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!!!
Speaking of Matt Englishes (hmmm), a Canadian of that name got a nice Deadspinning this morning, as he followed that site’s “Bristolmetrics” pattern of breaking down how much time ESPN Sportscenter devotes to particular topics, and how many times certain people get mentioned, but did so looking at TSN’s version of what used to be SportsDesk. The big winner on the night that the NBA championship was decided? Nail Yakupov, who was mentioned 25 times before Matt stopped counting. And Rick Nash came up 13 times– more than all Oklahoma City Thunder players combined. Oh, and last night’s MLB schedule? It got two minutes, following CFL preseason highlights, a piece on the just-released NHL schedule for next year, and just ahead of the second eight-plus minute roundtable on the NHL Draft. Holy. Fuckballs.
Bluebird Banter notes that Travis Snider is 5-for-12 with three home runs and three walks since his return to Las Vegas. A call-up can’t be far off, can it? They also wonder if maybe Rajai Davis has played himself into having some trade value. I could see it…
Jon Morosi of Fox Sports and knowing that talking about the Jays brings lots of web traffic labels the club’s 2010 draft class– that of Sanchez, Syndergaard and Nicolino– the anti-Moneyball draft.
Guy Spurrier does another Sabermetric turn for the National Post, looking at the Jays’ offence, and how they’re picking up whatever slack they can for the banged up staff, and also examines the struggling sinker of Henderson Alvarez.
Jack Moore of FanGraphs thinks Jose Bautista is back, baby– well, maybe not in so many words.
MLBTR passes along Ben Badler of Baseball America’s reporting that the Jays are in hot pursuit of some international amateur free agents. 15-year-olds, dude.
“I can see where that can make a lot of sense,” says John Farrell of the possibility of going to a four-man rotation, according to the Toronto Sun, but he’s sticking with five. And elsewhere at the Sun, Mike Rutsey talks Ricky Romero, the last non-question-mark standing in the Jays’ rotation. Kinda.
Mop Up Duty takes a look at some ex-Jays who are thriving in the National League this year. You might want to avert your eyes before you see Aaron Hill’s crazy line.
In his piece on the amazing Mike Trout for ESPN.com (Insider Only), lays this down regarding WAR and a certain fluffer of maple cocks: “If you prefer Baseball-Reference’s flavor, Trout ranks second in the league in WAR behind onlyBrett Lawrie, who benefits there from an insane (and obviously inaccurate) defensive rating that seems to think he’s Brooks Robinson.” Nothing earth-shattering, but still… yes.
Baseball Think Factory passes along a report that ex-Jay-ish Jeff Kent is supposedly going to be one of the contestants on the upcoming “Survivor: Philippines.” Because apparently they’re still making that show.
At Getting Blanked, Parkes uses Reds prospect speedster Billy Hamilton as an excuse to make us watch some Nicholas Cage gold.
And staying with Getting Blanked, lastly, it’s their always-epic GIFs of the Week.