Tuesday 23 April 2013

Go Time: Dickey Day

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:

Buck Showalter counters with a DH batting 9th.

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.

Lind DH
Bautista RF
Edwin 1B
Cabrera LF
Lawrie 3B
Rasmus CF
Izturis 2B
Blanco C

Dickey P

McLouth LF
Machado 3B
Markakis RF
Jones CF
Davis 1B
Weiters C
Hardy SS
Flaherty 2B
Reimold DH

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