Brandon Jopko

Brandon Jopko

Senior Writer for Baseball Hot Corner and die-hard Blue Jays fan longing for another chance to experience his team in playoff glory. You can visit his blog at pumpedupjays.com or follow him on Twitter @pumpedupjays

David Price
By Brandon Jopko On Tuesday, December 8th, 2015
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Blue Jays Missed Opportunity With David Price

Everyone is aware by now that the Toronto Blue Jays failed to even offer David Price a contract to remain a member of the team. President Mark Shapiro was clear on this when he told John Lott of the National Post More...

AL East champs
By Brandon Jopko On Monday, October 5th, 2015
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Weighing Post-Season Expectations For The Blue Jays

With the Toronto Blue Jays having clinched the AL East this past week, I wanted to write an article explaining to Jays’ fans that we should have no expectations for the team in the post-season; we should just More...

Photo via TOM SZCZERBOWSKI/GETTY IMAGES
By Brandon Jopko On Wednesday, September 30th, 2015
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Surmising The Blue Jays Playoff Roster

Photo via TOM SZCZERBOWSKI/GETTY IMAGES With the Toronto Blue Jays about to clinch the AL East division any game now, and possibly today in Baltimore, I’ve begun to think about who might make their playoff roster. More...

Pat Jordan
By Brandon Jopko On Monday, August 31st, 2015
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Book Review: Pat Jordan’s “A False Spring”

Upon completion of my top 10 list of baseball literature, someone recommended to me that I read Pat Jordan’s book entitled, A False Spring, which was his real life account of the time he spent in the minor leagues More...

TORONTO, CANADA - JUNE 8: Drew Hutchison #36 of the Toronto Blue Jays makes his way from the bullpen to the dugout before the start of MLB game action against the St. Louis Cardinals on June 8, 2014 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
By Brandon Jopko On Tuesday, July 28th, 2015
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Drew Hutchison’s Road Troubles Go Back To 2014

TORONTO, CANADA – JUNE 8: Drew Hutchison #36 of the Toronto Blue Jays makes his way from the bullpen to the dugout before the start of MLB game action against the St. Louis Cardinals on June 8, 2014 at Rogers More...

Addison Russell
By Brandon Jopko On Sunday, July 19th, 2015
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How Often Are Top 50 Prospects Traded?

Brandon Decker over at Beyond the Box Score wrote in March about trading top prospects for veteran starting pitchers and deduced that teams tend to over value their prospects when too often they don’t meet expectations. More...

cueto
By Brandon Jopko On Wednesday, June 17th, 2015
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Thinking Big To Help The Toronto Blue Jays

Grantland’s Jonah Keri wrote today of the Toronto Blue Jays’ season and of them being just two games above .500 despite the league’s best offense, “thank a terrible pitching staff, consisting of a phalanx More...

mccullers
By Brandon Jopko On Monday, June 15th, 2015
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Should Houston Astros Begin To Worry?

The Houston Astros at 36-28 still lead the division by 2.5 games over the surging Texas Rangers which is still very good. There might be no reason to worry considering that more injuries could unceremoniously hit More...

archer
By Brandon Jopko On Saturday, June 6th, 2015
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Chris Archer Got Mike Trout This Time

On June 2nd, Tampa Bay Rays’ pitcher, Chris Archer, set a career-high with 15 strikeouts in his 6-1 win over the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. What’s interesting is not so much that Archer struck out 15, it’s More...

jon niese justin turner
By Brandon Jopko On Sunday, May 24th, 2015
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Dodgers & Mets Should Be Trade Partners

It’s been well documented the needs of the Los Angeles Dodgers – to bolster its starting staff behind Greinke and Kershaw – especially with the news of Hyun-jin Ryu’s injury and to augment their back end More...

sanchez pic
By Brandon Jopko On Thursday, May 21st, 2015
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Aaron Sanchez’ Improving Pitch Mix

In the second half of last year, the Toronto Blue Jays called upon prized pitching prospect, Aaron Sanchez, to pitch out of their bullpen and boy did he ever impress. In 33 MLB innings, he only surrendered 14 hits More...

CHICAGO, IL - MAY 17:  Welington Castillo #5 of the Chicago Cubs follows through on an RBI double scoring teammates Starlin Castro and Nate Schierholtz as catcher Jonathan Lucroy #20 of the Milwaukee Brewers watches the ball during the first inning at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Brian Kersey/Getty Images)
By Brandon Jopko On Tuesday, May 19th, 2015
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Mariners Add Offense With Welington Castillo Trade

CHICAGO, IL – MAY 17: Welington Castillo #5 of the Chicago Cubs follows through on an RBI double scoring teammates Starlin Castro and Nate Schierholtz as catcher Jonathan Lucroy #20 of the Milwaukee Brewers More...

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By Brandon Jopko On Wednesday, May 13th, 2015
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Colorado Rockies Failing Miserably

The poor Colorado Rockies seem to be suffering from the same old story this season – the hitters hit and the pitchers can’t pitch – although I hate generalizing a team based upon recent history. Everyone More...

heyward
By Brandon Jopko On Saturday, May 9th, 2015
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Jason Heyward Is Overrated

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports recently wrote of a scout telling him that “They (the Cardinals) will rue the day they made that trade.” of Shelby Miller and prospect Tyrell Jenkins for Jason Heyward and More...

Andrew Miller
By Brandon Jopko On Saturday, May 2nd, 2015
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New York Yankees Not To Be Discounted

Apr 27, 2015; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Andrew Miller (48) delivers a pitch in the ninth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. The New York Yankees won 4-1. Mandatory Credit: More...








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