Bat Flips and Maple Dips - A Toronto Blue Jays Podcast
By Justin A, Patrick M
Bat Flips and Maple Dips - A Toronto Blue Jays PodcastMay 13, 2022
BFMD Episode 246 - Kings of Queens
The Blue Jays are flying high after a series sweeeeeeep of the New York Mets in Queens. Strong performances from Bassitt, Berrios, and Kikuchi were helped by clutch hits to secure three victories.
The Jays return home for a tough homestand against the defending champion Houston Astros and Minnesota Twins.
Justin and Patrick preview the pitching matchups and give you an idea of what to watch for over the next 4 games. Justin highlights where Tim Mayza should be used and Patrick asks what we can expect from Alek Manoah.
BFMD Episode 245 - Looking at Orelvis, Nate & Kirk
After a second consecutive series win for the Blue Jays, Justin & Patrick recap what went down against the Brewers. Gausman was great, the bullpen held the line, and the bats provided enough offence in games one and three to earn victories.
Next up is a weekend trip to Queens to play the Mets where the Jays will encounter old foe Justin Verlander.
The guys highlight Orelvis Martinez and Nate Pearson before doing a deep dive into Alejandro Kirk's numbers thus far.
BFMD Episode 244 - Jays in Free Fall
Justin & Patrick return from a 2 week break to discuss the state of the Blue Jays. There have been players performing at a high level like Bo Bichette and Tim Mayza, but also players who need to improve like Alek Manoah, Chris Bassitt, and Yimi Garcia.
The guys discuss what to do with Manoah (again), where to use Garcia effectively, starting pitching depth, and the Milwaukee Brewers who are coming to Toronto.
BFMD Episode 243 - Jays Chop Braves
After a series sweep of the Atlanta Braves the Blue Jays are riding high heading into a tough week against the New York Yankees and Baltimore Orioles.
Chris Bassitt was dominant, throwing a complete game shut out, and the bats were able to do enough damage after Berrios and Kikuchi starts to earn all 3 wins.
Justin and Patrick recap the weekend and share their thoughts on the Yankees series.
BFMD Episode 242 - Manoah Continues to Struggle, Braves Preview
It's time to talk more about Alek Manoah. The 2022 AL Cy Young runner up has struggled to start 2023 and Justin & Patrick discuss what they've seen, what the MLB analysts and writers have seen, and what the Blue Jays can do to help him get back to the pitcher he can be.
The guys get into what happened in Philly, and preview a tough series against Altanta to start off a ten game homestand.
BFMD Episode 241 - Roller Coaster Week, Belt Hot, Garcia Cold
Justin and Patrick recap the road trip through Boston and Pittsburgh in what ended up being two completely different results. The bottom of the order came alive over the weekend led by Brandon Belt.
Bassitt, Berrios, and Kikuchi were strong and have the Jays rolling as they visit the Phillies and Bryce Harper for two games.
The guys discuss Vladdy's wrist, Pop's performance & injury, Yimi Garcia's struggles, and preview the pitching matchups in Philadelphia.
BFMD Episode 240 - Gausman is Great & Should Whit Hit Leadoff?
The bullpen finally crumbled but the Blue Jays still finished their homestand against the White Sox and Mariners with a 5-1 record.
Justin & Patrick are back to review what happened and also to preview the four game series at Fenway Park against the Red Sox.
Should Whit hit leadoff?
BFMD Episode 239 - Jays Hammer White Sox
Justin and Patrick are back to break down a series sweeeeeeeep of the Chicago White Sox by the Toronto Blue Jays.
The Jays got terrific pitching and contributions from the entire lineup.
Up next are the Seattle Mariners in a rematch of last fall's Wild Card series. The Jays will look to get the upper hand to keep pace in the ultra competitive AL East.
BFMD Episode 238 - Rotation & Vladdy Lead Jays to Series Win
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. will never be a Yankee. That is accordign to his own words. After two 2-run home runs from Vladdy over the weekend and a series win in the Bronx the Blue Jays are headed home.
Justin and Patrick break down strong starts from Kikuchi, Manoah and Gausman, Erik Swanson's continued success, and timely hitting (and lack thereof) from the bats.
Coming up this week is a homestand against the Chicago White Sox and a rematch of last year's Wild Card series against the Mariners.
BFMD Episode 237 - Tough Trip to Houston & A's Going to Vegas
Justin and Patrick break down what went wrong in Houston for the Blue Jays and preview the series against the Yankees.
The guys also discuss the news about the Oakland Athletics relocating to Las Vegas by 2027.
BFMD Episode 236 - Jays Beat Rays but Manoah Struggles
The Blue Jays ended the Rays unbeaten start and won 2 out of 3 games over the weekend.
Alek Manoah continued to struggle but Jose Berrios and Yusei Kikuchi bounced back in a big way.
Bo continues to rake and the bullpen has been solid.
BFMD Episode 235 - Can the Jays Topple the Rays?
Coming off of a series win against the Tigers the Blue Jays will welcome the undefeated Tampa Bay Rays to Rogers Centre.
Can the Jays hand the Rays their first loss(es) of the year?
Justin and Patrick go through the starting pitchers, chat Ricky Tiedemann, Jackie Robinson Day, and shoes.
BFMD Episode 234 - Top of the Order Leading the Way
The Toronto Blue Jays are off to a 6-4 start but it hasn't always been pretty. The starting pitching has been largely inconsistent and the bottom of the order outside of Kiermaier have not contributed regularly.
The good news is that Vladdy, Bo, Varsho, Springer, and AL Player of the Week Matt Chapman have been excellent so far.
After 10 games on the road the team begins their first homestand in the newly renovated Rogers Centre.
BFMD Episode 233 - Jays Win WIld Opener
After a wild win for the Jays the guys from BFMD give their gut reactions on the results.
Should we be concerned about Manoah, Mayza, or Garcia?
The offence had 19 hits, but only 3 were for extra bases. A lot of great at bats contributed to this win and everyone in the lineup played a part.
Justin previews the rest of the series and Patrick provides an update on the upcoming schedule.
Buckle up folks! 161 more to go.
BFMD Episode 232 - We Get the Spicy Predictions Going
After a week off Justin and Patrick return with a SPICY season predictions episode.
The guys highlight the strengths and weaknesses of the other AL East teams, chat about player predictions, and tell you who they think will win the division and World Series.
The regular season is almost here!
BFMD Episode 231 - Blue Jays Outfield Preview
Justin and Patrick are back with the final preview episode as they tackle the outfield and utility options. The guys discuss the World Baseball Classic and Canada's pool play result.
What will the Blue Jays get from Kevin Kiermaier?
Can George Springer stay healthy for the full season?
Will Whit Merrifield and Cavan Biggio recapture their peak performances of years gone by?
BFMD Episode 230 - Blue Jays Infield Preview
Justin & Patrick are back with the third of four preview shows. This time the guys discuss the catchers and primary infielders.
Was 2022 Vladdy's floor?
Will Bo be able to capture the magic of last September and unleash it over a full season?
How much will Espinal play?
Will Brandon Belt contribute meaningfully with the bat?
BFMD Episode 229 - Bullpen a.k.a. Arm Barn Preview
After breaking down the rotation last episode Justin and Patrick return to chat about the bulllpen. Or is it the Arm Barn? Hurler House perhaps?
The 'pen is deeper than in recent years, but the low leverage spots could be vulnerable depending on how Trevor Richards and Mitch White perfom this spring.
What can we expect from Erik Swanson? Will Tim Mayza be the only left hander all season? Where does Chad Green eventually slot in?
Will Drew Hutchison make this team somehow? What about Zach Pop?
We'll start looking at the batters next time!
BFMD Episode 228 - Breaking Down the Rotation
Justin and Patrick are back to do a deep dive into the 2023 Blue Jays starting rotation. The guys look back at what each pitcher has done over the past couple of years, their pitch mixes, and what to expect this year.
Manoah or Gausman on Opening Day?
Will Berrios bounce back?
Can Kikuchi find consistency?
BFMD Episode 227 - Vladdy Dingers are BACK
With Grapefruit League action underway Justin & Patrick highight a handful of performances from the first two games. Vladdy has 2 HR, Kikuchi struck out 5 Pirates, and Addison Barger is making a case for the 26th roster spot.
The guys break down Barger's history with the organization and why he could make the team.
Alejandro Kirk won't be at the WBC, and Manny Machado signing a long term deal in San Diego means that Matt Chapman will get PAID next winter in free agency.
BFMD Episode 226 - Projecting the Batting Order
With Spring Training in full swing, Justin & Patrick bring you up to speed on notes from camp.
The guys debate and discuss how they would construct their lineups vs RHP and LHP. Who hits 2nd? Do you stick a leftie in the top 4?
Grapefruit League action starts Saturday!
BFMD Episode 225 - WBC Preview & Early Jays Camp News
Justin & Patrick are back with the first episode of Spring Training 2023.
The guys cover the early news stories from camp including Gausman being forced to adjust his delivery, Kikuchi throwing a curveball, and Danny Jansen looking shredded.
Patrick tees up the World Baseball Classic pools, and the guys talk about Canada's chances and make predictions on the pool round.
BFMD Episode 224 - Bo Says No to Arbitration
The Blue Jays and Bo Bichette have agreed to a multi-year extension and will avoid going to arbitration. The terms of the deal remain unannounced.
Justin & Patrick discuss what this means for the next few seasons.
The guys discuss the changes to Sportsnet's broadcast crew and spring training tv schedule.
Wrapping up the show, the guys dive into the new rules for 2023 and the impact they will have on the game.
BFMD Episode 223 - The Toronto Chad Jays
Justin and Patrick discuss the impact of adding Chad Green to the roster mid-season once his recovery from Tommy John surgery is complete.
The guys highlight the non-roster invitees to spring training which includes top prospect Ricky Tiedemann.
The Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame announced members of the 2023 class headlined by Jesse Barfield.
BFMD Episode 222 - Whit Merrifield Renaissance
Justin and Patrick bring you another episode of BFMD as spring training looms ever closer!
The guys discuss the Hall of Fame vote and a couple of Blue Jays legends who made it in.
Buck Martinez will return to the booth in 2023! The guys discuss the possible broadcasting combinations.
To wrap up the show, Justin pitches Whit Merrifield's value to the team and the guys discuss who playing time will be split at second base.
BFMD Episode 221 - Bo Money, Bo Problems?
Justin and Patrick are back with another episode of BFMD.
The guys wish David Phelps a happy retirement.
After a recap of arbitration numbers the guys discuss whether or not the Jays and Bo Bichette not settling is an issue. If it keeps happening year after year could it lead to a rift between Bo and the organization? Could it eventually lead to a trade?
The guys each highlight three prospects that they are looking forward to watching this year.
BFMD Episode 220 - Belt a Blue Jay & 26-Man Roster Debate
Justin and Patrick bring you another action packed episode of BFMD.
The guys break down the Brandon Belt signing and what it means for the playing time at DH.
Zach Thompson was acquired for starting pitching depth.
An argument breaks out about the final bullpen spot and who it should belong to, and the guys discuss how Biggio, Merrifield, and Espinal will split playing time.
