Not as weird as I kinda wanna fuck New Fat Mike.
Comments are back up and running today. Apologies to those who dare enter that little cesspool for yesterday’s glitch.
Shi Davidi tweets that John Gibbons said this afternoon that Brett Lawrie is getting closer, and will play either tomorrow or Sunday. “He’s not going on the DL,” Gibbers said.
Awesomeness from GROF over at theScore, who looks at how Jose Bautista has single-handedly kept the Jays in contention, which… maybe not single handedly, but how fucked would they be without their superstar and his start at the plate, which has been overshadowed by Troy Tulowitzki’s, but is still thoroughly impressive. Jose sits second, behind Tulo, among MLB leaders in wRC+.
Getting Blanked theScore, with Mother’s Day coming up this weekend, Drew celebrates baseball’s best moms.
Gregor Chisholm tweets that the main reason that Juan Francisco chose to come to the Jays was a recruiting job done by his friend, Edwin Encarnacion. Nice. Also: seriously, I know Kyle Kendrick is Kyle Kendrick, but holy awesome what these bats have done against Hamels, Lee, and Burnett this week. Holy awesome.
It’s back! Richard Griffin has a new mail bag up at the Toronto Star, and I’ll have a fresh hijacking for you Monday morning … most likely. (Podcast early next week, too, I swear!)
Elsewhere in the Star, Griff looks at Marcus Stroman from the ol’ “small stature” angle, which seems less and less of a concern the more people see him. Maybe different because he’s working out of the bullpen right now,
In this GIF from Dan Toman of Gamereax, we see that Marcus Stroman deals in filth. Even when he misses his spot. So good.
Measuring the Dick: It would be easy to say that it’s been a tale of two “seasons” so far for R.A. Dickey. The ol’ Dickster has pitched to a 3.65 ERA over his last four starts, holding opponents to a slash line of .240/.324/.365, compared to a 6.26 ERA in his first four and a slash line of .264/.375/.414. However, among those first four starts are the one where he was terrific against the Yankees, and ones against Minnesota and Houston, each of which he began by going four scoreless, before things started to unravel — especially since John Gibbons, in retrospect, probably left him in too long. In other words, he’s actually been pretty good. Not an ace — not the guy who tore the National League to bits two years ago — but not exactly the blow-up machine fans were worried about earlier. I tweeted last night that, according to Brooks Baseball, Dickey threw his hardest knuckleball of the year last night, and the velocity chart at FanGraphs bears that out as well. He’s about where he wants to be, apart from the walks, and it’s not unthinkable that he can go on a bit of a run. Aren’t nice thoughts nice?
At Sportsnet, Shi Davidi recounts last night, beginning with how Dickey is building momentum. In a second piece he looks at Jose Reyes, who hasn’t quite looked himself yet, but is starting to show signs of becoming his old self — and how fucking awesome would that be? (Robert MacLeod of the Globe and Mail looks at Reyes too.)
Davidi also talks about Adam Lind and his hope for a healthy back, while Sportsnet’s the Tao of Stieb defends the caution Alex Anthopoulos has exercised in not simply shitcanning out-of-options guys like Esmil Rogers. “What happens when the inevitable injuries leave you with the decision such as moving a young and probably under-prepared player up while likely losing someone off your 40-man roster to accommodate him?” he asks. “It doesn’t take that many discards before you’re staring at a thin hand that you’ve dealt yourself.”
Chris Creamer tweets that today is Canadian Military Appreciation Day, so the Jays will be wearing their incongruous red hats with the red maple leaf tonight against the Angels. Of course, every day is Canadian Military Appreciation Day in the world of sports, isn’t it?
At ESPN.com (Insider Only), Keith Law provides his rankings of the top 100 prospects. It’s not a mock draft, so the guys at 9 and 11 — where the Jays pick — are mostly inconsequential to us. However, as I noted on Twitter, the guy in the eleventh slot, Derek Hill, is a centre fielder, ”explosive athlete,” “needs reps to work on pitch recognition.” Um… Jays-y enough?
Charlie Caskey of Your Van C’s writes a bit about the red hot HELLO KEVIN PILLAR!!!, and also provides us with a chat he had on the Team 1040 in Vancouver.
Bob Elliott of the Toronto Sun reminds us that the Prime Minister of Defence is back! John McDonald is a member of the Angels, and therefore visiting Rogers Centre this weekend for a four-game set.
Lastly, Steve Buffery of the Toronto Sun gets hopeful that the excitement that the Raptors’ surprising season and short-lived but exciting playoff run created has been noticed by the high-ups at Rogers, with respect to the Jays.