Apr 19, 2014; Cleveland, OH, USA; Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Mark Buehrle (56) reacts in the eighth inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Live Game Thread 28: Blue Jays (12-15) at Royals (14-12)


After it started fairly well, April ended on quite a sour note for the Toronto Blue Jays, who have lost 7 of their last 10 games and slipped 3.5 games behind the first place New York Yankees. However, the good news is that April is now behind us, and with a new month comes a new page. To get this new chapter started out the right way, the Blue Jays will first need to solve the Kansas City Royals, who have taken the first two games of this series.

Toronto will send left-hander Mark Buehrle to the mound. At 4-1 and sporting a 2.16 ERA, Buehrle was a pleasant surprise for the Blue Jays right out of the gate. Of his 190 career wins, Buehrle has accumulated 23 of those against the Kansas City Royals, his second largest total against any team. In his lone start against the Royals last season, Buehrle went 7 innings, allowing no runs on 4 hits, a walk, and 5 strike-outs.

He’ll be opposed by right-hander Jeremy Guthrie, who owns a 2-1 record with a 4.22 ERA. Guthrie has 20 career appearances against the Blue Jays, and owns a 3-7 record despite posting a solid 3.34 ERA, most of which was done during his time with the Baltimore Orioles. Guthrie made one start against Toronto last season, allowing 8 hits and a run over 7 innings of work in a no-decision.

Toronto Blue Jays Line-up:

 

Jose Reyes – SS
Chris Getz – 2B
Jose Bautista – RF
Edwin Encarnacion – 1B
Dioner Navarro – C
Juan Francisco – DH
Brett Lawrie – 3B
Colby Rasmus – CF
Anthony Gose – LF

Notes: As expected, Melky Cabrera is out of the line-up tonight and Anthony Gose, who received the call-up this morning, is getting the start in his place. Cabrera was hit in the leg by a pitch in Wednesday night’s game and left with the injury, unable to put weight on it at the time. However, the news appears to be better than it first appeared. According to Gregor Chisholm, the x-rays came back negative and Melky is day-to-day with a bone bruise on his left shin.

Kansas City Royals Line-up:

 

Omar Infante – 2B
Eric Hosmer – 1B
Billy Butler – DH
Salvador Perez – C
Alex Gordon – LF
Danny Valencia – 3B
Jason Maxwell – RF
Alcides Escobar – SS
Jarrod Dyson – CF

Notes: With the left-hander on the mound for the Blue Jays, Mike Moustakas draws bench duty for the Royals. That means Danny Valencia gets the start at third base. Valencia owns a career slash-line of .329/.366/.516 against southpaws over the course of his career, but is only .280/.308/.400 against Buehrle.

The batter to watch for the Royals will be Billy Butler, who absolutely owns Mark Buehrle. In 60 career at-bats against Buehrle, Butler has 30 hits, including 3 home runs, and 15 RBI, good enough for a .333/.369/.533 slash-line.

It is hard to paint any games as a must win for the Blue Jays, especially this early in the season, but given the results of last season and the recent slide, the team needs to get something started. A good roll to start May will help stem the flow of fatalists jumping off the bandwagon. Stick around and chat it up with us and help reverse the mojo for tonight’s game!

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  • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

    Brett’s back good to see

  • Kyle Franzoni

    1-0 Blue Jays on the RBI single by Edwin that plates Getz. On to the bottom of the first.

    • Kyle Franzoni

      Loved the double steal, but hated seeing Bautista hung up in no man’s land.

  • Kyle Franzoni

    Hate to date myself, but Infante’s face mask bribgs back memories of Terry Steinbach. Not exactly Jays related though…

    • Kyle Franzoni

      After Infante leads off with a single, Hosmer pops it up for the first out.

  • Kyle Franzoni

    All three hitters go quickly for the Jays in the second. Francisco strikes out swinging and Lawrie flies to center. Colby lifts a second pitch to center as well to end the frame.

  • Kyle Franzoni

    Getz to the backhand to get Gordon for the first out in the bottom of the second.

    • Kyle Franzoni

      Valencia lines right to Rasmus for out number two.

      • Kyle Franzoni

        Maxwell draws the two-out walk after taking a good backdoor curve.

        • Kyle Franzoni

          And the walk haunts the Blue Jays again as Bautista lets the single by Escobar get away from him. Maxwell scores to tie it. Error on Bautista.

          • Kyle Franzoni

            Dyson lines out to Jose to end it but damage is done. Time to get a few back.

  • Kyle Franzoni

    First pitch since recall and Gose throws his bat to a lucky Jays fan in the KC crowd. Pops up on the second pitch for the first out.

    • Kyle Franzoni

      Reyes grounds out for the second out before Getz slaps a seeing-eye-single up the middle.

      • Kyle Franzoni

        Bautista tries to go to the same spot but Guthrie snags it and throws on to first to retire the side. Still tied at 1 as we go to the bottom of the first.

  • Kyle Franzoni

    Infante draws the walk to start us off.

    • Kyle Franzoni

      Hosmer hits one right into the corner for the double. Second and third, no outs, and the Royals cooking for Country Breakfast.

      • Kyle Franzoni

        Butler singles to left driving in Infante. For the second straight day, Hosmer gets waved in by Sveum and gets thrown out at the plate. And for the second straight night, Yost comes out to talk about it but no replay this time. Assist for Gose.

        • Kyle Franzoni

          Perez flies out to Gose and Gordon grounds out to end it, but once again a walk scores and the Royals lead 2-1 after three innings.

  • Kyle Franzoni

    Sorry fell behind while typing an email. Two-run home run by Francisco give Blue Jays back the lead. All three hits Francisco has of Guthrie in his career have been home runs

    • Kyle Franzoni

      Lawrie follows with a single to center before Rasmus goes to the bench with a new K to add to his collection.

      • Kyle Franzoni

        Gose grounds out to Infante to end the frame. Has now swung at every pitch he has been thrown tonight.

        3-2 Blue Jays in the bottom of the fourth.

  • Kyle Franzoni

    Getz puts away Valencia to start the bottom of the fourth.

    • Kyle Franzoni

      Buehrle gets Maxwell on three pitches for out number two and the gets Escobar on the sharp comebacker to put the Royals down quickly.

  • Kyle Franzoni

    Reyes flies out to right to start the fifth.

    • Kyle Franzoni

      Getz grounds out to Escobar. Bautista then settles for a long single into the corner as Gordon guns it in to second to hold him to one base.

      • Kyle Franzoni

        Edwin with a single up the middle and Bautista goea to third. Runners on the corners, two outs.

        • Kyle Franzoni

          Wild pitch gets far enough away to move Edwin to second but Navarro flies out to strand them. Still 3-2 Blue Jays

  • Kyle Franzoni

    Butler gets Buehrle again, adding another RBI against a man he owns. Tie ball game at 3 after 5.

  • Kyle Franzoni

    Alright folks, time to tap out for tonight. Feel free to hash it out.

    Remember, good mojo!