BFMD Episode 219 - Welcome to the Varsho
After taking a break over the holidays and completely missing the Daulton Varsho trade, Justin and Patrick return with a new episode of BFMD.
The guys break down the trade and discuss how it will impact the Blue Jays both on offence and defence.
Who are the clubhouse leaders? Is this Bo's team?
6 weeks until the start of Spring Training!
BFMD Episode 218 - Bassitt Boosts Blue Jays Rotation
Justin and Patrick break down the latest Jays news.
Chris Bassitt signed a 3-year day.
Kevin Kiermaier is weirdly a Blue Jay, but not officially.
The Jays still have 3 catchers. Who should they trade? And for what return?
Ross Stripling is a Giant.
The bullpen is surprisingly deep.
BFMD Episode 217 - Teo Traded
Teoscar Hernandez has been traded.
Justin and Patrick are here to discuss the return and the impact of losing Teo's bat in the lineup.
Alek Manoah finished 3rd in AL Cy Young voting, and the Jays made some 40-man roster moves.
BFMD Episode 216 - Catcher Trade Rumours & Free Agent Pitching
After a month off, Justin and Patrick are BACK.
The guys discuss the World Series, John Schneider, catcher trades, roster moves, and free agents.
Will the Jays move one of their three MLB catchers?
Will Ross Stripling return?
Which pitchers should the Jays target in free agency?
BFMD Episode 215 - Season Over, Springer Hurt, Atkins & Schneider
After letting the dust settle on the Blue Jays season Justin and Patrick are back to break down the questionable decisions and unfortunate injuries that played a part in the losses to Seattle.
The guys discuss John Schneider's future, Ross Atkins' media session, what the top priorities are, and what to expect this winter.
BFMD Episode 214 - 2022 Wild Card Preview
It's time for postseason baseball!
Justin & Patrick go over the bracket and make their wild card round predictions.
The guys dive deep into the starting pitching matchups between the Blue Jays and Mariners, and key in on a few crucial players for each time offensively.
Should be a fun ride this weekend!
BFMD Episode 213 - Bats Beat Up Boston
The Toronto Blue Jays ended their regular season home schedule with a sweep of the Boston Red Sox. Justin and Patrick break down the highlights, provide updates on the standings, and updates on Espinal and Gurriel Jr.
The guys tee up the Baltimore series and look forward to the postseason which will start on Friday!
BFMD Episode 212 - Blue Jays Clinch & Manoah Gives Back
Thanks to the Boston Red Sox the Toronto Blue Jays have clinched a postseason berth!
The Jays currently hold the top wild card spot with 6 games remaining and control their own destiny.
Justin and Patrick break down the standings, the upcoming series against Boston, and talk about Alek Manoah's charitable efforts.
BFMD Episode 211 - Manoah in Postseason Form
Alek Manoah and Ross Stripling helped the Blue Jays get a split with the Rays. Whit Merrifield and George Springer provided timely home runs as the Jays inch closer to clinching a Wild Card spot.
Albert Pujols hit 700.
Justin and Patrick break it all down and preview the final regular season matchup against the Yankees.
BFMD Episode 210 - Jays Jockeying for Position
After another winning week of baseball the Toronto Blue Jays find themselves leading the AL Wild Card Race.
Justin & Patrick break down the standings, remaining games, and potential playoff matchups.
Who pitches in the playoff rotation?
BFMD Episode 209 - Bring on the Rays
The Blue Jays capped off an 8-2 road trip with a loss to the Rangers but still won the series.
Up next is a FIVE game series against the Tampa Bays Rays including a Loonie Dogs double header.
Can Espinal win a gold glove? What's going on with Vladdy?
BFMD Episode 208 - Manoah Sits Down Orioles
After a 6-1 start to the road trip, Justin and Patrick break down the MLB standings and what it means for the Blue Jays.
The guys discuss Texas, Bo Bichette, Lourdes Gurriel Jr. and the schedule ahead.
BFMD Episode 207 - Zimmer, Bo, Crucial Games
Justin and Patrick return to discuss what was an eventful week and month for the Blue Jays.
The team swept the Red Sox, got swept by the Angels, and took two of three against the Cubs. They still hold a playoff spot but it isn't comfortable.
Bradley Zimmer is back and the guys try (not really) to find the reason why that is.
It's going to be a difficult schedule for the team in September!
BFMD Episode 206 - Berrios & Gausman Dominate Yankees
Winners of 3 out of 4 games in the Bronx, the Blue Jays now head to Boston for 3 games at Fenway.
Justin and Patrick break down what went right for the Jays against the Yankees including great starting pitching, some timely hitting, and a couple of temper tantrums for Gerrit Cole.
Pujols is 8 HR away from 700. Can he get there? Ohtani or Judge for AL MVP. Updates on Orelvis and Moreno.
We'll be off for a bit due to some travelling. Enjoy meaningful baseball!
BFMD Episode 205 - State of the Blue Jays Union
The Blue Jays bats woke up for one inning and they were able to salvage a win against Baltimore.
Ross Stripling returned from the IL and was dominant.
Should we be worried about Manoah's innings count?
Kikuchi is in the bullpen. Is he a lost cause or can he be re-invented?
BFMD Episode 204 - Prospect Highlights & Jays Slumping
Justin and Patrick are BACK with an update on some of their favourite prospects in the Blue Jays system.
The guys discuss the disappointing weekend against Cleveland, preview another Baltimore series, and debate whether or not the Jays can go with 3 catchers again next season assuming Moreno is ready.
Thanks for listening!
BFMD Episode 203 - Is Kikuchi Done as a Starter?
Justin and Patrick are back after a week off to discuss all things Blue Jays.
The guys talk about what should be done with the rotation when Stripling returns, the Teoscar resurgence, and provide and in depth look at the standings.
With the Guardians coming to town, the guys dissect the potential pitching matchups and let you know which players will be key for both teams.
Thanks for listening!
BFMD Episode 202 - Deadline Boosts Bullpen & Bench
The Toronto Blue Jays acquired Antony Bass, Zach Pop, Mitch White, and Whit Merrifield on what turned out to be a busy trade deadline.
Juan Soto was dealt to the Padres for a bucket of prospects, Eric Hosmer caused chaos, and Montas ended up with the Yankees.
Justin & Patrick break down the trades, recap the series in Tampa, and preview the upcoming games against the Twins.
Rest in peace Vin Scully. You will be missed.
BFMD Episode 201 - Chapman Hits Dingers & Cold Stove
Justin & Patrick are back to recap the Blue Jays series win against the Tigers and to discuss all of the trades that haven't been made.
The guys dive into the latest Jays trade rumours for Montas and Quintana, discuss the stellar weekend from Matt Chapman, and preview the two games coming up in Tampa.
We'll be back Wednesday evening to recap the trade deadline and Rays series before the Jays head the Minnesota.
BFMD Episode 200 - Shift Hurting Gausman & Stupid Trades
It's episode 200 of BFMD!
Justin and Patrick provide updates on the planned renovations at Rogers Centre, whether to qualify Ross Stripling, recap the Cardinals series, and preview the Tigers.
Patrick proposes a couple of trades and Justin dives deep in Kevin Gausman & the shift.
Thanks for sticking with us over the past 4+ years!
BFMD Episode 199 - Beat Down in Boston
What a weekend in Boston!
Justin and Patrick discuss the record setting weekend for the Blue Jays that included a 28 run scoring performance and a sweep at Fenway.
The guys recap the Hall of Fame inductees and preview the two game series with the St. Louis Cardinals who will be missing their two best players due to their vaccination choices.
Tune in to hear what we expect to see against the Cards and our thoughts on promoting bullpen options from within vs trading for them.
BFMD Episode 198 - Heading Into the Break
Justin and Patrick are back with another episode of BFMD. The Blue Jays are heading into the All-Star break in a playoff spot and are coming off of a 5-1 homestand.
The team has 6 All-Stars and will send 5 of them to LA this week.
The guys talk MLB Draft, Lourdes Gurriel Jr, and Raimel Tapia.
BFMD Episode 197 - Montoyo Out, Schneider In
The Toronto Blue Jays have fired Charlie Montoyo amid the recent struggles of the team in a surprising(?) move.
Justin and Patrick talk about the move, the justification for and against, and what it means for the future of the team.
BFMD Episode 196 - Spicy Series in Chicago
Doug Eddings is an awful umpire.
Justin and Patrick go off on what was the worst called game of the 2022 season, and start a GoFundMe to get Doug Eddings laser eye surgery.
The guys then briefly review the rest of the series with the White Sox before previewing the Brewers starters for the weekend.
BFMD Episode 195 - Home Run Cycle Salvages Series
The Blue Jays managed to salvage the third game of the series against the mighty Yankees over the weekend. Pitching was the key difference in the first two games with the Yankees holding the Jays to a combined 3 runs.
Justin and Patrick preview the upcoming trip to Chicago for 3 games against a White Sox team that now has both Lance Lynn and perhaps Tim Anderson back and healthy. It should be a fun series!
We'll be back on Thursday to preview the series with the Brew Crew!
BFMD Episode 194 - What's Up With Kikuchi?
Justin & Patrick are back with another episode of BFMD.
The guys discuss the past week and dive into the numbers for the starting pitchers to highlight areas of strength and weakness. Why won't Kikuchi throw more changeups? What's up with Gausman?
Also on the show: Vladdy is okay, the Jays are fine, Ryu is done for the season (maybe next year too), CFL & F1
Thank you for listening!
BFMD Episode 193 - It's Moreno Time
The Blue Jays are promoting MLB's 4th best prospect this weekend with Gabriel Moreno joining the team in Detroit.
Justin and Patrick discuss what that means for the Blue Jays catching situation, and what Moreno brings to the table.
The guys then dive into the bullpen where the Jays will need to cut the roster down by one. Who is safe? Who is on the bubble?
BFMD Episode 192 - Rose Coloured Sunglasses
The Blue Jays left their sunglasses in the dugout and lost the series to the Twins this weekend.
Plenty of runs were scored over the weekend, with home runs and defensive issues leading to two losses for the Jays.
Justin and Patrick talk Berrios, the bench, Ricky Tiedemann, the Royals, and more!
BFMD Episode 191 - Blue Jays Catchers Can't Stop Hitting
Winners of eight games in a row, the Jays are getting outstanding production from their catchers. Justin and Patrick break that down along with the White Sox series sweeeeeeeeep.
The guys also preview the Twins series and talk about plant-based cooking.
BFMD Episode 190 - When do You Call Up Groshans?
The Blue Jays have swept the Angels and the bats have awakened!
Justin and Patrick break down the offensive and pitching numbers from the past 7 days, and discuss the strength of schedule rankings.
The guys talk Jordan Groshans and what needs to happen for him to get the call to the Show.
The White Sox are coming to town without Tim Anderson who is hitting the IL. Can they hang with the Jays?
BFMD Episode 189 - Danny Jansen is the GOAT
Danny Jansen hit two home runs in a game and solidified his place as the greatest player of all time this week. Long time BFMD listeners will also know that the feat means that Justin has to buy a Jano jersey!
Justin and Patrick discuss the past 5 games, preview the Angels series, dive into Santiago Espinal's season, the bullpen, and whether or not the bats are back.
Also, Star Wars!
