News and Notes as the Blue Jays host the Marlins in Buffalo

Home sweet alternate home!

After a two-and-a-half week slog on the road, the Blue Jays have finally been able to settle down at Sahlen Field in Buffalo. Tuesday night will be the team’s long-awaited home opener, and it’ll also be the first big-league game played in Buffalo in well over a century.
The cardboard cutouts in attendance will be getting one hell of a treat in this two-game series as the Jays are sending Hyun Jin Ryu and Nate Pearson to the mound to christen the newly-renovated Sahlen Field. Facing the Blue Jays will the Miami Marlins, who, for some reason, own a sparkling 7-3 record this season.

The #Marlins just won a baseball game with:
•A SP who had never pitched above high-A making his MLB debut •An Olympic speedskater starting at second base •17 players on the 10-day IL •One player with above a .300 average (and he only has 9 ABs)
They are 7-1.
— Peter Baugh (@Peter_Baugh) August 8, 2020

I really can’t explain why the Marlins have gotten off to such a hot start. Looking up and down their lineup, nobody is really tearing the cover off the ball, …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

A pair of Leafs make Craig Button’s top prospect list

Sweet, sweet validation. It’s what everyone craves. How else would we know that Rasmus Sandin and Nick Robertson are good unless someone puts numbers next to their name?
In what I’m sure will be a flood of World Juniors related takes, Craig Button has released his list of top NHL affiliated prospects today, and shockingly everyone who had a good World Junior tournament is ranked at the top.
Drop the smugness and tell me where he ranked them
Button placed Rasmus Sandin as the 6th best NHL affiliated prospect and Nick Robertson at 17. Sandin, who was ranked last year as well, jumped 20 spots from 26th on the list, and Button made the following comments on him…
The 19-year-old opened the season by playing in six games for the Leafs before being sent back to the AHL Marlies. He was also a huge part of Sweden’s run to a bronze medal at the World Juniors, serving as an alternate captian and scoring 10 points (three goals, seven assists) in seven games.
Sandin makes plays in every single area of the game and in all situations. He mixes an exceptional hockey IQ with a lightning-quick processor.

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation