The Blue Jays are reportedly among the teams who have been “most aggressive” in pursuit of Seiya Suzuki

There isn’t much going on these days as we wade into the nothingness of the lockout, but we learned this weekend that the Blue Jays were among the teams who were pursuing Seiya Suzuki, an outfielder from Japan.

According to an MLB Notebook post in the Boston Sports Journal by Sean McAdam, the Blue Jays, Yankees, and Red Sox are apparently the teams who have been the “most aggressive” in pursuit of Suzuki.
The Renfroe-for-Bradley swap has more than a few people in the game believing that the Sox are intent on landing Japanese outfielder Seiya Suzuki, whose posting process was frozen when the lockout went in effect. The thinking: Suzuki could play right field for the Sox, replacing Renfroe both defensively and as a productive right-handed bat. The Sox could then keep Kike Hernandezin center and Alex Verdugoin left. That may well be true, but though one major league source reports the Yankees, Blue Jays, and Red Sox have been the most aggressive in pursuit of Suzuki, teams can hardly be certain of the player’s attention. The Sox could, after all, be the highest bidders for Suzuki, only to learn that he would rather play on the …

Read More

Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Jack Campbell is an elite goaltender, maybe

In the early days of these Staturday columns last season, I took a look at the incredible numbers that Jack Campbell was putting up. It was after only 8 games of the 2020 season, and was at a point where we still weren’t sure whether he or Frederik Andersen was our starting goalie. The conclusion was: he’s playing like a top-5 goalie in the NHL, but it’s only 8 games.
Since then, the former 11th overall pick and USNTDP product has made a consistent case that he could be on the Olympics team for the USA.
In 37 games across the 2020-21 and 2021-22 seasons, per Evolving Hockey, Campbell has a 93.09% save percentage in all situations, good for second in the league behind only Jeremy Swayman, who has half of the ice time that Campbell does.
But while save percentage is simultaneously one of the easiest and most valuable goalie stats we have, efforts by people smarter than me over the years have attempted to come up with better ways to evaluate goalies than that. We’ll look at some of those ways here, and what picture they paint about the goaltending elite status of Jack Campbell.
Danger, Danger! HDSV%!
One …

Read More

Author: Ryan Hobart / The Leafs Nation

The NHL and NHLPA agree on Olympic participation. Which Leafs will be going?

Oh boy, the Olympics. Growing up these seemed like an exciting time when we as a nation would come together and drive to Petro Canada to pick up commemorative glassware. Now the Olympics seem more like an acknowledgement that athletes really like the games and we should politely encourage them while accepting a healthy dose of IOC corruption in the process.
I mean, “GO CANADA!”

NHL and NHLPA announce agreement with IIHF on player participation at the 2022 Winter Olympics: https://t.co/Yv5SkZIq0l pic.twitter.com/2GRSRTKwfE
— NHLPA (@NHLPA) September 3, 2021

My jaded views aside, the announcement today that the NHL will be sending athletes to the Winter Games is an exciting one. A best on best hockey tournament featuring All-Star teams from Canada, the United States, Russian (or whatever we’re calling their team now), Sweden, and Finland is exciting. As are the potential upsets from expansion team caliber rosters from the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Germany. And we’ll also get to see the Latvian, Chinese, Swiss, and Danish team enjoy some free ice-time.
Shutting down the NHL for a few weeks just as the season enters its final stretch might not be for everyone, but it …

Read More

Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

BJN Radio – Ep. 40: Rock Bottom

Woooof, that’s about as bad as it gets.

We had these games against bad teams like the Detroit Tigers circled on the calendar for months as an opportunity for the Blue Jays to finally smack somebody around and hit their stride. That didn’t happen this weekend.
Despite getting three strong starts — an ace performance from Robbie Ray, a vintage Hyun Jin Ryu outing, and a strong showing from Steven Matz — the Blue Jays couldn’t hit anything the Tigers threw at them. Worst of all, they couldn’t hit Drew Hutchison, who none of us knew was still in the league just a few weeks ago.
We talked about that miserable series, the team’s lack of clutch and killer instinct, and tried to come up with some positives. It wasn’t easy!
You can listen to the episode here…

Read More

Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Rowdy Tellez has been traded to the Brewers for pitcher Trevor Richards

We’ll no longer be Getting Rowdy around these parts.

Ken Rosenthal reported on Tuesday that Rowdy Tellez has been dealt to the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for right-handed pitcher Trevor Richards.
It really looked like Rowdy had figured things out at the plate in 2020. He slashed an impressive .283/.346/.540 line, clubbed eight dingers, and had a solid 11-to-20 walk-to-strikeout rate. The key for Rowdy was cutting down on swinging at pitches outside of the zone.
That said, this was only a 35-game sample size, so it was far from certain if Rowdy was just on a heater, much like the one he had when he debuted in 2018, or if it was actually him figuring it out.
In 50 games with the Blue Jays this season, Rowdy posted a paltry .209/.272/.338 slash line with nine walks and a whopping 33 strikeouts. Without any positional versatility and a cold bat, he ultimately lost his spot on the 26-man roster and wound up in Triple-A.
Coming back to Toronto will be another much-needed relief pitcher. Trevor Richards started his career with the Marlins, was sent to Tampa Bay in the Nick Anderson deal in 2019, and was sent to Milwaukee a couple of months ago in the …

Read More

Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

AL East Report – June 15

Sox cause depression. Writing these blogs gives me depression. I have to go back to the deepest parts of my brain and remember every single blown Blue Jays game of the week. The Jays had a Sox filled week, winning three and losing four. Literally three of those losses were down to the bullpen; however, both of Dolis’ “poor” outings were a product of little league defense. We’ll get into it.

