BJN Radio – Ep. 23: Taking two from the Trash Birds

Tyler is back from his soul-searching expedition in the woods and the Blue Jays are back in the win column!

This weekend with the Trash Birds didn’t look very good right off the hop as the Blue Jays got pounded 7-1 on Friday and then appeared to be on their way to another loss on Saturday. But a six-run rally in the ninth inning led by an incredible at-bat from Bo Bichette saved the day and the team rode a great Hyun Jin Ryu start on Sunday to a series win.
We talked about the good from the weekend (like Bo and Ryu) and also the bad from the weekend (mostly the bullpen) in this episode of BJN Radio. We also touched on how the lineup should look when George Springer returns, how the team could move Gabriel Moreno up the system, and the two new (old?) bullpen additions, John Axford and Jacob Barnes.
You can listen to the episode here…

 

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Tyler Chatwood brings new and improved Cutter to Blue Jays

The Blue Jays have signed right-hander Tyler Chatwood to a one year $3M deal with incentives that can push the deal to $5.5M. Wood has made 143 starts in his career but per Shi Davidi, the Blue Jays plan to use him out of the pen.

Chatwood started last season really well. In 12.2 innings he struck out 19 batters, walked only four and allowed just a single run. Small sample size of course but the strikeout process he showed was enough for Dan Szymborski of Fangraphs to write about it. Szymborski mentions how Chatwood had moved away from his four-seamer in favour of his cutter.
Per Baseball Savant, prior to 2020, Chatwood threw his four-seamer roughly 30% of the time. In 2020 he dropped that to just 7.5%. Chatwood’s cutter is very good, he doesn’t throw it hard, averaging just 89.9 mph with it, but it’s his second best pitch for whiffs due to its movement, as you can see in this gif from the Szymborski piece.


Chatwood’s cutter has a spin rate of 2739 rpm, making it the fifth spiniest cutter in baseball.  As you can see it has wicked horizontal movement. The pitch moves 4.7 inches horizontally, …

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Author: Paul Berthelot / Blue Jays Nation

Maple Leafs Pre-game #4: 5 Things to watch for against St. Louis

Stanley Cup Champion Tyler Bozak returns to Toronto tonight.
I could have said Stanley Cup Champion Alex Steen or Stanley Cup Champion Carl Gunnarsson and it would have resulted in less vomit in my mouth, but here we are, embracing the darkest timeline.
Lineup

LW
C
RW
Forwards
KASPERI KAPANEN
Rating: 72.8#70 LW

JOHN TAVARES
Rating: 79.3#10 C

MITCH MARNER
Rating: 78.6#5 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 76.94#12 FL1

ANDREAS JOHNSSON
Rating: 73.5#52 LW

AUSTON MATTHEWS
Rating: 81.3#5 C

WILLIAM NYLANDER
Rating: 73.7#37 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 76.15#3 FL2

ILYA MIKHEYEV
Rating: 74.2#38 LW

ALEXANDER KERFOOT
Rating: 71.9#108 C

TREVOR MOORE
Rating: 72.2#65 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 72.74#8 FL3

DMYTRO TIMASHOV
Rating: 73.7#44 LW

NICK SHORE
Rating: 70.9#133 C

FREDERIK GAUTHIER
Rating: 69.5#106 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 71.39#11 FL4

DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS
Defense
MORGAN RIELLY
Rating: 77.8#4 LD

CODY CECI
Rating: 71.9#78 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 74.82#20 DL1

JAKE MUZZIN
Rating: 74.9#21 LD

TYSON BARRIE
Rating: 77.6#9 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 76.27#2 DL2

RASMUS SANDIN
Rating: 74.1#40 LD

MARTIN MARINCIN
Rating: 72.4#70 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 73.23#11 DL3

LW
C
RW
Forwards
JADEN SCHWARTZ
Rating: 77.2#15 LW

BRAYDEN SCHENN
Rating: 74.5#46 C

VLADIMIR TARASENKO
Rating: 80.2#4 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 77.30#9 FL1

SAMMY BLAIS
Rating: 71.5#101 LW

RYAN O’REILLY
Rating: 76.6#28 C

DAVID PERRON
Rating: 75.5#29 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 74.56#9 FL2

ROBBY FABBRI
Rating: 70.9#136 LW

TYLER BOZAK
Rating: 73.0#78 C

ZACH SANFORD
Rating: 70.7#92 RW



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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation