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!!!
The Jays are leading the world in DRS, and Brett Lawrie alone has already saved 12 runs, according to the metric– an otherworldly pace, given that Evan Longoria led third basemen last year with 22 runs saved. John Lott of the National Post looks into it with Ben Jedlovec of Baseball Info Solutions. “Part of this is due to some very optimal positioning by the Blue Jays,” explains Jedlovec, but Lawrie is “making plays in places where very few third basemen are making those plays.”
Speaking of our MLB-coverin’ cousin, I was forced to watch the Royals and Red Sox last night as punishment for losing a #PropHate bet last Thursday on the Getting Blanked Show. You can read my chronicle of that turd over at Getting Blanked– complete with MS Paint beard on a baby that looks like Billy Butler!
Aaaaand, elsewhere at Getting Blanked, Parkes takes the Jays to task for wasting dollars and a roster spot on a non-contributing guy who would be better off as a bench coach: Omar Vizquel. I dunno, it’s possible he offers value by participating as a player, rather than a coach.
Shi Davidi of Sportsnet talks to Travis Snider, who isn’t in a rush to get back from the wrist injury that’s sidelined him over the past couple weeks, or when it comes to pressing to get back to the bigs. He credits working with Las Vegas hitting coach Chad Mottola for heling with his new swing mechanics, which he says he’s maintained for three months, since the start of Spring Training. “When I step in there I know what I’m trying to accomplish and when I’m off, he can pick it apart pretty quickly,” Snider says.
Gregor Chisholm of BlueJays.com talks Edwin Encarnacion, with the player himself and with John Farrell, who credits Alex Anthopoulos for his steadfast belief that the artist formerly known as E5 could be a consistently above average offensive player for the Jays.
Mike Ganter of the Toronto Sun looks at the Jays’ upcoming opponent, the Oakland A’s, who have hung around so far in the AL West, and while not exactly a threat to topple the Rangers, are going to be a tough team to get wins against most nights.
Bluebird Banter takes a look at how the Jays minor league first basemen have fared so far this season, just in case you had any illusions about some kind of ready-made replacement for Adam Lind just sitting there waiting to get the call– other than David Cooper, of course, who the Jays very obviously do not view as that. Yesterday they looked at the catchers.
FanGraphs peers in on an echo of the bad old days, as they compare the hauls of clubs who had multiple early draft picks in the 2007 draft. They rank the Jays’ third of four, behind the Giants (Bumgarner very much?) and the Rangers. The Rangers picks were Blake Beavan, Michael Main, Julio Borbon, Neil Ramirez and Tommy Hunter, so you know the Jays didn’t do so terrific to be behind them (though Ramirez has developed into a decent prospect, and some of those guys have been OK in the Majors). That was, of course, the draft in which the Jays selected Kevin Ahrens, that Aaron Cibia guy, Brett Cecil, Justin Jackson and Trystan Magnuson.
Lastly, “Among the 194 mind-numbingly dull pages contained in the transcript of former baseball star Roger Clemens’s testimony to a U.S. Congressional committee in 2008, there’s this gem about his time with the Toronto Blue Jays,” says a blurb from the Montreal Gazette. “‘It was very relaxed in Toronto. I know that the guys who drank a lot could get their beer pretty much free,’ Clemens testified. ‘I think Labatt’s sponsored the team.’ That might explain a few things.”
Late Addition: We’re hearing that we’re having some delays uploading clips to YouTube, so it may be a little while before today’s edition of the Getting Blanked Show is online in its full video glory. However, the mp3 is here for you to download.