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Scott MacArthur recaps the Toronto Blue Jays action and fields listener post-game phone calls.

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    Jays Talk Plus: Season Finale with Drew Fairservice

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 12, 2022 49:14


    Drew Fairservice of the "Spinrate" podcast joins Blake to continue wrapping a bow on the 2022 Toronto Blue Jays season. Drew speaks about his thoughts regarding the roster construction, how management has handled their assets for a team in win-now mode, and which version of the Jays' young stars, like Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Bo Bichette, the team will be getting with potential contract extensions (00:00). Later on, Blake answers some of your texts as we start to wrap up Jays Talk Plus for the 2022 season (35:34). The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.

    Jays Talk Plus: Ross Atkins Speaks to the Media

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 11, 2022 49:14


    We head down to Rogers Centre where General Manager Ross Atkins speaks to the media for his end-of-season availability after the Jays get swept in the Wild Card to the Mariners (00:20). Then, Blake Murphy and Sportsnet producer Chris Black share their reactions from Atkins' comments on the roster and interim manager John Schneider heading into next year (22:51). Afterward, the guys discuss how strongly the organization will stick with the current group of position players, if they need to re-evaluate their trade deadline approach, the bullpen's potential to reach elite pitching levels, adding left-handed batters, and George Springer's future in the outfield (24:59).  The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.

    Jays Talk Plus: Early Questions on the Blue Jays Offseason

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 10, 2022 97:24


    Sportsnet.ca's Ben Nicholson-Smith joins Blake Murphy to weigh in on if the 2022 Jays took a step forward this season, how the front office could improve the roster, why he's not concerned with the bullpen core heading into next year, and Cavan Biggio's future with the team (00:42). Then, the guys debate if the hot seat is starting to warm up on Toronto's brass into next season, if the Wild Card result will affect the decision to remove the interim tag on John Schneider, potential changes to the coaching staff, Vlad Jr.'s next contract, and one question Ben would ask to Ross Atkins following the team's elimination (26:37). Afterward, The Athletic's Kaitlyn McGrath discusses the reaction within the clubhouse following their Game 2 loss to the Mariners, the biggest question heading into the offseason, why bolstering the starting rotation remains a priority, and and the value in investing in arms for the bullpen (49:49). Later on, FanGraphs' Michael Baumann jumps on to chat about the start of MLB's expanded playoffs, how Alex Anthopoulos constructed a winning organization in Atlanta in comparison to the Blue Jays current situation, and why he believes in Toronto's future (01:22:51).  The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.

    Jays Talk Plus: A Swing and A Missed Opportunity

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 10, 2022 49:32


    Blake Murphy opens the show looking back at the Blue Jays' Wild Card loss to the Mariners. He sorts through the decision to pull Kevin Gausman and bring in Tim Mayza to face switch hitter Carlos Santana, George Springer's collision with Bo Bichette in the outfield, defensive adjustments with Raimel Tapia and Jackie Bradley Jr., how the Jays' trade deadline relates to their fallout in the postseason, and the importance of having a young competitive team early in their contracts (03:39). MLB.com's Julia Kreuz shares what she's learned from interim manager John Schneider in the two-game sweep, if the interim tag will be removed ahead of next season, what some of the players can takeaway from their first playoff games, and how she would like GM Ross Atkins to address the postseason results (27:07).   The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.

    A Painful Loss to Wrap the 2022 Blue Jays Season

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 9, 2022 78:38


    Jeff Blair and Kevin Barker break down the stunning 10-9 Blue Jays' loss to the Mariners at Rogers Centre to wrap up the 2022 season. They take your calls and texts, and discuss some decision-making in this one: was it the right move to pull Kevin Gausman in the 6th for Tim Mayza? What happened in the 8th with the Bichette-Springer collision? They also get to some larger questions about this team, including the need for lefty bats, whether John Schneider is the slam-dunk pick for manager next year, and what the outfield configuration may look like. Plus, they discuss the bullpen and whether or not it requires a complete overhaul, and wonder if Bo Bichette is the starting second baseman in 2023. The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.

