It would have been cool if Farrell rearranged the rotation to let our best pitcher face the toughest team (I'm talking about CharlieV and New York here), but it's not really a big deal. Charlie, despite walking 5 guys over 6 innings, went ahead and threw a handful of shutout innings, earning himself some Zaunhead privileges.
The obvious problem herein is that we're going to have good ole groundball-or-homerun Alvarez is going to pitch in the bandbox park against a pretty high-powered offense. Could be better, I suppose. I can't imagine this game is going to be pretty.
I was thinking about writing something almost exactly along these lines, but Stoeten is ready for some trades. Personally, I'm hoping for a pretty quiet deadline out of AA, save for a pitcher or two, which isn't exactly easy to find. I'm more worried about keeping the prospects around and building it up that way, and Stoeten pretty blatantly mentions exactly that, wanting to hang on to what I'm just going to go ahead and call the top tier of prospects in the system (Gose, Marisnick, TdA, Sanchez, Syndergaard, Norris, etc., basically the ones we've heard of).
Jon Morosi, via MLBTR, suggests that the Jays are interested in Francisco Liriano. Liriano hasn't been overly good so far this year, and that's before we even consider that he's playing in the AL Central, where nobody seems to feel like winning, and gets to pitch a bunch of games in the offensive wasteland of Target Field. He'll make about $2.75MM, give or take, over the rest of the year, and is still under team control for next season. I meh. The Jays are obviously still in on Matt Garza, which seems like a much better idea.
MLB Daily Dish has a list of upcoming Jays' free agents and their potential pricetags and stuff.
The Red Sox have DFA'ed Brent Lillibridge to make room for Carl Crawford. This isn't something that would typically be big news, except Lillibridge, along with Zach Stewart, was acquired for Kevin Youkilis like 3 weeks ago or something. I really hope that White Sox claim him.
Finally, over two outings, totalling 1.1IP, Marcus Stroman has gotten shelled in the high-A league for the Jays. Stroman was just drafted, and has been rumored to be advanced enough that he could potentially see time in the Jays bullpen this season. Now he's got a WHIP over 5. I mean, it's not the end of the world or anything, but I wouldn't hold your breath on seeing him this year.
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