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.
The Jays opened the season at home with a 3 game series against the Yankees. Before the first game Roy Halladay came out to throw out the first pitch and once again thank the city of Toronto.
The Jays lost the home opener 7-4. Dustin McGowan got the loss, Melky Cabrera homered. Here are some photos from the first game :
In the Second game R.A Dickey showed us his best stuff pitching 6.2 innings and giving up 5 hits and 1 walk. Melky Cabrera and Jose Bautista homered. Adam Lind went 1-3 with a double. Here are some pictures from that game :
The Jays then proceeded to lose the rubber game 6-4.
The Jays started the season in Tampa Bay playing against the Rays, at the Trop where they have not won a series at since 2007. R.A Dickey’s knuckler was not working well on opening day and the Jays lost 9-2. In the second game Drew Hutchison pitched well, throwing 5.1 innings giving up three hits and three walks while striking out one. Sergio Santos got the save (1). Adam Lind went 2-3 with a homerun (1) and three RBI’s (3). Melky Cabrera went 2-5. Colby Rasmus went 1-4 with two strikeouts and a double. In Game three of the four game series, Mark Buehrle showed us that he still has his stuff throwing 8.2 innings and giving up four hits while striking out 11 batters. John Gibbons went to the bullpen and brought in Santos who did not record the out against Evan Longoria, then to continue playing the matchups Brett Cecil was brought in and he recorded the save (1). Jose Bautista powered the Jays to the win going 2-3 with two homeruns (2) and two RBI’s (2).
The Jays play game 4 of the opening series of the season today with Brandon Morrow on the mound for the Jays.
The Jays won their spring training home opener 7-5 over the Phillies, backed by strong hitting by Jose Bautista 2-2 with a walk and two doubles, Brett Lawrie who went 2-3 with a double, Moises Sierra who went 1-4 with a double and 2 runs scored, and Melky Cabrera who went 1-3 with a double and two RBI’s. Jose Reyes went 1-3 with an RBI. Edwin Encarnacion went 1-3 with two strikeouts. Maicer Izturis went 1-2 with a run scored. In Eric Kratz first game as a Jay he went 0-3 with one passed ball.
Starting the Game for the Jays today was R.A. Dickey and he pitched his two inning in preparation for opening day giving up two hits and two walks and one unearned run while striking out two. After Dickey, Esmil Rogers came on to pitch giving up two runs in his inning of work. Dustin McGowan then pitched a perfect inning. McGowan’s perfect inning was followed by Aaron Loup giving up one run in his inning of work. Jeremy Jeffress then pitched one inning giving up one hit and a walk but no runs. Rob Rasmussen then got his first work as a Jay and pitched a good inning giving up one hit. Marcus Walden finished the game out for the Jays getting a 1-2-3 inning with two strikeouts.
Here’s a look at Melky Cabrera’s two RBI double.
The Jays announced that R.A. Dickey would be their opening day starter today. This should not surprise many as when the Jays traded the Mets for him last offseason they were supposed to be getting an ace as well as the fact that he was the Jays opening day starter last year. Overall in his major league career since his debut in 2001, he is 75-69 with a 4.02 era, in his NL Cy Young award season two years ago with the Mets he was 20-6 and a 2.73 era. Last year in his inaugural year with the Jays he went 14-13 and a 4.21 era. He won a gold glove last year with the Jays, he was also 14th in strikeouts last year.
The above video is a summery of R.A. Dickey’s 14th win that allowed him to finish the season with a winning record.
Tomorrow is the start of the 2014 season when pitchers and catchers report to spring training, position players report on 20-21st for most teams.
Last Season : (74-88)
The Jays are looking to move up in the standings in the AL East, last year they came into spring training deemed as the offseason world series winners. Injury’s on key players took their toll on the Jays last season such as Jose Reyes, and Brandon Morrow. Here’s a look at Reyes injury.
The 5th spot in the Jays starting rotation seems to be the main competition in Spring Training this year as the bullpen as well as the lineup seem to be settled. The Jays rotation has R.A. Dickey leading it, followed by Mark Buehrle, Brandon Morrow, and J.A. Happ. In the mix for the 5th spot are players such as : Drew Hutchison, Todd Redmond, Kyle Drabek, Dustin McGowan, and Esmil Rogers. Some of the longshots are : Rickey Romero, Sean Nolin, and Jeremey Jeffress.
The Jays kick off their spring training schedule on February 26th against the Phillies.
The Jays beat the Giants 4-0. R.A. Dickey started for the Jays and pitched 8.1 innings giving up two hits. Casey Janassen finished the game getting his 12th save.
On the Offense Dickey hit a double, that drove in one run. Adam Lind went 3-4 and Mark Derosa got two RBI’s (21). Jose Bautista also got an RBI (30).