10 Things to consider about the Leafs and the trade deadline

10 Things to consider about the Leafs and the trade deadline

We are less than five weeks from the trade deadline. It feels like we are at least halfway through the nonsense that starts around the beginning of the calendar year and so far has yielded just a Ryan Merkley/Matt Nieto trade. It’s an interesting time that never lives up to the hype that goes into it, but the trade deadline is the last barrier between Leafs fans and confronting the existential dread that is playoff time, so admittedly I try to enjoy it even knowing that it will be underwhelming.
There are a lot of quantitative elements that go into the trade deadline and throwing mass quantities of numbers at you about random players on random lottery teams is fun, but today I thought I’d just ramble on about 10 qualitative things that warrant a bit of discussion heading into the trade deadline as well.
1. If a player’s numbers say they are playing badly, trust the numbers
There is always a belief that the player that you want the Leafs to acquire who is having a down year is having that down year because they are playing on a bad team. There is one major flaw in this way of thinking and that’s the obvious, “what if the player I like i …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

BJN Radio – Ep. 111: Three of five against the Rays ain’t bad!

What a week.

The Blue Jays won three of five games in their critical series with the Tampa Bay Rays and are now a half-game up on them in the standings.
We looked back at the Tampa gauntlet series and talked about Bo Bichette’s amazing ninth-inning battle, Vladdy Jr. busting out of his slump with his 100th homer, Mitch White coming through with some much-needed innings and where he fits into the team’s plans, and a whole bunch more.
After that, we took a look around the American League and Toronto’s upcoming series with the Baltimore Orioles.
You can listen to the episode here…
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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Around the Atlantic: Breaking down each team’s notable additions and exits

Around the Atlantic: Breaking down each team’s notable additions and exits

It has now been five days since NHL free agency began and teams around the league are starting to take shape. There are several new faces in the Atlantic division and a few notable exits. The Ottawa Senators and Detroit Red Wings were the most active teams. Both look to be much improved. The Montreal Canadiens and Buffalo Sabres don’t appear to be ready for a playoff push, but the rest of the division should be in contention. Here is a look at how each team has fared since free agency opened. (Trades and free agent acquisitions have been included.)
Florida Panthers
Notable additions: Nick Cousins (C/LW), Rudolfs Balcers (LW), Marc Staal (D), Eric Staal (C/LW)
Notable exits: Claude Giroux (C/RW), Ben Chiarot (D), Mason Marchment (LW)
Losing Claude Giroux was inevitable, they simply didn’t have the cap flexibility to keep him. The exits of both Ben Chiarot and Mason Marchment create holes in their roster but over last few seasons, depth players have consistently shined in the Panthers system. In Cousins they get a solid defensive forward with experience. Balcers isn’t a physical player, but he is responsible in his own zone. He scored a career high 11 goals in 61 games last season on a San Jose Sharks team that struggled to produce offence. Playing on a third …

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Author: Scott Ony / The Leafs Nation

The Mark Shapiro Era Draft Retrospective: 2016

The Blue Jays have five top 100 picks in this years draft

This will allow the team to bolster their farm system once again. Therefore, in this article, we’ll be looking at every top 100 pick since the Ross Atkins and Mark Shapiro regime took over.
Originally, this was going to be just a single article, but I’ll be doing a deep dive on every single player mentioned here. In today’s edition, we’ll be looking at the Shapkins first draft with the Jays, the 2016 draft.
Here they picked a college arm, a player with an interesting trade tree, and an all-star calibre shortstop.
T.J Zeuch:
Chosen with the 21st pick, T.J Zeuch didn’t live up to expectations.
The large righty was drafted out of the University of Pittsburgh and has put up “meh” numbers throughout his time in the minors. In 466.1 innings pitched, he has posted a 3.99 ERA across all levels.
T.J Zeuch is a ground ball pitcher through and through. In those 466.1 innings pitched, he only has a K/9 of 6.8, well below the average for a pitcher. Looking at his Fangraphs page, you see a lot of 50% ground ball rates throughout each level.
Now, if you want to talk about his best minor league season, it was back in 2018 with Toronto’s Double A team, where he posted a 3.08 ERA and 3.61 FIP in 120 innings pitched. He put up solid results afterwards, including a 4.03 ERA and 4.59 FIP with Buffalo last season, but 2018 is …

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Author: Brennan Delaney / Blue Jays Nation