Greg and Josh break down the last week of news in Blue Jays land. They discuss the resurgent bullpen that is being led by surprising performers Ryan Tepera and Danny Barnes, a tremendous performance by Marco Estrada, the improved hitting from Jose Bautista and Devon Travis, and the constant shuffling of injured players on the Blue Jays roster. They also answer listener questions, give out two Do-Overs, and play Stump the Josh.
Jesse Goldberg-Strassler stops by to discuss the Jays minor league system with a specific focus on the loaded Lansing Lugnuts roster. He gives his views on wunderkinds Vlad Guerrero Jr. and Bo Bichette, the phenomenon that is Bradley Jones, and gives his view on some AAA players who could help the big league club in a pinch. Greg and Josh also discuss the winning streak, the hot hitting of Kevin Pillar, Devon Travis, and Justin Smoak, the returns to health of some key Jays performers, and the defensive lapses of the most recent games. Finally, they answer listener questions and give out both a Do Over and Gold Star.
Mike Petriello of MLB.com stops by to discuss Statcast and its effect on our ability to understand what is going on in the game of baseball. He goes into depth on the process by which stats are created, discusses some stats that didn’t work out as hoped, and goes into the notion that Statcast can be overbearing at time for viewers. Greg and Josh also discuss the 3-3 week, the mounting injuries (this time to Russell Martin and Kendrys Morales), the resurgence of Roberto Osuna, the rotation shuffle, and Kevin Pillar’s incredible catch against Cleveland. Finally, they answer listener questions and Josh attemps to handle two Stump the Josh questions!
Dr. Mike Sonne of BP Toronto and Rotographs stops by to discuss his Fatigue Units stat and factors that help predict/prevent injury with a specific look at Roberto Osuna, while also taking a look at the Blue Jays pitching staff through the lens of his STUFF metric. Greg and Josh discuss the brief glimpse at hope that came with the three game winning streak, a slightly improved offense, give updates on the injuries to Aaron Sanchez, Josh Donaldson, Troy Tulowizki, and J.A. Happ, and break down a crazy 2-run sacrifice fly. Finally, they answer listener questions and give out a gold star to John Gibbons.
Greg and Josh break down the first week for the 2017 Blue Jays that included “wins.” They discuss the hot bats of Kevin Pillar and Justin Smoak, the early season struggles of Roberto Osuna, the strong pitching from the healthy starters, and a few bizarre plays from the week which culminted in Chris Coghlan’s heroic dive. They also invite one of their Patreon donors onto the podcast to play “Swing and a Drive,” before finishing up with listener questions and a Gold Star.
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.