Errors prove costly as Yankees defeat Jays 5-2, clinch division

Dan Shulman made one of the better points of the night. The Blue Jays can play with anyone, but they can’t be successful handing the opposition more opportunities. I’m paraphrasing, but that turned out to be the tone of the game tonight, as the Yankees beat the Blue Jays 5-2 to clinch the AL East.
The rollercoaster ride that has been Jose Berrios’ season looks like it is still at another low point, as the righty allowed five earned runs over 5.1 innings, despite registering his 1,000th career strikeout tonight. While the loud contact was way down, the Yankees gave him death by a thousand paper cuts, if you will, as seven of the nine hits he allowed were singles.
George Springer homered off of Yankees starter Jameson Taillon to lead off the game, but the offense struggled to produce much else until the later innings. The Yankees took a 2-1 lead in the 3rd inning, however, behind a couple of RBI singles from Anthony Rizzo and Gleyber Torres.
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Raptors: 3 bold predictions for Christian Koloko in 2022-23

Raptors: 3 bold predictions for Christian Koloko in 2022-23

The Toronto Raptors made a very strong draft choice at No. 33 overall in the 2022 NBA Draft, as they addressed their lack of tremendous height by adding 7-1 Arizona center Christian Koloko. Considering how many prognosticators expected him to be picked in the first round, the Raptors were regarded to have pulled off quite […]
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Raptors: Realistic projections for Scottie Barnes in second season

Raptors: Realistic projections for Scottie Barnes in second season

The Toronto Raptors made one of the best draft picks in franchise history when they were somehow able to turn the seventh-best lottery odds in the 2021 NBA Draft into the No. 4 overall pick and Florida State star Scottie Barnes. Toronto’s versatile forward beat out Evan Mobley and Cade Cunningham for Rookie of the […]
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The biggest trade in Toronto Raptors history that never happened

The biggest trade in Toronto Raptors history that never happened

The Toronto Raptors have made some crazy trades in the course of their franchise history, but once canceled swap with the Los Angeles Lakers could have been the most impactful non-Kawhi Leonard deal this club ever pulled off. It centered around Tracy McGrady before his formative NBA seasons. McGrady was a huge risk coming out […]
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3 reasons not to panic if Raptors don’t acquire Kevin Durant

3 reasons not to panic if Raptors don’t acquire Kevin Durant

The Toronto Raptors made waves early in the offseason thanks to their pursuit of Kevin Durant. Even though such a trade would be borderline unprecedented across NBA history, the Raptors are still hanging around the KD sweepstakes thanks to a stockpile of assets they have accumulated. In addition to a heap of draft picks, the […]
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Marlies sign Logan Shaw to three-year AHL contract

There’s been a few deals made by the Maple Leafs today and now the Toronto Marlies want to get in on free agency.

News | We’ve signed forward Logan Shaw to a three-year AHL contract. #ForeverStartsHere
— Toronto Marlies (@TorontoMarlies) July 13, 2022

Logan Shaw will join the Marlies on a three-year AHL contract, meaning he won’t be going up to the NHL unless signed to an NHL contract. He spent the last two seasons in Ottawa with the Senators and Belleville in the AHL.
Playing in the American Hockey League, Shaw finished last season with 35 (15G, 20A) points in 53 games. The 29-year-old was also the captain on Belleville last year.
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Ilya Lyubushkin signs with the Sabres on a two-year deal

One of the Leafs’ trade-deadline acquisitions has made the move to a divisional rival.

Ex-Leaf D Ilya Lyubushkin headed to BUF.
— Bobby Margarita (@TSNBobMcKenzie) July 13, 2022

Bob McKenzie added that Ilya Lyubishkin’s deal with the Sabres is two years and is valued at $2.75 million AAV.
Lyubushkin arrived in Toronto as the result of Nick Ritchie failing to live up to expectations through the first five months of the season. The Coyotes took him on along with a conditional draft pick in exchange for Lyubushkin and Ryan Dzingel in a February trade.
He was not brought in to add some offensive punch to the backend, as he would only score six points in 31 games played after the trade along with a single assist in seven postseason games. But Lyubushkin added that snarl and physical element that was sorely missed after Zach Bogosian left in the summer of 2021 to rejoin the Lightning.
It obviously would have been nice to bring him back as a third pairing or seventh defenceman, but the contract he got from Buffalo was a hefty one and the best action was to let him walk. Now it will be up to Kyle Dubas to find the next Lyubushkin in free agency or within the organization.
Best of luck with the Sabres, Boosh!
Stats from Hockey-Reference.com and Natural Stat Trick.
Salary information from PuckPedia.com.
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Nicholas Aube-Kubel signs with the Leafs for $1M

The Leafs have made another signing by bringing in Nicholas Aube-Kubel for one year.

