Hyun Jin Ryu gets knocked around for the first time this season as the Blue Jays fall in Boston

The losing streak extends to three as the Blue Jays get dropped in Boston by a score of 4-2. Those Sox, they might be pretty good!

Things worth mentioning…
For the first time this season, Hyun Jin Ryu got hit. Heading into tonight’s game, Toronto’s ace had allowed just four earned runs over the course of 19 innings. Tonight, he allowed four in five innings. Ryu was masterful through his first three innings but the Red Sox got to him their second time up to bat. In the fourth inning, Ryu allowed a single, a single, a homer to Xander Bogaerts, a double, and a triple for four runs. He managed to work through a double and a fielding error in the fifth inning and then got pulled. Boston just came off a win in which they put up six innings in the first on Lucas Giolito, so I wouldn’t pin this so much on Ryu pitching poorly, more so on Boston being very hot.
Even despite Ryu’s ho-hum start, the Blue Jays bats, yet again, did virtually nothing. The team scored only two runs, both on solo homers from Bo Bichette and Randal Grichuk. They only …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

AHL postpones more Marlies games due to league COVID-19 protocols

The AHL announced today that three more Toronto Marlies games will be postponed “due to league COVID-19 protocols affecting the Toronto Marlies, as well as Toronto Public Health workplace guidelines,”.
These three games are against the Belleville Senators and were supposed to be played on Friday, April 23rd and Saturday, April 24th in Belleville and then in Toronto on Wednesday, April 28th.
It’s not known how much longer the situation will go on, but The Leafs Nation will provide more information once it becomes available. Stay tuned.

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Marlies games postponed due to COVID-19 protocols

The AHL announced today that three Toronto Marlies games (April 15, April 18 against Laval) and (April 21 against Belleville) have been postponed due to COVID-19 league protocols.
No make-up dates have been announced as of yet by the league.
The Toronto Marlies are 10-11-0-1 on the season and had 11 games left before the end of the year. More information on the Toronto Marlies will come whenever anything is released.

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

The Blue Jays host the Los Angeles Angels for Dunedin’s big-league debut

After dropping two of three games in Texas against the Rangers, the Blue Jays will look to get back on track as they host the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim for a four-game set at home in Dunedin.

This weekend’s series will feature the Blue Jays’ “home” opener and it’ll also represent the first-ever big-league games played at TD Ballpark in Dunedin. We’ve seen plenty of spring and Single-A games played in Dunedin, but the town has never been host to a real, regular season Major League Baseball game.
It’s also been ages since we’ve seen the Angels. You have to go all the way back to June of 2019 for the last time these two teams met. Bo Bichette wasn’t even on the roster at that time, so this will be quite a different-looking Blue Jays squad for L.A. to face.

Shohei Ohtani hitting a home run off himself. This guy is just incredible pic.twitter.com/MNzhYES5Ns
— Gabe (@PIayoffTanaka) April 5, 2021

How they’re doing…
The Angels are a really difficult team to project. They’re obviously loaded with a bunch of high-level talent, namely Mike Trout, but they can never seem …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Over/Under: Previewing the Blue Jays Starting Pitchers using ZiPS projections

Part three of this season preview will look at starting pitching. The rotation for the Blue Jays has plenty of question marks after Hyun-Jin Ryu, so let’s get into the ZiPS projections and see how this rotation shakes out.
Since we are dealing with pitchers, the under means I expect them to do better than the projections. 

Hyun Jin Ryu
Innings
ERA
FIP
K/9
BB/9
HR/9
WAR
138.0
3.58
3.75
8.66
1.82
1.24
3.0
Ryu is the Blue Jays ace, and as long as he is healthy he will deal. Health has been an issue for Ryu in the past but he has been healthy the past two seasons and hopefully, that continues into this season. Health is the only reason he won’t hit these projections. Ryu has only had an era higher than these projections once in his career, so I’ll take the under on his ERA. His velocity was down at the start of spring but he ramped up pitching simulated games, and in his last start his fastball was hitting 90-91. Even if his velocity does decline he still keeps hitters off balance with his array of off-speed pitches. His change-up was sharp this spring, and was responsible for six of …

