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.
At Sportsnet, Shi Davidi takes a lengthy look at Colby Rasmus, the demons in his head (both named Tony, I believe), his successful turn (so far) in 2013, and the help Chad Mottola has given him when it comes to working smarter. Must-read stuff.
Elsewhere at Sportsnet, Ben Nicholson-Smith talks to Todd Helton, who still believes that a team like the Jays can make a playoff run, having been a big part of some Rockies Magic in 2007 and 2009.
Think I didnttt ??? Brett Lawrie tweets an injury update: “Ankle is gettin there for an update ! Better and better each day”. Alright!
So… uh… the latest Miami New Times piece on the Biogenesis scandal– you know, the one in which a shady character makes MLB come off like total scumbags?– is pretty effing crazy. Give yourself some time for this one, but it’s worth it.
In the Globe and Mail, Jeff Blair looks at the Jays’ hiring of Jamie Evans, the man behind the off-season weighted ball program that has helped Steve Delabar and Brett Cecil so greatly, seemingly.
Bill Langkhof has a big piece on the resurgence of Adam Lind, over at the Toronto Sun. Definitely worth a read.
Elsewhere in the Sun, Steve Buffery talks to the Jays– and, in particular, Alex Anthopoulos– about fans jumping off and on the bandwagon, which the GM says he’s not bothered by.
In the Toronto Star, Brendan Kennedy looks at the two former misfit Jays largely responsible for last night’s victory– Adam Lind and Brett Cecil. And separately he takes a look at the club’s surprisingly good bullpen.
Elsewhere in the Star, Cathal Kelly takes a hopeful turn on the Jays.
John Lott gets on it too, profiling the suddenly prolific (see what I kinda did there?) Brett Cecil for the National Post.
Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News tells us about last night’s successful Ricky Romero start for the Bisons.
Nick Ashbourne of Bluebird Banter calls Melky Cabrera a “ninja of ineptitude,” whatever that means, noting that the Jays’ soon-to-be-former lead-off hitter is hitting for a pretty empty .275 average this year. I’d argue that the slugging percentage might be a bit higher if not for a number of doubles-turned-into-singles, or the hamstring issues in general, but what the hell do I know?
As if Matt Harvey couldn’t get more awesome, SNY’s MetsBlog tells us about the time that Matt Harvey challenged Jon Rauch to a fight.
Draft stuff, as Jim Callis of Baseball America tweets that the Jays “will make run at at least one late guy, Brentz or Tellez most obvious guy.” That would be eleventh-rounder, Missouri prep lefty Jacob Brentz, or– please, please, please be this one– 30th-rounder, California prep first baseman Rowdy Tellez.
The Bullpen Gospels: The Movie? Apparently that’s gonna be a thing. NotGraphs gives you the dirt-ish. Also: congrats, Dirk!
Scott Lewis crushes it at Fanatico, giving us the low-down on the seven types of GIF creators out there on the interweb. (More SLewis crushing it? A people’s history of the Maple Leafs Game 7 meltdown against the Bruins at Backhand Shelf).
Lastly, because I missed it yesterday, check out the previous Getting Blanked Podcast as well.