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!!!
Richard Griffin brings us the latest epic poem that he calls his “Bullpen,” over at the Toronto Star. In it he tells us that the deals the Jays made, and the way they’ve managed their roster over the last two months, shows that they’ve written off 2012.
In another piece, Griffin previews the Jays’ visit to Tampa, and gives an update on the club’s injured regulars. Brandon Morrow starts Wednesday at New Hampshire, Jason Frasor is throwing from flat ground, and Adam Lind has started taking dry swings, he says. Jose Bautista, however, has stopped swinging the bat for the time being. “When he started to ramp things up in Seattle he still felt some symptoms when he finished pulling his hands in, particularly on a ball that might have been on the inside part of the plate. With a high hand finish, the hand doesn’t rotate as drastically as it does with a low-hand finish. That’s where he feels it, so as recommended by the hand specialist, feeling some discomfort in there we didn’t want to push it and risk further setback,” explains John Farrell.
Most impressively, though, in Friday’s Star, Griff gave us five things the Jays ought to do with the rest of the season, three of which have already basically happened over the course of this weekend– moving JA Happ to the rotation, moving Brett Cecil down the road towards being a lefty specialist, promoting Adeiny Hechavarria. His fourth suggestion was pretty close, too, as he wanted the club to move Chad Jenkins and Deck McGuire up to Las Vegas (Jenkins skipped Vegas and is in the Majors, and McGuire might not be far behind). Number five? Start quietly courting Buffalo as their new Triple-A home, which… I wouldn’t be surprised if that’s already happening as well.
Barry Davis of Sportsnet spoke to Jason Frasor, and tweets that the pitcher feels he’s lucky to have shut himself down when he did, and that it was stupid to pitch through pain– as he apparently did– and that “The discomfort I was feeling was a precursor to the legiment [sic] and a 3rd TJ surgery.” Yikes.
MLBTR passes along Gordon Wittmeyer’s latest from the Chicago Sun-Times, wherein he tells us that x-rays on Monday revealed a “stress reaction” on the back of Matt Garza’s elbow– a turn of events that one figures may stop some fans from whining that the Jays didn’t get him, though one probably wouldn’t want to hold one’s breath on that one.
Chris Toman of BlueJays.com writes about Chad Jenkins and Deck McGuire, the former of whom has finally received the call to the Majors from the Jays, despite… y’know… being kinda terrible.
Meanwhile, Jeff Fletcher of MLB.com writes a notebook post that quotes John Farrell, who is cautious, but hopeful that Jose Bautista’s season isn’t over, that tells us Colby Rasmus and Brett Lawrie are hoping to be back in the lineup against the Rays, and the Farrell has addressed the baserunning issues of Moises Sierra.
Speaking of, at Minor League Ball, John Sickels looks at Moises Sierra, fearing his contact rate and his not-so-hot road split in the PCL, but liking some off the other tools. He compares him to Jose Guillen, “not a star by any means but a guy who had some productive seasons with the bat in his late 20s and early 30s.”
At Getting Blanked, Wendy Thurm looks at some WPA numbers, noting that on Friday night, Kelly Johnson and Yan Gomes each produced two of the top 200 negative WPAs of the season. Wonderful.
Meanwhile, in yesterday’s URL Weaver post, Travis Reitsma picks apart a silly article from the Hall of Famer Bob Elliott, who seems to believe that the Jays should have Ubaldo’d up a few assets at the trade deadline to take a piss in the ocean on a playoff chase that’s, realistically, simply not happening– or, at least, requires such a turnaround that it would be foolish to damage the long-term future of the club to pursue.
And earlier in the weekend, Parkes did some maple fluffing, looking at Oscar Tavares– the high-impact Cardinals prospect (a scout told Kevin Goldstein recently, Parkes relays, that he’d take him over Wil Myers as the best offensive prospect in the game) who spent his teenage years in Montreal and holds a Canadian passport.
Lots of other stuff from the Toronto Sun, where Mike Rutsey tells us John Farrell is loving his new, well-equipped bullpen, and also talks to Brad Lincoln about his “power curve.” Meanwhile, Roger Lajoie mourns the end of the Toronto Maple Leafs’ season– no, this is not a repeat from every April ever.
After some confusion regarding his stats, we learn today via MLB Daily Dish (and probably elsewhere– what is this, my job???) that Andrew Carpenter– the bad Carpenter– has been outrighted off of the 40-man roster.
At the Tao of Stieb, the Org Guy checks in with some long weekend observations.
Jon Hale of the Mockingbird finds something poetic about a Sheepdogs song that Rogers is using to promote the Jays.
At FanGraphs, Dave Cameron looks into a topic that’s usually a major concern in these parts: attendance. Specifically, how the hell it’s possible that the Angels’ is down this year, why we can’t really explain it, and what it means about other assumptions we make in this realm.
Also at FanGraphs, Mark Hulet looks at how some minor league conversion projects are going, including the Jays’ Matt Johnson. A converted utility player, pitching for Vancouver, Johnson can get it up to 95 and “has now made nine pitching appearances and has 11 Ks to four walks in 8.1 innings.”
Lastly, Ian celebrates five years in the blogosphere over at the Blue Jay Hunter. Congrats!