John Lott of the National Post looks at Anthony Gose, who is trying to eliminate the leg kick that he’s used as a timing mechanism when at the plate for the last three years, because the club believes it’s messing up his timing and balance. Or, as Gose puts it, “‘Cause I suck with it.”
Elsewhere in the Post, Lott talks to Colby Rasmus, who is back with the team while rehabbing, and says he hopes to get into a game by week’s end. He sure doesn’t seem like he’s comfortable watching Gose trying to take his job away, does he? Or maybe not. It sure would be nice to see him come back and pick up where he left off, though.
Bad news for the tremendous Jays fans of British Columbia, as Shi Davidi of Sportsnet notes that there doesn’t appear to be a way for B.C. Place to accommodate baseball, thanks mostly to the fact that the facility’s new scoreboard “would hang directly over second base in a baseball configuration.”
Elsewhere at Sportsnet, Davidi looks at the new mindset– or whatever– of Ricky Romero, who, of course, pitched one perfect and one shaky inning last night, in his first big league action since May, following an uneven campaign in Buffalo. “The process,” Davidi writes, “is playing out exactly where it should be – on a big-league mound, the only place a decision on whether he will factor into the Blue Jays’ plans again can be made.”
“He could be the rare second baseman-artist out there — the Picasso of the Keystone,” writes Steve Goldman of SB Nation about Ryan Goins. “He has to be — his bat might not be enough to keep him out there if he slips to sub-Picasso status and becomes, say, the Norman Rockwell of the Keystone. That’s something that will wait for next year. In the meantime, Goins has given the Jays a nice little asterisk at the end of what has been a long and disappointing season — *something to get excited about.”
Over at the Toronto Star, Richard Griffin bangs the drum for the Jays to turf the Argos as soon as possible, so that they can get grass into their stadium. Here’s some wishful thinking: with Ivor Wynne transforming into (no joke) Tim Hortons Field, the Ti-Cats have been playing in Guelph– maybe once the Argos have an actual home all picked out and under construction they can get the fuck out early for some temporary digs? No? Well… figure it the fuck out, then. For your own good.
Interesting stuff from Nick Ashbourne of Bluebird Banter, as he dives deeply into the mystery of Mark Buehrle’s rising strikeout rate.
The New York Times has a nifty interactive graphic that looks at how much money currently rests on the disabled lists of Major League Baseball, and lo and behold, with $52.4-million worth of salary on the shelf, the Jays lead the way. That makes for 41% of payroll currently laid up.
At Grantland, Jonah Keri looks at “how a handful of mocked and minimized signings propelled Boston’s worst-to-first comeback.” Mostly it was pitching, though.
Keri also has a new podcast up, in which, among other things, he talks Montreal baseball– with former Montrealer, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times.
Speaking of Montreal baseball, Jeff Blair of the Globe and Mail is skeptical of big league ball ever returning to the city– for a host of reasons that are probably more logical than those who’d like to see the Expos return would like to admit.
Evan Peaslee of BlueJays.com has a notebook post up, in which he looks at the Jays’ crowded bullpen situation (especially with, before last night, the Jays’ starters being on such a good run of late), as well as Edwin Encarnacion’s ailing wrist and more about Colby Rasmus.
Lastly, Twitterer @mattomic notices the direct correlation between the size of a metropolitan area and the value of its baseball franchise (or franchises). Obvious, perhaps, but kinda interesting to see it graphically.