Jay Jaffe of Fangraphs stops by to discuss Team Entropy and the chances for chaos as the rest of the MLB slate unfolds. He takes a specific look at the very tightly-packed National League which currently has five teams battling for three playoff spots. Greg and Josh also discuss the injuries to Aaron Sanchez and Lourdes Gurriel Jr., Roberto Osuna’s return to Toronto, continued solid performances from Thomas Pannone and Ryan Borucki, some rookie success, Aledmys Diaz looking like a useful member of 2019’s team, and the uninspiring bullpen depth. Finally, they answer listener questions and give out a Do-Over to a former Blue Jay.
Greg and Josh go over the noteworthy stories from the last week. They discuss the latest good start for Aaron Sanchez and the encouraging signs for the future, the good starts from Sean Reid-Foley and Tom Pannone in New York, Randal Grichuk’s quietly very solid season, Teoscar Hernández’ continued fielding struggles, the massive roster for the team right now that doesn’t include Dalton Pompey, and the return of “100 Miles Giles.” They also answer listener questions and give out a Do-Over to Mike Wilbon of ESPN.
Greg, Josh, and Nick take a look at the last week and a half of the Blue Jays season. They discuss the Josh Donaldson trade in depth, including looking at the legality of it, the emotional reaction, and the quality of the return: Julian “PTBNL” Merryweather. They also discuss the Curtis Granderson trade, Rowdy Tellez’ incredible debut run, playing time and outlook for other Jays callups, a mini-debate about calling up Vlad Jr., a look at John Gibbons’ future, and the lack of useful projections for Marcus Stroman and Aaron Sanchez going forward. They also answer listener questions and give a Gold Star to Todd Frazier.
Greg and Josh discuss the latest news in Blue Jays land including just missing Jose Bautista with the Phillies, Kendrys Morales’ incredible run, Aaron Sanchez’ return struggles, Arizona Fall League assignments, and Josh Donaldson’s confusing rehab stint. They also play Swing and a Drive and answer listener questions.
Greg and Josh discuss the latest Blue Jays News and Notes. They go over Thomas Pannone’s sparkling first MLB start and some of the things that stood out about it, Aaron Sanchez’ return and Marcus Stroman’s injury, Lourdes Gurriel Jr. coming back to chase history, Kendrys Morales’ solid numbers, and the competitive balance of the AL East and the rest of baseball. Finally, they answer listener questions, decline to give out a Do Over, and talk about the relationship between David Price and the Boston media.
Greg and Josh take a look at the debuts of Sean Reid-Foley and Danny Jansen and what they showed they can bring the table going forward, discuss Aaron Sanchez’ return and what his rest of season performance means for the future of the roster, Curtis Granderson’s waiver clearance, Josh Donaldson’s qualifying offer situation, and the latest news on John Gibbons’ future. They also answer listener questions and give a Do Over to Keith Hernandez.
Greg and Josh discuss Ryan Borucki’s excellent start to his career including his unusual stuff and homer-suppressing ways, the lack of starting pitching depth and the oddness is creates, Kevin Pillar’s superhuman recovery, Lourdes Gurriel’s pending return and what it means for the infield, Ryan Tepera and Tyler Clippard turning into pumpkins, and Vladimir Guerrero Jr.’s early impact in Buffalo. Finally they answer listener questions and give a do over to Jayson Werth.
Jeffrey Paternostro of Baseball Prospectus stops by to give his reports on all eight prospects the Blue Jays picked up in July trades, with in depth discussion on Forrest Wall, Hector Perez, Felipe Paulino, and Billy McKinney. Greg and Josh also discuss the Osuna deal from the major league perspective, including the disingenuous comments from Astros GM Jeff Luhnow and the acquisition of Ken Giles. They also talk about the Axford/Loup deals and what the five recent trades have done to roster, potential for August deals, and Lourdes Gurriel Jr. doing something historic before getting hurt. Finally, they answer listener questions and give out a Gold Star.
Greg and Josh break down the latest salvos in the Blue Jays trade deadline saga. They discuss the returns for Seunghwan Oh and J.A. Happ, what the deals mean for the club now and in the future, and what they could suggest about other upcoming trades. They also talk about Lourdes Gurriel’s impressive hit streak and what he could be in the future, and the Jays returning to their sweep-get swept ways. Finally they answer a lot of listener questions brought upon by the trades.
Greg, Josh, and Nick look at the state of the Blue Jays as the second half begins play. They discuss Marcus Stroman’s rant, Kevin Pillar’s injury and the impact on the roster going forward, Marco Estrada’s potential return to the trade market, Justin Smoak putting together another very solid season, J.A. Happ’s All-Star game weirdness, the Manny Machado/Brad Hand deals and what they mean for the Jays, and a look at some bullpen arms who could see some post-deadline opportunities. Finally, they answer listener questions, give out a Do-Over, a “Rob Manfred Hates ____” Award, and discuss what they expect to see from the team through the end of the year.