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!!!
Hope everybody had a great long weekend, now it’s back to business as usual, which for us Jays fans in September means… ugh. Here are today’s links…
At FanGraphs, Jack Moore likes what he sees in Carlos Villanueva, and thinks that he can help the Jays going forward (i.e. they should keep him). Elsewhere, David Laurila chats with work-in-progress Anthony Gose.
Zack Links of MLB Trade Rumours and making delicious cured meats watches the latest video from Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports so you don’t have to. In it Dr. Rosen Rosen suggests that the time might be right for David Ortiz to test the free agent waters this winter, as the Jays and Yankees might be interested in going multi-year– something the Red Sox have been reluctant to do. File this one under: no shit. Start recruiting your pal already, Jose!
Five gems from Jon Lott of the National Post, who looks at the throng of Expos fans who descended on the Rogers Centre this weenked, talks to bullpen catcher Alex Andreopoulos, looks at the second guessing of Omar Vizquel’s game-losing slide over the weekend, how Brandon Lyon and Jeff Mathis worked a plan to beat the Yankees last week, and a talk with Ricky Romero, who says, “It’s tough to hear boos from your own fans.” Also file this one under: no shit. Ingrates.
Lott also tweets some award announcements for the Las Vegas 51s, where the team MVP was Adeiny Hechavarria, and the best was Jesse Chavez. The fans’ choice for best 51, known in the desert as the Mayor’s Award, also went to Hech.
Speaking of the Expos fans, Richard Griffin gets wistful– as he damn well should– about the franchise he once worked for in his latest bullpen piece at the Toronto Star.
In a trio of notebook posts at BlueJays.com, Gregor Chisholm updates us on JP Arencibia’s timetable, the returns of Brett Cecil and Jason Frasor, Brett Lawrie’s progress, Kelly Johnson’s ending slump, Sam Fuld’s diagnosis for Jose Bautista, the steady recovery of Travis d’Arnaud, and John Farrell’s suggestion that there isn’t one specific thing the organization is doing that has led to so many young pitchers’ arms getting shredded, but that having guys make the jump to the big leagues too quickly may cause young guys to overthrow *COUGH* Drew Hutchison *COUGH*, which leads to higher injury rates. Hmmm.
To that topic, Shi Davidi writes for Sportsnet that the Jays can relate to the Nationals’ problems with innings limits for Stephen Strasburg, and looks at their evolving views on how to handle young arms so that this exact damn thing doesn’t happen.
Dirk Hayhurst talks about the success of Moises Sierra so far, and wonders how quickly he’ll be able to adjust back, once the league begins adjusting to him.
Jays Journal is all for giving Sierra the starting job in 2013, if that’s what it takes so save resources that can be used to address the pitching rotation.
Elsewhere at Jays Journal, they bring their final prospect hot sheet of the minor league season, highlighting good recent stretches from, among others, Nose Snygen, and Jake Marisnick– who finally got hot at the end of a dismal season.
Elsewhere still we’re told that Alex Anthopoulos was in Vancouver for a two-day scouting trip last weekend, and then given an update on how the Canadians are faring.
Bluebird Banter takes a look at how Jays pitchers have fared in August. Um… Henderson Alvarez, everybody!
Mop Up Duty takes a look into their crystal ball and tries to see what the 2013 bullpen is going to look like.
At the Tao of Stieb, the Org Guy does the same, liking the fact that the Jays already have internal options for the bullpen, allowing them to focus in the winter on other areas of need.
The Blue Jay Hunter looks at changes in Adam Lind’s stance over the year, wondering if they Jays have fixed him, suggesting that now fielding may be too distracting for the poor young millionaire, and that maybe the Jays shouldn’t be giving up on him just yet. Um… sure they should. And I’m not sure if the differences in the stances we’re seeing aren’t just products of the angle of the shot and point during the pitcher’s motion at which the picture was taken. But hey, judge for yourself.
At the Toronto Sun, Bob Elliott adds some extra names to those he thanked six weeks ago, when accepting the Spink award at the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.
Ron Kantowski of the Las Vegas Review-Journal indulges in the common speculation and tells 51s fans what to expect should the Mets become affiliated with the club, with the Jays shuffling off to Buffalo.
Buster Olney of ESPN.com (Insider Olney) talks about the rumblings surrounding possibly-deteriorating Yankee ace, CC Sabathia.
John Sickels examines Jays prospect Chad Jenkins at Minor League Ball, and the conclusion is of exactly of the variety you’d expect from this dismal fucking year.
Elsewhere at Minor League Ball, Sickels asks readers to weigh in on the most disappointing non-injured prospect of the year, throwing out some Jays-related possibilities: Deck McGuire, Jake Marisnick and Nestor Molina.
Craziness! Kevin Goldstein says goodbye to the internet, as he’s been hired away from us, and from Baseball Prospectus, by the Houston Astros.
Lastly, just a reminder, considering the insufferable, idiot-empowering success of the team the Jays are currently entangled in a series with, here are the standings from this date in 2010, and in 2011. Please take extra special note the two game lead in the NL West for the playoff-missing ’10 Padres, and the eight game wild card cushion for the ’11 Red Sox.