TORONTO, CANADA: Colby Rasmus #28 and Brett Lawrie #13 of the Toronto Blue Jays celebrate Brett Lawrie home run against the Tampa Bay Rays during MLB action at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Abelimages/Getty Images)
The Red Sox and Blue Jays are fighting over who will not be in last place. Or, maybe with the way draft position works, fighting over who will be in last place in the AL East. Let's look on the positive side, though: at least this takes place on the east coast, on a regular schedule.
Game 1: Henderson Alvarez (155-1/3 IP, 1.3 K/BB, 86 ERA+) vs. Felix Doubront (130-2/3 IP, 2.4 K/BB, 87 ERA+)
There isn't going to be a well-pitched game until Sunday, is there?
So, a week ago today, I moved. I spent the weekend unpacking, and my cable wasn't setup for a few days. That, plus the west coast trip, meant that I missed a whole lot of the Red Sox over the course of the last week. I saw the scores, but seeing Felix Doubront's ERA now kind of puts the week in perspective. He'll be taking on Henderson Alvarez, who still isn't striking anyone out, because he is Henderson Alvarez.
J.A. Happ has joined the Jays' rotation, and he's done fine for himself in that stretch. Dice-K has spent his recent time reminding us of how cool it will be when his contract expires. At least on Sunday we get Carlos Villanueva, who has done very well in his dozen starts and relief work, against Clay Buchholz, who owns a 3.28 ERA in 126 innings since May 11.
Brett Lawrie has been activated from the disabled list, but Jose Bautista is still among the missing. Really, this whole Jays' lineup looks a little weird relative to where it started, as Rajai Davis is the primary left fielder, Moises Sierra has been getting playing time in right, and Adam Lind is back in the majors as the DH. Then again, it's not like Boston's lineup is exactly as it was planned, either.