Well here’s something that might– but might not– keep on turning its way into becoming a regular feature, but that I’ll make to look like one anyway in order to keep from having it seem too terribly out of place: a collection of random thoughts ostensibly on this weekend’s baseballing, but which doesn’t actually touch on the games at all.
Last night on Twitter I extended a hearty “fuck you” to Sportsnet, who inex-fucking-plicably cut away from the Jays game last night in order to show each of A-Rod’s at-bats.* This morning I’ll double down on that, because now it means I’ve got to write about fucking A-Rod, and… ugh, who cares?
Maybe I’m a little too deep into the Inside Baseball bubble here, but the explosion of this as a major international story over these last two days seems pretty odd, considering it has played out pretty much exactly like anyone following BioGenesis would have expected, I think. A-Rod is doing the A-Rod-iest of things (non-centaur division), and while the handing down of the suspension coincided with his return to health, which is a bit odd, uh… what’s new here exactly?
Bud Selig’s overreach and gift-giving to the Yankees is the bigger story, if you ask me, and all that seems reasonably likely to be undone by an arbitrator, so… why the fuck am I watching A-Rod at-bats when so little has changed as to how we view him?
If this story hadn’t been public for months, or if he hadn’t previously been exposed as having juiced during baseball’s pre-testing era, maybe I’d give a shit. But it has, and he was, so… so what? A-Rod is douche, film at 11? I don’t get it. And I certainly don’t get interrupting a game for Jays fans to shove this business-as-usual horseshit down our throats as though we’re supposed to marvel at it, or expect him to cartoonishly emerge from the dugout like a wrestling villain in the throes of a cocaine rush, antagonizing the crowd with a over-sized prop syringe. Though… that, actually, would be pretty awesome.
* Technically they went to a picture-in-picture setup, do you could see both, while hearing commentary from Chicago.
I’ve been pretty emphatic all year that you only need to look in one place to identify the problems that have sunk the 2013 Blue Jays– the starting rotation– and I really do stand by that, but… uh… holy shit there have been some fucking black holes on this roster this year. Not that anybody needs to be old that, of course, but… holy shit!
By FanGraphs WAR, both the Jays catchers, as a group, and their second basemen have both been the worst in all of baseball. Worst. In. All. Of. Baseball.
Their production from third base ranks 27th in the big leagues, and in left field they rank 25th.
Obviously there are some contributing factors– Brett Lawrie’s injuries, Melky Cabrera ailing legs, catchers who can’t hit their way out of a paper bag– that mitigate somewhat just how horrific those number look. But… uh… not really, actually. Holy shit!
Two of those positions probably fix themselves, at least. Or… one for sure does, especially given the strides Brett Lawrie seems to have taken at the plate since changing to a more upright, quieter stance following the All-Star break. I want to believe Melky can be in that same category, too– the Royals were playing him in centre in the season before last, and, as @Minor_Leaguer pointed out somewhat astonishingly on Twitter yesterday, he’s only a year older than J.P. Arencibia– but even the most ardent of his supporters, right now, has to be pretty skeptical. Shouldn’t be tough to replace his defence, at least.
Shitty news finally, officially, emerged on one of the Jays’ top prospects over the weekend, as we learned that Roberto Osuna had Tommy John surgery performed last week. There had been rumblings about it for a while– and even a somewhat cryptic “see you next year” tweet from Osuna that hinted at it back on July 23rd– but now we know for sure. It’s a bummer, but it’s also not like the 18-year-old (he won’t turn 19 until February) was going to ride in like a white knight to save the Jays’ rotation anytime soon. And it’s not like Tommy John is as career-threatening a process as it once was. It does set him back a year, though, and the procedure probably could have been done a bit earlier in the season, as well, as he and the club took the Drew Hutchison route, attempting to rest and rehabilitate the injury first. With Osuna’s reported polish on he mound, the year off may not hurt him as much as it would a more raw thrower, so maybe that’s a silver lining here, but obviously it isn’t good news. At least it’ll give us reason to follow the 2014 Arizona Fall League a bit, eh?
Heard A Rumour…
This one is so not-terribly-relevant that I’m not going to worry too much about cryptically explaining the channels through which I heard it in order to legitimize the info here. Basically, someone told me that he’d spoken to someone who overheard someone who’d know suggesting that Brandon Morrow isn’t with the club less because he’s injured and more because there’s no sense in bringing him back, creating a roster crunch, and running the risk of further injury to a guy who is going to be so key in 2014. I suspect that if one wanted they could pretty easily debunk that one– Shi Davidi’s having spoken to a source that revealed his “entrapped radial nerve” diagnosis would seem to be a good place to start– but… that’s what I was told and am now completely irresponsibly suggesting could actually maybe be a thing, based on nothing but hearsay of the most completely unreliable nature. Journalism-ish!
Lastly, A Tweet… From Me, Presented Without Comment (And One More Late Addition)
Pitcher A: 9-11, 4.49, 154 IP, 25 HR allowed. Pitcher B: 9-10, 4.78, 152.2 IP, 24 HR allowed. (Hint: It’s R.A. Dickey and CC Sabathia).
— Andrew Stoeten (@AndrewStoeten) August 6, 2013
From @jimcallisBA: “Toronto may rue the R.A. Dickey trade … more than the Giants regret the Carlos Beltran deal.” Excuse me while I puke.
— Andrew Stoeten (@AndrewStoeten) August 6, 2013