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).
The Jays’ conspicuous game of waiver roulette continues, as they’ve brought Aaron Laffey back to the organization, at least temporarily, claiming him from the Mets according to a team release. Wheeeeee! Depth!
In lineup news, John Gibbons has pencilled Adam Lind and his newfound appreciation for walk into the second spot in the lineup tonight, with Melky Cabrera moving to the five-hole. I’m a little wary of Gibbers’ love of micro splits and things, but I like putting a guy getting on base in that spot, and a guy coming up with some base hits at five. Plus it’s not like he’s married to the idea, if it doesn’t work, which is great.
At Sportsnet, Ben Nicholson-Smith looks at league-wide strikeout trends, which are moving in the upward direction, with a small blurb about how this relates to a couple of the Jays’ most productive hitters so far. This relates to a piece of his from earlier in the month, in which he spoke to Colby Rasmus about the number of fastballs he’s been seeing so far.
Pivoting on Ben’s work, Jeff Sullivan writes about Rasmus at FanGraphs, noting how he’s both produced and actually been a complete catastrophe at the plate. He finds that Colby is seeing the lowest number of fastballs in the league– a rate that only will go down as long as Rasmus finds himself unable to do anything but swing through breaking stuff. Just about all of Colby’s success so far has been on heaters, and pitcher have noticed.
Another from Benny Fresh at Sportsnet looks at where the Jays and their plans to possibly move out of their longtime spring home in Dunedin are at. Apparently the possibility of the club moving to Palm Beach, in a facility shared with the Astros, took a step forward this week.
Tom Maloney of the Globe and Mail grades the Jays’ performance so far this season, and… uh… believe it or not, it ain’t pretty.
Matthew Leach– Matty Leach-bomb!– writes at MLB.com that defence is just one of many things not going well for the Blue Jays right now.
Further to his lineup switch this evening, in a notebook post from Gregor Chisholm at BlueJays.com, John Gibbons stresses that he wants patience from his hitters. The piece also looks at the Casper Wells deal, and the health of R.A. Dickey, who will be on the hill tonight, despite a stiff neck.
At Bluebird Banter, Shermanator91 tooks a look at umpire Ted Barrett’s zone last night in Baltimore.
Scott Johnson of Franchise Mode tells us about how MLB is working to optimize web connectivity at Major League ballparks, so that you might actually be able to use Twitter and Instagram at the ballpark.
Tthe Toronto Star wants your help identifying a fan that was rather roughly ejected from the Rogers Center by police back on Friday.