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…
Hey, uh, friends. Drew here. How about we take a quick swing around the internet to see what kind of Blue Jays nuggets we dig up? Sounds like a plan.
Speaking of plan, the Tao of Steib does a great job trying to figure out the plan for Eric Thames. Can’t help but agree with the mighty Tao when he says Thames might look ill-suited to the job of every day left fielder but the team refuses to make the same mistake twice.
In keeping with the Taoist theme, The Ack of Tao fame is now doing some Jays-related pecking of his own. Add that to your RSS locker.
Power rankings are the finest example of “nobody ever went broke underestimating the taste of the American public” in the internet world today. Blatant link bait that works EVERY SINGLE TIME. Manufactured outrage turning comment sections into open sewers. Parkes chops them down to size at Getting Blanked.
We live in some kind of world, I tell you. Mike Cormack of Sportsnet gets all pitch f/x-ey talking about pitch framing with some money quotes from Jose Molina, J.P. Arencibia. John Farrell with some valuable insight as well. Pitch fx on the Sportsnet website…Scott Carson must be rolling over in his grave.
The official word on Sergio Santos is a month on the shelf. This probably deserves its own post…
In one breath, Gregor Chisolm says Edwin Encarnacion is the new clean-up hitter on an everyday basis. In another breath, John Lott says Edwin hits sixth tonight with Adam Lind back into the four-hole. I’m both disappointed and indifferent, if that is somehow possible.
Staying with John Lott, his soft-focus feature on Omar Vizquel’s introspective 45th birthday is the best of the bunch.
You know who disappoints me? Tigers fans who want to blame their team’s “slow” start on Brandon Inge are disappointments to their parents.
The Lansing Lugnuts starting rotation did their “three innings of awesomeness at a time” last night, with Justin Nicolino and Aaron Sanchez posting more crazy numbers in three inning piggybacked outings. Make that 12 innings without surrendering a run for Sanchez, with eight walks and SEVENTEEN strikeouts against only four hits allowed. Nicolino now has thirteen strikeouts and one walk in his twelve innings in low-A Lansing. One run allowed, though. BUST. ROSTER FILLER alert.
To get the worrisome among us into a tizzy, Kevin Goldstein has an Insider piece on ESPN about prospects off to rough starts. Included in that list, Travis D’Arnaud of the Las Vegas 51s. While he offers more than enough reason for optimism, here is the peed pants bit:
D’Arnaud’s 2011 season created tremendous hype, but there are scouts out there who, while impressed, saw him as playing above his head and projected him to be more of a good future everyday catcher than a future All-Star.
Not a bad problem to have but hopes remain astronomically high for the newest edition of the Catcher of the Future. I believe waiting-and-seeing is in order here. But of course I’d say that.