That was ugly. The Jays haven't been a fun team to watch so far in 2013. Sometimes pitchers just aren't on and sometimes you get Migueal Cabrera-d but no amount of logic can or should make losing palatable. It would be nice to see the Jays win one, not because the season is over if they don't, but simply because it would just be nice. I look forward to offering some links to augment the glow of victory rather than add to the rumination regarding the Jays' slow start, but that will have to wait for another day. So here are some of those "links" you've heard so much about.
Even with all the pricey additions, Jays success still comes down to the production of the two incumbent power-hitters in the middle of the batting order, Richard Griffin writes. By golly, we have some optimism!
"For Ricky Romero to return to the MLB level, he needs to make some mechanical changes to his delivery. And as pitching coach Pete Walker explains, it takes time for those adjustments to stick." A quick return from Romero sure would complicate matters.
"Over the past week, much has been made about expectations becoming a millstone around the necks of the Toronto Blue Jays. At this rate, that should be less of a talking point. The Blue Jays are gradually lowering the expectations." Some one woke up on the wrong side of bed.
"The Blue Jays arrived in Detroit hoping to start a win streak and put their disappointing opening week behind them. Instead, they lost to the Tigers, falling to 2-5 on the season." Another recap from the ever reasonable Davidi.
Frustrating to see Arencibia robbed by one of the worst players in the MLB. Not that it would have mattered.
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"Rays right-hander Jeff Niemann got bad news during his doctor visit Monday, and will go under the knife on Wednesday."
"For the second straight start, David Price struggled with his velocity. Is it a cause for concern, or simply a couple off games for the Rays ace?" Not writing off Price justtttt yet.
Jackie Bradley Jr. did seem somewhat unlikely to set the league on fire with so little experience in the upper minor leagues.
Have you guys heard? Chris Davis is off to a hot start.
The Yankees are depending on catching prospect Gary Sanchez. To be fair he wouldn't have to be that good to be better than what they are looking at now
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"The Angels decided to tear up their rotation last winter, but it's easier to tear things down than build them up. Weaver's injury underscores how they gambled with pitching heading into 2013." At least if any team can win on the strength of their lineup alone it would be the Angels.
Yet another crazy deep analysis on a single pitch. I hope I'm not the only person who finds these so fascinating...
"Contract discussions between L.A. and their young left-hander continue, and may be well into record-breaking figures." Given the amount of money that the Dodgers have been throwing around to bring in far inferior talents to Kershaw, you'd think they'd make the effort to lock up their homegrown superstar.
If you think Rasmus is struggling with strikeouts early, take a gander at this. Yeah, I said gander.
'Free agent right-hander Roy Oswalt took to Twitter to say he would 'love to come back to Philly.' Don't think I can see that happening... that four ace rotation with Halladay, Lee, Hamels, Oswalt sure feels an awful long way in the rear view mirror.
"Roy Halladay's decline from his brilliant peak is inevitable, sad, and picking up speed." Unfortunately Father Time has a pretty impressive track record.
This, I'd like to see.
NON-BASEBALL LINK OF THE DAY
Just try and beat this headline...