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).
A theScore.com study of the internet reveals that Ben Nicholson-Smith looks at April success as a playoff barometer in piece featuring the results of “a Sportsnet study” of playoff teams and their records at the end of the season’s first month. Not a lot of clubs who finish below .500 in the season’s first month have made the playoffs this decade, which looks like some damning stuff for the panic squad to get their hands on, but it’s really not that bad. As I tweeted earlier, “2012 playoff teams with records at or below .500 in May: Oakland, Detroit, St. Louis, Texas, Atlanta, New York Yankees. Lucky for them April means so much more, huh?”
Chris Toman wonders at gamereax whether Brandon Morrow’s lack of velocity in the early going of recent games is worrisome or by design. Interesting note from yesterday’s Orioles broadcast: the only AL starters (minimum 120 innings) with an ERA below 3.00 last year were Verlander, Price, Weaver, and– yes– Morrow.
John Lott focuses on Morrow in his reaction piece in the National Post following yesterday’s big, heart-stopping win.
In the Toronto Star, Richard Griffin recounts and reflects on yesterday’s rollercoaster of a game.
Matthew Leach– Matty Leach-bomb!– reflects on the big win as well, over at MLB.com.
Mike Wilner addresses the panicky masses in his daily post-game sermon at Sportsnet.
MLBTR looks at where this year’s Super Two arbitration cutoff is projected to be. It does not appear as though it will impact anyone on the Jays’ roster.
At ESPN.com (Insider Olney), Buster Olney lists a few players who might be mid-season trade candidates. None of them are Jays, as Buster is obviously not ridiculous enough to be writing off the club just yet, but one of them is Chase Utley of the Phillies, who would certainly provide an upgrade for a club looking for help at second base. *COUGH*
At Getting Blanked, it’s one seriously crazy GIF of Yu Darvish’s entire arsenal overlaid on top of one another. He might be a little scary good– which isn’t to say I’m not happy that things worked out for the Jays the way that they did. (Honourable mention: Victor Martinez doing the right thing.)
For those of you still struggling to understand what has been happening with theScore following the sale of the TV network and the splitting of the digital media side (of which this blog, and all the others, are a part of, along with the main website and mobile app), check out this piece from Steve Ladurantaye of the Globe and Mail.
And for those of you in the east end, tonight Blue Jays Way and Left Field Brewery present their first Thirst Base Thursdays event at Riverside Public House (Queen near Broadview). [Note: Because someone always asks, unfortunately I won't be there-- so all the more reason for you to check it out!]
Lastly, an amazing column from my hometown paper, the Peterborough Examiner, in which the writer moronically gloats after 20-odd games about having felt that the Jays were going to be worse than advertised, almost pulls it out of the fire with some criticism of Buck Martinez, then loses it again with the suggestion of switching Pat Tabler into the play-by-play role. Robertson Davies must be rolling over in his grave.