Digging into Hyun Jin Ryu’s recent struggles

Hyun Jin Ryu has been struggling here down the stretch.

Over his last eight starts, he’s pitched to an 8.10 ERA, giving up seven runs in three separate starts. In four starts he failed to make it past the fourth inning.
He’s been putting the team in early deficits and putting more pressure on the bullpen to cover more innings. It hasn’t all been bad for Ryu he did have a couple of good starts in this stretch, shutting out Detroit over seven innings on August 21st, and then shutting down the Yankees over six on September 6th. However his last two starts against Baltimore and Minnesota he gave up 12 runs over 4.1 innings.
For a team in a tight playoff race, you can’t afford to keep pitching Ryu and see if he will figure it out. The Blue Jays have given him a chance to reset and placed Ryu on the 10-day injured list with a strained neck.
When a pitcher like Ryu has stretches like this it’s usually tied to his velocity. Ryu for his career has much more success when his fastball is averaging above 90 miles per hour. His two best starts in this …

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Author: Paul Berthelot / Blue Jays Nation

Leaflets: Thoughts heading into training camp

It’s been three and half months since we’ve been adequately disappointed by the Leafs, and it’s almost time for some fresh hurt. How will the team wrong us this year? Will this be the year a concession stands worker injures Auston Matthews? Will Mitch Marner be thrown in a Chinese prison during the Olympic break? How will the Leafs keep the hurt fresh, yet quintessentially Leafy? Training camp is our first step on this voyage, and while this entire year feels like it will be a wait and see for the playoffs kind of year, there are going to be important stories to pick up at the start of training camp.
How will the Leafs adjust to Matthews not being in camp?
Auston Matthews’ decision to have surgery in August is potentially going to keep him out of the early on-ice work and preseason games to start training camp and while there doesn’t seem to be any risk to him not being ready for the start of the season, the question remains about how do the Leafs get their lineup sorted for game one.
It will be interesting to see if the Leafs at least explore …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Hyun Jin Ryu is headed to the 10-day Injured List

I guess this would explain what’s been going on with Hyun Jin Ryu lately?

After getting lit up in back-to-back starts, first by the Orioles and then by the Twins, the Blue Jays have placed Ryu on the 10-day Injured List with neck tightness.

ROSTER MOVES:
LHP Hyun Jin Ryu (neck tightness) placed on 10-day IL
LHP Tayler Saucedo recalled from Triple-A and will be active today pic.twitter.com/5obkH105uJ
— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) September 19, 2021

I wrote yesterday about Ryu’s struggles and what the Blue Jays should do next. Ryu said after Friday’s outing that he didn’t feel he was dealing with an injury, which was sort of the assumption after word came out that he was dealing with forearm tightness after his start in New York a couple of weeks ago.
Regardless, Ryu will miss his next start, which was supposed to be on Wednesday in Tampa Bay against the Rays.
Jose Berrios goes Sunday, Robbie Ray kicks off the Tampa series on Monday, and then Alek Manoah, who was pushed back, starts Tuesday. The hole on Wednesday could be filled by Ross Stripling or possibly Thomas Hatch, who’s currently with the …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Raptors: 3 reasons Toronto could win head-to-head games vs. 76ers

Raptors: 3 reasons Toronto could win head-to-head games vs. 76ers

The Toronto Raptors have been the dominant team in the NBA’s Eastern Conference and the Atlantic Division for nearly a decade. Since 2013 the Raptors had appeared in seven consecutive playoffs, won the Atlantic Division six times, and appeared in two Eastern Conference Finals, and won a championship. They were an Eastern Conference playoff fixture […]
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Author: Jason Mills / Raptors HQ

Raptors: 3 unbreakable per game records in Toronto franchise history

Raptors: 3 unbreakable per game records in Toronto franchise history

The Toronto Raptors have not been around very long as a franchise, but they can still claim to have littered their organization with some quality players that helped set the foundation for what this team became in the future. While most of the Raptors’ success in the standings has come in the last few years […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors: Masai Ujiri building 100 courts in Africa is heartwarming

Raptors: Masai Ujiri building 100 courts in Africa is heartwarming

The NBA has been looking to expand the game beyond North America and Europe over the last few seasons, and they’ve been identifying Africa as a place wherein interest could explode. In addition to his day job helping the Toronto Raptors remain successful, Masai Ujiri has played an integral role in this venture. Ujiri has […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Kirill Semyonov, the Leafs forgotten center

There have been a lot of small moves over the summer, a lot of change, and it’s easy to see how someone could get lost in the shuffle of the bottom of the Leafs roster. To some extent that is what has happened with Kirill Semyonov, who along with Brennan Menell, is one of the Leafs newest KHL imports. As we counted down the prospects, Semyonov was excluded on account of him being too old for our definition of prospects, and while we’ve just started our countdown of top roster players, I don’t think I’m being a particularly big spoiler by acknowledging that Semyonov failed to make the cut on that list as well, with our voting panel favouring players like Pierre Engvall and Adam Brooks to almost completely unknown asset that is Kirill Semyonov.
The Semyonov signing didn’t have a lot of the hallmarks of other Russian signings. He wasn’t exactly setting the KHL on fire. Sure, he just won a Gagarin Cup, and he was an All-Star in the KHL in 2019, but only twice in his career has he exceed a .5 ppg total for the season, and only once has he had …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Raptors: 3 best assets Mavericks could give up in Goran Dragic trade

Raptors: 3 best assets Mavericks could give up in Goran Dragic trade

The idea of a Goran Dragic trade has been circling around the Toronto Raptors from the very second he arrived in town, as given his desire to win a championship and the fact that Masai Ujiri might not be gunning for the Larry O’Brien Trophy this year, a trade might be the best scenario for […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors: ESPN predicts Toronto will somehow regress in 2021

Raptors: ESPN predicts Toronto will somehow regress in 2021

The Toronto Raptors have been many things over the years, but “media darlings” is rarely a tag that gets applied to this franchise. Once again, the Raptors will have an avalanche of doubters to overcome, though they have more ammo with which to assail them than they did in prior seasons. The Raptors lost franchise […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Diversity and inclusion in hockey: How Chanel Keenan and the Kraken are making waves

If you’re like me, you’ve been  excitedly watching the Seattle Kraken prepare to join the league officially. One of the most exciting parts of their establishment has been how openly committed they are to inclusion and diversity. So much so, that one of their first hires was a person responsible for just that. We’re very lucky to have had a chance to speak with Chanel Keenan about her role with the Kraken, and diversity and inclusion in hockey as a whole.
To start, tell us a little about you and your hockey fan experience.
I grew up around the game at a very young age. I am the youngest and only girl in my family. All of my brothers played hockey. However, due to my interests at the time and me having a physical disability prevented me from playing the game. I come from Dorchester, MA, the hometown of Leafs drafted legend Jimmy Hayes. By living in the Boston area, hockey is one of the bigger sports for us.
And explain for our readers who might not be familiar – what is your role with the Kraken? Can you also explain, beyond just the description, what types of …

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Author: Mer / The Leafs Nation