    Jays Bats Run Cold in Wild Card Opener

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 8, 2022 66:23


    Jeff Blair and Kevin Barker break down the Blue Jays' 4-0 loss to the Mariners in Game 1 of the AL Wild Card Series at Rogers Centre. They take your calls and texts, and get to the start from Alek Manoah - was he overwhelmed by a big moment, or was it just timely hitting from the Mariners? Was his 'tire pressure' comment used as bulletin board material? They also get to Luis Castillo's outing for 7.1 IP, shredding the Jays' bats from the first inning onwards, and if that's one of his best starts of the season. The guys also analyze the batting order, take a look at the approaches from everyone, and whether or not they should be aiming for 'small ball' more. The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.

    Jays Talk Plus: Playoff Baseball Returns to Toronto

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 7, 2022 98:47


    Sportsnet's Arden Zwelling joins Blake Murphy to discuss how the Jays approached the end of their regular season, the Wild Card roster decisions including leaving Lourdes Gurriel Jr. off the lineup, the addition of a third catcher, Yusei Kikuchi placed as their 13th pitcher, and his excitement to call Game 2 on Sportsnet 590 The FAN (02:31). MLB.com's Mike Petriello jumps on the chat about what situations the Jays could use Kikuchi against the Mariners, pinch-runner scenarios, if Julio Rodríguez is the best outfielder in the series, and who will be the first out of Seattle's bullpen (49:33). Finally, Sportsnet producer Chris Black weighs in on where he stacks Alek Manoah among Toronto's starting pitchers, how much will he use the changeup, and how will Luis Castillo attack the Jays hitters (01:14:50). The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.

    Jays Talk Plus: No Pressure for Manoah + Mariners Pitchers vs. Jays Hitters

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 6, 2022 98:45


    Blake Murphy is joined by host of The JD Bunkis Podcast, JD Bunkis, to discuss the trust and excitement levels for Alek Manoah's first playoff start in the Wild Card series opener, the correlation between the faith in David Price's first playoff start for Toronto and Manoah's, and the concerns with Kevin Gausman's finger issues, before revisiting the debate between Robbie Ray and Gausman this past offseason (01:17). Then, the guys take a look at the betting odds heading into the 3-game series, and focus in on why centerfielders George Springer and Julio Rodríguez can be the x-factors this weekend (28:06). Afterward, FanGraphs' Ben Clemens chats about how he'll consume the first few series of the 2022 playoffs, why Seattle isn't benefiting from a matchup against Toronto, the strength of the Mariners' bullpen, Bo Bichette's ceiling as a hitter, and the other focal points of the series (54:25). Finally, former analyst for the Maple Leafs and current contributor at The Athletic Cam Charron jumps on to share where his fandom lies between the Mariners and Blue Jays, what stands out between baseball and hockey analytics, and why Robbie Ray scares him the most heading into this series (01:15:00).   The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.

    Jays Talk Plus: Mariners-Jays Preview with Mikey Ajeto

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 6, 2022 49:39


    Baseball Prospectus' Mikey Ajeto joins Blake Murphy for the full hour to discuss his confidence level in the Mariners heading into a 3-game series against the Blue Jays, how worried pitchers are about walking batters in the postseason, and if he'd consider prospect Jarred Kelenic in the Wild Card lineup with Julio Rodríguez returning (01:27). Then, the guys look into the potential starters following Game 1 with Luis Castillo, why he gives the edge to Castillo over Alek Manoah, and the comparisons between both teams' bullpens (28:37).  The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.

    The Regular Season is Over...and The Playoffs Await

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 6, 2022 64:09


    Jeff Blair, Kevin Barker, Sho Alli, and Blake Murphy wrap up the regular season with the Blue Jays' doubleheader split in Baltimore, dropping G1 and winning G2 at Camden Yards. Sho and Blake take a look at Mitch White's potential in the bullpen in 2023, and debate Bradley Zimmer's place on the playoff roster (1:06). Jeff and Kevin discuss Otto Lopez, and whether or not he might find a place on the Blue Jays either in the 2022 playoffs or next season (22:37). They also break down whether or not Yusei Kikuchi could maybe pitch as a lefty in the playoffs given his usage in Baltimore, and chat about Gabriel Moreno and his potential. The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.

