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.
There are no new names on the Jays’ lineup card tonight, as per a tweet from John Lott, so if Jeremy Jeffress really is coming– and wasn’t just trying to inspire himself with that since-deleted tweet this morning– there won’t be a move until after the game.
As suspect, if there is a roster move upcoming, it won’t involve Melky Cabrera, whose MRI revealed irritation in his right quadriceps and left hamstring, though he’ll keep on receiving treatment and will play through it, according to a tweet from Brendan Kennedy. Seriously, look at the “weirdness” post from this morning for an idea of how thin the turf these guys play on is. Kinda fucked.
Richard Griffin of the Toronto Star fills Leafs fans in on what they missed with the Jays while Buds-mania had its short, strange trip in the spotlight this week.
Speaking of the Leafs, in a notebook post with a bunch of injury updates from yesterday, Evan Peaslee of BlueJays.com get reactions from Jays players regarding the Leafs’ spectacular (sorry) exit from the NHL’s playoffs.
At Sportsnet, Shi Davidi and Ben Nicholson-Smith give us a farm report, checking in on the progress of some of the most notable players in the Jays’ minor league system, including Sean Nolin, who may be in line for his big league debut in the near future, if the Jays’ rotation continues to have issues, and he continues to pitch well.
Elsewhere at Sportsnet, Benny Fresh looks at some old scouting reports on R.A. Dickey, Darren Oliver, and Mark Buehrle– really interesting stuff.
Elsewhere still at Sportsnet, Arden Zwelling looks at a no-longer-dominant Roy Halladay.
Speaking of minor leaguers, friend of the Quad-A guy, Dirk Hayhurst, wonders what Jim Negrych has to do to get himself a call-up, as he continues to kill Triple-A pitching, now six weeks into the season.
At Bluebird Banter, Tom Dakers lists some pros and cons on John Gibbons so far– and I gotta tell you, the con list isn’t terribly compelling, unless you really think it’s Gibbers’ call that the Jays still have like seventy-five relievers on the roster.
Interesting stuff elsewhere at Bluebird Banter, as Nick Ashbourne looks at the re-born, swing-averse, less-powerful, more-walk-y Adam Lind.
gamereax looks at one of the absolute beach balls Barry Zito was tossing up to Jays hitters last night.
At Sports On Earth this week, Will Leitch wrote about how good players can turn into bad ones in fans minds just because of their contract. Cue giant picture of Vernon Wells.
Public Policy Polling found that only 1% of Red Sox fans disapproved of the job John Farrell has done so far– making him more approved-of than Abraham Lincoln, Mother Theresa and Santa Claus. Give it time. Give it time.