It all comes down to Game 162

The Blue Jays need to win on Sunday.

I mean, we’ve known all along that Toronto needs to pull off a sweep against the Baltimore Orioles this weekend in order to make the playoffs, but, now it’s a literal must-win situation. No matter what New York, Boston, or Seattle does, the Blue Jays will be out of the picture with a loss on Sunday.
The Blue Jays have done their job thus far. They squeezed out a needlessly stressful win on Friday night and then they handed out a shit-kicking on Saturday afternoon to put their record at 90-71 on the season. The Yankees have dropped both of their games against the Rays and the Red Sox have won both of their games against the Nationals, so they sit at 91-70 each.
Tomorrow we have…
Hyun Jin Ryu vs Bruce Zimmermann. We haven’t seen Zimmermann yet this season but he has a 4.66 ERA over the course of 13 outings and his peripherals (7.8 K/9, 3.1 BB/9, 5.22 FIP) are even worse than what his boxcars indicate. The Blue Jays should hit this guy, and they might need to because we have no idea what to expect from Ryu. After a stint …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Looking back on the best moments from the Blue Jays’ homecoming

If you’re a fan of the Toronto Blue Jays, you don’t need me to tell you that it’s been a good couple of weeks.

After 670 days playing home games in Buffalo and Dunedin, the team finally returned to the Rogers Centre, something that the players seemed to have been every bit as excited for as the fans were. What followed was nothing short of magical. The Blue Jays won 9 of their 11 games on the homestand, sweeping the Royals in the opening series, then taking 3 of 4 from both Cleveland and the Red Sox respectively.
There’s an argument to be made that this was the greatest regular-season homestand in team history. I’m sure it’s far from the first time the team has taken 9 of their 11 games, but the combination of a playoff race heating up, and the fans getting a chance to see their beloved team for the first time in almost two years builds a pretty strong argument. 
I haven’t been able to get these last 11 games off of my mind, and based on the current state of the Blue Jays online community, it appears I’m far from alone. All I want is …

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Author: Isaac Boloten / Blue Jays Nation

Should the Toronto Raptors consider Lauri Markkanen in free agency?

Should the Toronto Raptors consider Lauri Markkanen in free agency?

The Toronto Raptors will need to address their frontcourt rotation in the offseason, as that collection of talent appears to be substandard even when you don’t factor in Pascal Siakam’s shoulder injury, which is expected to sideline him for the early parts of the season. Could a big name like Lauri Markkanen help turn this […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

The great goalie shuffle of 2021 and the possible Leafs targets

Kyle Dubas has identified finding a goaltender as his top need in the offseason. That need has then been re-identified by everyone who covers the Leafs. Who am I to say it’s wrong? (It’s kinda wrong, but also kinda right.)
Of course the Leafs won’t be alone in their search for goaltending, with Frank Seravalli estimating that at least a quarter of the league is looking to seriously address the position. This is somewhat of a farce given that most of the goaltenders available are players in the same situation as Leafs fans view Frederik Andersen to be in. The goaltender isn’t cutting it and it’s time to move on from them. The Braden Holtby, Martin Jones, and Mikko Koskinen options are basically taking another teams rotten goaltender via trade. A borderline buyout candidate who wouldn’t deliver much in net. With a 50% salary retention, these might represent the opportunity for the Leafs to add a goaltender with a cheaper cap hit, possible pick up an asset or unload some salary, and then cross our fingers that their previous bad situation can be corrected by the Leafs, a team that definitely has a track record …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors free agency: 3 Pacific Division free agents to chase

Toronto Raptors free agency: 3 Pacific Division free agents to chase

The Toronto Raptors need to keep their eyes peeled for free agents that could plug up some holes on this roster, as the process of getting back to the postseason starts with knocking it out of the mark in August. Raptors free agency is about to kick off in earnest in the coming weeks. The […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Seravalli: Darcy Kuemper a trade target for the Leafs

It’s no secret the Leafs need to add a goaltender heading into next season, and there is a certain preference towards that goaltender being able to either share the workload, or push Jack Campbell. Today Frank Seravalli is suggesting that fellow late bloomer, and product of Dusty Imoo/Bill Ranford could be their target.
Arizona Coyotes goaltender @Darcy Kuemper has emerged as a primary target for the Toronto Maple Leafs and Colorado Avalanche. Both teams remain in contact and conversation with their pending free agents in @Frederik Andersen and @Philipp Grubauer, respectively, but trade talks have been ongoing with Arizona as the Avs and Leafs consider the goaltending market at-large. The Seattle Kraken are also believed to have interest in Kuemper.
So this comes as a bit of a surprise as the Leafs were initially not interested in Kuemper due to only having one year remaining on his contract, and the wish to avoid rental situations as well as having all three goaltender contracts (Kuemper, Campbell, Hutchinson) coming up at the same time.
Some of the logic around Kuemper’s availability is connected to the fact that his salary is $5.5M this season on a cap hit of $4.5M, …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors: 3 styles of play Raps must target in potential additions

Toronto Raptors: 3 styles of play Raps must target in potential additions

The Toronto Raptors need to make some huge additions to the bedrock of this team, as they have enough cap space to pull off some moves that could get them back to the postseason after a year in the lottery due to their bad luck. The Raptors were able to become one of the more […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors: NBA Draft Combine star Joe Wieskamp could be a solid addition

Raptors: NBA Draft Combine star Joe Wieskamp could be a solid addition

The Toronto Raptors need to work on accomplishing two goals simultaneously over the next few weeks. While they need to narrow down their preferences with regards to who they want to draft with the No. 4 pick in the 2021 NBA Draft, they also need to see if a player like Iowa’s Joe Wieskamp would […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors: 3 rumors from Atlantic rivals that aren’t good news

Toronto Raptors: 3 rumors from Atlantic rivals that aren’t good news

The Toronto Raptors need to make some seismic moves in order to reclaim their spot among the elite in the Eastern Conference, and Raptors rumors have been flying around as Nick Nurse and the front office try to figure out what went wrong last year and how to correct those flaws. What makes this semi-rebuild […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors: 2 reasons to trade for Collin Sexton, and 1 reason not to

Toronto Raptors: 2 reasons to trade for Collin Sexton, and 1 reason not to

The Toronto Raptors know that they need to shake some things up this offseason, and the expected departure of Kyle Lowry could force them to go big with regards to adding a replacement at the point guard spot. If they are feeling really bold and brash, they could choose to go after Cleveland Cavaliers point […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