Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Jays vs. Yankees- May 24

Oh, right.  I have a blog.  Forgot for a second.

Jose Bautista hit a homer yesterday, and JP Arencibia continued to be excellent.  Carlos Vanillanueva went and threw 5 successful but boring innings, and the Jays improved to a slightly-better-than-.500 record.  It's been announced that Villy has earned himself another start, coming up on Saturday against the White Sox, so that sounds good.

And tonight... holy cow.  Ricky Romero and CC Sabathia?  In the same game?  With Edwin Encarnacion in the lineup?  Um, I'm ready for this.

By the way, about the lineup configuration and revolving door of cleanup batters, and this one's been covered by practically every Jays' blogger out there, but what the shit was up with (1) Yunel batting 4th, and (2) having him bunt?  I mean, he's been swinging the bat really well, so moving him to 4th behind Bautista isn't all that bad, though I would much rather have him leading off where he was in order to have someone on base for Bautista, but don't fucking bunt with him.  The worst part of this is that it worked, and led to a 5 run inning.  Well.  That's not the worst part, because 5-run innings are good.  I'm talking more about the fact that Farrell tried something that was pretty fucking stupid, and it actually worked out swimmingly.

As a poker player, there's something that you're supposed to keep in mind when playing, and that is that bad decisions can work out well, and good decisions can have poor results, but no matter the result, you should still make the best decision possible, and a decision isn't necessarily a good one simply because the result was a positive one.

That is to say, just because you found a golden toilet seat to replace your wax paper one, thanks to your decision to jump off a bridge, that doesn't necessarily make jumping off a bridge smart.  For example: Pinch-hitting John Mcdonald for Jose Bautista wouldn't ever be a good idea, even if Mcdonald hit a base-clearing triple, unless you had the clairvoyance that proved the ability to know said triple was coming.  So stop it.

And yeah, Escobar is back up top tonight.  Good.  JP up to 5th.  Also good.  Hill batting 6th.  Good. Edwin back in the lineup at DH.  Bad.

According to Bryan Hoch (@bryanhoch on twitter), Rafael Soriano has been shut down indefinitely with shoulder problems, and is headed to see the dreaded Dr. James Andrews.

Escobar SS
Patterson LF
Bautista RF
Rivera 1B
Arencibia C
Hill 2B
Encarnacion DH
Davis CF
McDonald 3B

Pitching: Romero

Jeter DH
Granderson CF
Teixeira 1B
Rodriguez 3B
Cano 2B
Martin C
Swisher RF
Gardner LF
Nunez SS

Pitching: Sabathia

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