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.
Fantastic stuff from Jim Margalus of South Side Sox, who absolutely excoriates ChiSox broadcast crew Hawk Harrelson and Steve Stone for shitting on the Jays’ placement of Jose Bautista in the two-spot in their order, prior to Bautista hitting a game-tying home run in the bottom of the ninth this week– an at-bat he wouldn’t have had if John Gibbons had used some scrub in the two-hole, like a lot of teams still do.
Another gem here from Matthew Kory at Sports On Earth, who looks at whether hype and expectations have played a role in the underachieving of the Jays, Angels and Dodgers this year.
In a notebook post at Sportsnet, Shi Davidi gives us the latest on how Jose Reyes is progressing. “If it feels like my swing is there where I need to be, I don’t want to take too long because I need to be here and not down there,” Reyes told him. “When I start to see live pitching and I feel like my swing is comfortable enough to be here I’m going to come up.” Fucking eh!
In another piece, crazy as it sounds, Davidi is probably right when he writes about how Esmil Rogers and Chien-Ming Wang are bringing stability to the Jays’ rotation.
Continuing on a theme from this morning, the always-excellent John Lott of the National Post looks at the surging Adam Lind.
In the Toronto Sun, Bob Elliott writes that it’s the Jays’ starting pitching woes that have, once again, undone their season. ”Maybe, we’re not good enough,” he quotes Mark Buehrle as saying, which… ugh.
Speaking of the club’s third rounder, Jim Callis tweeted today that the Jays had signed Patrick “Tommy John already” Murphy for $500,000. In a previous post at Baseball America, Callis noted that the slot assignment for that pick was $650,800.
Not Jays-related, but interesting stuff from Jonah Keri at Grantland, as he looks at Albert Pujols and his hundreds of millions of dollars of struggles for the Anaheim Angels.
And speaking of Pujols, Nick Ashbourne of Bluebird Banter notes that the Jays, so far, are hitting like him. And that’s not a good thing.
Elsewhere at Bluebird Banter, Ashbourne makes an interesting case for the club to hand the starting second base job for the rest of the year to Maicer Izturis. Meanwhile, Minor Leaguer notes that the Jays have the third longest streak of games played without a complete game from their starter. Hooray?
Lastly, the Tao Of Stieb weighs in on all the big stories of the week. Or… at least some of them. The Lind and Arencibia stuff, mostly.