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.
Stop the presses– and I don’t even say that sarcastically, though… good luck finding presses in twenty-effing-thirteen– as Mop Up Duty digs into some ESPN Stats & Info data and finds that J.P. Arencibia has… actually been a good pitch-framer.
Via an old SB Nation post, here’s the defensive wizard the Jays will have on the mound tonight in Chicago. Uh…
Don’t get me wrong, Andy LaRoche is no great shakes. And I guess I get how the Jays’ front office thinks it’s putting one over on the league by having a bunch of “versatile” (read: not very good at anything) infielders, “allowing” them to have carried eight relievers most of the year– an obsession I called “alarming” back in late March, while trying to defend it as acceptably temporary madness. But they’re really going to ditch a nice depth piece who can actually defend well at third base, while Brett Lawrie is in a damn walking boot with no timetable for a return, just to cling to Neil Wagner, Juan Perez or (dare I say it) Dustin McGowan? Because that’s what they did today, according to a team release, D’ing LaRoche FA, releasing Henry Blanco, adding Chien-Ming Wang, and not using an option that was still there to be burned on Wagner, according to a great piece of work from Bluebird Banter back during the off-season. I know Wagner’s been alright, but… don’t they have seven other relievers at this point?
TheScore.com (heard of them?) has a collection of great photos from last night’s fog bowl in Chicago.
Can’t-miss stuff from a notebook post by Gregor Chisholm and Teddy Cahill at BlueJays.com, as they tell us that Brandon Morrow is getting better, throwing, but still two to three weeks away. We’re also informed that Roberto Osuna– who had an elbow ligament scare last month– is back with Lansing and didn’t miss a beat, plus, reported “tough sign” Phil Bickford, the Jays’ first pick in last week’s draft, says he’s optimistic a deal with the club will get done.
Shi Davidi also has a Bickford piece up at Sportsnet, while his colleague, Ben Nicholson-Smith, notes that the Jays have used more starters this season than any other team. Recipe for success! Oh, and one of their consistently healthy ones has been shitty R.A. Dickey. Recipe for even more success!
MLBTR notes that Evan Crawford has cleared waivers and has been outrighted by the Jays to New Hampshire. Phewf!
Brendan Kennedy of the Toronto Star writes that Edwin Encarnacion, despite being kinda fucking awesome, is in danger of being snubbed in the All-Star Game again this year. Because… y’know… first basemen.
Kennedy’s Star colleague, Richard Griffin (heard of him?), had a chat today with readers which is probably a thing I’ll get around to reading eventually.
Erika Gilbert of the National Post looks at how the Jays have fared in the draft in recent years.
Elsewhere in the Post, John Lott gives us another one on first-round draft pick Phil Bickford.
Please tell me this Jays Journal piece is just a joke and not actually the dumbest thing I’ve ever read. This one, too. What kind of mindless clickbait sub-Damien Cox horseshit is this, seriously? Probably the last links that way for a while.
Lastly, great stuff from Parkes over at Getting Blanked, as he dives into MLB’s PED quandary.