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!!!
An extra tidbit from Drew’s twitter feed, as he spent the afternoon at Rogers Centre, as he passes along a comment from Alex Anthopoulos about the “piggybacking” strategy they’ve used with pitchers in Lansing this season– and which Noah Syndergaard has expressed frustration with. The starters will be moving to five innings each soon, Anthopoulos says, according to Drew’s tweet, and most will get their own day to start. They’ll look at system-wide promotions at the minor league all-star break, the GM says, according to another tweet.
Interesting, but in a completely different way, is the fact Drew also tweets a picture of Carlos Delgado, who is in town and on field at the Dome. “When the phone rings, I’ll answer it,” the former slugger says when asked about his possible inclusion on the Jays’ Level of Excellence. Hopefully it’s a conversation that’s being had while he’s here. Honouring Delgado next season? Sounds about exactly right.
At Getting Blanked, it’s the animated GIF of a collision more dangerous than anything imaginable– Brett Lawrie and Bryce Harper. Suck it, CERN!
At Sportsnet, Shi Davidi tells us about the draft picks signed this week by the Jays, with an eye on the money and what’s going to be left for the big unsigned ones, Marcus Stroman, Matt Smoral, and Chase DeJong.
The Jays move up a spot in the latest power rankings from Jonah Keri at Grantland, all the way into 13th, as Jonah points out Jose Bautista’s bad BABIP, and the fact that he’s now on pace for more home runs than the 43 he hit last season. He’s getting there, indeed…
Today in confusion due to common Latino last names, Extra Base Hit passes along some updated speculation via John Lott that suggested Sanchez might get the call to replace Morrow in the Jays’ rotation– meaning, of course, Jesse Chavez. A little crazy early for Aaron Sanchez, methinks. Lott quickly corrected himself.
At the Toronto Star, Richard Griffin sees it the Jays’ way– and presumably Bean Stringfellow’s way– when it comes to Vlad Guerrero.
Eno Saris chimes in at FanGraphs, coming to the same conclusion about Vlad and his Bernie Kosar-like diminishing skills.
Lastly, also at FanGraphs, Marc Hulet includes non-prospect Adam Lind in today’s Prospect Stock Watch, suggesting that despite being “apparently out of shape, the first baseman has worked hard to get his conditioning to the level where it needs to be so he can compete at the big league level and he’s seeing results in the box scores too. Lind is currently hitting .416 in 22 games and just went deep twice on Monday night, giving him five home runs. With an OPS of 1.134 Lind could find himself back in the Majors sooner rather than later although he could be an attractive name at the July trade deadline (if the Blue Jays are willing to eat some of his salary).”