There’s no “Goaltending Controversy” because it’s a double goalie league now

Freddy Andersen, the Leafs’ starter, has been bad. Jack Campbell, the team’s back-up, has been good. What do we have here? A good old fashioned Goaltending Controversy? Not quite. Not in 2020, at least.

The odds that we get at least one “GOALTENDING CONTROVERSY?!?” headline in Toronto before the end of the season are like 100%, right?
— draglikepull (@draglikepull) February 13, 2020

Goaltending has been a major topic of conversation in Toronto all season, mostly because it hasn’t been very good. Andersen, who had been one of the most valuable players on the team in recent years, is having the worst season of his career, while back-up Michael Hutchinson came nowhere close to getting the job done in his role.
All told, the two of them have produced a save percentage just a shade over .900 in all situations, which has played a very key role in the reason the team ranks 27th in the league in goals against and is currently fighting tooth and nail for a playoff spot.

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Author: Cam Lewis / The Leafs Nation

Kaskisuo recalled, the worst is assumed for Freddie Andersen

After your starter goes down and you doesn’t return the last thing you want to see is that a goaltender has been recalled from your farm team.
Bad news, everyone…

The @MapleLeafs have recalled goaltender Kasimir Kaskisuo from the @TorontoMarlies (AHL).
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) February 4, 2020
Yes, that’s a thing that just happened.
Before we completely start panicking, this could be a recall just to get Kaskisuo some work with the Leafs while Andersen receives a full evaluation from the Leafs medical staff today. It could also be an opportunity to give Andersen the next game off, and Kaskisuo will back up Hutchinson, which isn’t the absolute worst thing that could happen.
There’s the fact that if you ignore his relief outings, Michael Hutchinson has been pretty good when he starts lately. There’s also the fact that Kaskisuo hasn’t been bad on the Marlies, and maybe, just maybe he’s gonna surprise us all someday.
That’s the end of the optimism.
The reality is the Leafs are very possibly in a situation of their own making, where …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Stroman: “I’ve come to terms with it and I’m ready to dominate”

Always wearing his heart on his sleeve, starter Marcus Stroman had some words for fans, media and the front office during a scrum after his fantastic start Wednesday night.
The 28-year-old pitcher was clearly emotional after what could be his last start as a member of the Toronto Blue Jays and will most likely be his last start at Rogers Centre.
“This start could be my last outing here” said Stroman. “I’ve always been emotional, I feel like I’ve had a pretty good tenure as a Blue Jay, I feel like I’ve pitched pretty well in the best division in baseball.”
While rumours swirl on what team might be acquiring Stroman, he might in fact stay within the division and be on the Yankees roster as the July 31 trading deadline passes.
It almost feels like a forgone conclusion that he won’t be in Toronto once that deadline passes and any talk of a possible extension has been smothered.
“There’s been no willingness from the front office to sign me, so I’ve just come to terms with it and I’m ready to dominate, wherever that may be,” said Stroman.
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Author: Thomas Williams / Blue Jays Nation

Sanchez suffers blister in game against White Sox

In a demolishing of the Chicago White Sox, starter Aaron Sanchez left early due to an apparent finger injury after training staff evaluation.

UPDATE: RHP Aaron Sanchez was removed from tonight’s game with a right middle finger blister.
— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) May 18, 2019

In a potential bounceback season, Sanchez is now looking at some substantial time out after he was checked out of the game Friday night. He has dealt with finger issues previously, especially blisters that caused him to miss a large portion of the 2018 season.
The 26-year-old has made nine starts before Friday, a total of 48 innings with an ERA of 3.75, 8.63 K/9 rate and a 1.50 WHIP.
After some early control struggles this season, it appeared that he was on-track to at least return to some of his 2016 form and be relied on in the number-two spot for the rotation. But with him now missing some time, the future looks bleak and uncertain for the Jays starters.

This also means #BlueJays need six innings from their bullpen today
That’s a problem, since tomorrow was likely to be a bullpen day
— Ben Nicholson-Smith (@bnicholsonsmith) May 18, 2019

Already down to four starters, the Jays were set to have a bullpen day for …

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Author: Thomas Williams / Blue Jays Nation