    Jays Talk Plus: Constructing a Playoff Batting Lineup + Will it be Seattle or Tampa?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 4, 2022 97:25


    Blue Jays play-by-play voice Buck Martinez joins Blake Murphy to chat about Sportsnet's playoff broadcast across Canada alongside Pat Tabler and Hazel Mae, how he changes his approach to calling games in both chairs, what we'll learn about interim manager John Schneider in the playoffs, how the team has cleaned up their attention to detail in late September, and their focus on defence (06:35). MLB.com's Sarah Langs weighs in on the role of a lead-off hitter, whether she prefers depth or heavy hitters at the top of the lineup, and how she ranks the pitching rotations of AL teams (25:40). Then, Esteban Rivera of FanGraphs looks into how the Yankees are preparing for the ALDS, his trust level in Yusei Kikuchi out of the bullpen, and which rotation he'd prefer to face in a three-game series: the Mariners or Rays (51:49)? The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.

    Jays Talk Plus: Explain It Black Post-Season Preview

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 4, 2022 49:21


    Blue Jays Central's Chris Black and Joe Siddall joins Blake Murphy to make a case to hold onto a fourth starter for a Wild Card series, who should follow Alek Manoah in Game 2, Teoscar Hernández's improved base running, if the Jays will change their batting approaches in the post-season, and how they would throw to Toronto's lineup if they were an opposing pitching coach (04:09). Then, The Athletic's Kaitlyn McGrath chats about covering the playoffs, George Springer's experience in the post-season, and what's she most looking forward to in the upcoming Wild Card games (29:40).  The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.

    Jays Rain Supreme at Camden Yards

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 4, 2022 32:00


    Jeff Blair and Kevin Barker break down the Blue Jays' rain-shortened 5-1 win over the Orioles at Camden Yards! They take your calls and texts, and discuss the play of Whit Merrifield, who Barker thinks should be the everyday second baseman going forward. They get to the waterlogged start from José Berríos, who ground through six rainy innings of work for his final start of the regular season. They also discuss the optimal batting order for the playoffs, and how the bottom of the order has been coming through more consistently. The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.

    Jays Talk Plus: Post-Season Confidence Levels + Manoah's Connection with Toronto

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 3, 2022 97:35


    Drew Fairservice of the "Spin Rate" podcast jumps on with Blake Murphy to share why he's bullish on the Blue Jays heading into the post-season and looks into the path to success in a Wild Card series against the Mariners, before Blake asks if Drew remembers which position players made a pitching appearance this year (01:09). Oren Weisfeld, a freelance writer with a recent piece in the Toronto Star, stops by to discuss what sparked his interest for his latest feature on Alek Manoah, the connection between the big righty and the city, why he's one of the most interesting athletes in Canada, and the influence he has on the sport of baseball towards a younger audience (28:46). Afterward, MLB.com's Julia Kreuz chats about the moment the Jays celebrated clinching the playoffs, how the final series against Baltimore will dictate Toronto's post-season roster, which matchup she prefers between Seattle and Tampa, and the expectations for interim manager John Schneider in his first Wild Card series (50:30) The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.

    Jays Talk Plus: Who Makes the Wild Card Roster?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 3, 2022 49:36


    Blake Murphy is joined by Sportsnet.ca's Ben Nicholson-Smith to discuss Kevin Gausman's finger issue, if this changes the team's pitching rotation in a Wild Card series, what he's paying attention to in the final series of the season against Baltimore, and which pitchers from the bullpen could be effective against a potential matchup against Seattle (02:20). Then, the guys fill out their Wild Card roster for the Jays while debating which catcher should be in the lineup every day, Ramiel Tapia's role into the playoffs, the reasoning behind keeping Gabriel Moreno on the roster, and whether they would prefer Gausman or Ross Stripling to pitch in Game 2 (24:14).  The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.

    Home Sweep Home in the Rogers Centre Finale

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 2, 2022 30:27


    Jeff Blair and Kevin Barker break down the Blue Jays' 6-3 win over the Red Sox to wrap up the home finale and the sweep at Rogers Centre! They take your calls and texts, and discuss the Kevin Gausman finger injury that saw him depart after just three innings of work. Should that suggest a change in the order of the starting rotation come playoff time? They get to the two monster home runs from Teoscar Hernandez, and Whit Merrifield's solo homer - is Merrifield the everyday second baseman going forward? Plus, who would they rather the Jays play in the postseason? The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.

