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Kate Stanwick

Open Thread: World Series Game 2

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The Nationals have only lost two post season games. Very impressive for a club who at one point in May matched the Blue Jays in win-loss record.

Tonight, they’ll look to head home 2-0 against the Astros with Stephen Strasburg opposing Justin Verlander. Here are tonight’s lineups. Juan Soto bats cleanup again.

Today's Lineups Trea Turner - SS George Springer - CF Adam Eaton - RF Jose Altuve - 2B Anthony Rendon - 3B Michael Brantley - LF Juan Soto...

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Tom Dakers

Today in Blue Jays History: Joe Carter Touches Them All

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26 Years Ago Today

I remember the moment. I remember thinking, win or lose, we were ok. Pat Hentgen was to be our starter in game 7 and he had a great start in game 3. But, I’m happy with the way it ended. No matter how many times I’ve watched this, I’m still amazed that Carter was able to hit that pitch out.

I few years ago I interviewed Hentgen, and I was able to ask him something I always wondered about:

I remember thinking when Joe...

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Young and Cardona

Join Jays From the Couch as we highlight the 2019 season of Dunedin’s Chavez Young and the GCL’s Hugo Cardona       OF Chavez Young B/T: S/R Age: 22   The 2019 season did not go as planned for Chavez Young. With the Lansing Lugnuts in 2018, Young dominated A-Ball by posting a .285BA […] The post 2019 In the Rearview, Blue Jays: Young and Cardona appeared first on Jays From The Couch.

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Kate Stanwick

Open Thread: World Series Game 1

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The Nationals are in Houston for Game 1 of this World Series. Unfortunately, the press surrounding the first game tonight has been far from positive, and I’m sure MLB isn’t pleased.

But, the game must go on. The Nationals will be playing with American League rules tonight:

Dave Martinez on Scherzer pitching in an AL park: "It really pissed off Max because he can't hit. He wasn't happy about that."

— Emma Baccellieri...

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Tom Dakers

Tuesday Bantering

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Bits of Jays stuff.

There isn’t much for Blue Jays news out there.

Baseball America has been doing their 2019 Draft report cards. The Jays one is here.

Some of the highlights:

Best pure hitter: Tanner Morris a shortstop, who was picked in the fifth round:

Between his pure hitting ability and plate discipline, he has a chance to be a high on-base percentage player, with an approach geared toward hitting the ball toward the middle...

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Smith and Horwitz

Join Jays From the Couch as we highlight the 2019 season of New Hampshire’s Kevin Smith and Bluefield’s Spencer Horwitz       SS Kevin Smith B/T: R/R Age: 23   The 2019 season did not go as planned Kevin Smith. Smith dominated A-Ball in 2018 with a .355BA, 7HR, 44RBI, and 1.046OPS in 46 […] The post 2019 In the Rearview, Blue Jays: Smith and Horwitz appeared first on Jays From The Couch.

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JFtC Radio Ep211: Blue Jays Tender, or Not?

  JFtC Radio presents Ep211 of our podcast. This week, the Blue Jays’ arbitration eligible players & whether to keep them       Jays From the Couch Radio presents Episode 211 of our podcast. This week, we run down the list of Blue Jays’ arbitration eligible players and decide whether they should be brought […] The post JFtC Radio Ep211: Blue Jays Tender, or Not? appeared first on Jays From The Couch.

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Tom Dakers

The season that was: Cavan Biggio

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A look at Cavan’s 2019 season.

In 2017 Cavan Biggio took a lot of walks, a struck out a fair bit. We were a little skeptical that he was a real prospect. He was 34 on our prospect list. Matt said this:

The best part of his offensive profile was the robust OBP - at least in relation to his batting average - as he drew 74 walks. But that was accompanied with 140 strikeouts, and that was not due to massive swing-and-miss issues. Rather, it’s a good...

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Tom Dakers

Happy Birthday George Bell

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And Jerry Garvin, Danny Barnes and Gabe Gross

George Bell turns 60 today.

George Bell was born in San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic. His brother Juan Bell also made the majors as a utility infielder for 7 seasons for several different teams. He has 2 other brothers that played professional baseball. George was signed as an amateur free agent by the Phillies in 1978. The Jays picked him up in the 1980 rule 5 draft. It must have been one of the...

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Drury Has Likely Earned a Return to Blue Jays

  The Toronto Blue Jays will be looking for players to make up their bench in 2020 and Brandon Drury is probably a guy they’ll keep       The Toronto Blue Jays will be looking to take a step forward in 2020. That is not to say that they will challenge the Rays (that’s […] The post Drury Has Likely Earned a Return to Blue Jays appeared first on Jays From The Couch.

