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 Afternoon Snack…
John Lott of the National Post talks about the Jays search for a pitcher to call up to make a start on Saturday night in Kansas City. Their fifth starter coming out of Spring Training, Joel Carreno, is scheduled to start tonight for Las Vegas. “If Carreno does make his Triple-A start, then the choice likely boils down to Double-A prospect Drew Hutchison or Triple-A journeyman Jesse Chavez,” Lott explains.
Sticking with Lott, his game story for last night’s win focussed largely on the Jays’ defence, which– Eric Thames excepted– has been pretty terrific this year. Pat and Buck made quite a deal of the changes in infield positioning last night on the broadcast, which was actually kinda interesting, I must admit.
Speaking of Thames, he really does seem like a ridiculously nice guy. BlueJays.com tells us about his trip to a Scarborough school to talk to some grade-sixes about healthy living.
SI’s FanGraphs-powered power rankings have the Jays at 21st in MLB, based on a system that analyzes “how well they’ve performed at the underlying traits that predict future performance better than wins and losses.” Pffft. Worse still: they use the shitty old logo in the piece.
Robbie Alomar? Fergie Jenkins? Jim Rice? Tim Raines? The Maple Leafs are really bringing out the big guns this year, says the Toronto Sun. No, not those Maple Leafs. The ones that play at Christie Pits.
Sticking with The Sun, apparently Ricky Romero didn’t care much for Joe Maddon’s pre-game comments yesterday about wanting to put nine lefties in the lineup against the Jays’ left-hander, if he could. “He can start nine guys for all I care,” Romero said. “I really don’t care what he has to say or what his mindset is against me. If he has nine lefties against me I’ll find a way to win, that’s just the bottom line.”
Sportsnet figures it’s all on Jose tonight, as the rest of the Jays regulars have had a devil of a time with the Rays David Price.
Lastly, on Thursday night at the Ossington bar in Toronto, Parkes and I will be winging some kind of baseball-related talk for a few minutes as part of The Little Red Umbrella’s Variety Spectacular. 10% of bar sales go to support the AIDS Committee of Toronto, so let’s get drunk. Hit up the Facebook invite and all that.