The Blue Jays are just one game short of the 2016 All-Star Break, and save for a win today against the Detroit Tigers, the Jays really couldn’t end the first half in a much better fashion.
The Blue Jays are tied for the seventh best record in all of baseball, they’re only one of four teams in the American League that have fifty or more wins, and not to mention … the Blue Jays have five All-Stars this year.
But to get you caught up in this week around the Blue Jays blogosphere, here are some Sunday Morning Blue Jays Links.
Marcus Stroman has put forth some promising results as of late, and Number Fire takes a deeper dive into Stroman’s turnaround. There’s definitely been an uptick in velocity and chase rate for Stroman, which bodes well for a potential second half resurgence.
Over at MLBTR, the Blue Jays are one of several teams who are scouting Rich Hill of the Oakland Athletics. Of all the starting pitching trade chips, Hill seems to make the most sense for the Jays as he’d purely be a rental. Someone like Sonny Gray or Ervin Santana with multiple years of team control could cost a boatload.
This one’s from a few weeks ago, but the Artificial Turf Wars podcast spoke with Hazel Mae of Sportsnet, with some great insight into how she approaches interviews. Definitely worth a listen.
Speaking of podcasts, this week’s boozy edition of Birds All Day at Blue Jays Nation was pretty good.
Earlier this week, Chris Colabello spoke to TSN 1050 and continued to proclaim his innocence in regards to testing positive for Turinabol. Colabello says: “I average anywhere between three and five hours a day on the phone with scientists and doctors; at some point, everything will work itself out here”.
Former Blue Jay Jesse Litsch is currently the pitching coach of the Bridgeport Bluefish, but in this video with Tyler Boronski, Litsch spoke about his time in Toronto, citing A.J. Burnett as one of his mentors during his playing time with the Blue Jays.