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.
Greg and Josh go over a week with nice highs and unpleasant lows. They discuss the very strong performance of the rotation the last two times through with specific looks at the success of J.A. Happ and Marco Estrada, the return of Randal Grichuk and its impact on Teoscar Hernández and the outfield as a whole, Solarte and Diaz struggling to fill in for Donaldson and Tulowitzki, the team’s issues at the five run plateau and what it means for the likelihood of a sell off. Finally, they answer listener questions, give a combo Do Over and Gold Star, and play Stump the Josh.
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.