Pre-Series Notes: Hyun Jin Ryu is apparently set to return as the Blue Jays head to The Trop

Times are difficult for the Blue Jays right now.

They’ve now dropped four games in a row and seven of their last nine after getting swept in a two-game series in New York. Things don’t get any easier as the Blue Jays now head down to Tampa Bay to face the Rays in the House of Horrors.
Last season, the Blue Jays went 8-11 against the Rays, but, surprisingly, they were a modest 4-5 at The Trop. Also, the Rays aren’t exactly rolling along at their best right now, as they dropped a three-game set with the Los Angeles Angels in which lost one game 11-3 and they got no-hit in another.

What a moment!
A no-hitter for Reid Detmers!
(MLB x @budweiserusa) pic.twitter.com/UZ9ohyejRd
— MLB (@MLB) May 11, 2022

The head-to-head…
Kevin Gausman vs Drew Rasmussen
Kevin Gausman will open up the series for the Blue Jays. As we all know, Gausman has been excellent this season, as he’s allowed just nine earned runs over the course of 38 innings. He also hasn’t gone up against the Rays since all the way back in 2018, and, given the roster turnover the Rays have, nobody on the current team other than Kevin Kiermaier and Ji-Man Choi was around then.
Going for the Rays will be Drew Rasmussen, who has a 2.89 ERA over the course of six starts. Rasmussen actually had a difficult start to his season, going four, five, and three innings in his first three outings, but has settled in since, as he’s allowed two earned runs in his last three starts. The Blue Jays saw Rasmussen three times last season and he combined to allow two earned runs over 12 innings.
Hyun Jin Ryu vs Ryan Yarborough 
Charlie Montoyo said on Tuesday that Hyun Jin Ryu is on track to make his return to the team on Saturday afte …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Adventures of the time-travelling Leafs fan

What I’m about to tell you is incredibly difficult to believe, I know that. But I promise you that, even if you don’t believe me, you’ll enjoy the story I’m about to tell.
On Wednesday, I was shopping at the grocery store that now occupies the former Maple Leafs Garden and, when reaching into the back of a freezer for some cheese-y pierogies, my hand knocked the base of the freezer off and… that’s when I saw it: a time travelling portal.
How I knew it was a time travelling portal is unimportant; all that you need to know is that I stepped through its doors and all of a sudden, I was still in a grocery store, but “Payphone” by Maroon 5 was playing on the radio, and that’s how I knew: I had travelled back in time, to the early 2010’s.
I felt a sense of panic come over me. I went to ask the woman next to me, who was wearing an oversized white shirt and blue cutoff jeans, with wedge sneakers, if she knew what year it was, but I couldn’t. I couldn’t ask her anything I wanted to ask. I couldn’t ask who the Prime Minister was, I couldn’t even ask her about the weather. I stood there like a deer in headlights until the question I needed to ask clicked in my head like a switch: “so, how about those Leafs, eh?”
A short conversation flowed, about how the line of Phil Kessel, Joffrey Lupul and Tyler Bozak were dominating once again. She clearly was a big fan, like me. The fact that she was talking about a whole different Leafs roster was hard at f …

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Author: Ryan Hobart / The Leafs Nation

Hyun Jin Ryu lands on the 10-day Injured List with left forearm inflammation

After a pair of difficult starts to kick off the season, Hyun Jin Ryu has been placed on the 10-day Injured List with left forearm inflammation.

He apparently felt some tightness in his throwing arm while warming up for his start on Saturday and tried to pitch through it. Ryu would wind up getting tagged for five earned runs on six hits over four innings of work while striking out just one batter.
As rough as that outing was for Ryu, it was actually an upgrade on his first result. Against the Texas Rangers last Sunday, Ryu cruised through three innings and then the wheels completely came off the tracks, as he was drilled for five runs while recording just one out. All told, Ryu went three-and-one-third innings in that start, surrendering six earned.
There’s obviously quite a bit of worry about Ryu, as his struggles date back to the mid-way point of last season. He was his ace-like self in April and May, started to struggle a bit in June and July, and then com …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Raptors Game Tonight: Raptors vs Lakers Odds, Starting Lineup, Injury Report, Predictions, TV Channel for Mar. 18

Raptors Game Tonight: Raptors vs Lakers Odds, Starting Lineup, Injury Report, Predictions, TV Channel for Mar. 18

The Toronto Raptors had some difficult matchups on the schedule during their West Coast road trip, but the likes of Pascal Siakam and Precious Achiuwa stepped up to help them reel off five consecutive wins. The latest Raptors odds have them positioned to snatch up their sixth straight victory. For the second time this week, […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors Game Tonight: Raptors vs Hornets Odds, Starting Lineup, Injury Report, Predictions, TV Channel for Jan. 25

Raptors Game Tonight: Raptors vs Hornets Odds, Starting Lineup, Injury Report, Predictions, TV Channel for Jan. 25

