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 (if we remember to post it). While you’re at it, go ahead and like DJF on Facebook, too.

Evan Peaslee of BlueJays.com tells us that Melky Cabrera will get himself a World Series ring when the Junior Varsity Giants come to town for a two-game mini series this week.

At Sportsnet, Shi Davidi talks to R.A. Dickey, who says his back is steadily getting better, which the pitcher hopes will allow him to regain the strength needed to throw at the same velocity he did last year, and to revert to his old, more reliable release point. Uh… you’re not the only one hoping so, R.A.

Elsewhere from Davidi and Sportsnet, Shi talks to Jose Bautista, who is unimpressed with the recent PED allegation bullshit on David Ortiz that dribbled out of Dan Shaughnessy’s mouth. Meanwhile, Ben Nicholson-Smith recaps some of Paul Beeston’s recent appearance on Baseball Central, where the team president insisted that the club won’t panic after its horrendous start. Another one from Benny Fresh, from late last week, looks at how the Jays’ rotation issues have exposed the bullpen.

More on Dickey from Tom Maloney of the Globe and Mail, who writes about the pitcher’s ‘heart for the vulnerable.’

In his latest Bullpen post at the Toronto Star, Richard Griffin looks at Mother’s Day with Dickey, talks about the evolution of Casey Janssen, and more!

Elsewhere in the Star, Brendan Kennedy talks to Dustin McGowan, who is another Jays pitcher having success using the same weighted ball program as Steve Delabar, and looks at Brett Lawrie’s most recent Twitter faux-pas, which– I should note– prompted some interesting nonsense on Prime Time Sports on Friday evening.

Mark Buehrle says it was partly luck, according to John Lott of the National Post, but according to yesterday’s Sportsnet broadcast, a scout who’d seen more than a hundred Sox games at Fenway called it one of, if not the best start by a visiting lefty he’d seen. Uh… sure?

Some loose ends on Ricky Romero, who struggled in his Buffalo debut yesterday, as noted by Gregor Chisholm of BlueJays.com.

A piece from Shi Davidi of Sportsnet suggests that the Jays are preaching patience with their former Opening Day starter– except, y’know, for the time they rushed him to the Majors to fill a hole in their rotation and promptly saw he wasn’t ready.

Chris Toman writes– and GIFs– at gamereax that Ricky isn’t ready for the Majors, and he never was. Richard Griffin doesn’t count Romero out as a contributor in the future, but writes in the Toronto Star– in a piece complete with a comment from a troll who is probably banned from posting here due to sever stupidity– that Buffalo is exactly where Ricky should be.

Of course, in case you missed it last week, Dirk Hayhurst wrote about it as well, in a piece titled “How To Kill An All-Star,” in which we learn that fragile little snowflake Ricky has probably just been destroyed by the big bad Jays– “a career that, despite all efforts to grind, and fight, and harness the inner bulldog, could be DOA.” No, really.

We’ve got some loose ends on J.A. Happ’s injury, as in the National Post, John Lott looks at comments from Happ and Brandon McCarthy about the difficulty of finding protective headgear for pitchers that wouldn’t upset their delicate mechanics. So… grandfather it in with several years warning, if that’s the best we can do, no?

Paul Hagen of MLB.com looks at the issue of protective headgear as well, and Richard Griffin writes about the scary incident for the Toronto Star, while Jeff Sullivan of FanGraphs tries to figure out what should be done on the field, regarding the stoppage of play, after an incident like Happ’s.

Sticking at FanGraphs, David Laurila points us to some really interesting stuff from Mark DeRosa on George Sauer, a Pro Bowl receiver who retired at age 27 because he didn’t care for the sport he was so great at. Sauer’s obituary appeared in the New York Times over the weekend.

Jim Callis of Baseball America has the first version of his 2013 mock draft up, and in it he has the Jays taking UNC corner infielder Colin Moran Indiana high schoool arm Trey Ball. “No team was more aggressive than Toronto in the 2012 draft, but it has no extra picks to play with this year,” he explains. “Expect the Blue Jays to go all-in here and grab the highest-ceiling player still available. If Stewart and Frazier are off the board, that means Ball or Meadows.”

One from last week, as Mike Rutsey of the Toronto Sun spoke to Adam Lind, who said that he knows he “started off statistically poor and I’m still really not that great, but I have felt as good as I’ve felt in my entire career this first month and a half.”

At Franchise Mode, Scott Johnson looks into which MLB team has the best Instagram community. Hint: it ain’t us.

At Fanatico, Parkes writes about the death of player quotes and game stories. They will not be missed.

The Blue Jay Hunter looks at some recent high praise for Casey Janssen, and his– dare we say it– Mariano Rivera-like cutter.

