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 says the correct words about the setbacks of Sergio Santos and Dustin McGowan.
Jays Journal looks at the problems one of the pair of the Jays’ “piggybacking” prospect starters at Lansing are having, as Noah Syndergaard has been spectacular when starting piggybacked games, and awful when coming in mid-game, while the reverse has been true for Anthony DiScalfani. “It’s kind of frustrating, but at the same time, I know there’s a goal, there’s a plan that the Blue Jays have for me,” Syndergaard told Curt Rallo of MiLB.com. “I’m OK with it, but I definitely feel more comfortable starting. I still haven’t figured out the relieving role. It would be a lot easier to acclimate to my routine if I was a starter every five days. ”
MiLB.com also tells us that, with a little help from a rehabbing Travis Snider, the Dunedin Blue Jays secured the first half title in the Florida State League’s North Division.
At Minor League Ball, John Sickels sums up the drafts of the teams in the AL East, telling his readers to “never, ever underestimate the Blue Jays,” as “the new system didn’t stop them from drawing in talent.”
Power Rankings? An essay? A rant? An AL, NL, and minor league roundup? Birthdays? This week in MLB history? Five fucking thousand words! Holy shit, this is Richard Griffin’s Bullpen.
In the National Post, John Lott primes us for the upcoming series against Bryce Harper, Stephen Strasburg, and whatever the hell team it is they play for.
Bob Elliott of the Toronto Sun writes about the impostor posing as ex-Jays coach John Sullivan– for a second time!– during the Braves’ alumni weekend.
At Sportsnet, Shi Davidi talks to David Cooper, who is making the conscious effort to play to his strengths.
Have you heard? The Blue Jays have been really bad in interleague play over the years. Or so says an infographic from Bluebird Banter. Of course, what the interleague struggles of completely different players from 1997 to, say, 2009 have to do with this set of players, I have no fucking clue.
On Friday, Dirk Hayhurst tweeted that he’ll be co-hosting Baseball Central on the Fan 590. And on his own blog, he tempers expectations for those believing the notion that Marcus Stroman may find himself in the Majors before the end of the season.
The Tao of Stieb professes some kind of love for Eric Hinske, while The Org Guy talks around a notion I put forward this winter and got shit on by morons for: that the Jays are probably a better team this year than they were last, even if they may not necessarily finish with a better record.
Better late than never, Gregor Chisholm has a bunch of post-draft comments from Andrew Tinnish at his North of the Border blog. Late for me, that is. Gregor had it up in a completely timely manner, of course.
At FanGraphs, Marc Hulet includes Deck McGuire in a recent prospect stock watch post, and… um… his stock isn’t exactly rising. “McGuire, 23, doesn’t have the most dynamic stuff and projects to develop into a No. 3 starter at best, but things are looking bleak even for that outlook,” he writes. “This is definitely not the type of return that you hope for from a top college pitcher who was handed more than $2 million to go pro.” Ugh.
Lastly, elsewhere at FanGraphs, Eric Seidman looks at the Phillies as potential sellers at the trade deadline. Speaking of, Guy Spurrier of the National Post looks at Roy Halladay’s admission that age and injury are slowing his fastball.