The Toronto Raptors remain one of the most difficult teams in the league to figure out. Just a few days after Scottie Barnes dominated the Wizards and helped Toronto pick up a road win, they fell behind by as many as 34 points in a loss to the Trail Blazers. The latest Raptors odds are […]
Raptors Game Tonight: Raptors vs Hornets Odds, Starting Lineup, Injury Report, Predictions, TV Channel for Jan. 25 – Raptors Rapture – Raptors Rapture – A Toronto Raptors Fan Site – News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

3 biggest stars from Raptors’ dominant win against Kings

3 biggest stars from Raptors’ dominant win against Kings

The Toronto Raptors have a very difficult schedule coming up, so taking home a win against the Sacramento Kings was imperative to make sure they stay hot on this homestand. Fred VanVleet, Scottie Barnes, and the rest of the squad were looking to once again take down a Sacramento team fresh off firing head coach […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Leafs recall Dahlström and Seney, loan Rubīns to the Marlies

After a difficult game for Kristians Rubins last night with the Leafs, he’s been sent back to the Marlies.

The Maple Leafs have recalled defenceman Carl Dahlström and forward Brett Seney from the Toronto Marlies (AHL).
Defenceman Kristiāns Rubīns has been loaned to the Marlies.
— Leafs PR (@LeafsPR) December 12, 2021

Coming up for Toronto is Carl Dahlstrom and Brett Seney. Dahlstrom has played in almost every game for the Marlies, while Seney has the second-most points on the team. It’s difficult to tell whether this is injury-related for the Leafs, but I assume it’s just for a day of NHL pay.
With Alex Biega already up with the Leafs, it’s hard to assume Dahlstrom will get a game before him.
Another reason as to why I say it’s likely just for pay is because the Marlies play three games in three days this weekend. Today is the final game of the trip, so it’s wise for Toronto to call them up for some pay.
We’ll have to see what happens at Leafs practice tomorrow to get a definitive answer.

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

Looking back on this beautiful, unforgettable, heartbreaking season, and looking forward to what’s next

It’s incredibly difficult to summarize the whirlwind that was last weekend — which is only fitting given the weird, confusing, magnificent rollercoaster ride this Toronto Blue Jays team took us all on.

On one hand, it’s absolutely gut-wrenching and heartbreaking that two inferior teams, the Yankees and Red Sox, will be facing off against each other in the American League Wild Card game tonight and the Blue Jays, with their absurd +183 run differential, came up just shy of making it. On the other hand, it’s incredible that this team managed to make its way into the conversation after trudging through four months of living out of suitcases to start the season.
And then, on a more macro scope, this is a very, very young team that navigated a whole wealth of hurdles to find themselves in the mix during the dying days of the season, and, more than likely, it seems the best days are yet to come. But it’s also difficult to ignore the fact that a lot of things also went right for this team and there’s a very real possibility that next season’s roster isn’t a better version of what it …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

The Blue Jays yet again come up short against one of the American League’s best

The Blue Jays have had the most difficult schedule in baseball so far.

They own a 31-29 record through 60 games, which is slightly worse than their 32-28 record was at the end of the COVID-shortened season last year. Given the fact they haven’t seen the league’s worst yet, like Baltimore and Detroit, that’s fairly encouraging.
But, still, at some point, if you want to be one of the best teams in the league, you have to beat the best teams in the league. You can’t just rely on kicking the shit out of the Orioles to compensate for not being able to beat the White Sox, Astros, and Rays.
After dropping two of three to the Astros, the Blue Jays went into Chicago and again lost two of three from the White Sox. It’s been a disappointing stretch against some of the American League’s best after a nice run against the Yankees and Cleveland last week.
Things worth mentioning…

A noticeable theme in the Chicago series was Toronto’s bullpen being ineffective. In the game on Tuesday, Robbie Ray put together an excellent start, allowing just one earned run over six-and-one-third innings while striking …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Blue Jays Nation Radio Ep. 4: Another series win over the Yanks!

Boy oh boy, does that feel good!

After a difficult week, which featured back-to-back series losses, an injury-riddled Blue Jays squad hosted the New York Yankees and, yet again, came out with two of three wins.
Gerrit Cole was excellent in the opener, the bats woke up in the second game behind an amazing start from Hyun Jin Ryu, and then Bo Bichette powered the team to a win in the third game on Wednesday afternoon with a walk-off bomb. The Blue Jays are now 6-6 for the season, meanwhile, our pals in New York are in the American League East basement with a 5-7 record.
Time to panic in the Big Apple?!?! We welcomed Neil Keefe, a lifelong, diehard Yankees fan and writer, onto the show to talk about what’s going on with the Bombers right now. He went on a tangent about how frustrating the team has been over the past few years, how they haven’t addressed their pitching issues, and why he’s terrified of the Blue Jays moving forward.
All that plus a preview of this weekend’s series in Kansas City on the post-series episode of Blue Jays Nation Radio!
You can listen …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation