Good Morning. Wipe the sleep from your eyes because we’ve brewed up a fresh pot of Blue Jay goodness to start your day. Here’s your Blue Jays Morning Brew.
There are those who still believe that the Blue Jays have a chance to make the post season for the first time in 2 decades. Some would say those people are kidding themselves, but as my Math teacher friends say, “Math doesn’t lie”. And, the Math, Blue Jays fans, says they are still in this thing. If they are to make a serious run at October baseball, they are going to need all the help they can get from their leaders. Over at Tip of the Tower, William Wilson wonders what many have asked: Is Jose Bautista the leader this team needs?
Your Blue Jays have just called up a number of new faces. Some of whom have been in Lansing very recently. Jesse Goldberg-Strassler and Trey Wilson at LansingLugnuts.com gives us a nice look at 3 former Lugnuts: Dalton Pompey, Daniel Norris and Kendall Graveman. I for one am most excited to see Dalton Pompey run around Rogers Centre. I am intrigued by Graveman’s rise through the system too. All of a sudden the Blue Jays future is looking pretty bright.
Speaking of those call ups, we have some more Math for you. The folks at Sportsnet have used all their high powered technology and give us a pretty cool “infographic” that shows some insight into some statistical numbers associated with each player. Take, for example, the number 1. That is the number of errors Ryan Goins has committed in 80 MLB games. Yeah, I know, not enough to hand him the starting job. But, still interesting.
And, as if this season weren’t enough of a downer, here’s something else. John Lott of the National Post tells us that there is reason to think Mark Buehrle may not reach the 200 inning mark. He’s reached it in each of the last 13 seasons. With 5 starts remaining, he sits at 167. We usually use 200 innings as the ideal bench mark for consistency. It looks like Marky Mark is getting old and tiring. Good thing the Blue Jays are only paying him…wait, what? $19 MILLION?! Yikes.
I leave you with this: Blue Jays minor leaguer, Frank John Viola III tweeted this pretty cool video of his knuckle ball doing knuckle ball things:
If only that movement had been able to help the 30 year old hurler this season…