BFMD Episode 188 - Is Juan Soto a Future Blue Jay?
Could Juan Soto be a trade target for the Blue Jays?
Patrick built out a proposal for the slugger and he and Justin discuss what it would realistically take to acquire Soto. Would the Blue Jays be willing to pay the price?
The guys also recap the Seattle series win, preview the Reds series, and provide updates on Cavan Biggio, Jordan Romano, Tim Mayza, Gabriel Moreno and Ricky Tiedemann.
Enjoy your May Long Weekend!
BFMD Episode 187 - Terrible Time at the Trop
Another disappointing weekend of Blue Jays baseball has come to an end. The team dropped two of three to the Rays and now returns home for a series with Seattle.
The good news is that the team has everyone from their Opening Day lineup back minus Cavan Biggio, so hopefully a consistent lineup will help them heat up.
Justin and Patrick recap the series and preview the three game set that starts Monday against Seattle.
BFMD Episode 186 - Time to Change the Lineup?
After two tough games in the Bronx, the Jays head to Florida to take on the Tampa Bay Rays for the first time this season.
Hyun-jin Ryu will return on Saturday to join the rotation, with Kevin Gausman and Alek Manoah starting Friday and Sunday.
The guys discuss lineup configurations and how they would change the batting order if given the chance. Could Espinal bat 2nd? Where would you stick Bo?
We'll be back on Sunday!
BFMD Episode 185 - Jays Stumble in Cleveland & Farm Update
After a rough week of games against the Yankees and Guardians, Justin and Patrick break down where it all went wrong and what to look for as the Jays head to the Bronx for two games.
The guys also dive into the farm system to bring you up to speed on who is standing out in early in the minor league season.
We'll be back to recap the two games in New York and to preview the Blue Jays series against the Rays.
BFMD Episode 184 - Springer & Romano Save Series Win
Bo Bichette is heating up at the right time because hits are at a premium for the Toronto Blue Jays these days.
The Jays were able to escape with a series win on the strength of a HR from Bo and a great catch by George Springer. The Jays prepare to welcome to red hot Yankees to Toronto before heading out to Cleveland later in the week.
Justin and Patrick break down the series, discuss Espinal's offensive emergence, and preview the upcoming games.
BFMD Episode 183 - Bo Blast & Springer Dinger Beat Red Sox
The Toronto Blue Jays have not lost a series so far in 2021. The bats have yet to heat up but they are finding ways to win games with great pitching and timely home runs.
Justin and Patrick break down the series with Boston and tee up the upcoming series with Houston.
The guys also provide injury updates, discuss air fryers, and Mike Trout.
Thanks for listening!
BFMD Episode 182 - Houston, We Have a SantiaGOAT
Behind a stellar series from Santiago Espinal, and pitching from Alek Manoah and the bullpen the Toronto Blue Jays were able to keep the Houston Astros on the launchpad after a series win.
What's going on with Bo Bichette? Justin and Patrick dive into the numbers to see if they can solve the puzzling start he's had.
Also on the show: Vladdy hit a bundle of singles, Zack Collins sent a baseball to the moon, and Lourdes Gurriel had an odyssey in left field.
After a 4-2 road trip the Jays return to Toronto for 4 games against the Boston Red Sox. We will finally find out with Sox players are not vaccinated and I guarantee that they will be ridiculed!
Thanks for listening!
BFMD Episode 181 - Gausman Baffles Boston
Behind strong pitching from Kevin Gausman, the Toronto Blue Jays were able to take two of three games at Fenway Park.
The Jays also got a quality start from Jose Berrios, and a solid outing from Yusei Kikuchi as the rotation attempts to stabilize.
The Jays head to Houston for the weekend and will meet up with Justin Verlander and the Astros for three games.
Also on the show: Blue Jays Star Wars day promotion, cheese, rare Mets W, Miggy Watch
BFMD Episode 180 - Gurriel & Manoah Lead Jays to Series Win
The Toronto Blue Jays took two of three games from the Oakland Athletics over the weekend.
The guys lead off the episode with news about Blue Jays broadcaster Buck Martinez.
In this episode we discuss Ross Stripling, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Alek Manoah, Lourdes Gurriel Jr., Zack Collins and their contributions this weekend.
The guys also preview the Red Sox series and discuss what the Jays need to do over their next 20 games in order to call it a successful stretch.
Thanks for listening!
BFMD Episode 179 - Early Season Split in the Bronx
The Toronto Blue Jays have left the Bronx with 2 wins and a series split against the New York Yankees.
Vladdy had a 3 HR game, Alek Manoah was dealing, and Kevin Gausman showed fans why he is worth big money!
The bats also went cold for two games, and the Jays lost Teoscar Hernandez to injury.
Justin and Patrick break down the series, tee up the weekend at home against Oakland, and discuss Jackie Robinson Day which takes place on Friday!
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BFMD Episode 178 - Berrios Bombs, Jays Hit Dingers
The Blue Jays opened their season with a series win against the Rangers in Toronto. The crowds were awesome all weekend!
Jose Berrios was only able to get 1 out in the Home Opener, and Hyun-jin Ryu got rocked in his start too. The pitching definitely needs to catch up to the hitting, as both teams combined for over 40 runs.
Justin and Patrick break down the series, the Zimmer trade, and preview the Yankees series.
BFMD Episode 177 - 2022 Season Preview with Chris Henderson
Chris Henderson makes his return to the mic on BFMD in what has become a tradition for us: the annual season preview show!
Justin, Patrick and Chris dive into the Blue Jays roster and go position by position to tell you what to expect, who to watch for to make noise, and areas of weakness for the club.
As always, the guys make their annual predictions for overall record, awards, and breakout players.
Thanks for listening!
BFMD Episode 176 - Trade Kirk?
Spring Training games are underway!
Justin and Patrick bring you the latest Blue Jays news and also discuss the Correa and Story signings.
The guys dive in to the latest Jose Ramirez rumours. The Guardians have a scout shadowing Alejandro Kirk currently and the guys debate whether or not moving Kirk is a good idea. They also discuss DH usage, and if it makes financial sense to trade for Ramirez.
Thanks for listening! Please leave us a review or a rating if your listening platform allows!
BFMD Episode 175 - Jays Trade for Chapman, Don't Sign Freeman
Matt Chapman is a Toronto Blue Jay! The team traded 4 prospects including Kevin Smith and Gunnar Hoglund to Oakland for the platinum glove third baseman. This gives Toronto an elite defender and adds another 25+ HR hitter to the already deep lineup.
Justin and Patrick break down the trade and discuss the benefits of having a vacuum cleaner at the hot corner in the AL East.
The Jays did miss out on Freddie Freeman, who signed with the Dodgers. Watch out for that lineup! Kris Bryant went to the Rockies and Matt Olson was dealt to Atlanta where he signed a long term extension.
Also on the show: notes from Spring Training, Tatis Jr. is an idiot, and free Joey Votto!
Best wishes to Jamie Campbell as he battles cancer. You've got this, Jamie!
BFMD Episode 174 - Kikuchi Signs, Can Espinal Start at 3B?
The Blue Jays have signed Yusei Kikuchi to a 3-year deal worth $36 million. The move solidifies the rotation and gives the Jays one of the best rotations in baseball.
The Jays have been linked to Freeman, Correa, and Bryant and are said to want to sign one of the three. The big needs are still on the infield, particularly at third base.
Justin and Patrick break down the signings, rumours, and debate whether or not Santiago Espinal can start at 3B full time.
BFMD Episode 173 - Baseball is BACK & Blue Jays Needs
Major League Baseball and the Major League Players Association have reached an agreement on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement!
That means that Baseball is BACK!
Justin and Patrick highlight the details of the CBA and what it means for the next five years.
The guys then dive into the Blue Jays needs as free agency and trades are now open!
Thanks for sticking with us through the lockout! We'll have lots of content coming your way this year.
BFMD Episode 172 - Manfred Cancels Opening Day
After 10 days of negotiations in Florida and no new deal between Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association, MLB has officially cancelled Opening Day and the first two series of the season.
The blame almost solely rests on the owners and MLB, with the MLBPA being far more flexible in their asks during negotiations. Do not believe the MLB PR spinning. They are the ones who imposed the lockout and they are the ones who could lift it at any time.
Justin and Patrick give their thoughts, read through media and player reactions and quotes, and provide you with the information that you need to know.
We'll be back as news hits the wire, and will be covering the Blue Jays' minor league affiliates until MLB resumes.
BFMD Episode 171 - Lockout Update & Blue Jays Roster Holes
Justin and Patrick are back with another episode of BFMD! The guys start off with Super Bowl predictions and their thoughts on The Book of Boba Fett.
MLB owners and the MLBPA have about two weeks left to come to an agreement before the start of the regular season would be delayed. The easiest way forward is for the two sides to come to an agreement.
The Blue Jays depth chart is shaping up to be pretty solid. The guys discuss the biggest holes, and talk about minor leaguers who would be at a disadvantage if Spring Training is delayed or shortened.
BFMD Episode 170 - Blue Jays Top Prospects - Part 2
In part 2 of the prospects series, Justin and Patrick count down the Toronto Blue Jays top 15 prospects according to FanGraphs. The top of the system isn't as jammed as it once was but there are still some very big names near the top.
On base god Leo Jimenez tore up the Florida League this past year, and Jordan Groshans put together a very good season in New Hampshire. The star of the system is Gabriel Moreno who could help the Blue Jays in 2022. The biggest riser was Orelvis Martinez who earned a promotion to High-A Vancouver as a 19 year old. He's going to fun to watch in 2022.
What do the guys think of pitchers Gunnar Hoglund, CJ Van Eyk and Sem Robberse?
Who is the most likely to be a star outside of Moreno?
Thanks for listening! We'll be back with more content soon. Hopefully we can bring you good news about the CBA.
BFMD Episode 169 - Blue Jays Top Prospects - Part 1
In the first part of a two-part series, Justin and Patrick to get you up to speed on the Toronto Blue Jays top 37 prospects according to FanGraphs.
The guys start the countdown from 37-16 in this episode and also touch on some off the list players to keep an eye on.
Why is Samad Taylor ranked so low? Can Adam Kloffenstein rebound in 2022? Will Kevin Smith take the third base job?
Tune in next week for the top 15!
BFMD Episode 168 - 2022 Baseball Hall of Fame - Part 3
In the third and final part of the BFMD Baseball Hall of Fame series, Justin and Patrick make cases for and against the final 15 players on the BBWAA ballot.
Starting with Manny Ramirez and Alex Rodriguez, the guys go over stats, suspensions, accusations, and character of the candidates.
Should Curt Schilling ever get in to the Hall? What about Omar Vizquel?
At the end of the show, the guys reveal who would be on their ballots if they were able to vote.
Thanks for listening to this series!
BFMD Episode 167 - 2022 Baseball Hall of Fame - Part 2
Welcome to part 2 of the BFMD 2022 Hall of Fame series. Justin and Patrick are here to break down the first 15 names on the BBWAA ballot and make a case for and against some of the more controversial players.
Do the guys think Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens should get elected? What about David Ortiz?
How seriously should candidacy of Mark Buehrle be taken? Can Andruw Jones gain the 40% he needs over the next 5 years?
