Even though the Jays are just plodding along, there are some reasons to tune in this weekend. On the Blue Jay side Cavan Biggio will make his debut and will play second base on Friday night. We will see if his patient approach works or if the Padre pitchers challenge him. His father Craig should be in town for the big day. Lourdes Gurriel is back too, although he won't be at second base tonight. He played more second base than outfield in Buffalo so any outfield exposure would still be classified as experimental. Zac Rosscup will make his Blue Jay debut as a Mayza alternative for lefty hitters and another lefty, Thomas Pannone, is back to provide some long relief.
On the Padre side, local boys Josh Naylor and Cal Quantrill will play. Naylor gets the call as the Padres will use the DH for the first time this season. And Cal, son of Paul, will start on Saturday. The two Canadians represent the GTA rather than Toronto. Naylor is from Mississauga, on the west side of Toronto while Quantrill is from Port Hope off to the east of Toronto. Cars with the Quantrill Chevrolet license plate holders can be regularly seen on the east side of Toronto. On Sunday, the latest rookie phenom, Chris Paddack with his 1.93 ERA, starts for the Padres.
The schedule looks like this:
Friday, 7.07 - Joey Lucchesi vs. Trent Thornton
Saturday, 3.07 - Cal Quantrill vs. Edwin Jackson
Sunday, 1.07 - Chris Paddack vs. Marcus Stroman