12:53 AM Eastern
Right? If we all agree that nothing happened, then nothing happened.
The only thing the Blue Jays can take from their series-opening shellacking at the hands of the Texas Rangers is that J.P. Arencibia homered twice. Arencibia had been 0-for-16 going into his second at-bat of this game (which came in the 6th inning, after eight Rangers had come to bat three times each), and Colby Lewis was cruising with a no-hitter and an 8-0 lead, but the rookie catcher changed that with a no-doubt blast to left for his 13th homer of the season.
Arencibia added number 14 on Arthur Rhodes’ first pitch of the 8th, just sneaking it out to dead centre.
It’s been a rough go lately for Arencibia, much like it is for pretty much every catcher in his first year in the big leagues. He’d had an 0-for-17 to start July, then had six hits in four games before starting back on a bad run. He’s got a lot on his plate as a freshman backstop, and his left hand is banged up as well, making things even more difficult.
Despite all this, he’s still on pace to set a single-season club record for home runs by a catcher. Not a rookie, any catcher.
So that’s the positive, let’s leave it at that. No need to go over the fact that while Jo-Jo Reyes is 5-5 over his past 11 starts including tonight, he’s posted an ERA of 6.46 and a WHIP of 1.663, averaging just four strikeouts per nine innings of work. We don’t need to bring that up, or John Farrell’s non-committal non-answer as to Reyes’ future in the rotation, because this game never happened.
Here’s tonight’s edition of The JaysTalk, for your listening pleasure:
The series in Texas starts Saturday night (because tonight, again, was Major League 3 – never happened) with the Jays sending Carlos Villanueva to the mound against Rangers’ lefty Matt Harrison. Prior to the game, former Expos broadcaster Dave Van Horne will be presented with the Ford C. Frick Award for Broadcasting Excellence as part of Induction Weekend at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, NY and we wish him a hearty congratulations and hope that his one-time back-up, Tom Cheek, is soon to follow.
Join us for the pre-pre-game show at 7:00 PM Eastern on Sportsnet Radio The Fan590 and on this very website; we’ll hook up with the rest of the country on the full network starting at 7:30 for an 8:05 first pitch. As part of the pre-game show, Alan Ashby will talk to Farrell, and you’ll hear my conversation with Sandy Alomar, Sr., father of Sunday’s HOF inductee Roberto. Join us, won’t you?
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