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!!!
Interesting stuff from Mop Up Duty, as apparently Colby Rasmus leads the league in WHAV– Well-Hit Average, which measures the percentage of at-bats in which a hitter made solid contact– while Yunel Escobar is near the bottom, as he typically is.
At the Toronto Star, Brendan Kennedy talks about the potential of Jesse Chavez and Brett Cecil joining the Jays’ rotation. They’re both probably a lateral move from Kyle Drabek, but huge steps down from Brandon Morrow. Still, of Chavez, Vegas manager Tom Brown says, “I always liked his stuff, but I didn’t expect him to be this good.”
Elswhere at the Star, Mark Zwolinski looks at five pitchers the Jays might trade for in the next couple of months– and he must be some kind of an optimist, because all but Matt Garza will be free agents after this season, and one of them is Joe fucking Saunders!
Some headline writer knows where his bread is buttered, because even though the piece really isn’t about this, the latest from John Lott at the National Post is titled, “Same fire burns in Brett Lawrie, Bryce Harper.”
The Washington Post has a nifty roundup of the “clown question, bro” stuff that originated from a Score reporter, that’s blowing up the internet.
“Now would be an ideal time for the Blue Jays offence to find some consistency and carry the club for a stretch,” writes Shi Davidi of Sportsnet, and hitting coach Dwayne Murphy think he has the answer: the Jays need to be more aggressive and get away from their walk-heavy-ish ways. *Gulp*
Elsewhere at Getting Blanked, strap yourself in, it’s time for Ryan Oakley’s weekly dissection of the mystical Lovecraftian beast living just below the surface of baseball: these are your KAPOWER Rankings.
Extra Base Hit notes that LA Kings forward Anze Kopitar seems to have switched from his hockey-friendly Jays hat of last week to a more city-friendly Dodgers cap. Or maybe he’s just a big Juan Rivera fan.
At Bluebird Banter, Tom Dakers wonders if it’s time for some trades. Sure… if anybody’s willing. I doubt the market is quite in mid-season form just yet, though, personally.
Oh shit, here’s at least a small part of the reason why people have been losing their shit about the season possibly being over: it’s a notion endorsed by Richard Griffin of the Toronto Star! Groan.
Gregor Chisholm has a notebook post up at BlueJays.com, in which he makes it official that Morrow is on the DL and Yan Gomes is up, as well as talking about the Jays’ plans to keep Henderson Alvarez from giving up so many damn home runs, and more on the potential of a Cecil call-up.
Speaking of, Jared Macdonald of Jays Journal was in Las Vegas, and he reports on Cecil’s first Triple-A start of the year.
Lastly, with today being an off-day, I’ve either got to put the latest and greatest episode of Getting Blanked into its own post, or stick it here. Guess which it is? And it’s an extra-special Jays one, too, as Drew chats with none other than the WHAVscally WHAVvit himself, Colby Rasmus! (And if you want to skip all the non-Jays stuff– even though there’s pretty much Jays stuff in there every day, given how I can’t help but Karabell my way into it– you can go straight to the clip of Drew Geekin’ Out with Colby Rasmus).