Game thread 5/15 vs San Francisco

Wednesday, May 15 2013 @ 03:30 PM EDT

Contributed by: Alex Obal

Can you feel it, see it, hear it today? If you can't, then it doesn't matter anyway.

The Jays hand the ball to the man with the lowest ERA in their rotation: Ramon Ortiz. His counterpart will be Ryan Vogelsong, pitchmaker, who appears to have relapsed into Ryan Vogelsong, Pirate.

Vogelsong doesn't like to give in to anybody. When he has his good command, the name of the game is discipline and strike zone control; a 3-1 count does not entitle you to a meatball. If you send a team of blindfolded moonball hitters up to face the 2011-12 version of Vogelsong, he'll frustrate the hell out of them. On the other hand, show him Thole, Izturis, Kawasaki and Negrych (and of course Bautista and Encarnacion) and he might be sucking wind in the fourth inning. Anyway, it's probably a moot point as long as Vogelsong remains the 2013 Vogelsong, who's been tagged to the tune of a .367 BABIP and a 7.78 ERA.

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