Mother's Day 2014 included an abbreviated schedule for Jays
affiliates as Lansing, and Dunedin had the day off. Buffalo won, and New Hampshire lost despite
scoring 12 runs.
So how about that AL East, huh? Awfully polite of the whole division to get off to a rocky start to give us here in Jays-nation a fighting chance for relevance. Tonight, the just-under-.500 Anaheim Angels of Anaheim start a three game set at the Rogers Centre against the barely-over-.500 Jays. If we're lucky, we'll see some Rasmus-on-Rasmus action and give one Colby-Cory bragging rights.
So what on earth is going on? How nice of you to ask...
Jays affiliates were 2-2 today, with New Hampshire and Buffalo unable to score any runs. Dunedin and Lansing managed to win, with each of them scoring a bunch of runs in the process.
The Jays took the first two games of this extended series but the odds are more even for these next two. Toronto have the home field advantage but the Phillies are throwing their best two pitchers this year, Cliff Lee and AJ Burnett. The Jays respond with the senior members of the rotation, Mark Buehrle and RA Dickey.
Adam Lind should return tomorrow, there was no need to activate him today with Cliff Lee on the mound for the Phillies. The status of Dioner Navarro and Brett Lawrie is unknown at this point. The Jays bench will be down to one if they are unable to play.
There is either a two game series with the Phillies starting tonight, or a four game series with the Phillies, depending on how you define a series. Some fans are depressed because the Jays are losing series. Others are optimistic because the Jays are only two games out of first place. No-one in the AL east has made a run yet this season.
Today makes the return of Happy McHapp to the starting rotation. Who knows what to expect? His return against the Phillies, in a park he used to pitch in, is probably a good thing for his comfort level. Dustin McGowan gave the bullpen a rest yesterday, let's hope Happ doesn't set that back today.
The affiliates were 2-2 today, winning and losing a bunch of
close games. Dan Johnson had a strong game for Buffalo, going 3-4 with his 5th home run of the season.