Game #28: Blue Jays at Indians pregame

Toronto (13-14) at Cleveland (16-8)
at 7:05 p.m. ET at Jacobs Field

Today’s lineups:

BLUE JAYS
Aaron Hill, 2B
Adam Lind, LF
Frank Thomas, DH
Troy Glaus, 3B
Alex Rios, CF
Lyle Overbay, 1B
Jason Phillips, C
Matt Stairs, RF
John McDonald, SS

PITCHING: RHP Dustin McGowan

INDIANS
Grady Sizemore, CF
David Dellucci, LF
Travis Hafner, DH
Victor Martinez, C
Trot Nixon, RF
Ryan Garko, 1B
Jhonny Peralta, SS
Mike Rouse, 3B
Josh Barfield, 2B

PITCHING: LHP Cliff Lee

NOTES: CF Vernon Wells sat out due to flu-like symptoms — the same issue that kept him out of action on Monday in Toronto. He visited a doctor in Cleveland on Thursday. … Toronto manager John Gibbons’ cited Hill’s ability to get on base as the reasoning for putting him into the leadoff spot. It’s the first time Hill has ever started in first slot of the lineup. … Gibbons hasn’t decided who will start for the Jays against the Red Sox on Tuesday — a day after the team’s off-day.

THUMBS UP: This afternoon, I took some time out to visit the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame here in Cleveland. If you’re ever in this neck of the woods, it’s definitely worth a look. The ’90s grunge era is what I grew up on, so the displays that had artifacts from that period were especially sweet for me. Nothing beats seeing old Mother Love Bone concert posters next to a shattered Mike McCready guitar. The special exhibit on The Clash was particularly cool, too. Anyway, check it out sometime if you’re in Cleveland.

UPDATE — 7:19 p.m. ET on Friday, May 4: I didn’t make the trip to Texas. So you’ll have to live without the blog lineups/notes for a few days. I may come back on here and comment on some stuff tomorrow. For now, I’m heading out with my wife to grab some dinner in Toronto.

13 Comments

Jordan I don’t know if you realize but on the poll currently up it says B.J. Upton. I’m sure you meant to put B.J. Ryan, although he doesnt exactly seem like a worthy candidate for player of the month

Gibbons is as good a manager as Tosca was, the fact that he is among the lowest paid managers in the majors tells me all I need to know about the guy.This is getting written as I watch the Jays get another sweep and that after holding the lead in every game!!!!!!

Yup, the jays do it again. Take a nice lead but lose it again what else is new? Seems like every pitcher on the Jays except Halladay is scared to throw strikes. The differences that Halladay has that the rest of the jays pitchers dont have is..not only Halladay is skillful but he has BALLS. He is not afraid to challenge hitters like the other ***** pitchers that the jays have. The rest of the jays pitchers need to grow some BALLS and stop being scared to throw some ****** strikes. its driving me crazy and if this **** continues, again i’ll stop watching baseball early like always and look forward to the offseason once again

I am sick of seeing the Jays lose too. I just read all the other comments that I missed over the past few days. I know everyone is entitled to their opinion but i’m tired of seeing only the negqative remarks. When they win, everyone shuts up. When they lose, all their “Loyal” fans if you guys call yourselves that. Whine and moan, blame Towers, blame Gibbons. ***?? Just like life, you take the good with the bad. My kids have more respect then you “Loyal” fans.

The two close games during this losing streak might have gone differently if Wells didn’t have the flu (or flu-like symptoms), missing one game and not producing in the other. I worry about this being the straw that broke the camel’s back–that with Wells not around the games that would have been losses become blowouts and the close wins become close losses.
With Ohka’s bullpen-saver tonight, Towers now has the second-best ERA of the original starting rotation, behind (obviously) Halladay.

One start is too small a sample size, especially for someone just called up or moved from the bullpen (since those starts usually go badly anyways), so I figure Zambrano and McGowan get one more start each, and if they can’t show control Janssen and/or Towers get their shots. (Which depends on whether one or both of Zambrano and McGowan struggle, although I wouldn’t be surprised if it was both.)

Speaking of bullpen-savers, I appreciate that they were tired after the games in Cleveland, but it seems like Halladay’s start was going to be plenty of rest. Unless the ‘pen needed two days?

Questioning the team’s actions makes you a fairweather fan, but never questioning them is the definition of Chauvinism. What’s a fan to do?

In reply to mcdannymartin we are the poor ******* who pay all these fancy salaries , so if we feel the team is not producing we are entitled to a moan,I will still continue to support them just that they have blown very good leads at cleveland , and it was mistakes that cost them,.

No need to panic yet, Its a long season. Even with the way things are going the Jays are still in 2nd place in the east. Once Toronto can get healthy hopefully they can get on a run and make up for the games they have lost. There are 133 games left..

Hey denny. Yea we still in second but tied for fifth. lol

wow, ive neevr seen that happen to halladay, that was weird

The Doc 4 and 1=20 and 5 not bad for a season I think the Jays will come back strong after they get home and regroup Look at the big bats they have They still have good pitchen If Wells was sick mabey the entire team had a bit of the flu The season is still young

I would just like to know…since Josh Towers hasnt started any of the past few games, and our best two pitchers started the last two games, who are we blaming the losses on now???

John Gibbons?? JP? perhaps even Eric Hinske is to blame for the road trip.

och, maybe it is just that the price of playing baseball is too much these days,esp pitching, but salaries in general & unfortunately the Jays have the misfotune to be in the AL east,I know they could not begin to compete with the $28m contract the yankees gave Clemens, don t think he is worth that now but hey not my money

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