Deadline Primer: The Rotation

Before we get started, it’s important to point out that the starting rotation options for this trade deadline are bleak at best. The likely strategy for most teams looking for pitching help will be to add to the bullpen, and The Blue Jays should be no different. But let’s have a look at some of the potential targets if Ross Atkins and the front office do decide to venture into a heavy seller’s market.

In 2020, the team added Taijuan Walker who had barely pitched in the two and a half years before becoming a Blue Jay. The acquisition cost was next to nothing, and the additions of starters-turned-relievers Robbie Ray and Ross Stripling were likely in the same vein. Walker went on to make six starts in a Blue Jays uniform and performed extremely well, exceeding all expectations. A similar, low-risk-high-reward move could be in the cards for The Jays this trade deadline, however, The Jays rotation is much more solidified this season than it was last.
Robbie Ray has emerged as the clear-cut ace of the staff, and despite a rough patch, Hyun-Jin Ryu appears to be getting back on track. A top of the rotation …

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Author: DeuceDoucette / Blue Jays Nation

Toronto Raptors: No. 3 pick odds hint Jarrett Allen could hit FA market

Toronto Raptors: No. 3 pick odds hint Jarrett Allen could hit FA market

The Toronto Raptors rumors have started to really kick off properly over the last few weeks, but one common thread that continues to pick up steam is that this team will look to acquire a new center, either via the draft with Evan Mobley or through free agency with a player like Jarrett Allen. The […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Rumours: The Leafs seem to believe in their group too much

Rumours: The Leafs seem to believe in their group too much

The offseason started off with the news that not many wanted to hear and that was the four big contract forwards weren’t going anywhere. Or at least that want the organization was pushing, but whether you are in the trade Marner camp or the trade Nylander, (or for that matter if you want Matthews or Tavares traded, there are enough Leafs fans that there are factions wanting everyone traded) Kyle Dubas started off the offseason by staying he would continue to pack the lineup full of value sized tubes of ground beef rather than address the lack of talent outside the main four forwards and top three defensemen. That was probably strike one for a lot of people.
After that there seemed to be a belief that the Leafs would want to move away from their older depth, and that youthful energy with upside was a better approach than draining the last hockey out of early 21st Century All-Stars. The re-signings of Jason Spezza and Wayne Simmonds certainly called that into question, although Simmonds accepted a pay cut that will likely accompany a reduced role, and I don’t think anyone was possibly going to complain about Jason Spezza, …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Looking at Robbie Ray’s excellent season and his next contract

I started writing this article in the middle of Sunday’s game after Ray walked the first batter and gave up a double in the top of the second. What did Ray do? Well, he said “screw this” and struck out the next three batters.

All told, Ray pitched seven innings, allowing two earned runs (one should not have been earned), struck out six and walked two. While he left in line for the loss, Ray pitched like an ace with no run support. He left the game with an ERA of 3.36.
That is an ace. Robbie Ray is an ace.
If you’re reading this article, you watch the Jays and know how good Robbie Ray is. You know that the Jays traded Travis “F’ing” Bergen for Robbie Ray and later got Bergen back. You know that Robbie Ray was the first free agent to sign. You know that Robbie Ray has been the Blue Jays’ best pitcher this year.
Instead, I want to focus on what a potential extension looks like and what happens if they don’t re-sign him, which would be one of the worst moves this front office could ever make.
Comparable signings…
Ray …

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Author: Brennan Delaney / Blue Jays Nation

Toronto Raptors have done due diligence on several Top 10 prospects

Toronto Raptors have done due diligence on several Top 10 prospects

The Toronto Raptors started preparing for the 2021 NBA Draft as if they would only end up picking seventh overall, giving them a chance to land one of the better second-tier prospects in this draft. Names like Florida State’s Scottie Barnes and Tennessee’s Keon Johnson were all identified as potential targets in that range. However, […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Page 6ix Wednesday, June 16th: And then there were four

Well friends, the Stanley Cup semifinals have started and just as everyone predicted, the remaining four teams are the Golden Knights, the Lightning, the Islanders, and the Canadiens. Exactly as planned, amirite? ANYWAYS, that’s fun, I guess. Let’s see what else is going on.
Leafs Land

Mirtle: This appears to be the end for Zach Hyman as a Maple Leaf https://t.co/UvQg36QSDg
— The Athletic Toronto (@TheAthleticTO) June 16, 2021

Haha okay never mind we’re done here.
 
