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…
Welp, it’s back to your regular scheduled service around here. Thanks muchly to Drew and Parkes for all their work on the site, as it’s been pretty much business as usual over the past week, despite my being elsewhere. And thanks as well to Bradley Ankrom, who has decided to break his awesome bit of prospecting for us, Greetings From Dunedin, into two posts. This week’s first went up yesterday, and the second should hit sometime today.
The National Post continues to nail it, with Guy Spurrier once again getting all Pitch F/X-sty to look at whether or not the Jays were getting squeezed by umpire Sam Holbroke on Tuesday night.
Elsewhere at the Post, John Lott tells us that John Farrell might stick with the re-worked configuration of his one and two hitters, with Kelly Johnson leading off and Yunel Escobar batting second. The reasons Farrell gave for trying it out during Spring Training still make sense. I wrote in March after a Farrell media scrum posted at Miked Up that the manager “felt that Escobar can use the whole field, and has ‘the ability to hit the hole’ a little more [no, you turn six], while Johnson is more of a dead pull hitter. In other words, with a runner on he likes Escobar’s ability to get the ball through infielders playing at double play depth, plus the advantage he can provide on a hit and run.”
The Tao of Stieb wonders why John Farrell keeps insisting on hitting Adam Lind in the heart of the order, leaving the team vulnerable in late-game situations to clubs who have good lefties who we know he still. can. not. effing. hit.
MLBTR notes a Jon Morosi piece at Fox Sports in which Omar Vizquel says his “51% sure” this season will be his last. “They think because I’m old that I probably can’t do the things I used to do,” Vizquel said. “It’s hard to go through that process and feel as good as you feel. I feel pretty good, but they probably say, ‘I don’t think he’s going to be able to do this and that.’ ”
Anthony Castrovince of MLB.com thinks the Jays might have a legitimate opportunity in 2012, with their young rotation looking good, and none of their potential Wild Card competitors seemingly ready to run away from the pack.
It’s a Mockingbird appearance! As Jon Hale wonders what the fuck is with the Jays having completely turned around their rank in terms of pitches per plate appearance.
At Gray Matter, Kevin Gray of the Manchester Union Leader writes about the curious case of Brian Jeroloman, who was called up to the Jays for 37 days last year, without playing.
Lastly, a pair of things a couple days old from the Toronto Star. First, seriously… why the hell are people letting Damien Cox write about baseball? Especially when it takes all of three paragraphs for him to get to schlocky jokes and goddamn hockey references. On the other side of the ledger, I read the recap of Richard Griffin’s most recent live chat, and there were actually a bunch of interesting nuggets in it– totally some good stuff:
- He said that John Farrell became upset that his hitters were taking too many pitches in fastball counts, and thought that the club had become more aggressive in the Mariners series.
- Of Joel Carreno he says, “There is a back story about how he fell from grace after the Indians start. I have a promise from someone inside the Jays to tell me later in the year.”
- On Bautista, “His power is stil there because I have never seen popups that go as high as when he hots one. He is chasing and umpires don’t treat him like a superstar and that’s partly his fault.”
- On speaking with Anthopoulos during the spring: “in discussion with him some things became clear. First of all the reason big FAs blew the Jays off and vice-versa was years not money.”
- On Brett Lawrie slowing things down: “He has already slowed down. It stated with the slide in Cleveland at the plate, the leap, the pirouette the ignoring EE the race to the dugout, the crash into the batrack and the crushing Bautista’s hand on the high five. Bautsta spoke to him right there and the nbext time he toned it down a little bit and ever since he’s been more like the Tasmanian Devil on a half a Valium.”