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… er… Afternoon Hangover… er… links!!!
At Getting Blanked, Parkes would like to let you know that he’s cultured. And also some shit about Brett Lawrie maybe not being as good as he’s “been overrated by an audience inundated with his praise from a team broadcaster that wants to develop the idea of a Canadian star attraction on the only Canadian team in baseball, who view his unquestionable drive and effort as though it was skill and accomplishment.” The Summer of Trolling continues!
The basis of some of what Parkes is on about comes from Colin Wyers, who at Baseball Prospectus (not paywall’d!) looks at Lawrie, and how the Jays shifting appears to be breaking DRS– one of them fancy defensive metrics everybody is so enamoured with now that they can use them in their all-out defence of the Golden Brett.
You’re welcome, world: tonight’s massive crossroads of a must-win Jays-Orioles tilt is MLB.tv’s free game of the day (you’re still behind the blackout restriction in Canada, though), and as such, it’s featured in Carson Cistuli’s Daily Notes at FanGraphs.
“Nothing has been decided yet,” says John Farrell of possible skipping a starter in the weekend’s Boston series, thanks to upcoming off days, according to the Toronto Sun. “We’re monitoring everything. We have the ability to adjust over the next week because of the two off-days. We’ll see how we come out of the next two days, how guys (Romero and Morrow) are physically. If we decide to keep them on regular rest and choose to hold back one of the other guys.” He adds that “If our rotation maintains what they’ve done for the majority of this year, the off-day Thursday, plus the off-day Monday … my guess is we’ll be ready to make an adjustment shortly.” I’m thinking, if they’re not insane, they’ll skip Drabek and let Romero pitch Sunday against the Sox.
Alex Anthopoulos laid down some radio gold on Montreal’s the Kaufman Show this week, explaining– among other things– that Vlad Guerrero will find himself either in Double- or Triple-A very soon, and that they’ll send him to New Hampshire if they want to see him face harder throwing opponents, or to Vegas if they feel he’ll benefit more from seeing some more crafty, fringe Big League pitching.
Jon Morosi of tweets that the agent for Edwin Encarnacion says the Jays haven’t approached him about a contract extension for his client. He discusses this in the article at Fox Sports that also touched on the Arencibia-to-1B stuff Parkes went to town on earlier.
“Sport officials are treated like Gods who can do no wrong,” says a commenter on a Bob Elliott piece in the Toronto Sun about the Jays relationship with umpires, who is presumably fucking serious, amazingly. (Also amazing: it’s not the only piece Elliott has penned on the subject in the last week. Man, his drinking buddies in the umpiring crew must be giving him an earful about it. HEYO!)
Elsewhere at Getting Blanked, Parkes wonders why the Orioles were playing in Canada on Memorial Day in the US, while the Jays were out of the country on Victoria Day, the Royals will be here on July 4th, and the Mariners on September 11th. Is scheduling really so hard?
And in more stuff from there, Bill Parker wonders if the Jays may have themselves a Bautista 2.0 in Edwin Encarnacion. Interesting stuff– the similarities are pretty striking.
Miked Up– or maybe what used to be called Miked Up– has a new home over at Sportsnet. I don’t know if the full blog has a page, but here’s its first post– and a link for the RSS feed. Wilner’s got a post saying as much in the old space.
The Tao of Stieb ruminates on the demotion of Eric Thames, admitting to a nagging feeling we may see Thames back here again before Travis Snider ever gets a shot. Ugh. It’s possible.
Questions arise about the Jays in Jonah Keri’s latest power rankings at Grantland, as the bluebirds slip from seventh to 13th.
In case it wasn’t clear from the fact that they didn’t demote him in their bullpen shuffle, I think the Jays like Jesse Chavez, as MLBTR passes along a report from Patrick Newman of NPB Tracker that the Jays rejected a $1-million offer from the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks for the reliever.
Ex-scout Bernie Pleskoff of MLB.com writes of Anthony Gose, going over his many raw tools, and some of the problems he’s going to have convincing an MLB manager to play him– as has been the case for outfielders of a similar profile, like Peter Bourjos, Jarrod Dyson and Ben Revere. It’s all about getting on base.
Lastly, we get a look at Sal Fasano’s rules for his New Hampshire players from Gray Matter, including the one that goes, “Can’t use the word ‘swag’ or ‘that’s what she said.’ If used it will result in a punch of my choice.” The one that’s most telling of baseball culture, though, I think is: “Just a reminder about DUI and DWI, and how hard it is to be a Toronto Blue Jays player because you have a hard time getting into Canada.” Yes, because that’s why you don’t want to drive drunk.