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There are no easy wins when you're bad

Ep. 217

Isn't this supposed to be the easy part of the schedule? 


The Toronto Blue Jays rolled into Detroit and dropped three of four to the Tigers, highlighted by a heartbreaking walk-off loss on Sunday that spoiled an incredible comeback.


We talked about the bullpen meltdown, Alek Manoah's rough outing, the broadcast crew navigating a power outage, and the run that Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is putting together at the plate right now. After that, we looked ahead to this week's series against the lowly Chicago White Sox and a little further down the road as well. 

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