• Here Come The Jays

    Posted by on June 22nd, 2013 · Comments (14)

    Via ESPN -

    Jose Bautista came up with the perfect response to Darren O’Day’s taunting: a tiebreaking home run.

    Bautista hit a two-run shot in the eighth inning and the Toronto Blue Jays won their 10th consecutive game Saturday, beating the Baltimore Orioles 4-2.

    Maicer Izturis hit a solo homer in the fifth for Toronto, on its longest winning streak since a 10-game run late in 2008. The Blue Jays, 14-4 this month, are one victory from matching the franchise record. Toronto had 11-game winning streaks in 1987 and 1998.

    “It’s been a great run and hopefully we can continue,” Bautista said.

    The Blue Jays (37-36) are above .500 for the first time since last July 29, when they were 51-50.

    Bautista traded angry words with O’Day after striking out to end the seventh inning Friday, stranding a runner at second base.

    On Saturday, the Blue Jays slugger renewed the argument, yelling at O’Day while rounding the bases after his pivotal home run.

    “I told him just to keep talking like he was yesterday because he kind of ran his mouth a little bit after he struck me out,” Bautista said. “I don’t know where that came from but I didn’t appreciate it. I let him know that yesterday and that’s a little reminder today.”

    O’Day declined to talk about his spat with Bautista, while Orioles manager Buck Showalter chalked it up to a clash of competitive personalities.

    “Darren is a competitor, he likes to compete in those situations,” Showalter said. “Sometimes he wins, sometimes Bautista wins. You’ve got two great, talented athletes competing out there and they both take it personally.”

    Can Toronto keep it up?

    Comments on Here Come The Jays

    1. Evan3457
      June 22nd, 2013 | 9:14 pm

      No, they stink, because the Yankees are 8-1 against them this season. This proves the Jays stink.
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      Seriously, if by “keep it up”, you mean “keep winning every game”, then, no.

      If, by “keep it up”, you mean “contend for the division”, then, yes. The Jays have a lot of talented players, and Reyes isn’t even back yet.

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      By the way, did you know the Jays are 36-28 when not playing the Yankees? That’s .563, and good enough for the 2nd wild card right now.

    2. LMJ229
      June 22nd, 2013 | 9:29 pm

      I’m just glad we got them early when they were struggling. They’ve got a lot of games against the Orioles, Rays, and Red Sox over the next few weeks so they could be our best friends.

    3. LMJ229
      June 22nd, 2013 | 10:56 pm

      Sorry to go off topic here but I was talking baseball with my husband, who is a Phillies fan, and he thinks that the Phillies would be willing to trade Michael Young for a decent AA prospect. Since Chase Utley’s return from the DL, the Phillies have been trying to find a spot for Kevin Frandsen and may be willing to trade Young as a result. Young makes $16M this year but Texas is paying $10M of that and he is a free agent next year so he wouldn’t affect the 2014 salary cap. The Phillies have a pretty terrible bullpen so I was thinking maybe Joba Chamberlain and a lower level prospect for Young but that might just be wishful thinking.

    4. #15
      June 23rd, 2013 | 7:00 am

      @ LMJ229:
      That could work from our end.

      Also off topic… Despite the wall scraper salami (and I think walking E-Long was the right move), CC’s velocity was up nicely from early in the season. Good sign the surgery didn’t wreck his arm.

      Who was that guy in the 9th with that filthy 2 seamer? That was weird, but amusing, to watch him bear down on the righties that way. If Overbay throws “Overhand”, Mo glides to an easy, but for him unique, save.

    5. 77yankees
      June 23rd, 2013 | 9:58 am

      @ LMJ229:

      I saw something online this week headlined to the effect of “Yanks interested in Chase Utley?” Huh?? Another aging player who can’t stay on the field?

    6. redbug
      June 23rd, 2013 | 10:38 am

      So far at least, Toronto made a smart move acquiring Chien-Ming Wang. They’ve won all 3 of his starts, his era is 2.18, whip is 1.26. In yesterday’s start, “Wang limited the Orioles to just five hits (four of them singles) while walking none and striking out a pair. He had his trademark sinker working, as he induced 15 ground balls.”