    Jano and Stripling Shine in a Shutout Win

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 1, 2022 55:49


    Sho Alli and Julia Kreuz break down the Blue Jays' 10-0 win over the Red Sox at Rogers Centre! They take your calls and texts, and discuss the five RBI from Danny Jansen - do the Jays have the best kind of problem in trying to deploy both Alejandro Kirk and Jansen come playoff time? They discuss another superb outing from Ross Stripling, and get to the tune-up day for the bullpen after some time off. Plus, they take a look at a lot of the looming playoff roster decisions, including Bradley Zimmer vs. Jackie Bradley Jr., and whether or not both of Mitch White and Yusei Kikuchi could be left off entirely. The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.

    Jays Celebrate Playoff Spot With a Party at the Dome

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 1, 2022 54:57


    Sho Alli and Julia Kreuz break down the Blue Jays' 9-0 win over the Red Sox as they celebrate clinching a spot in the 2022 MLB postseason! They take your texts, and get to the outing from Alek Manoah, who continues moving up some spots in the franchise record books. Was that the last time we see him pitch in the 2022 regular season? They discuss how Manoah is still in the AL Cy Young conversation, Whit Merrifield's play at second base since taking over the position, and whether or not Bo Bichette can stay hot in the playoffs. Plus, we go inside the clubhouse and hear Hazel Mae's interviews with a number of champagne-soaked players. The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.

    Jays Talk Plus: Fighting for Homefield

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 30, 2022 97:41


    MLB.com's Keegan Matheson joined Blake Murphy to discuss the impact of homefield advantage from a beat writer's and player's perspectives, why he would prefer to face the Seattle Mariners in the post-season, and if we'll see Danny Jansen in more DH spots into October (06:21). The Athletic's Jen McCaffrey puts a bow on the Red Sox's season with the organization missing the playoffs, Nick Pivetta's down year, and an outlook on Boston's future (26:44). Afterward, The FAN Drive Time's Ben Ennis shares his thoughts on the number of scenarios the Jays can secure homefield, what he's looking forward to in the final home series of the regular season, how he would line up the starting rotation for a 3-game Wild Card series, and which pitchers he would like to see coming out of the bullpen during the post-season (50:41).  The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.

    Jays Talk Plus: History Made in Toronto & Clinching the Playoffs

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 29, 2022 98:22


    Sportsnet.ca's Arden Zwelling joins Blake Murphy to discuss what has impressed him the most about Aaron Judge's historic season, Tim Mayza's pitch to Judge, and where the Jays should focus in the final 6 games of the regular season (04:22). Blue Jays Central production coordinator and host of the "My POV" podcast Emelie Savard shares her story on getting into sports media, now working for the team's broadcast alongside Jamie Campbell and the atmosphere at Rogers Centre with the playoffs around the corner (29:11). Then, FanGraphs' Dan Szymborski weighs in on if fans are underappreciating Judge's stellar year, how would he construct a pitching rotation for a Wild Card series, and which team stands out coming out of the American League (50:43). West End Phoenix Photo Director Jalani Morgan stops by to chat about capturing Aaron Judge's 61st home run and how he prepared leading up to shooting the now iconic picture (01:15:03). Finally, Blake looks ahead to who the Jays could face in the post-season after the team clinched a playoff spot with the Red Sox' win over the Orioles (01:26:51).  The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.

    More Jays Errors, Judge Belts No. 61

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 29, 2022 29:09


    Jeff Blair and Kevin Barker break down the Blue Jays' 8-3 loss to the Yankees at Rogers Centre. They take your calls and texts, and discuss the decision to bring in Tim Mayza knowing he would face Aaron Judge, who ultimately crushed his 61st HR of the season to tie Roger Maris for most AL HRs hit in a single season. They discuss Judge's AB, and kick around some potential destinations for him if the Yankees don't lock him up long-term. Plus, a chat on Vladdy Jr. grounding out, and the crowd tonight at the Dome. The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.

    Jays Talk Plus: Baserunning Blunders & The Chance to Clinch

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 28, 2022 98:17


    The Athletic's Kaitlyn McGrath joins Blake Murphy to chat about the team's need to pay attention to detail as the post-season approaches, interim John Schneider's comments on Vlad Jr.'s baserunning, and her biggest question mark for the playoff roster (04:53). MLB.com's Sarah Langs jumps on to break down Statcast's new metric on "arm strength", Matt Chapman listed second among the third basemen on the new metric, and the importance of a team's baserunning abilities (33:32). Later on, MLB Network's Keith McPherson weighs in on how much it meant for the Yankees to clinch the division after an up and down regular season, what the team has learned in past playoff bounces, Aaron Judge's historic season and potential to add a Triple Crown to it, and how he views a potential matchup between the Yankees and Blue Jays in the playoffs (50:17).   The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.

