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.
BlueJays.com tells us that Fred McGriff will represent the Jays at the Rule 4 Draft, which will take place on June 6th.
Not quite the blockbuster that the title makes it sound like, but Tom Maloney of the Globe and Mail writes that trade winds seem to be swirling around the Jays, as they continue to find it difficult to make up ground in the AL East.
And, for good measure, one more from Maloney, who looks at the fantastic at-bat Adam Lind had against Jake Odorizzi yesterday.
Interesting stuff from Marc Hulet of FanGraphs, as he wonders openly whether Sean Nolin is the next Jays saviour.
“A piece of paper on Gibby’s desk lists the starting pitchers for the next few games,” tweets Brendan Kennedy of the Star. “For Friday it reads, ‘Jenkins?’ ”
Kenned also tweets that Josh Johnson “will start again in Dunedin on Sat. Gibby says he’ll prob need a 3rd rehab start. ‘But we’ve been known to make some adjustments.’ ”
Speaking of tweets, earlier today @DrewGROF passed along this gruesome bit of news: “Brett Lawrie versus ‘soft’ pitches in 2013: .282 OPS. Oh Pee Ess.”
Think teams haven’t got that message yet? Think again. Gamereax has a nifty GIF of Hiroki Kuroda throwing Lawrie five straight sliders. Ugh.
Drew continued trolling with this gem: “J.P. Arencibia’s sporting a 31 wRC+ in May. So weird. I thought he’d hit 8 home runs a month forever!”
As always, interesting stuff from John Lott of the National Post, who looks at the Jays’ promotion of Anthony Gose rather soon after his having hit rock bottom as a Triple-A player.
Dirk Hayhurst suggests that it’s the ghost of Chris Carpenter that has kept the Jays invested so heavily for so long in Dustin McGowan.
In case you missed it, MLBTR fills you in on the Jays’ big waiver claim of Thad Weber, a move made possible by their placing of Sergio Santos on the 60-day DL.
Bob Elliott of the Toronto Sun evokes last year’s Marlins in his assessment of this year’s Jays. So… y’know… next.
The headline makes it sound worse than it is, as in the Toronto Star, Mark Zwolinski writes a piece titled Blue Jays leave New York broken as ever.
From the weekend, at Sportsnet, Shi Davidi looks at how Sunday’s rainout in the Bronx may have been a blessing for the Jays.
In another piece at Sportsnet, Davidi tells us about the recently reinstated Marcus Stroman, who is once again beginning his push to be a quick call-up to the Majors.
At Bluebird Banter, Nick Ashbourne tries to find the “real” problem with R.A. Dickey, and presumably comes up short.
Similarly, in another Bluebird Banter post, Shermanator91 tries to find out what’s up with Emilio Bonifacio, and presumably comes up short.
For ESPN.com (Insider Only) Keith Law re-drafts the 2003 draft, and it turns out the Jays actually did pretty well for themselves, with their 13th-overall selection, Aaron Hill, moving up to third in the class.
Interesting stuff to put in your back pocket for draft day in a couple weeks, as Minor League Ball looks at the key amateurs with signability issues this year.
Must-watch stuff via Getting Blanked, as Nick Purdon and Leonardo Palleja of the CBC travel to the Dominican Republic to produce a 20 minute doc on the dark side of baseball in that country.
Lastly, not Jays-related, but still… also from Getting Blanked… uh… Crazy Eyes LaRussa is pretty much the greatest.