Mop Up Duty says that it’s time to say goodbye to Henry Blanco, which… not that he’s anywhere close to the problem, but… yeah.

Great stuff from Jack Moore of Sports On Earth (and the internet at large), as he looks at Edwin Encarnacion’s reinvented swing.

More from Jack, as at Getting Blanked, he gives us his play of the week, featuring Vernon Wells, who apparently can do everything now. Ugh.

And lastly, three absolute gems from Getting Blanked, as Parkes wonders what’s wrong with R.A. Dickey (among other stray thoughts), Scott Lewis gives us his GIFs of the week, and Drew posts the results of his lengthy, outstanding sit-down with Jose Bautista, who talked about his approach at the plate, the work he puts in, and some of his favourite hitters. Seriously, read it. Great stuff.

Comments (29)

  1. Can I win the Cy Young if I successfully rehab Dustin McGowan and turn Brett Cecil into a legit reliever?

  2. What’s the latest time frame on Reyes?

  3. Mark Simon of ESPN noting Bautista finally getting some luck on hard hits: http://espn.go.com/blog/statsinfo/post/_/id/65618/bautista-now-getting-results-on-hard-hits

    Mention of Edwin in there too

  4. Maybe Romero should do the heavy ball program.

    Can’t hurt can it?

    • I would love to see Aroldis Chapman do the heavy ball program.
      Zing: 110mph fastball!!

    • unfortunately Romero’s problem does not lie on velocity, it’s his control and command of the ball is completely crap. He can’t even hit the strike zone consistently so added velocity will just make him worse.

      • Well my completely unfounded and random thought on it is that maybe he is working harder to throw 92mph than he used to. So maybe he could do this and still throw 92, but with less effort.

        Just one of a million random thoughts on him.

        • Or conversely: throw 95-96 to mask his control issues. And probably boost his confidence as well.

    • When I was younger i learned that if you stuffed a tennis ball with pennies and tossed it short distances then a regular ball flew out of your hand afterwards. In my wisdom i decided that if throwing short distances made my arm feel good then airing it out would be great. Not so much.
      So to answer you question, yes heavy balls can hurt…if you utilize them completely improperly.

  5. Jim Callis’ mock draft:

    It has the Jays taking Ball not Moran.

    Just an FYI.

    Although as a fan I would prefer Moran

  6. I’m glad you’re willing to call out Hayhurst. He acted like giving your former #1 pitcher a chance to pitch one early season game is some life and death thing.

    Like that one bad pitching performance is so much more ego destroying than a year and half of bad pitching performances.

    • Agree. I get the impression Hayhurst likes to exaggerate his own opinion and feign some extra passion for the sake of attracting attention or for entertainment value. I listed to baseball central regularly and you can tell when he’s gearing up for the sake of gearing up, or taking exaggerated devil’s advocate positions to contrast blair for the sake of entertaining radio.

      I felt like he was doing this with the Romero thing a bit.

  7. be there a DJF today?

  8. Did you think the segment on Brett Lawrie on PTS was nonsense? I didn’t think it was that bad. It was an interesting segment and there was a lot of truth to it – we as fans do want to see Brett succeed because he (a) is Canadian and (b) puts forth a lot of effort. So we cut him a lot of slack.

    I thought the scene where he was shouting at Ricky on the mound in his last start was silly and it may not be a bad idea for him to get off of Twitter.

    • I agree he should go off twitter – I think they all should. It can’t help hearing it from idiots at home every time you strike out.

      But I have no idea what’s silly about pumping Romero up or showing him some love or whatever he was doing. For all we know, he was telling him fly was undone or just discussing who fields it if it is a bunt attempt. Or he WAS just pumping him up. So what?

      • The idea of another player trying to build up the confidence of another player on the field is okay in my book, but Brett looked liked he was yelling at him. At one point it appeared as thought spit came out of his mouth.

        The scene itself looked silly.

  9. Does anyone know if Dirk Hayhurst’s assessment is backed up by the data?

    i.e., is it true that Romero got worse in jams?

    I haven’t looked at any data, but it seems to me that Romero’s problems were every AB, and maybe just highlighted more in jams because they led to runs. His inability to get ahead in the count seems to be the issue, not some mental breakdown when runners are on base.

  10. has that coors beer logo in the banner been addressed? or have i been drunk too long to notice?

  11. Good for VW. No sour grapes here — I wish him nothing but success, as long as it doesn’t hurt the Jays.

    • unfortunately his playing for the new york necromancers means his success is hurting the jays. if he and the rest of the jays castoffs kept playing like the corpses they seemed to have become the damn yankees would be in last place right now.

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