#Leafs announce a 1-year deal for Nicolas Aube-Kubel at $1 million.
— Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) July 13, 2022

Calling Aube-Kubel a bargain might be a bit of a stretch as he is slated for 4th line duty, but he’s certainly priced right for the work he’ll be doing. The recent Stanley Cup Champion obviously brings that experience to the room as well. You just might not want him carrying the cup:

Team
CF/60
CA/60
CF%
GF/60
GA/60
GF%
xGF/60
xGA/60
xG%
HDCF/60
HDCA/60
HDCF%
PDO
PHI
49.9
65.05
43.41
0.89
3.56
20
1.82
3.63
33.35
7.13
19.6
26.67
0.939
COL
53.03
53.95
49.57
2.68
1.29
67.44
2.32
2.31
50.17
9.98
10.62
48.43
1.041
At 26 years old the Leafs are again looking at young guys who can fit in with the age of most of their roster, and while his underlying numbers don’t stand out, he’s really being brought in for the fourth line physical presence.

GP
G
PTS
PIM
S%
TOI
ATOI
BLK
HIT
Total
74
11
23
47
12.6
726
9:49
18
140
PHI
7
0
1
6
0
69
9:49
1
17
COL
67
11
22
41
14.1
658
9:49
17
123
Aube-Kubel will likely be competing with the likes of Wayne Simmonds, Joey Anderson, and players like Curtis Douglas and Bobby McMann for his ice time and even considering him a lock to be in the Leafs lineup is a stretch. At $1M his contract is completely buriable and is just enough that it may deter other teams from claiming him off waivers. He therefore is a great depth option even if he doesn’t grab a spot on the Leafs, though playing in 74 games last year, largely on the cup winning team means he’s likely going to make the cut.
All and all, it’s a depth signing. No need to be excited or upset. He’s a decent enough add.
Data from Evolving Hockey, Hockey Reference, and Natural Stat Trick
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Meet the Sellers (sort of): Miami Marlins

Fun fact: The Miami Marlins have made the playoffs three times in their 30-year  existence. The first two times, they won the World Series.

Is it fair to call the Marlins sellers? I’d argue they still have a shot as they’re only four games back for the final wild card spot, but they have a lot of high ceiling players on their team.
Sure, the Jays only have four more wins than the team from Florida. Regardless, we’ll look at expiring players as well as a position where they have a surplus of talented players.
Joey Wendle:
We’ll start with the position player. Did you know that Joey Wendle has been to an all-star game, representing the 2021 AL East winning Tampa Bay Rays?
Statistics:
Joey Wendle’s 2022 season can be characterized as a contact hitter. This season, he’s slashing .267/.326/.338 with two homers (Miami does have a pitcher’s ballpark) in 129 plate appearances. His BB% sits at a solid 7%, but he rarely strikes out, as he only has a K% of 10.1%. His 2022 wRC+ sits at 105.
In his all star season, he posted a .265/.319/.422 slash line with 11 homers in 501 plate appearances. His wRC+ sat at 106 and he had a low BB% of 5.6% while his K% skyrocketed to a career high 22.6%. After this season, Wendle was traded for former first rounder, Kameron Misner, who’s ranked as the Rays thirteenth best prospect.

Joey Wendle – Miami Marlins (2) pic.twitter.com/0YBiPn8ZYu
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The Leafs select Dennis Hildeby with the 122nd pick in the 2022 NHL Draft

The Leafs made another move on the draft floor, trading next year’s fourth-rounder in exchange for the 122nd pick and selecting overage goaltender Dennis Hildeby out of Färjestad in the SHL.

The newest member of Leafs Nation: Dennis Hildeby #NHLDraft | #LeafsForever pic.twitter.com/XMQw5G53hT
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) July 8, 2022

Hildeby, who stands 6’6″ and weighs 234 pounds, has already been passed over in the draft a couple of times but put up solid numbers this past season. Through 12 games at the J20 level, he put up a 2.80 GAA and .931 SV%, and managed a 1.93 GAA to go along with a .931 SV% through seven games in the SHL.

Dennis Hildeby i @farjestad_bk med sina första seger i hemmadebuten i SHL#SHL #twittpuck #ishockey pic.twitter.com/mtL0OJwgx4
— SHL.se (@SHLse) February 18, 2022

Stay tuned for more on all of the Leafs’ draft picks.
 
(Statistics from EliteProspects.com)
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