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!!!
Jon Morosi of Fox Sports tweets that the Jays were one of several teams to watch Matt Garza of the Cubs pitch (badly) in Atlanta last night.
At Grantland, Jonah Keri looks at the trade market for relievers and spends a lot words wondering what to make of the Blue Jays’ situation.
Ken Rosenthal does the same, as he tells us at Fox Sports that, while the Jays may want to buy, don’t expect them to make a “go for it” trade designed to only help them this year. Obviously. Kenny Ken Ken is also told that the Jays aren’t going to trade Colby Rasmus– an idea he had floated a couple days ago. This is because he’s “become a different animal” since the trade, according to a source. “Not only has Rasmus made changes to his swing, but he also has become even more driven, the club official said.”
Speaking of young Colby, at Getting Blanked, Drew takes a rare dip into the ol’ counting stats and notices something rather curious: Rasmus has more home runs and RBIs than both Mike Trout and Joey Votto. And if this were only 20 years ago, we might even think that meant something!
Staying with our sister site, or whatever you want to call it, it’s time for the Friday staple: the Getting Blanked GIFs of the Week.
At his North of the Border blog, Gregor Chisholm transcribes Q&As with both John Farrell and Sam Dyson.
And at BlueJays.com, Gregor informs us that Brandon Morrow, who won’t throw off a mound until he’s completely symptom free, is feeling better and throwing at 150 feet, as a way to build up arm strength. The notebook post also says something about some old guy the Jays released.
In his piece on Sam Dyson, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet also notes that Sergio Santos is “set to ramp up his throwing program again.” There is still no timetable for his return.
House of the Bluebird is fully on board the don’t be so harsh on Coco, dickwads train. For good reason.
Bluebird Banter talks Cordero too, blaming his constant popping up in bad situations on John Farrell’s total lack of patience with young (or shitty) relievers. Cordero is the only one he appears to trust, apart from the guys he trusts so much he only uses when they need to hold a lead– Janssen, Frasor and Oliver.
Elsewhere at Bluebird Banter, they review the half-seasons of the prospects they listed from 11th to 15th in the Jays organization back in the spring.
Draft pick Nathan DeSouza of Milton has signed with the Jays for $100,000, says Bob Elliott of the Toronto Sun, who also gives us a bit of an update on Ryan Kellogg, who remains unsigned, with little left in the Jays’ coffers to give him.
Not Jays-related, but at FanGraphs, Matt Klaassen pulls a neat trick when looking at small sample sizes, as he discusses Royals catcher Salvador Perez.
At the Atlantic, Allen Barra writes about the All-Star Game’s continued slide into irrelevance.
Lastly, in a Flashback Friday post, the Blue Jay Hunter looks at a 1994 issue of Canadian Living that rather awesomely featured the Jays. Cover? Pat Borders. And recipes? You bet your ass there are recipes. Hilariously bad writing? Check.
On the recipe card for the Oleruds’ Omelette we’re told “Romance was in the air when the Oleruds first tasted this omelette in a restaurant in Bellevue, Wash. When they moved to Arizona, they were determined to take their favourite omelette recipe with them. Now they re-create it for leisurely breakfasts at home.”
So, y’know, kudos to the Oleruds for having the will and determination to, the whole world doubting them, against all odds, take an omelette recipe from the Pacific Northwest to Arizona. Semper Fi.
Oh, and there’s plenty more awesome where that came from…