Not too long ago, tonight's Blue Jays starting pitcher, Marcus Stroman, was posting pictures to his Twitter account showing how he was watching new teammate David Price pitching for the Jays while Stroman himself was in college lectures. Stroman suffered an injury earlier in the season that was supposed to be season-ending, so he went back to college for a little while. It was not season-ending. He's back and pitching against the Orioles tonight.
Well, he's pitching against the Orioles tonight, weather permitting, anyway. As I sit here about two hours before first pitch and write these words, a steady rain is falling. They could probably play in this rain, although it would be miserable for everyone stuck out in the open. There is supposed to be more intense rain arriving at an unspecified amount of time, remaining in the area for an unspecific amount of time. On the radar there is a lot of green. You want a lot of green if you are counting your money. For playing a baseball game, not so much.
So, maybe they'll play. Maybe they won't play. I don't know. They might decide not to play in the time between I write these words and when these words are supposed to publish, rendering their very existence meaningless. Would another day off mean Adam Jones could play again? He is out of the scheduled lineup, as you can see. In the last eight days, he has played in one game. There's no point in rushing him out there. They are eliminated from the postseason. Even reaching a .500 record seems all but impossible. Just get him healthy, whatever healthy means, and do everything possible to keep him that way.
If the Yankees lose tonight and the Blue Jays win tonight, the Jays will be celebrating clinching the American League East title.
|TORONTO BLUE JAYS||BALTIMORE ORIOLES|
|Ben Revere - LF||Gerardo Parra - CF|
|Josh Donaldson - 3B||Manny Machado - 3B|
|Jose Bautista - RF||Chris Davis - 1B|
|Edwin Encarnacion - DH||Matt Wieters - DH|
|Justin Smoak - 1B||Jonathan Schoop - 2B|
|Russell Martin - C||Steve Clevenger - C|
|Ryan Goins - SS||Steve Pearce - LF|
|Kevin Pillar - CF||Ryan Flaherty - RF|
|Darwin Barney - 2B||J.J. Hardy - SS|
|Marcus Stroman - RHP||Miguel Gonzalez - RHP|