Move over bananas, I’ve got a new source of potassium!
Talk about burying the lede. In small subsection of a Saturday piece for the Toronto Sun, Bob Elliott dropped this nugget: “Rogers Communications might prove us wrong about not giving general manager Alex Anthopoulos any cash to add at the deadline and the Jays could add a $10-million contract next week. Might it be a tad too late?” I’ll believe it when I see it. Sure would be fucking nice, though. So… whaddaya think the Mets want for Jon Niese? Because I bet it’s a metric shitload.
“I haven’t had any communication with them, which has been a little frustrating at times because I feel like I’ve ironed some of the things out that I needed to iron out and I’m just waiting for that opportunity to go back out there and hopefully do what I’m doing here.” Those words come from Sergio Santos, who says he was taken aback by the decision to designate him for assignment last month, according to Stephen Whyno of the Canadian Press, via the Globe and Mail. Santos gave up a hit in his first appearance for Buffalo, and hasn’t since. He’s struck out nine in 6.2 innings, but has also walked four. Sounds like he’s close.
More from Whyno, this time in the National Post, as he reports on Edwin Encarnacion’s first rehab game for Buffalo, and how badly the Jays need their slugger back.
The Jays announced this afternoon that they’ve claimed Colt Hynes, a left-handed reliever, from the Dodgers and assigned him to Buffalo. Hynes is 29, with 17 innings of big league experience, all of which came last season for San Diego, and… uh… it did not go well. He had a great year last year in Double- and Triple-A, though. This year he’s pitched to a 4.08 ERA and 4.04 FIP in 42 games in the PCL. Meh.
Great stuff at Sportsnet from Arden Zwelling, who looks at Jose Bautista, who is everything to the Jays — but maybe not enough.
Back to Bob Elliott of the Toronto Sun, as does his best to empower the whiny subset of the Jays’ fan base, writing that the club missed a golden opportunity last night, in what was “supposed to be the easy one” against Seattle. Yeah, and they were supposed to lose to the Tigers’ Cy-calibre starters, right? Funny how baseball sometimes is baseball.
Elsewhere in the Sun, in a notebook post, Elliott notes that Jose Reyes wasn’t thrilled with the decision to have him sit out Monday’s opener of the series in Seattle. “It was an executive decision,” John Gibbons told reporters. Elsewhere in the piece, Elliott notes that Dan Norris had an excellent debut on Sunday with the Buffalo Bisons, striking out ten in six scoreless.
Baseball Prospectus gives some context to Norris’s performance: “Norris has ridden his fastball/slider combination all the way to the upper levels of the minor leagues this season, with Buffalo representing his third stop along the way. He’s missed bats in droves at every stop and showed no sign of slowing down in his first Triple-A start on Sunday. He’s still got a ways to go to become a complete pitcher, including the development of the changeup he’ll need in the majors, but for now he’s able to get by with two potential plus pitches.” Sounds sorta like a guy who could do alright in a big league bullpen in a pinch, doesn’t it?
Norris was the only Jays player to make both authors’ lists in the latest Top 50 Dynasty League Prospects piece from BP’s Ben Carsley and Craig Goldstein, showing up at number 27 and 32. Dalton Pompey was 46 for Goldstein, while Aaron Sanchez was 41 for Carsley.
“You can sometimes question Gibbons’ in-game strategy, but one thing the manager does understand is the human condition and perceptions that can hurt his clubhouse,” writes Richard Griffin of the Toronto Star, respect for the Jays still fully intact. “That’s why he refused to send Chad Jenkins back to Triple-A Buffalo after the reliever worked six shutout innings and earned the win on Sunday, even with his options.” Gibbons tells him: “I never like to send him down, period. But the guy’s got options. After yesterday’s game, if we send him down that could be a morale killer too, what he did for the guys.” Meh, fair enough.
Chris Toman of Gamereax looks at how the Jays are now entering their toughest stretch of the year. *Gulp*
Great stuff from Gideon Turk at Blue Jays Plus, as he wonders whether we can believe in Anthony Gose’s on-base skills, and ultimately concludes that it seems as though we can. It’s maybe tough to believe, but if it means the Jays focussing on re-signing Melky instead of Colby — as Gideon suggests — then hells yes, I can get behind it.
Elsewhere at BJP, Greg Wisniewski writes about us fans needing to take a break from the grind of the season as much as players sometimes do. I can relate.
Great stuff, as always, from Nick Ashbourne of Bluebird Banter, as he looks at how Jose Bautista has become a little more like Munenori Kawasaki, and how that’s a good thing.
FanGraphs looks at the most improved players thus far by projected WAR, and one of them is Emilio Bonifacio. Because… of course he is.
Jays Prospects speaks with Anthony Alford, who still remains frustratingly positive about his football career.
Matt Snyder of CBS Sports wonders what might have been if the Expos had won the 1994 World Series.
Lastly, I’m not usually one to go for viral marketing campaign stuff, especially of the heartstring-tugging variety, but this TD thing here was alright, and maybe made me cringe a little bit about how quick I sometimes am to call earnest fans morons on teh internet. I dunno…