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The final two games of this past series against the New York Yankees were not pretty at all. The Blue Jays will look to get back on track this coming weekend in a series against the Tampa Bay Rays on the road. Friday, the Blue Jays will send Francisco Liriano to the mound, who will be matched up against the Rays ace Chris Archer. With today being an off day for the Jays, there is still plenty of Blue Jays news to get caught up on.
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* During yesterday’s game, Blue Jays starter Marcus Stroman gave up five earned runs in three innings, and threw sixty-six pitches. An ESPN source said Stroman left the game with armpit discomfort in his throwing arm. At the time of writing this, not much information is known about Storman’s injury. If something changes I will update the links in this post. A Stroman injury would really hurt the Blue Jays who are already missing Josh Donaldson, Troy Tulowitzki, Aaron Sanchez, J.A. Happ, am I missing someone? It’s too many players is the point, and the Blue Jays rotation might be a mess without Stroman. Stroman pointed out that he’s fine, and plans to make his next start against the Indians.
* Jesse Spector of Fanrag Sports Network, details some of the minor, yet game ending mistakes Blue Jays manager John Gibbons is making which he argues is costing his team. While I don’t agree completely with this article, it is interesting to think about some of the tactical moves Gibbons has made recently. A portion of this article talks about Morales potentially bunting against the shift in the late innings in the second game with the Yankees. I do, however, agree the move to intentionally walk the bases loaded in extra innings against the Rays a few weeks ago was interesting, but confusing. Gibbons moves will be magnified when the team is under performing, but this season is far from his fault.
* This most recent Orioles and Red Sox series has been a disaster. Pitchers aiming for players heads, and more importantly a fan heckling racist comments and throwing peanuts at Orioles’ outfielder Adam Jones. Blue Jays second basemen Devon Travis had some comments on the situation, but was overall happy with how the Red Sox organization handled the situation “Whether it’s in baseball or just your life, no matter where you are when things like that happen it’s sad. It’s sad to see that stuff is so relevant. (But) it’s good to see Boston is handling it the way they are. Hopefully some stuff gets cleaned up.”
*Our own Jays from the Couch editor Ryan Mueller and Jay Blue from Blue Jays from Away recorded a great podcast updating you on the Blue Jays minor league season so far. They breakdown who’s been lighting up the minors, and who’s gotten off to a slow start, and the overall breakdown of the Blue Jays affiliates.
*Hey it’s Ryan Mueller again! Ryan wrote about Lansing Lugnuts outfielder Jake Thomas ability to draw walks early on this season. The Lugnuts have some great power hitters in their lineup, but Thomas is in the bottom third of the order and showing an amazing ability to get on base, and helping turn the lineup over. Thomas is only 23-years-old, he’s more than doubled his walk to strikeouts in the 16 games he’s played this season.
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