 
Just kidding. Kind of. SIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIGH so apparently chatter is picking up about zachhymanleavingtheleafs and I don’t want to talk about it, okay?
Elsewhere, Auston Matthews, Frederik Andersen, and apparently William Nylander checked out a UFC event with Justin Bieber, nbd.

photo of Justin Bieber and hockey player, Auston Matthews, spotted at a UFC event tonight. (June 12) pic.twitter.com/6sVhQGp10s
— Tanya Hilleshiem (@TanyaHilleshiem) June 13, 2021

Fan reactions to the reporting of this were hilarious:

the nhl is so bad at their jobs that not only is auston “a hockey player” and freddie isn’t even mentioned, apparently willy was with them too and is not in ANY photos https://t.co/3Vu9dswFRX
— liv (@happygo_pucky) June 13, 2021

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Author: Mer / The Leafs Nation

Charlie Montoyo sounds off after yet another bullpen meltdown

Another day, another meltdown from the bullpen.

Hyun Jin Ryu started for the Blue Jays on Tuesday against the New York Yankees and worked his way through six innings while allowing three earned runs. It was far from Ryu’s best outing but it was good enough for the Blue Jays to earn a win, as they scored five runs off of Yankee starter Jordan Montgomery.
After Ryu came out, the wheels completely fell off. Here’s how it went down…

Anthony Castro allowed a solo homer to Brett Gardener and a double to DJ LeMahieu. He struck out Aaron Judge, threw a wild pitch that allowed LeMahieu to score, and then walked Gleyber Torres. That was it for Castro.
Next up, Carl Edwards Jr. came into the game and got Giancarlo Stanton to fly out. He then left the game with an injury. Tim Mayza then came in and walked Gio Urshela but got Gary Sanchez to ground out to end the inning.
Mayza stayed in for the eighth inning and allowed a single to Miguel Andujar and then struck out Chris Gittens. Jordan Romano then came into the game and allowed Clint Fraizer to drive in the go-ahead …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Toronto Raptors: 3 surprise free agents who could sign 1-year deals

Toronto Raptors: 3 surprise free agents who could sign 1-year deals

The Toronto Raptors’ offseason has only just started and the rumor mill has already begun to swirl when it comes to the draft, free agency, and trades this organization should pursue. There are tons of names being thrown out there when it comes to all aspects of this offseason and some are much more realistic […]
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Author: Jack Long / Raptors HQ

Toronto Six re-sign Shiann Darkangelo to kick off free agency

NWHL free agency has started, and this morning the Toronto Six made their first move. In a press release, they celebrated the re-signing of captain Shiann Darkangelo.
“The Toronto Six started free agency on a strong note, re-signing their fearless leader in forward and captain Shiann Darkangelo, who returns for her second season with the organization.
“I am very excited to be re-signing with the Six for season seven as we make a run for the Isobel Cup,” Darkangelo said. “I look forward to playing on home ice and hopefully meeting more fans.”
Across 35 career NWHL contests, Darkangelo has tallied 28 points, recording 17 goals while adding 11 assists. She was among the Original Five players to sign with the Six for their inaugural 2020-21 season, along with Elaine Chuli, Taylor Woods, Emma Greco and Kristen Barbara. Together, the group captured a regular season title in Lake Placid competition, with Darkangelo tying Amy Curlew and Sarah-Eve Coutu-Godbout in points. In the Isobel Cup semifinals, she played on the team’s top line with Emma Woods and league MVP Mikyla Grant-Mentis.”
Look forward to more Six and NWHL moves as free agency continues!

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Author: Mer / The Leafs Nation

TLN Three Stars: 40 in 49 for our favourite #34

The Toronto Maple Leafs started this game looking for redemption after losing in OT to the Montreal Canadiens a few nights ago. Well, they wanted redemption, and they got it. Just 15 seconds after puck drop Alex Galchenyuk opened the scoring for the Leafs. They didn’t stop there, as goals by John Tavares, Pierre Engvall, and Mitch Marner followed. The Leafs were up 4-0 at the end of the first, with 4 goals on 15 SOG. The second period was a bit more back and forth, it included a goal that was unfortunately called off for Ilya Mikheyev, and a goal for the Canadiens by none other than Cole Caufield. Just over three minutes into the third, Artturi Lehkonen got another past Jack Campbell making it 4-2. But, Auston Matthews managed to score another for the Leafs in the last few minutes of the period, ending the game at 5-2, giving the Leafs an exciting W.
Three Stars
3rd Star: Mitch Marner
Well a happy belated birthday going out to Mitch Marner! Marner was buzzing around the ice tonight, as he always is. I think it’s a thing of true beauty to be able to watch Marner play on this team, …

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Author: Roxanne Khasow / The Leafs Nation