Angels at Jays

Friday, May 09 2014 @ 09:29 AM EDT

Contributed by: Named For Hank

Greetings from your old pal Named For Hank. You may have thought that I abandoned you, but rest assured I have been in your basement the whole time and that the calls are coming from inside the house.

So how about that AL East, huh? Awfully polite of the whole division to get off to a rocky start to give us here in Jays-nation a fighting chance for relevance. Tonight, the just-under-.500 Anaheim Angels of Anaheim start a three game set at the Rogers Centre against the barely-over-.500 Jays. If we're lucky, we'll see some Rasmus-on-Rasmus action and give one Colby-Cory bragging rights.

So what on earth is going on? How nice of you to ask...

Pleasant surprises:

Buehrle is not only back to form, he's off to arguably his best start. Is this what happens when his catcher is less handsome but better at calling a game? Is there more going on here?

Josh Thole, hitter.

Melky Cabrera is looking like the best kind if gamble right now. Hopefully his Kuato was all that was bugging him last year.

Juan Francisco! I guess I tuned out the latter part of last year when things had gone so ugly, because I was surprised to see that he had 61 at-bats that I have absolutely no recollection of.


What's happening with Sergio Santos? I was thrilled when the Jays acquired him after his spectacular 2011 with the White Sox, and sadly he appears to be on year three of not-fully-recovered.

From the "And then Mike Wilner made a Kobyashi Maru joke on Twitter" department:

My collection of high-end replicas of vintage uniforms (including a 1974 home Braves and a 1977 road Jays) now includes a 1968 Season Three Sciences tunic. Those of you who care about such things will recognize that '68 was the year they switched from velour to double-knit nylon, and the difference is massive.