Toronto Blue Jays Friday game against Cleveland Guardians delayed as they don’t have a roof

Wouldn’t it be great if the Guardians had a roof?
If they did, they wouldn’t have had to cancel Friday’s game against the Toronto Blue Jays due to some rain.
But since they don’t, we’re now getting treated to a classic doubleheader on Saturday! Game one will start at 2:10 p.m. EST with the regularly scheduled game two firing up afterwards.
For the Jays, it’s probably not the worst thing in the world. They’re in the midst of a 20-in-20 that was set to wrap up on Sunday, but now they’ll get an extra day to kickback.
In fact, it’ll mean the Jays will have three of the next seven days off. They close out their series against Cleveland Sunday, then get Monday off before heading to New York for Tuesday and Wednesday games against the Yankees.
Thursday is another off-day before a trip to Tampa Bay for the first series of the year against the Rays.
The Jays are expected to get Teoscar Hernandez back into the lineup here in the coming days, so an extra day of rest for him probably isn’t the worst thing.

From looking into this, I also see that Teo has THREE hits over 111mph+ since Tuesday, lol. He’s ready.
— bk (@_bkuh_) May 6, 2022

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Author: Zach Laing / Blue Jays Nation

The Blue Jays have apparently had trade talks about Joey Gallo and Richard Rodriguez

Wouldn’t it be nice if the Blue Jays’ return to Toronto was accentuated by a big pre-trade deadline splash?

Major League Baseball’s trade deadline is on Friday at 4 p.m. ET, just three hours before the team hosts the Kansas City Royals for their first game at Rogers Centre in nearly two years.
The Blue Jays are 10.5 games back of the Boston Red Sox for the American League East, so it’s safe to say that unless they go ahead and win their next three games, they’re probably out of that race. But they’re very much so still alive in the wild-card race, as they’re four-and-a-half back of the Oakland A’s for the fifth and final playoff spot in the AL.
As I said yesterday, I don’t think the Blue Jays are in a spot to go all-in and acquire a bunch of rentals for a big World Series push. Instead, they’re best off looking for deals that can not only help them make a playoff push this year, but also in the future.
Based on today’s reports, it seems that’s the plan.
According to Jon Morosi and others, the …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Leafs by the Numbers: Alexander Kerfoot

I miss Nazem Kadri. I wouldn’t have traded Nazem Kadri. And I will always unfairly judge Alex Kerfoot because he was part of the Nazem Kadri trade. For that reason, Alexander Kerfoot’s number is 43. With Barrie gone, and Kadri thriving in Colorado, cranky old farts like myself will continue to misdirect our disappointment at Kerfoot, a player who did pretty decent in his first season as a Leaf, but was decidedly not in the same class as Nazem.
Now, when you consider that Barrie as the top four D the Leafs were in desperate need of was meant to be the true return of the Kadri trade, and Kerfoot was more or less the means of backfilling Kadri’s position, the criticism of Kerfoot drops. When you consider that heading into last season that Kerfoot had played the majority of his time on the wing, and was abruptly moved into a permanent 3C role (minus during injury situations) and had to develop in that role under two different coaches, it’s easy to understand why some areas of Kerfoot’s game were lacking.
The coaching thing is something that we might overlook too quickly, but when you consider …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

With a playoff spot within reach, the Blue Jays should look to add ahead of the trade deadline

If everything was normal, we wouldn’t be talking about the playoffs right now.

If everything was normal, the Blue Jays would have rolled into the 2020 season with the objective of simply taking a step in the right direction. We’d be hoping for some nice performances from the young core and, ultimately, a record that pushed .500.
But everything isn’t normal. In the world of a 60-game season with a 16-team playoff field, anything is possible. Yes, even the playoffs.
Despite some incredibly frustrating late-game losses and some lulls in which the team looks like they belong in the minor-leagues, some very, very good pitching and a power surge at the plate has the Blue Jays sitting with a 12-11 record and sole possession of the final playoff spot in the American League. It hasn’t been pretty, but, here we are.
Elsewhere, a very clear picture of the playoff race in the American League is forming around them. While the National League is a total crapshoot in which anybody (save for the 4-17 Pirates) can realistically make it to the dance, the AL features a top group and a bottom group.

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Mike Babcock is back on his bullshit

It wouldn’t be early August in the hockey world without some random quote that gets attention due to the fact that it made a fanbase mad.
Last year, the Maple Leafs under-performed and that’s just a true statement. They were heading in with arguably the best two-headed monster down the middle — Auston Matthews and John Tavares — and they had very good players still playing for very cheap in Mitch Marner and the aforementioned Matthews.
To not take advantage of this roster with no massive cap obligations that forced reconfiguration in the lineup, should be seen as unfortunate. They were just one game away — maybe one period away — from winning their first opening round playoff series in a very long time.
But of course the coaching decision that led the whole NHL to collectively ask “what the hell are they doing?”, Mike Babcock playing depth players in the last period of Game 7 against the future Stanley Cup Finalist Boston Bruins, was the talk of every fan around the nation.
This is why, when Matt Larkin of The Hockey News put a quote from a future interview with Babcock out into the Twitter world, it just enraged the whole topic …

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Author: Thomas Williams / The Leafs Nation

Raptors vs. 76ers Game 7 Thread: Updates, TV info, and more

It wouldn’t be the Raptors in the playoffs if there wasn’t a Game 7 involved at some point. And now, in Toronto, we welcome the Sixers in for one last dance. Let’s watch. Game 7s are cool and exciting in every sport… except when they involve the team you happen to root for. There are exceptions, of course, ways to put some positive spin on it; maybe your particular favourite team was an underdog and forced a seventh and deciding game against all odds. That’s nice, one supposes. But the fact remains: when it’s one of your favourite teams involved, it’s still a tough watch.
That goes double if you’re a Raptors fan. They’re a team that has put itself through the wringer of seven-game (or five-game first round) series almost as a matter of course. Far from making the experience bearable, Toronto’s tolerance for Game 7 tension is at an all-time low. This year, Toronto was favoured to mow down much of the competition on their march to (at least) the Eastern Conference Finals. There’s a chance now they could lose. This, despite not being the underdog. Indeed, this despite being …

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Author: Daniel Reynolds / Raptors HQ