Pre-Series Notes: Robbie Ray isn’t scheduled to start for the Mariners as they head to Toronto

Another series loss, this time to the Rays in Tampa, has the Blue Jays at 18-17 for the season.

When you take a step back and look at the big picture, it isn’t all too surprising the Blue Jays have a mediocre record in mid-May given the schedule they’ve had early on. That said, I also wouldn’t blame anybody for being uninspired by this group right now, especially based on how they’ve played against the Yankees and Rays, the teams they’re competing with for the American League East.
Next up, the Blue Jays will face a handful of teams they might be competing with for wild-card spots down the road. They’ll face the Chicago White Sox and Minnesota Twins later in May and will kick things off by hosting the Seattle Mariners.
The Mariners are also off to a disappointing start this year. After bullshitting their way to a 90-72 record due largely to an absurd record in one-run games, but after signing the reigning AL Cy Young winner in the off-season, the Mariners came into 2022 with legitimate playoff aspirations.
So far not as good as Seattle is 16-19 on the season.
Like the Blue Jays, Seattle started off quite well but they’ve gone cold since the start of May. They held an 11-6 record after sweeping the R …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Pre-Series Notes: Teoscar Hernandez is likely to return as the Blue Jays head to Cleveland

Fresh off of their first series loss of the season, the Blue Jays will head to Cleveland to face a team that didn’t make the playoffs in 2021 for the first time in two weeks.

Cleveland is 11-13 on the season, tied for second in the hilariously bad Central Division with the Chicago White Sox. Looking at the Guardians’ wins this season, a good chunk of them have come against weak opponents. They split a four-gamer with Kansas City, they swept a two-game set with the Reds, and they swept both the White Sox and A’s. The White Sox are really the only strong team in there and they aren’t anywhere close to rolling yet. On the flip side, Cleveland was swept by the Yankees, Angels, and Giants.
While Cleveland is generally known to be a team with elite pitching and a limp offence, that hasn’t been the case this year. The Guardians are below league average with a 3.91 ERA and they’re fifth in baseball in runs per game with 4.62. Jose Ramirez is leading the way with a .318/.419/.659 slash line and seven homers, but Cleveland has four more players (Owen Miller, Josh Naylor, Andres Gimenez, and Steven Kwan) who are batting .325 or higher.
One of the advantages Toro …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Raptors: Gary Trent Jr. describes fight with mystery playoff illness

Raptors: Gary Trent Jr. describes fight with mystery playoff illness

Gary Trent Jr. and the Toronto Raptors are just one loss away from crashing out of the postseason due to poor performances against the Philadelphia 76ers. While Trent himself was a regular-season sniper that was capable of some very gaudy scoring nights, he was much less lethal in the postseason thanks to a mysterious illness. […]
Raptors: Gary Trent Jr. describes fight with mystery playoff illness – Raptors Rapture – Raptors Rapture – A Toronto Raptors Fan Site – News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Leafs send Nick Robertson to the Marlies as trade deadline approaches

After the Maple Leafs’ 6-3 loss to the Nashville Predators on Saturday night, there were a lot of decisions that needed to be made.
I guess giving Nick Robertson some games with the Marlies was one of them.

Forward Nick Robertson has been loaned to the Toronto Marlies (AHL)
— Leafs PR (@LeafsPR) March 20, 2022

The Maple Leafs don’t play until Wednesday, so it makes sense to give Robertson some more ice-time, especially with the Marlies where he’ll get top-six minutes.
In nine NHL games this season, the 20-year-old has one goal. With the Marlies this year, Robertson has eight points in nine games.
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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

News from the Rink: Kaše set to return, Kerfoot looks to stay hot in Leafs’ top-six

Coming off a disappointing loss in Colorado on Saturday night, the Leafs were on the ice for practice on Monday ahead of a matchup with another tough opponent in the Pacific Division leading Vegas Golden Knights on Tuesday night. Monday’s skate brought with it some good news as Ondrej Kase was a full participant in practice for the first time in almost a week, signaling his likely return to the lineup against Vegas.

Ondrej Kase wearing a blue practice jersey today, wore inactive grey yesterday.
— David Alter (@dalter) January 10, 2022

He joined the top line alongside Michael Bunting and Auston Matthews as Matthews returned to the ice after he and Jack Campbell were afforded maintenance days on Sunday. Campbell also returned to practice and appears set to make the start in the first half of Toronto’s back-to-back on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Kaše has been quite a find for the Maple Leafs, signing a one-year deal for just $1.25 million after the Bruins decided not to extend him a qualifying offer in the offseason. He has excelled on the third line for most of the season, pairing up with David Kampf to shoulder heavy defensive minutes while still managing to drive offense at an impressive rate. Kaše’s play has earned him a look higher in the lineup with Mitch Marner missing time due to injury and with Marner now in the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol, Sheldon Keefe is once again trusting the Czech winger with a first line role.
Kaše’s return bumps Alex Kerfoot back down to …

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Author: Nick Richard / The Leafs Nation

Rasmus Sandin is projected to only miss two to three weeks of action

During yesterdays loss to the Jets, Rasmus Sandin took an early exit after a scary collision with Neal Pionk. There were legitimate fears that Sandin’s season could be over, but Chris Johnston went on TSN Overdrive to dispel fears and reveal a positive development.

