Leading off, as always (or usual), it’s today’s edition of the Getting Blanked Podcast– which for the duration of the season will be coming at you daily! We’re not double posting this year, but I’ll be sure to include the link in the first Daily Duce or Game Threat that follows the post going up over at Getting Blanked. Otherwise, you can find the podcast at Getting Blanked on iTunes, get it via the RSS feed we have setup, or like Getting Blanked on Facebook in order to get each day’s podcast straight into your news feed (and while you’re at it, go ahead and like DJF on Facebook, too).
At Baseball Prospectus, Ben Lindbergh takes a deep, free look at Jose Bautista and his quibbling with umpires.
Parkes also looked at Bautista and umpires back on Friday in his Ten Stray Thoughts post at Getting Blanked.
Before Sunday’s debacle, Jon Hale did some fantastic (as usual) work looking at R.A Dickey’s knuckleball over at The Mockingbird. He followed up the post by looking at how Dickey’s less-than-stellar second outing of the season.
Richard Griffin has a new Bullpen up at the Toronto Star, in which he talks R.A. Dickey (fine), the Jays’ defence (not fine), some prospect stuff, something on the upcoming Jackie Robinson biopic, and more!
Chris Toman breaks down Adam Lind’s start to the season at gamereax, going through each at bat and finding that he’s done better than the numbers suggest– partly because he’s been hidden from lefties.
Similarly, Shi Davidi suggests at Sportsnet that no one should be sleeping on Lind and Colby Rasmus.
Bob Elliott of the Toronto Sun looks at five trouble spots for the Jays, and speaks to a scout straight out of the 500 Level, who says, “I loved this team in the spring, thought it had the best talent in the division. Now they have a lot of guys who can be pitched to with holes in their swings.” Great evaluation in the spring then, big guy.
Speaking of dumb things in the Sun, Bill Langhoff writes about Brett Cecil, who thinks that the key to his success is going to be pitching like a “jerk,” and not… y’know… actually maintaining the velocity he’s shown so far.
Similarly to Elliott’s thing, at the Globe and Mail, Jeff Blair goes though what’s worked and what hasn’t so far for the Jays.
Elsewhere at the Globe, Steve Ladurantaye looks into what it takes to get a Jays broadcast on the air, while Bruce Dowbiggin goes dow-diggin’ (see what I just did there) into the TV ratings so far… or something.
At Grantland, Jonah Keri does some power rankin’ and singles out a few teams for examination, including the Jays, reiterating sanity, by saying that “if you believe the Jays were good enough to deserve their lofty winter projections, nothing has happened that should make you change your mind.”
At BlueJays.com, Gregor Chisholm reviews the Jays’ system. Elsewhere, he confirms the piece of good news you’ve probably already seen with your own two eyes: the Jays are basically platooning Rajai Davis and Adam Lind at DH.
In a notebook post, Gregor also tells us about the progress of Ricky Romero’s side sessions, and Brett Lawrie’s rehab. There’s no timetable yet for Lawrie’s return.
In case for some reason you want to relive it, John Lott of the National Post review the debacle that was Sunday’s game.
Charlie Drysdale of Minor League Ball looks at the business of baseball in the Dominican– home to several of the Jays’ players this year, you may have heard umpteen fucking times. And elsewhere there, John Sickels tells about the time a young Ken Griffey Jr. tried to kill himself. Wait… what???
Big League Stew declares that the Jays lead the league in unruly fans.
ESPN.com asks if R.A. Dickey can bounce back, and far too many people say no. Or, at least, that Sunday was a sign of bad things to come. Could be, but no one should be dumb enough to actually think so at this point.
Lastly, Scott Johnson of theScore’s awesome sports video game blog Franchise Mode sat down with Jose Bautista recently, to ask him five random questions.