Greek Giant

The Giants make the rare trip to Canada for a three-game series against the Blue Jays in Toronto beginning tonight. Hopefully Montreal will get a new National League team soon! The Blue Jays are 43-36, ten games behind the AL East Division-leading Tampa Bay Rays who had a historically awesome start to their season and who lead the surprising Baltimore Orioles by four games. The Blue Jays are in fourth place, a half game behind the Yankees.

The Blue Jays, as we know, are the team that signed both Kevin Gausman and Brandon Belt, two excellent former Giants. The Blue Jays are an offensive-first type of ball club with weapons up and down the line up ranging from Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (49 RBIs) and Bo Bichette (47 RBIs) to George Springer (back from a slew of injuries) and Matt Chapman. They are a team that has a shot at putting five or six players on the American League All Star Team this year. Yet, yet, they are a team that appears to be a bit under-achieving when you consider all their home-grown stars, their pricey free agents, and the expectations this year.

The Pitching Matchups

The pitching matchups are as follows. Tonight it will be Ryan Walker in another bullpen game for the Giants against an as yet unnamed starter for Toronto. That game begins at 7:07 PM Toronto time. Wednesday’s game is at the same time and will feature Logan Webb against TBD. Thursday’s game, also at 7:07 PM, features TBD vs TBD. Boy, TBD must be one hell of a pitcher if he his pitching all those games. I’m sure someone on the blog will post the starters once they are announced.

The Giants begin a six-game trip with this visit to the Great White North. From Toronto they head to New York to face the Mets for a weekend series before returning home to host the Mariners.