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!!!
Brett Lawrie tweeted goodnight to the world last night, as he fell asleep to the dulcet sounds of the Armageddon soundtrack. You just can’t make this stuff up!
At BlueJays.com, Gregor Chisholm recaps last night’s win, with a particular focus on Kyle Drabek and his command. Somehow Drabek’s inability to throw strikes didn’t haunt him last night, and he says he felt in his last three innings that he was giving 100% effort– as he does in the bullpen, pregame, when everything supposedly works great– rather than the 110% he tends to come into games at. Overthrowing much? Whatever the case, he was spiking his two-seamer, as he says, and was fortunate to come away with a win.
Gregor also gives an update on Sergio Santos, explaining that, based on the progress he’s made, he should be “out for at least the next three weeks, but the club is hesitant to put any official time frame on the rehab.”
Coaching wizard Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun would like to see “a little more killer instinct” from the Jays. “You win two from the Mets. Crush them in the third game,” he moronically says, presumably serious, in an article someone actually paid him to write. “You have a seven-game homestand? Win five, not four.” GENIUS! WHY DIDN’T THEY THINK OF THAT!?!???!
No, you haven’t misheard. Mark Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times tweets that Carlos Pena will lead-off for the Rays tonight against Drew Hutchison.
There are new ZiPS projections for this year’s MLB standings, as the season reaches the one-quarter mark, and the Orioles have seen their projected record increase by fourteen wins, putting them… last in the AL East. The Jays are fourth. Fuck the rest. Dan Szymborski has the goods at ESPN.com (Insider Only).
Also as the season reaches the one-quarter mark, Bluebird Banter gives out a report card for the Jays’ starting pitchers so far.
At Grantland, Jonah Keri looks at the Jays’ run differential– second in the AL to Texas– and wonders if they might be a very good team, placing them seventh in his power rankings. Though… the Orioles are way up in fourth, so it’s not like this is exactly predictive stuff.
And yet another one from Gregor at BlueJays.com, as it’s announced that Pat Hentgen will represent the Jays at the Rule 4 Draft this year.
Drew points me (via Baseball Today?) to the Baseball Reference box score of a 1988 game in which Jimy Williams did something rather interesting, defensively.
At Gray Matter, Kevin Gray of the Manchester Union Leader talks about, and has interviews with, the Fisher Cats pitchers who combined for the affiliate’s third ever no hitter over the weekend.
Chris Perez goes round two with the fans of Cleveland, saying more things that the majority of players wouldn’t touch with a forty foot pole taped to a ten foot pole, but that they’re all probably thinking. Big League Stew has a roundup.
Lastly, a programming note: we’re going to stick with the Monday-Thursday format for the DJF Podcast– until they tell us to do more than two per week, that is– so when there’s a holiday Monday, that means you’re only getting one that week. One day between podcasts is pretty small, don’t you think? See you Thursday!