Game 42: Toronto at Boston pregame

Blue Jays manager Cito Gaston doesn’t buy into the philosophy used by Red Sox manager Terry Francona over the weekend. Boston slugger David Ortiz is in the midst of a terrible slump, one of the worst droughts of his career. Francona opted to sit Ortiz over the past three games in Seattle, providing more of a mental break than a benching.

Asked if he had ever sat a struggling player for a series, Gaston replied quickly: “Never. Nope. No, I haven’t.”

Gaston went on to say: “Thats’ what some guys believe in. I don’t really buy into that one. I don’t know where it helps them. I havent quite figured out how it helps them. I don’t buy into it. Then again, maybe it will. I don’t know. Personally, I don’t buy into that one.”

This isn’t to say Cito was bashing Tito. Entering Tuesday, Ortiz was hitting .208 with no homers and 15 RBIs. On the recent road trip, he went 1-for-14. Big Papi had gone 144 at-bats without a homer — the second-longest slump of that kind in his career.

Cito’s philosophy is this:

“You let him play his way out. Either you bench him or you play somebody else for a while. You know? You either let him go one way or the other. I don’t think you put him on the bench for just say a day or two. But, that’s his team over there. You’re talking about what I believe and what he believes.

“I have enough trouble running my team,” he added with a laugh.

Which brings us to Blue Jays rookie Travis Snider.

Snider was out of the lineup on Tuesday with knuckleballer Tim Wakefield, but will be back in on Wednesday against Boston’s Brad Penny.

If Snider continues to struggle, there’s a realistic chance he could be sent back to Triple-A during Interleague Play, when the Jays don’t have a DH in NL parks and Adam Lind in left field. Just so happens Toronto heads to Atlanta this weekend.

“That could possibly be,” general manager J.P. Ricciardi said. “Originally we didn’t think so, but it might be a time to do it, get a little more flexibility.”

Asked if Snider might benefit from playing every day in the Minors, Cito had this to say:

“You always think that. Who knows what’s right? Whatever happens, we’ll try to do the right thing with him. This kid’s going to play up here. There’s not too many guys on this team who haven’t been sent up and down, so it could happen and it might not happen.

“I’ll put him out there tomorrow against Penny and who knows, he might hit a couple home runs. That certainly would change everybody’s mind — for a while anyway.”

Today’s lineups:

Thumbnail image for BlueJays.jpgTORONTO BLUE JAYS (27-14)

1. Marco Scutaro, SS
2. Aaron Hill, 2B
3. Alex Rios, RF
4. Vernon Wells, CF
5. Adam Lind, LF
6. Scott Rolen, 3B
7. Lyle Overbay, 1B
8. Kevin Millar, DH
9. Rod Barajas, C

Starter: LHP Brian Tallet (2-1)

RedSox.gifBOSTON RED SOX (22-16)

1. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
3. David Ortiz, DH
4. Jason Bay, LF
5. Mike Lowell, 3B
6. J.D. Drew, RF
7. Julio Lugo, SS
8. Jeff Bailey, 1B
9. George Kottaras

Starter: RHP Tim Wakefield (4-2)




    Well, the good news is, I can get TSN2, and could watch the game. The bad news is, it was the Boston feed and I had to listen to their announcers. What a couple of Idiots! The chick is cool, but Cosantino is a better rover. Thank goodness for Campbell, Fletcher, Tabler, Mulineks, Howarth and Ashby. Best commentary in baseball.

  2. izmir

    Actually, the best commentary in baseball is Jerry Howarth and Alan Ashby on the FAN. I pipe in the MLB.TV feed of that while I’m watching the TV broadcast. Campbell is better then some of the US teams, but he’s still not all that great.

  3. yerouttaheah

    I agree on Howarth and Ashby, Izmir, but at least Campbell and his colour guy do their research on the other teams (with the very capable help of Scott Carson). That way, he doesn’t sound like a TOTAL idiot like Orsillo and his mutt did last night.

  4. lndigo

    I think most fans prefer the announcers that do the commentary for their chosen team . They are the announcers you are use to hearing plus hopefully they support the team they are commenting on . Some team’s announcers are excrutiatingly painful to listen to , I turn the volume down and turn on the Fan during those games as izmir suggests.

    Tallet pitched well last night, unfortunately Wakefield was on . It was a good game except for the outcome . As fans, we have to be proud the Jays never give up, even when the bats take a holiday .

    For those Rogers customers who are unaware , you can catch the games on channel 59 . Rogers has a free preview of TSN2 , however you do have the Boston announcers

  5. lndigo

    Congrats to Doc for winning a very well deserved AL player of the week , here is too many more accolades for the Jays.


    I agree about the Boston commentators, they were bad. I really didn’t like Dennis Eckersley, especially when he made the incorrect comment about Roy stating that he wants out. That said i’m with Rogers so about 48 hours ago I didn’t even think I would get to watch that game, I can put up with them I guess.
    About the fan though i’d love to be able to watch the game on tv and here Alan and Jerry but isn’t there a 5 second delay on the television feed ?

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