    Errors on the Field, Errors on the Base Paths

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 28, 2022 27:18


    Jeff Blair and Kevin Barker break down the Blue Jays' 5-2 loss to the Yankees at Rogers Centre. They take your calls and texts, and discuss the fielding and base-running errors committed by the Blue Jays tonight - was it a lack of hustle or poor decision making on the parts of Bo Bichette and Vladimir Guerrero Jr.? They get into the start from José Berríos, and how he wasn't the culprit for the loss tonight. They also discuss Bo Bichette in more detail, including if the Jays might ever consider moving him to second base.The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.

    Jays Talk Plus: Breaking Down Bichette's Scissor Kick + Pitching Approach Against Judge

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 27, 2022 98:00


    Sportsnet's Chris Black joins Blake Murphy to discuss the Jays' decision to intentionally walk Aaron Judge in the 10th inning, a vote in confidence for Tim Mayza, and what he's looking for in José Berríos' mechanics against the Yankees (04:04). Then, FanGraphs' Esteban Rivera chats about his transition from playing baseball to writing about the sport, how Bo Bichette's scissor kick has aided in his batting approach, and which team he would rather have the Yankees avoid in the post-season (29:22). Afterward, MLB Network Radio's Ricky Romero shares his experience playing at Rogers Centre when the game is on the line, Vlad Jr. embracing the big moments when it matters, if he would have pitched to Judge in extra innings, and his confidence level in Alek Manoah and Kevin Gausman into the playoffs (49:46). Finally, MLB Network's Jon Morosi weighs in on manager John Schneider's decision to walk Judge, how dangerous the current Jays roster is compared to previous iterations, and how he views the current makeup of the squad post-trade deadline (01:13:50). The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.

    Vladdy Jr. Delivers in Extra Innings

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 27, 2022 32:36


    Jeff Blair and Kevin Barker break down the Blue Jays' walk-off 3-2 win over the Yankees at Rogers Centre! They take your calls and texts, and get straight to Vladimir Guerrero Jr. delivering the game-winning RBI single in the bottom of the tenth inning - what did he see from Clarke Schmidt in that AB? They discuss the usage of the bullpen, including Anthony Bass and Tim Mayza in extras, and the chess match from John Schneider to intentionally walk Aaron Judge to get to Anthony Rizzo. Plus, a terrific outing from Kevin Gausman, who allowed just two runs over 6.1 IP. The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.

    Jays Talk Plus: Big Series Against Judge & Yanks at the Dome

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 26, 2022 99:13


    Sportsnet's Ben Nicholson-Smith joins Blake Murphy to look back at some history-making feats that happened at Rogers Centre in the past, before discussing Aaron Judge's continued push for the AL homerun record in a single season, if the Jays are feeling a sense of urgency to lock in home-field advantage for the playoffs, and if Nate Pearson has a chance to play in the final games of the regular season (05:23). ESPN's Joon Lee jumps on to discuss the limelight surrounding Aaron Judge on and off the field, and looks into any potential concerns with the Yankees' depth heading into the post-season (27:37). Later on, The Raptors Show's Alex Wong stops by to chat about his Toronto Star piece taking a deep dive into the Toronto Blue Jays' social media team, the diversity within sports media, the trust and comfortability between the social team and the players, and his personal experience witnessing playoff baseball in the city (50:44). The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.

    A Pair of Spring-A-Ding-Dingers

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 25, 2022 35:55


    Jeff Blair and Kevin Barker break down the Blue Jays' 7-1 win over the Rays to split the series at Tropicana Field! They get to the big swings by the big bats, including one each from Alejandro Kirk and Teoscar Hernandez (a monster bomb), and two from George Springer. They get into Springer's leadership and the importance of both his bat and health late in the season, and how another terrific performance from Ross Stripling means he deserves a playoff start over José Berríos. Plus, the potential of Zach Pop going forward, and whether or not an injury may be hampering Vladimir Guerrero Jr. at the plate. The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.

