Game #53: White Sox at Blue Jays pregame

Chicago (24-24) at Toronto (24-28)
at 7:07 p.m. ET at the Rogers Centre

Today’s lineups:

WHITE SOX
Darin Erstad, CF
Tadahito Iguchi, 2B
Jim Thome, DH
Jermaine Dye, RF
Paul Konerko, 1B
A.J. Pierzynski, C
Joe Crede, 3B
Rob Mackowiak, LF
Juan Uribe, SS

PITCHING: LHP Mark Buehrle

BLUE JAYS
Alex Rios, RF
Lyle Overbay, 1B
Vernon Wells, CF
Troy Glaus, 3B
Frank Thomas, DH
Aaron Hill, 2B
Adam Lind, LF
Sal Fasano, C
John McDonald, SS

PITCHING: RHP Roy Halladay

NOTES: Hallday is making his first start since May 10 and is coming off the 15-day DL after undergoing an emergency appendectomy on May 11. … Halladay’s next win will be the 100th of his career. … From 2002-06, Buehrle and Halladay ranked one and two in quickest time of game among MLB starters. … SS Royce Clayton (left foot injury) missed his second game in a row after fouling a ball off his foot, but was available off the bench. … The hot topic around the Rogers Centre was still A-Rod’s controversal ninth-inning shout during Wednesday night’s game. Check the Jays notes on bluejays.com later for more follow up.

5 Comments

Matt Stairs should be in the lineup almost every day until Reed gets back. He is obviously on fire with the bat right now.

What gibby is doing right now does not make any sense. He’ll play Lind two straight days, while he promptly goes 0-8. Then Stairs comes in the lineup and hits a home run. And then sits another couple games.

For those who will defend this with a “developing player” argument, I think it is a little early to give up on this season. Come August, if we still can’t do anything I have no problem with sitting guys like Stairs. But for now, while his bat is hot, he should be in the lineup.

I do agree that since Stairs is hot play him, if not in Left then DH

I agree to…I’ve expressed this feeling for some time now…I undestand that Lind did good things right out of spring training and last year but nows not the time to give him at bats to regain what he had. Stairs is doing great and might even be the most productive player in the line up right now if he played consistenly. Gibbons is making some very backwards decisions right now..I like the guy but he doesnt make sense sometimes.

5 games out of the wildcard is enough reasoning to keep Stairs in for more games than he should. This team still has a pretty legitimate chance and unlike Seattle, Baltimore and even Minnesota, has the pitching to sustain a run. (or so we hope).

However, should the team fail to close that wildcard gap, Lind must be played 80% of the time. Stairs isn’t the star slugger of the future, Adam Lind is. Even now, if you can’t get him at-bats, it may be necessary to send him down so he can. The short term advantage of having Stairs over Lind does not necessarily equate the long-term problem of Lind not develpoing on schedule.

Well, by the looks of things, Stairs will be in the lineup a bit more. But so will Lind. With Overbay gone, we lose a pretty good bat, but at least this will give both Stairs and Lind the at bats that they need. Just hate to lose a guy like Overbay. For what he’s been missing this year in hitting, he’s definitely been good on D.

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