The Jays lost 3-2 against the Rays in game 2 of the series, R.A Dickey got the start for the Jays and gave up one run in the six innings he pitched. The bullpen gave up two one run homeruns to the Rays. Aaron Loup and Ryan Tepera gave up those homeruns and let another good start go to waste as the offense couldn’t pick up the slack. Jose Reyes went 2-4. Edwin Encarnacion, Devon Travis and Kevin Pillar all hit a double. Jose Bautista hit his 18th homerun of the season.
The Jays finish the series tomorrow against the Rays before going on the road again, where they will face the Oakland A’s next.
The Jays opened the unofficial start of the second half of baseball season also known as game 92 against the Rays. The game was scoreless for the first 2 innings before in the top of the 3rd Grady Sizemore hit a solo homerun off of Blue Jays starter Drew Hutchison. Hutchison left the game after pitching six innings and giving up two runs on five hits with three strikeouts and two walks. In the bottom of the 4th Chris Colabello hit a sacrifice fly to even the score up at one run. In the fifth inning the Jays scored 5 runs against the Rays, with Josh Donaldson and Justin Smoak hitting homeruns. Bo Schultz and Robert Osuna pitched the final three innings for the Jays shutting down the Rays for the rest of the game. During the course of the game both Edwin Encarnacion and Justin Smoak hit doubles. Smoak’s line today was 2-4 with 3 Rbi’s. The Jays were 3-6 with Runners in scoring position tonight.
Game 2 against the Rays is tomorrow, R.A. Dickey (3-10) with a 4.87 era is the probable starting pitcher for the Jays against the Rays Erasmo Ramirez.
Hey guys and girls not much news going on so here are some of the rumors surrounding the Jays.
The Jays are linked to Canadian John Axford who is currently a free agent.
The Jays were also linked to Ben Zobrist but he was traded to the Athletics as well as Yunel Escobar.
John Mcdonald announced his retirement today, he was a fan favorite during his 7 years with the Jays. He played 16 seasons overall and ends with a slash line of .233/.273/.323. During his 7 years with the Jays he had a slash line of .243/.278/.340 hitting 17 homeruns in 7 years with the Jays and only 28 overall in his 16 year career.
John was best known for his glove, and was a premier defensive player posting a .974 fielding percentage over his 16 year career.
Happy retirement John.
Well folks the votes are in and Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz, and Craig Biggio are in! In my predictions I thought that smoltz would wait another year, while Mike Piazza would get in. Fred McGriff got 12.8 percent of the vote, while Carlos Delgado got 3.8 percent of the vote and had the highest total for anyone not being aloud to stay on the ballot after falling under 5%.
So because its a Sunday in the offseason and nothing special is going on going to show you guys some of my baseball cards and may continue to show some of my pickups on this blog if you guys are interested let me know 🙂
Clem Labine 1955 topps
Bowman Kevin Pillar 1/1 Topps Triple Threads Roy Halladay 1/1
Fred Merkle T206
B.J. Ryan who happens to be my favorite pitcher of all time.
The Jays coaching roster for the 2015 season will be as follows :
Manager: John Gibbons
Pitching Coach: Pete Walker
Hitting Coach: Brock Jacoby
Assistant Hitting Coach: Eric Owens
First Base Coach: Tim Leiper
Third Base Coach: Luis Rivera
Bench Coach: DeMarlo Hale
Bullpen Coach: Dane Johnson
Bullpen Catcher: Alex Andreopoulos
This staff will look to improve on the 83-79 record last year. This is the 1st season that the Jays will officially have two hitting coaches. Having two hitting coaches is a recent trend in the majors, having become much more common in the past couple of seasons. John Gibbons will be going into his 3rd year of this contract and his 6th overall with the Jays having been the manager from 2005-2008. One of the Clauses in Gibbons contract means that on new years his contract will be guaranteed for the season following this one, meaning that Gibbons now has a contract through to the end of the 2016 season with a vesting option for 2017.