The Cubs are apparently interested in Ken Giles

With some designated trade chips in hand, it appears that we might be seeing the first one sold by the Blue Jays this season and it might be Ken Giles to the Chicago Cubs.

On Inside the Clubhouse @670TheScore Jays broadcaster Buck Maritinez confirmed the Cubs have asked about the availability of closer Ken Giles
— Bruce Levine (@MLBBruceLevine) May 18, 2019

Per Chicago baseball analyst Bruce Levine and Buck Martinez, the Cubs have reportedly asked about Giles as a potential trade.
As of Monday, the Cubs bullpen has been not very good, so this trade makes sense for Chicago. Their closer Steve Cishek has an ERA of 2.45 in 22 innings, while making four saves but one blown save as well. It’s not terrible, but for a team that wants to contend like the Cubs, they want to upgrade on that and Giles can be exactly that.
Acquired in the Roberto Osuna trade from Houston, Giles has been exactly as advertised this season. In 19.2 innings this season, Giles has completed 10 saves with an ERA of 1.37 and a 1.017 WHIP.
One part of his game that has been incredible this season is his strikeout rate. Punching out 14.9 per nine innings is a career-high for Giles …

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Author: Thomas Williams / Blue Jays Nation

Raptors aim to finish off the Magic in Game 5: Preview, start time, and more

With a commanding series lead in hand, the Raptors will look to maintain momentum and finish off a reeling Orlando squad in tonight’s Game 5 in Toronto. New experiences! New feelings! New emotions! The Toronto Raptors had never led 3 to 1 in a playoff series before this one! I’ve never felt this way before, what do I do with my hands!?
Yes, the Toronto Raptors are in a position of relative security when it comes to their playoff advancement, and the playoff series isn’t even over yet. And, as well all know, no team has ever blown a 3 to 1 playoff lead, making the “relative” qualifier a mere formality here. The Raptors have already won the basketball series.
(Editor’s Note: Jacob does not go on to indicate that he is being sarcastic in the following paragraph of his introduction, so it falls on me to inform you that he is, in fact, a liar.)
Paradoxically, despite the Raptors’ already guaranteed victory they will still have to win one more game in order to advance to the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals where they will play the Philadelphia 76ers, who have also already won their first-round series. It shall no doubt be …

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Author: Jacob M. Mack / Raptors HQ