Picking apart this awful Blue Jays and Yankees trade suggestion

Disclaimer: This article is for fun. What I’ll be putting on blast is the idea of the tweet itself, not the man behind it. While the idea is dumb, that doesn’t make the man behind the tweet stupid, dumb or any other mean word. If you decide to ratio him, make sure that it’s in a playful manner, because being a meanie on Twitter isn’t cool.

The tweet heard around the Baseball World:
Do you ever just read a short form media post and figure that the world is actually burning? Well, then you know the feeling I had when I woke up this morning and read this tweet.

First and foremost the Yankees have to fix this shortstop situation. Why is this still a thing?! The fact that they do not have a franchise shortstop to man the position still blows my mind. Isn’t this the same organization Derek Jeter aka “The Captain” played 20 straight… pic.twitter.com/irfMJDn8M5
— Xavier Scruggs (@Xavier_Scruggs) January 18, 2022

Not a big issue, right? I recently worked on an article that went through each AL East team’s infield, and while Gio Ureshela should not be a starter, he suffices as a utility player. However, the Yankees have one of the worst infields in the East and with Gio Urshela starting at short, that is a position needing of an upgrade.
Instead of going down the usual path of “oh, let’s just spend half a billion dollars on [insert player name here]”, Xavier decides to tweet that the Yankees should look for a replacement through trade. His suggestion? Well, read below

Bo Bichette and Bobby Witt Jr. #eXamineIt and Get it done. Let me know what you think! pic.twitter.com/5A6V3suD7j
— Xavier Scruggs (@Xavier_Scruggs) January …

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Author: Brennan Delaney / Blue Jays Nation

Sheldon Keefe’s never satisfied mentality could take Leafs to the next level

What kind of coach do you think of when I say Sheldon Keefe’s name?
The 41-year-old has been the Maple Leafs’ bench boss for just over two years and carries a 139-86-38 record in the regular season. However, the one hump he’s yet to get the team over is the first round.
Keefe has done it in the AHL, winning a Calder Cup with the Toronto Marlies in 2018. But in the NHL, he’s only been able to have regular season success.
When I think of Keefe as a coach, I think of someone who’s never satisfied.

Keefe not satisfied despite winning pic.twitter.com/qOxnZiIbSP
— . (@_marlanderthews) February 10, 2021

If you remember back to the All or Nothing series, there was a part where Keefe felt like he’s losing the team. Toronto was winning games, but not in the ways that he wanted.
He preached playing the right way.
That might be playing in systems, having compete, or just making the correct play. Keefe makes it known if he doesn’t like his teams performance, even if it’s a win.

Leafs have won eight of their last nine games, but Keefe not fully satisfied with the play.
“We’ve been getting a lot of points here as of late. We know we’ve got to play better.”
— David Alter (@dalter) November 14, 2021

On the Maple Leafs’ most recent road trip, Toronto lost a lead quite a few times. Keefe, though, thought the team played well in the circumstances.
“No.” Keefe said after Saturday’s win over the Blues when asked if he was concerned with the amount of leads given up on the road trip. “It’s not indicative of who we’ve been all season long. I think each game has had its different circumstances, and I also think we’re ju …

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

Comparing starting rotations in the American League East

Let’s be real here, the lockout sucks. What else is there to do other than pray that the two sides can get together and figure it out?

Well for me, I can start a nice little debate about the best players in the American League East. We’ll start with which AL East team has the best rotation.

Baltimore Orioles:
The Baltimore Orioles are not good. The Bad Birds of the AL East finished the 2021 season with a record of 52-110, which landed them the first overall pick in the 2022 MLB draft. The team’s one bright spot for starting pitching came by means of a starting pitcher named John Means (pun intended). 
The former 11th round pick pitched 146.2 innings and registered an ERA of 3.62 and an ERA+ of 126. Means also registered a FIP of 4.62, so his independent numbers are slightly worse. However, Means had a K/9 of 8.2 with a BB/9 of 1.6, which are solid numbers. The 28-year-old is under Oriole control until the end of the 2024 season.
The Orange Birds also signed 31-year-old Jordan Lyles to a one-year, 7 million dollar contract before the lockout. For the past two seasons, he played for the Texas Rangers and had an ERA of 7.02 in 2020 and 5.15 in 2021. The Orioles are hoping that he regains his 2018/2019 form where he posted a 4.11 ERA and a 4.15 ERA.
The Orioles have the second smallest payroll, with only $29,416,666 dedicated to the 2022 roster. They have the money to spend, but due to their rebuild, it’s unlikely that they will add anyone of note.
Boston Red Sox:
From the second-lowest payroll to the sixth-highest payroll, the Boston Red Sox unsurprisingly have a better batch of starting pitchers than the O’s.
The most notable of which is 32-year-old Chris Sale. The hard throwing lefty missed all of the 2020 season as well as the majority of the 2021 due to Tommy John Surgery. Despite that, he put up sol …

