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!!!
I was going to write that I didn’t even want to bother commenting on today’s disasterpiece at all, but the fast fingers of Eno Saris got a “what the hell is wrong with Ricky Romero?” piece up over at FanGraphs before the end of the fifth inning!
An AP wire story appearing in the Toronto Star informs us that Jose Bautista will appear in the upcoming “Body Issue” of ESPN the Magazine. So… there’s that.
In at notebook post at BlueJays.com, Gregor Chisholm tells us about Carlos Villanueva, who is going to start for the Jays tomorrow at Rogers Centre against the Angels, and Brandon Morrow, who actually has no pain in his oblique muscle, and has started playing light catch every other day.
Part two of Bluebird Banter’s interview with Dwayne Murphy includes this answer about whether he believes in advanced stats: “No. No. Those stats don’t matter to me. I just try to get these guys to hit and knock in runs and score runs, cause no matter what kind of stat you have, in order to win this game, you gotta score runs. You can make up whatever stats you want, but if I get these guys to drive in runs and to score runs, we have opportunities to win ball games.” Of course, given his role, I don’t think he particularly needs to give a shit about advanced stats.
Jason Collette writes for Baseball Prospectus about Henderson Alvarez and his nightmare season with the home run ball. He’s the first pitcher since Mark Mulder in 2006 (with the Cardinals, not when he was good) to have such a high home run rate, despite inducing ground balls at a rate over 55%.
“Toronto is generally regarded as a conservative, conscientious organization when it comes to protecting its pitchers. The Jays set up individual shoulder-strengthening programs and conditioning regimens, observe widely accepted pitch limits (with special caution for young pitchers) and closely monitor starters’ bullpen sessions,” writes John Lott of the National Post, which is why pitching coach Bruce Walton is so taken aback by the recent rash of injuries.
Zach Links of MLB Trade Rumors and making delicious beef jerky passes along confirmation of the fact that Omar Vizquel is going to retire at the end of the season. What? I thought he already was. HEYO!
At Sportsnet, Shi Davidi looks at the unprecedentedness of the Jays’ rotation injuries. He also tweets that Jamie Moyer’s deal with the club is for two Triple-A starts, after which they’ll have to call him up or lose him.
Buster Olney of ESPN.com (Insider Olney) talks to evaluators about the possibility that the Twins may trade Francisco Liriano.
Meanwhile, at Getting Blanked, Parkes looks at Zack Greinke’s availability.
Bob Elliott of the Toronto Sun talks to Vancouver Canadians manager Clayton McCullough, who is enjoying his demotion after spending last season in charge of Dunedin.
Dave Cameron of FanGraphs puts together a set of AL All-Stars for the stat nerd set. Only two Jays make it, Bautista and Encarnacion. Honourable mentions to Lawrie and Rasmus.
And lastly, here’s today’s edition of Getting Blanked for your viewing enjoyment!