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 bother to post it). While you’re at it, go ahead and like DJF on Facebook, too.
At Getting Blanked, Parkes takes a break from tradition and gives Ten (Not So) Stray Thoughts On A Friday, and tells the story of the ten most influential moments on his fandom, including the retelling of how this blog began, and his turn to the dark side.
Great stuff from John Lott in the National Post, who talks to Brett Lawrie about his hands– specifically, Lawrie’s renewed focus on making sure his hands are in the right place when he’s ready to throw them. Lawrie, for whatever little this is worth, has six hits and a walk in his last four games, including a home run and a pair of doubles.
In another interesting piece, Lott talks to Casey Janssen about the hard work he does game-planning to face certain hitters. Whatever he’s doing, it’s obviously working.
Speaking of closers, Bill Lankhof of the Toronto Sun takes a look at what it takes to be one.
Gregor Chisholm tweets that Dustin McGowan has been moved up to Triple-A after a couple of scoreless performances for Dunedin. No word if Ricky Romero, who walked six in less than four innings yesterday, will be the reciprocal move– and, in fact, it hasn’t been rumoured at all. But… it’s just… y’know…
Meanwhile, Barry Davis tweets that he’s spoken to Brandon Morrow, and the right-hander says he’s fine and will start tomorrow in New York.
Jeff Blair of the Globe and Mail figures that the Jays have twenty-two games in which to get their act together.
Plan your Monday– or, let’s be honest, with the holiday, probably Tuesday– accordingly: Richard Griffin has a new Mail Bag up over at the Toronto Star.
Similarly, the Tao of Stieb took a dip into the ol’ Tweet Bag in his latest.
Elsewhere in the Star, Brendan Kennedy looks at an offence firing on all cylinders after a couple wins over the Junior Varsity Giants and the shitballers who evidently left all their smoke and mirrors behind at the border.
At Sportsnet, Ben Nicholson-Smith talks to mythical creature Jim Negrych, who continues to have a great season for Buffalo, while not being able to get a sniff of Major League duty, which… makes total sense, sorry.
Jays Journal indulges in fucking insanity, spitballing about who the Jays could trade to “rebuild the franchise” if they found themselves out of it, while completely missing the fact that the guys under contract for next year make it so that “rebuilding” by trading guys like Encarnacion, Morrow and Janssen is pretty much the dumbest thing conceivable.
Interesting, if not particularly Jays-related, stuff from FanGraphs, as Bill Petti looks at how the Rays use the inside and outside of the strike zone to tremendous effect.
Travis Snider is getting some batted ball luck and still can’t hit lefties, but he isn’t doing terribly with the Pirates this year (not that the Jays would have found a way to keep him on the roster anyway). Last night he hit his first big league home run since last August 10th, and, as Bush League Chronicle shows us, it made its way to the shores of Mark Melancon’s corpse-dumping river.
Lastly, from Getting Blanked, it’s the always awesome MLB GIFs of the Week.