BFMD Episode 142 – Manoah Dominates & Bo Knows All-Star Selections

Summary

Justin and Patrick are back to break down another series of Toronto Blue Jays baseball. The Jays were able to win 2 of 3 against the Tampa Bay Rays over the weekend on the heels of strong pitching from Alek Manoah, Ross Stripling and Robbie Ray. 

Bo Bichette was selected as an All-Star reserve and will join his teammates Vladimir Guerrero Jr, Marcus Semien and Teoscar Hernandez at the midsummer classic in Denver where his father Dante spent most of his MLB career. 

Manoah was electric in his start as he mowed down 10 Rays via strike out and didn’t allow a run. George Springer went deep twice in the series and Santiago Espinal hit his 1st career MLB home run too! Adam Cimber has made a great first impression by throwing up zeroes thus far.

The Jays hit the road this week with stops at Camden Yards and the Trop. The guys break down the pitching matchups and provide some criticism on the Jays not starting to right handed pitcher against the Orioles. With only 6 games to go before the All-Star Break this week is crucial for a Jays team trying to climb the American League standings. 

BFMD Episode 141 – All-Star(ters) & Farm Report

Summary

After a tough series loss against the Seattle Mariners, Justin and Patrick break down what went wrong. Ryu and Matz were not good, Chatwood blew up again and the team left too many runners on base. 

The Blue Jays traded Joe Panik and a minor league pitcher to Miami for pitcher Adam Cimber and outfielder Corey Dickerson. The guys break down that trade and what it could mean for future moves.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr, Marcus Semien, and Teoscar Hernandez will all be starting for the American League in the All-Star game in Denver after fans voted them in! Great job Jays fans! 

The guys did a dive into the prospect pool and highlight Austin Martin, Gabriel Moreno, Kevin Smith, Samad Taylor, Tanner Kirwer & more. A lot of exciting players are working their way up the system! 

We’ll be back after the series with Tampa Bay which starts tonight with Alek Manoah on the bump for your Blue Jays. 

BFMD Episode 140 – All Star Ballots & Offensive Outburts

Summary

Justin and Patrick are BACK to break down a 5-1 week for your Toronto Blue Jays. 

The guys recap the games, provide updates on injured players, preview the Seattle series and reveal their final All Star ballots! 

Tune in to see if we let our Blue Jays bias influence our votes, and here our thoughts on the bullpen’s latest debacle. 

We will be back with a longer episode on Friday! 

Stay cool this week, and have a happy Canada Day! 

BFMD Episode 139 – Cue the Comeback

Summary

After a crazy series win in Baltimore the Jays find themselves back at the .500 mark. Justin and Patrick break the series down and take a look at the latest George Springer news, 100% capacity at Sahlen field, Vladdy skipping the home run derby, and a June who’s hot who’s not segment. 

The Jays are headed to Miami for a quick 2-game stop before hosting the Orioles for 4 in Buffalo. 

Will we see George Springer this week? Will Robbie Ray and Alek Manoah rebound? 

BFMD Episode 138 – We Got Yanked

Summary

Well, that happened. The Blue Jays were swept by the Yankees and fell below the .500 mark. 

Justin and Patrick break down what went wrong in each of the 3 games that led to the sweep. 

The guys talk bullpen blow ups, offensive mishaps and TOOTBLANs. 

The Jays head to Baltimore for their first series with the Orioles and boy oh boy do they need a sweep. 

BFMD Episode 137 – The Sox Trip

Summary

After a 3-4 road trip through Chicago’s Southside and Fenway Park the Toronto Blue Jays return home face the Yankees in Buffalo. 

Justin and Patrick recap the week that was and provide updates on George Springer’s rehab, Steven Matz’s positive COVID test, Alek Manoah & Robbie Ray’s quality starts, and of course the plethora of home runs hit over the weekend. 

Vladdy and Semien look like All Star game starters with Bo, Teo and Grich likely to join them. Remember to vote for the most deserving players! 

Will Vladdy participate in the HR Derby??

Congrats to Jonathan Davis and his wife who are expecting the birth of a child this week. 

We’ll be back to recap the Yankees series and to preview the first meeting with the Baltimore Orioles!

BFMD Episode 136 – The One Third Report

Summary

Chris Henderson of Jays Journal returns to the show to join Justin and Patrick for a look back at our preseason thoughts. 

Take a listen to hear who was right about Steven Matz, Nate Pearson, Marcus Semien, Jordan Romano and more!

Who has been the biggest positive surprise? The biggest disappointment? 

The Jays are headed to Chicago to start a tough week against the White Sox before wrapping up the “Sox Trip” in Boston over the weekend. After that the schedule eases up heading into July. 

BFMD Episode 135 – Gone Fishin’

Summary

After a two-game mini sweep of the Miami Marlins the Toronto Blue Jays prepare to welcome the Houston Astros to Sahlen Field. 

Justin and Patrick break down the Marlins series including a rough start for Alek Manoah. Marcus Semien was named MLB Player of the Month for May and carried that into June. Vladdy and Grich Daddy both had monster games while the bullpen and Bo Bichette came up clutch. 

Shoutout to the fans in Buffalo who packed (35% capacity) the park to support the Jays! It was great to hear cheers again. 

We’ll be back on Monday for a one-third review of the season so far. Stay tuned for that! 

BFMD Episode 134 – Spotlight on Semien

Summary

After a 4-2 road trip the Toronto Blue Jays head to Buffalo where they will play home games until the Canadian government lets them return to Toronto. Sahlen Field has been renovated and added to since last summer and promises to play and feel more like a big league park. 

Justin and Patrick recap the road trip through New York and Cleveland, talk bullpen management, offensive highlights, and look ahead to the 2-game mini series with Miami. 

The big segment is a spotlight on 2B Marcus Semien who had one of the best months of May in all of baseball. The guys break down what he’s been doing differently and talk about how his current pace surpasses his 2019 season during which his finished third in AL MVP voting. 

Thanks for listening! 

BFMD Episode 132 – Battered Bullpen & Top 100 Prospects

Summary

Almost everything is going according to plan for the Toronto Blue Jays. The top of the lineup is hot, the rotation is delivering quality outings, and many injured Jays are nearing their return. 

The heavily used bullpen is starting to show signs of wear and tear but Vladdy, Bo, Teoscar and Semien are doing what they can to shoulder the load. Gurriel is getting hot and Danny Jansen’s batting average has slowly been creeping up over the past week. 

Baseball America now has 8 Blue Jays in their Top 100 Prospects, the most of any MLB team. Alek Manoah and Gabriel Moreno have joined Austin Martin, Nate Pearson, Jordan Groshans, Simeon Woods Richardson, Alejandro Kirk and Orelvis Martinez in that elite category. 

With 3 games against Boston and 4 against Tampa Bay left in Dunedin can the Blue Jays take advantage and gain ground on their division foes?