Game #134: M's at Jays pregame

Seattle (73-59) at Toronto (67-66)
at 7:07 p.m. ET at the Rogers Centre

Today’s lineups:

MARINERS
Ichiro Suzuki, CF
Jose Vidro, 2B
Jose Guillen, RF
Raul Ibanez, DH
Adrian Beltre, 3B
Ben Broussard, 1B
Kenji Johjima, C
Adam Jones, LF
Yuniesky Betancourt, SS

PITCHING: LHP Jarrod Washburn (9-11, 4.13 ERA)

BLUE JAYS
Vernon Wells, CF
Reed Johnson, LF
Alex Rios, RF
Frank Thomas, DH
Troy Glaus, 3B
Aaron Hill, 2B
Lyle Overbay, 1B
Gregg Zaun, C
John McDonald, SS

PITCHING: RHP Shaun Marcum (11-5, 3.62 ERA)

NOTES: When approached by a pack of reporters, Wells discussed his left shoulder injury a little more on Friday. A little more, but not much. The Jays $126 million man offered up plenty of "no comments" and said he had every intention of playing through the rest of the season. Said Wells: "Personally, I have no reason to say anything. I’ve been playing all year. Obviously, it hasn’t been a good year, but I’ve not thought to say anything, because it’s really not something I needed to make a comment about." I guess we should’ve asked how Wells felt about having hitting coach Micket Brantley bring the issue to light earlier this week. … All you Robinzon Diaz fans out there, don’t expect to see the catching prospect up for September callups. Diaz is going to undergo surgery on the hamate in his left hand and is out for 6-8 weeks. … So, as for those September additions? GM J.P. Ricciardi said one player will be added on Saturday and the rest — possibly four or five others, by my estimation — will be up on Tuesday. Looks like OF Adam Lind, possibly C Sal Fasano, and pitchers Josh Banks and Joe Kennedy are likely. Manager John Gibbons said no coaches would be added and the Jays might go with another position player. Hector Luna anyone? We’ll see. … For those of you who haven’t read, LHP Gus Chacin underwent exploratory surgery on his left shoulder and they found a slight tear in his rotator cuff. Said Ricciardi: "Chacin should be ready by Spring Training — ready to pitch and compete for a job."

AL WILD CARD RACE
entering Friday
1. New York 75-59 (–)
2. Seattle 73-59 (1)
3. Detroit 72-62 (3)
4. Minnesota 67-66 (7.5)
5. Toronto 67-66 (7.5)

REALITY CHECK…Since 1995, the runner-up in the AL Wild Card race has finished with an average of 89 victories. The Blue Jays would need to go 23-6 over their final 29 games to reach 90 wins.

14 Comments

i like the fact that riccardi said compete cause that means he isn’t ruling out litsch and kennedy. Although i would rather see Chacin traded. I believe that Chacin is of no help to us especially if our offense is like this. YOu have to prepare for the worst and what if JP doesn’t make any changes this offseason so next year our offense is not performing. That would mean chacin would loose most of the games since he has a high ERA and only won cause of run-support. Chacin also can’t go deep into a ballgame.

About diaz i’m pretty sorry to hear that he is injured I hope that the injury doesn’t hurt his performance.

And i don’t see any point in calling up SAL FASANO we got 2 catchers already and as it is thigpen is hardly getting playing time. PLus september call-ups is for rookies to get used to big-league and i don’t see sal fasono as a future ML level player. It’s better to call up someone else.

Any ideas who might be good.

i’m gonna say sergio santos. He seems to have alot of power as gsumner stated earlier.

oh and i think we need a new hitting coach too. Brantley did a good job last year but he is refusing to change his approach to hitting for certain players. REMEMBER u gotta bat different in different circumstances.

harry.You hit the nail on the head these hitters were doing a good job last year,It took all of last year for him to ruin them,This man has got to go.

Also to bring up Sal would be a waste of time.

JP still thinks we have a shot so he will be carfull whom he brings up.

I also think santos should come up what can it hurt.

Next years lineup.

JOHNSON

RIOS

WELLS

GLAUS

THOMSON

OVERBAY

HILL

ZAUN

MAC THE KNIFE

The same lineup every day,My reason for Overbay in 6th is he can’t run fast enough to hit 2nd.

Marcum is leaving to many pitches up we could be in for a long night.I for one would not bring Marcum out for the 6th.

The Jays are starting to hit the long ball.

Zaun makes it home on the ground out by wells if he leaves on contact.

It looks like everybody left for the weekend,If that’s so have a good one everybody.Duh me if your gone who is their to read this lol.

Unfortunate for the Diaz injury-who was probaly the most important call up for the season.

Whomever the Jays all up should be players considered for next year.

Josh Banks and Kennedy are not in that consideration or should they be. They’ve both had poor season-why reward them in calling them up.

And you know what-Luno has had his chance-bring up Santos and give the kid a look.

Gritty start from the Bulldog. Nice to see him get a win without his best stuff.

It’s about time he got offensive support.

When the Jays hit Boston, will anyone score more than 5 runs in that series. Talking about disappointing lineups. Alot of $$$$ but not much results.

Mariners are a team that has ran out of gas I believe. There starting pitching is very average. This trip they’re on is too difficult.

Francona is looking over his shoulder and the Yanks are comeing.
Maybe we can help Boston whwn we play the Yanks,And who knows maybe help ourselvs ????.

gsumner.

If they dont bring up santos and give him a chance to show if he has big league stuff then I think JP should be kicked in the a–.

Postivie: Jays got swinging and Glaus seems to be coming back and Rios seems like he’s gotten his power back. Zaun finally gets 1 hit. Perhaps they are starting to pull together as a team and get their offense up and running.

Negative: How many times have we seen before especially this season that after jays hit opposition hard they come back next day with a 0 on the board. SO you can’t get your hopes up. Our starting pitching is a bit shaky now. Either they are tired or hitters have figured them out. Marcum last few starts doesn’t look so good. (run out of gas maybe) We are still quite a few games behind and unless we sweep the mariners we don’t have a shot.

What a double play by Hill/Macdonald to end the game. Just points out how valuable that defensive combination is. Mcdonald goes 2 for 3.

In case anyone hasn’t noticed Johnny Mac likes hitting against lefties.

His split numbers are as follows:

Lefty-.343 average,.361 OBA

Righties-.228 average, .254 OBA.

Sal is a good call up for the clubhouse. He can provide alot of help with especially with the young pitchers.

danny

Yes, I like Fasano as well. I think he can help both the young pitchers and Thigpen. He’s going to be a good coach some day.

I hope they call up Santos instead of Luno-we’ve already seen Luno here and he’s still averagng an error every 5 games. Santos on the other hand has not committed an error since he went back to New Hampshire

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