Errors prove costly as Yankees defeat Jays 5-2, clinch division

Dan Shulman made one of the better points of the night. The Blue Jays can play with anyone, but they can’t be successful handing the opposition more opportunities. I’m paraphrasing, but that turned out to be the tone of the game tonight, as the Yankees beat the Blue Jays 5-2 to clinch the AL East.
The rollercoaster ride that has been Jose Berrios’ season looks like it is still at another low point, as the righty allowed five earned runs over 5.1 innings, despite registering his 1,000th career strikeout tonight. While the loud contact was way down, the Yankees gave him death by a thousand paper cuts, if you will, as seven of the nine hits he allowed were singles.
George Springer homered off of Yankees starter Jameson Taillon to lead off the game, but the offense struggled to produce much else until the later innings. The Yankees took a 2-1 lead in the 3rd inning, however, behind a couple of RBI singles from Anthony Rizzo and Gleyber Torres.
Rain started to figuratively pour in the top of 5th, when Rizzo skied a ball into shallow center fiel …

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Author: Evan Stack / Blue Jays Nation

Raptors’ Dennis Schroder interest shows lack of trust in PGs

Raptors’ Dennis Schroder interest shows lack of trust in PGs

The Toronto Raptors have not made any significant point guard additions this offseason despite names like Dennis Schroder remaining in the free agent miasma for most of the last few months. With Fred VanVleet fresh off being severely overworked, that comes as a bit of a surprise. The Raptors appear to be moving on with […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors: Realistic projections for Scottie Barnes in second season

Raptors: Realistic projections for Scottie Barnes in second season

The Toronto Raptors made one of the best draft picks in franchise history when they were somehow able to turn the seventh-best lottery odds in the 2021 NBA Draft into the No. 4 overall pick and Florida State star Scottie Barnes. Toronto’s versatile forward beat out Evan Mobley and Cade Cunningham for Rookie of the […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

The biggest trade in Toronto Raptors history that never happened

The biggest trade in Toronto Raptors history that never happened

The Toronto Raptors have made some crazy trades in the course of their franchise history, but once canceled swap with the Los Angeles Lakers could have been the most impactful non-Kawhi Leonard deal this club ever pulled off. It centered around Tracy McGrady before his formative NBA seasons. McGrady was a huge risk coming out […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Will Raptors regret not bringing back Yuta Watanabe for 2022-23?

Will Raptors regret not bringing back Yuta Watanabe for 2022-23?

The Toronto Raptors made Yuta Watanabe a fan favorite over the last few seasons. Plucking him from the ranks of the G League and utilizing his unique skillset helped Toronto get out of some sticky situations. That apparently was not enough to earn himself another Raptors deal. Even though Watanabe had expressed interest in returning […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

3 reasons not to panic if Raptors don’t acquire Kevin Durant

3 reasons not to panic if Raptors don’t acquire Kevin Durant

The Toronto Raptors made waves early in the offseason thanks to their pursuit of Kevin Durant. Even though such a trade would be borderline unprecedented across NBA history, the Raptors are still hanging around the KD sweepstakes thanks to a stockpile of assets they have accumulated. In addition to a heap of draft picks, the […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Meet the Sellers (sort of): Miami Marlins

Fun fact: The Miami Marlins have made the playoffs three times in their 30-year  existence. The first two times, they won the World Series.

Is it fair to call the Marlins sellers? I’d argue they still have a shot as they’re only four games back for the final wild card spot, but they have a lot of high ceiling players on their team.
Sure, the Jays only have four more wins than the team from Florida. Regardless, we’ll look at expiring players as well as a position where they have a surplus of talented players.
Joey Wendle:
We’ll start with the position player. Did you know that Joey Wendle has been to an all-star game, representing the 2021 AL East winning Tampa Bay Rays?
Statistics:
Joey Wendle’s 2022 season can be characterized as a contact hitter. This season, he’s slashing .267/.326/.338 with two homers (Miami does have a pitcher’s ballpark) in 129 plate appearances. His BB% sits at a solid 7%, but he rarely strikes out, as he only has a K% of 10.1%. His 2022 wRC+ sits at 105.
In his all star season, he posted a .265/.319/.422 slash line with 11 homers in 501 plate appearances. His wRC+ sat at 106 and he had a low BB% of 5.6% while his K% skyrocketed to a career high 22.6%. After this season, Wendle was traded for former first rounder, Kameron Misner, who’s ranked as the Rays thirteenth best prospect.

Joey Wendle – Miami Marlins (2) pic.twitter.com/0YBiPn8ZYu
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Author: Brennan Delaney / Blue Jays Nation