It's nice to have someone on the Red Sox that the Jays just beat up on consistently, much like the Red Sox beat the hell out of everybody on the Jays staff, with the exception of Ricky Romero in his last two starts. Thanks Daniel!
If you somehow don't know what I'm talking about, Daniel Bard, Red Sox "setup man" and closer of the future (probably) gave up 2 runs in the 8th inning yesterday, allowing the Jays to take the lead. Bard also allowed 5 runs in the 8th last week to give the Jays an 11-8 lead. Basically, jump in a fire Red Sox. And that's a pretty good way to end the season series against Boston if you ask me. I'm glad that I don't have to watch another one of their games until at least playoff time, and I'm equally glad that they have lost 6 of 7 or something like that.
Adam Loewen went ahead and had a real good two-game series at Fenway, and he earned himself another Zaunhead for his performance yesterday. It was pretty much a tie between he and Edwin, but I reserve the right to use the catch he made Tuesday as a tiebreak. Don't like it? Complain. Honorable mention goes to Edwin, of course, who went 2/3 with a walk and a really loud lineout. More HM's go to Ricky Romero and Frank Frank, who pitched 8 solid innings and a clean 9th respectively.
Speaking of Loewen, Fangraphs wrote about him and his comeback yesterday. They don't really say much, but they certainly acknowledge his existence.
The Jays will now face the Yankees this weekend after an inexplicable offday today. Yeah, another one. Not that I care, I'm going to see Elton John tonight, which I suppose sounds kind of gay, but by coming here, Elton usurps April Wine, or possibly Trooper, as the biggest musical act to ever come to my hometown. Anyway, three against the Yankees, then four against Anaheim, and that's it for the home schedule. They'll end the year on the road with three in TB and three in CHI.
It looks like Arod will be back in the lineup Friday against the Jays. He hasn't swung in a week, but is penciled in for now. Whether he plays will be based on how he looks in batting practice before the game. Robinson Cano was hit on the foot last night in Seattle, but x-rays came back negative. He might get a day off over the course of the series, but I'd expect him to play.
As for Jays stuff, Yunel Escobar's x-ray and MRI both came back negative, so it's just soreness and tissue swelling I guess. That same article claims that Colby Rasmus will stay in New Hampshire until the Fishercats' playoff run continues, but then John Lott went on twitter and said that he's back Friday. Not sure what to tell you. They said that they wanted to get him as many AB's as possible but he went 2/3 with 2 runs last night so maybe that changed something?
Brett Lawrie left the game last night after tackling Jason Varitek at the plate yesterday. All reports I've read say that it's just a bruise on his knee, and that he's day-to-day. With the offday today, I expect him to be playing Friday and onwards.
Speaking of whom, Lawrie and JP Arencibia got a little rookie initiation after the game yesterday. Ricky Romero snapped a couple of shots and tweeted them to the universe yesterday.
John Lott also spoke to Jays' pitching coach Bruce Walton about the weirdness of Brandon Morrow's season and just what the fuck might be wrong with him.
Everyone's favorite pitching sensation, Stephen Strasburg, gets his pre-Tommy John and post-Tommy John deliveries examined by pitching mechanics guru and funny asian guy Kyle Boddy of Drivelinebaseball.com. This one is.... quite brief. Kyle also recently looked at a mechanics change done by Jason Vargas, at the behest of Erik Bedard and Felix Hernandez. And hey, another former Mariner does this thing too...
Finally, Craig had a dream last night.