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…
Paul Swydan of FanGraphs writes for ESPN.com (Insider only) about the chances the Jays have this year to steal a playoff spot. “The Blue Jays are already one of the 10 best teams in baseball,” he concludes, “and if things break their way they may continue playing into October.”
Did you hear that Albert Pujols hit his first home run of the season yesterday? Oh, you did? Well, then… what else is there to say about it? I was thinking of posting some thoughts about yesterday’s game, but… why relive it, really? The club takes a breather and then it’s on to Oakland.
OK, OK, if you really must, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet has a wrap-up from yesterday, and a notebook post in which he tells us that the club is being cautious with the latest wrist injury to Travis Snider.
In the latest fortnightly installment of infographic gold from Craig Robinson (@flipflopflying) of Flip Flop Fly Ball, the readers of Getting Blanked are given some spiffy visualization of baseball’s three twenty strikeout games, two of which had anniversaries in the last week.
Gregor Chisholm of BlueJays.com talks to John Farrell about one of the Jays’ many ex-catchers-of-the-future– and current advanced scout for the club– Kevin Cash. In the same notebook post he also covers Omar Vizquel becoming the oldest shortstop in history, Yunel Escobar getting an extra day of rest on Sunday, and Kelly Johnson’s sore legs, which… apparently aren’t so sore anymore.
John Sickels has been checking up on the prospects he tagged as sleepers in his 2012 Baseball Prospect Book, and over the weekend at Minor League Ball he got to the one Jays farmhand on the list, Mitchell Taylor. Of course, there wasn’t much information to update us on, as Taylor is currently suspended for using a drug of abuse.
At Sportsnet, Mike Cormack looks at the intertwined careers of the Jays’ Jeff Mathis, and ex-teammate (and briefly ex-Jay) Mike Napoli.
Check out the latest by Scott Barber of Jays Journal, who recently spent a day at work with John Lott of the National Post, if you’re interested in the kind of post you will never, ever see on this site.
Elsewhere at Jays Journal, Dave Church wonders if we should be worried about Yunel Escobar. I say not yet. Then inevitably some assface says, “WELL THEN WHEN IS IT OK TO START WORRYING, SMART GUY?” And I say that, when the goddamn Baltimore OriLOLes own the best record in baseball, I think it’s safe to fucking say that we haven’t exactly seen enough of an example to believe any of the results so far.
Mop Up Duty fills us in on the minor league whereabouts’ of some forgotten former recent Jays.
At the Tao of Stieb, the Org Guy has a little fantastical chat with his future self about what happens to this year’s Jays.
Lastly– *SPOILER ALERT*– I was the loser of this weeks #prophate segment on The Getting Blanked Show, which means that I’ll be following, tweeting, and posting about (over there, not here) tonight’s little slice of ridiculousness that sees the Royals’ Jonathan Sanchez face off against Felix Doubront of the Red Sox. Ugh. Join me?