There are a lot of compelling cases to be made this year, and it could lead to an empty class.
Tune in next week for the 3rd and final part of the series!
BFMD Episode 166 - 2022 Baseball Hall of Fame - Part 1
In the first episode of a 3-part series, Justin and Patrick highlight the players elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame by the Early Baseball Era and Golden Days Era Committees.
The guys kick off the show with some holiday talk, Zelda Breath of the Wild, and some other ramblings.
Stay tuned for part 2 when the guys will talk about the first 15 candidates on the BBWAA Hall of Fame ballot!
Happy New Year!
BFMD Episode 165 - 2021 Blue Jays Hitting & Fielding Grades
Justin and Patrick are back with the 2021 hitting and fielding grades for the Toronto Blue Jays.
Unlike previous years where we struggled to hand out As and Bs, this year is full of them! Which catcher got the best grade? What did we think about Grichuk and Springer?
Tune in to hear all of the grades and a teaser for our next episode!
BFMD Episode 164 - Gausman is a Blue Jay
Kevin Gausman is officially a Toronto Blue Jay! He will wear #34 which was worn by his idol Roy Halladay as a member of the Phillies. The Jays have retired is #32 worn in Toronto.
Justin and Patrick discuss the choice to go with Gausman over Robbie Ray who signed in Seattle. Marcus Semien and Corey Seager are Texas Rangers, Max Scherzer got PAID and the Mets also signed Starling Marte.
With the lockout looming teams are scrambling to get players signed under the current CBA. Tune in to find out who has ended up with new deals!
BFMD Episode 163 - Garcia Signs, Gausman Rumours
The Toronto Blue Jays have signed RHP Yimi Garcia to a 2 year deal to shore up their bullpen. They are still in pursuit of Robbie Ray, Marcus Semien and have been linked numerous times to Kevin Gausman.
Justin and Patrick break down the signings and rumours and then each list 3 free agents that they would like to sign.
We'll be back with any huge news as it breaks!
BFMD Episode 162 - Berríos Extension & Ray Wins AL Cy Young
Robbie Ray is your 2021 American League Cy Young Award winner!
Justin and Patrick discuss Ray's win, Vladdy and Semien finishing 2nd & 3rd in MVP voting and then get into the JUICY news.
José Berríos is staying with the Toronto Blue Jays through his age 34 season after agreeing to a seven year deal worth $131 million. He slots in as the #1 starter currently on the roster and will provide stability of the team for years to come.
Justin brings you up to speed on the Rule 5 Draft and discusses the players that were added to the 40-man roster as well as those, like Samad Taylor, who will be exposed.
Finally the guys chat the latest in Blue Jays rumours. Are the Jays aiming to sign Kevin Gausman? Will they trade Cavan Biggio? When will Ray and Matz make their decisions?
We'll be back with a new episode next weekend! Stay tuned.
BFMD Episode 161 - Pitching Autopsy
Justin and Patrick are BACK with a new (long) episode of Bat Flips and Maple Dips.
The guys begin with a chat about the CFL and talk Black Widow and Shang-Chi.
Jumping into the MLB the guys talk Buster Posey's retirement, Gold Glove, Silver Slugger, Hank Aaron Award and World Series.
The meat and potatoes of this episode is the annual tradition of player grading. In this episode the guys focus on pitching. Surprisingly there are more than a few top grades given out!
We will be back with a new episode in a week and with batter grades in the coming weeks!
BFMD Episode 160 - The Offseason Begins
Justin and Patrick return after a few weeks off to begin the Blue Jays offseason.
After a (very) brief postseason recap and World Series prediction the guys jump right into it.
Mark Shapiro's end of season press conference revealed plans to increase payroll, openness to trade prospects, and the desire to make improvements to the Rogers Centre. His pup, Cleoh, was the real star as she appeared briefly on camera during the call. Good girl.
The guys talk free agent pitching. Justin wants to give Max Scherzer whatever he wants for two years, while Patrick is looking at bringing back Robbie Ray on a big payday.
The CBA negotiations will ramp up after the World Series and could delay the offseason as it is set to expire on December 1st. Could there be a lockout?
BFMD Episode 159 - End of the Road
The season is over for the Toronto Blue Jays. They did what they needed to do by defeating the Baltimore Orioles in game 162 but did not receive any help from the Nationals or Rays. They finished at 91-71 which was an outstanding record considering where this team started. They finished 4th place in the AL East with the 9th best record in baseball.
3 home cities, numerous roster moves, and breakout seasons all around.
Justin and Patrick bring you instant reaction after game 162 and their thoughts on what went well, who will be in consideration for awards, and what comes next.
We will be taking a break for a week or two to enjoy a rest after a grind of a season but will be back with an offseason loaded with content including CBA negotiations, roster projections, free agency, trades, winter meetings, Canadian content and much more!
Thank you to each and every person who listened to us this season. We truly appreciate you all!
BFMD Episode 158 - Every Game is Must Win
6 games remain. When the dust settles tonight the Toronto Blue Jays will be 1 game back of either Boston or New York for the 2nd Wild Card spot.
Justin and Patrick are back to break down a 3-4 week, the upcoming series against New York, and what needs to happen in order for the Blue Jays to play in the postseason.
Springer has heated up and the rotation got back on track over the weekend. Vladdy and Bo didn't have the best weekend, and Marcus Semien tied the single season MLB record for HR by a second baseman with 43.
Every win gets you one step closer to playoff baseball, and every loss hammers the nail in the coffin.
Meaningful baseball is wonderful and insanely stressful.
BFMD Episode 157 - Berrios Baffles Twins
Coming off of a weekend series win against the Twins, the Blue Jays find themselves 1.5 games clear of the New York Yankees for the 2nd Wild Card spot in the American League. They trail the Boston Red Sox by 1 game for the 1st Wild Card spot.
Jose Berrios was dialed in against his former team on Sunday after the bats staked him to a 5 run lead. Vladdy has his average up to .321 with 46 HR and 105 RBI as he chases the Triple Crown and MVP.
The Jays placed the struggling Hyun-jin Ryu on the IL with a neck strain as they hope the rest will help him sort out the command issues that have plagued him in the 2nd half.
It's on to Tampa for one final regular season series with the 1st place Rays.
Justin and Patrick will be back at the conclusion of Wednesday's game with another episode of BFMD!
BFMD Episode 156 - Manoah & Jano Spotlight, Playoff Projections
Justin and Patrick are back to provide an update on the AL and NL Wild Card races. The Blue Jays are one of the hottest teams in baseball this month and are currently in a playoff spot.
The guys go over the Fangraphs projections, scenarios in case of ties, and analyze the schedules of the remaining contenders. It's going to be a battle.
Also in this episode: a spotlight on Danny Jansen and Alek Manoah who are two guys who could have a major impact down the stretch and in the postseason.
We will be back on Sunday after the conclusion of the series with the Twins. Go Jays!
BFMD Episode 155 - A Crazy Weekend in Baltimore
Justin and Patrick a back to break down a WILD weekend in Baltimore and to highlight Teoscar's magnificent season.
On Friday night the Baltimore Orioles ended the Toronto Blue Jays 8-game winning streak.
On Sunday the Jays left no doubt and racked up 22 runs in a 22-7 win of the first Sunday of the NFL season.
In between was a WILD doubleheader the likes of which we may never see again.
After the dust settled the Jays now find themselves in a tie for the first Wild Card spot with the Red Sox and have 2 games in hand. A difficult series against the first place Tampa Bay Rays looms.
Will the Blue Jays keep winning?
BFMD Episode 154 - Semien & Gurriel Power Winning Streak
Triple Crown Watch! Vladdy is now leading the AL in average and is only 3 HR and 5 RBI behind the leaders.
Winners of 5 in a row your Toronto Blue Jays have closed to within 3.5 games of the 1st Wild Card spot.
Justin & Patrick are here to break down the sweep against the A's and game 1 victory against the Yankees.
George Springer is clearly playing hurt but does his presence still benefit the lineup?
Nate Pearson is back with the club. Hear our reactions to that and to Bryan Baker's debut.
Marcus Semien is now the franchise record holder for HR by a 2nd baseman in a single season and Lourdes Gurriel Jr. just keeps producing runs.
BFMD Episode 153 - Grichuk vs Gurriel
There are 30 games left in the season. The Toronto Blue Jays need at least 22 wins. That's going to be tough.
Justin and Patrick talk about that, Robbie Ray being AL Pitcher of the Month, and provide roster and injury updates.
The big topic on the day is Randal Grichuk vs Lourdes Gurriel Jr. They've both had consistent playing time over the past 75 games and their numbers are very different.
Next up: 3 games vs the Oakland Athletics before a trip to the Bronx for 4.
Make or break time.
BFMD Episode 152 - Bats Stay Quiet & Berrios Bounces Back
The Toronto Blue Jays won the weekend series in Detroit against the Tigers and Justin & Patrick are here to tell you what it means for the playoff picture and for the rest of the season.
Jose Berrios bounced back, Alek Manoah rolled, and Stephen Matz continued his string of strong starts. Combine that with strong performances out of the bullpen and the Jays allowed only 5 runs this weekend.
The problem continues to be run production. Over the weekend the bats went 3-for-28 with runners in scoring position. In Sunday's 2-1 victory the runs both came on solo home runs. On Saturday the team mustered only 3 runs on 12 hits in 10 innings. Something has to change.
George Springer appears close to a return and could join the lineup as soon as Monday in Baltimore. Danny Jansen and Nate Pearson are also ramping up in Triple-A and could provide a boost soon.
It's not over yet but the Jays need to string wins together to get back in the race!
Thank you for listening, we will be back on Thursday.
BFMD Episode 151 - Things Are Not Great
After losing 4 of 5 to the Nationals and Tigers the Toronto Blue Jays find themselves 4.5 games back of the second Wild Card spot in the American League.
Things won't be getting any easier as the Chicago White Sox come to town for 4 games this week.
Justin and Patrick break down where it's all going wrong for the Jays and talk about why it isn't time to lose hope.
There are 40 games left and those games include series against Oakland, New York and a bunch of teams with poor records. Assuming that the bats wake up this is still a dangerous baseball team!
BFMD Episode 150 - Losing Ground
It's BFMD 150! Thanks to all who have listened over the past 3+ years. You are all greatly appreciated.
The Toronto Blue Jays went 4-5 on the west coast, and Justin and Patrick are hear to break down where it all went wrong.
George Springer is day-to-day after suffering an ankle injury that looked scary. Cavan Biggio, Nate Pearson and Tim Mayza are all rehabbing in Buffalo, and Teoscar Hernandez won AL Player of the Week!
The Jays are headed to D.C. for 2 games against the now rebuilding Nationals before starting a 7-game homestand.
Currently 4.5 back of a Wild Card spot now is the time for a win streak to start!
BFMD Episode 149 - Wild (Card) West Coast
The Toronto Blue Jays are in the midst of a long road trip through Anaheim, Seattle and Washington D.C. and have taken 2 of 3 so far against the Angels. With Jose Berrios set to face Shohei Ohtani, Justin and Patrick break down the first 3 games and also preview the upcoming weekend in Seattle.
Also in this episode the guys talk injury list updates, Bo Bichette's shins, Gurriel Jr.'s last month, Manoah's dominance, and whether or not fans should worry about Vladdy.
