Today’s Getting Blanked Podcast is one you’ll probably enjoy, as we focussed on umpiring and the epidemic #umpshow activity throughout the league of late. It’s not up yet, but you’ll find it shortly at Getting Blanked. When it’s ready I’m sure @DrewGROF will tweet it out. It will also be at Getting Blanked on iTunes, you can 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 ESPN.com, Jerry Crasnick has a lengthy piece up on the Jays’ shortstop situation with Jose Reyes out– including some hefty speculating on guys who might be brought in, which apparently is still a possibility despite Munenori Kawasaki being pretty OK so far (hasn’t walked in a while though!)– and the whole… y’know… less-than-desirable start thing.
“Because of all of the expectations and who we think that we are, it feels like we’re 2-17,” says R.A. Dickey, according to the New York Daily News. “Do I think we’re going to get it? You bet. Is it happening right now? It’s a little bit of a force, but it’s coming.”
Very interesting and Jays-related stuff on the mental aspects of the game from Anthony Castrovince at MLB.com, as he profiles Steve Springer, “both a pro scout and a ‘performance coach’ for the Toronto Blue Jays. His chief responsibility is working with the club’s Minor League position players on the mental side of their approach at the plate, on feeling confident when they take the field.”
Drew tackles what’s ailing the Jays over at Getting Blanked. In part, he astutely points out, “the holes and flaws are magnified, as there isn’t the same sort of hope that Maicer Izturis or Emilio Bonifacio will suddenly turn into good baseball players as there is a completely reasonable expectation that Jose Bautista will be fine at the plate.”
Elsewhere at Getting Blanked, Drew looks at A.J. Burnett and the fears he may not exert a positive influence on young Pirates arms, while Scott Lewis brings the Friday heat with the Getting Blanked GIFs Of The Week. (Parkes should have a Ten Stray Thoughts post up over there at some point too.)
Tom Maloney of the Globe and Mail looks at the success Casey Janssen is having, despite a dip in velocity. (The Pitch F/X on FanGraphs has him down two miles per hour from last year– which may be slightly deceptive, given the time of year and the injury he’s coming off, but still…)
In a notebook post at BlueJays.com, Gregor Chisholm talks more about Janssen, while also looking at Brad Lincoln– who may end up being here for a while– and Maicer Izturis, who seems to be staking a claim to second base, despite, y’know, not really being very good.
At Sportsnet, Shi Davidi writes about Gibbers’ argument about last night’s bizarre overturned call– and it turns out, like everything with the Jays right now, he couldn’t win.
Hey, so here’s a reason to breath a big ol’ fuckin’ sigh of relief: MLBTR lets us know that Ramon Ortiz has cleared waivers and is back with the Buffalo Bisons.
Barry Davis tweets that Ricky Romero is scheduled to make his first start for Dunedin tomorrow.
Bill Lankhof of the Toronto Sun does his best to not pinpoint the trouble with the Jays’ offence right now. He gets that home runs alone aren’t getting it done for the club, so does he point to their obvious issues with getting on base? Nope! They need to manufacture runs! Ugh.
Rajai Davis and his wife are having a pennant race baby, says Mark Newman of MLB.com, who spoke to him when visiting the MLB Fan Cave yesterday.
For those of you who care what
Harold Reynolds Doug Glanville [Note: wow, I'm THAT guy! Shit!] thinks, he chats for ESPN with Adnan Virk (!) and Alex Cora about what’s been plaguing the Jays so far.
Not Jays-related, but at FanGraphs, Steve Staude has an interesting piece on wRC+ and handedness.
The Blue Jay Hunter debunks the myth of a photo alleging to show Pat Borders kissing Terminator star Linda Hamilton in celebration after the Jays’ 1992 World Series victory. If you’d prefer a less wordy debunking, try this: it was 1992, all women kinda looked like that.
Lastly, Michael M. Beraskow pleads for sanity and patience at Jays Journal, ending on a superb note: “Enjoy the team. Would you prefer less talent with the same old result?”