Another pitcher bites the dust

We’ve got yet another injury to the Blue Jays pitching staff. This time, it’s T.J. Zeuch.

Zeuch has been placed on the 10-day Injured List with right shoulder tendinitis and Santiago Espinal has been called up from the Alternate Training Site in a subsequent move.
That means that the Blue Jays currently have Kirby Yates, Patrick Murphy, Ross Stripling, Jordan Romano, Tyler Chatwood, Julian Merryweather, Nate Pearson, and Tom Hatch on the Injured List among pitchers on the 40-man roster. Only Elvis Luciano, Ty Tice, and Travis Bergen remain as pitchers on the 40-man who aren’t currently either injured or on the active roster.
Zeuch hasn’t exactly been all that good this year, as he’s allowed nine earned runs over 12 innings of work and he’s walked more guys than he’s struck out, but the fact pitchers are dropping like flies is obviously worrying. Of course, this isn’t just a Blue Jays thing so save your ‘hurrr durrrr more like the low-performance department!!!’ jokes. This is a thing all around baseball and it likely has to do with last season being significantly shorter than normal seasons.
Anyway, that’s eight pitchers on …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Vladdy has arrived. What’s he doing differently now and will it be sustained?

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is playing on another level right now.

A triple slash of .389/.507/.667 is Bonds-esque, his 232 wRC+ ranks fourth in all of baseball behind, Acuna Jr, Trout and Mercedes. His 1.2 WAR is tied for second and matches what Vlad did in 2019 and 2020 combined. What’s most impressive about this stretch isn’t necessarily the power and the big exit velocity, it’s his plate discipline. Vlad has 11 walks and 11 strikeouts. This is the Vlad Guerrero Jr. everyone saw in the minor leagues.
We have never seen Vlad hit this well for this length of time in the big leagues. Seriously, look at his stats by week on this FanGraphs leaderboard; three of the six best weeks of Vlad’s career have been this season.  So what is Vlad doing differently this time around? Is this just another hot streak and how does this streak compare to other successful stretches for Vlad?
First, we need to establish the best stretches of Vlad’s career. Using the leaderboard above, I went through and found the five best stretches of Vlad’s young career.

Year
Dates
Plate Appearances
wRC+

2019
May 11 – May 31
76
163

2019
July 19 – August 4
66
241

2019
August 10 – August 30
61
152

2020
August 16 – August 30
63
172

2021
April  1 – April 18
67
232

Vlad has had …

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Author: Paul Berthelot / Blue Jays Nation

The Blue Jays now have eight pitchers on the Injured List

Another one bites the dust. And then another one.

We learned today that, unsurprisingly, Ross Stripling is going on the 10-day Injured List due to the forearm issue that kept him from starting Wednesday afternoon’s game against the Yankees. Anthony Kay was called up in his spot and will start Thursday’s series opener in Kansas City.
Okay, okay. Not much to see here.
But, shortly after that, we learned that Jordan Romano was also going on the 10-day IL with ulnar neuritis.
I’m not a doctor, but that sounds ugly! A quick google search indicates that this is an elbow issue, which, of course, isn’t what you like to see. It seems that this is something that’ll take around six weeks to deal with, but we’ll get more information later on.
Joel Payamps was also called up to the team in place of Romano.
So, here’s where we’re at now…

Blue Jays are building a pretty decent pitching staff on IL:
SPNate Pearson (adductor)Ross Stripling (forearm)Thomas Hatch (elbow)Patrick Murphy (shoulder)
RPKirby Yates (Tommy John)Jordan Romano (ulnar nerve)Julian Merryweather (oblique)Tyler Chatwood (triceps)
— Arden Zwelling (@ArdenZwelling) April 15, 2021

There …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Toronto Raptors: What does Khem Birch bring to the team?

Toronto Raptors: What does Khem Birch bring to the team?

It’s always good to have another Canadian on the Toronto Raptors’ books. Khem Birch has had a solid four years with the Orlando Magic. A mobile centre at 6’9 and 235 pounds, Birch is an important type of player to have on a winning team. An energy big who can switch on D, rebound, dunk, can […]
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Author: Avishai Sol / Raptors HQ

Jack Campbell is making Leafs history – Rate That Leafs Game

With another win under his belt, Jack Campbell improves to 9-0-0 this season and ties the Maple Leafs franchise record for most consecutive wins. Does he make it to ten-straight?
Auston Matthews also scored two goals last night and now leads the Rocket Richard race with 27 goals this season. Does he win the goal-scoring title?
And finally, Jason Spezza, who’s a 37-year-old in the NHL, adds another point to his total this season (which is 21 points in 38 games). Is he the best veteran player in the NHL?
Happy power play goal day. I hope you enjoy the video!

