BJN Radio – Ep. 19: We’re done with the Astros!

Well, I’m certainly excited to not have to see the Houston Astros again this season!

Hyun Jin Ryu had a rare bad start on Friday night, Ross Stripling helped the team get back in the win column on Saturday, and then the Blue Jays got dropped in an incredibly boring Sunday slog of a rubber match, ultimately losing two of three over the weekend.
We talked about the challenges of Toronto having such a lefty-heavy starting rotation, whether or not we believe that Stripling’s turnaround is legit, and the team’s rollercoaster ride on defence. We also took a look down at the minor leagues, as Austin Martin smashed his first two professional homers this week and Nate Pearson got lit up.
Finally, we looked ahead to the series against the Chicago White Sox, who might boast the strongest roster in the American League right now.
You can listen to the episode here…

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Toronto Raptors: Brooklyn Nets among teams interested in Norman Powell

Toronto Raptors: Brooklyn Nets among teams interested in Norman Powell

Last night’s loss to the Houston Rockets proved that is time for the Toronto Raptors to reboot, with a Kyle Lowry and Norman Powell trade potentially on the table. Plenty of prospective buyers, like the Brooklyn Nets, are interested in getting a deal done. Powell is averaging 19.5 points per game this season while shooting […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors: Toronto should stay far away from DeMarcus Cousins

Raptors: Toronto should stay far away from DeMarcus Cousins

The DeMarcus Cousins experiment has ended in Houston, as the Rockets are going to part ways with him but that doesn’t mean the Toronto Raptors should pursue him. The former fifth-overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft was a star with the Sacramento Kings. Averaging as high as 27.7 points and 12.7 rebounds per game, […]
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Author: Stephen Nixon / Raptors HQ

2020 AL Pennant Odds: Yankees Move Past Astros

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One consequence of the Houston Astros’ sign-stealing scandal is a significant separation at the top of the board on the odds to win the American League Pennant.
The New York Yankees have dropped to a +150 favorite in AL champion futures at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. The tarnished Astros are now at +300, followed by the Minnesota Twins (+700), Tampa Bay Rays (+900), Chicago White Sox (+1200), Cleveland Indians (+1200), Boston Red Sox (+1400), Los Angeles Angels  (+1400) and Oakland Athletics (+1400). The Toronto Blue Jays are back at +3500.
Five months ago, the Astros opened as a narrow +225 favorite at online betting sites with the Yankees close behind at +250 after the two powerhouses had their second close ALCS matchup in three seasons. Bettors and oddsmakers apparently believe the controversy that took down manager A.J. Hinch and general manager will derail Houston in 2020, but it might also mean there is good value with a team which still has a lineup full of hitters in their peak years such as Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman and Carlos Correa.
The Yankees have a relatively low top prop, so it might be best to perhaps wait to see if any slight stumble causes …

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Author: baggedmilk / Blue Jays Nation

Apparently the Astros really needed to use their trash can to beat Cesar Valdez and the Blue Jays in 2017

This continues to be the winter of the Houston Asterisks.

With each passing day, more and more information is unearthed about the Astros and the extent to which they banged on trash cans to win baseball games. Yesterday, Tony Adams, an Astros fan, went back and watched all of Houston’s home games from the 2017 season in order to log who was getting signs relayed to them and when it happened. The results are, uh, pretty gross.

Astros trashcan bangs by date.
See all the data at https://t.co/kVtisgUo74. pic.twitter.com/aVkxDPVTQs
— Tony Adams (@adams_at) January 29, 2020

The longest line on the X-axis? That belongs to the Toronto Blue Jays, who got shit-kicked 16-7 by the Astros at the beginning of August.
Before I dive into this, I’ll take a quick look at the only member of the Blue Jays who was involved. Derek Fisher received 16 bangs, which represents just 7.6 percent of the pitches he saw that season. The biggest benefactor was Marwin Gonzalez, who received 147 bangs, which was 18.9 percent of his pitches. That would explain why an otherwise pretty shit player posted a .907 OPS out of the blue that season.
The Astros …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Grades from the Toronto Raptors disappointing loss to the Houston Rockets

The Toronto Raptors fell to the Houston Rockets on Thursday night as Nick Nurse’s aggressive strategy to contain James Harden led to big nights from the Rockets supporting cast. The Toronto Raptors fell 119-109 to the Houston Rockets on Thursday night. The loss was extremely disappointing for Raptors faithful because it represents the first time […]
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Author: Michael Walton / Raptors HQ

Did the Astros sign steal signs against the Jays? You be the judge

The Houston Astros sold their soul for a World Series. They won it all in 2017, but haven’t won a championship since, despite playoff berths in four of the last five seasons. The Astros proved they’ll stop at nothing short of cheating to help them win a World Championship.
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic unearthed this latest revelation in a fascinating expose about the Houston Astros stealing signs electronically during the 2017 season. Rosenthal spoke with former Astros players who attest to the team cheating to gain an advantage at the plate.
This method was confirmed by former Astro Mike Fiers and involved an in-stadium camera watching opposing catcher’s signs, relaying that feed to a monitor near the dugout and giving the batter an audio cue — like banging a garbage can — to let the batter know whether to anticipate a breaking ball or off-speed pitch.
Sounds too crazy to be true, right? Almost as ridiculous as the Blue Jays being accused of having a “man in white” in the stands relaying catcher signs to hitters. While the latter was never proven to be true, the Astros are in a heap of hot water for their part in electronic sign …

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Author: Ian Hunter / Blue Jays Nation