BJN Radio – Ep. 47: Breaking down what happened before MLB’s lockout and what’s going to happen next

That was a fun off-season while it lasted!

Now we get to stare into the void for the next few weeks (or months) as the owners and players slowly figure out a new Collective Bargaining Agreement.
In this episode of Blue Jays Nation Radio, we talked about Steven Matz, Robbie Ray, and Marcus Semien signing elsewhere and who the Blue Jays might bring in to replace them. Ray has already been swapped out for Kevin Gausman, but the team is going to need to find another back-end starter and an impact position player. We dug into the rumours around Kris Bryant, Freddie Freeman, and more.
After that, we talked about the work stoppage and what to expect from the lockout. This has been boiling for years so things are going to get ugly. Players want to reach free agency sooner and owners believe that free agency is what makes the league only competitive to a small handful of rich teams. Buckle up.
You can listen to the episode here…

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

The Leafs don’t appear to be one of the teams in on Jake DeBrusk, but should they be?

I’ve gone into this before. I want to believe the Leafs can fix anyone. Bring me all the reclamation projects, especially one with the speed and agitating play of Jake DeBrusk.
Of course we all remember DeBrusk as the reason that the Leafs don’t have Nazem Kadri anymore. Between DeBrusk’s knee on Kadri, followed up with his boarding of Marleau leading to Kadri’s retaliatory crosscheck, Jake DeBrusk likely established himself as a player permanently hated by a number of Leafs fans. On the other side of the coin, he got the job done and removed an impact player from a close series.
Interestingly enough, the series that made DeBrusk an enemy of Toronto was also around the time that his game began to slip.
Season
GP
TOI
TOI/GP
Goals/60
First Assists/60
Total Points/60
S%
CF/60
CA/60
CF%
GF%
xG%
PDO
OZ Faceoff %
20172018
70
855.53
12.22
0.98
0.63
2.38
11.57
62.14
51.90
54.49
61.73
53.75
1.03
70.07
20182019
68
861.12
12.66
1.18
0.42
1.81
14.53
58.95
46.47
55.92
59.38
55.32
1.01
63.45
20192020
65
835.38
12.85
0.86
0.43
1.65
9.16
54.51
52.29
51.04
53.57
52.27
1.01
61.76
20202021
41
500.73
12.21
0.36
0.48
1.32
4.23
57.40
56.32
50.47
53.33
52.97
1.00
59.23
20212022
18
211.48
11.75
0.57
0.28
1.42
9.09
51.64
51.07
50.28
42.86
52.62
0.98
43.59
DeBrusk as been on a steady downward trajectory from his rookie season, that likely puts him in a situation where those early results aren’t going to be an expectation of him. His shooting percentage isn’t likely to return to the teens, but if his goal totals do, that’s probably all …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

1 stud and 1 dud from Raptors low-scoring loss against Grizzlies

1 stud and 1 dud from Raptors low-scoring loss against Grizzlies

Scottie Barnes and the Toronto Raptors came into Tuesday night’s matchup against the Memphis Grizzlies looking for some positive momentum, as this team has lost nine of their last 12 contests. Playing without OG Anunoby and Gary Trent Jr. made the task of picking up the victory even more difficult. This game could not have […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors Quarter-Season Awards: Which players stood out?

Toronto Raptors Quarter-Season Awards: Which players stood out?

Hard to believe we’re already 20 games into the 2021-22 NBA season. Even harder to believe that Fred VanVleet, Scottie Barnes, and this Toronto Raptors team have already experienced such a vast array of successes, failures, and momentum changes. The Raptors went from a playoff afterthought to one of the hottest teams in the league […]
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Author: Avishai Sol / Raptors HQ

1 stud and 1 dud from Raptors thrilling comeback win against Grizzlies

1 stud and 1 dud from Raptors thrilling comeback win against Grizzlies

Fred VanVleet and the Toronto Raptors came into tonight’s matchup against Ja Morant and the Memphis Grizzlies with almost no momentum. In addition to players like OG Anunoby missing this game due to injuries, they were fresh off getting demolished by the Warriors in San Francisco. Gary Trent Jr. and friends started sluggishly once again. […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

TLN Trivia: Where do these 2020/21 Leafs play this season?

