Jeffrey Paternostro of Baseball Prospectus stops by to talk about the Blue Jays draft. He talks about how the first five picks need to be viewed collectively, instead of individually, reviews some of the players, and then compares Vlad Jr. to the rest of the league. Greg and Nick also discuss the strong pitching of Marco Estrada and Sam Gaviglio, struggles against the AL East, whether it’s time to consider selling, and the injury to Guerrero Jr. Finally, they answer listener questions, give out a Gold Star, and look at reported changes to the baseball.
Greg and Josh discuss the disappointing May for the Blue Jays which includes some nearly historic bad records. They also talk about the ugly defending — which led to utility player Russell Martin — and the pending reinforcements in the form of Aledmys Diaz and Randal Grichuk, a solid stretch for Kendrys Morales, Kevin Pillar turning back into pumpkin, Sam Gaviglio’s success, and causes for Marco Estrada’s struggles, then they fawn over Vlad Jr. Finally, they answer listener questions, give out a Do-Over, and Greg tries to stump Josh.
Greg, Josh, and Nick go over an unpleasant week of Blue Jays baseball. They discuss the myriad ways the Jays managed to lose games, some of the pitching woes, Kendrys Morales solid stretch, good work from Sam Gaviglio and its impact on Joe Biagini, the return of Dalton Pompey, injury updates and their importance, and the lack of a shortstop on the roster. Finally, they answer listener questions and give MLB a Gold Star.
Ben Badler of Baseball America stops by to discuss Vladimir Guerrero Jr and the other prospects he has seen for New Hampshire. He specifically goes into what he thought of Vlad as an amateur, his rare talent for his age, how a promotion to AAA might impact him, and his defending – both now and in the future – before quickly discussin Bo Bichette and Cavan Biggio. Greg and Josh also discuss the unbalanced starting rotation, the constant roster shuffling, the continued success of Luke Maile and Teoscar Hernández, and Russel Martin: Super-Utility Player. Finally, they give a Gold Star for a troll job, answer listener questions, give out a Do Over, and discuss the Joey Votto comments.
Greg and Josh discuss the latest Jays news; including the Roberto Osuna assault charges, the depth at shortstop and in the outfield being tested, Yangervis Solarte’s magical day, Stroman and Estrada’s solid outings and what they mean going forward, and some notes from the farm. They also answer listener questions and give out a triple play of Do-Overs.
Greg and Josh discuss the latest developments for the Blue Jays including Lourdes Gurriel taking over for the demoted Devon Travis, injuries to Steve Pearce and Randal Grichuk clearing the playing time logjam in the outfield and at designated hitter, Teoscar Hernández’ improved hitting and adventurous defending, the struggles in the rotation and its future impact on the surging bullpen, and the return of Josh Donaldson to the club and the lineup changes that will follow. Finally, the answer listener questions and give a Do-Over to Keith Hernandez.
Eno Sarris of The Athletic stops by to discuss his latest article that looks at the correlation between launch angle and strikeouts. He discusses the differences between practice testing vs live games, the dual importance of swing angle and plate discipline, the financial impact of the high home run/high strikeout era, and the potential future impact on the game as a whole. Greg and Josh also discuss the returning velocity of Aaron Sanchez, J.A. Happ’s strikeout ways, Curtis Granderson turning back the clock, a couple of performing rookies, and the latest update on Troy Tulowitzki’s health and what it means for the roster. Finally, they answer listener questions and look at Gregg Olson’s written-down “unwritten” rules of the game.
Greg and Josh break down the latest week in Blue Jays land, with a specific look at the recent four game winning streak and the hot start to the year. They compare some of this season’s stats to last years, then discuss the excellent numbers of Luke Maile and Teoscar Hernández, the Josh Donaldson DL stint and its effect on the roster, the early returns on Yangervis Solarte and Gift Ngoepe, Tim Mayza’s bizarre start to the year, and the potential return of Joey Bats to the major leagues. Finally they answer listener questions and give MLB/Facebook a Do Over.
With the minor league season also now in full swing, Lansing Lugnuts announer, Jesse Goldberg-Strassler, stops by to give listeners a preview of what to expect from some of the players in the system. He discusses the former Lansing duo of Vlad Jr. and Bo Bichette, the Blue Jays’ habit of skipping top draft pick college players over Lansing and how that helps the organization, lists a few players in Lansing who are going to be on people’s radar screens in the near future, and discusses some of the other players with big league bloodlines in the system. Greg and Josh also look at Aaron Sanchez’ near no-no and changes he has made, Roberto Osuna’s milestone, a swing-and-miss Happ and a wild Stroman, a top-heavy lineup, and continued late-game run scoring. Finally, they answer listener questions and discuss the latest bizarre Rob Manfred news.
Greg and Josh break down a very successful first week in Blue Jays land, with a 4-2 record. They discuss the strange dominance of opposing bullpens and keeping games close, the up and down starting rotation, extremely positive signs from Aledmys Diaz and Justin Smoak, a worrying sign from Seung-hwan Oh, and Josh Donaldson’s “dead” arm. They also answer listener questions, give the Twins a Do-Over and debut the new segment, “How Not to Baseball with Gabe Kapler.”