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!!!
At his North of the Border blog, Gregor Chisholm gives us the goods from Alex Anthopoulos in his conversation with reporters about the Mathis extension, and– most importantly– what this means for the club’s two young catcher. Travis d’Arnaud, he says, could force his way on to the team next year, perhaps as a DH, and would definitely have come up this season when Aaron Cibia got hurt, had he not been injured himself. But Alex isn’t ruling anything out, and he’s certainly not saying that he fully intends on dangling Arencibia in trade talks over the winter, though… let’s be serious. He will be.
In the National Post, John Lott digests the news as well, saying that the GM “stressed that when d’Arnaud arrives, he will play regularly.”
Shi Davidi weighs in on it, too, at Sportsnet, adding that Alex’s “comments also suggest that Adam Lind should be on watch, having already lost first base to Edwin Encarnacion and now having his DH at-bats threatened, too.”
At whatever they’re calling Miked Up these days, Wilner talks Carlos Villanueva, who may be the next Jays player to get an extension, and who tells him that he loves playing in Toronto, loves his teammates, and thinks the team is headed in the right direction– though he notes it’s going to be easier to re-sign him if they do it before he hits the open market. Villanueva has been very solid in his eight starts this season, posting a 3.31 FIP and 3.43 xFIP, striking out 26% of batters faced and walking just 7%– better numbers across the board than in his innings as a reliever.
Colby Rasmus almost started last night’s game but was a late scratch, then came in to pinch hit for Adeiny Hechavarria in the ninth inning last night. In at notebook post at BlueJays.com, Gregor Chisholm tells us that he might be ready to DH today– and elsewhere comments on the signings of Mathis and Torrealba, and speaks to Casey Janssen about the mental difficulties of getting over his first blow save.
In the Toronto Sun, Bob Elliott looks at recently-acquired minor league catcher Tuffy Gosewich (no, really), who Anthony Gose is glad to see on his own team now, as well the club’s minor league catching depth, based on the rankings of “Kevin Gray of the New Hampshire Union Leader, who does the best job of anyone covering the Jays minor-league system.”
Damien Cox of the Toronto Star took time off of pontificating about games he didn’t actually watch to shit out something positive about Colby Rasmus, among other things, all with hockey garbage framing the story of his precious little thoughts, because, y’know, he’s dull like that.
Elsewhere in the Star, Brendan Kennedy looks at the pleasant surprise that has been the play of Aaron Loup.
An AP report, via the Globe and Mail, tells us that attendance across the majors is up 4%– a number the attribute to the addition of the extra Wild Card this season.
MLBTR notes that the Jays, who designated Scott Richmond for assignment in order to move him off the 40-man last week, have outrighted the Canadian hurler to Vegas. So… he’s still in the organization, just not on the 40-man.
At Getting Blanked, Parkes absolutely nails it on the subject of the supposed swirling clubhouse clusterfuck in Boston.
Look away (then remember that the Jays weren’t going to pick up his options anyway): Jack Moore of FanGraphs examines the success Aaron Hill has had this year with Arizona, and the fly ball balancing act it’s taken to make it happen.
Lastly, since there wasn’t a proper Game Threat last night, and therefore I didn’t post this anywhere over here, check out yesterday’s edition of Getting Blanked…