Here is what CJ had to say regarding the timeline today on OverDrivepic.twitter.com/Ihmcx1njeq
— OverDrive (@OverDrive1050) December 6, 2021

This is a relieving sight for the Leafe and their fans, especially considering Sandin had trouble getting back on his feet and returning to the bench. It could have ended much more poorly for the Swedish defensemen, but only missing less than a month of game action is better than being out for the remainder of the 2021-22 campaign.
Early in the third period, Sandin collided with Pionk via a knee-on-knee collision near the Jets crease. Sandin exited the game and did not return.

Rasmus Sandin is down.
Goes knee-on-knee with Neal Pionk pic.twitter.com/Nh1wVXSb9Y
— Omar (@TicTacTOmar) December 6, 2021

Pionk was given a hearing from the NHLPS today and was recently handed a two game suspension for the collision.
Not long afterwards, the Leafs retaliated with a serious of infractions that has …

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Author: Michael Mazzei / The Leafs Nation

News from the Rink: Marner not in Leafs lineup tonight, Woll starts vs. Jets

After a 4-3 shootout loss to the Minnesota Wild last night, the Leafs are back again facing the Winnipeg Jets this evening.
Toronto is entering tonight’s game without a regulation loss since November 20th vs. Pittsburgh at Scotiabank Arena. Winnipeg is coming into the game with six losses in their last eight games. However, they haven’t played since Friday, so expect them to be ready to go.
The Jets also haven’t had the best start to their season, but they also haven’t had the worst start. Just over a quarter way into the season, Winnipeg is a middle of the pack team in the Central Division with the same amount of points as Colorado and Dallas.
Only one player on the Jets is producing over a point-per-game this season, and that’s Kyle Connor. The 24-year-old has 25 points (14G, 11A) in 23 games.
Connor Hellebuyck is expected to be the starter to Winnipeg. In 18 games this year, he has eight wins and a .916 save percentage.
The Leafs projected lineup
Toronto’s lines will likely be similar to last night’s game in Minnesota.

#Leafs line rushes during warmup vs. #MNWild Dec. 4/21
Bunting-Matthews-SimmondsKerfoot-Tavares-NylanderEngvall-Kampf-KaseRitchie-Spezza-Anderson
Rielly-BrodieMuzzin-HollSandin-Dermott
Campbell (starter)Hutchinson
— David …

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Maple Leafs: 3 stars from week seven of the season (November 21-27)

Ending week six with a 2-0 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on home ice, the Toronto Maple Leafs were focused on starting another winning streak the following night on the road to take on the New York Islanders in their brand new UBS arena. However, prior to the loss to the Penguins, the Maple Leafs did pick up two wins during week six over the Predators and Rangers to extend their winning streak to five games at the time.
They opened up a four-game road trip Sunday night against the Islanders before they entered California to take on the Kings, Sharks, and soon to be Ducks, and the Maple Leafs played yet another great 60-minute effort against New York to pick up another win as they shut them out 3-0. Joseph Woll got the crease that night and earned his second career win, but more impressive, he earned his first career shutout that game.
After bouncing back from the loss to the Penguins with a win against the Islanders, the Maple Leafs were in Los Angeles to begin their California road trip and they did not disappoint the fans that stayed up late watching that game. With a start time …

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Author: Joseph Zita / The Leafs Nation

Could Khem Birch possibly stick in the Raptors starting lineup?

Could Khem Birch possibly stick in the Raptors starting lineup?

The injury bug has bitten the Toronto Raptors. Following the loss of OG Anunoby, coach Nick Nurse made the call to insert Khem Birch into the starting lineup, pushing Pascal Siakam to the power forward stop in a move that shifted the Raptors into a more traditional lineup. After a dominant win against the Sacramento […]
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Author: Tyler Hedmann / Raptors HQ

Nylander, Matthews combine for four points as the Maple Leafs shut out the Flyers

After coming off a 5-1 loss to the Los Angeles Kings in their last home game on their five-game homestand, the Toronto Maple Leafs were on the road to take on a hot Philadelphia Flyers team who were 6-2-2 coming into tonight’s contest. Some game-time decisions were made with Toronto tonight that included John Tavares being deemed unable to play and Ondrej Kase being good to go tonight. With Tavares’ absence, Kirill Semyonov slotted in the lineup and made his NHL debut tonight on the fourth line with Jason Spezza and Wayne Simmonds.
The Maple Leafs had a better start to the first period this game and were in the Flyers zone for an extended period of time on a couple of shifts early in the frame but didn’t produce anything on the scoresheet. The Maple Leafs had their chances as did the Flyers but the score remained 0-0 despite there being three power-plays in the first 20 minutes (one for Toronto and two for Philadelphia).
The second period was more so of the same for both teams as they both shared their scoring chances back and forth and Toronto was called for another penalty, this time by …

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Author: Joseph Zita / The Leafs Nation