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).
Programming note: There was so much Jays-related content on today’s Getting Blanked Podcast that we declared it a de facto DJF Podcast as well! Big blocks devoted to last night’s win, plus the fate of Mark Buehrle, plus talk of Colby Rasmus, John Farrell, Spit-Gate, the Red Sox bullpen, Travis Snider (I think), and more! Check it out via one of the links above!
Speaking of podcasts– which, FYI, I just was– I was one of the guests on this week’s Blue Jays Plus Podcast. So was Jason Collette of Baseball Prospectus, so have a listen!
Grant Brisbee of Baseball Nation has an excellent piece on the various places the mind– or a reasonable facsimile in Buster Olney’s case (HEYO!)– will wander when presented with Melky Cabrera’s dismal post-PED suspension statistics. Ultimately, he decided that “blanket statements are silly after 100 at-bats in any context. In this case, any kind of blanket statement about Melky would be especially silly.” Uh-huh. For the record, I think Melky’s going to come around, personally. And I base that, of course, on absolutely nothing.
Michael Baumann of Grantland preaches patience when it comes to the Toronto Blue Jays– though probably a whole lot more patience than any Jays fan is going to want to exercise at this point in the coronation.
On a less pessimistic-optimistic tilt, Sam Miller of Baseball Prospectus pulls a similar trick to one I did last week, noting all the brutal streaks suffered by last year’s playoff teams– including the ones not wholly dissimilar to what the Jays are currently going through.
On the negative end of things, if you want to be made fucking dumber by reading something, try this steaming pile from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun, which narrowly beats a Jays Journal piece on why Pete Walker needs to be fired as the most ludicrous thing I’ve read so far this week.
No, really, they’re even worse than Richard Griffin’s nonsense about how the Jays can replace John Gibbons while not exactly firing him from this week’s Bullpen post over at the Toronto Star.
Griff’s ridiculousness seems to have prompted some witty person on Twitter to quip, “Let’s pretend baseball managers are super special, all-inspiring spirit animals, then rip on ones who don’t live up to that asinine billing.” Because… that’s pretty much what the whole exercise was.
Speaking of– sort of– on Sportsnet’s Baseball Central, it appears as though Jeff Blair and Dirk Hayhurst have run out of things to talk about.
On his personal site, Hayhurst continues calling out the Boston Red Sox and Clay Buchholz for cheating, and the baseball establishment for looking the other way.
On the Buchholz issue, over at FanGraphs, Drew Sheppard makes some excellent GIFs that interestingly show the difference between how the supposedly-loading pitcher’s pitches moved last year as compared to this.
Elsewhere at FanGraphs, Jack Moore writes about the history of spitball accusations. Oh, how apropos!
And at Getting Blanked, Jack gives us his play of the week, which has some Jays flavour to it: Adeiny Hechavarria’s grand slam off Roy Halladay.
Speaking of, at Grantland, Jonah Keri writes about poor ol’ Doc’s A-game seemingly riding off into the sunset– and hot off the presses, it’s back to Getting Blanked, where Scott Lewis takes us through some selected readings from Halladay eulogies.
Similarly– though, uh… hopefully not– Bluebird Banter wonders whether anybody actually thought Mark Buehrle would be this bad. It’s a subject we talked about at length on today’s Getting Blanked (aka DJF) Podcast (see above).
Meanwhile, Mark Simon of ESPN.com looks into what’s wrong with R.A. Dickey, and finds that his velocity just isn’t quite the same– which, for now, I’m going to just go ahead and attribute to the back/neck issue. Sounds right, right? Right????
Tom Maloney of the Globe and Mail looks into the ol’ WBC hangover as a possibility for the Jays’ sluggish start.
MLB Trade Rumors reviews a recent Ken Rosenthal clip, in which he addresses the Jays trade possibilities, suggesting that Brandon Morrow could be an interesting name for the club to put out on the market. Uh… OK?
MLBTR also notes a minor move: the Jays have released Trystan Magnuson. Shi Davidi tweets another, which is that Chad Beck has been moved from New Hampshire up to Buffalo in order to make room for Sean Nolin, who has been activated from the DL and will pitch tonight for the Fisher Cats.
Mop Up Duty insists that the Jays need to start winning games right now. They are super cereal about this.
At the Tao Of Stieb, the Org Guy humbly requests that the Jays stop digging.
Dan Toman of gamereax takes us through Ricky Romero’s debut back on Friday, through the magic of GIFs, tweets and a chart.
Emily Williams of Runs Batted Out looks at the (alleged?) misogyny of Gregg Zaun.
Interesting tool from the Los Angeles Times that provides graphic representation of how much money is invested by each MLB team in each position. The Jays, for example, outspend the Rays in every area except at third base.
Lastly, some Getting Blanked stuff, as Parkes gives his spit take in last week’s Ten Stray Thoughts On A Friday, Drew clues us into some easy money with some updated prop bet odds (R.A. Dickey at 100-to-1 to win the Cy? Helllooooo!), and Scott Lewis provides the MLB GIFs Of The Week.