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.
Brett Lawrie has moved up to Triple-A, according to a post from the Buffalo Bisons, joining the club in Syracuse– a city whose airport is “bush,” apparently. “0 cabs .. Figure ur life out,” Lawrie tweets.
“An AL East team with a 5.06 rotation ERA, this deep into the season, is not on its way to the playoffs. Period,” writes Jon Morosi at Fox Sports as he writes that the Jays need to focus on 2014. Thing is… um… we don’t expect that number to get a whole lot better?
Mark Hulet of FanGraphs gives us a rundown of the best prospects remaining in the Jays system– one that doesn’t incorporate the disheartening tweet on Matt Smoral this morning, who relayed this mini-report from @StatsKing: “88-90; straight; minimal command; CH 81-83; minimal life.” Ugh. Great stuff, as always, from Hulet, though.
Dirk Hayhurst writes at Sportsnet that the time is now to trade Casey Janssen, and he’s probably right.
Elsewhere at Sportsnet, Michael Grange looks at the club’s dominant bullpen, Shi Davidi looks at Dustin McGowan, who isn’t going to be rushed to the starting rotation any time soon, despite his recent success and weighted-ball-related health, and Ben Nicholson-Smith looks at the Jays top draft pick, Phil Bickford.
In a piece ostensibly about J.P. Arencibia, Bob Elliott of the Toronto Sun adds a note about Bickford, and relays this information from an anonymous scouting director: “We had him down as a hard sign. The family wouldn’t meet with us until 48 hours before the draft and they wanted $3 million US.” The slot value for the tenth pick is $2.9-million, so…
Elsewhere in the Sun, a trio of piece from Ken Fidlin, who writes about Jose Reyes being tentative when it comes to “opening it up” on the basepaths, about how the Jays need their starters to step up in the second half, and about hard work paying off for Steve Delabar.
Richard Griffin has a Delabar piece over in the Toronto Star, as well.
Elsewhere at the Star, Mark Zwolinski looks at how the Phillies and Jays and the various characters involved in the 1993 World Series have done in the twenty years since, while Brendan Kennedy has a wide-ranging chat with readers in Griffin’s stead, and writes about Rajai Davis, who is making the most out of his opportunity with Melky Cabrera out. Meanwhile, Griff has a new Bullpen piece up, which, among other things, features his take on the clowns who were tweeting at J.P. Arencibia about sitting behind his mom at a recent game.
At BlueJays.com, Gregor Chisholm looks at how social media has helped Steve Delabar take the lead in the Final Vote thing-y, as fans try to get him on the All-Star team.
Holy shit, people, no matter how hard you want to make yesterday’s Paul Beeston quote into some magical unicorn of positivity about putting the best team possible on the field, uh… one, of course he’d say that so it’s pretty laughable to be heartened by it, and two, he didn’t say that. He said they will win. Which is why it was dumb. This wasn’t difficult.
Holy double shit, people. Check out the collection of Steve fucking Bartmans we’ve got in this city in a GIF from Gamereax. Figure ur life out.