As I mentioned yesterday, I'm a 100-some-odd pages in to Dickey's book, and am very much enjoying it. I'd also quite enjoy a dominant performance from the guy, since all he seems to do is win at life. Two good starts in a row, despite lingering neck/back issues. He says he's ready to go though, so it sounds like go time to me.
The Jays have claimed Aaron Laffey from the Mets. Laffey was DFA'ed after making four mediocre appearances with the Mets this year. He threw 100-ish innings with the Jays last year, both from the bullpen and the rotation, and was modestly effective, given the fact that he was a minor-league depth guy to begin the year. Jose Reyes has been transferred to the 60-day DL, which isn't a big deal since that's about the minimum amount of time he was going to miss anyway.
John Gibbons has dicked around a bit with the lineup tonight, sticking Adam Lind in to the 2-hole. I'm contractually required to bite my tongue for the next 12 days regarding Adam Lind and anything negative about him, but I can certainly question John Gibbons' decisions about putting a guy with questionable on-base skills in his 2-hole, save for a 3 game sample this past weekend, when Melky Cabrera was sort of the ideal guy for that role. Regardless, Richard Griffin had this gem of a tweet:
Lind batting 2-hole for #jays said came in looked at 5th on lineup then looked at reserves at bottom. Couldn't see name. #onbasemachineBuck Showalter counters with a DH batting 9th.
— Richard Griffin (@RGriffinStar) April 23, 2013
The Jays will go up against Miguel Gonzalez tonight. I'd quite literally take Gonzalez against the Jays every day of the year-- the guy isn't good, and has come from out of nowhere to put up some respectable numbers. By respectable, I mean a 3.25 ERA last year, and a 4.00 ERA so far this year, and not the 4.38 FIP or the 82.6 LOB percentage from last year, of the 6.02 FIP this year. After last night's Tillman debacle, I'm cool with a complete railroading tonight from the Jays' offense.