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Author: Paul Berthelot / Blue Jays Nation

Toronto Raptors: 4 players Toronto can add post-deadline

Toronto Raptors: 4 players Toronto can add post-deadline

Believe it or not, the three trades made by the Toronto Raptors on Thursday constitute the busiest deadline day in franchise history. Still, while the Norman Powell trade certainly moves the needle, the real news coming out of the day was the team’s inability to find a workable trade involving Kyle Lowry, keeping the birthday […]
Toronto Raptors: 4 players Toronto can add post-deadline – Raptors Rapture – Raptors Rapture – A Toronto Raptors Fan Site – News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Author: Ben Fisher / Raptors HQ

Marlies and Me: the redemption we need to see from Toronto

With three losses this week the Marlies fall below .500 in the standings. This week was supposed to be the continuation of the redemption that came from a win against the Laval Rocket on March 12. It wasn’t though. That being said there were small positives that came from each individual game.
We also saw the return of Alexander Barabanov, Timothy Lijegren, Nic Petan, and Joseph Woll. Coach Greg Moore sang their praises before their Sunday night game. He said, “They came in game one, performed at a high level when it comes to execution of gameplay and touches with the puck, you just want them to show up, work hard, compete and they did that and got rewarded for it.” These guys are taxi squad material for a reason, constantly working hard and proving that they are ready for any opportunity that comes their way.
The Marlies March 14th game against the Laval Rocket saw them come away with a point. In part, this is due to the resilience and physicality from the baby buds. Apart from that, it seems that there is a rivalry between the two teams that lights a fire under them and pushes this Marlies group …

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Author: Marsha Joseph / The Leafs Nation

Leafs still looking to get back in the win column against soaring Jets

After a deflating series of three losses, the Leafs are once again hoping to find a solution to Connor Hellebuyck and the Winnipeg Jets. While the first meeting of the two teams went well for the Leafs, Tuesday’s matchup was tougher on them, even more so because it rounded out three losses in a row.
The Leafs players remain largely positive and optimistic about where the team is in the standings and in terms of their play, though Sheldon Keefe was a bit more critical following Tuesday’s loss:

Sheldon Keefe on #Leafs:
“You either have winning habits, or you have losing habits. And when you have losing habits, you end up giving up free goals, and then when you don’t score enough on the other side of it, you lose games.”
— Kristen Shilton (@kristen_shilton) March 10, 2021

While a skid was inevitable following such a strong start during the first half the season, getting to four losses in a row would be concerning. If the Leafs want to halt this slide they’re going to need to play a full 60 minutes, find a way past an elite goalie, and get some help in their own net, as well. Having …

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Author: Mer / The Leafs Nation

Second night of a back to back goes predictably bad for the Leafs

The Leafs are coming off of three hard played decisive victories over the second place team in the division, so it seemed somewhat inevitable that some level of fatigue might catch up with them, and the banged up Leafs fell flat against the Canucks, in what was a bit of a freebie scenario for Vancouver as the Leafs fell 3-1.
Now, that’s a lot of excuse making for the Leafs, but in a game where the potential netminder could have been any one of Andersen, Campbell, or Hutchinson, only to have it end up being Plan C, Hutchinson getting the nod at the 11th hour points to game that wasn’t one the Leafs seemed likely to win. Of course, the Canucks are also a very bad team, and for a team that was so dominant against Edmonton, expecting a win was a fair way to go into the game as well. Should we takeaway much in that it ended in a loss to the Canucks, no, probably not. Saturday’s game will be much more important in evaluating how these two teams line up against each other.
The game didn’t get off to the strong start, and …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

The Maple Leafs are the best team in the NHL – Rate That Leafs Game

So, here we are. Three games after arriving in Edmonton and the Maple Leafs one all of them. Without Auston Matthews, Toronto’s depth and other top players had success which put them over the top in each game. Defence was also a key factor as they held Connor McDavid pointless in three games and Leon Draisaitl to one point.
A solid road trip which they hope to finish off after the play the Vancouver Canucks in two-straight games. To me, it’s weird to see the Leafs atop of the North Division and the NHL, but at the same time, it’s so exciting.
I hope you enjoy this video, where I freakout for most of it.

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation