Apr 15, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Toronto Blue Jays right fielder Moises Sierra looks back to first base to see if he was called out in the second inning against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Game Thread 24: Boston Red Sox (11-13) at Toronto Blue Jays (11-12)


It was bound to happen eventually. Mark Buehrle had been outstanding throughout his first four starts of the 2014, but he ran into trouble early and often again a Boston Red Sox line-up looking to break-out on Friday night. The Jays’ lefty ended up with his shortest outing of the season, going just 5.1 innings on the night while allowing 12 hits, 7 runs (6 earned), walking 3, and not registering a single strike-out.

The Blue Jays will try to rebound from that loss and return to the land of .500 records with an afternoon tilt against Boston on Saturday. Brandon Morrow will toe the rubber for Toronto. It has been somewhat of an up and down season for Morrow thus far. In his last outing, he was  solid against the Cleveland Indians allowing just 3 hits, 2 runs, and a pair of walks while striking out 6. However, a high pitch count ended his afternoon after 5 innings of work and Aaron Loup‘s meltdown in the 6th cost the Jays the game. Overall, Morrow is 1-1 on the season with a 5.03 ERA, but has a solid 10.5 K/9 ratio and a FIP of 3.29.

He’ll be opposed by Clay Buchholz, who has struggled immensely in 2014. In four starts, the Red Sox right-hander owns a 0-2 record, a 7.71 ERA, a 4.80 FIP, and a WHIP of 1.929. He is coming off of his shortest outing of his career, having last just 2.1 innings against Baltimore on April 21st. In that game, Buchholz allowed 7 hits and 6 earned runs to the 14 men he faced. That said, he has always pitched well against the Blue Jays (2.70 career ERA), particularly in Toronto, where Buchholz owns a 7-2 record and a 1.49 ERA against the Blue Jays in Rogers Centre.

Toronto Blue Jays Line-up:

 

 

Notes: Day off for Edwin Encarnacion. Juan Francisco will handle first base duties for this one, while Jose Bautista slides into the DH role. That means the adventure that it Moises Sierra is getting the starting nod in right field, so this should be an interesting defensive game to say the least.

Boston Red Sox Line-up:

 

Notes: Mike Napoli sitting for the Red Sox today, as he is just 2-16 against Brandon Morrow over the course of his career. His spot will be taken by Mike Carp, who is 3-10 with a home run against Morrow. Dustin Pedroia and David Ortiz are also trouble-spots for Morrow. Pedroia is 12-23 with a pair of home runs and six RBI against the Jays’ righty, while Ortiz has touched Morrow for a .412 mark with 3 home runs and 5 RBI. Xander Bogaerts is also absent from the line-up with a flu bug.

 

So, sit back, enjoy the game, and let’s discuss some Blue Jays! Unfortunately, I am blacked-out by MLB.tv, so you’ll have to have fun with this on your own and keep me informed.

Tags: Brandon Morrow Featured Popular Toronto Blue Jays

  • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

    Morrow all over the place in the first inning, no control.

  • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

    Great play by Goins to keep a run off the board

  • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

    Bautista drives in the game’s first run, Jays lead 1-0.

  • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

    Navarro cashes in two more with an RBI single. Jays getting on Buchholz early.

  • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

    Morrow racking up the pitch count… seven walks already

  • Andrew van Laar

    Has Gibby lost his mind??? bases loaded up by two and you are not putting in one of your more adept relievers to get out of the jam?

    • Andrew van Laar

      I am seriously losing faith in the Jays as of right now. It seems no one has a clue about anything from the GM to the players.

      • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

        lol I quit watching for a minute and missed the implosion… was 3-0 last time I looked.

        • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

          for the Jays

          • 70-92

            is Morrow the next Romero? anyone who walks 8 guys in less than three innings is simply not a major league pitcher . . . he’s better than McGowan, though.

  • Andrew van Laar

    Wow… just wow… turning off the game now. The Jays are a farce.

  • 70-92

    you can feel the season slipping away already . . . after 1994-2013 of crap, I would think Jays’ fans have a better idea than any other group of fans what it’s like to see a trainwreck in motion. this team truly sucks

  • 70-92

    I hate this team and franchise so much . . . why can’t they ever be good?

  • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

    My girlfriend when she sees Buchholz – “why is that guy so greasy?”

  • 70-92

    too bad baseball isn’t as simple as basketball . . . because this last place team (worst in the majors aside from the Astros?) needs a Rudy Gay-like miracle trade.