Now over a month into the 2021/22 season, we’ve finally settled into the season on hand. With around 15 games played for each team across the NHL, we’ve had time to familiarize ourselves with the new faces in new places all across the league.
Or at least, so we think.
Over on NBA on TNT, they begin each season by testing Charles Barkley’s knowledge of the offseason with a little game by the name of Who He Play For? They name five players that changed teams over the summer and see if Barkley can correctly name the team that he plays for.

So let’s begin TLN Trivia this season with our own Who He Play For? Instea, d of taking random players from across the league, your task today is to correctly guess which team each departed player from the 2020/21 Toronto Maple Leafs roster now plays for this season.
There are 16 total players that played at least one game for the Leafs in 2020/21 that are no longer in the organization. Can you name where each player now currently plays?
Be sure to share your results with us on Twitter, Facebook, or in the comments below. Please note you …

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Author: Kyle Cushman / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors: Will Raps regret not trading for Tyrese Maxey?

Toronto Raptors: Will Raps regret not trading for Tyrese Maxey?

Coming into the season, the Toronto Raptors were expected to be a tremendous defensive team, but with the lack of shot-creators on the roster, the overall offense was a question mark. Perhaps a young guard like Tyrese Maxey may have helped improve that unit? These question marks have become apparent as the Raptors’ 105.9 points […]
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Author: Matthew Chiu / Raptors HQ

Raptors: Dwane Casey’s Pistons have made a habit of beating Toronto

Raptors: Dwane Casey’s Pistons have made a habit of beating Toronto

Nick Nurse and the Toronto Raptors went into their first 2021-22 meeting against Dwane Casey and the Detroit Pistons as overwhelming favorites due to their defensive skills, but that swarming defense never seemed to make the necessary plays in this game. Detroit pulled off a shocking 127-121 road upset to push Toronto to 2-6 at […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Joseph Woll’s debut will provide the Leafs with an assessment opportunity

Perhaps it’s a little defeatist to go into a game prioritizing the learning experience over the chance of winning, but when it comes to a 23 year old goaltender who hasn’t been outstanding at the AHL level and hasn’t had a minute of NHL time, I think it’s okay to gear up for a Sheldon Keefe lesson game instead of a win.
This weekend will mark the NHL debut of Joseph Woll. It will likely come on Saturday night against the Sabres, but Keefe could prefer to save Campbell for Saturday night and give Woll his debut against Calgary, which would does seem less likely given the Flames being the tougher competition, the home game, and has the elevated stature of being the Hall of Fame game as well. So yeah, count on Woll playing Saturday.
When it comes to Woll, what we’ve seen so far is a guy starting his third season in the AHL and he still hasn’t cracked the ,900 save percentage mark. His busiest year came as an AHL rookie, seeing 32 games, and was limited to just 15 games last year in the wonky Canadian AHL reboot. Three games in this year, Woll …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Looking at the Miami Marlins as a trade partner

Coming into the 2021 MLB season, one could easily say that the starting rotation for the Toronto Blue Jays was the weakest link. They had the bats and they had a good-looking bullpen until the injury bug hit the team. The team’s starting pitching, however, was a concern. 

However, at the end of the season, the team had the sixth-best ERA in the Major Leagues. Robbie Ray’s emergence as a Cy Young winner certainly helped, but the team called up Alek Manoah at the right time and made the trade for Jose Berrios. This along with the off-season acquisition of Steven Matz, a phenomenal back-end of the rotation pitcher, contributed to a successful 2021.
So what does the starting pitching staff look like next season? Hyun-Jin Ryu is looking to bounce back after a rough second half and will be paid 20 million in the next two seasons. Alek Manoah is still on his pre-arbitration contract. Lastly, Jose Berrios is in the final year of arbitration before hitting the free market.
That’s only three starting pitchers, so what will the Jays do to fill up those two final openings?
Starting pitching was good, bats were great:
According to Jon Morosi, …

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Author: Brennan Delaney / Blue Jays Nation