Now it’s time for all the stuff I don’t figure on making full posts out of, with the spiffy graphic by Matt English (aka @mattomic). It’s your Mid-Afternoon Snack…
Mike Cormack of Sportsnet tweets that John Farrell said the Jays had twice tried to acquire Jeff Mathis before finally netting the worst hitter in baseball this off-season. And that the Jays have already received a call from a club looking to acquire him. Cormack’s tweets from Dunedin have been gold so far, and he isn’t stopping today, noting that the Jays have kids (Lawrie, Gose, Marisnick) running wild, and getting into the home run act (Hechavarria, d’Arnaud), not to mention that Luis
Rivera Perez was dynamite, and that John Farrell says of Saturday’s starter Dustin McGowan, “the way he’s throwing the ball at camp has been impressive.” Follow @MikeCormack.
Keep in mind, however, that all this good stuff was going on against the Astros.
There’s not enough (read: any) of a write-up to make it worthy of a full post, but Marc Hulet at FanGraphs ranks the farm systems, and the Jays come out looking pretty rosy: second place.
Also at FanGraphs, Jason Roberts looks at players with some of the biggest discrepancies among their projections by three systems– including Travis Snider, who Steamer projects to OPS .788, whereas ZiPS has him at .711.
At BlueJays.com Gregor Chisholm has a notebook featuring John Farrell’s insistence that Travis d’Arnaud improve his defence, plus Dustin McGowan, and Anthony Gose, who says of his burgeoning career, “I want to be a star. I want to be a superstar.” He also has another one about Jesse Litsch and Brett Cecil.
At the Toronto Star, reflecting on the David Beckham incident during this week’s TFC game at Rogers Centre, they speak to a crowd expert who says that allowing beer in cans at sporting events is a bad idea. Funny, since it’s only recently-ish that Rogers has started allowing that in their building. Seriously, though, who the fuck throws a ten dollar goddamn beer? Better still, who charges ten goddamn dollars for a fucking beer in the first place?
Lastly, in case you were interested, something called Stadium Journey reviews Dunedin’s Florida Auto Exchange Stadium.