BJN Radio Ep. 24 – The winning streak reaches four!

Boy, playing terrible teams sure is fun!

Fresh off of winning back-to-back games against the Orioles on Saturday and Sunday, the Blue Jays rolled into Miami for a two-game set with the Marlins and picked up a sweep, ultimately pushing their winning streak to a season-high four games.
We talked on the post-series podcast about George Springer’s ho-hum return and where he should be in the lineup, the excellent pitching of Robbie Ray and Ross Stripling, and the bullpen bouncing back with six effective innings. We also talked about Mark Shapiro’s radio hit on Thursday morning in which he said he was confident the team would add pieces to help them be competitive.
You can listen to the episode here…

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Orioles vs Blue Jays 06/24/21 – Odds and MLB Betting Trends

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The moneyline trends explain the high total for the Toronto Blue Jays’ first home game this season against a division rival with suspect pitching. The Blue Jays are -165 favorites at home against the Baltimore Orioles, who are +152 underdogs with an 11.0-run total on the MLB odds for Thursday night at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com (how the moneyline works).
The Blue Jays are 13-7 in their last 20 games as a home favorite against the Orioles, with the total going UNDER 11 times at online sports betting sites. But Toronto’s record over 13 games as a -150 to -180 home favorite is 8-5, with the total going OVER eight times. Baltimore is 0-13 in its last 13 outings as an away underdog of +130 to +170, with the total going OVER seven times with one PUSH.
Orioles vs Blue Jays | OddsShark Matchup Report
The Orioles are 23-51 this season, and their average of 3.97 runs scored per game ranks 24th among the 30 MLB teams. They are 20th in OPS at .693 and have some solid home-run threats in Trey Mancini, Ryan Mountcastle and Cedric Mullins, but are tied for last in MLB in bases on balls drawn. On the pitching side, …

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Author: Nation World HQ / Blue Jays Nation

American League Pennant Odds Update – 06/23/21

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The Toronto Blue Jays are a darkhorse on an American League pennant futures board at betting sites that is crowded with contenders.
The Blue Jays are currently listed at +1400 on the AL Pennant odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. The Houston Astros (+300) are the favorite, followed by the Chicago White Sox (+350), New York Yankees (+450), Tampa Bay Rays (+475), Oakland Athletics (+575) and Boston Red Sox (+850) (how sports betting works).
The Blue Jays have scuffled along with a record just above .500 for most of the first half of the regular season. First baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. has led an offensive attack that has been productive, and slugging outfielder George Springer has returned to the lineup after a pair of injuries. But pitching also wins in October, and the Blue Jays are only sixth in the league in earned-run average at 4.08. Toronto’s bullpen has had some well-publicized struggles, but will soon be adding lefthander Ryan Borucki and righthander Julian Merryweather.
Houston has tough competition in the AL West division from the Oakland Athletics. However, the Astros are proven postseason performers who have reached the American League Championship Series in four consecutive seasons while winning two pennants. Houston, …

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Author: Nation World HQ / Blue Jays Nation

Analyzing the up-and-down start to Alek Manoah’s big league career

Alek Manoah has had an up and down start to his Major League career.

He’s had very good outings in tough situations, pitching very well against the Yankees, White Sox, and Red Sox on the road, but he’s also struggled against weak opponents in the Marlins and Orioles.
His season earned run average of 4.18 doesn’t look great, especially when it comes with a 6.18 FIP and 4.52 xFIP, but prior to that Orioles start his ERA was a sparkling 2.66. He may not be the saviour of the rotation everyone expected but he has given the team quality innings and most importantly has taken the ball every turn through the rotation so the team doesn’t have to worry about a bullpen game once a week.
With five starts under his belt, this is a good chance to evaluate how Manoah is doing, what his attack plan for hitters has been, and how hitters made adjustments now that they have some video on him.
We will begin with the fastball. Manoah has thrown his fastball 42.9% of the time. He typically throws the fastball up in the zone, as he did in his first three starts…

There is nothing there in …

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Author: Paul Berthelot / Blue Jays Nation

Alek Manoah got suspended for five games and Nate Pearson is going on the IL with a groin injury

Today was supposed to be a good day because of the return of George Springer, but, since the Blue Jays can’t have nice things, there’s also some bad news to report.

Alek Manoah has received a five-game suspension for hitting Mikael Franco of the Baltimore Orioles on Saturday.
Manoah hit Franco in the fourth inning and was subsequently kicked out of the game, which seemed like a bit much at the time. A suspension on top of that is insane.
There was no beef going on in the game, the Blue Jays and Orioles were playing each other for the first time this season over the weekend, and Manoah is a rookie with a noticeable history of loose command, made evident by the fact he hit multiple batters during his time in Triple-A this year.
It was very clearly not intentional and it really feels as though the league is trying to spook him out of being intense and aggressive on the mound, which really sucks.
Anyways, Manoah will miss a start, so the Blue Jays will have to find somebody else to go in his place.
Nate Pearson, perhaps? Nope! Pearson has been placed on the seven-day …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

George Springer will apparently play centre field and bat fifth tonight against the Marlins

Though the team hasn’t made an announcement yet, it appears as though George Springer will be activated from the 10-day Injured List today.

