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!!!
Not sure why there was a delay, because everything was a-OK on our end, but Episode Two is now up and downloadable on the DJF Podcast iTunes page. We’ve also got the DJF Podcast RSS feed up and running, both of which can be found on our podcast page at theScore.com, which is another place where you can have a listen.
Buster Olney talks the farce that is the unbalanced schedule at ESPN.com (Insider Olney), pointing out that Baltimore (103) played twice the number of games against .500-or-better opponents than the Detroit (51), and that– motherfucking get this– the six teams who played the fewest games against such opponents all made the fucking playoffs, except for Atlanta, who missed by a hair (Arizona, Philadelphia, Milwaukee, St. Louis, Atlanta, Detroit). Kinda makes your blood boil.
At Getting Blanked, Parkes takes us through another example of what not to do as a baseball organization, as brought to us by the Baltimore OriLOLes.
Dave Church of Jays Journal, like everyone else, doesn’t quite know what to make of what we’re seeing from Brandon Morrow so far.
Scott Carson of Sportsnet sees the logic in John Farrell bringing out Drew Hutchison for a sixth and final inning during his MLB debut on Saturday, and I can’t disagree with what he’s saying.
Minor League Ball jumps ridiculously way early into the mock draft game, having the Jays taking Louisiana high school shortstop, and impact bat, Gavin Cecchini at 17, and rising Florida high school RHP Zach Eflin at 22.
At BlueJays.com, there’s some kind of advertorial horseshit full of jargon about some kind of improved fan experience at Rogers Centre that nobody has actually, y’know, experienced.
Ken Fidlin of the Toronto Sun tells us how Brett Lawrie’s athleticism has made the Jays shiftier. And elsewhere in stuff from the local papers that us less-influential-than-the-San-Diego-Chicken fucks already covered, Mark Zwolinski of the Toronto Star looks at the Golden Brett’s struggles, explaining that “Lawrie can be broken down further through sabermetrics and some of the breakdowns show he could do a better job getting on base. But Lawrie has also been one of the Jays better hitters with runners in scoring position.” WELL THEN!!!
Jesse Wolfersberger of FanGraphs takes an interesting look at whether or not teams are losing the advantages in trade that they once had because of years spent gathering proprietary information on their own players.
The Jays have moved up a notch on SI’s FanGraphs Powered Power Rankings… to 20th in MLB. Meh.
The Tao of Stieb debuts their Jays player power rankings– and shows some mean-spiritedness, ranking Eric Thames at the bottom, below Omar Vizquel. Ouch.
Jeff Sullivan of Baseball Nation looks at the transition we’re witnessing from Brandon Morrow, and at ESPN.com (Insider Only), Keith Law redrafts that 2002 Moneyball draft. The Jays wind up with Brandon McCarthy, rather than Russ Adams, in said hypothetical.
Lastly, I’ll still be checking in pretty regularly over the next week, but my ladyfriend and I are taking off for NYC tomorrow for a couple days, followed by a few more days in Austin, so… if I’m quieter than you like, there’s your answer why.