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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Greg and Josh break down the last week in the Blue Jays and baseball world. They discuss the recent 3-2 Jays week that somehow included two disaster losses, the returns to form of Josh Donaldson and Troy Tulowitzki, Roberto Osuna’s All-Star appearance and Marcus Stroman’s absence, the struggles of the returning Aaron Sanchez, Marco Estrada and John Gibbons’ recent performance, and the promotions of Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Bo Bichette. They also answer listener questions, give out a Do Over, and discuss some of the fun from All-Star week.
Matt Kory of Baseball Prospectus stops by to discuss the recent Jays’ massacre at the hands of the Boston Red Sox, the mastery of Chris Sale, and to look at the odd struggles of the Toronto Blue Jays against even mediocre arms. Greg and Josh also discuss Justin Smoak’s All-Star starter nod, the pickup of Miguel Montero, J.A. Happ’s success, the offensive struggles, Marcus Stroman’s blister conspiracy, and the dominance of Lansing’s duo of Vlad Guerrero Jr. and Bo Bichette Jr. Finally, they answer listener questions, give out a Do-Over, and try to make sense of the Angel Hernandez lawsuit against MLB.
The Ringer and Effectively Wild’s Ben Lindbergh drops by to talk about his recent piece on the effect of the ball on the home run surge across baseball. He goes over his findings relating to the bounce of the ball and the lower seams, the cause/effect relationship of the new ball and the “flyball” revolution, and looks at why the home run increase is larger in the middle, as opposed to the big boppers. Greg and Josh also discuss the recent Jays play, including notes on the departure of Jason Grilli, the returns of Ezequiel Carrera and Michael Saunders, Justin Smoak’s All-Star surge, and the return to form of Steve Pearce. They also give out a Gold Star to John Gibbons for his handling of the Roberto Osuna issue, and a Do Over to Miguel Montero.