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.
Great stuff from Eno Sarris at FanGraphs, as he talks to Casey Janssen about being a “strike thrower” and his batter-by-batter approach, and the way he prepares for games. Outstanding.
Not Jays-related, but in a similar vein and just as outstanding, over at Getting Blanked, Drew continues his “My Approach” series, speaking with Carlos Gonzalez of the Rockies.
Godspeed, hipster doofus. MLBTR notes a report that informs us ex-Jays pitcher Brian Tallet has retired.
Shi Davidi doin’ the lords work with a bunch of items from Sportsnet since we last duce’d. He writes that Jose Reyes is coming up at the ideal time for the Jays, yet notes that Munenori Kawasaki’s departure is a bittersweet one, and is no ordinary move. He speaks to John Gibbons about doing what’s best for the team, and how he handles demotions. And he also looks at the returning Sergio Santos, and wonders how he’ll fit in, once he’s back to full health.
Prophetic stuff from Brendan Kennedy of the Toronto Star, who writes that there are signs R.A. Dickey’s knuckleball velocity is returning. It sure was good Dickey who showed up today!
Sticking with the Toronto Star, we have a recap of Richard Griffin’s chat with readers yesterday.
A pair of interesting ones from Nick Ashbourne over at Bluebird Banter, who writes that it’s beginning to feel a lot like Rasmus (circa 2010), and wonders if we should be concerned about Jose Bautista.
Speaking of Jose, Mike Rutsey of the Toronto Sun has a nifty Q&A with the Jays slugger.
A trio of bigger pieces from MLB.com writers, as A.J. Cassavell writes about the Blue Jays and Padres showing fight with their big turnarounds, while Matty Leach-bomb writes that the Jays’ recent surge puts their potential on display. Meanwhile, Hal Bodley writes that, even though the Jays streak ended after 11 games, their ride has only just begun.
At Gamereax, Chris Toman writes about Mark Buehrle and Matt Moore, two pitchers heading in different directions– or, at least, who were heading in different directions before last night.
Michael Grange of Sportsnet made his way to Buffalo on the weekend, and wrote about Jose Reyes, who he found will not take no for an answer… or something.
Over in the National Post, John Lott looks at the Jays’ latest pitcher on the weighted ball program, Sergio Santos.
I mentioned it in today’s Game Threat, but why not repeat myself, as I’m on this week’s edition of the Prodcast over at Productive Outs!
At Baseball Prospectus (paywall’d), Jason Parks updated their Top 50 prospects list, and included both Aaron Sanchez and Roberto Osuna on there. The scouting reports aren’t very extensive here, but I’m sure you’ll find whatever Jays-related content you need from the piece lazily copy-pasted somewhere.
Lastly, since I didn’t link yesterday’s Getting Blanked Podcast anywhere, there it is, and also… it’s the return of the Prop Hate punishment, as Parkes checks in with an I Watched This On Purpose, having sat through a Twins and Marlins game that apparently happened.