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 Morning Snack…
Additional Programming Note: Yes, it’s an ultra-rare, we-don’t-even-have-a-graphic-for-it Morning Snack. I’d like to say that we’re doing this because the season has kinda partially started, what with the A’s and Mariners going at it in Japan, and that I’ve been watching the game and it’s a real ripper. But no, I’m writing this at night, mostly because I haven’t done an Afternoon Snack post since Friday, and I’ve got links to meaningless games stories coming out my ass, and I really need to either shit or get off the pot and be done with them.
At Getting Blanked, the Common Man awesomely looks at all the potential outcomes of Dustin McGowan’s recently-inked contract extension.
Meanwhile, Chris Cwik of FanGraphs says something I’ve yet to hear anywhere about the McGowan contract, suggesting that “there was really no reason for Toronto to hand out this kind of extension to such a risky player.” Hmm.
House of the Bluebird would like to see Travis Snider given the chance to get every day at-bats in the majors. Yeah… well… get in line on that one.
Steve Kornacki of the Globe and Mail looks at the Snider-Thames situation from a more Thames-oriented side.
Tom Dakers of Bluebird Banter has a great interview with Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus.
John Lott of the National Post talks to Brett Cecil, who is unfazed by his less-than-optimum velocity. He also talks about Omar Vizquel, who he says is on the brink of claiming a roster spot with the club.
Shi Davidi of Sportsnet talks some ridiculousness about it being a buyers market for Travis Snider.
Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports tells the long, sad tale of brief member of the Jays organization, Matt Bush.
Larry Millson of the Canadian Press, by way of the Globe and Mail, writes about Brandon Morrow’s focus on using his fastball less this season, in order to pitch more efficient innings. It didn’t help him Tuesday, as he threw 96 pitches in a game against the Pirates’ minor leaguers, according to Lott in the Post– a less efficient rate than the 17.35 pitches per inning he threw last year, but with 11 Ks for his trouble.
Gregor Chisholm of BlueJays.com comes with a notebook post also related to Tuesday’s games, explaining that the Jays were pleased with Kyle Drabek’s composure, Brandon Morrow’s complete arsenal, and were being very cautious with Adam Lind’s back, which they insist hadn’t flared up at any prior point this spring. It’s something they’ve anticipated having to be mindful of over the course of the year, says John Farrell.
FanGraphs looks at Evan Crawford as a potential unexpected rookie contributor in 2012– and Darrin “Joey” Mastroianni as well, who is now with the Twins… or someone. They also talk about the Sophomore Curse, and see the value of Henderson Alvarez quietly heading up. Me too.
Mop Up Duty examines Travis Snider’s horrible, horrible trouble facing left-handed pitching.
Just a little food for thought, but according to MLBTR’s database, Dustin McGowan is represented by the ACES agency, who Tim Dierkes wrote about back in September. Other clients for the group who “always has a strong record getting multiyear deals and success with veteran free agents who aren’t quite star-caliber?” Heath Bell and Jonathan Papelbon. Ya, they’re doing OK for themselves lately.
Beyond the Boxscore looks at the correlation between spring wins and regular season wins, and finds what might just be a cloudy little hope for Jays fans. Maybe. Kinda.
Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette suggests a statue in tribute to Gary Carter outside of the Bell Centre. Sure, why not?
Lastly, the Blue Jay Hunter discovers YouTube clips of Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion giving testimonials for a local laser hair removal clinic. Um… OK?