This week the Jays play a three game series against the Yankees in Buffalo, meaning we have to listen to Buck and Tabler and then they FINALLY get to play against the bad birds of the east where they will cannibalize the Orioles for 3 games at Camden Yards. 
The Jays are 8.5 games back of the leading Tampa Bay Rays and 3.5 games back behind the filthy Astros. Enough excuses, win some games. Speaking of Tampa, who are they playing? Who are the Boston Red Sox playing? Who are the two teams at the bottom of the East playing this week?
Let’s find out.
Tampa Bay Rays:
 In last week’s article, the Jays were 6 games behind the Rays for the division lead. Mentioned earlier, they now sit 8.5 games …

Read More

Author: Brennan Delaney / Blue Jays Nation

Our playlist for dealing with the Leafs

Our playlist for dealing with the Leafs

To say we’ve been feeling down around these parts is probably an understatement. We’re having a rough couple of weeks coming to terms with not only the Leafs loss, but the fact that the sweeping changes we want to see are very unlikely to happen. I know I’ve ate my feelings, drank my feelings, and rode my bike out into the woods to dance out my feelings. While I recommend all those coping mechanisms, the ones that we as a TLN team can collectively work through together is feeling our feelings through music. It’s for that reason that we’ve put together a playlist of songs based on the question: What song are you listening to in order to cope with the Leafs losing? 
Here’s our playlist:
Ryan Hobart:
As it was a rainy day today, and the Leafs are not in the playoffs anymore, I was self-medicating by listening to Taylor Swift’s latest new album, Evermore. While listening to Tis the Damn Season, it seemed to really answer some feelings I had. The Toronto Maple Leafs are my ‘babe for the weekend’, and there are so many different ways this season could have …

Read More

Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Alek Manoah’s big-league debut was incredible

For anyone looking to hire me, ignore these next two words. Holy Shit.

A lot of my blogs have been near or over 1,000 words, but we’ll keep this short and sweet as I have to make dinner and quite frankly, there’s not much to say.
The Big Man went six shutout innings, allowed only two hits and two walks, and struck out seven. 60 of his 88 pitches were strikes. It was a masterclass.
I’ve been calling for the Jays to trade for Germán Márquez as he has the potential to be a number two in the rotation. However, after watching Manoah pitch six scoreless innings allowing two weak hits, walking two batters and striking out seven, I’m starting to think Manoah might be that No. 2.
Who cares if the guy has only pitched 41 professional innings? Blue Jay fans were asking for him to be called up after 18 reasons after absolutely dominating AAA. We know the story, he allowed one earned run in 18 innings pitched while striking out 27 batters.
Some fans were saying he wasn’t ready and to that, I say you don’t know baseball. Experience doesn’t matter when you have the stuff that Manoah …

Read More

Author: Brennan Delaney / Blue Jays Nation

How good is the Leafs goaltending? Bad.

I don’t really know how to start these anymore. The Leafs have played good, but their goaltending sucked. That’s it. Where do they go from here? I have no idea.
My main hope is that Frederik Andersen can return to the net soon and hopefully provide some stability.
As we wait for that though — give my video a watch. Maybe it’ll help you like it helped me. Enjoy!

Read More

Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

Staturday Weekly Column #12: There’s rain in the forecast for Toronto

Thus far in these weekly Staturday posts, I’ve focused on player-level stats. A new angle I’d like to take today is to look at team-level stats, to see just how good the Leafs have been this season.
I want to frame this post with two key questions that I aim to answer:

Are the Leafs secretly mediocre and hiding it with unsustainable shooting and goaltending results?
Where are they excelling and where are they failing?

Shot Attempts
Unlike quality player-level data, where Natural Stat Trick (NST) and Evolving-Hockey (E-H) are our the main resources available, there’s a bounty of websites that host team-level Corsi data of value. Adding to that tandem of stats sites, I’ll also be using Puck On Net (PON), Money Puck (MP) and HockeyReference (H-R) for today’s post.
If you’re new to these kinds of statistics, check out my primer.
This season, basic Corsi shot attempts look fairly bad for Toronto. From NST, at 5-on-5 and Even Strength, they’re 25th and 27th in the league respectively. That’s a quite ugly place to start, but also a very simple picture of what’s happening
One way we can add some …

Read More

Author: Ryan Hobart / The Leafs Nation