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!!!
Dispatches from the road: Holy fuck New York is a hell of a baseball town. I know you probably know this, but seriously. Partly it’s my friends– watched the Yankees and Rangers last night; a Yankees fan, a genuine Texan non-bandwagon *COUGH* Rangers fan, a Mets fan, me, and my lovely and extremely patient girlfriend– but partly it’s not. The customs agent when we arrived at the airport asked my occupation, and when I told him “sportswriter” (I always say that, just to make myself sound a little bit more respectable) and he saw my hat he immediately started chatting me up about Brett Lawrie and sent us through with as little scrutiny as I could imagine possible. Amazing!
In his latest look at the midwest league at Baseball Prospectus (paywall’d) Kevin Goldstein talks about the Jays hot young arms at Lansing, saying that Aaron Sanchez not only has the best stats, but the best stuff, and that some scouts have misgivings about Justin Nicolino. “It’s hard to get too excited about a guy throwing 87-91 mph,” one told him. “I really liked him, but it’s hard to see him as more than a No. 4 or 5 starter.”
Richard Griffin of the Toronto Star talks to the so-far-mostly-overlooked man in the bullpen, Casey Janssen.
If you really want to relive last night’s shit show, at least take the positive view put forth by Mike Wilner, who liked what he saw from Kyle Drabek, and thinks the Jays have done well to still have their heads above water despite the sputtering offence– even if he goes too deep into cherry picking positives on Adam Lind.
Lastly, things may get worse before they get better. MLB.com previews tonight’s game, in which Drew Hutchison is tasked with stopping Brian Matuz and the might Orioles.