Now it’s time for all the stuff I don’t figure on making full posts out of, with the spiffy ALTERNATE graphic by Matt English (aka @mattomic) that I just couldn’t keep letting stay dormant. It’s your Afternoon Snack… er… Afternoon Hangover… er… links!!!
Programming Note: We’ll be recording this week’s DJF Podcast at 3 PM today. It will be up before the day is through, just… later on.
“According to a major league source, there has been some questioning of manager John Farrell’s pitching moves at times,” writes Nick Cafardo in a giant piece for the Boston Globe, “just as some around baseball are questioning whether Joe Maddon is “overshifting’’ on every semi-relevant lefthanded hitter.” Cafardo adds, however, that “the Blue Jays are the team nobody wants to face,” and that they “like the Rays, have become a model organization, with their emphasis on scouting (they have more pro scouts than anyone in baseball) and All-Star-caliber talent coming up.”
At Mop Up Duty, Callum reviews what he saw from Drew Hutchison in his Major League debut over the weekend.
Get ready, booing idiots who have no idea that he had absolutely no control over where he landed: the Toronto Star reminds us that Yu Darvish will be taking the hill at the Rogers Centre on May 1st.
The Toronto Sun looks briefly at Francisco Cordero, closer. Frankly, I’m happy to have him out of the high-leverage line of fire. He’ll get three outs in a lot of ninth innings without cocking things up too much.
House of the Bluebird reviews the weekend’s activities.
In the Globe and Mail, Bruce Dowbiggin sharts something out about the Jays and fans and payroll and TV broadcasts.
Lastly, Andrew Cohen of the Atlantic declares Saturday’s clusterfuck at Fenway the End of the Red Sox Decade. Um… I dunno, they’re still pretty OK, but I guess you can’t make a good Lazarus narrative later in the season if you first don’t declare that you’ve got a corpse on your hands.