BJN Radio – Ep. 50: Welcome to Heartbreak

That wasn’t the storybook finish we were hoping for.

The Yankees rolled into Toronto for what was a playoff-like series at The Dome. Capacity was upped to 30,000 and the Blue Jays had a chance to catch the Yankees in the standings and ultimately put themselves in a position to earn a playoff spot. The table was set.
Unfortunately, it was the Yankees who showed up to play while the Blue Jays didn’t bring their best. The bats were silenced in the first game on Tuesday, Bo Bichette led the team to a win on Wednesday, and then, with a chance to pull within one game of New York on Thursday, Robbie Ray got lit up in the sixth inning and Toronto’s bats couldn’t solve the Yankees’ bullpen the rest of the way.
It was a heartbreaker, a gut-punch, and an energy-sucking loss.
We talked about a bunch of stuff on this episode of BJN Radio, including Bo’s amazing series, Nate Pearson having some good outings out of the ‘pen, and the decision by Charlie Montoyo to keep Ray in the game when it looked like the Yankees had him solved. We also looked ahead to …

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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

Toronto Raptors: How Ishmail Wainright fits in with this roster

Toronto Raptors: How Ishmail Wainright fits in with this roster

After a crazy finish down the stretch of a Summer League game, the Toronto Raptors trailed 77-70 and won 80-79 against the Charlotte Hornets, The game was a continued showcase for newly acquired draftee Scottie Barnes and 2020 first-rounder Precious Achiuwa, but the likes of Ishmail Wainright were also strutting their stuff. While Barnes and Achiuwa […]
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Author: Jason Mills / Raptors HQ

The NHL still wants to hold the draft in June

Despite having plans to finish up the 2020 playoffs as late as September, the NHL has reportedly sent a memo to teams on Friday suggesting the possibility of having the draft in June.

In this situation, the draft order would be put together based on points percentage when the league was paused. The bottom 15 teams would be put into an altered version of the draft lottery in which there was only one winner drawn and teams could only move up the draft board by a maximum of four spots.

Here’s the proposed first round. For playoff conditional picks, interpretation is “currently in a playoff spot” would trigger any conditional swaps. pic.twitter.com/4Nx31oHfAL
— Ryan Pike (@RyanNPike) May 2, 2020

The Leafs don’t have their first-round pick this season because of an off-season deal that unloaded Patrick Marleau’s contact to the Carolina Hurricanes. That pick is top-10 protected, but Toronto would be one of the 16 teams not in the lottery, so the pick wouldn’t move up at all and it would be given to Carolina.
The more interesting situation would be all of the other conditional draft picks that are currently floating around in limbo. …

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Author: Cam Lewis / The Leafs Nation

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