ATW Episode 75: Japandering to the Crowd

Sung Min Kim of Sporting News stops by talk Shohei Otani and what we could be in the big leagues, the posting systems in Japan and Korea, and other potential stars we could see being posted over the next couple of years. Greg and Josh also discuss the Marco Estrada extension, Jose Bautista’s farewell tour, Roberto Osuna’s increased velocity, faces of the franchise, and a truly 2017 Toronto Blue Jays moment. Finally, they answer listener questions and give out Do Overs to Mark Shapiro and Matt Dermody.

ATW Episode 74: This String Plays Music

Greg and Josh discuss the recent news in Blue Jays land starting with the recent four game winning streak (and two wins over the Orioles). They continue with a breakdown of Joe Biagini’s odd recent string of starts, take a look at the play (and projection) of the September call ups, express disappointment at Aaron Sanchez being shut down, parse Ross Atkins’ words, and examine the recently released 2018 schedule. Finally, they answer listener questions, give a Do Over to the Blue Jays stadium ops, look at a bizarre ESPN segment, and talk about Darwin Barney’s failed attempt at a slide.

ATW Episode 73: Broken Wings and Nestlings

Josh and Greg run down every DL trip so far in 2017, then ask whether Roberto Osuna should be there too. They also make important rulings about four home run games and four strikeout innings, look at some September callups, and discuss Brett Anderson’s success and Twitter comments. Following that, they talk with Emily Waldon of 2080 Baseball about a host of Blue Jays still making their way through the minor leagues, featuring Anthony Alford, Vlad Guerrero Jr., Bo Bichette, and more. Finally, they hand out their most generous Do-Over ever to the Red Sox.

ATW Episode 72: The DA Rests

Former major league pitcher David Aardsma stops by to talk about playing out the string on a losing club, dealing with watching the game while injured from the sidelines, and MLB’s current issues with the juiced ball. Greg and Nick also discuss the debut of Brett Anderson, Joe Biagini’s attempt to rejoin the rotation, another week of poor play from the Jays, and the new Player’s Weekend. Finally, they answer listener questions, give a Do Over to the Texas Rangers, and a Gold Star to die hard Blue Jays fans.

ATW Episode 71: These Loose Ends Need Tying

Dr. Mike Sonne stops by to discuss red flags that are appearing both in Roberto Osuna’s Stuff rating and his workload, as measured by Dr. Sonne’s Fatigue Units statistic. He also discusses the Jays bullpen as a whole and how the stuff metric can be used to potentially show injuries. Greg and Josh then quickly discuss the nightmarish end to the Cubs series, Josh Donaldson’s extreme hot streak, and goofy injuries before talking about the Golden Sombrero and the fastest pitch ever thrown. Finally, they answer listener questions and give out a Do Over to the MLB Umpires.

ATW Episode 70: This Whole Deck is Wild

Greg, Josh, and Nick discuss the relatively successful last week of Blue Jays baseball. They talk about the crazy AL Wild Card race, Marco Estrada’s waiver claim, Jose Bautista’s hot streak, Marcus Stroman becoming a true staff ace, the constant injury roster shuffle, the signing of Brett Anderson, Aaron Sanchez to the pen, and the mystery of Rob Refsnyder. They also answer listener questions and give out Gold Stars to Ryan Goins and Ian Kinsler. 

ATW Episode 69: On a Wing and a (Position) Player

Greg and Josh break down the recent news and stories from Blue Jays land with discussions on Roberto Osuna’s struggles/odd pitch usage, Josh Donaldson and Marco Estrada’s returns to form, Kevin Pillar and Ryan Goins’ mirror struggles/successes, a banged up rotation and its effects on the bullpen, and a helping hand from former friend Francisco Liriano. They also answer a slew of listener questions, give a Do Over to the Texas Rangers broadcast, and hand out a Cliché of the Week. 

ATW Episode 68: Those Trade Winds are Blowing

Nick Dika joins Greg and Josh to break down the last week of Jays, with a long look at the Blue Jays deadline moves and the impacts made by Francisco Liriano and Joe Smith during their time as Blue Jays. They also discuss Steve Pearce’s magical week, Justin Smoak’s continued dominance, a brief return to form from Marco Estrada, Josh Donaldson hitting slightly better, and Jose Bautista’s struggles. Finally, they answer listener questions and give a Do Over to some MLB Umps.

ATW Episode 67: Art Imitating Life

To take a break from the depressing nature of discussing the 2017 Blue Jays, Greg and Josh decide to talk baseball movies instead. They review “Moneyball” and the documentary “Fastball”, while also touching on Major League (of course), A League of Their Own, Bull Durham, and more via listener questions. 

ATW Episode 66: Teaching Hitting is Tough

Former Blue Jays Assistant Hitting Coach Eric Owens stops by to discuss working with major and minor league hitters, the issues plaguing the recent Blue Jays clubs, Josh Donaldson’s swing techniques, and why many clubs now have two hitting coaches. Greg and Josh then discuss the returning members of the Blue Jays bullpen, the continues excellence of Marcus Stroman and Roberto Osuna, the struggles of Marco Estrada and the defence, and Dalton Pompey’s sad tale. They also answer listener questions and discuss the trades from around the league and their impact on the Blue Jays.