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Episode 25: Is There an Argument for a Vlad Debut in 2018?
The Blue Jays will almost certainly finish no higher than third in the AL East, and they're likely to end the season without Josh Donaldson and J.A. Happ, among others. Could the promotion of Vlad Guerrero Jr. make the season worthwhile? Meg Rowley, managing editor of the Hardball Times, joins the program.
Episode 24: The Jays Are Quickly Becoming Sellers
The combination of a 3-10 run and a division featuring two super teams has conspired to give the Blue Jays, whose postseason odds have declined dramatically, an uphill battle to contention. Travis Sawchik of FanGraphs discusses the timetable not only for possible deadline deals but also a Toronto rebuild.
Episode 23: What the Hell, Cavan Biggio?
The New Hampshire Fisher Cats feature two of the top-10 prospects in baseball, Bo Bichette and Vlad Guerrero Jr. Teammate Cavan Biggio, meanwhile, has hit more homers than the two of them combined. FanGraphs' lead prospect analyst, Eric Longenhagen, helps to separate the noise of Biggio's breakout from the signal.
Episode 22: The Jays Are Adding Spin Like Few Other Clubs
Cleveland starter Trevor Bauer recently implied on Twitter that Astros pitchers might be utilizing pine tar or other such substances to increase their spin rates. Whatever the cause, Houston's newest additions have, objectively, showed improvement in this area. The Toronto Blue Jays are close by, though. FanGraphs' Travis Sawchik has all or most of the answers.
Episode 21: The Frustrating Talent of Randal Grichuk
Despite plenty of swing and miss in his game, outfielder Randal Grichuk has parlayed his considerable physical tools into above-average seasons in the past. Why isn't it working for the Jays? FanGraphs' Craig Edwards, who covered Grichuk for years with Cardinals blog Viva El Birdos, attempts to answer that difficult question.
Episode 20: Aledmys Diaz, Yangervis Solarte, and Creating Value Beyond the Tools
Despite having never appeared at the top of prospect lists, infielders Aledmys Diaz and Yangervis Solarte have nevertheless parlayed their modest tools into wins on the field. FanGraphs' lead prospect analyst, Eric Longenhagen, discusses what allows them to extract value from their talent.
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Great Jays coverage
Love the fact that my two favourite baseball podcasters are now being paid to talk about the Jays. They seem to be allowed to say whatever they want, which is fantastic since as a Jays fan you would probably be used to ridiculous homer-ism. They've also stated that they are only doing it for money, so you know they have licence to deal the goods. Great! Keep paying them!
Amazing show and I hear the host is cute too!
Great material, obnoxious edits.
Having seen almost all of the podcaster material live, there have been very little surprises for me. That said, very happy to be able to revisit these, it why I keep going back to pitch talks in the first place. What I do not understand is the need for all the musical stings, I find it makes the meat of the podcast feel awkwardly stitched together and like it was needed to fill for time, which I know is not the case as there are always many insightful things said at pitch talks.