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.
Jon Morosi of FoxSports writes about potential trade candidates, noting that Adam Lind could be intriguing if they fall out of the race, and so could Mark Buehrle, though he seems to think that the Jays turnaround is for real. If they get to .500 by the All-Star break, he says in the accompanying video, it’s “at least conceivable” they could be buyers rather than sellers.
Meanwhile, John Lott tweets that J.A. Happ is set to throw in the bullpen either tomorrow or Wednesday, which is good news as he continues to recover from a knee injury that took place during his scary beaning on a comebacker in Tampa last month.
The Bloom Is Off Brett Lawrie’s Rose is the title of a piece at FanGraphs, wherein Paul Swydan compares the Jays’ injured third baseman to Jeff Keppinger. Ouch.
At North Of The Border Gregor Chisholm writes that the Jays have hired Jamie Evans, the man behind the off-season weighted ball program that pitchers Steve Delabar and Brett Cecil have had so much success with. Because… why not?
Jonah Keri has his power rankings up at Grantland, and for the first time in forever the Jays are actually a talking point! Though… they’ve only moved their way up to 19th place. “If we’re going to give Orioles hitting coach Jim Presley a bit of the credit for Chris Davis hitting like Babe Ruth, we should probably do the same for Jays hitting coach Chad Mottola,” he writes. “After three-plus years of more lousy results at the start of this season from Lind, Mottola got in the cage with him and changed everything. Lind started hitting a lot more off a tee, and Mottola opened his stance slightly, raised his hands at the plate, and had him move farther off the plate. As with Davis, we can point to other factors, such as Lind’s .462 batting average on balls in play during that stretch. The fact that Lind has struck out about four times more often than he’s walked during this stretch makes you wonder if he’s truly suddenly mastered the strike zone, or if this is just a hot streak destined to turn sour in the near future. Still, he has been belting the ball to all fields with few cheapies during the streak; this might not be sustainable, but it’s not quite right to call it luck either.”
Tom Maloney of the Globe and Mail looks at how a company’s research shows that Jose Bautista may have a point when he argues that he’s being jobbed this year when it comes to balls and strikes.
Elsewhere in the Globe, Maloney looks at tonight’s starter Josh Johnson, who he says needs to get back to his best in order to help the Jays. Would be nice, huh?
In the National Post, John Lott writes that, while it was a long time coming, the Jays are finally hot. Shit, maybe it’ll even keep going for a while.
Lott also writes about Esmil Rogers, who suddenly looks the part of seasoned starter, he says, and will face his former team this week, as the Rockies come town.
In the Toronto Sun, Mike Rutsey and Bob Elliott look at Jason Frasor, the ex-Jay who appears to be a nice fit in Texas.
Elsewhere in the Sun, Rutsey talks to J.P. Arencibia, who is trying to stay positive through his slump, and wonders if yesterday’s home run might have re-awoken the catcher’s bat. Meanwhile, Elliott looks at the Tulowitzki-Romero matchup that could have been, as the Jays face the Rockies this week.
HELLO KEVIN PILLAR! Today’s Monday Morning Ten Pack at Baseball Prospectus has some good stuff about the New Hampshire outfielder. “Pillar’s tools aren’t flashy but what he does well – hit, and hit a lot – could carry him to the big leagues,” they explain. “After sitting on him for three games last week, I found Pillar’s ability to get the barrel to the ball to be truly impressive. His quiet load and solid bat speed allow him to make easy contact on a variety of pitches and he uses the whole field very well. He doesn’t have a ton of power but he can drive the ball from gap to gap and pick up some extra-base hits.” Don’t get too excited, though, as they call him a future fourth outfielder.
Scott Johnson tweets a map showing how the Jays have played on the road this year, which… would look a whole lot worse if not for Texas.
In his latest Bullpen post at the Toronto Star, Richard Griffin talks to Sal Fasano about the club’s catching depth in the minors, among numerous other things.
Elsewhere at Bluebird Banter, Jays182 takes a look at this newfangled thing they call Adam Lind.
The Blue Jay Hunter flashes back to John McDonald’s Father’s Day home run back in 2010.
In a notebook post at BlueJays.com, Gregor Chisholm notes that, among other things, John Gibbons has been named to the AL All-Star team’s coaching staff. In a different notebook post he tells us that the club expects Brandon Morrow’s rehab work to be brief, though Jose Reyes may be playing rehab games for two weeks (though… personally, I kinda doubt that).
Yet another BlueJays.com notebook post tells us that Reyes felt great after his simulated game late last week, and looked at J.P. Arencibia and Maicer Izturis, both of whom may finally be starting to show signs of life after prolonged slumps.
Lastly, from Friday, it’s the always awesome MLB GIFs of the Week at Getting Blanked.