain patient, they should find success against Gibson.

NOTE: Toronto has scored 20 runs on 31 hits in the past two games after scoring 7 runs on 18 hits in the three games prior.

Twins Starting Lineup (according to MLB.com)

Brian Dozier, 2B

Joe Mauer-1B

Trevor Plouffe-3B

Chris Colabello-RF

Jason Kubel-LF

Josmil Pinto-DH

Kurt Suzuki-C

Aaron Hicks-CF

Pedro Florimon-SS

 

Blue Jays Starting Lineup

 

Colby Rasmus is back in the lineup. With the cold weather, the Blue Jays will not put him in full time. They are going to DH him and likely rest him for the second game today. They will have Anthony Gose available for game 2 as they are permitted to call up a player for these “double header” situations.

 

And there is this interesting note from Barry Davis at Sportsnet:

 

For fun, take a look at the process of getting ready for today’s game:

 

 

 

 

 

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

    Here we go!

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

    ho hum…another walk for Bautista

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

    Dickey is about to test the grip of his knuckler….

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

    Looked like Jays had Dozier picked off, then the ball is loose, then EE picks it up and it looks they had him at 2nd, then EE slips on the sloppy grass. May not be snow, but the weather is going to be the biggest impact on this game.

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

    Well…..2 walks to start the game. guess that answers the grip question…or does it?

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

    Boom! Who’s a Gold Glove pitcher? That guy!

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

    Dickey floats in an outside K to end the inning.

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

    30 pitches-one inning? Dickey better fix that. Need him to save the bullpen. Going to be a long day.

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

    Colby gets the first hit of the game

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

    Plouffe didn’t watch the ball into his glove. Peewee mistake

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

    I’m not sure this umpire knows where the strike zone is

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

    Chris Guccione in case you’re wondering.

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

    Nothing really hit hard thus far. Maybe both teams are trying to end things as quickly as possible so they can get inside and warm up.

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

    Dickey seems to be warming up

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

    Colby with another hit. He’s the only Jay with a hit.

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

    You can’t get ‘em all, Brett

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

    Dickey is throwing lots of pitches. 7 full counts through 4 innings.

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

    Whew. Dickey gets out of it as Hicks flies out.

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

    84 pitches through 4 innings for Dickey

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

    Can we get a runner from the plate for Sierra? He’s going to kill himself running to first one of these days.

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

    Ryan Goins cannot come through on the hit and run. Thole DOA at 2nd.

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

    Ryan Goins, Rally Killer

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

    Goins is not high on the list of options to use the hit and run…

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

    Gold Glove stop by Lawrie foiled by the double clutch of not being able to find the ball. EE unable to pick it to save the play.

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

    Twins have something going. First and third, one out

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

    Plouffe drives in the first run of the game. ugh

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

    Dickey at 104 pitches. 1 out in 5th. 8 full counts.

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

    Aaaaaand now the bases are juiced with that walk…his 5th

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

    single for Kubel brings Mauer home. 2-0 Twins

  • Andrew van Laar

    Ugh…. what frustrates me about Dickey is he always gives up a big inning. Part of it is Gibbons fault I think. He leaves him in way too long. I think we have seen enough times now that at 100 pitches, Dickey starts to peeter out. Gibbons needs to take him out sooner and put in a reliever in his place. He throws a hard knuckler. It takes a toll on your body. He can lasts a little longer than other pitchers but not much.

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

      The official defense will be that it is hard to control the knuckleball. That was very true today. It was moving, but Dickey really had no idea or ability to control it. It was ugly. I think Gibbons gave him a bit too much leash, but I can see why he gave Dickey room to get out of it. It didn’t work.

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

    Redmond in and is calming me down.

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

    Joe Mauer has had 5 opportunities with the hit and run. 5 foul balls. Florimon is getting a workout at first. The 6th time is a charm. Single. Florimon to third.

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

    And, the Twins tack on a run with a SF by Plouffe. 6-0

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

    So much for Redmond calming me down.

    • Kyle Franzoni

      Sheesh, I check in late and this is what happened?

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

        Yup. It’s all your fault. Thanks a lot Kyle

        • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

          me too… was Dickey as bad as his stat line?

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

            It was painful. The first was brutal. Then the next 2 and a bit were better. Then all hell broke loose. All tolled, it was ugly. The knuckleball was all over the place. Not by design either; not in the good way.

          • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

            ugh he’s infuriating… kinda glad i didn’t watch… gonna check his velo after the game, did they say anything about it being down?

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

            not that i recall. I think they talked about it being up (good) if anything. They did say it was “dancing” but again, that is not because of Dickey.

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

    Well, Thole has two hits today. Erik Kratz was 0-1 with a K for Buffalo today