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Author: Brennan Delaney / Blue Jays Nation

The Leafs 3 stars of the week: Alex Kerfoot continues career year, Ilya Mikheyev impresses early on

After what felt like forever, we finally had some Maple Leafs hockey to look forward to throughout this past week. With two games on the schedule this past week postponed for the blue and white, we were lucky enough that they had two other games on schedule too, and we’re grateful that they ended playing both of them. Games against the Carolina Hurricanes and the Montreal Canadiens were postponed due to COVID-19/attendance issues and games against the Edmonton Oilers and Colorado Avalanche were given the okay to be played.
They started their week in Edmonton to take on the McDavid-less Oilers and honestly handled them pretty well despite Edmonton actually looking dangerous at some points throughout the game but Toronto held their own and continued their success down in Edmonton by picking up a 4-2 win on the road. They then followed up that game with a trip to Colorado to play the red hot Avalanche who have won 10 straight home games coming into Saturday night’s game. I don’t really want to get into it because Toronto had a 3-0 and 4-1 lead and then proceeded to lose 5-4 in overtime. Well, at least they picked up a point! Right?
Record during week 13: 1-0-1 | Season …

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Author: Joseph Zita / The Leafs Nation

Spezza is good to rejoin the Leafs as his suspension appeal is successful

In what is certainly great news for the Leafs, Jason Spezza’s appeal to Gary Bettman on his suspension length was somewhat successful and he is now eligible to return to the lineup for tomorrow night’s game.

Commissioner Bettman upholds suspension of @MapleLeafs forward Jason Spezza; reduces length from six to four games.
Complete ruling: https://t.co/3qvuhuPsO3 pic.twitter.com/E6YLxjYKOr
— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) December 17, 2021

While the idea of an aggressive knee targeting an opponent’s head is certainly something that you’d hope to see warrant a penalty like six games or possibly beyond, the Spezza suspension certainly seemed inconsistent with the recent suspensions and fines handed down by NHL Player Safety and the reduction in the suspension seemed warranted.
With Spezza returning the Leafs get a bit more offensive firepower back, which is certainly a good thing at a time when Mitch Marner is out of the lineup. The Leafs will also have Nick Ritchie available again, so it likely pushes Clifford out of the lineup, at least temporarily.
The Leafs play the red hot Canucks (wait…what?) tomorrow night, and the Kraken the following night, so warm bodies are a definite …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

The Blue Jays have signed reliever Yimi Garcia

A late Friday transaction! That’s what you love to see!

According to Jon Morosi, who cites former All-Star Carlos Baerga’s Instagram, the Blue Jays have signed relief pitcher Yimi Garcia. Baerga has been right about stuff in the past and I can’t possibly imagine anybody making up a fake transaction in regards to Yimi Garcia, so this seems legit.

Yimi García has agreed to a contract with #BlueJays, source confirms. Credit to Carlos Baerga, the 3-time All-Star infielder, for breaking the news on Instagram. @MLB @MLBNetwork
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) November 28, 2021

So, who’s Yimi Garcia?
He broke into the big leagues with the Dodgers in 2014, pitched a lot in 2015, got hurt in 2016, missed all of 2017, and came back as a pretty effective arm in 2019. The Dodgers cut Garcia loose after that and he signed with the Marlins, where he would toss 15 scoreless innings in the shortened 2020 season.
Garcia was again good for the Marlins in 2021, as he put up a 3.47 ERA over 39 outings, though he outperformed his peripherals, 8.7 strikeouts per nine and 3.3 walks per nine. He was flipped to the Houston Astros ahead of the trade deadline and had the opposite situation, an ugly 5.48 ERA with good …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Raptors Game Tonight: Raptors vs Pacers Odds, Starting Lineup, Injury Report, Predictions, TV Channel for Nov. 26

