Let’s just sit back and let the picture tell the story…
While we continue to wait for the first pitch, here are a few items to chew on that may not have otherwise been worth a post of their own. Once the game gets going– if it happens– I’ll put the Game Threat post back to the top of the page, but for now…
Brett Lawrie To Play In Extended Spring Tomorrow
According to Mike Wilner on the radio, and several reporters on Twitter, Blue Jays PR man extraordinaire, Mal Romanin, announced this afternoon that Brett Lawrie will actually get into game action tomorrow… in Dunedin. He’ll play in an extended Spring Training game, which is fantastic news, and a big step towards getting his sorely missed glove, and bat, into the lineup. Can’t happen soon enough.
Jays Claim Casper Wells
As noted in an update to the Game Threat, the Jays have claimed right-hitting outfielder Casper Wells from the Mariners, in a move that looks likely to end their ridiculous eight-man bullpen experiment.
The report first came from Peter Gammons (Peter Gammons, Peter Gammons, Peter Gammons, Gaaaaaaaammons, Gaaaaaaammons), and has been confirmed via an official release from the club.
Over the last three seasons (313 PA), Wells– who lost a position battle in Seattle to Jason Bay this spring– has posted a .363 wOBA against left-handed pitching, and a 132 wRC+. Assuming he joins the 25-man roster, he’ll be able to spell Adam Lind as the DH against lefties, which allows John Gibbons to choose whether to bench Colby Rasmus as well, in favour of Rajai Davis.
Barry Davis tweets that Wells won’t join the Jays until Kansas City.
Morosis Gonna Morose
Speaking of the Wells acquisition, Jon Morosi, full trollface in effect, tweets: “It is rare for a World Series contender to tinker this much with waiver claims early in a season.”
This comes on the heels of yesterday’s tweet about the Jays and the Astros being the only AL clubs with five losses. He also writes a column where, right off the top, he compares the Jays’ current record to that of the Miami Marlins. Of course, none of this means anything, but if people too dumb to know better than to not take Morosi seriously want to believe it does, evidently he doesn’t care.
Ugh. I hate it when fans suggest that any national writer who ever says anything bad about the Jays must have it in for them in some way– as if they would fucking care enough to bother. What does happen, though, is that they know where traffic comes from, and Morosi is especially adept at baiting the sizeable Jays fanbase online. Doesn’t mean he’s not being a shitbag here, but I at least understand it.
The Getting Blanked Podcast
I’m rotated out of the hot seat on Wednesday editions of the Getting Blanked Podcast, but Drew, Parkes, and Scott Lewis were there talking about all of last night’s hot MLB action, and getting you set for tonight’s.
So… 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).