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!!!
In his latest Bullpen column for the Toronto Star, Richard Griffin informs us that “if Jays’ manager John Farrell had his way, the Jays in 2013, would keep AAA-Las Vegas hitting coach Chad Mottola at the major league level to work with Dwayne Murphy on a daily basis.”
Speaking to the John Farrell to Boston rumours in his column at Fox Sports, Ken Rosenthal writes that Farrell “is viewed throughout the game as a person of integrity — people who know him find it difficult to believe that he would try to force his way out of Toronto.”
John Lott of the National Post looks at Anthony Gose’s fresh start, and the improvements he made during his brief return to Las Vegas after scuffling badly in his first MLB stint.
Pitch F/X guru Harry Pavlidis caught some of Roberto Osuna’s performance for Vancouver last week on MiLB.tv, and came away impressed. In a series of tweets he said: “I’ve now seen Osuna face one batter and I’m now aware of what everyone loves about the guy. He can smoke the top of the zone. He can put some angle and get it low. His breaking pitch is nasty. And that was his change-up. Considering how well he locates the heater, that can be effective without being a plus.” He later adds that, while naturally a lot can still go wrong, he’s definitely one to follow– and he wonders if Osuna might even be skipped a level next season, bypassing Lansing. Hmmm.
At FanGraphs, Dave Cameron looks at the relationship between payroll and wins this season, and finds that there really isn’t one.
“With a solid core of proven offensive players, a renovated bullpen that includes some real power arms, top to bottom, and a couple of premium starters like Morrow and, yes, Romero upon which to build, the truth is this team is not that far away,” writes Ken Fidlin in the Toronto Sun, lauding the Jays chances in 2013.
Elsewhere in the Sun, Bob Elliott revisits the Brandon Morrow trade, which netted the Mariners the now-traded Brandon League, and the now-D’dFA Johermyn Chavez.
Elsewhere still, during the Red Sox series and the managerial madness that surrounded it, Elliott suggested that Terry Francona would be a great fit for the Jays, while Fidlin spoke with Darren Oliver, who says he won’t start contemplating retirement until the season is over.
Gregor Chisholm of BlueJays.com looks into the Jays’ injury catastrophe this year, and speaks to Alex Anthopoulos and John Farrell, who say that steps are being taken to get to the bottom of just what the hell happened, in order to make sure a repeat is prevented.
On the heels of an interesting piece from Eric Seidman of FanGraphs, who mostly pans the notion, and one from Richard Griffin at the Toronto Star, who says it’s the next move, Bluebird Banter wonders aloud if the Jays should re-sign Colby Rasmus.
With the Mariners coming in, Bluebird Banter also gets a primer on the club from Jeff Sullivan of Lookout Landing.
Speaking of Sullivan, over at FanGraphs he looks at free-agent-to-be BJ Upton, who is… um… rather confounding.
And speaking of Uptons, over at Getting Blanked, Parkes assesses the potential trade market for Bossman Junior’s brother, Justin.
Elsewhere at FanGraphs, Jeff Zimmerman notices that the Orioles are among just 11 teams since 1962 to be 10 or more games over .500 despite having a negative run differential.
The Tao of Stieb gives us a variety of thoughts on a variety of subjects in his latest.
The Blue Jay Hunter sees signs of life in September.
Charlie Caskey of Jays Journal wonders if he’s falling out of love with Alex Anthopoulos.
At Sportsnet, Shi Davidi writes about the evolution of AJ Burnett.
Lastly, since I didn’t manage to post it when it was fresh, here’s yesterday’s edition of Getting Blanked…