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!!!
The highlight of just about any week is upon us, as Ryan Oakley surveys the mystical Lovecraftian beast living just below the surface of baseball with his KAPOWER rankings at Getting Blanked.
Elsewhere at Getting Blanked, while not overly Jays related, I think we can all feel for Matt Klaassen, as he talks folks down off the ledge who are in the throes of “prospect panic.”
At CBS Sports, Jon Heyman looks at Edwin Encarnacion as one of the summer’s potential best trade pieces. Shit, make him a proper rental and deal him, then sign him back in the fall… huh? huh? huh?
Jays Journal takes a nifty look at the roster of this year’s short season Gulf Coast Blue Jays.
At MLB.com, Josh Liebeskind tells us about Jamie Moyer’s win last night in Tacoma, where the uber-veteran sat around 80 and threw at least one pitch that clocked at a magnificent 52. Jesus fuck.
Elsewhere at MLB.com, Roger Schlueter tells us about Jose Bautista’s ridiculously good month.
In an notebook post for BlueJays.com, Chris Toman tells us that John Farrell is having Ricky Romero go back to basics, looking for first pitch strikes, or fastball strikes to his arm side in any count (yes, please!). He adds some praise for Bautista, and the new-look top-of-the-order.
According to the Toronto Sun, John Farrell says that it’s changeups that have been plaguing Kelly Johnson of late. Johnson, of course, has struggled since hurting his hamstring, after being one of the team’s best hitters in the early going.
Robert MacLeod of the Globe and Mail looks at a still-struggling Staff Ace (TM) Brett Cecil.
At the National Post, John Lott looks at Rajai Davis’s season, and how additional playing time has helped him improved. Or, as Rajai puts it, “When you sow sparingly, you reap sparingly. When you sow bountifully, you reap bountifully.”
At FanGraphs, Alex Remington asks a non-Jays question, but a pertinent one nonetheless: is baseball getting too expensive for kids? And elsewhere there, Mike Axisa takes a look at the injuries that have plagued not just the Jays, but the rest of the American League East.
Extra Base Hit informs us that the Denver Beer Co. has started brewing a “Canadian Lager” called “Clown Question Bro.” Awesome. Check out the logo via the link.
Lastly, Bluebird Banter would like to take this opportunity to help folks navigate their way to the Rogers Centre in the absence of the Spadina streetcar– and to make us watch the damn Shuffle Demons.