The Getting Blanked Podcast is in the can and will be up shortly, be sure to keep checking for it over at Getting Blanked– it will be up shortly, as will today’s DJF Podcast, which is in the same boat!
Shi Davidi of Sportsnet talks to the seemingly-different Adam Lind, whose numbers look good, thanks to some excellent usage on the part of John Gibbons and a different approach at the plate. “I wasn’t being a smart hitter, I was being stubborn and for lack of a better word, stupid,” he says of the struggles of the past. This year his swing rate, especially on pitches outside of the zone, is down dramatically.
Elsewhere at Sportsnet, Davidi gets Brett Cecil and Mark Buehrle to make their second round NHL playoff picks.
Weirdness from the mind of ol’ Griff– and J.P. Arencibia– as he makes comparisons between the Jays’ backstop and the genuinely great Buster Posey over in the Toronto Star. Aaron Cibia needs to play in the playoffs to raise his profile, the title says. Yeah, still not going to make him Posey. “I feel like I’m a leader,” Arencibia tells him. “I feel like it’s something that you’re born with to be a leader. I think experience and stuff like that, the more you’re experienced, the more you can handle game situations. But I think that’s something you’re born with. You’re either a leader or you’re not a leader and I definitely feel like my actions on the field lead to wanting to win.” OK, but does anybody else think that? Honest question.
Interesting stuff from Marc Hulet, writing for MLB Trade Rumors, as he includes a nice section about the Jays in his recent piece on prospect depth behind the plate.
Robert MacLeod of the Globe and Mail wraps up the mini-series win against the Giants by telling us that, despite some better play of late, the Jays still have a lot of work to do. Or, at least, the headline of his piece says that.
Matt Brown of Blue Jays Way takes a look at how the Jays have done as the season has reached the quarter pole, as do Ben Nicholson-Smith, in a more word-y piece at Sportsnet, and Gregor Chisholm at BlueJays.com.
Evan Peaslee of BlueJays.com looks at the contributions made by Chad Jenkins and Ramon Ortiz in a notebook post that also talks about Melky Cabrera’s injury– which he’s awesomely playing through– and the Jays’ new day-by-day, win-by-win philosophy.
We’ve got the wrong Bonifacio! Or for a while maybe we had the wrong one. Emilio’s brother, 19-year-old Royals prospect Jorge, broke a hamate bone in Carolina League action this week, according to J.D. Sussman of FanGraphs. Sounds like he’s quite a different kind of prospect than his speedy utility-man brother, and there are concerns that the hamate break could hurt the development of his power.
Interesting stuff elsewhere at FanGraphs, as Dave Cameron tackles the myth of the passive hitter.
Reader @JasonAttwell tweets a picture of a passage from the recent issue of Sports Illustrated, in which DJF is mentioned in a piece about ol’ Young Beedah.
The Blue Jay Hunter shares some mid-week thoughts on revised betting odds, staff ace Ramon Ortiz, and more.
Bluebird Banter has a clip up of R.A. Dickey’s convocation address to the U of T’s Wycliffe College, which he gave on Monday, after receiving an honorary degree.
Elsewhere at Bluebird Banter, Blake Murphy takes an interesting look at John Gibbons’ bullpen usage so far.
Charlie Caskey of Jays Journal looks at some of the guys in the organization who are starting to knock at the door a little bit, in his latest Organizational Filler (In) post.