In his first start since sneezing his way onto the DL, RR Cool Jay (h/t to the Blue Jay Hunter) will look to rock his peers and put suckas in fear against the Bodymore O-Wee-Oh-Wee-Ohs. The O's will counter with a rookie named Jason Berken, whose name rhymes with "merkin", which makes us laugh.
First pitch is at 7:05, but we're pacing already. For some reason, this is the most nervous and aggravated we've been for a Jays game so far this season.
(Or that could just be our nervous system reacting to the five puffs off a cigarette that we took this afternoon, our first nicotine hit in nine days. Like we said over on the Twitter, if the Jays lose, we're smoking a full carton tonight.)
This is not a threat (or a thread, or a liveblog or an open forum)
We don't want to get accused of stealing the DJF's shtick (yet again) by having a Game Threat. But since the comment section during yesterday's game was such a hootenany, we'd invite you to feel free to stop by in the comments this evening if you need to vent, kvetch, cajole, protest, carp, whine, nitpick, or celebrate the glory that is a Jays victory. We'll be there intermittently, if we don't lose our mind first.
Just once, for old time's sake
You know what? PENNANT!!!!1
Pre-Game Updatery - Rios grabs some pine!
Robert MacLeod (who has not yet asked to be referred to as Bobby MacLeod, but we're sure it's in the mail) reports that Voodoo Joe will hit ninth and patrol right field (Cue LJ swooning) in the place of Alex Rios.
Which, if it is an actual benching, is kinda bullshit, because Rios hasn't played half bad in the past week.
Lind will hit third, and Vernon Wells will pop up to the infield from the cleanup spot. (I kid! I kid!)
The Jays are getting sleepy
Big League Stew posits that the Jays' slide may have something to do with their bizarre and punishing schedule.