On the debut episode of Artificial Turf Wars, Blue Jays RP David Aardsma stops by to give his views on bullpen battles, his career, the Blue Jays, and how to handle social media. In addition, Greg and Josh discuss Marcus Stroman’s “new pitch,” Bautista and Estrada getting into action, Michael Saunders looking healthy, and Aaron Loup’s elbow injury.
In the final episode of the Blue Jays Plus Podcast before moving over to Baseball Prospectus (don’t worry, we’re just changing the name), Greg and Josh are joined by Jake English of Birds Eye View to preview the Orioles. They also discuss Aaron Loup, Edwin Encarnacion’s contract and Spring Training fun.
Matt Kory of Baseball Prospects joins the pod to talk Bautista, the Red Sox, and to play Swing and a Drive. Then Greg and Josh discuss the Jay Bruce/Michael Saunders deal that wasn’t, Domonic Brown, and Tony Sanchez.
Blue Jays relief pitcher Bo Schultz stops by to talk about his unusual journey to the big leagues, his enjoyment of the 2015 season, and how he is preparing for the spring training battle to come. Josh and Greg also discuss other spring training positions to watch, the spring TV schedule, extensions for Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion, and look at some recent New York blunders.
Josh and Greg discuss the Josh Donaldson extension, the signing of Gavin Floyd, infield dirt, and the silliness of the Eric Wedge “Manager-in-Waiting” label.
Dr. Mike Sonne stops by to discuss his “Stuff” metric for pitchers as well as how pace of play rules can lead to injuries. The guys also discuss the Dickerson-McGee trade and how it relates to Tulowitzki, spring hats, and predicting lineups.
Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post stops by to give a Nationals perspective on the Drew Storen-Ben Revere trade, the guys try to pick Storen’s new intro music, and discuss payroll, grass, and Mark Shapiro’s media mindset.
Shi Davidi of Sportsnet drops by the BJP Podcast to discuss the Hall of Fame, what it’s like being a voter and dealing with the steroid era, and potential Jays moves for the new year.
Dan Szymborski of ESPN drops by to discuss his ZiPS projections for the Blue Jays in 2016. Greg and Josh also play GM, discuss the recent depth moves and give out a trio of Do-Overs.
Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi joins the boys to discuss new GM Ross Atkins, the Winter Meetings and Blue Jays payroll. Greg and Josh also break down the acquisitions of J.A. Happ and Jesse Chavez, and the loss of David Price.