      Wang’s contract is worth a prorated share of $500,000 for the year. Really?? Cashman couldn’t spend that much to see what Wang could do?

    7. LMJ229
      June 23rd, 2013 | 12:08 pm

      @ 77yankees:
      Ridiculous! The guy is never healthy and as far as I know Utley only plays 2B.

    8. LMJ229
      June 23rd, 2013 | 12:11 pm

      @ redbug:
      That wily Cashman! He probably orchestrated Wang’s signing with the Jays to have him pitch against our competition!

      Seriously though, I agree with you 100%.

    9. Evan3457
      June 23rd, 2013 | 9:22 pm

      redbug wrote:

      So far at least, Toronto made a smart move acquiring Chien-Ming Wang. They’ve won all 3 of his starts, his era is 2.18, whip is 1.26. In yesterday’s start, “Wang limited the Orioles to just five hits (four of them singles) while walking none and striking out a pair. He had his trademark sinker working, as he induced 15 ground balls.”
      Wang’s contract is worth a prorated share of $500,000 for the year. Really?? Cashman couldn’t spend that much to see what Wang could do?

      The Jays signed Wang on June 11. At that moment in time, Phil Hughes had just pitched a very good game against Mariners, which gave him 3 very good games in his last 4. It was one day before his bad start against the A’s.

      At that moment, you don’t call up Wang to kick Hughes out of the rotation. All of the other starters…well, Wang’s not replacing them, either. Now, if Wang had waited another week or two…

    10. redbug
      June 24th, 2013 | 5:41 pm

      @ Evan3457:

      According to the AP, “Wang will be paid at a rate of $500,000 this season while in the major leagues and $90,000 while in the minors. The deal does not contain any performance bonuses.”

      All the Yankees needed to do was make a similar offer. Hughes has been inconsistent all yr (really, most of his career). Less than a handful of good games should not have made Cashman hesitate to have a little insurance in his back pocket.

    11. Mr. October
      June 24th, 2013 | 8:14 pm

      redbug wrote:

      All the Yankees needed to do was make a similar offer.

      I would have held onto Wang, if possible; look at all of the question marks in the rotation next year.

    12. Evan3457
      June 27th, 2013 | 12:28 am

      Mr. October wrote:

      redbug wrote:
      All the Yankees needed to do was make a similar offer.
      I would have held onto Wang, if possible; look at all of the question marks in the rotation next year.

      He wanted to come to the big leagues, but the Yanks had no role open for him when the Jays signed him.

    13. Evan3457
      June 27th, 2013 | 12:35 am

      redbug wrote:

      @ Evan3457:
      According to the AP, “Wang will be paid at a rate of $500,000 this season while in the major leagues and $90,000 while in the minors. The deal does not contain any performance bonuses.”
      All the Yankees needed to do was make a similar offer. Hughes has been inconsistent all yr (really, most of his career). Less than a handful of good games should not have made Cashman hesitate to have a little insurance in his back pocket.

      Hughes has made 14 starts of which 7 have been good (50 innings, 35 hits, 10 runs, 9 earned, 9 walks, 38 strikeouts, 5 homeruns, ERA 1.62, WHIP 0.88) and 7 have been bad to horrible (27 innings, 51 hits, 35 runs, 34 earned, 13 walks, 20 strikeouts, 8 homeruns, ERA 11.33, WHIP 2.370).

      At the time Wang left, Hughes had just thrown his 2nd best game of the season, and had thrown 3 good games out of 4. The Yankees were not going to bounce him for an uncertain choice in Wang. Now, in hindsight, it looks like the wrong decision. But that’s hindsight.

    14. MJ Recanati
      June 27th, 2013 | 8:43 am

      @ Mr. October:
      @ redbug:
      @ Evan3457:
      Wang has pitched 20.2 IP over three starts. Isn’t it a bit premature to be talking about the former 8th pitcher in the rotation depth chart? The sample is too tiny right now to place much stock in his sub-2.50 ERA, just as it would be unfair of me to point out his unusually high strand rate which could correct itself if the WHIP doesn’t marginally improve.

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