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.
Mike Sonne of The Athletic stops by to discuss the Blue Jays pitchers. He breaks down the Stuff reports for trade candidates, J.A. Happ, John Axford, Seung-hwan Oh, and Tyler Clippard as well as starters Aaron Sanchez and Marcus Stroman, before also discussing how John Gibbon’s bullpen usage has affected the Fatigue Unit scores of the key relievers. Finally, Dr. Sonne goes in depth on the Blue Jays bucking the league-wide trend of throwing more breaking balls. Greg and Josh also discuss Happ’s recent rough patch and its effect on his trade value, Justin Smoak’s return to form, Yangervis Solarte’s position on the market, Vlad Jr’s pending call up, Oh’s recent dominance, and Borucki’s continued success. They also answer listener questions and give out a Do-Over.
Greg and Josh dissect the Pearce trade and its future implications, then discuss Marco Estrada’s injury and the impact on his value, Jose Bautista’s return to Toronto, Roberto Osuna coming back as the closer and the team’s handling of that issue, Kevin Pillar’s incredible catch, Ryan Borucki’s outlier dominance, and Marcus Stroman’s issue with his pitch usage. Finally, they give out a Do Over and answer listener questions.
Greg and Josh go over the last week of news and games. They discuss the differences in Marcus Stroman’s approach from his return, Ryan Borucki’s solid debut outing, Josh Donaldson’s crushing injury setback, Kevin Pillar’s continued struggles, a magical night for Randal Grichuk, Roberto Osuna’s suspension coming down, and the increasing trade stock of J.A. Happ, Seung-hwan Oh, and Marco Estrada. Finally, they answer listener questions, give out a Cliché of the Week, and play Stump the Josh.
Greg, Josh, and Nick break down the latest Blue Jays news and games. They discuss the potential for trades coming from this roster as the team approached the deadline, the recent strong performance of Marco Estrada, Randal Grichuk’s improved play since returning from the DL, potential roster logjams created by the returns of Steve Pearce and Marcus Stroman, and what the Jays will do with their catcher situation with the strong play in Buffalo of Danny Jansen. They finish by answering listener questions and giving out a new award.