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Baseball Central's Kevin Barker joins us to discuss the Blue Jays' Wild Card roster and game one lineup. SportsNet LA's Ned Colletti on the expanded Postseason format, and the Blue Jays' decision to hold Hyun-Jin Ryu back to start game two (20:29). Hockey Central's Brian Burke on the Tampa Bay Lightning's Stanley Cup win (36:29). Blue Jays radio voice Ben Wagner previews game one (48:51). The Tampa Bay Times' Marc Topkin on the Rays' season, and what to expect from ace Blake Snell (1:08:50).
We discuss the successful conclusion of the MLB regular season, and tee up the Blue Jays-Rays best-of-three series (0:33). Tim Leiper on the Blue Jays' matchup with the Rays, and how he'd handle the team's rotation (21:13). Blue Jays TV voice Buck Martinez on the Blue Jays and Rays ahead of Tuesday's opener (37:47). Hockey Night In Canada's Elliotte Friedman on the Lightning being on the verge of winning the Stanley Cup, and the factors that will determine the start of the 2021 NHL season (49:40). Blue Jays President/CEO Mark Shapiro on the organization's year, the team clinching a Postseason berth, Charlie Montoyo's managerial performance, and the future of himself and GM Ross Atkins in Toronto (1:09:01).
The Blue Jays wrap up a Postseason berth with another win over the Yankees. Bleacher Report's Howard Beck on the NBA Conference Finals, and what the future holds for free-agent-to-be Fred VanVleet (19:14). ESPN 710's John Clayton on this weekend's NFL slate, including Bills-Rams and the highly-anticipated Chiefs-Ravens Monday Nighter (37:05). Blue Jays/MLB play-by-play voice Dan Shulman on the Blue Jays clinching a Postseason spot, and what to expect in their likely meeting with the Tampa Bay Rays (50:30). The Sportsnet Radio Network's Corey Hirsch on the Stanley Cup Final heading into a weekend back-to-back, and the reports of what life was like inside the NHL bubble (1:17:15).
The Blue Jays beat the Yankees and need one win to get into the Postseason. Tyler Herro stars as the Heat move a win away from the NBA Finals (3:07PM). Buffalo Bills RB Devin Singletary on the differences between this NFL season and last year, and on the team's 2-0 start (13:46). Sportsnet's Chris Johnston on Steven Stamkos' iconic Stanley Cup moment, and the circumstances surrounding the 2020-21 NHL season (26:56). FOX Sports' Joe Buck on being selected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and the differences in calling games in a pandemic (49:24). Blue Jays Central's Joe Siddall on the news that Nate Pearson is returning to the Blue Jays' roster, and if he would use Alejandro Kirk as a catcher in the Postseason (1:10:51).
The Blue Jays fall to the Yankees, but get some help from the Astros. Jamal Murray's huge night keeps the Nuggets in the Western Conference Finals. ESPN's Emily Kaplan on how NHL players felt about life in the Bubbles (21:56). Orangeville Prep/The Athlete Institute's Tony McIntyre on Jamal Murray's development as a player, and his path from Canadian high school to the University of Kentucky to NBA stardom (38:08). Blue Jays TV analyst Buck Martinez on how the rotation sets up for the Postseason, what a three-game series against the Rays could look like, how to use Alejandro Kirk, and the Playoff-readiness of Nate Pearson and Rowdy Tellez (54:04). TVA Sports' Renaud Lavoie on the Stanley Cup Final, Frederik Andersen's future in Toronto, and whether we could see free agent Alex Pietrangelo on the Maple Leafs (1:11:32).