Wednesday BBB Links: Lind Batting Second Edition

This is what 8-13 looks like. - Rob Carr

What did I say yesterday about getting into one run games with the Orioles? Sometimes it's as if the Jays just don't listen... Today's links examine the return of Aaron Laffey, the struggles of Giancarlo Stanton and how to get your house to smell like the National Park of your choice.

Another day, another tough game to watch. The way the Orioles managed to score four runs in the 2nd inning without hitting the ball hard once and Melky Cabrera's dubious strikeout in the 8th inning jump to mind as some of the little injustices in this one. Eventually one has to think that the Blue Jays will happen upon some good fortune and put together a run. Until then there are only links.

JAYS LINKS

Jays offensive struggles continue in loss to O’s - Sportsnet.ca
"R.A Dickey gave up four runs in the second and the slumping Toronto Blue Jays lineup couldn't escape the hole, falling to the Baltimore Orioles 4-3 Tuesday night."

Aaron Laffey Returns To The Blue Jays - Jays Journal - A Toronto Blue Jays Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
"Aaron Laffey could also just be another pickup to add to the AAA Buffalo Bisons roster, which is the likely possibility." Not the worst 6th starter type to have on hand.

Jays could leave Dunedin for new stadium - Sportsnet.ca
"The Blue Jays have trained in Dunedin, Florida since their inaugural season, but state legislators have proposed a shared stadium for the Blue Jays and Astros in Palm Beach Gardens."

Wilner on Blue Jays: It’s on the hitters - Sportsnet.ca
"The Toronto Blue Jays, who have managed only five hits or fewer in one quarter of their games this season, will continue to struggle if their hitters don't step up."

Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista has good reason to gripe with umpires over strike zone | Toronto Star
"Since 2010, Bautista has received nearly 20 more incorrect strike calls than the average player, according to data compiled for The Star by Baseball Info Solutions."

MacArthur: Lind moves up to second in Jays lineup
"Adam Lind's streak of reaching base ended, at nine consecutive plate appearances, in the seventh inning of Monday's 2-1 loss to the Orioles. That stretch, which included three singles and six walks, has earned him a more prominent role in Tuesday's lineup. Lind batted second in the order for the 22nd time in his career."

AL EAST LINKS

Totally real supersecret conversation between A-Rod and Cano - Pinstriped Bible
"A-Rod and Cano have a supersecret meeting to discuss important issues."

Troubles linger for Yankee offense despite small sample size success - Pinstriped Bible
Any headline with the words "troubles" and "Yankee" has me hooked.

Is John Lackey's rehab complete? - Over the Monster

"With his rehab start at Portland concluded, Lackey might be headed back to Boston."

Dylan Bundy and Dr. James Andrews Mentioned In The Same Sentence - Camden Chat
"Orioles prospect Dylan Bundy and Dr. James Andrews have been mentioned in the same sentence."

Thoughts on Hak-Ju Lee - DRaysBay

"How could Hak-Ju Lee's game be affected by ligament damage, and how have other players fared with similar injuries?"


THE REST OF THE BASEBALL UNIVERSE LINKS

Where Have All The Stolen Bases Gone? | FanGraphs Baseball

A look at the mysterious disappearance of stolen bases league wide.

Big additions among 10 most disappointing performances in the young season | The Strike Zone - SI.com
A reminder that the Jays aren't the only disappointing team of 2013.

How Big a Year is This for Giancarlo Stanton? | FanGraphs Baseball

Jeff Sullivan takes a look at Stanton's trade value and how it might change if he continues to disappoint this year.

Previously on a Hall of Fame path

"Which active players have seen their Cooperstown credentials tail off?" Roy Halladay has had his struggles lately but he still seems like a likely candidate in my eyes, I am a Jays fan though...

Joe Blogs: The Reality and Absurdity of Pitching To the Score

More debunking of the Hall of Fame case of Jack Morris and the idea of pitching to the score.

NON-BASEBALL LINK OF THE DAY

New sprays make your bathroom smell like a specific National Park - Travel on NBCNews.com

I'm a sucker for a great headline

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