Jays Talk Plus: Pitcher & Catcher POV on Kikuchi + Jackie Bradley Jr. is a Jay

Blue Jays Talk

Aug 9 2022 • 1 hr 38 mins

Blake Murphy is joined by Sportsnet.ca's Ben Nicholson-Smith to share his reaction on the Blue Jays signing Jackie Bradley Jr. and discusses his fit with the team (00:15). Then, Blake recaps the series opener against the Orioles and Yusei Kikuchi's struggles, before we hear post-game comments from interim manager John Schneider (07:10). Ricky Romero of MLB Network and the "Spin Rate" podcast jumps on to discuss the lack of depth starters with Kikuchi continuing to search for a good outing, ways to build off a rough start, and what he expects out of Alek Manoah in tonight's matchup (25:28). Former catcher and current Sportsnet analyst Caleb Joseph weighs in on how much a catcher can help a pitcher who's not finding his groove, their ability to read how batters are adjusting from behind the plate, and how hot it gets at Camden Yards (51:00). Afterward, we check in on the Blue Jays prospects with Doug Fox, author of the "Summer Ontario Baseball Broke the Colour Barrier" and writer for Future Blue Jays. He shares his thoughts on Ricky Tiedemann's AA debut, where he's at in his development, and if Yosver Zulueta & Hayden Juenger are candidates to help the main roster's bullpen in September (01:10:12).

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