    The Marvelous Manoah Gets Some Help from Two-Hit Whit

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 25, 2022 29:54


    Sho Alli breaks down the Blue Jays' 3-1 win over the Rays down in Florida! He takes your texts, and gets to the seven innings of shutout baseball from Alek Manoah, who continues to solidify himself as the Blue Jays ace of the present and future. He discusses the usage of Manoah for a season-high 113 pitches alongside four outs from Jordan Romano, and how it speaks to the bullpen desperately needing a rest. He shifts to Whit Merrifield hitting a three-run bomb, and discusses whether in Santiago Espinal's absence, if Merrifield has done enough to be the everyday second baseman. Plus, a chat on another throwing error from Bo Bichette, and how Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is still providing great value with his glove despite less success than usual at the plate. The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.

    Little Trop of Horrors Redux

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 24, 2022 25:36


    Sho Alli breaks down the Blue Jays' 10-6 loss to the Rays in Florida. He takes your calls and texts, and discusses yet another ugly game at the Trop - blown strike three calls, low-percentage home runs, reliable relievers getting into trouble, it all happened vs. the Rays tonight. He chats about the error from Bo Bichette (and whether, despite the offensive prowess, Bo is the shortstop of the future), the golden sombrero for Vladimir Guerrero Jr., and a so-so start from Mitch White. Plus, a chat on how much longer it'll be before we get robo-umps. The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.

    Jays Talk Plus: Avoiding The Trop Horrors

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 23, 2022 98:40


    Blue Jays radio voice Ben Wagner joins Blake Murphy to discuss the Toronto club's continuing struggles at Tropicana Field, what role could Whit Merrifield have when the post-season comes around, a downtrend in Jose Berrios' outings, and his impressions on Foster Griffin's debut out of the pen (2:48). FanGraphs' Michael Baumann jumps on to chat about his confidence level in the Jays starting rotation, John Schneider's plan for using Alek Manoah around the playoffs, Jordan Romano's game day routine, and his use of the fastball and slider (24:59). Then, MLB.com's Julia Kreuz shares her thoughts on Berrios' ongoing problems on the road compared to playing at home, how Mitch White can carry over the positive aspects of his last start against the Rays, and the reasons to have Gabriel Moreno stick around on the post-season roster (49:27). The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.

    Berríos Gets Hammered at the Trop

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 23, 2022 39:52


    Sho Alli and Julia Kreuz break down the Blue Jays' 10-5 loss to the Rays in the first of four at Tropicana Field. They take your texts, and discuss the José Berríos start that saw him only last two innings. They put to bed the Berríos - Stripling conversation, and how even with a recent uneven start, Stripling should be the guy in a potential playoff game. They chat the two home runs from Whit Merrifield, if he's earned more trust going forward with Santiago Espinal on the IL, and discuss a recent report that Alek Manoah could be used in Game 162 vs. G1 of the playoffs if home-field advantage is at stake. The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.

    Jays Talk Plus: Who Makes A Strong Case To Be The Blue Jays MVP?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 22, 2022 99:14


    Blue Jays TV play-by-play voice Dan Shulman joins Blake Murphy to discuss Aaron Judge's pursuit of making history, John Schneider's decision to let Adam Cimber pitch over Anthony Bass in the 10th inning during Wednesday's loss to the Phillies, why Matt Gage has not been called up from the Minors, how the Jays' starting rotation in Tampa Bay could dictate their approach to the upcoming Yankees series, and if Mitch White is in consideration for the playoff roster (04:40). The Athletic's Kaitlyn McGrath jumps on to lay her case for the 2022 Blue Jays MVP, who'd she choose between Kevin Gausman or Alek Manoah, if we should contemplate giving the award to a position player, and if there are any concerns with Jordan Romano blowing back-to-back saves (30:18). MLB.com's Mike Petriello weighs in on the Jays decreasing their usage of the shift behind Gausman, if it has a positive effect, and how he would utilize both Alejandro Kirk and Danny Jansen in a post-season lineup (51:03). To wrap up, Robert Orr of Baseball Prospectus stops by to chat about how Bo Bichette brought back the power in his batting approach, how Vlad Jr. can add Bo's improvement into his game, and Judge's historic home run chase this season (01:14:03). The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.

