Sorry, no Getting Blanked or DJF podcasts today, as Drew is out of the office. Now, let’s drop a reasonably-sized, post-weekend Duce…
Gold from Getting Blanked, as Dustin McGowan *WINK* addresses the 2013 draft class *WINK* WINK*.
In his AL draft review at ESPN.com (Insider Only) Keith Law reiterates his concerns about Phil Bickford, mentions something again about Clinton Hollon’s alleged make-up issues, and is generally pretty meh on the Jays’ selections. Fair enough.
John Lott of the National Post tells us how Andy LaRoche was ready to put his undefeated pitching record on the line in Saturday’s extra inning marathon, and reflects on Sunday’s loss, and the Bautista ejection everybody wants to talk about.
R.A. Dickey starts for the Jays tonight in Chicago, coming off his best start of the season– after which, according to Ken Fidlin of the Toronto Sun, he said he and his teammates are still hopeful about making the playoffs.
Elsewhere in the Sun, Steve Buffery is impressed with Adam Lind, and talks to Alex Anthopoulos, who has yet to feel the heat from fans, while Bob Elliott looks at Chien-Ming Wang, who starts for the Jays tomorrow, and was never the same after a slide in Houston, talks to Travis Snider with a view to Ricky Romero and the pain of being demoted, and dishes on the Jays’ top pick, Phil Bickford, who he says fits their template.
Sticking with draft stuff, at North of the Border, Gregor Chisholm transcribes the media’s conference call with amateur scouting director Brian Parker, following day one of the draft. In the National Post, John Lott talks about the Jays’ picks on day one, as does Shi Davidi of Sportsnet. Jays Prospects looks specifically at Bickford (as well as Clinton Hollon, and their round 3-10 picks as a group), while Evan Peaslee of BlueJays.com gives us a rundown of the whole draft, as does Ben Nicholson-Smith (up to round five) at Sportsnet, and Shi Davidi in another piece at Sportsnet.
In a season of diminished returns, says the title of a Jeff Blair piece in the Globe and Mail, the Jays are bullish about their bullpen.
Another one from Blair in the Globe suggests that, two months in, there are still many unanswered questions for these 2013 Jays.
In case you missed it, MLBTR notes that the Jays designated Evan Crawford for assignment the other day, which was to create a spot for Dustin McGowan– who we’ve now already seen twice!
The Jays also, per a tweet from the club, have demoted Thad Weber in order to activate Darren Oliver off the DL. Black Magic!
Back to Getting Blanked, for the continuation of Drew’s outstanding “My Approach” series, which this time sees him chatting with Evan Gattis. El Oso Blanco! And from back on Friday, Scott Lewis has the always-excellent MLB GIFs of the Week.
Kelly Johnson has returned to career-year form write Matt Klaassen over at FanGraphs, because of-fucking-course he has.
Lastly, must-read stuff from Patrick Hruby at Sports On Earth, as he relates the sports War On Drugs to the US Government’s, and wonders whether the outcomes of these witch hunts are going to be similarly awful for all involved.