The Blue Jays won but so did the Red Sox and Yankees

The Blue Jays did their job, kicking the ever-loving piss out of the Baltimore Orioles, but, unfortunately, life isn’t fair, so the season is over.

Things were looking good for a hot second, as the Nationals held a 5-1 lead over the Red Sox, and the Rays and Yankees were locked at 0-0. At this time, the Blue Jays were looking like they were going to tag the O’s for like 100 runs and at least one of Boston or New York would lose.
But, again, life isn’t fair and baseball is designed to not just break your heart, but to rip your heart out and crush it right in front of your eyes.
The Red Sox rallied with a three-run seventh inning to tie the game at 5-5. Meanwhile, the Yankees walked off the Rays with an Aaron Judge single in the bottom of the ninth. With that, New York clinched a wild-card spot, and then the Red Sox went ahead 7-5 on a Rafael Devers homer.
So, that’s that! Boston and New York will square off in the Wild Card game on Wednesday and we’ll watch from a distance and think “what if?”
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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

News and Notes: Matthews skates, some new lines, and a timeline for the Leafs cuts

News and Notes: Matthews skates, some new lines, and a timeline for the Leafs cuts

Understandably most Toronto sports eyes on the Blue Jays today and because of that there might not be a lot of interest in what’s going on in Leafs camp today. That’s fine. It’s hard to keep up interest in training camp and the preseason when nothing else is happening and today with a full day of meaningful baseball games that will decide the postseason fate of the Jays probably means the Leafs take a backseat.
That said…

Auston Matthews has departed practice early
Seney now taking reps between Ritchie-Marner
Gogolev with Gusev-Abramov
Leafs remaining pre-season games: Monday, Tuesday and Saturday
— Mark Masters (@markhmasters) October 3, 2021

Auston Matthews participating in the contract drills and staying out with the Leafs longer is encouraging. The fact that the Leafs are saying that it has happened ahead of schedule is also something you’d love to see.

Sheldon Keefe today on Auston Matthews: “He did a lot more today than we were expecting. He wanted to keep going, he felt good. He shot the puck a lot harder, I thought, today. It was the first time I saw him really leaning into one-timers.”
— Jonas Siegel (@jonassiegel) October 3, 2021

The fact that Nick Ritchie …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

It all comes down to Game 162

The Blue Jays need to win on Sunday.

I mean, we’ve known all along that Toronto needs to pull off a sweep against the Baltimore Orioles this weekend in order to make the playoffs, but, now it’s a literal must-win situation. No matter what New York, Boston, or Seattle does, the Blue Jays will be out of the picture with a loss on Sunday.
The Blue Jays have done their job thus far. They squeezed out a needlessly stressful win on Friday night and then they handed out a shit-kicking on Saturday afternoon to put their record at 90-71 on the season. The Yankees have dropped both of their games against the Rays and the Red Sox have won both of their games against the Nationals, so they sit at 91-70 each.
Tomorrow we have…
Hyun Jin Ryu vs Bruce Zimmermann. We haven’t seen Zimmermann yet this season but he has a 4.66 ERA over the course of 13 outings and his peripherals (7.8 K/9, 3.1 BB/9, 5.22 FIP) are even worse than what his boxcars indicate. The Blue Jays should hit this guy, and they might need to because we have no idea what to expect from Ryu. After a stint …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

The Blue Jays signed Robinson Cano’s 17-year-old brother, Gregory Cano

The Blue Jays are sticking with the bloodlines trend, but, this time it’s with the younger brother of a very good player.

According to Hector Gomez, a well-connected reporter from the Dominican Republic, the Blue Jays have signed Gregory Cano, the 17-year-old brother of former New York Yankee All-Star Robinson Cano. For those who forgot about him, Robinson Cano is currently serving a full-season suspension for testing positive for the performance-enhancing drug stanozolol.

Blue Jays sign 17 -year- old prospect 3B Gregory Cano for a $350,000 bonus. He’s the younger brother of Robinson Cano, per @AimeRivas. pic.twitter.com/YtiZpEGT3h
— Héctor Gómez (@hgomez27) September 30, 2021

There isn’t much info out there about the young Cano, save for who his family member are, the fact he plays third base, and that this deal reportedly features a $350,000 signing bonus (for context, Vladdy’s signing bonus was $3,900,000 back in 2015).
Gregory Cano is also the sun of Jose Cano, a well-respected coach in the Dominican. Jose Cano spent 10 years in the minor league systems of the Yankees, Braves, and Astros and appeared in six big league games with Houston in 1989 and, most recently, he was on the coaching staff for the Dominican team that …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Jacob Barnes, who cleared waivers earlier this season, is back with the Blue Jays

On June 19th, the Blue Jays traded 24-year-old Troy Miller for relief pitcher Jacob Barnes. On July 26th, he was DFA’ed. Let’s be real, we all thought he’d never pitch another inning for the Blue Jays. Below is the article I wrote about this trade…

What were his Blue Jays stats? Is a 6.00 ERA in 9 IP good? I would say no, but when you look at peripherals, you can see that he wasn’t actually that in his short time for the Jays.  While his BB/9 was high (6), he had a K/9 of 13. Most surprising to me however is the fact he had a 4.05 FIP and 4.17 xFIP, so not nearly as bad as one would think.
Fast forward to September 29th, guess who’s back, back again? Jakey is back, back again.
If you think about early season Blue Jays relievers, Dolis, Chatwood or maybe even Jersey Beasley comes to mind. Yet, Jacob Barnes got the call up to the majors. That begs the question, how did he do in Buffalo?
Pretty darn good. He’s pitched 14.1 innings since the demotion. In that time, he’s allowed one earned run for a 0.63 ERA. As for his peripherals, …

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Author: Brennan Delaney / Blue Jays Nation

Minor League Review: The Florida Complex League

While I absolutely love the Toronto Blue Jays, I’ve always been interested in the sustainability of a sports team. One championship isn’t enough, give me six in a span of ten years. In baseball, sustainability comes from an organization’s ability to scout. The Blue Jays have been able to do just that.

