BJN Radio – Ep. 30: The brooms come out against the Rangers, the Blue Jays are come back to Toronto, and more!

The Blue Jays and kicking the crap out of the Texas Rangers — name a more iconic duo.

We learned on Friday that the Blue Jays are FINALLY coming home on July 30! The team seemed to be charged up by that so they went ahead and pounded the Rangers by a score of 10-2, powered by perhaps Vladdy’s biggest homer of the season. The game on Saturday was rained out, which led to a doubleheader sweep on Sunday by scores of 10-0 and 5-0. All told, the Blue Jays outscored Texas 25-2 over the weekend. You love to see it.
We talked about the good stuff from the series, which was literally everything, and then we talked about how good the vibes are going to be on July 30. I also made a bold prediction about who’s going to be taking the mound for The Return.
You can listen to the episode here…

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Meet the Sellers: Texas Rangers

You just saw how bad the Texas Rangers are. Woof!
They sit at the bottom of the AL West, 20 games back of the division-leading Houston Astros. The Rangers have a record of 35-58 and need to sell off pieces. 

Despite struggling in recent years, analysts have not been too high on the Rangers farm system. Heading into this season, MLB.com rated them the 21st prospect pool in the entire league. One specific player on the Rangers should net them a huge return, and I desperately want the Blue Jays to inquire. The Rangers should also have an effective closer and ace available.
Here are some players who fill the Blue Jays’ needs….
Ian Kennedy
The Rangers’ closer this season is expected to hit free agency at season’s end and could be an affordable late-inning option for the Blue Jays. He has spent this season on a minor league deal, so the organization would not be taking on much salary at all.
Ian Kennedy has been as reliable as they come this season, locking down 15 saves on 16 attempts. Through 30.1 innings, he has a respectable 2.67 ERA with a slightly alarming 3.90 FIP. Based on his FIP, he has been lucky and …

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Author: Eric Lightfoot / Blue Jays Nation

A new generation of Blue Jays carry on the tradition of clowning the Rangers

The Texas Rangers welcomed 40,000 fans to Globe Life Field in Arlington to watch their team do what they do best — get clowned by the Toronto Blue Jays. The bats showed up, Steven Matz was great in his debut, and the good guys won by a score of 6-2.

pic.twitter.com/1Jn6hFoASm
— tits andronicus (@ruhee_) April 5, 2021

Things worth mentioning…

The Steven Matz Revenge Tour is off to a great start. Matz, one of Pete Walker’s projects, had an excellent debut, going six-and-one-third while allowing just one earned run on two hits and one walk. That earned run really wasn’t on him, either, as Rowdy Tellez botched what should have been a double-play ball. Matz also picked up nine strikeouts, which was more than he had in any of his nine starts last season. Now, of course, the Rangers are really, really bad, so we shouldn’t get too far ahead of ourselves, but, damn, that’s a very encouraging sign from Matz.

Steven Matz, K’ing the side.
K’s 6, 7 and 8. pic.twitter.com/bM0GnxtiE0
— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) April 5, 2021

Texas’ reclamation project, Mike Foltynewicz did not have as good of a time as Matz did. The Blue Jays …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Will the Leafs be leaving New York with Alexandar Georgiev?

The Leafs are in New York to face the Rangers this evening, and depending on how desperate they’re feeling these days, they could be flying out of the city with a new goaltender in tow.
Links between Toronto and the Rangers’ Alexandar Georgiev have been talked about all season to this point, and will only get stronger as the deadline gets closer and especially if Andersen continues to miss games. This is driven by New York having to rectify a three-headed goalie situation, where Georgiev is set to receive a new RFA contract in the summer, but I also think part of it is particularly intriguing for Toronto fans because Georgiev has been a bit of a Leaf killer in the past.
Georgiev has seen plenty of action against the Maple Leafs in his career and has played well, posting a .929 save percentage across five games. That includes both starts against Toronto this season. In the most recent he made 44 saves on 48 shots.
With that in mind, it’s somewhat odd that the Rangers won’t start Georgiev tonight, instead opting for their unofficial third option, Igor Shesterkin. It’s tough to say if …

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Author: Ryan Fancey / The Leafs Nation

Doerrie: Why the Maple Leafs Can and Should Acquire Alexandar Georgiev

On Saturday night Headlines, it was reported that the Rangers are fielding calls on goaltender Alexandar Georgiev. The 23-year-old has appeared in 20 games for the Rangers this season and posted a .909 SV%.
For anyone unfamiliar with the Rangers goaltending situation, they have Henrik Lundqvist, Alex Georgiev and Igor Sheshterkin. The former is a Rangers legend who has seen his time in the crease decrease this season and the latter is one of the best goaltending prospects in hockey. It’s clear the Rangers believe that Shesterkin is the goalie of the future, leaving Georgiev as the odd man out.
Enter the Leafs, whose biggest issue is back-up goaltending. Not only that…Frederik Andersen is 30 years old and will be turning 32 on October 2nd, 2021. Considering he’s a UFA in July 2021, I’d argue acquiring Georgiev, a goaltender who has demonstrated he can win games at the NHL level, is a potential solution to the impending free agency of Andersen.
The Rangers have a significant need for talent up front and the Leafs have an abundance of one thing: talent upfront.
Let’s break down why this is a good idea and who could be …

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Author: Rachel Doerrie / The Leafs Nation

Maple Leafs Pregame #36: What to Watch for Against the Rangers

Tonight, the Toronto Maple Leafs and New York Rangers go head-to-head in Madison Square Garden in a classic Original Six contest.
It’s an important game for both teams as they try and turn their disappointing starts to the season around.
Here are some things to watch for in tonight’s game.
Lineups

LW
C
RW
Forwards
ZACH HYMAN
Rating: 74.4#39 LW

JOHN TAVARES
Rating: 79.9#9 C

MITCH MARNER
Rating: 78.1#7 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 77.48#6 FL1

WILLIAM NYLANDER
Rating: 73.6#43 LW

AUSTON MATTHEWS
Rating: 79.7#10 C

KASPERI KAPANEN
Rating: 72.0#83 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 75.11#11 FL2

PIERRE ENGVALL
Rating: 73.6#48 LW

ALEXANDER KERFOOT
Rating: 72.3#95 C

ILYA MIKHEYEV
Rating: 73.5#47 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 73.13#6 FL3

DMYTRO TIMASHOV
Rating: 73.0#64 LW

FREDERIK GAUTHIER
Rating: 70.5#154 C

JASON SPEZZA
Rating: 69.9#115 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 71.12#16 FL4

DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS
Defense
MORGAN RIELLY
Rating: 76.1#10 LD

TYSON BARRIE
Rating: 75.4#17 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 75.78#12 DL1

JAKE MUZZIN
Rating: 74.3#34 LD

JUSTIN HOLL
Rating: 72.9#54 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 73.59#16 DL2

TRAVIS DERMOTT
Rating: 72.4#74 LD

CODY CECI
Rating: 71.9#80 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 72.14#19 DL3

LW
C
RW
Forwards
CHRIS KREIDER
Rating: 73.6#50 LW

MIKA ZIBANEJAD
Rating: 78.6#15 C

JESPER FAST
Rating: 70.5#106 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 74.24#21 FL1

ARTEMI PANARIN
Rating: 80.2#5 LW

RYAN STROME
Rating: 73.6#60 C

PAVEL BUCHNEVICH
Rating: 71.7#87 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 75.18#9 FL2

BRENDAN LEMIEUX


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Author: Nicklaus Good / The Leafs Nation