And I was doing so well this week…
At Getting Blanked, Drew absolutely slays J.P. Arencibia, and the “very, very dubious” company he’s about to keep, given the historically horrendous season of the Jays’ supposedly offence-first catcher.
In his game story on last night’s loss to the Angels, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet gets a quote from R.A. Dickey on the “freaky” sidearm knuckler he threw to Mike Trout.
John Lott of the National Post, meanwhile, focuses on R.A. Dickey, and the silver lining to his season– the fact that he pitched 200 innings. Too bad he was behind in so many of them, though. Doubly too bad that his success in Tampa’s dome (.540 OPS against and 2.45 ERA over three starts, plus that 12 strikeout one-hitter last year), isn’t mirrored by his success in ours (.805 OPS against and 5.29 ERA in 16 starts). I never thought I’d say this, but… uh… can we maybe figure a way to make Rogers Centre a bit more like the Trop?
“Some jays fans are calling for Goins to be the team’s starting 2B next year. That’s reactionary madness right?” asks a questioner in today’s Keith Law chat at ESPN.com. “Yes it is,” KLaw replies.
Elsewhere in Law’s chat he’s asked about a chat at Baseball America with John Manuel, where it was revealed that Noah Syndergaard didn’t get any votes for BA’s Minor League Player of the Year award– though Cubs prospect C.J. Edwards did. Manuel explains, that’s “from evaluators I’ve talked to in the FSL considering Edwards’ breaking ball superior to Syndergaard’s. Similar fastballs, Syndergaard probably has a bit better fastball due to the angle he creates to the plate, consistent velo and control, but Edwards at his best has the better curveball and secondary stuff, and he throws plenty hard.”
Elsewhere at BA, hater of stubby bottles Clint Longenecker talks up Tournament 12, the showcase for Canadian amateur talent that will take place at Rogers Centre this month.
You’d think that a piece at FanGraphs titled “Yan Gomes and Cleveland’s Luck” might make the emergence of the ex-Blue Jays catcher who is way fucking better than goddamn J.P. Arencibia hurt a little bit less than it already does. Nope.
A pointlessly small CP piece in the Globe and Mail shows us that Montreal’s politician are backing the idea of bringing baseball back to that city, which is great news, since they won’t likely let anything stand in the way of their aims, given that they’re almost certainly corrupt! Not that, y’know, anyone living under the domain of a certain right-wing crack smoking bumblefuck should be throwing stones.
The title of this piece in the Toronto Sun pretty much says it all: “Jays’ Moises Sierra dangerous at plate, scary in outfield.” Possible cheap DH platoon partner for Adam Lind, though?
Elsewhere in the Sun, Mike Rutsey looks at Anthony Gose and the elimination of his leg kick.
In a notebook post at BlueJays.com, Gregor Chisholm looks at, among other things, Ricky Romero, who is relishing being back in the Majors after the whole… you know… career derailment thing.
Jays Journal wonders whether L.B. Dantzler, who exists, apparently, was a steal for the Jays. A 22-year-old in the GCL and the Northwest league? I’m gonna have to go with no, based on that alone.
Lastly, it’s back to Getting Blanked, as a new edition of the Getting Blanked Podcast is finally upon us!