ATW Episode 286: The 2023 Season Review

In Greg’s final episode as the host of Artificial Turf Wars, he, Josh and Nick give out season ending awards in categories ranging from the obvious (best pitcher, favourite moment, team MVP, etc.) to the unusual (most unfairly maligned, bona fide or Bonifaco, etc.) including submissions from the listeners.
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ATW Episode 285: A Fond Farewell

Greg and Josh discuss the failed foray into the postseason for the Blue Jays, with looks at the pitching performances, good and less good, that were overshadowed by the hitting, outs on the bases and a manager’s decision that became a lightning rod for criticism. They also compare the P.R. approaches of the two people tasked with leading the club, Ross Atkins and Mark Shapiro, and how they handled their year-end press conferences.
They also answer a full mailbag worth of listener questions before Greg shares an important final thought.
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ATW Episode 284: Twins WC preview

Brandon Warne of Access Twins and Locked on Twins joins the podcast (11:00) to preview the upcoming Wild Card series between Toronto and Minnesota. He goes over the changes to the roster since the Jays saw them earlier in the year, how the lineup stacks up even with some key players possibly unavailable due to injury and how the rotation and bullpen have been reshaped to provide support for a hot offence.
Greg and Josh also talk about the end of the season notes and signs from the final two games as well as how the roster will look for the first round of the postseason. They also answer listener questions.
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ATW Episode 283: One is the Loneliest (Magic) Number

Greg and Josh look at the state of the Jays heading into the final weekend of play. They discuss the solid series in Tampa Bay before laying two goose eggs to start the Yankees series, with a problem that has been occurring all season rearing its ugly head again: the inability to hit good pitching. They also look at the incredible work of Bassitt to get to 200 innings and the circumstances required to get there, Gausman setting a career high in strikeouts, Chapman and Belt showing a bit of power as part of the new lineup structure, and the weird results that have led to the Jays being where they are in the postseason race and what has to happen to get in.
They also answer listener questions and give out both a Gold Star and a Do Over.
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ATW Episode 282: Sweeping it Under the Rug

Greg and Josh look at the recent events as the Jays enter the stretch run They discuss Biggio earning regular playing time with both improved hitting and, perhaps more importantly, defensively around the diamond, Bo finding his timing again, Vlad dealing with an injury that hopefully won’t linger, a tremendous rebound from the rotation following a rough turn against Texas, with an especially important 7 innings from Berríos, Cam Eden finally adding a true speed element to the bench, and Brandon Belt slowly making his way back from injury.

They also answer listener questions and give out a Gold Star.
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Around The Nest Episode 9: Wrapping Up the Regular Season

In the penultimate episode of the 2023 season, host Tyler Zickel (Vancouver Canadians) chats with fellow broadcasters Chris Valentine (Dunedin Blue Jays) and Gareth Kwok (New Hampshire Fisher Cats) to wrap up the minor league regular campaign. The Nest crew talk about the top bats, arms, and moments this year in the Blue Jays minor league system, including names like Jace Bohrofen, Alan Roden, Josh Kasevich, Mason Fluharty, Adrian Hernandez, Adam Macko, Lazaro Estrada, Kendry Rojas, Ian Churchill, Michael Tirconi, Miguel Hiraldo, and CJ van Eyk.
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ATW Episode 281: Bottom Feeding

Greg and Josh discuss the latest in Blue Jays land starting with the 9-3 overall record against the league bottom feeders including a sweep of the Royals that included some red flags that have shown up in the Texas series. They also go over the first few games of the Texas series and what has gone wrong, the continued strong offensive showing of the Buffalo Boys, Davis Schneider, Ernie Clement and Spencer Horwitz, the pitching hitting a bit of a wall at the worst time and the bizarre Alek Manoah saga with the news of his anger over his option.
They also give out a Do Over to an odd situation in Seattle.
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ATW Episode 280: Flipping the Birds

Greg and Josh discuss the latest news around the Blue Jays including the recent rash of injuries to key members of the lineup, Bo Bichette, Matt Chapman and now Danny Jansen, that luckily has had good performance from the replacements, the recent tough performance from a few pitchers, including Mayza, Jackson and especially Berríos, the continued excellence of Hyun-Jin Ryu, an improved offence being led by a resurgent Alejandro Kirk and a look ahead at the upcoming schedule.
They also give a Do Over to John Schneider for his explanation of a managerial decision and discuss the Angels’ waiving of 1/4 of their roster.
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Around The Nest Episode 8: Shaking and Baking in New Hampshire

It’s time for host Tyler Zickel (Vancouver Canadians) to perform a check-in on the Blue Jays minor league system to see who has been performing during these dog days of summer.
Pat Malacaro (Buffalo Bisons) leads off from Syracuse, NY to talk about the lengthening of the Bisons’ lineup with the return of Nathan Lukas and Ernie Clement to triple-A to complement Spencer Horwitz and Rafael Lantigua who just know how to put the bat on the ball. Addison Barger has become the team’s everyday right fielder, stunning fans and broadcasters with his cannon of an arm. Speedster Cam Eden has passed mailman Roemon Fields to take the Bisons’ single-season stolen base record with 45 (and counting). Pat wraps up his segment talking about how Bisons superfan Mark Aichinger is getting his own bobblehead day in September.
Steve Goldberg (New Hampshire Fisher Cats) re-joins Around The Nest to speak with Zick about some former C’s who had been promoted. Alan Roden has kept his consistent approach after arriving in double-A and is finding success, starter Michael Dominguez recorded nine strikeouts against the Rumble Ponies, and the “Shake & Bake” duo of Mason Fluharty and TJ Brock are now the leverage arms in the Fisher Cats’ bullpen. Steve also takes us for an audio tour around the new training facilities at Delta Dental Stadium.
To wrap up the show, Chris Valentine (Dunedin Blue Jays) banters with Tyler about the two lowest rungs of the ladder. The Canadians have hit a bit of a dry spell, getting no-hit at home and losing several consecutive games, but are still seeing a great performance from big guy Peyton Williams, who is sporting a .311/.385/.556 slash line in August. Chris gushes about the D-Jays’ Lazaro Estrada, who has been deploying a wipeout slider that is impossible to hit by right handers in his transition from late-inning bulk guy to a legit starter. Outfielder Jace Bohrofen (6th round, 2023) slugged five homers over his first five games after being promoted out of the FCL and Chay Yeager (12th round, 2023) is throwing 96 mph fastballs out of the ‘pen. The two broadcasters then chatted about Jeff Wehler in Vancouver and Davis Feldman in Dunedin providing a solid veteran presence in their respective clubhouses.
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ATW Episode 279: Groundhog Day

Greg and Josh discuss the latest developments for the Blue Jays including the still-performing pitching staff, the injury returns, including a rejuvenated-looking Jordan Romano, that will provide even more depth and rest to one another, the Alek Manoah demotion to nowhere and the patience we should have with the situation, the still struggling offence despite better RISP numbers in the month of August and a few extra power displays and Paul DeJong joining Brad Hand on an inauspicious list.
They also answer listener questions.
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