    Bullpen Blows a Late Lead in Philly

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 22, 2022 26:03


    Jeff Blair and Kevin Barker break down the Blue Jays' 4-3 loss to the Phillies to wrap up the two-game series. They take your calls and texts, and they discuss the bullpen's pitch selection late in this one, from guys like Yimi Garcia, Jordan Romano, and Adam Cimber. Were there other arms they should have leaned on? They get into the play of Teoscar Hernandez and a particular swing decision late in the game - what was he thinking there? Plus, a chat on Bo Bichette's defensive play at shortstop, and thoughts on the start from Kevin Gausman. The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.

    Jays Talk Plus: Who Makes It Onto The Playoff Roster?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 21, 2022 97:41


    Sportsnet's Arden Zwelling joins Blake Murphy to discuss if Julian Merryweather would make the playoff roster after being sent back down to the Minors, who else would be added to the bullpen when the post-season arrives, how Lourdes Gurriel Jr.'s injury affects the amount of outfielders they could carry in the lineup, and how a potential 4-man starting rotation could be arranged (04:56). Drew Fairservice of the Spin Rate podcast weighs in on Aaron Judge reaching 60 homeruns within 143 games, how he views the Yankees heading into the post-season, how New York's offence stacks up against the Jays, and if it's worth it for the Jays to carry three catchers on their roster (26:59). Then, Baseball Prospectus' Ginny Searle chats about the Dodgers' continued success in both the regular and post-season, and what stands out from Bo Bichette's batting approach compared to other players around the league (49:47). To wrap up, Blake reads your texts and tweets, and previews the final game against the Phillies (01:09:20). The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.

    Five Jays Games on the Same Night

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 21, 2022 23:29


    Jeff Blair and Kevin Barker break down the Blue Jays' 18-11 win over the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park! They take your calls and texts, and get to how both teams played about five different games over the course of the evening. They get into a rare off night from Ross Stripling, whether or not that's changed the calculus on who would start a potential third playoff game, and discuss the place of Julian Merryweather in the bullpen. Plus, lots of scoreboard watching on a relatively favourable night for the Jays, including live reaction to a Yankees walk-off win, and how that might affect the Jays' chances for the division. The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.

    Jays Talk Plus: Home Field Advantage or Lining Up The Starting Rotation?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 20, 2022 98:52


    Blake Murphy returns and is joined by Sportsnet's Chris Black and Joe Siddall to break down how Ross Stripling has cemented himself into a consistent role within the starting rotation, his success getting into early favourable counts, the Jays' adjustment in choosing when to shift, and how a hitter approaches their at-bats when the defence shifts (02:18). Doug Fox of Future Blue Jays takes a tour around the minor leagues in the Jays' system including the promotion for both Yosver Zulueta and Addison Barger, if there's been progress in Nate Pearson's rehab, and why he named Ricky Tiedemann as the Jays system Pitcher of the Year (31:49). Then, FanGraphs' Jay Jaffe weighs in on when Aaron Judge could break Roger Maris' AL home run record, why Kevin Gausman isn't part of the Cy Young conversation, and debates if he would rather prioritize fighting for home field advantage or lining up a proper starting rotation for the playoffs (51:21). Finally, Alex Coffey of the Philadelphia Inquirer chats about the Phillies' playoff race, their strong offence in the month of September, and who will make their final roster (01:14:30). The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.

    Jays Talk Plus: Team Assessment with Two Weeks Left

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 19, 2022 97:23


    The Athletic's Eno Sarris joins special guest host Ben Nicholson-Smith to chat about the consistency in José Berríos' outings, where he slots in a potential Wild Card series, his assessment of Ross Stripling's changeup release point, Stripling's next contract, and how the team should manage Alek Manoah's workload till the end of the season (03:09). Former Blue Jays First Base Coach Tim Leiper weighs in on what stood out from Jordan Romano's development into an elite closer, the balancing act of keeping players in the game after taking a hit in their at-bat, how much coaches and players pay attention to the scoreboard nearing the post-season, and his impressions on the new rule changes coming to the league in 2023 (26:14). Then, voice of the Fort Wayne TinCaps and the Jays this past weekend, Ben Shulman jumps on to share his takeaways from the series vs. Baltimore, George Springer finding his form nearing the playoffs, how to split the workload between Alejandro Kirk and Danny Jansen, and the magnitude of the next four series including the Rays and Yankees (48:47). Afterward, Former Jays Pitcher and Sportsnet contributor Ricky Romero discusses what impresses him most about how Manoah goes about his outings, how a pitcher takes care of their body through a long baseball season, and how he expects Vladimir Guerrero Jr. to perform in meaningful games down the stretch (01:12:22). The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.