It's a big weekend ahead as the Jays look to gain ground on the Rays, Athletics, Red Sox and Yankees! Enjoy it.
BFMD Episode 148 - Springer Stomps Sox
On the back of a clutch George Springer the Toronto Blue Jays took 3 of 4 games from their rival Boston Red Sox to cap a 9-2 homestand. The team is fired up and now head out to Anaheim and Seattle to take on two of the teams they are battling in the Wild Card race.
Justin and Patrick break down the Boston series, tee up the Angels, and give the Canadian Olympic team a shoutout after a record breaking games.
Will the Jays be able to keep their momentum? Will Tampa Bay ever lose again?
We will be back LATE Thursday to record to keep an eye out for a new episode Friday morning.
Thank you for listening.
BFMD Episode 147 - Deadline Pays Dividends
After the Toronto Blue Jays made a big trade to acquire Jose Berrios from the Twins for Austin Martin and Simeon Woods Richardson they proceeded to sweep the Royals and take 3 of 4 against Cleveland.
The rotation owns and AL best 2.66 ERA since the All-Star break, and the bullpen is much improved. This Jays team means business!
The return to Toronto was emotional and players like George Springer have certainly enjoyed the Rogers Centre! Springer was named AL Player of the Week.
The Jays host Boston for a critical 4-game series this weekend, their final meeting against their rivals in the regular season. The Jays will send Manoah, Ray, Berrios, and Ryu to the bump in their attempt to gain ground in the AL East.
BFMD Episode 146 - 670 Days
Justin and Patrick bring you the last episode of BFMD before the Blue Jays return to Toronto! The next time that we speak to you will be after the Blue Jays have played on home soil for the first time in 670 days.
After a split in Boston, a series with Kansas City awaits.
There have already been a plethora of trades so far with the likes of Max Scherzer, Trea Turner, Joey Gallo, and Anthony Rizzo being moved.
The Jays acquired Brad Hand for Riley Adams. Will they add Jose Berrios?
BFMD Episode 145 - Buy or Sell?
After a rough week of games against the Boston Red Sox and New York Mets, Justin and Patrick break down what happened to the Toronto Blue Jays.
With a big 4-game series at Fenway Park looming should the Blue Jays be buyers or sellers ahead of Friday's trade deadline? Will the Jays make a move for a big name like Jose Ramirez or Max Scherzer? Will top prospects be included in deals?
The Jays shook up the batting order on Saturday and the top 5 all had a nice weekend. The bottom of the order needs production as Grichuk, Gurriel, Biggio, Espinal, McGuire and Kirk search for consistency.
We'll be back on Thursday to preview the deadline!
BFMD Episode 144 - The Birds are Flying North
The Toronto Blue Jays are heading home on July 30th! After 670 days the team will finally play a game on Canadian soil.
Justin and Patrick are back after a much deserved All-Star break to talk about this news, the MLB Draft, All-Star MVP performances, bounce back starts and offensive beat downs.
Vladdy mashed a 468 foot bomb on route to winning the All-Star MVP. He continued his breakout year by also hitting 3 home runs against the Texas Rangers during a 3-game sweep.
Robbie Ray, Hyun-jin Ryu and Steven Matz all delivered strong starts while the bullpen performed well too.
Gunnar Hogland out of the University of Mississippi was selected 19th in the MLB Draft by the Jays. He will miss this season and most of next season while recovering from Tommy John surgery.
The Jays play 3 more games in Buffalo before a 7 game road trip through Queens and Boston. After that it's back to Toronto!
BFMD Episode 143 - Matz Mauled, Ryu Rebounds
With Hurricane Elsa dropping rain storms all up and down the east coast the Blue Jays and Orioles were not able to play Thursday's series finale. The game will be made up as part of a double header on September 11th.
Justin and Patrick break down the two games that were played which included duds from Steven Matz & Trent Thornton along with a nice rebound from Hyun-jin Ryu. The bats put up 15 runs over two games but the Jays were only able to walk away with a split.
They now head south to the unfriendly confines of Tropicana Field to play the Rays. The Jays currently trail the Rays by 5.5 games for the first Wild Card spot making this weekend's series all the more important.
Also on the show was the Rowdy Tellez trade. The Blue Jays shipped the first baseman to Milwaukee from reliever Trevor Richards and minor league starter Bowden Francis. Richards pitched a scoreless inning in relief of Ryu.
We'll be back on Sunday to wrap up the Rays series!
BFMD Episode 142 - Manoah Dominates & Bo Knows All-Star Selections
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
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
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
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
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
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
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'
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
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 133 - Heartbreak After Heartbreak
See you next spring Dunedin! Good riddance.
Justin and Patrick are back to bring you up to speed after a depressing week of games. The Blue Jays seem to blow a lead in the 9th or give up a handful of extra inning runs in every game lately.
The good news? Ryu has been dominant, Vladdy is playing MVP caliber baseball, and Teoscar Hernandez is a legit slugger.
The bad news? The bullpen can't stop the bleeding, Springer is not close to action, and the bottom third of the order hasn't been contributing.
Is it time for a trade, or should the Jays just keep battling until the injured list shrinks?
BFMD Episode 132 - Battered Bullpen & Top 100 Prospects
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?
BFMD Episode 131 - Late Inning Heroics
Justin and Patrick are back with another episode of BFMD. The Toronto Blue Jays swept the Atlanta Braves for the second time this season and head back to Dunedin with a 20-16 record after a long 10-game road trip.
They guys provide injury updates on Springer, Merryweather, Hatch & others, recap the Braves series and provide some insight into why Robbie Ray has improved.
Jack Fritz of the High Hopes Podcast joins the guys to preview this weekend's set with the Philadelphia Phillies at TD Ballpark. Jack tells us how he became a Phillies fan, the ups and downs, and then helps us break down the matchups on the mound. Thanks Jack for coming on!
Thanks for listening!
BFMD Episode 130 - A Chat with Ross Stripling
Justin and Patrick were joined by Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Ross Stripling (20:25) to talk podcasting, having a baby during a winter storm, the young Blue Jays, pitchers hitting, and his thoughts on his season so far. We are very grateful that Ross took the time on an off day to sit down with us!
Also in the episode, a movie discussion about The Revenant and Spotlight where the guys give their thoughts on the films.
After the interview with Ross the guys got into the news, including Tanner Roark signing a minor league deal with Atlanta. We recapped the Houston series and teed up the mid-week set with Atlanta.
Thanks for listening!
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BFMD Episode 129 - Homecoming for Marcus
Marcus Semien and the Toronto Blue Jays split a four game series with the Oakland Athletics this week. The A's gave Semien a standing ovation and a tribute video in a ballpark the California native called home for 6 seasons.
On the field it was Randal Grichuk leading the way for the Jays who won the final two games of the series. Grich Daddy drove in 7 runs while the bullpen allowed only one run in the series.
Justin and Patrick break down Ryu's return, rough starts for Kay & Matz, and tell you what Robbie Ray did for the first time in his career!
The minor league season started. We will have a Farm Report on Sunday's show after the conclusion of the series with Houston.
BFMD Episode 128 - How Sweep It Is
The Blue Jays got George Springer and Teoscar Hernandez back in the lineup and proceeded to sweep away the Atlanta Braves over the weekend.
Justin and Patrick recap the series, tee up the four game set in Oakland, and tell you about the Roberto Alomar news that broke this week.
Alejandro Kirk, Anthony Castro, and Tommy Milone all hit the IL, with Ross Stripling getting activated and Riley Adams getting the call up to the Show.
BFMD Episode 127 - Reinforcements Have Arrived
George Springer is a Blue Jay. The largest free agent signing in team history made his debut on Thursday and boy oh boy does he look good in a Jays uniform.
Justin and Patrick are back to take you through the Nationals mini series. The guys break down everything from Vladdy's monster 3 HR game to the bullpen continuing to shine.
Is Cavan Biggio breaking out? Why did the Jays option Rowdy Tellez?
The guys also highlight some notable minor league assignments including Alek Manoah at Triple-A Buffalo! #FreeManoah
The Pioneer Independent League is trying out a HR derby to decide tie games, and ESPN announcers claim that fans like the runner on second base extra innings rule. That's gonna be a no from me dawg.
We'll be back after an exciting series with the Atlanta Braves!
BFMD Episode 126 - Pitching Staff T(r)ops the Rays
The Blue Jays are heading back to Dunedin with a series win against the Rays at the Trop. A rare feat.
Matz, Ray and Ryu all gave the Jays much needed stability and the bullpen combined for only 1 earned run allowed over 3 games!
Ryu left his start with a minor glute strain. It doesn't sound like he expects to miss much, if any, time.
Semien and Grichuk had a nice series, and Espinal was the hero on Sunday.
George Springer appears set to make his Jays debut on Tuesday against the Nationals and Max Scherzer.
We'll have that recap for you on Thursday!
BFMD Episode 125 - We're Gonna Be Fine
After a split in the two game series with Boston the Toronto Blue Jays return to Florida to take on the Rays at the Trop. Justin and Patrick break down the games at Fenway, dive into injury news, the A's win streak, and finally a preview of the Tampa Bay series.
George Springer and Teoscar Hernandez should be back within a few days. Vladdy leads MLB in OBP, and Steven Matz looks to keep his stellar start going against Tyler Glasnow on Friday.
There is a lot of negativity on Blue Jays Twitter right now and we want to remind you that there are 144 games left this season.
It's way too early to draw conclusions. Enjoy the baseball!
BFMD Episode 124 - Royal Disappointment
What is going on with the Toronto Blue Jays offence?!
Justin and Patrick talk about why the Jays dropped 3 of 4 to the Kansas City Royals and highlight why the pitching is not to blame.
Vladdy continues to be one of the best hitters in baseball, and Steven Matz has won all 3 of his starts to start the season.
Next up is a date with the Red Sox at Fenway.
Help is on the way as George Springer, Teoscar Hernandez and Jordan Romano all near returns.
BFMD Episode 123 - Bo Knows Bombs
After Bo Bichette's heroics got the Blue Jays back to .500 Justin and Patrick sat down to discuss the team's current position.
The guys talked about the players who have impressed and disappointed them so far, and broke down the battle for bench positions and playing time.
Teoscar Hernandez tested positive for COVID-19 and was placed on the 10-Day IL along with Julian Merryweather. Nate Pearson, George Springer and Thomas Hatch are rehabbing and Robbie Ray made his season debut.
The Jays are off to Kansas City and Patrick provides a preview of the pitching matchups. That TBD guy sounds pretty elite. 0.00 ERA. Wow.
Tune in on Sunday for a breakdown of the action against the Royals and a preview for a brief stop at Fenway!
Thanks for listening!
BFMD Episode 122 - Move the Runner Over
The Blue Jays lost to the Angels 7-5 in 11 innings last night and Justin and Patrick aren't happy about it.
In the first Justin led rant, he takes you through every situation last night starting in the bottom of the 7th inning in a 5-5 tie.
From the inability to move a runner from 2nd to 3rd base, to wasting 3 players for a 2-out walk and pick off, to questionable pitching changes the Jays had chances to win.
