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!!!
Guy Spurrier of the National Post goes through five perfectly reasonable reasons why we’ll see Anthony Gose in a Jays uniform tonight.
Note, I only say in uniform, not in the lineup, as Barry Davis of Sportsnet tweets that Ben Francisco gets the start in right field tonight against somewhat difficult lefty CC Sabathia. Rajai Davis moves to the top of the lineup, and Brett Lawrie flips down to third in the order.
The Knobler goes a-knoblin’ at CBS Sports, talking to a scout who thinks that the Jays have to be sellers now, and noting that they could move Yunel Escobar (regardless of whether they’re selling or not), plus some late inning relievers, too. That would make for a fun few months, wouldn’t it?
Over at Getting Blanked, the Common Man assures us, his Canadian friends, to live in hope in the wake of this latest disastrous injury for the Jays. And elsewhere there, Parkes finds the one person in the world who actually relies on Twitter to get game updates.
Jared Maconald of Jays Journal posts a recent chat he had while in Las Vegas with the newest Jay, Anthony Gose.
At CBS Sports, Jon Heyman says that the Jays are one of several clubs who reportedly have interest in the Twins’ Francisco Liriano.
Mop Up Duty notices that Carlos Villanueva owns baseball’s best slider over the past month, apparently.
Paul Swydan of FanGraphs notes that a Justin Upton deal would be a rarity, and goes searching for some comparable deals. One of them? The only mid-season acquision of a position player with over 300 games experience before the end of his age 24 season: The Jays’ acquisition of Colby Rasmus.
At Sportsnet, Shi Davidi talks about the looming questions that hang over the Jays’ bullpen, with Casey Janssen the only reliable, under-contract, non-injured arm who’s slated to be there next season.
Speaking of the National Post (which we totally were… way up at the top of the post), John Lott talks to the ageless wonder, Darren Oliver.
In his latest “bullpen” piece for the Toronto Star, Richard Griffin talks about how the Jays exposed flaws in the system with their unorthodox drafting, among many, many other things.
At Bill James Online, John Dewan writes about the Jays’ shifty “Lawrie Defense” and the flaw in the DRS metric that was, until recently, exposed by it.
At Bluebird Banter, Tom Dakers asks if you’d be disappointed if the Jays didn’t make a big trade before the deadline. (Me, personally? Yes.) And elsewhere he runs us through the Jays bullpen, with some background on each shitty arm (and the good ones, too!).
Robert MacLeod of the Globe and Mail writes that this is a big week for the Jays, which may decide how they approach the trade deadline.
Jays Journal looks at which Jays prospects were hot over the last week.
Lastly, Minor League Ball makes a composite of the just-released mid-season top prospects lists from their site, Baseball America, Baseball Prospectus, and Keith Law. Travis d’Arnaud is the top Jays prospect on the list of 60, coming in at 11th. He’s followed by Aaron Sanchez (38), Jake Marisnick (40), Anthony Gose (44), Noah Syndergaard (52) and Justin Nicolino (56).