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!!!
Brendan Kennedy of the Toronto Star takes a deep look at the Jays’ roster, trying to figure just how far the Jays really are from playoff contention.
Elswehere over at the the Star, Richard Griffin talks to Brandon Morrow about Stephen Strasburg and dealing with innings limits and being shut down early as a young pitcher– as Morrow was two years ago, in his first season in Toronto.
Elsewhere still, Kennedy recaps last night games and looks to the future, speaking to John Farrell about what we might see as the season plays out and we head towards 2013.
Robert MacLeod of the Globe and Mail also looks to the lineup tinkering we can expect for the last few weeks of the season.
“In some respects, Chad Mottola already serves as a second hitting coach for the Toronto Blue Jays,” writes John Lott of the National Post, who talks about what seems like the ever increasing possibility that the well-liked Mottola will serve as a second hitting coach for the Jays next season.
Jays Journal looks ahead to tonight’s start from a well-rested Ricky Romero, who it’s hoped will fare better with extra time between starts to help a throwing arm that’s surely sore and fatigued after logging so many innings in the past three years. Romero has faced the 10th most batters in all of baseball since 2010, and is in the top 25 in pitches thrown.
Jays Journal also looks at the Jays’ options for second base in 2013, which include a re-signed Kelly Johnson, Adeiny Hechavarria, or someone outside the organization, like the atrocious Stephen Drew, the intriguing Marco Scutaro, or perhaps even a big-time trade target.
Dirk Hayhurst writes about what makes a good manager, saying he’s “glad Bobby Valentine has been a complete and total disaster because he’s done a great job of drawing attention to often overlooked facets of the managerial process.”
At Getting Blanked, Parkes points out some league-wide highlights in the just-released 2013 schedule.
Don’t trust defensive stats? Baseball Prospectus encourages you to submit fan scouting reports for 2012.
Holy shit, what a police chase that was!
Mets 360 tries to project what to expect from Jason Bay going forward. If you’re still hopeful for the one-time maple icon, look away.
Since joining the Pittsburgh Pirates, Travis Snider has a .241/.344/.342/.686 line against right-handed pitching. Just sayin’.
Lastly, as you may have heard, Blogs With Balls– the world’s premier sports digital media event– is coming to Toronto October 5th and 6th, in partnership with the Score. There won’t be a baseball-specific panel, but there’s still lots that might interest you, including the one on analytics in sports media, or the one about social and mobile platforms overtaking blogs and traditional sites. You can get tickets by way of the link above, but stay tuned, as in the next week we hope to have some to give away or available at a discounted rate for DJF readers.