Game #42: Jays at Phils pregame

Earlier today, I ran the steps of the Museum of Art like Rocky and had my picture taken by his statue. Then I took some time out to actually wander through the museum to take in some culture, and was elated to find out Philly had Van Gogh’s famous Sunflowers painting. I’m a big fan of Van Gogh’s work and many of the impressionists and enjoyed seeing some classics this morning. After that, I hoofed it from the Museum, down the Ben Frankling Parkway and all the way down to the Liberty Bell. It was a beautiful day until I got to the ballpark, where the field was covered with a tarp until about 45 minutes before game time. Hopefully we avoid the rain and get this game in tonight. I’ll probably post some pictures on here later from my journey around town. For now, here’s today’s pregame blog:

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Toronto (18-23) at Philadelphia (21-21)
at 7:05 p.m. ET at Citizens Bank Park

Today’s lineups:

BLUE JAYS
Alex Rios, RF
Lyle Overbay, 1B
Vernon Wells, CF
Troy Glaus, 3B
Aaron Hill, 2B
Matt Stairs, LF
Jason Phillips, C
John McDonald, SS
Shaun Marcum, P

PHILLIES
Aaron Rowand, CF
Shane Victorino, RF
Jimmy Rollins, SS
Chase Utley, 2B
Pat Burrell, LF
Greg Dobbs, 1B
Abraham Nunez, 3B
Carlos Ruis, C
Jamie Moyer, P

NOTES: Toronto pitching coach Brad Arnsberg said that the Jays shut LHP Gustavo Chacin down on Wednesday and he’ll stay away from throwing for 10-14 days from that point. Chacin (out since April 30) has still experienced pain in his shoulder while playing catch. … Arnsberg said he detected a problem with RHP Dustin McGowan’s release point during the young pitcher’s erratic fifth inning on Friday night. … RHP Roy Halladay threw for a third straight day on Saturday and Arnsberg said he could possibly get back on a mound within the next week. … CF Vernon Wells, slowed earlier this month by a virus, hasn’t homered since April 24 or collected an RBI since April 28. He said the sickness drained his strength, caused him to lose about eight pounds and has been a reason he’s been struggling at the plate.

3 Comments

Is it my imagination, or does Marcum bear a resemblance to Dave Stieb? They both work quickly. They both have late break to the ball. They also seems to have remarkable composure. Here’s hoping Marcum grows into a long term fixture of our rotation.

Also, Rogers Sportsnet needs to have a talk with the guy running the radar gun. The only way Jaime Moyer hits 100 MPH (as the telecast said at least twice that I saw), is if he’s allowed to use some form of robotic assistant to throw it for him. Or perhaps it was reading the speed of the two homeruns on the way out of the park. Hmmm.

It is quite common for the Rogers snet telecast to mention a round 100 MPH for the pitch speed and occasionally also for the catcher’s return

We are finally starting to see the results of the Jay’s recent draft picks and development program coming home to roost. I have heard Rios’s name mentioned in the same breath as Dave Winfield, and now Marcum with Stieb.
It think next year, we could see a rotation that looks like Halliday, Burnett, Marcum, Jansen, and Chacin, with McGowan waiting in the wings. With these guys firing on all cylinders, we could see some months with an ERA for the rotation under 2.

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