Rogers Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada Saturday, May 4, 2013 First Pitch: 1:07 pm est Series Game 2 of 3 Season Game 30 of 162
Umpires: Home - Ed Hickox First Base - Lance Barksdale Second Base - Cory Blaser Third Base - Jim Joyce
Final in 9 Seattle Mariners: 8 Toronto Blue Jays: 1
In some years of baseball writing I have learned never to make predictions; but today I'm going to go out on a limb and make the great leap. Blue Jays Manager John Gibbons is already fired - the Jays are just waiting for the correct time to make the announcement.
This is not a surprise to this writer - I've been calling for Gibbons' head since an April 16th game against the White Sox, when Gibbons pinch hit Rajai Davis for Colby Rasmus in the 7th in a close game. The move weakened Gibbons' defence going into the late innings (- and the move cost him the game as the winning hit (White Sox, seventh hitter - in the ninth) sailed over the second-string centre fielder's head. (see complete game scorecard for that game - http://internetbaseballscorecard2013.blogspot.ca/2013/04/16-white-sox-at-blue-jays-game-2.html).
Listening to the TV Play-by-Play today - and having watching the team closely through the year so far - I agree with Buck Martinez's take on the level of over-all team 'elan' (today, catcher Henry Blanco not knowing how many outs there were - and the entire team not seeming to know how many outs there were).
I have also learned in some years of baseball writing, that road trips are great places for bad news.
Toronto leaves town for Florida after tomorrow afternoon's finale with the Mariners - I expect the Blue Jays will release Manager John Gibbons at the beginning of this road trip - likely after the papers have gone to bed in the wee hours of Monday morning, May 6th.
It's always nice to let someone off the bus near their home (Texas).