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…
You absolutely must read Ryan Oakley’s (aka @thegrumpyowl) guide to a better understanding of each MLB club at Getting Blanked. Seriously, stop what you’re doing, read it, and thank me later. (Then, if there’s time, I suppose you could probably also thank Ryan for writing it, and Parkes for commissioning it for the blog.)
And– holy shit!– we had all kinds of gold coming at you yesterday, because– in case you missed it– we also posted our very first Greetings From Dunedin– a bit of Jays prospecting dynamite exclusive to DJF from Bradley Ankrom (aka @BradleyAnkrom of Baseball Prospectus).
House of the Bluebird does some excellent-as-usual overanalyzing of Kyle Drabek’s first 2012 start.
SB Nation has a pair of nifty Jays items, as Marc Normandin takes a look at the unproven, but very talented, young starters the Jays will be relying on behind Ricky Romero this year, while Jon Bois walks us through the anatomy of Tuesday night’s Rogers Centre streaking. Um… not literally, of course.
Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun would like to point out how key Rajai Davis has been to the Jays so far in this young season, and he’s not wrong. Appropriately utilizing guys like Davis– in his case as a fourth outfielder, right-handed platoon guy, and pinch runner, not as, y’know, a starter alongside Corey Patterson– will make a tangible difference this year.
Cathal Kelly of the Toronto Star ruminates on Toronto fans’ itchy trigger finger when it comes to booing their own– including the apparently uber-nice Sergio Santos, and one of the very few Maple Leafs who wasn’t entirely useless this season.
Spinner.ca tells us that Dallas Green nearly got into a fight during the Jays’ opener on Monday. What? The old Mets manager? (Ohhhh. I think they mean the musician who I always disappointedly realize isn’t the guy from the Sadies.)
Bruce Arthur of the National Post talks hope and hype as we head– not to hype it up too much or anything– into a hopeful season for the Jays.
Lastly, do the OriLOLes actually have a prospect worthy of being frightened of? Dave Cameron of FanGraphs paints that kind of a picture, assuring us that Dylan Bundy– after two pro starts– is already too good for A-Ball. I’m sure Baltimore will fuck it up, though…