Apr 23, 2014; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Dustin McGowan (29) delivers a pitch to a Baltimore Orioles batter at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

Game Thread: Cleveland Indians vs Toronto Blue Jays


After returning to .500 the Toronto Blue Jays (20-20) look to continue the winning streak against the Cleveland Indians (18-21) as the Indians send out Corey Kluber (3-3, 3.48) takes on Dustin McGowan (2-1, 4.63)tonight at the Rogers Centre at 7:07 PM ET.

The Blue Jays take on a Corey Kluber who has been on a tear lately. In his last four starts Corey has pitched to a 1.91 ERA and has allowed 3 runs or less in 6 of his 8 starts this season. He seems to have the ability to strikeout batters at will, evident by his 57 strikeouts in 51.2 IP (including a 13 and an 11 strikeout games). Armed with a low to mid 90′s fastball, a cutter, a curveball, and a change-up, the Blue Jays look to have their hands full tonight.

Since putting on the insulin pump during his starts, McGowan has put up good numbers (1-0, 2.50 ERA in  3 starts). I see no reason for this trend to stop. His fastball still has that mid 90′s velocity and he complements that with a hard breaking ball and a good change-up. McGowan is finally making fans understand why Toronto didn’t give up on him after so many surgeries and time rehabbing from the injuries. If McGowan (a former first round draft pick) fulfills his potential then he may be the staff ace that Toronto needs so badly.

Cleveland Indians Lineup

Michael Bourn CF
Nick Swisher 1B
Michael Brantley LF
Carlos Santana 3B
Asdrubal Cabrera SS
David Murphy RF
Yan Gomes C
Lonnie Chisenhall DH
Mike Aviles 2B

Cory Kluber P

Toronto Blue Jays Lineup

Jose Reyes SS
Melky Cabrera LF
Jose Bautista RF
Edwin Encarnacion 1B
Adam Lind 1B
Juan Francisco 3B
Brett Lawrie 2B
Josh Thole C
Kevin Pillar CF

Dustin McGowan P

Note: The Blue Jays place C Dioner Navarro on the bereavement list and called up C Erik Kratz and RHP Neil Wagner. To make remove for Wagner the Jays sent back down RHP Chad Jenkins who was called up just yesterday.

Also, the Brett Lawrie at second base experiment continues. Juan Francisco has been a productive hitter and it would be unfair to remove him from the lineup.

With Dioner away from the club Thole will start in his place and Rusmus hasn’t been placed on the disable list…. yet, but Pillar will be starting in centre for him.

All stats courtesy of www.MLB.com

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  • Jason Ramnauth

    The rain doesn’t look like it would let up…. who cares!! we have a dome in Toronto

  • Jason Ramnauth

    I know it’s early in the season, but the Jays can move to 0.5 games back of first now that Baltimore lost

  • Jason Ramnauth

    Dustin strikes out Bourn on a 3-2 count to begin the game

    • Jason Ramnauth

      Swisher and Brantley both fly out

  • Jason Ramnauth

    Jose lines out to open the Jays first

    • Jason Ramnauth

      Melky also lines out

      • Jason Ramnauth

        Bautista grounds to first. 10 pitches used by Kluber

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

          Jays have to make Indians pitchers work more. Didn’t against Masterson early last night.

          • Jason Ramnauth

            I agree. Not only Indians pitchers but all pitchers

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

            True. But, it seems like last night and tonight, there are very quick innings.

          • Jason Ramnauth

            I think the offense has too much confidence and want to create runs any which way

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

            Playing for the “big hit”. No patience.

          • Jason Ramnauth

            just like the approach the entire season last year

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

            and the year before that…and the year before that….

          • Jason Ramnauth

            Very good point Shauny, maybe we should bring back JPA………… wait nevermind

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

            oh, wow.

          • Jason Ramnauth

            sorry got confused with all the “big hit” talk

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

            No, that was a “wow” that you called me “Shauny”. Don’t ever do that again…. :P

          • Jason Ramnauth

            Oh forgive me, I dunno what came over me

  • Jason Ramnauth

    Strike zone looking a bit tight tonight

  • Jason Ramnauth

    Murphy singles on a 0-2 count to drive in Santana

    • Jason Ramnauth

      lead off walks will kill you boys and girls

      • Jason Ramnauth

        Dustin strands two on but the Indians take the early lead 1-0

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

    That Lind K was nearly as ugly as his goatee….

  • Jason Ramnauth

    Kluber strikes out the side in order, continues his hot pitching

  • Jason Ramnauth

    Dustin walks the bases loaded only one away

    • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

      whew

    • Jason Ramnauth

      double play!!!! inning over

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

    This game feels worse than the 2-0 score.

