Greg and Josh look back on the four-game set with the Orioles and all its accompanying fallout. They discuss the injuries to Josh Donaldson, J.A. Happ, and Aaron Sanchez, the continued ghastly hitting, the strong starting pitching from those who remain healthy, and some quality bullpen performance from some not-so-average Joes. They also give Starling Marte a Do-Over, discuss a potential new MLB rules quirk, and answer listener questions.
Greg and Josh look back at the rough start to the season for the Blue Jays, focusing on the toothless offense and what exactly had gone wrong there, the mostly strong pitching staff, the return of Jose Bautista’s arm, and a nice welcome to the club for Kendrys Morales. They also give Rob Manfred yet another Do Over and answer listener questions.
Sportsnet’s Jamie Campbell stops by to discuss the upcoming broadcast plans, look back at last year’s playoff run and subsequent up and down offseason, and look ahead the upcoming season. Greg, Josh and Nick also talk about the Upton/Goins and Tepera/Bolsinger roster decisions, Roberto Osuna’s injury, and give their thoughts from Opening Day. They also answer listener questions and give out an April Fools themed Do-Over.
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In their annual 25 in 50 episode, Greg and Josh cover the entire (likely) opening day roster, with two minute breakdowns of each player (and a brief mention of a possible replacement), as well as their picks for the most important pitcher and hitter.
Danny Russell of DRays Bay stop by to discuss the Rays in the final episode of the AL East preview series. They go over the Archer-led pitching staff, with a look at some of the confusing trade rumours, the Drew Smyly deal, Evan Longoria’s 2016 resurgence, and the jam-packed Tampa outfield. Greg and Josh also discuss the Aaron Sanchez contract issue, John Gibbons sticking around for another few years, the pending full returns of Josh Donaldson and Devon Travis, Francisco Liriano’s dominance, and the messy left field situation.
Jake English of Birds Eye View stops by to preview the Baltimore Orioles are part of the 2017 AL East preview series. He discusses the continual lack of strength/depth in the rotation, Chris Tillman’s injury, the slugging offense, and some fancy roster maneuvering by Dan Duquette. Greg and Josh also discuss the recent returns to “action” for Josh Donaldson and Devon Travis, Kendrys Morales’ continued spring success, Canada’s abysmal showing in the World Baseball classic, Jose Bautista and Marcus Stroman’s STRONG showings, and some approach changes for Kevin Pillar and Justin Smoak. They also give Do-Overs to the Blue Jays social media team and Peter Gammons.
Matt Kory of Baseball Prospectus stops by to discuss the Red Sox as part of the AL East preview series. He discusses the issues related to David Price’s health, compares the Jays rotation to the one in Boston, and looks at which hitters are likely to get better, and which ones are likely to regress. Greg and Josh also discuss the lingering injury to Devon Travis, the rumors surrounding Brett Lawrie, the spring debuts of Steve Pearce and Troy Tulowitzki, Angel Pagan rumours, and Josh’s observations from Florida. They also answer listener questions, and give out a Do-Over and a Gold Star.
In the first AL East preview episode of the year, BP Bronx’s Stacey Gotsulias stops by to preview the New York Yankees with discussion about the suspect pitching, the upside and unrealistic expecations of the young hitters, and the villainous Randy Levine. Greg and Josh also go over the news from the first week of Spring Training games, including Joe Biagini’s 2017 role, the health of Josh Donaldson, Kendrys Morales’ power, the impressive Rowdy Tellez, and notes on performances of Mat Latos and Marcus Stroman. Finally, they answer listener questions and give out a Do-Over.
Blue Jays pitcher Mike Bolsinger stops by to discuss reaction to his 2016 trade to the Blue Jays, battling for a job in spring training, transitioning from the rotation to the bullpen, and pitch selection. Greg, Josh, and a returning Chris also discuss the latest spring news, including Josh Donaldson’s injury, Kevin Pillar’s planned change in approach, Devon Travis’ potential with the bat, Russell Martin at the WBC, and Jose Bautista contract talk. Finally they answer a bunch of listener questions, give two Do-Overs, and make a special announcement.
Greg Hamilton, coach and director of national teams for Baseball Canada, stops by to discuss Canada’s World Baseball Classic team. He details the selection process for the roster, the need for a blend of youth and experience, and how the team reacted to the absence of so many top players. Greg and Josh also break down the last couple weeks of Blue Jays news with a look at the Joe Smith and Mat Latos signings, Aaron Sanchez’ being let loose, and the loss of the latest “Catcher of the Future.” Finally, they answer listener questions and give a Do-Over to their good buddy, Rob Manfred.