BJN Radio – Ep. 89: The Blue Jays need bullpen help, Yankees fans are mad about All-Star voting, and more!

The Blue Jays are in a bit of a skid as they split a four-game series with the Orioles, got dropped by the Yankees, and then lost two of three to the White Sox.

In this episode of BJN Radio, we recapped the series with the White Sox and talked about how the Blue Jays are badly in need of some bullpen help. We also looked at the American League All-Star vote and why it’s making Yankees fans so upset.
After that, we looked ahead to the upcoming series with the Milwaukee Brewers and took a look back at the Rowdy Tellez trade that happened just over one year ago.
You can listen to the episode here… 
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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

BJN Radio – Ep. 41: Ups and downs with Chicago, the bag of cash on Robbie Ray’s horizon, and more!

A 2-2 split against a good team is pretty good, but not exactly great when you’re climbing the mountain the Blue Jays are.

That was quite a week of ups and downs. Alek Manoah helped the team to a gritty win on Monday, Jose Berrios got shelled immediately after on Tuesday. On Wednesday, Robbie Ray threw one of the better starts we’ve seen from a Blue Jay in a while, on Thursday, Hyun Jin Ryu got knocked around.
All told, two steps forward, two back.
Anyways! BK joined the show and we distracted ourselves from the chase by taking a needlessly early look at the off-season, based on Ross Atkins’ comments when talking with Bob McCown earlier this week. We went into some depth about Ray’s season, what kind of contract he’s going to earn, and whether the Blue Jays will open up their wallets to make it happen.
Finally, we took a quick look at the easy schedule on the horizon.
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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

BJN Radio – Ep. 11: Houston, Nate has a problem

After earning a split in Oakland, the Blue Jays rolled into Houston and dropped two of three against the Astros.

The series started with an ugly outing from Ross Stripling and then concluded with a frustrating outing from Nate Pearson in his 2021 Blue Jays debut. We talked on this week’s podcast about Big Nate’s struggles with command and whether it’s best for him to go down to Triple-A to work them out or whether the team should let him try to sort it by facing big-league competition.
We also talked about the state of the Blue Jays’ decimated bullpen, Cavan Biggio launching a homer in front of his parents, Rowdy Tellez coming back up and doing well at the plate, Danny Jansen regressing to the mean now that Alejandro Kirk is out long-term. Finally, we looked ahead to the series in Atlanta with the Braves.
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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

A Race To The Finish With The Detroit Tigers

After earning a split in their mini two-game series in Miami, the Blue Jays are now heading to Boston for a crucial five-game set with the Red Sox.

Heading into a series, I’ll generally do a look at the starting pitching match-ups, but, given the state of Boston’s pitching staff, there isn’t really much to look at. It’ll be Martin Perez on Thursday and then ‘Guy You Haven’t Heard Of’ followed by ‘Other Guy You Haven’t Heard Of’ with a touch of Zack Godley sprinkled in the middle.
From a Blue Jays’ perspective, it’ll be Taijuan Walker starting the series opener on Thursday. After that, we know Ross Stripling will start one of the games on Friday, and we can estimate that Tanner Roark will start the other, and then Saturday and Sunday should be Chase Anderson and the Julian Merryweather/Robbie Ray combination respectively.
But, of course, a lot can change over the course of a good old fashioned five-games-in-four-days-at-Fenway baseball fest, so… ¯_(ツ)_/¯
Anyways, this is a really, really important set for the Jays. The Sox are 12 …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

News and Notes as the Blue Jays host the struggling Red Sox

After earning a huge split in their four-game series with the Rays at The House of Horrors, the Blue Jays are rolling what, on paper, is a soft part of their schedule with a 14-13 record.

The Jays will host the Red Sox for three games and then Baltimore will head to Buffalo for a four-game set. After that, the Jays will head to Miami for a couple of games with the Marlins and then they’ll play a four-game set with the Sox at Fenway.
This is a prime stretch for the Jays to pile up some wins and create some distance between them and the pile of junk behind them in the standings. It’s really crucial they capitalize here given the fact they’ll be playing the Yankees 10 times in September.

#BlueJays injury updates – Giles throwing bullpen today – Bichette progressing well, hopeful to return to baseball activities on weekend– Pearson has flexor strain, resuming playing catch this weekend – Thornton to get 2nd opinion from Dr. Andrews Mon– Grichuk can DH today
— Kaitlyn McGrath (@kaitlyncmcgrath) August 25, 2020

We got a handful of injury updates, most of which were positive. Randal …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Toronto Raptors: Stock Take, plus Kyle Lowry is the best in the East

The Toronto Raptors split the difference in four games this week, but whose stock rose and who fell during the action? What goes up…must come down. The Toronto Raptors lived by that familiar saying this week, splitting their four games in half with two wins and two losses. The two wins came at the start […]
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Author: Thomas Valentine / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors: Stock Take, plus Kyle Lowry has a great week

The Toronto Raptors split a fairly quiet week with a win and a loss. Whose stock rose during the week and who took a hit? If you’re counting the Toronto Raptors are into the third week of the season and we’re now in our third edition of “Stock Take”. Time really flies by when you’re […]
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Author: Thomas Valentine / Raptors HQ

Series Preview: From one pair of Sox to another

The Blue Jays are coming home off of their split of the four-game series against the White Sox. Not only did the Blue Jays have to visit the scary side of Chicago, but they also had to play through horrendous weather conditions as well. Thankfully, they get to come home to a place that has a dome that only occasionally leaks.
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. has also started to heat up and was responsible for the Blue Jays scoring a combined 16 runs over their last three games. This offense has struggled to drive-in runs or even just hit the ball over the fence, as they currently rank last in the AL in home runs so far this month. The Blue Jays will need to find a way to create runs during this four-game series. As these Red Sox are coming into “The Six” with their hitting shoes on.
Monday at 1:07 ET
Edwin Jackson will make his second-start of the season in the opener of this series. The German-native pitched exactly the way the Blue Jays needed him to against the Giants last time out. Jackson went five innings and surrendered six hits, three runs(two earned) and a lone walk. The …

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Author: Thomas Hall / Blue Jays Nation