Blue Jays Nation Radio Ep. 6: The bullpen comes up huge in a two-game split at Fenway

The Blue Jays rolled into Fenway and earned a split in their mini, two-game series with the Red Sox this week.

All things considered, given Toronto’s wealth of injuries and how well the Red Sox had been playing early on, earning a split here is a pretty good outcome. The Blue Jays limited the Red Hot Sox bats to just eight runs over the two games, impressive given Boston came into the series with the best offence in baseball.
We talked on this post-series podcast about the team’s unlikely hero, the bullpen, the one-two punch of Bo and Vlad absolutely mashing, the team’s challenges with defence, particularly Lourdes Gurriel and Cavan Biggio, and what the lineup should look like when George Springer and Teoscar Hernandez return.
We also looked ahead to the looming three-game series at The House of Horrors with the Rays. Tampa is also dealing with a wealth of pitching injuries but they’re starting to find their stride offensively. This is a big series for the Blue Jays but they have their best three arms, Hyun Jin Ryu, Steven Matz, and Robbie Ray going.
You can listen to the episode here…

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Teoscar Hernandez and the Blue Jays avoid arbitration with a one-year, $4,325,000 deal

Teoscar Hernandez has earned himself a nice payday after his breakout season in 2020.

The Blue Jays and their slugger have reached a one-year contract worth $4,325,000, avoiding arbitration, according to MLB Insider Robert Murray.

Source: Blue Jays, Teoscar Hernandez settle at $4,325,000, avoiding arbitration.
— Robert Murray (@ByRobertMurray) January 15, 2021

Hernandez is one of two Blue Jays who is eligible for arbitration this year, with the other one being pitcher Ross Stripling. Travis Shaw also would have been arb-eligible but the Blue Jays non-tendered him back in early-December.
There had been some speculation that the Blue Jays would look to lock Hernandez up to a long-term deal after his breakout showing this season, much like the team did with Jose Bautista back in 2010. But, given how small the sample size was for Hernandez’s great season, the front office likely wants to see if he can repeat his performance over the length of a normal season before making such a commitment.
Hernandez slashed a .289/.340/.579 line with 16 homers over the course of 50 games in 2020 and earned himself a Silver Slugger award and a few votes for American League Most Valuable Player. This breakout wasn’t totally out of the blue as Hernandez slashed a .248/.325/.548 line …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Grades from Toronto Raptors ugly win against the Orlando Magic

It wasn’t pretty, but the Toronto Raptors earned a road victory against the Orlando Magic on Friday night. How did the team perform individually? In what felt like their 45th meeting of the season, the Toronto Raptors and Orlando Magic apparently decided to keep their offenses at home. Both teams looked defensive-minded, played a little […]
Grades from Toronto Raptors ugly win against the Orlando Magic – Raptors Rapture – Raptors Rapture – A Toronto Raptors Fan Site – News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Author: Mike Bossetti / Raptors HQ