According to Hazel Mae, he’ll play centre field and bat fifth in the lineup…

#BlueJays George Springer will bat 5th in tonight’s lineup vs #Marlins and play centerfield in his return from the IL (quad).
— Hazel Mae (@thehazelmae) June 22, 2021

Springer, as we know, suffered a quad injury during spring training and didn’t make his Blue Jays debut until late in April. He then played in a few games and re-aggravated the injury and has been on the IL since.
The difference this time around is that Springer took part in a rehab assignment with the Triple-A Thunder-Bisons. He played five games in Triple-A, spending a good chunk of his time in centre field, and went 3-for-17 at the plate.

George Springer said via Zoom he’s “extremely excited” to produce on the field for #BlueJays. Said it was “brutal” to be sidelined for six weeks but he’s feeling far better physically now. When he first returned, he felt good. “This time I feel great.”
— Ben Nicholson-Smith (@bnicholsonsmith) June 22, 2021

In all four of the …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Kevin Smith has worked himself into the “CALL HIM UP” conversation

Kevin Smith is the Blue Jays No. 28 rated prospect, however, he’s mashing his way to a call-up. In this blog, I’ll be giving the reader an overview of his minor-league career before playing in Triple-A, how he’s doing this season, where he fits into this current Blue Jays lineup and what happens beyond 2021.

The beginning…
Looking back at Pipeline’s 2018 report, Kevin Smith was ranked No. 6 in the Blue Jays organization. After being drafted in the fourth round of the 2017 draft, he played rookie ball and had a K% of 24.7, along with an average of .271 and an OBP of .312. His wRC+ was an average of 104.
Smith started the 2018 season in Low-A. For context, Smith has always been known for his arm and fielding, but 2018 was the first year he showed promise with the bat. He played 46 games for the Lansing Lugnuts amassing a wRC+ of 190. He had a batting average of .355 with seven home runs and 12 stolen bases. His K% in low A was a very good, albeit, unsustainable 16.2%. Furthermore, his BABIP showed that he was pretty lucky as it was .397.
Nonetheless, this earned him a promotion to Toronto’s High-A affiliate, the Dunedin Blue Jays. He …

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Author: Brennan Delaney / Blue Jays Nation

Blue Jays vs Marlins 06/22/21 – Odds and MLB Betting Trends

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The Toronto Blue Jays will face some solid starting pitching as they look to build on their modest two-game winning streak this week. The Blue Jays are -105 away underdogs and the Miami Marlins are -115 home favorites with a 7.5-run total on the betting lines for Tuesday night at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.
The Blue Jays are 11-9 in their last 20 away games against National League East teams, with the total going UNDER 14 times at sports betting sites. The Marlins are 7-13 in their last 20 home games against AL East teams, with the total going UNDER 12 times (how the OVER/UNDER works).
Blue Jays vs Marlins | OddsShark Matchup Report
The Blue Jays have a 35-35 record, but their average of 5.01 runs per game is fourth-highest among the 30 MLB teams. They are also second with a .773 OPS (on-base plus slugging). Toronto’s pitching staff is 15th with a 4.12 earned-run average, and the relief corps is 13th in bullpen ERA at 4.01. The entire staff has had a tough month, with a 4.75 ERA so far in June.
The Marlins, who are 31-40, are scoring 3.96 runs per game, which is tied for 25th in MLB. Their .675 OPS …

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Author: Nation World HQ / Blue Jays Nation

Meet the Sellers: Colorado Rockies

The Colorado Rockies are a hot mess.

They sit second-last in the National League West, only ahead of the miserable Arizona Diamondbacks (who will be examined in the next “Meet the Sellers” segment). The Rockies, as of June 21st, hold a record of 30-43, 16.5 games back of the Giants and unlikely to compete with three dominant teams ahead of them.
The big story (pun intended) for the Rockies is the likely selling of superstar shortstop, Trevor Story. In the Blue Jays’ case, I personally do not see the fit right now. I am adamantly against moving Bichette from his regular SS position because I think he needs to continue developing there. I think he still has a chance to be a very good defender, despite the occasional hiccups. Moreover, the Blue Jays have a plethora of right-handed power bats at their disposal already, and bringing one in to move your young star SS to a new position seems unnecessary to me.
Despite this, the Rockies still have some higher profiled names expected to be available. They have a couple of high-end starting pitchers available for trade, as well as a couple of valuable bullpen pieces. One of the starting pitchers …

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Author: Eric Lightfoot / Blue Jays Nation

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