May 18, 2014; Arlington, TX, USA; Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher R.A. Dickey (43) throws during the third inning against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Game Thread: Toronto Blue Jays (32-22) vs. Kansas City Royals (24-28)

Tonight the Toronto Blue Jays will attempt to extend their winning streak to ten games as they take on the Kansas City Royals at Rogers Centre. In case you missed it, Jeff Morten has you covered with our series preview.

This stretch of immortality by the Blue Jays is getting, well, a bit ridiculous. In a good way of course. Last night’s walk off 3-2 almost felt like confirmation that, at least for the moment, the baseball gods are on the Blue Jays side.

Unfortunately I need to hurry or this post won’t be done before gametime. R.A. Dickey (5-4, 3.95 ERA) takes on James Shields (6-3, 2.95 ERA). While the Royals in general haven’t been very good, Shields has been and should provide a steep test for the good guys tonight. However even his last two starts have been a bit shaky so who knows, maybe the Blue Jays bats will be too much for the 32-year-old right hander.

Dickey is pitching to an ERA under four for the first time since joining the Blue Jays (h/t Gregor Chisholm, MLB.com) so hurray for that. Dickey has been getting the job done lately and hasn’t allowed more than three runs in a game since April 17th. He’ll be looking to limit the rather light-hitting Royals, who hold the American’s League’s lowest wRC+ at 80.

Lots of other good things to say about the Jays but that’s all we have time for tonight folks – enjoy the game!

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

    Not looking good for Dickey. Although just 2 batters. #SmallSample

    • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

      That was more like it Hosmer just got owned

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

        By the capricious animal. Rawr.

    • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

      still struggling

  • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

    Dickey’s fastball + two-seam usage per Brooks Baseball:
    2013 = 10.47%
    2014 = 13.53%

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

      He’s more effective when he changes speed on the knuckleball. Hard and soft.

      • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

        Agreed. I hold my breath every time he throws a FB

  • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

    35th time the Jays have scored first this season I believe

  • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

    Joey Bats is a beast, Shields get that junk out of here.

  • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

    Edwin looks like me trying to work out my golf swing… keep that shoulder in.

  • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

    That ball was hit hard.

  • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

    dumb fan

  • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

    Hot damn, parrot trot!!

  • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

    that didn’t miss by much…

  • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

    I’m not sure if Aoki touched the plate on that slide home…

  • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

    Dickey escapes the inning but with his pitch count north of 100 should be done for the night. Todd Redmond was warming up in the pen.