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…
At Getting Blanked, Drew fills us in on an unfortunate Twitter lashing out on the part of JP Arencibia– or “Aaron Cibia,” as a bunch of fucking dopes think we actually believe his name is every time we use it. Parkes adds some perpective on Twitter.
Dustin McGowan has resumed throwing, says BlueJays.com. Fingers crossed that he avoids setback this time. He’s at least six weeks away.
Mike Rutsey of the Toronto Sun figures it’s going to be Drew Hutchison who takes McGowan’s place as the club’s fifth starter, for now. According to Jeff Blair of the Globe and Mail, Hutchison “has made enough progress that the Blue Jays believe he can tighten his slider and change-up further at the major-league level without getting hammered all over the ballpark. ‘If there was a major developmental component, he wouldn’t even be a candidate,’ said Anthopoulos.”
John Lott’s game story for the National Post reminds us how good Brandon Morrow was during his first start in Cleveland this year– which a lot of folks would do well to remember.
It’s paywall’d but if you’ve got a Baseball Prospectus subscription, check out Dough Thorburn’s look at one of John Farrell’s favourite pitching buzzwords, “downhill plane.” And if you don’t subscribe, I dunno… check out the first few paragraphs, I guess?
Eric Thames wanted to grow up to be a wrestler when he was a kid, says something at MLB.com called Cut4.
At Mop Up Duty, Mathias notices that BABIP is down rather precipitously so far this season, and wonders if the increase in defensive shifts we’re seeing– by clubs like the Jays and others– could be to blame. Thanks, Bloomberg.
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.