Not what was intended

In case you might have forgotten, here is the starting lineup that the Blue Jays were hoping to put out on the field this year:

C: Russell Martin
1B: Justin Smoak
2B; Devon Travis
SS: Jose Reyes
3B: Josh Donaldson
LF: Michael Saunders
CF: Dalton Pompey
RF: Jose Bautista
DH: Edwin Encarnacion

Here is the lineup that the Jays fielded last night:

C: Russell Martin
1B: Edwin Encarnacion
2B: Munenori Kawasaki
SS: Ryan Goins
3B: Danny Valencia
LF: Ezequiel Carrera
CF: Kevin Pillar
RF: Chris Colabello
DH: Jose Bautista

Only three players of the originally planned eight were in this lineup, and two of them weren’t in their intended positions. And they were facing Felix Hernandez. I guess that a loss was to be expected.

One of the classic truisms in baseball is that you never judge a team by their worst stretch of games. The Jays are better than they have been playing. But they probably won’t get better in time to be a factor in the pennant race. (Feel free to laugh at this six weeks from now if they go on a winning streak.)

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