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Blake Murphy of Bluebird Banter looks back on last night, and the controversial called strike that ended the game, with the Jays potentially in the throes of a comeback. The Blue Jay Hunter tweets an overhead view of Fernando Rodney’s final pitch, and honestly, that’s going to be a strike against a lot of left-handed hitters, I think. Doesn’t make it right, but that’s within the bounds of how they call it.
A couple others from Bluebird Banter, as Jays182 looks at the good and the bad of J.P. Arencibia, ultimately deciding that A.J. Jimenez is the future behind the plate, and that hopefully “everyone (even Gregg Zaun) can now agree that J.P. Arencibia should not be behind the plate with the Blue Jays going forward if they look to be a contending team.” Elsewhere, Nick Ashbourne looks at smoke, mirrors and Mark Buehrle.
Ben Nicholson-Smith looks at this afternoon’s lineup at Sportsnet, noting that Melky Cabrera will get a day to rest his sore legs, with Anthony Gose taking over in left field and leading off.
Brendan Kennedy of the Toronto Star wonders whether ex-Jays benefit from getting booed– often for nothing close to good reason– when they make their returns to Toronto.
To help with their woeful rotation, the Orioles have called up uber-prospect Kevin Gausman, and he’s going to make his big league debut tomorrow at Rogers Centre. Drew fills you in on all you need to know about this at Getting Blanked, while Baseball Prospectus gives some scouting report tidbits before their paywall takes over.
Elsewhere at Getting Blanked, Drew takes a look at the renaming of a section of Montreal’s Rue Faillon after former Expo and Hall Of Famer, the late Gary Carter. And he also looks at the surprisingly competent– and then some– Alex Rios.
David Laurila of FanGraphs has an interesting Q&A with recently reinstated Jays prospect Marcus Stroman.
Michael Beraskow of Jays Journal provides some handy tips for watching the Jays while at work– especially useful with today’s 4:37 PM start.
Shi Davidi looks at the Jays’ rotation options, among other items in a notebook post at Sportsnet.
Bill Lankhof of the Toronto Sun reflects on last night’s game, noting that the Jays seem to continue to stumble along through the season. “They are a schizophrenic 10 games behind the Yankees, one moment playing smash-mouth baseball, the next getting smashed in the mouth,” he writes.
John Lott of the National Post speaks to a grateful Casey Janssen, who struggled to shake off some rust on Monday, but welcomed the fact that he’d been rested for so long prior.
Lastly, at Baseball Prospectus, Zachary Levine wishes a happy birthday to the now 40-year-old Ramon Ortiz, while elsewhere, Sam Miller finds the worst thing the L.A. Dodgers have done all year– and be careful, folks, it’s not copywritten. Your team could do it too!