Abruzzese heating up, Rifai impressing and more: Marlies Weekly

Abruzzese heating up, Rifai impressing and more: Marlies Weekly

Meet the AHL’s hottest team at the moment: the Toronto Marlies.
Strength is definitely not a problem for a youthful team like this one as they’re currently undefeated since the calendar shifted to 2023, with eight-straight wins, tying a Marlies record.
More importantly, Toronto broke their record for most consecutive road wins in a season, now sitting at 10 after defeating Laval on Saturday.

Road Warriors 🔥👊 pic.twitter.com/KeSELj6QPR
— Toronto Marlies (@TorontoMarlies) January 21, 2023

Let’s discuss this week’s games, beginning with Wednesday’s game against Belleville, which the Marlies won 6-5 in a shootout. Toronto led for a majority of the game but the Senators didn’t give up, scoring two goals in the third period to send it to overtime, and then the shootout.
Marlies captain Logan Shaw was the only scorer in the shootout, giving the Marlies yet another win.
Friday night saw another close game between Toronto and Belleville, though the Marlies just edged the Senators out 4-3. The same occurred on Saturday afternoon in Laval as both teams played incredibly well forcing the shootout. The second for both teams this week.
Again, though, the Marlies found a way to grind it out. Adam Gaudette scored on his attempt and then Shaw, similar to Wednesday, was the player who scored the shootout-winning goal.
It’s been a fascinating season for this Marlies team and it seems like Marlies head coach Greg Moore and Marlies GM Ryan Hardy have really created something special.
“With the amount of young guys that we have, they’re doing a fantastic job of making sure that they’re mentally ready,” Shaw told Marli …

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

Meet the Sellers: Boston Red Sox

Am I writing a Meet the Sellers specifically because the Jays made the Boston Red Sox sellers? Absolutely.

To be completely honest, I don’t think there’s any chance that the Red Sox would ever trade the following three players to the Jays. However, it’s still worth noting who the Red Sox could trade to a different contender, perhaps in the National League.
The most recent trade between the two teams came back in 2018 when the Jays sent expiring free agent Steve Pearce to the eventual World Series Champs.
In exchange, the Jays received a 23-year-old who hadn’t played above High A as a 23-year-old. Fast forward four seasons and Santiago Espinal is an all-star.
Here are three players that the Jays could have an interest in come August 2nd.
Xander Bogaerts:
We’ll start with the most unlikely, as there’s a chance the Red Sox keep him.
This season, the 29-year-old shortstop is slashing .313/.386/.445 with seven home runs in 382 plate appearances. He walked 9.3% of the time while striking out 20.2% of the time.
For his career, he’s slashed .291/.356/.458 in 5140 plate appearances and has hit 148 homers. Bogaerts has struck out 18.4% of the time while walking 8.6% of the time.

Xander Bogaerts makes it a one-run game with his seventh home run of the season. pic.twitter.com/y9PpOjDOum
— Jamie Gatlin (@JamieGatlin17) July 5, 2022

Defensively throughout his career, Bogaerts has been a mess. In 9901.1 innings played at shortstop, he has posted a -55 Defensive Runs Saved and a -38 Outs Above Average (OAA didn’t exist in his first three seasons.) This …

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Author: Brennan Delaney / Blue Jays Nation