In a series of five articles, I’ll be covering prospects from all the minor league affiliates of the Toronto Blue Jays, including the summer league teams, which is the topic of this article. I will be using both MLB Pipeline and Baseball America’s list of top prospects, however, a lot of the players mentioned in these articles will not be ranked. With that being said, I believe these are prospects that Blue Jays fans should keep an eye on.
Unlike every other article in this series, this article will cover both the “embryo” Blue Jays in Florida as well as the Dominican Republic.
Florida Complex League’s top prospects:
Starting with the Florida Complex League Blue Jays, let’s look at the players on Pipeline’s top 30 that played for their rookie team in Florida.
Estiven Machado:
18-year-old Estiven Machado is the Blue …

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Author: Brennan Delaney / Blue Jays Nation

BJN Radio – Ep. 49: There’s no room left for error

This weekend didn’t go as planned.

The Blue Jays managed a split against the Minnesota Twins while the Yankees rolled into Boston and pulled off a sweep. Toronto is now a game behind Boston for the second wild-card spot while the Yankees are a game up on the Red Sox for the top seed.
We talked about the series, going through the downs, such as Lourdes Gurriel’s injury and the team’s lack of clutch hitting, and then the ups, like Alek Manoah’s huge start on Sunday and George Springer busting out of his slump upon his return to the outfield.
We also looked ahead to the final week of the season, which will feature a must-win series between the Blue Jays and Yankees in Toronto. This is the first time the Yankees will be in Toronto in two years and the Blue Jays are opening capacity to 30,000 fans. There’s a perfect opportunity for a storybook ending here.
You can listen to the episode here…

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

The Blue Jays split with the Twins, New York swept Boston, and now there’s zero room for error in the upcoming Yankees series

The Blue Jays were gifted a chance to finish the season very strong thanks to a weak schedule in their final 10 games.

They squeaked out one win at The Trop last week, which is understandable given the Rays are the best team in the American League and playing there is a nightmare, and then began that aforementioned “easy” stretch, which features seven of 10 games against the Twins and Orioles.
Things didn’t go as planned.
The bats completely disappeared on Thursday and Friday, as the Blue Jays managed to just score three runs in total on the Twins, a team with dreadful pitching, in the first two games of the series. Steven Matz had a poor start on Thursday and then Thomas Hatch got smacked around on and then the team wasted a pretty good outing from Jose Berrios on Friday.
Sitting in must-win situations on Saturday and Sunday, the Blue Jays did manage to come through.
Robbie Ray didn’t have his best stuff but managed to toss six innings of one-run ball and the offence finally arrived with six runs. Alek Manoah put together a solid start on Sunday, going five-and-two-thirds innings allowing two earned runs, and a …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

The Blue Jays are increasing capacity to 30,000 for their six remaining regular season home games

The Rogers Centre is about to get a little rowdier.

The Blue Jays announced on Friday that the capacity for home games at the Rogers Centre will be increased to 30,000 for the remaining six home games of the regular season. They begin a three-game set with the Yankees on Tuesday and then they’ll finish off with a three-game series with the Orioles on the weekend.

Let’s get Toronto loud to help the Blue Jays punch that postseason ticket!
Tickets available now: https://t.co/M7PlRcHWYx pic.twitter.com/4sRyWrkX5k
— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) September 24, 2021

This is obviously great news because it means the vibe at The Dome is going to be even wilder than it has been for their homecoming so far this summer. Having been a few games, it’s been pretty incredible how a stadium with a cap of 15,000 fans feels anywhere near a sellout.
Let’s hope that this gives the Blue Jays a boost for these very, very important games at the end of the season and that it propels the team to take the first wild-card spot. Hosting that game with 30,000 fans would be fucking amazing.

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

BJN Radio – Ep. 47: Hyun Jin Ryu’s struggles, Gerrit Cole’s spaz, Josh Donaldson’s ovation, and more!

Another series, another couple of wins for the Blue Jays! That’s the way it’s been for the past month-and-a-bit and the hope is that it continues as the Blue Jays head to The House of Horrors.

The Blue Jays got the job done this weekend, taking two of three from the lowly Minnesota Twins. Things started off ugly as Hyun Jin Ryu got knocked around on Friday but Steven Matz and Jose Berrios led the team to back-to-back wins on Saturday and Sunday, so all ended well.
We talked about Ryu’s struggles, the “injury” that landed him on the 10-day Injured List, and what to expect from him moving forward. We also talked about Matz’s excellent run and what it means for him in the off-season. Finally, we talked about the Blue Jays lineup and why it needs to involve Alejandro Kirk more often than not.
We then took a look at the out-of-town scoreboard and gave a hat tip to Cleveland, who did us a solid by beating the Yankees on Saturday and Sunday. We finished off by talking about the series ahead against the Rays at The Trop, a place that’s never fun …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation