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Gavin Floyd: The Quasi Drew Storen

By Kyle Matte

Published: May 14, 2016, 6:15 am EDT

The closer debate began the moment the Blue Jays traded for Drew Storen back in January, and the embers of the competition were stoked throughout the full duration of camp. It wasn’t until March 30th that manager John Gibbons made the announcement that Roberto Osuna had won the battle and would continue the role in […]

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On Stroman, Sanchez, and the Struggles With Fastball Classification

By Kyle Matte

Published: May 9, 2016, 6:22 am EDT

Neither Aaron Sanchez nor Marcus Stroman relies upon a four seam fastball as their primary hard-type offering. This has led many to envelop the hard-type pitches that they do throw into one single category with an interchangeable name; sinkers and two seam fastballs. While it’s an understandable association to make, given that both have great […]

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Recap: Dodgers 6, Blue Jays 2; Kershaw Wins, Grass is Green, Water is Wet

By Kyle Matte

Published: May 7, 2016, 3:58 pm EDT

It was just one inning, but when the other team has the best pitcher on the planet on the mound, sometimes that’s all it takes. Los Angeles sent six men to the plate in a three-run third inning, with four reaching on a trio of singles and a fielding error by second baseman Darwin Barney. […]

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Troy Tulowitzki: The Blue Jays’ Linchpin Shrouded in Uncertainty

By Kyle Matte

Published: Apr 21, 2016, 9:57 am EDT

Josh Donaldson is going to be great. Jose Bautista is in week three of his six month rampage towards free agency. It’s probably not going to be pretty, and will assuredly include many thrown bats, nicks, bumps, and bruises along the way, but somehow Edwin Encarnacion is going to mash forty home runs. With the […]

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Facing the Former Ace: Red Sox Series Preview

By Eric Mercer and Kyle Matte

Published: Apr 15, 2016, 9:08 am EDT

Toronto Blue Jays @ Boston Red Sox April 15th – April 18th That was better, wasn’t it? The Blue Jays bats seem to be coming alive after a very slow start. Toronto took the last two games against the Yankees to win the series and get their record to 5-5. Marcus Stroman was nothing short […]

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Drew Storen Named Setup Man; A Temporary Loss for Progressive Thinking

By Kyle Matte

Published: Mar 31, 2016, 6:00 am EDT

Just yesterday it was announced that Roberto Osuna, the 21-year old Mexican who single handedly kept the bullpen looking somewhat respectable over the first two months of the 2015 season, would again be acting as the fireman at the back-end of John Gibbons’ bullpen to start the 2016 season. While Osuna did absolutely nothing to lose the […]

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How the Blue Jays Can Emulate the Rays Pitching Success

By Kyle Matte

Published: Mar 21, 2016, 6:30 am EDT

The 2016 season opens for the Blue Jays in Tampa Bay against the Rays, and it’s an interesting coincidence, at least in the purview of this article, given the way that the new Toronto front office appears to be constructing its pitching staff. It’s certainly not a bad strategy to mimic; despite getting just 24 total […]

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Brett Cecil’s Second-Half Magic and Baseball’s Best Curveball

By Kyle Matte

Published: Mar 9, 2016, 4:00 am EST

Due to a calf injury suffered during an innocent looking run-down between first and second base, Brett Cecil‘s 2015 season ended on October 9th during game 2 of the ALDS. The Toronto Blue Jays’ season ended two weeks later, on October 23rd. Given the transcendent level at which he had been pitching, it doesn’t take […]

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Drew Hutchison’s Slider Nonsense

By Kyle Matte

Published: Nov 30, 2015, 9:00 am EST

I’ve only been an emotionally-invested fan of baseball for about 15 years, and prior to this October my experience with the post season was almost entirely imaginary; yet I can say with some significant level of confidence that a pitcher… Continue reading →

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The Knuckleball Effect — on Russell Martin

By Kyle Matte

Published: Nov 4, 2015, 9:00 am EST

From the Niekro brothers, to Tim Wakefield, and now to R.A. Dickey, baseball has had a prominent knuckleballer in the game dating back as far as the mid-sixties. Coming hand-in-hand with these blue-grass physicists is the mythos of the knuckleball… Continue reading →

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