Minor League Rosters: Notes and Observations

So, after an irrationally-edge-of-our-seats-wait (I mean, this literally happens EVERY year) the Blue Jays’ various affiliates dropped their “tentative” Opening Day rosters on Monday and, as you might expect, not a few of us will find it necessary to weigh in. Myself of course included.

The Jays, helpfully, published a nice set of graphics with all the rosters for our perusal and commentary. Let’s start at the top:

It’s also been noted by the beat guys that the early rotation goes Pearson, Allgeyer, Manoah, Zuech, Waguespack. Which, as you can see, Zuech isn’t on the graphic but it was reported days ago that he’ll be assigned to this team. The other thing that jumped out at me was that Joey Murray was initially listed as a member of the bullpen. When questioned about this Manager Casey Candele spoke of the need to stretch him out. He used the terminology of “he will be joining us in a week or two” which implies things we can’t know about but my entirely ill-informed guess is that maybe he was riding the taxi squad (the Jays have been unhelpful about letting us know who made up that group) …

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Author: Tammy Rainey / Blue Jays Nation

Where do the Maple Leafs go from here? – Rate That Leafs Game

Every year something like this happens. The Toronto Maple Leafs have a massive lead and then they blow it. Maybe it’s good that it happened this early into the season, right?
I don’t want that question to be answered.
The only thing I want right now is for the Maple Leafs to show us that they’re not this team. To show us that they’re better than giving up a four-goal lead to one of the NHL’s worst teams. If they prove us wrong, it’ll be amazing.
If they don’t — I’m ready to yell, scream and throw chairs like I almost do in this one. I hope you enjoy the video.

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

TSN speculating that Toronto could be a hub city for summer hockey

Whether it happens, who knows. Whether it should happen is debatable. What it will look like, that remains to be seen, but what we do know is that if hockey happens there is a strong possibility it could be in Toronto.
TSN’s Frank Seravalli was looking at what some of the options could be for the NHL’s suggest four city approach where each division would play their games in one city. Seemingly Edmonton seems to be a front runner for the Pacific, but with Glendale also being considered. Winnipeg, Dallas, and Minneapolis have been suggest for the Central, and Pittsburgh and Raleigh for the Metro division. That just leaves the Atlantic, a division hope to a number of cities that have struggled to contain COVID-19.
The NHL’s suggested criteria for consideration is as follows:
– “The location could be anywhere besides a [COVID-19] hot spot.”
– “We need a lot of ice. There does need to be practice facilities.”
– “We need four NHL-calibre locker rooms. Because if you’re going to play three games in one day, you’ve got to be moving things around, and …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Maple Leafs Pregame #17: 5 things to watch for against Vegas

What happens in Toronto stays in Toronto, and hopefully what happens is the Leafs keep on winning.
Lineups

LW
C
RW
Forwards
TREVOR MOORE
Rating: 70.9#110 LW

JOHN TAVARES
Rating: 78.7#11 C

MITCH MARNER
Rating: 78.6#12 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 76.08#13 FL1

ANDREAS JOHNSSON
Rating: 73.9#44 LW

AUSTON MATTHEWS
Rating: 80.1#7 C

WILLIAM NYLANDER
Rating: 73.5#44 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 75.83#4 FL2

ILYA MIKHEYEV
Rating: 74.4#34 LW

ALEXANDER KERFOOT
Rating: 72.7#92 C

KASPERI KAPANEN
Rating: 72.8#54 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 73.29#4 FL3

NIC PETAN
Rating: 72.0#113 LW

NICK SHORE
Rating: 70.8#138 C

FREDERIK GAUTHIER
Rating: 68.8#114 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 70.50#23 FL4

DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS
Defense
MORGAN RIELLY
Rating: 76.8#8 LD

CODY CECI
Rating: 71.7#83 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 74.24#18 DL1

JAKE MUZZIN
Rating: 75.2#18 LD

TYSON BARRIE
Rating: 75.5#20 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 75.38#2 DL2

TRAVIS DERMOTT
Rating: 72.9#65 LD

JUSTIN HOLL
Rating: 73.2#49 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 73.03#11 DL3

LW
C
RW
Forwards
JONATHAN MARCHESSAULT
Rating: 75.6#24 LW

WILLIAM KARLSSON
Rating: 75.2#41 C

REILLY SMITH
Rating: 75.8#17 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 75.53#16 FL1

MAX PACIORETTY
Rating: 77.1#13 LW

PAUL STASTNY
Rating: 76.8#24 C

MARK STONE
Rating: 78.2#6 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 77.39#2 FL2

TOMAS NOSEK
Rating: 71.1#129 LW

CODY EAKIN
Rating: 70.7#141 C

CODY GLASS
Rating: 73.1#75 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 71.65#20 FL3

WILL CARRIER
Rating: 70.6#119 LW

NICOLAS ROY
RYAN REAVES
Rating: 70.6#99 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 71.43#9 FL4

DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS
Defense
BRAYDEN MCNABB
Rating: 73.4#50 LD

NATE SCHMIDT


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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Zack Godley was the safest waiver claim the Blue Jays could have made

It happens every year — a player that was seen as a consistent performer and has previously been a mainstay on their team is now considered useless and is put aside midseason.
Zack Godley is just the latest pitcher to be designated for assignment this season. Even though the 29-year-old start is coming off of a 2.5 fWAR season and put up 3.4 fWAR in 2017, Godley has been atrocious for the Arizona Diamondbacks this season.
A 6.39 ERA that ranks as the fourth-highest among all big-league pitchers with at least 70 innings pitched, essentially earned him the DFA and is the reason why he’s now a Toronto Blue Jay.
The torrential downfall to his production this season is why Toronto has been able to pick up a genuinely well-regarded talent in the very broad picture. He’s really just steps away from a successful season and has shown that he’s able to at least be a mid-rotation starter on a slightly successful team. Not the most exciting talent, but he was free.
That’s exactly why this claim is perfect — no repercussions if Godley continues his awful descent into baseball mediocrity. But if he is anything other than awful, the Blue Jays have …

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Author: Thomas Williams / Blue Jays Nation

If the Leafs trade Kadri, what happens next?

There’s a funny thing that happens every time a Leafs player is mentioned in trade rumours: People scramble to say “Well how do we replace him?” with an implication that the front office seemingly overlooked this important question. This is especially applicable in the cases of two Toronto players who’ve had their names in the news recently, Nazem Kadri and Nikita Zaitsev.
With Zaitsev the answer is quite obvious given his contributions to the team might be a net negative and his contract is dreadful: Literally anyone. (Well not literally, but you get what I mean. The most average of average players would be a fine replacement). In Kadri’s case the answer is a little more complicated, but there has to be one.
I’ll preface this whole thing by saying I’d be gutted to see Kadri leave Toronto because he’s been a great Leaf through the good and bad, and while he gets a bit fired up from time-to-time, he plays with a nastiness that is sometimes fun to see other teams to try reckon with. But what’s frustrating about this Kadri trade talk is that most pundits brush aside the idea of …

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Author: Ryan Fancey / The Leafs Nation