The Blue Jays’ playoff odds have gone up 28 percent in the past week

In late August when the Blue Jays opened up their series in Detroit with a 2-1 loss to the Tigers, it looked like the season was over.

Since then? Things have completely turned around. They won their next two in Detroit, took two of three from Baltimore in a series that was tighter than it should have been, swept Oakland in a huge three-game swing, and they’ve now taken the first two games at Yankee Stadium.
Most recently, the Blue Jays pulled off a game that most of us assumed was a scheduled loss, as Steven Matz outdueled Gerrit Cole, who would leave his start early with what’s being called “hamstring tightness.” Six innings of one-run ball from Matz in The Bronx and three runs in three-and-two-thirds against Cole? Damn, things are looking up.
The Blue Jays are on a season-high six-game winning streak and everything is going their way right now.
They made up three games against Oakland by sweeping that series and now they’ve made up two on New York with a chance to make up two more. Elsewhere, Seattle just had a late-game implosion against the Astros and have lost two in a row, …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Digging into late-round pick Nick Fraze’s strong season with Vancouver

It’s safe to say that most late round picks of the MLB draft don’t make it to their respective team’s top 30 prospects, much less make a name for themselves in the big leagues. Toronto Blue Jays’ 22nd round pick from 2019, Nick Fraze, is well on his way to breaking into the former, with the potential to make the latter. We’ll get to that, firstly, let’s go over the history of 22nd round picks and their success in the big leagues.

If you were to give me a list of baseball players picked in the 22nd round since 1965, I can name you 1409 players. 114 of which played a game in the MLB and only 22 of those players have a Wins Above Replacement over 4. A player picked in the 22nd round has a 1.6% chance of becoming impactful.
Furthermore, there is a possibility that some of these players were drafted out of high school and decided to go to College to raise their stock, such as Aaron Nola, who was picked 7th overall three years later. The most notable of players who didn’t get re-drafted are John Smoltz, who had a bWAR of 69, nice, Andy Piettitte, Jeff Fassero, …

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Author: Brennan Delaney / Blue Jays Nation

Raptors: 1 big obstacle that will prevent Kyle Lowry from joining Pelicans

Raptors: 1 big obstacle that will prevent Kyle Lowry from joining Pelicans

The Kyle Lowry rumors are in full swing of late, as the teams all around the league are trying to convince the Toronto Raptors legend to take his talents to the United States for the first time in almost a decade. Even the New Orleans Pelicans are trying to convince Lowry to make the trip […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

It looks like the Toronto Maple Leafs and Joseph Woll have a contract extension in place

It looks like the Toronto Maple Leafs and Joseph Woll have a contract extension in place

Late last night, news broke on Twitter from John Matisz at The Score, that he was hearing the Toronto Maple Leafs are re-signing goalie Joseph Woll to a contract extension. Woll is one of the many goalies in the Maple Leafs system that is up for a contract this off-season so it’s good to hear they are working together to get something done and by the sound of it, John has the details of the term as well.
 
Joseph Woll contract
According to John Matisz, he is hearing Joseph Woll is re-signing with the Toronto Maple Leafs on a one-year, two-way contract. No official word at this time what the price is, however, we do know it is a one-year, two-way contract for the 23-year-old goalie who will continue to develop down in the AHL and who knows, he might get a shot in an NHL game sometime soon with the Maple Leafs.

Hearing goalie Joseph Woll is re-signing with the Maple Leafs. 1 year, 2-way contract.
— John Matisz (@MatiszJohn) July 17, 2021

Joseph Woll’s stats
Woll is coming off this 2020-21 season in the AHL with the Toronto Marlies playing in only 15 games compared to the 32 he suited up for …

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Author: Joseph Zita / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors: “Pass or cash” on non-guaranteed deals or team options

Toronto Raptors: “Pass or cash” on non-guaranteed deals or team options

Whether or not the Toronto Raptors can make a successful late surge for a play-in spot, the coming off-season promises to be a big one. A shift in direction awaits, with a decision on unrestricted free agent Kyle Lowry’s future and a new contract for Gary Trent Jr. forthcoming, to say nothing of the future […]
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Author: Ben Fisher / Raptors HQ

Raptors: 3 buyout candidates who can help Toronto right now

Raptors: 3 buyout candidates who can help Toronto right now

The Toronto Raptors have hit the skids of late, which should serve as a warning sign to Masai Ujiri and the front office that this team needs help. The NBA buyout market might serve as an enticing way for the Raptors to get back on the right track. This team is in dire need of […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors: 3 Bold predictions for the Raptors next season

Toronto Raptors: 3 Bold predictions for the Raptors next season

The Toronto Raptors are set to return to NBA action in late December, which is just around the corner and we can’t wait. With the Toronto Raptors along with the other 29 teams in the league returning to action in late December, fans are at the edge of their seats just waiting for tip-off. With […]
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Author: Joseph Zita / Raptors HQ

What to expect from Adam Brooks this summer

Adam Brooks made his NHL debut in late December after spending the last two and half seasons with the Toronto Marlies. As a player who was passed over in his initial year of draft eligibility and selected in the fourth round of the 2016 draft as an overager, he has beaten the odds to develop into a viable NHL option.
Brooks entered the Maple Leafs organization coming off of a season where he racked up 120 points in 72 games to lead the WHL in scoring and followed it up with another 130 points the following season, finishing just one point shy of back to back scoring titles. He joined the Marlies the following year but the offensive production didn’t come as easily as it did in junior and Brooks finished his first professional season with just 8 goals and 11 assists in 57 games.
Playing a larger role for the Marlies in his second season, Brooks took a step forward recording 21 goals and 19 assists for 40 points in 61 games. He entered this season squarely on the Leafs radar as a depth option up front and after another 20 points in 29 games with the Marlies through December, the 24 year old earned his first taste of NHL action.


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Author: Nick Richard / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors: 2020 Postseason Preview

With the NBA officially heading off to Disney World in late July, here’s a recap of what the Toronto Raptors achieved in the regular season, and a preview of what to expect in the postseason later next month. After over more than two months of uncertainty, and most recently, chaos in and around the continental […]
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Author: Mauricio Scott / Raptors HQ

Raptors hold off Pistons to push win streak to 10 games

The Toronto Raptors held off a late rally by the Detroit Pistons to win 105-92 on Friday. The win was Toronto’s 10th in a row and means Nick Nurse will coach at the 2020 All-Star Game. This game was may have been played in downtown Detroit, but it felt very much like a home game […]
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Author: Jordan Skuse / Raptors HQ