    • Jason Ramnauth

      Corey is getting better, and Dustin is getting tired

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

        Seems that way….

  • Jason Ramnauth

    Lonnie makes it three straight hits and that’s 2-0 Indians, no outs

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

    How does Bourn not get tossed for getting in the umpire’s face like that?!

    • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

      I have no idea ridiculous

      • Jason Ramnauth

        Lets see if this happens to Lawrie

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

        Maybe Meals did say something. Bourn was saying “Don’t talk to me like that”. Maybe he didn’t toss him because he did say something to upset Bourn…But, he’s allowed to say “Strike 3″. I’m certain…..

        • Jason Ramnauth

          Good point

        • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

          ump sounds scurred to me

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

            HAHA….scurrred

  • Jason Ramnauth

    a failed bunt attempt, a strikeout, a big showdown between Bourn and the umpire, and a groundout and McGowan strands two

  • Guest

    Of Course Melky would get the first hit

  • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

    A baserunner would be nice

    • Jason Ramnauth

      tell me about it

  • Jason Ramnauth

    Again the lead off hitter reaches

  • Jason Ramnauth

    Santana hits a two-run homer 4-0 Indians

  • Jason Ramnauth

    McGowan out Rogers in

    • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

      Dusty looked like he ran out of gas tonight

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

    Waste of a review, Gibby…..just saying. He’s safe.

    • Jason Ramnauth

      I’m not so sure

      • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

        I think he might have brushed his leg before it hit the bag

        • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

          and of course i am wrong

          • Jason Ramnauth

            now he’s out

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

          Nope. Brett nknew it. He tried to tag him after.

          • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

            yeah should have went by Lawrie’s reaction, you know he would have gone nuts if he thought he actually tagged him.

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

            exactly.

  • Jason Ramnauth

    A very long delay reviewing a stolen base

    • Jason Ramnauth

      Safe

      • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

        took way too long to review imo

        • Jason Ramnauth

          agree but it was very close

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

          Seriously. They should just ask me. I had it right in 15 seconds.

          • Jason Ramnauth

            apply to New York

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

            phht. New York should apply to ME.

  • Jason Ramnauth

    Brantley out of the game, Nijer Morgan is in LF now

  • Jason Ramnauth

    LIND GETS TORONTO’S FIRST HIT

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

    Well, FINALLY! No perfecto for Kluber!

  • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

    Alright let’s jump on him late like Masterson last night

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

      It feels later than it is tonight.

      • Jason Ramnauth

        I agree

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

          MUCH slower pace

  • Jason Ramnauth

    Lawrie doubles Lind scores, 4-1 Indians

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

    BOOM!

    • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

      Big bad Brett

      • Jason Ramnauth

        He’s heating up, he looked focused in that at-bat

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

        And the control not to argue with the ump.

        • Jason Ramnauth

          Good point

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

        Remind me to tell you about my “man-crush” on Lawrie. Wait…..I think I just did….

        • Jason Ramnauth

          ……….

  • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

    Bit of a poor outfield alignment by the Indians on Lawrie’s double… most of his power comes to the pull side, yet they were shading him hard towards right center.

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

      Maybe because they weren’t going to come in AND Kluber is working the fastball?

      • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

        I checked his spray chart… despite most of his home runs being to the pull side most of his LD/FB end up straight away or slightly right of center

        • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

          so I guess the alignment was okay considering the percentages

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

            Makes sense.

  • Jason Ramnauth

    Brantley was removed from the game and now his replacement Morgan looks to be injured as well.

    • Jason Ramnauth

      Jose Ramirez is on deck. Morgan is out for sure

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

    Meals is fired up. Ready to go at Rogers with the rage from Bourn

    • Jason Ramnauth

      Both teams are upset at his strike zone. Hell so am I

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

        Yeah, but Bourn was IN HIS FACE. Rogers just stared. Meals was ready for a fight.

        • Jason Ramnauth

          point taken

        • Jason Ramnauth

          small convo between Meals and Esmil

  • Jason Ramnauth

    Jose Ramirez playing second, Aviles to LF

  • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

    Holy cut Jose!

    • Jason Ramnauth

      He tried to hit a grand slam with only one man on

  • Jason Ramnauth

    Bautista drives in the second run for Toronto

  • Jason Ramnauth

    Lind flys out deep deep to left inning over

  • Jason Ramnauth

    Cabrera scores off of Marcus Stroman

  • 70-92

    Stroman needs to go back to AAA to start, having him suck in a mop-up role doesn’t help anyone. Esmil lives another day, that lucky bastard

    • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

      agreed