I want to meet this hobbit of yours–Bobo T. Baggins. [gasp] Oh my God, I just got that! I think I’m gonna throw up! I think I’m gonna throw up!
The Jays have moved away from the eight-man bullpen, at least for now, calling up Erik Kratz and demoting Chad Jenkins in time for tonight’s game in Pittsburgh. Dioner Navarro is day-to-day with a tight left quad that caused an early exit to last night’s game in Kansas City. Since J.A. Happ, for the last damn time, is just a spot starter and there is no six-man rotation to speak of, it makes sense, apart from not brining Neil Wagner back up (if they even can at this point), especially if they like Juan Francisco enough to want to keep his bat on the bench for a while, even after Adam Lind gets back, which…
Brett Lawrie starts at second base tonight for the Jays. Juan Francisco starts at third. And… well… as long as Francisco keeps taking walks and dropping bombs, that’s terrific. Just as long as we all recognize that he’s not going to do either at the rates we’ve grown accustomed to over the first eleven games of his Jays career, we should be able to keep this in perspective.
Continue fucking off, Toronto Sun. I barely know where to begin here, but… first we have Bob Elliott likening the Jays to the 2006 Royals, for some reason, ostensibly because, as he says, “the 2014 Jays seem certain of their 21st consecutive season of failing to make the playoffs” as those Royals were. Does he know what “certain” means?
Secondly from the Sun we have Steve Buffery, who has pointed questions for the Jays’ brass, some of which are entirely legitimate, some of which are just hopelessly off-base — “Contenders in the AL East don’t have huge holes like an unproven rookie playing second” – while others still — “Why aren’t the players the Jays bring up from the minors more schooled in the fundamentals? Why hasn’t the fact that the Jays need an everyday player who can hit for average not been addressed?” — are an exercise in idiot-empowering insanity. (Need proof? See the fucking winners in the comments who think this is the most incisive thing about baseball they’ve ever read — but don’t linger there for too long or you’ll end up wanting to shoot yourself in the face.)
Here’s one from the Sun that’s a bit better: Bob Elliott gives us a farm report and some praise for — shock! — maple-boner prospect Dalton Pompey.
More on Pompey, as Kyle Franzoni of Jays Journal talks to him.
Pompey didn’t make John Sickels’ list of the top 150 prospects in baseball over at Minor League Ball, though. However, five Jays’ prospects did: Sanchez (29), Stroman (45), Mitch Nay (92), Dan Norris (98), and Sean Nolin (127).
“Why don’t the Toronto Blue Jays win?” asks Tony Blengino of FanGraphs in a look at overtaxed bullpens and the upcoming summer of attrition for pitchers. Brandon Morrow, basically. He explains: “At any given moment, Morrow can be truly dominant, but his mere presence in a starting rotation all but guarantees bullpen overuse. His presence in a rotation beside fellow injury reclamation projects Dustin McGowan and Drew Hutchison is a recipe for disaster – the three have combined for an average of 4.76 IP per start in their 15 outings. As a result, the Jays have two relievers, Steve Delabar and Brett Cecil, who are on track for 81 appearances, and another,Esmil Rogers, on track for 89 relief innings. Unsurprisingly, the Jays’ pen ERA of 5.08 ranks 13th in the AL thus far.”
Elsewhere at FanGraphs, Jeff Sullivan looks at the worst of the month’s wildest pitches, including one from Neil Wagner! (And, amazingly, no other Jays pitchers!)
Beyond the Box Score looks at hitters who give away the most free outs in baseba– OH HELLO COLBY RASMUS!
Jays Prospects sees new possibilities with a new hitting coach for Santiago Nessy.
John Lott profiles the Jays’ outgoing PR chief Howard Starkman over at the National Post.
In Richard Griffin’s latest Bullpen post at the Toronto Star, he looks at Mark Buehrle as a mid-season trade candidate, among other things.
Shi Davidi of Sportsnet looks at how Ryan Goins is going to try to get his bat going during a stint in triple-A that he hopes is only going to be temporary.
Meanwhile, Chris Toman writes at Gamereax that nothing has changed, with respect to the Jays’ woeful second base situation, explaining that the Goins demotion “highlights the bigger issue, and it’s that the Blue Jays’ inaction this offseason is coming back, not surprisingly, to hurt them.
Elsewhere at Gamereax, Chris looks at how the club’s roster moves of yesterday, bolstering the bench, make a lot of sense.
Back to Sportsnet, where Arden Zwelling sees signs of progress in Brett Lawrie. You know? The Jays’ second baseman!
Reyes throwing his bat as Jeremy Guthrie throws a ball into the upper deck forever. Forever and ever and ever.
Lastly, I’ve mentioned this a couple of times now, but it’s worth repeating, since a bunch of people contacted me disappointed that the Edwin/Parrot t-shirt that was available a couple weeks ago didn’t end up shipping, because it was deemed to be infringing on MLB’s copyright. Well, apparently they’re up and being sold again, without anything that should cause them to be shut down. So if you missed out and still want one, there are still a couple of days left to go over to Teespring and place an order, apparently.