And when we started talking, I could not believe my ears, you said you were a Braves fan even through the rotten years.
Southpaw Paul Maholm (6-4, 3.38) will come a callin' for Atlanta. Brandon Morrow (2-3, 5.50) looks to win his second straight start in a 12:37 first pitch.
Maholm is a four-pitch pitcher with a fastball around 86-87 miles per hour, a slider in the low 80s, a curveball around 71 and a changeup in the 80 range. FanGraphs says he is relying on his fastball almost 10 percent more this season than last, throwing it over 51 percent of the time. He is using his slider nearly 12 percent less this year. Maholm is 1-1 lifetime with a 3.28 ERA against Toronto and has won three of his last four starts. He'll be happy to see Brett Lawrie likely sitting this one out. He is day-to-day with a sore ankle after tweaking it with an awkward slide into second last night. Lawrie has seven hits against Maholm in 17 at-bats.
Meantime, the furor over Lawrie's antics on Sunday has not died down yet. The Toronto Sun says he needs an attitude adjustment and The Globe and Mail says his antics are wearing thin. On PrimeTime Sports yesterday, Gregg Zaun says he's glad Lawrie apologized to his teammates but at some point, he has to grow up and start producing on the field.
Sportsnet's Shi Davidi spoke with Colby Rasmus, who felt bad about his little brother Cory getting roughed up in the late going last night. Colby had a two-run homer and doubled against his younger sibling in their first-ever showdown.
Today's @BlueJays lineup: Cabrera-DH Bautista-RF Encarnacion-1B Arencibia-C DeRosa-3B Rasmus-CF Izturis-SS Bonifacio-2B Gose-LF Morrow-P