Now at 3-4 on the year, and with Springer likely out another week with a tight hammy, this team needs to start hitting.
Think we're wrong? Let us know what you think about last night's game and the team as a whole!
We do want to send our best wishes out to James Paxton who needs Tommy John Surgery. Get well soon Big Maple!
BFMD Episode 121 - Masterful Matz
After a 3-1 start for the Toronto Blue Jays, Justin and Patrick break down the series win against the Yankees and the win in the Rangers home opener.
Steven Matz was electric. Julian Merryweather is apparently the closer now, Jordan Romano and Ryan Borucki look scary good, and Rafael Dolis needs to get his sinker over for strikes.
Ryu was great on Opening day, Stripling got away with mistakes, and T.J. Zeuch earned another turn.
On offense, Vladdy and Grich Daddy are off to hot starts while Bo and Cavan are starting to heat up. Marcus Semien has been excellent with the bat and the glove and George Springer should be ready for the Home Opener!
The guys also talk All Star Game, Reds vs Cardinals, Yadi a Hall of Famer, and Lindor's big extension.
We'll be back Sunday night to break down the first "home" series against the Angels.
BFMD Episode 120 - Jays vs Yankees with Bobby Kay
Huge shout out to Bobby Kay who took the time on short notice to chat today.
Justin and Bobby met up over Discord on Bobby's Twitch Stream to chat Jays vs Yankees, being a fake Mets fan, and of course Anthony Kay.
Take a listen to find our predictions for the first series of the 2021 series!
Thanks again Bobby!
BFMD Episode 119 - 2021 Blue Jays Season Preview Show
Chris Henderson of Jays Journal returns to the show to join Justin and Patrick for a Blue Jays season preview discussion. The guys get heated discussing Nate Pearson's role of the team, confidence level in the rotation, lineup construction, the closer role, and season predictions for the team's record. Which of us has the Jays missing the playoffs?
Make sure to give Chris a follow @Baseball4Brains on Twitter and read his articles on jaysjournal.com. Thanks again Chris!
Justin and Patrick put a bow on Spring Training by recapping the last handful of games to tee up Opening Day vs the Yankees!
BFMD Episode 118 - The Hurt Locker: Yates Gone, Springer Sidelined
After a horrifying 24 hours of Blue Jays injury news, Justin and Patrick sit down to dissect the situation and what it means for the team going forward.
Without their closer, who fills the 9th inning void? Will Springer and Ray be out long term? What does this mean for a rotation that already lost Nate Pearson?
With one week to go until Opening Day the guys give their opinions on who should earn the final roster spots. Has Josh Palacios passed Jonathan Davis, and will Trent Thornton snag a rotation spot?
This team is still VERY good but the injury bug is concerning. Stay tuned in the coming days for our next episode.
BFMD Episode 117 - Ray and Matz Steal the Show
It's a jam packed episode of BFMD!
Robbie Ray and Steven Matz are making the Blue Jays look like geniuses so far this spring. Justin and Patrick break down their performances along with the rest of the Jays over the past 3 days.
Tanner Roark delivered a stinker, Trent Thornton had a strong debut, and Vladdy kept on hitting.
Jonathan Davis and Josh Palacios continue to battle for the 5th outfielder role, and Tim Mayza makes his case for a bullpen spot.
Mike Trout is wasted, Salvador Perez got paid, you can buy a suite for Bitcoin in Oakland, Cubs prospect caught with a bunch of meth, and Jack Leiter threw a 16 strikeout no-hitter for Vanderbilt.
BFMD Episode 116 - Our Bullpen is...Good?
Justin and Patrick are back with another episode!
Who needs umpires? Not the Giants and Indians.
Thomas Hatch left today's game with a right elbow injury. MRI coming but it didn't look good.
Charlie Montoyo's 2022 contract option was picked up meaning he will remain in charge for at least one more season beyond 2021.
T.J. Zeuch has a power sinker, Hyun-Jin Ryu is in mid-season form and the bullpen is looking like a huge strength.
We are TWO WEEKS from Opening Day! Get HYPE.
BFMD Episode 115 - Alek Manoah is a Bad Man
With less than three weeks to go until Opening Day the action is starting to heat up in Florida. Young prospects Alek Manoah and Simeon Woods Richardson continue to impress with Manoah striking out 7 Yankees in his start.
Alejandro Kirk is smashing baseballs while Robbie Ray and Steven Matz are raising confidence levels in the rotation.
Will this be Vladimir Guerrero Jr's breakout season?
BFMD Episode 114 - RoboUmp
As Spring Training nears the halfway mark, Justin and Patrick recap the past three Blue Jays games. Vladdy is hitting missiles, Roark & Matz look good, and the bullpen is in midseason form!
MLB announced several experimental rules for the minor leagues including larger bases in Triple-A, limited shifts in Double-A, step off rules in High-A, and RoboUmps in Low-A.
The guys give their opinions on the rules, an update on Nate Pearson, the Rangers opening up at 100% capacity, and give a special message to Rheal Cormier who passed away this week.
BFMD Episode 113 - Thornton & Palacios Making the Team?
Justin and Patrick are back again to keep you up to date on all Blue Jays spring training news and results.
We have launched a website! www.bfmdpodcast.com.
Should Trent Thornton be considered for the 5th starter role?
Does Josh Palacios move past Jonathan Davis as 5th outfielder if he keeps up his strong play?
Did the Jays miss out on Jake Odorizzi?
How much leash does Elvis Luciano have this spring before he is sent to the minor league site?
BFMD Episode 112 - Down Goes Big Nate!
Nate Pearson has a grade 1 right groin strain. With no timetable for his return Ross Stripling may be next in line for the rotation.
Simeon Woods Richardson and Alex Manoah both tossed 2 scoreless innings against the Yankees in their Blue Jays spring debuts, and Rowdy Tellez continues to swing a hot bat.
Jonathan Davis reminded everyone that he is one of the best defenders in baseball against the Tigers, but only those in attendance were able to see the catch...
We'll be back to recap the weekend's games on Monday!
BFMD Episode 111 - Spring Has Sprung
Blue Jays baseball is back!
Justin and Patrick bring your post game reaction from the spring opener against the Yankees.
Which players improved their positions on the depth chart? Who dropped lower?
Sportsnet cut the radio broadcast and it has not gone over well. What this means for broadcast quality and fan experience.
Can Jonathan Davis force and Grichuk trade?
BFMD Episode 110 - On the Cusp
With the first game of Spring Training coming up, Justin and Patrick break down the news out of Blue Jays camp in Dunedin.
Will the Jays give Bo Bichette a big contract offer? Will Tyler Chatwood be an effective late inning reliever? Pete Walker thinks Thomas Hatch can be a major league starter, and Ross Stripling is a new father!
BFMD Episode 109 - New Beginning
Pitchers and Catchers are reporting!
The Blue Jays are still in need of a number 2 starter as the season approaches. Will they sign Jake Odorizzi or Taijuan Walker, or will they make a trade?
Who will be the Blue Jays MVP? Cy Young? Most Improved?
Justin and Patrick also give their Top Five power rankings to start the season.
BFMD Episode 108 - This One's for Hammer
Justin recaps a flurry of news including Nolan Arenado being traded to St. Louis, the Jays signing Marcus Semien, trading for Steven Matz, and the empty Hall of Fame class.
The guys debate the likelihood of Nate Pearson seeing time in AAA, and go over some of the remaining free agent options for the starting rotation.
With 2 weeks left until Spring Training begins there are still a lot of questions swirling around where the Jays will play this year, who starts behind Ryu, and where does Vladdy play defensively?
BFMD Episode 107 - Good Things Come to Those Who Wait
George Springer is a Toronto Blue Jay.
Justin and Patrick are here to break down the franchise record deal of $150 million over 6 years.
Springer wasn't the only signing as the Jays also brought in former All Star closer Kirby Yates.
The Jays will now look to fill the remaining holes in the rotation and at third base.
BFMD Episode 106 - Close the Lindor
The Blue Jays didn't pull the trigger on Francisco Lindor. The Mets did.
Justin and Patrick discuss whether the Blue Jays made the right call and what this means for the remaining Free Agent class.
The Sugano sweepstakes ended with the Japanese star returning to Japan.
The guys also talk World Junior Hockey Championship and make NFL playoff predictions.
Happy New Year to all!
BFMD Episode 105 - Flying by the Seat of Our Pants
There continues to be little to no movement in the Free Agent market.
Justin and Patrick are here to provide any Blue Jays updates. Jonathan Davis gives back, Charlie Montoyo is pumped about the team, and Vladdy is back at 3B in the Dominican League.
Have a safe holiday season!
BFMD Episode 104 - Speculation & Rotation Grades
Justin and Patrick are back for another round of breaking ne-- just kidding. Nothing is happening!
After a run through the rumour mill and all of the speculation surrounding free agents, the guys get to grading the 2020 Blue Jays rotation.
OH BOY were they bad outside of Hyun-jin Ryu. Wow.
Thanks as always for listening!
BFMD Episode 103 - Is No News Good News?
Unlike the NBA, MLB free agency is spinning its tires.
Justin and Patrick are hear to break down the rumours, update you on Vladdy's offseason, and to talk Hall of Fame.
Will anyone be elected to the Hall this year?
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BFMD Episode 102 - For Alex
We want to dedicate this episode to the life and memory of Alex Trebek. He meant a lot to Canada, to TV audiences around the world, and to us.
Justin and Patrick comb through Blue Jays and MLB news including the Marlins amazing hire of Kim Ng as the first female general manager in MLB history.
Will the Jays trade for Francisco Lindor? What would that package look like?
The guys wrap up the episode by handing out grades to the starting outfielders.
Next up: pitching staff grades, free agency
BFMD Episode 101 - 2020 Infield Grades
Justin and Patrick bring back a popular series to BFMD with their first edition of 2020 season grades. The guys start with the infield and lay down some shocking grades.
Justin is worried about one of the young core members and Patrick makes a prediction about who will be a career .300 hitter.
Over the next few weeks we will be releasing outfield, rotation, and bullpen grades. Stay tuned!
If you enjoy the show, or don't, please leave us a review or send in questions and comments via Twitter @BFMDpodcast!
BFMD Episode 100 - The BIG One with Dan Shulman & Chris Henderson
Justin & Patrick bring you the 100th episode of Bat Flips and Maple Dips!
We say thank you to our longtime co-host Clayton, give some backstory on how the show started, and then get into two of the best guest appearances in BFMD history.
First up, Chris Henderson of Jays Journal joins us to talk Blue Jays free agency needs and whether or not the Jays should break the bank.
Next, Dan Shulman of ESPN Radio and Sportsnet makes his BFMD debut to talk all things Blue Jays. From the first ever game through to the 2020 season, Dan's insight into the world of calling games is second to none.
THANK YOU to everyone who has listened to us for the past 2+ years. We are looking forward to continuing to bring you Blue Jays baseball content.
BFMD Lighting Round
Justin and Patrick are here with a quick hitter.
Should the Jays sign Trevor Bauer?
Would a reunion with Aaron Sanchez make sense?
Should people keep watching the playoffs?
Episode 100 is coming SOON. Get hype.
BFMD Episode 99 - There's Always Next Year
Justin and Patrick start the show this week by remembering legendary Cardinals pitcher Bob Gibson who passed away this week.