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Tom Dakers

Happy Birthday Dave Collins

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Dave Collins turns 67 today. We don’t have a picture of him in a Jays jersey, unfortunately.

Dave (they called him Davey a lot back then, I think if I was a Dave I’d punch anyone who called me Davey) was with the Blue Jays for 2 seasons of a 16-yeah MLB career.

How we ended up with him was a pretty interesting story. Collins came up with the Angers, played a couple of seasons there, played for the Mariners for a year and then played four seasons for...

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Tom Dakers

Bluebird Banter World Series Prediction Contest

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That was a terrific game last night:

It was nice to see J.A. Happ pitch well, 2 shutout inning on his birthday. The 94.5 mph throw from Carlos Correa on the double play ball in the 8th. I don’t think you’d ever see a better turned double play. The catch and throw for a double play by Michael Brantley was a huge moment in the game. I don’t know what Justice was doing, he should have at least considered that there might be a catch. Yuli Gurriel’s first...

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Tom Dakers

Today in Blue Jays History: The Catch

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Hard to believe this was 27 years ago:

The Jays won the game, 3-2, taking a 2 game to 1 lead in the series. Without that catch, we likely wouldn’t have won the game (2 runs would have scored and the Braves would have a runner in scoring position with no outs) and we might not have won the series. This play came in the 4th inning, with no score yet. Joe Carter would hit a home run in the bottom of the inning to give us the lead.

Juan Guzman gave up a tying...

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Kate Stanwick

Open Thread: ALCS Game 6

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The bad news is that the Yankees have not yet been eliminated from post season contention. The good news is that means there is baseball today.

Both teams will have a bullpen day today. Astros, may the odds be ever in your favor.

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Tom Dakers

Happy Birthday Jose Bautista

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And J.A. Happ and Rajai Davis

Jose Bautista turns 39 today.

The last 11 years or so would have been so much different without him. He gave us so many great moments over the years. None better than than the home run and bat flip in game 5, but many many other great moments.

When we traded for him, back in August of 2008, the trade didn’t even merit a post on our site. It turned out to be the best trade of JP Ricciardi’s time as manager and it didn’t...

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Kate Stanwick

Open Thread: ALCS Game 5

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The Houston Astros are one win away from a return trip to the World Series. Down 3-1, this is a must win or (stay) home game for the Sith. Unfortunately for the Yankees, they’ll be up against one of the best in the game in Justin Verlander. If the Yanks can somehow pull out a W, at least we will have baseball again tomorrow.

Here are tonight’s lineups. Giancarlo Stanton is back in after being sidelined for a while with a quad strain....

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Tom Dakers

Today in Blue Jays History: Ed Sprague Home Run

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27 Years Ago Today

Ed Sprague, batting in the 9th inning with the Blue Jays down 4-3, hit a pinch-hit home run to help us win game two of the 1992 World Series.

We had lost game one of the series 3-1. Jack Morris gave up 3 runs in the 6th inning and we only managed 1 run off Braves starter Tom Glavine, who threw a complete game 4 hitter. Our lone run was a Joe Carter homer.

In game two we started trade pickup David Cone. We...

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Blue Jays should keep Bo Bichette for a long, long time

Under team control through 2025, the Toronto Blue Jays would do well to consider a long term contract for Bichette.         July 29, 2019. 21 year old Bo Bichette made his long awaited MLB debut. This might have come sooner if he hadn’t suffered a broken hand after being hit by a […] The post Blue Jays should keep Bo Bichette for a long, long time appeared first on Jays From The Couch.

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Kate Stanwick

Open Thread: ALCS Game 4

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After a rainout yesterday, the Sith and the Astros are set to play four games in four days (should they require four games of course).

The extra day allows the teams to start Greinke and Tanaka on regular rest, but it sounds like each team will still need a bullpen day at some point. Let’s hope the Astros can continue with their winning ways.

Here are tonight’s lineups.

Today's Lineups George Springer - CF DJ LeMahieu - 1B Jose...

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Tom Dakers

The season that was: Brandon Drury

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Brandon Drury came to the Blue Jays in the incredibly popular J.A. Happ trade, back in July of 2018. We sent J.A. Happ to the Yankees and got back Drury and Billy McKinney.

Drury had been a top prospect, hitting #72 on Baseball Prospectus top 100 prospect before the 2016 season. And he had two pretty good seasons with the Diamondbacks (2016 and 2017) hitting .275/.323/.453 with 29 home runs in 269 games).

With the Yankees he had a tougher time, hitting...

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