The Toronto Blue Jays have dropped two straight games entering their series against the New York Yankees, and neither did much to inspire optimism. Thankfully for the Blue Jays, it’s time to introduce David Price not just as the ace of the rotation, but the stopper.
This three-game series against the Yankees embodies the most important series of 2015 since their last meeting, and coming away with two of three here will be half the battle in securing the AL East crown. New week, new Blue Jays, but same old goodness in the Morning Brew.
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Gibbons being Gibbons – Say what you want about John Gibbons (well, you don’t need my permission), but he’s nothing if not a calming influence. In classic Gibby fashion after the second loss of the weekend, he downplayed the overarching narratives and tried to shift the team’s focus to New York, as Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi writes.
“It was one of those games, (Saturday) was one of those games, we coughed up a lead late. We saw it a lot early on and it was costly, but we haven’t seen it (since the trade deadline), so I’m not going to dwell on that, I don’t think they need a speech over that, go out there, get their work in and show up tomorrow.
“To tell you the truth I’m actually glad Boston is getting out of town,” he added. Us too, Gibby. Us too.
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More Colabello – Check out more of the great interview between Sportsnet’s Hazel Mae and Chris Colabello. He’s an interesting mind, and one that has been shaped by his challenging road to success. He also offers some great insight into his early optimism with this Jays roster.
“Chemistry and fun breed winning,” he tells Mae. “When I got to meet the guys at spring training I was blown away. Not just in terms of players but the coaching staff.” It will be interesting to see if Toronto’s attractive clubhouse dynamic and roster will play any role in luring future free agents. Unlikely, but dare to dream.
Stroman in game two? – Alex Anthopoulos joined MLB Radio yesterday to talk Jays, specifically Marcus Stroman. He admitted that he’d be open to starting Stroman in game two of a playoff series, which could become a real option if he continues to ascend.
“I think Marcus is a guy we viewed as out opening day starter if he’d been totally healthy,” Anthopoulos said, before adding “I definitely think he would be in consideration” for game two of the playoffs. So you’re saying there’s a chance!