With the Jays season over, now is the time for reflection and once again looking into the future with optimism. This team has grown a tremendous amount over the past calendar year and that cannot be overlooked.
The guys highlight GM Ross Atkins' year end press conference and talk about the Division Series.
Stay tuned for a special episode 100 sometime soon!
BFMD - 2020 Wild Card Game 1 Recap
The Blue Jays dropped game 1 against the Rays 3-1.
Join Justin and Patrick as they break down what went well and what didn't.
Matt Shoemaker was strong, Lourdes Gurriel Jr. had two hits and Thomas Hatch looked great in relief.
The Jays will turn to Hyun-jin Ryu to keep their season alive in game 2.
BFMD Episode 98 - 0% Intimidating
Justin and Patrick are joined by friend of the show Chris Henderson, co-editor of Jays Journal to preview the Toronto Blue Jays vs. Tampa Bay Rays best of 3 series.
Does the Blue Jays 4D chess rotation make sense? Has Charlie Montoyo lost his mind?
Which team has the edge in hitting? Pitching?
Who wins the series and in how many games?!
You can find Chris Henderson on Twitter @baseball4brains and at jaysjournal.com. Check out his articles!
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BFMD Episode 97 - Clinched!
Justin and Patrick are back with a brand new episode!
The Toronto Blue Jays have clinched a playoff spot and all that's left to determine is who they will play.
We talk Alejandro Kirk, Vladdy Jr., playoff picture leaguewide, and our picks for Blue Jays MVP.
We'll be back on Monday with a playoff preview show!
BFMD Episode 96 - Infirmary Update
Join Justin and Patrick for an update on the laundry list of Toronto Blue Jays injuries.
Will Bo Bichette rejoin the team against the Mets?
Will Nate Pearson and Teoscar Hernandez return this season?
How big of an impact will the Rowdy Tellez injury have?
As always, give us a follow on Twitter @BFMDpodcast and leave us a review!
BFMD Episode 95 - Batten Down the 'Hatch'es
BFMD Episode 94 - HUGE Trade Deadline
The shortened 2020 MLB season did not slow down the Trade Deadline at all. The biggest movers were the San Diego Padres and your Toronto Blue Jays. The Padres definitely improved their team the most, while the Jays filled some roster holes.
Join Justin and Patrick as they break down the moves that saw Taijuan Walker, Robbie Ray, Jonathan Villar, and Ross Stripling join the Blue Jays.
Also on tap: a series win against Baltimore and 5 numbers that defined the first half of 2020 for the Blue Jays.
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BFMD Episode 93 - Oh How the Turn Tables
What a difference ten games can make! The Blue Jays are now in the 8th and final playoff spot in the American League after a 7-3 stretch. Heading into Wednesday night's game Justin and Patrick got together to discuss the latest in Jays news. Anthony Alford DFA'd, rotation injured, and Teoscar Hernandez can't stop hitting home runs.
Join us this weekend for a Trade Deadline special as we look ahead at what the Jays could be in the market for on the 31st.
If you like the episode, or if you don't, leave us a review!
BFMD Episode 92 - Keep the Faith Hill
With the late inning losses piling up Clayton, Justin and Patrick dive into the past 10 games for the Blue Jays.
Can Charlie Montoyo be blamed for the majority of the losses? What does losing Bo Bichette mean for the Jays' playoff chances? How should we manage the bullpen?
With the season nearly one third complete it's now or never for this young squad.
BFMD Episode 91 - Ups & Downs
BFMD Episode 90 - Weirdest First Week
BFMD Episode 89 - Calm Before the Storm
BFMD Episode 88 - We're Back
BFMD Episode 87 - Logan Hofmann is a Pittsburgh Pirate!
BFMD Episode 86 - What If Nate Pearson Wins a Rotation Spot?
BFMD Episode 85 - Baseball & Big Nate are Back
BFMD Episode 84 - Tony, Ass-Tros & Coooo-Stanza!
BFMD Episode 83 - Jays Spring Training Roundtable with Chris Henderson
BFMD Episode 82 - The Rotation, Barfield & We Love You Tony
BFMD Episode 81 - Walk to the Hall
BFMD Ep. 80 - Before He Cheats
BFMD Se. 2 Ep. 46 - Season 2 Finale
BFMD Se. 2 Ep. 45 - Ryu Signs
It wouldn't be an episode with these two without some Star Wars talk. Don't worry, it's spoiler free!
Stay tuned for the season finale show!
BFMD Se. 2 Ep. 44 - The Dykstra Interview
BFMD Se. 2 Ep. 43 - At Least We Got Roark
BFMD Se. 2 Ep. 42 - So Tender. So Juicy.
BFMD Se. 2 Ep. 41 - I Saw the Sign
BFMD Se. 2 Ep. 40 - Rumours & Free Agents
BFMD Se. 2 Ep. 39 - Nomenclature
BFMD Se. 2 Ep. 38 - 2019 World Series Preview
BFMD Se. 2 Ep. 37 - Fake IDs, AL/NLCS & Blue Jays Infield Grades
BFMD Se. 2 Ep. 36 - Division Series & Jays Outfield Grades
BFMD Se. 2 Ep. 35 - Logos
BFMD Se. 2 Ep. 34 - Rookies, Farewells & AL Wild Card
BFMD Se. 2 Ep. 33 - Cycles, Tears & Wild Races
BFMD Se. 2 Ep. 32 - Dorian, Center Field & Rowdy Tellez
BFMD Se. 2 Ep. 31 - Roxanne
BFMD Se. 2 Ep. 30 - Barry Davis
BFMD Se. 2 Ep. 29 - Toast & Bo
BFMD Se. 2 Ep. 28 - Trades & The Savior
BFMD Se. 2 Ep. 27 - Stroman & Clayton is Drunk
BFMD Se. 2 Ep. 26 - Chris Henderson & Pitching Report Cards
BFMD Se. 2 Ep. 25 - Vladdy is King & Offensive Grades
BFMD Se. 2 Ep. 24 - Off-Brand Soda & Attractive Guys
BFMD - Canada Day 2019: Logan Hofmann
BFMD Se. 2 Ep. 23 - Tampa Bay Ex-Rays
BFMD Se. 2 Ep. 22 - Look on the Bright Side
BFMD 1 Year Anniversary Special
BFMD Se. 2 Ep. 21 - Goatees & Draft Picks
BFMD Se. 2 Ep. 20 - Blowouts, Cereal & Game Shows
BFMD Se. 2 Ep. 19 - Butter Tarts
BFMD Se. 2 Ep. 18 - Shuttle Bus to Buffalo
BFMD Se. 2 Ep. 17 - Sad Days
BFMD Se. 2 Ep. 16 - It's Vladdy Time!
BFMD Se. 2 Ep. 15 - Lay Off the Chocolate Mousse
The Blue Jays had a winning week! Clayton, Justin & Patrick provide updates on Vladdy Watch 2019, Socrates Brito's 'record breaking' start, and the hottest hitters and pitchers of the week!
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BFMD Se. 2 Ep. 14 - Everything is (Not) Awesome
Justin and Patrick co-host this week's show with Clayton stuck in AAA Buffa-- wait, that's Vlad Jr.
Either way, Clayton will be back next week!
We talked Vladdy's rehab assignment and when to expect him to join the Jays. Clay Buchholz will make his Jays debut on Saturday.
The offense has struggled. The strikeouts are piling up and the averages are dropping. The pitching staff has done their part on most days, and the batters really need to step up.
Patrick delivers a rant on comments made by a recently traded player, and we get some Star Wars chatter in!
BFMD Se. 2 Ep. 13 - So Long Superman
During the Opening Week of 2019, the Blue Jays traded Kevin Pillar and Kendrys Morales. The rebuild is very much underway in Toronto with the young players being thrust into important roles. The starters have been on fire, and Randal Grichuk has a new contract.
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BFMD Se. 2 Ep. 12 - Spring Recap & Opening Day 2019
The 2019 season is here! We survived the long off season, and now it's GO TIME! Clayton. Justin, and Patrick break down the spring, the 25-man roster, talk burgers, Us, and of course there's a Kevin Pillar argument.
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BFMD Se. 2 Ep. 11 - Cheese, Rule Changes & Trout's Deal
With one week until the Blue Jays kick off 2019, Clayton, Justin, and Patrick check in on everything happening in Spring Training.
Mike Trout is on the verge of signing a $430 million contract with the Angels.
Also we talk about cheese. Yes. Cheese.
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BFMD Se. 2 Ep. 10 - Keegan Matheson
Keegan Matheson of Baseball Toronto joins Clayton, Justin, and Patrick from Dunedin, Florida. You can follow him on Twitter @KeeganMatheson and subscribe to BaseballToronto.com for all of his insight.
The guys ask Keegan questions about the team and his path to sports writing. Big thanks to Keegan for coming on!
BFMD Se. 2 Ep. 9 - Harper, Jays Roster
With Spring Training progressing, several roster issues are looming for the Blue Jays. Who will make the Opening Day roster?
Join Clayton, Justin, and Patrick as they discuss and debate their way through the Bryce Harper deal, Jays rotation, and fourth outfield spot.
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BFMD Se. 2 Ep. 8 - Harper, Machado & Marcus Stroman
Manny Machado signed a $300 million contract with the San Diego Padres. Bryce Harper, Craig Kimbrel, Dallas Keuchel and other free agents remain unsigned. What is going on?! Marcus Stroman wants a long-term deal in Toronto, but does he deserve it?
Clayton, Justin, and Patrick discuss all of this & more! There's also baseball games to talk about! We made it through the offseason.
Thanks for listening! Give us a follow @BFMDpodcast on Twitter, subscribe on SoundCloud, iTunes, Spotify, Stictcher, Google, and wherever else you listen.
BFMD Se. 2 Ep. 7 - Chris Henderson & Spring Training
Chris Henderson joins Clayton, Justin, and Patrick to chat about the Blue Jays as they begin Spring Training 2019. We ask him about offseason moves, Bryce Harper, the cluttered outfield, and of course Vlad Jr.
Thanks to Chris for joining us! Give him a follow on Twitter @Baseball4Brains, and check out his music at www.ChrisHendersonMusic.com!
BFMD Se. 2 Ep. 6 - Prospects Volume 3
In the final episode of the BFMD prospect series, Clayton, Justin, and Patrick take a look at the players in the Top 10 of the Blue Jays system. Players like Guerrero Jr., Bichette, Pearson, Groshans and more get their time to shine. The future is bright!
Stay tuned for our next episode featuring Chris Henderson of Jays Journal!
Thanks for listening!
BFMD Se. 2 Ep. 5 - Prospects Volume 2
We're back with the second installment of the prospect report. This time Clayton, Justin and Patrick are talking 20-11 on the Blue Jays top 30.
We've got analysis, hype, bold predictions and more.
This episode was recorded along with the 30-21 show. Jays news will be covered in the Top 10 show.
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BFMD Se. 2 Ep. 4 - Prospects Volume 1
With Spring Training on the horizon, Clayton, Justin, and Patrick are here with a series of episodes on the Toronto Blue Jays Top 30 Prospects. This episode covers 30-21 on the list. The guys talk Freddy Galvis and what his signing means for Lourdes Gurriel Jr. and Devon Travis and Hall of Fame voting results.
