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 his North of the Border blog, Gregor Chisholm has the full run-down of the conversation Alex Anthopoulos had with the media in Miami. Or was it Milwaukee? Whatever the case, it’s must-read stuff.
Gregor also writes, at BlueJays.com, about how Jeff Mathis could become Brett Cecil’s personal catcher.
Ken Fidlin of the Toronto Sun highlights comments on Travis Snider made by Alex Anthopoulos in the wake of Sunday’s recalls. The GM insists that he wants Snider to be up for good the next time he gets the call, and says that Rajai Davis has done nothing yet to lose the job. So… he’ll keep on waiting until Davis gets traded I guess.
Elsewhere in the Sun, Bob Elliott reports on the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony from this weekend in St. Mary’s, where Brewers GM Doug Melvin joked that he was being inducted for trading Brett Lawrie to the Blue Jays. “But seriously,” he quipped, “the Brewers’ minor-league development people teaches players to never throw a helmet — unless they are 50 feet from an umpire.”
Elliott also looks in-depth at the Jays three injured rotation regulars, examining what’s going on and when we can expect to see them back.
In Lansing, Noah Syndergaard was perfect through five innings in his start over the weekend. “It would be very easy to say that the slider is why Noah Syndergaard is back on track,” MiLB.com explains. “Three weeks ago, he started developing the pitch on his own. On Saturday night, before his 15th appearance for the Class A Lansing Lugnuts, he threw it so well in his off-to-the-side bullpen session that pitching coach Vince Horsman allowed him to finally break out the breaking ball between the lines.”
John Sickels has some glowing praise for Syndergaard as well, at Minor League Ball– including a video clip of some warmup pitches.
Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe includes the Jays among suitors for Matt Garza. Quelle surprise!
Holy what? It’s a post from Jon Hale over at the Mockingbird! Genuine quelle surprise! And in the post he lays it down hard on Buck and Tabby, so that’s pretty fucking terrific too.
Around here we tend to scoff at Major League equivalency calculations… when we don’t like what they’re telling us! But when Brian Cartwright of the Hardball Times tweets that, by his calculations, the MLE line for Lind’s time in Vegas is .256/.326/.423.
Seems as though Friday’s loss to the Jays really drove Ozzie Guillen to drink. Of course, according to comments relayed by the Sporting News, there’s not a whole lot of things that don’t. He doesn’t care much for your psychiatrist, either, for what it’s worth.
Asked about concerns that draft pick Marcus Stroman may not sign with the Jays, Keith Law tweets that he sees “no reason he wouldn’t sign.”
“Don’t be deceived by the fact they remain two games over .500,” writes the Toronto Star’s Richard Griffin of the Jays. “They’re on a tightrope.”
Elsewhere in the Star, Brendan Kennedy looks at the possibilities the Jays have in front of them as far as rotation help goes.
John Lott of the National Post writes about Adam Lind and the positive reports on him since his demotion to Las Vegas. Back into the fire ya go.
At FanGraphs, Eric Seidman looks at Jose Bautista’s strange season, and wonders if he can be the first player since 1962 to finish a season with a .380+ wOBA and a BABIP below .225.
Bluebird Banter examines Chad Jenkins as a possible rotation candidate for the Jays, as he’s been decent in his last three starts, if not– y’know– the season as a whole.
The Blue Jay Hunter is sick and tired of Travis Snider being in Las Vegas, and wants him freed. Meh. I’m sure he will be as soon as Davis is dealt. And you can’t stop playing Davis until that happens, or bring up Snider to play part-time. So… what are you gonna do, really?
Second lastly, the Little Red Umbrella reminds us of Toronto’s rich and varied baseball history. Or… wait, did I say baseball history? I meant donkey baseball history.
And lastly, not Jays-related, but Scott Miller of CBS Sports relays an anecdote from RA Dickey’s book which makes Alex Rodriguez look like quite the fucking fuckface. Delicious!