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors: Twitter reaction to buzzer-beater from Gary Trent Jr. proves fanbase loves him

Toronto Raptors: Twitter reaction to buzzer-beater from Gary Trent Jr. proves fanbase loves him

The Toronto Raptors looked destined for another loss in their apparent quest to tank against the Washington Wizards, but a furious fourth-quarter comeback led by Malachi Flynn and Aron Baynes, of all people, was capped off by the first signature moment in the Raptors career of Gary Trent Jr. After an all-time flop from Raul […]
Toronto Raptors: Twitter reaction to buzzer-beater from Gary Trent Jr. proves fanbase loves him – Raptors Rapture – Raptors Rapture – A Toronto Raptors Fan Site – News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Will the Leafs be able to re-sign Zach Hyman?

After another great game by the Toronto Maple Leafs, I decided to dig a little bit deeper on the player that is Zach Hyman. How good has he really been? How good could his play be in the future? The numbers are both exciting, and scary.
He’s an incredible player, and someone who can change the way a team plays every night. However, his play is going to be worth a lot of money and I’m not sure the Leafs will be able to afford it next season.
Which is why I’ve posed the question — Will the Leafs be able to re-sign Zach Hyman?

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

Channel Six Podcast: Leafs are winning the wrong way

We’re back with another installment of the Channel Six Podcast.
This week we went guestless and kick off the show with Mer’s recap of the very brief return to play for the Toronto Six, their impact, and what we can expect from them in the future. Following that we dived into the good and bad of the Toronto Maple Leafs:
The Good: The Leafs are on a 3 game win streak.
The Bad: Their offense has looked shaky and they are winning in OT.
The Good: Jack Campbell has looked good.
The Bad: Hutchinson is starting because Campbell might still be hurt.
The Good: Alex Galchenyuk looks like a good fit for the Leafs.
The Bad: Whomever else they bring in is probably going to cost more than Egor Korshkov and David Warofsky.
Yes, we got at all this and more in 40 minutes of gripping discussion.

Channel 6 Toronto · Episode 3: The saddest three game win streak
If listening to us in your browser doesn’t cut it for you, you can find us on Apple and Spotify as well. And we’ll be back in a couple of weeks with even more Channel Six for your ears.

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

NHL Announces Changes to Leafs Schedule

Another day, another tweet notification from the Leafs Twitter account that quickly turns anticipation into disappointment. Certainly not a feeling us Leafs fans can identify with.
The NHL announced updates to their 2020-21 schedule on Sunday, presumably to shoehorn this week’s postponed Canadiens games back into the schedule:

The @NHL has announced updates to the Leafs schedule
TOR at WPG, scheduled for April 21 at 8 p.m., will now start at 7 p.m.
MTL at TOR, scheduled for May 7, is now scheduled for May 6 at 7 p.m.
TOR at OTT, scheduled for May 5, is now scheduled for May 10 at 8 p.m. https://t.co/1BSGtIOuzV
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) March 28, 2021

As laid out above, the changes impact three Leafs games, with one time slot change (TOR @ WPG, moving the game back an hour to have it start at the right and natural time of 7PM ET) and two game date changes (MTL @ TOR moves from May 7 to May 6, TOR @ OTT moves from May 5 to May 10).
The good thing about the first date change is that it takes a back-to-back off the Leafs’ schedule. The Leafs were scheduled to play Montreal on Friday and Saturday that week, but now will face …

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Author: Mark Norman / The Leafs Nation

Jack Campbell is 6-0-0 this season, and the Leafs are good – Rate That Leafs Game

So, here we are, talking about another Maple Leafs win against the Edmonton Oilers. Although both Tyson Barrie and Leon Draisaitl scored, Toronto found a way to get the win, and more importantly — still keep Jack Campbell perfect on the season.
It started with the Maple Leafs being down 3-1, but they clawed back with goals from John Tavares, William Nylander and Auston Matthews. Oh, and a few assists from Alex Galchenyuk (he had a game.)
Overall, Toronto is now back atop the North Division and life is good. But it’ll be better if you watch my video.

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation