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ATW Episode 114: The Future is Now

8/18/2018
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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.

Duration:00:47:00

ATW Episode 113: Borucki and Stuff That's Yucky

8/9/2018
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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.

Duration:00:44:37

ATW Episode 112: A Minor(s) Boost

8/2/2018
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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,...

Duration:00:58:11

ATW Episode 111: Oh, what Happ-y Trades!

7/27/2018
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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.

Duration:00:49:19

ATW Episode 110: Phase 2 - Begin!

7/20/2018
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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,...

Duration:00:50:39

ATW Episode 109: The Right STUFF

7/12/2018
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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...

Duration:01:00:45

ATW Episode 108: Bubble Wrap, Please!

7/6/2018
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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.

Duration:00:51:19

ATW Episode 107: Falling Off the Trading Block

6/28/2018
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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.

Duration:00:50:39

ATW Episode 106: The Pod That's In The Jackpot

6/21/2018
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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...

Duration:00:50:07

ATW Episode 105: Ups and Downs

6/14/2018
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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...

Duration:00:46:55

ATW Episode 103: May Showers

5/31/2018
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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...

Duration:00:54:27

ATW Episode 102: It Hurts Hitting Rock Bottom

5/26/2018
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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.

Duration:00:48:23

ATW Episode 101: All Vladdy All the Time

5/17/2018
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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...

Duration:01:07:15

ATW Episode 100: The 100th Episode Spectacular!

5/9/2018
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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.

Duration:00:53:24

ATW Episode 99: Ups and Downs

5/3/2018
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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...

Duration:00:44:18

ATW Episode 98: A Swing and a Miss

4/26/2018
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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...

Duration:01:03:20

ATW Episode 97: Maile-ing it in

4/19/2018
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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....

Duration:00:56:48

ATW Episode 96: A Lug-Nutty Week

4/12/2018
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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...

Duration:01:01:28

ATW Episode 95: So That's What Winning Feels Like

4/4/2018
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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."

Duration:00:42:45

ATW Episode 94: Let's Play Ball!

3/29/2018
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Greg, Josh, and Nick look ahead at the upcoming Toronto Blue Jays season with their annual "25 in 50" preview episode. The trio spend 2 minutes talking about each of the 25 players slated to make the opening day roster with a quick chat about a couple of players still on the roster bubble. Real baseball is back!

Duration:00:58:23