    A Rare Blown Save and a Tough Loss vs. the Os

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 18, 2022 45:43


    Jeff Blair and Kevin Barker break down the Blue Jays' 5-4 loss to the Orioles to wrap up the series at Rogers Centre. They take your calls and texts, and discuss the blown save from Jordan Romano - a first for him in front of the home crowd - and whether or not he is relying too much on his slider. Is there any cause for concern there, or is it a one-off? They get into Danny Jansen and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. both hitting home runs, and muse on whether Vladdy Jr. is heating up at the right time. Plus, a gutsy start from Alek Manoah,  some appreciation for George Springer continuing to play hurt, and more on the Stripling vs. Berríos conversation. The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.

    Berríos Battles Back to Beat the Birds

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 17, 2022 39:31


    Sho Alli and Ben Nicholson-Smith break down the Blue Jays' 6-3 win over the Orioles at Rogers Centre! They take your calls and texts, and they get to the six innings of two-run ball from José Berríos who battled despite not having his best stuff. Is that a positive sign going forward? They get into the bullpen work from Yimi Garcia for the second straight day, and discus Jordan Romano slamming the door in the ninth inning once again. Plus, a chat on the best catchers across baseball - are both Alejandro Kirk and Adley Rutschman top five catchers? The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.

    Chapman Goes Yard Twice in Battle of the Birds

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 17, 2022 45:10


    Sho Alli and Ben Nicholson-Smith break down the Blue Jays' 6-3 win over the Orioles at Rogers Centre! They take your calls and texts, and get to the two bombs from Matt Chapman, as all the offence came from the long ball tonight. They discuss George Springer crushing a no-doubter as well, and how the outfield is nicely positioned - despite different possible configurations - to match up against most opponents. They get into the idea of bunting and discuss who on the roster is most capable of pulling it off. Plus, a discussion on the bullpen day itself, and how the Jays survived another scare from Yusei Kikuchi. The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.

    Jays Talk Plus: The Simple Batting Approach with Chris Young

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 16, 2022 99:14


    Ben Shulman of the "Locked on Jays" podcast joins Blake Murphy to discuss calling his first game and series for the Sportsnet Radio Network live from the Rogers Centre, if there's a concern with Vlad Jr.'s downtrend in the final month of the season, how important it is for the Jays to continue separating themselves from other teams in the Wild Card hunt, and the approach to bullpen days ahead of the post-season (04:05). Then, 13-year MLB veteran and Apple TV+'s Chris Young jumps on to share his experience so far calling games on Friday Night Baseball, the addition of replay review in baseball games, Jackie Bradley Jr.'s role with the Jays, how professional players tune out the negativity and outside noise, if Vlad Jr. can feed off of Bo Bichette's hot streak in September, and the growth of Baltimore Orioles catcher Adley Rutschman behind the plate (25:48). Afterward, Host of The JD Bunkis Podcast, JD Bunkis, stops by to chat about his new show, where the trust level is at for Toronto's bullpen, the managerial differences between Charlie Montoyo and John Schneider, pitchers in high-leverage situations, and the report on Guerrero Jr. being open to sign long-term in the upcoming off-season (50:16). The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.

    Jays Get McClanahan'd in Series Finale

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 15, 2022 34:19


    Jeff Blair and Kevin Barker break down the Blue Jays' 11-0 loss to the Rays in the series finale at Rogers Centre. They take your calls and texts, and break down the offensive performance against Tampa LHP Shane McClanahan in his return from the IL. They get to Kevin Gausman's start, and the home runs given up to Yandy Diaz and Isaac Parades - any concern? They also chat about Vladimir Guerrero Jr.'s contract situation, and whether or not the Austin Riley deal (10 years, $212 million) is something he would take. Plus, a discussion on who will start the bullpen day vs. the Orioles on Friday. The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliates.

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