Tune in next week for Prospects 20-11!
BFMD Se. 2 Ep. 3 - Very Early July 1st Predictions
IT'S TIME FOR VERY EARLY PREDICTIONS! What's going to happen to the Jays and their players by July 1st? Our team is here to make their predictions.
Will we be right? Probably not. But if we are...BOOM.
BFMD Se. 2 Ep. 2 - Goodbye Russell
Russell Martin, the last remaining Blue Jay from the 2015 Sports Illustrated Cover, is gone.
Here at BFMD, we were really hard on Russell last season. That was because of how much we all liked him as a ballplayer and leader for the Blue Jays. We wish him all the best in Los Angeles.
BFMD - Bonus Episode - Christmas 2018!
Merry Christmas BFMD listeners! This week we are talking all about Christmas. We learn that Justin is the only one in his family who likes turkey, Patrick REALLY hates glazed ham, and Clayton is STILL at the kid's table while his fiance sits with the adults. Lots of laughs during our final release of 2018. We've got lots planned for 2019!
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
BFMD Se. 1 Ep. 27 - Season 1 Finale
In our final baseball episode of 2018, Clayton, Justin, and Patrick talk about the moments they remember from the MLB season that was. Topics include the Stephen Piscotty trade, 'Mr. Met' David Wright playing his last game, Joe Mauer retiring, Ichiro fading into the background, and the passing of legend Willie McCovey.
Thank you to everyone who listened to an episode this season! We'll be back with baseball content in January. Watch for our Holiday Special on Christmas Eve!
BFMD Se. 1 Ep. 26 - Winter Meetings 2018
In the final part of Making the Grade, the 2018 Blue Jays bullpen receives their grades. The guys have some fun with sound clips, and along the way we say happy trails to the likes of Yangervis Solarte, Jake Petricka, and Mark Leiter Jr.
Thanks for listening!
BFMD Se. 1 Ep. 25 - Making the Grade Part 4
In the final part of Making the Grade, the 2018 Blue Jays bullpen receives their grades. The guys have some fun with sound clips, and along the way we say happy trails to the likes of Yangervis Solarte, Jake Petricka, and Mark Leiter Jr.
Thanks for listening!
BFMD Se. 1 Ep. 24 - Making the Grade Part 3
It's time for the starting rotation to feel the burn! Clayton, Justin, and Patrick grade the 2018 Toronto Blue Jays starting rotation. Disagreements, surprisingly high, and low, grades are handed out. We cover the 2019 coaching staff, Marcus Stroman trade rumours, and the proposed stadium for a Portland expansion.
As always, thank you for listening! Send us your topic suggestions or questions! email@example.com or drop them in the comments!
BFMD Se. 1 Ep. 23 - Making the Grade Part 2
In Part 2 of Making the Grade, the guys give out 2018 season letter grades to Blue Jays outfielders. For the most part, everyone was in agreement over the grades with the only debate centering around Kevin Pillar. If you've been listening since episode 1, you know how divided we are on Pillar. We also cover Roy Halladay being on the 2019 Hall of Fame ballot, Larry Walker's case to be inducted, and the changes to the Jays 40-Man Roster leading up to the Rule 5 Draft.
BFMD Se. 1 Ep. 22 - Making the Grade Part 1
It's a time of reflection on BFMD. Clayton, Justin, and Patrick are back to Blue Jays talk this week. This episode covers the news that has surrounded the coaching staff and roster over the past couple of weeks, and the guys had out letter grades to the infielders, catchers, and Kendrys Morales. The biggest debate centers around Richard Urena of all people. Thanks for listening!
BFMD - Bonus Episode - The Off Season
With the offseason underway, Clayton, Justin and Patrick chat about what they do during the winter months in Canada. From other sports to video games to side jobs, there's a lot going on.
Stay tuned for more Blue Jays content in the coming weeks!
BFMD Se. 1 Ep. 21 - That's All She Wrote
With the Boston Red Sox claiming this year's World Series title, Clayton, Justin, and Patrick look at why the Red Sox were so dominant, and why the Dodgers failed to live up to expectations. Also on the menu: a rant from Patrick about the hiring of new Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo and the benefits it will bring to the team.
BFMD Se. 1 Ep. 20 - Blue Jays Manager Search and 2018 World Series Preview
It's World Series time! But first, the guys look into the Blue Jays managerial search, recap both the AL and NL Championship Series, and predict the outcome of the World Series. We also have a discussion about whether or not Manny Machado is a dirty player.
BFMD Se. 1 Ep. 19 - Arbitration & 2018 Playoff Update
The Divisional round of the 2018 MLB Playoffs is over! The guys discuss what went down and what's to come in the Championship Series. We look at the projected salaries of 11 Blue Jays who are arbitration eligible, and look at how well our playoff and World Series predictions are holding up.
BFMD - Bonus Episode - Bat Flips and Hockey Sticks - 2018/19 NHL Preview
With the NHL season nearly upon us, Clayton, Justin, and Patrick sit down to give their perspective on what will shake out as the season rolls along. The guys give their projected standings, playoff, and Stanley Cup predictions. There are some surprising projections, including New Jersey in the Final, Edmonton back in the playoffs, Winnipeg winning it all, and Vegas falling out of contention completely.
BFMD Se. 1 Ep. 18 - The End
With the regular season concluded, Clayton, Justin and Patrick look back on the Toronto Blue Jays final series and players who may or may not be back. With the two tiebreakers concluded, we discuss our playoff predictions and pick who we think we will the World Series.
BFMD Se. 1 Ep. 17 - Goodbye Gibby
With Clayton on the DL, Justin and Patrick take a look back at their favourite John Gibbons moments and his legacy in Toronto. Along with that, they recap the week that was, who's hot, who's not, roster news, and a round table talk on the 2019 infield.
BFMD Se. 1 Ep. 16 - Rookies, Rosters & Rule 5
Clayton, Justin, and Patrick get together to discuss the up and down week for the Toronto Blue Jays, Patrick tears Danny Barnes a new one, Justin explains the Rule 5 Draft, and Clayton makes a case for Kevin Pillar in arbitration. The round table discussion takes a look at players who may be left off of the 40-man roster come December, and what that means for the future.
BFMD Se. 1 Ep. 15 - Let's Get Rowdy
Clayton, Justin, and Patrick discuss the week that was for the Toronto Blue Jays against the Cleveland Indians, and what they think the outfield will look like to start the 2019 MLB season.
Patrick and Justin trash Kevin Pillar, Clayton defends Kevin Pillar. It's another fun week.
BFMD Se. 1 Ep. 14 - Devin Heroux
CBC News & Sports Reporter and Saskatoon native Devin Heroux joins Clayton, Justin, and Patrick to discuss his coverage of the Little League World Series, 2018 Winter Olympics, his love of curling, and shares some never before told facts!
Following the interview with Devin, the guys recap the disappointing week of Blue Jays baseball, and more importantly the Josh Donaldson trade.
BFMD Se. 1 Ep. 13 - Let's Go Streaking
Clayton, Justin, and Patrick convene for their weekly thera-... Blue Jays baseball talk. The guys recap the up and down week, talk about the Morales HR streak, Gurriel hit streak, and Tampa Bay winning 8 in a row?! Justin explains how OBP isn't the best way to measure on-base stats, and the guys make some free agent pitching wish lists. The only thing missing is the weekly Tyler Clippard trashing. Wait, we have that too.
BFMD Se. 1 Ep. 12 - Growing Pains
Clayton, Justin, and Patrick get together to discuss the week that was for the Toronto Blue Jays. Topics covered include Kendrys Morales on a tear, Kevin Pillar's mistake AND hot bat, Danny Jansen impressing everyone, the kids Sean Reid-Foley and Ryan Borucki getting lit up in New York, and Thomas Pannone's awesome debut as a starting pitcher.
BFMD Se. 1 Ep. 11 - The Kids are Alright
In this week's episode, we remember Stan Mikita, the guys recap the "home" series in Seattle, and we talk about some famous Hall of Fame snubs, or not, depending on your opinion.
BFMD Se. 1 Ep. 10 - Home Games on the Road
In this week's episode, we remember Stan Mikita, the guys recap the "home" series in Seattle, and we talk about some famous Hall of Fame snubs, or not, depending on your opinion.
BFMD Se. 1 Ep. 9 - The Rest of My Life
Clayton makes a BIG announcement, the guys talk about the trades made by the Jays and the rest of the league, and we talk about our All-Time Blue Jays Lineups. We agree on a lot, and disagree on some picks. It's a long episode, but we had a lot of fun with it!
BFMD Se. 1 Ep. 8 - Pablo Sanchez
The guys get together to discuss the week that was, we round table what the outfield will look like post trade deadline and to start 2019, talk about great players playing on bad teams, take a look at the farm system, and wrap up with some trade rumours.
BFMD Se. 1 Ep. 7 - At the Break
In our All Star Break edition of the podcast, the guys recap the Blue Jays results in Atlanta and Boston, hop all aboard the Ryan Borucki train, Patrick rants about the Toronto media and Marcus Stroman, Justin breaks down Teoscar Hernandez and Dwight Smith Jr., and Clayton thinks it's time to trade Aaron Sanchez.
Thanks for listening!
BFMD Se. 1 Ep. 6 - Hey Now, You're an All Star
In this week's episode, Patrick takes us through the MLB All-Star Game in The Rant. The gang disagrees with some of the fan-voted players and Justin defends Wilson Ramos. Clayton is happy that we don't talk about Ryan Tepera, but also he's really happy that Ryan Borucki is a stud.
Thanks for listening!
BFMD Se. 1 Ep. 5 - Welcome Back Jose
This week we tackle the week that was, Patrick talks Jose Bautista in The Rant, Justin FIPs around in Advanced Stats, and Clayton yells about how much we talk about Ryan Tepera.
It's a wild ride.
BFMD Se. 1 Ep. 4 - Grichuk is Daddy
This week's episode truly has it all.
Clayton, Justin and Patrick tackle the week that was, Roberto Osuna, Randal Grichuk and Teoscar Hernandez mashing, Pillar slumping, J.A. Happ continues to be a stud, Josh Donaldson, and ... poopy pants.
BFMD Se. 1 Ep. 3 - Coming Off the DL
In episode 3 Clayton is activated from the disabled list 10 pounds lighter thanks to a nasty stomach flu. The guys talk Jays, the sweep of the Nationals, trade rumours, Patrick rants, Justin apologizes to Devon Travis and gives us a lesson in advanced stats. An hour of wall to wall content!
BFMD Se. 1 Ep. 2 - Clayton on the DL
Episode 2 is here! Clayton was placed on the 10-Day DL with a flu so Patrick and Justin are on the mics.
This week we finish up our player review for the year to date with position players. Thanks for listening! Please send any feedback to us in a message or in the comments section. Justin did the editing this week and is admittedly terrible at it.
BFMD Se. 1 Ep. 1 - Welcome to the Show
Clayton, Justin, and Patrick get together to discuss the pitchers on the Toronto Blue Jays 40-Man Roster.
We take a look at their contract status, performance, and speculate on their future with the franchise