The Blue Jays head to Fenway for a two-game series against the surprisingly good Red Sox

Coming off of an ugly performance in Kansas City, the Blue Jays will play a two-game set with the best of the American League East which, just as we all expected, is the Boston Red Sox.

How they’re doing…
It’s only been a little over half a month, but the Red Sox are killing it this year. They’re 11-6, tied for the top spot in the American League, and they’re fresh off of kicking the shit out of Chicago White Sox ace Lucas Giolito.
The expectation was that Boston would be a middling team this year and that would score quite a few runs but also allow quite a few in return. So far, the offence has come even more than advertised, as Boston has the second-most runs-per-game in baseball, and the pitching has been better than expected, as their 3.70 team ERA is above league average.
Now, of course, a few-week-long hot streak shouldn’t mean all too much, but this team has a good base here with Rafael Devers, J.D. Martinez, and Xander Bogaerts, and we’ve certainly seen the Red Sox inexplicably fart their way to a successful season despite low expectation. 2013 comes …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Injury Updates! Jordan Romano is expected back soon, Teoscar Hernandez is COVID symptom free, and more!

The weekend in Kansas City was ugly but we got some positive injury updates in regards to some key players. Let’s go through them all…

Teoscar Hernandez tested positive for COVID-19 and has been away from the team since the series last weekend against the Los Angeles Angels. Thankfully, Hernandez has recovered and is now “symptom-free,” which is a great sign. Of course, per MLB’s COVID protocol, Hernandez has to be quarantined from the team for a 10-day period and he has to test negative before he can join the Blue Jays. That would mean that, if he can test negative, he’ll be eligible to join the team on April 23, which is the beginning of this weekend’s series in Tampa against the Rays.
Speaking of that series against Tampa, we might also see George Springer finally make his debut this weekend. According to Ross Atkins, Springer isn’t quite at 100% but “all signs are exceptionally positive,” and Charlie Montoyo noted that Springer has resumed all baseball activities.
This, of course, would be a game-changer for the Blue Jays lineup. The team pretty much only has two players, Bo and Vlad, who are hitting right now, and …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Scott’s Thoughts: What the Leafs can learn from the Habs and Carey Price

This week was an ugly one for Habs fans. Their team has now lost seven of their last eight, and fired their head coach responsible for the systems that was driving the team to success, even though a huge reason they were losing was because their “elite” goaltender Carey Price has had an .888 save percentage so far this season.
It’s a very good example of how goaltending can make a team look unstoppable and can also make them look like a lottery team. There’s a reason why a goalie’s save percentage is half of the stat that we use to track luck with PDO. Not just on a team level, but it also makes goalies so tricky to evaluate, as aside from the truly elite goalies like Dominik Hasek and Henrik Lundqvist, they constantly bounce between good and bad seasons. We saw that with Frederik Andersen over his Leafs career, as his first three years saw some pretty consistent play, followed by these past two seasons where he’s been much more inconsistent.
But, there is one consistency with evaluating goalies: time is always undefeated. Age will always be the reason a goalie will start to fall …

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Author: Scott Maxwell / The Leafs Nation

Hyun Jin Ryu continues to be excellent as the Blue Jays hammer the Orioles

After an ugly double-loss day on Sunday, the Blue Jays rolled into Baltimore badly in need of some wins. Thanks to another great start from Hyun Jin Ryu and a big night at the plate from Randal Grichuk, they’re off on the right foot.

Things worth mentioning…

Hyun Jin Ryu’s first couple of starts as a Blue Jay were a little bit shake, but it looks like that’s clearly in the rearview mirror now. Ryu was excellent on Monday in Baltimore, completely shutting down the Orioles’ offence (one that came into the game scoring the fifth-most runs-per-game in baseball, shockingly) over six innings. Ryu allowed just four hits and only one hard-hit ball, a single to Pedro Severino, while striking out three. Perhaps most importantly, Ryu didn’t issue a single walk, as command had been a problem for him in previous starts.
It was a bit surprising that Ryu didn’t go further than six innings considering how nicely he was cruising. That brings us to Monday night’s What The Fuck, Charlie? moment. Ryu had only thrown 86 pitches through six and Montoyo opted to bring in Rafael …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Hyun Jin Ryu the ace shows up as the Blue Jays snap their losing streak

After a trio of frustrating losses capped by an ugly 10-1 spanking, the Blue Jays are finally back in the win column. The pitching showed up on Wednesday, leading the team to a scrappy 2-1 win in Atlanta.

Things worth mentioning…

This was the first time we got to see Hyun Jin Ryu pitch like an ace. In his first two starts as a Blue Jay, Ryu showed some flashes of brilliance, but he ultimately scattered eight earned runs over nine innings as his velocity was down and he didn’t seem to have the feel for his off-speed pitches. On Wednesday, Ryu came back and reminded everyone why he was signed to an $80 million contract. He tossed five shutout innings, collecting eight strikeouts. Ryu’s changeup was absolutely absurd as he got the Braves to whiff 14 times with the pitch. The only somewhat worrying part of Ryu’s outing is that he walked three batters, which is still more than you’d expect from the guy who had the fewest walks-per-nine of anybody in baseball last season.
Beyond Ryu, Toronto’s bullpen was also incredibly impressive. Thomas Hatch allowed a solo homer to …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Grapefruit Notes: Danny Jansen is raking, Matt Shoemaker is dealing, and more!

After an ugly week, the Blue Jays are on a three-game winning streak! It’s amazing how quickly things can flip around when the games mean absolutely nothing!

Things worth mentioning…
After an excellent debut in his long-awaited return to the mound, Matt Shoemaker again tossed a dazzling outing, this time against the Phillies. Shoemaker went four innings, collecting four strikeouts, and the only blip on the radar came in the form of a walk. Through his first two outings, Shoemaker has surrendered just one hit and one walk over six-and-two-thirds of work while picking up nine strikeouts. I know, I know, it’s only spring, but that’s a reaaaaaal good sign for one of the biggest wild cards heading into the season.
I mentioned yesterday that I thought that Jordan Romano was in a position to capitalize on Rafael Dolis being sidelined due to his emergency appendectomy. On the same day, Romano tossed yet another scoreless inning against the Phillies, putting him to five innings pitched in Grapefruit play without surrendering a run. Best of all, Romano was apparently hitting 97 and 98 miles-per-hour on the gun. Also, other bullpen hopefuls A.J. Cole and …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Daily Duce: The 2024 World Series Champions!

Daily?!?!?!

We’re getting into the real ugly, dark, depressing days of winter here, scrouging for baseball-related content, so MLB.com went ahead and fired up a crystal ball and predicted the World Series Champions for the 2020s. 
First, they have the Yankees, fresh off of signing Gerrit Cole to a record-setting contract, beating Alex Anthopolous’ Atlanta Braves, marking the Evil Empire’s first World Series since 2009. They then have New York beating the San Diego Padres in a 1998 rematch, giving them back-to-back World Series wins since the turn of the century. In 2022, MLB.com is predicting a So Cal World Series, with the Dodgers beating the Angels in a world in which Major League Baseball intervenes and forces Anaheim into the playoffs so Mike Trout can finally experience what that’s like.
Then it gets good! The Blue Jays are apparently going to win the World Series in 2024 by beating the Dodgers…
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. will be 25 years old in October 2024, right in his prime, and all his fellow “Juniors” — Bo Bichette, Cavan Biggio — will be ready to take over the AL East. (Until the …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation