When I get back from the bowl store, I want this apartment to be a crab-and-cancer-free zone.
Mike Wilner tweets that John Gibbons says Colby Rasmus feels better, and that he might play tomorrow, and “if not, hopefully Friday.” Since tonight’s Game Threat is probably just going to be a picture of some idiot Cleveland fan, consider this your scuttlebutt.
R.A. Dickey was frustrated with himself after last night’s outing — despite it being halfway decent (especially if it had been scored correctly *COUGH*), and him throwing the knuckler with as much velocity and as big a variation in speed as we’ve seen this season. Shi Davidi of Sportsnet gets post-game quotes from the Jays’ ostensible ace, and it turns out he still expects more from himself, especially in terms of going deeper into games.
Elsewhere at Sportsnet, Ben Nicholson-Smith explains that Dickey could help himself by issuing fewer walks. He only issued two free passes last night (though he also hit a batter in his near fall-apart appearance in the seventh).
Two more from Sportsnet, as on the eve of what could be J.A. Happ’s last turn in the Jays’ rotation (depending on how it goes, of course), we’ll look back to what Davidi wrote after his start on the weekend, after which the Jays stood by him, at least for the time being. Meanwhile, Shi also talks to Cleveland’s starting catcher, Yan Gomes, who is a different player now than when he left the Jays. Well… yeah, let’s fucking hope they didn’t know what they were giving up.
At FanGraphs, Mike Petriello awesomely looks at how awesomely Jose Bautista is awesomely doing more with less this year. “In retrospect,” he concludes, “it all seems so simple. Don’t help the pitcher by making outs on their pitches. Accept the walks when they’re given to you. Crush the balls that you can, especially now that you’re healthy. It’s simple, yet ever so complicated. Bautista is making it work, he’s doing it at a pace we haven’t seen in a few years. It’s been sinceChipper Jones and Manny Ramirez in 2008 that a player 33 or older had a wOBA higher than what Bautista is sporting. It’s still early, of course; it’s also not like we’ve never seen Bautista produce at a high level, either. With his injury concerns not a concern at present, and a plate discipline / power combination that should be envied by all, we’re seeing Bautista production like many — myself included — thought might have been gone forever.”
Elsewhere at FanGraphs, Tony Blengino looks at the Wild, Wooly — and Mediocre American League, and ultimately pans the Jays’ chances, despite their being bunched among many clubs currently with a shot. “At some point, the five-team AL East logjam will begin to break, and an upper and lower division will emerge,” he explains. “The guess here is that the Jays’ utter inability to keep the opposition off of the scoreboard — and their own starting pitcher in the ballgame — will be their undoing. Jays’ starters have averaged only 5.51 IP per start, better than only Tampa Bay among this group, and these guys don’t have Alex Cobb or Jeremy Hellickson coming back. Their greatest strength is obviously their offensive power, ranking first in the AL in home runs and second in SLG. The Adam Lind/Juan Francisco combo has overperformed to date. A continuing MVP-level offensive performance from Jose Bautista is a prerequisite for ongoing contention. Second base is an offensive sinkhole. Their pen has been bad, and heavily leaned upon, and their staff is second in the AL in walks. There are numerous leaks here that should eventually combine to take this team down.” Not unfair, but… ouch.