Raptors Game Tonight: Raptors vs Pacers Odds, Starting Lineup, Injury Report, Predictions, TV Channel for Nov. 26

The Toronto Raptors took their lumps on what became a rough West Coast road trip, but they did manage to get things pointed in the right direction when they took down the Grizzlies in Memphis. Even with that, the latest Raptors odds ate predicting another defeat for Nick Nurse. Toronto will take on Rick Carlisle […]
Raptors Game Tonight: Raptors vs Pacers Odds, Starting Lineup, Injury Report, Predictions, TV Channel for Nov. 26 – Raptors Rapture – Raptors Rapture – A Toronto Raptors Fan Site – News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Why the Leafs should be patient with calling up Josh Ho-Sang

“I’m happy where I am right now.”
That’s what Josh Ho-Sang said last week when asked about getting to the Leafs. He’s not worried about being a Maple Leafs player or playing in the NHL — the 25-year-old wants to be happy — that’s it.
A lot of fans recently have seen how well Ho-Sang has been doing with the Marlies. At the moment, he has seven points (six goals, one assist) in his first eight games. He’s playing incredibly well.
Well enough that when people see a goal he scores or his stats, they say, “Bring him up to the Leafs.” And that’s not entirely the best idea.
As a person, I want Ho-Sang to have all the success in the world. He’s playing incredibly well for Toronto in the AHL, and the 25-year-old is doing everything that’s asked of him.
The best option right now, though, is patience.
Ho-Sang has played eight games with the Marlies, which is not a sizeable amount of evidence. Arguing his case on why he should be in the NHL doesn’t make sense at this point. He’s shown how good he can be, but he …

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

TLN Three Stars: Matthews and Tavares each pot two as the Maple Leafs drop the Bruins 5-2

In what has become somewhat of a recurring theme this past week, the Maple Leafs rode contributions from their most important players to a 5-2 victory over the Boston Bruins. While it may look lopsided, this one was a much tighter affair than the score would indicate. The Maple Leafs came out strong early, though it was ultimately the Bruins that would break the ice on a Taylor Hall Powerplay marker.

Taylor Hall makes it 1-0 Boston pic.twitter.com/MWPa1nnrS8
— Omar (@TicTacTOmar) November 6, 2021

The Buds didn’t appear phased, however, which was nice to see given their long history of mental struggles against the Bruins, as John Tavares was credited with what was undeniably one of the strangest goals I have ever seen. 

Passing play pays off pic.twitter.com/B9WN4wuPBm
— Omar (@TicTacTOmar) November 6, 2021

Despite the net coming off its moorings, the review determined it was a good goal as the Buds would eventually head to the first intermission knotted up at 1-1.
The second period remained relatively quiet until late in the period when Matt Grzelcyk took a high sticking call, which quickly opened the floodgates. Auston Matthews quickly cashed in to break …

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Author: Jori Negin-Shecter / The Leafs Nation

Maple Leafs enter toughest stretch of the season needing to prove they can beat contenders

Despite what the Toronto Maple Leafs’ rather poor record to start the season may suggest, the team has yet to face much objectively tough competition. Other than the Carolina Hurricanes, every team the Maple Leafs have played thus far either finds themselves sitting at the bottom of the standings, or has begun the year as a pleasant surprise overachieving against preseason expectations. That all changes this week starting tonight with a matchup against the Vegas Golden Knights followed up by games against Tampa Bay and Boston later in the week. These three teams have been some of the NHL’s best over the past few seasons, and despite some slow starts of their own for Tampa and Vegas, both are currently sitting on three game winning streaks to surge back into the conversation of the NHL’s elite.
If the Toronto Maple Leafs want to be respected as members of the NHL’s elite, and be seen as true Stanley Cup Contenders they’ll need to snatch at least two wins from the three games against these formidable opponents. Vegas is due up first in tonight’s game, and with two matchups against divisional rivals on the horizon, it’s …

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Author: Filipe Dimas / The Leafs Nation