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Stranding nine baserunners (0 for 9) is not something the Blue Jays were proud of in today's 5-1 loss to the Yankees.

Jays starter Jaime Garcia ran into early control trouble, has had befallen most of the Jays' previous starters in this series. 
Quite the opposite for Yankees' starter Luis Severino.  The only offence the Jays could muster was a solo homer by Teoscar Hernandez.

A much better effort will be required when the Red Sox come to town Tuesday in Toronto. 

Game story:
https://www.sportsnet.ca/baseball/mlb/blue-jays-cant-find-timely-offence-series-yankees/

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Leafs Playoffs - Casual Fan Edition
« on: April 21, 2018, 06:55:39 PM »
Casual take: The Leafs need Andersen to steal this game tonight. Like, bona fide larceny of a game.

Then they head back home and Matthews finally has a breakout game, sending it to Game 7.

Fingers crossed, I guess.
I'm not holding my breath that Andersen suddenly pulls a gem out of his ass but I hope to be wrong about this. I'm not ready to shave yet


It's going to take a lot more than Andersen, but yes, Freddie needs to step up.  The Leafs fate rests (partially) in his hands.

The stars will align for for our boys tonight.  C'mon Awesome & Nifty...go get 'em!

GO LEAFS GO!

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Ok Blue Jays Talk / Re: 2018 Toronto Blue Jays General Season Thread
« on: April 21, 2018, 06:47:55 PM »
The Jays' Lourdes Gurriel Jr. Had three RBIs along with Teoscar Hernandez to power Toronto to an 8-5 victory over Sonny Gray & the Yankees in Thursday's game.

Definitely an impressive game for the Jays young bats.  Many are looking forward to see what Gurriel brings.  We've seen what Hernandez has brought and it bodes very well for the Jays other skilled prospects that will one day all form the future of this franchise.

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/baseball/article-gurriel-jr-makes-big-mlb-debut-as-blue-jays-beat-yankees/



In Friday's game, Jays starter Marcus Stroman continued with his struggles on the mound.  Aaron Judge ignites a seven run Yankee sixth inning romp enroute to a 9-1 win over the Blue Jays.

*sigh*

https://www.sportsnet.ca/baseball/mlb/judge-homers-yankees-use-7-run-6th-beat-blue-jays/

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Deja vu?  Ghost of playoffs past?

Let's hope not.  The Raptors' 122-103 loss to the Wizards in Game 3 last night brought back trepidation among Toronto basketball followers. 

As if the turnovers (19) weren't bad enough, members of the bench unit were deplorably worse. Poeltl, Siakam, Miles, Wright, et al.  They provided little to no support for DeRozan & Lowry on court, and a true lack of competitiveness out there in a game they should have won.

Far from grasping their 2 games to 0 hold on the Wizards, it is now 2 games to 1, with Gqme 4 on Sunday here at the Capital One Arena.  A serious shoring up of play is required for the Raptors if they want to make this series easier on themselves.  It's up to them, not the Wizards.

Fred.VanVleet continues to remain absent from playing due to shoulder injury.

Game recap:
https://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/nba/raptors-old-habits-resurface-ugly-game-3-loss-wizards/

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Ok Blue Jays Talk / Re: 2018 Toronto Blue Jays General Season Thread
« on: April 20, 2018, 01:51:47 AM »
Jays lose 4-3 in a close one at Yankee Stadium.

New York's Aaron judge's homerun against Blue Jay reliever Tyler Clippard gave the Yankees a 4-2 lead in the seventh inning.  Though Toronto tried rallying back, it fell short of the mark.

Jays' starter Aaron Sanchez played six innings having allowed three runs.  At that point in the game, Yankees were leading by one -- 3-2-- until the Judge homerun on reliever Clippard. Natch.

Game recap:
http://www.cbc.ca/sports/baseball/mlb/toronto-blue-jays-new-york-yankees-1.4627591

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Ok Blue Jays Talk / Re: 2018 Toronto Blue Jays General Season Thread
« on: April 20, 2018, 01:39:10 AM »
So far...


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Lessons need to be learned, don't they?


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Some pointers:

- Rask outplaying Andersen
- lack of Kadri still hurting Leafs
- Matthews/Nylander not putting up numbers; running into Chara doesn't help (Games 1 & 4)
- RHD a mess
- Boston outshot in Games 3 & 4 (collectively 77-40 ratio)
- troubles containing Marchand continues


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MotM:  The Magician
Hm:     The Mechanic

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Ok Blue Jays Talk / Re: 2018 Toronto Blue Jays General Season Thread
« on: April 19, 2018, 05:27:32 PM »
The Blue Jays sports  the second-best bullpenERA in the Major leagues.  Only the Arizona Diamondbacks are better.  This factors in as a big part of their success this year coupled with success at the plate.

Besides mainstays Osuna, Loup, Tepera, veterans such as Tyler Clippard,  Sueng Hwan Oh and Canadian John Axford, are some of the new additions to the team.


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Ok Blue Jays Talk / Re: 2018 Toronto Blue Jays General Season Thread
« on: April 19, 2018, 01:51:38 AM »

vs



Starting Pitchers:
Thursday April 19  7pm
Aaron Sanchez RH (Blie Jays)  1-1  3.66  ERA  vs  CC Sabathia LH (Yankees)  0-0  4.00 ERA

Friday April 20  7pm
Marco Estrada RH (Blue Jays)  1-1  4.24  ERA  vs  Sonny Gray RH (Yankees)  1-1  6.92 ERA

Saturday April 21   1pm
Marcus Stroman RH (Blue Jays)  0-1  7.98 ERA  vs  Jordan Montgomery LH (Yankees)  1-0  4.70 ERA

Sunday April 22  1pm
Jaime Garcia LH (Blue Jays)  2-0  3.86 ERA  vs Luis Severino RH (Yankees)  3-1 2.63 ERA

All games on SN1 & SN590 radio.


Source:  MLB.com,  theStar.com,  FOXSports


The Blue Jays (12-5) and firmly in second place in the A.L.East play a four-game series against the New York Yankees (8-8) at Yankee Stadium.

While many believed the Bronx Bombers would be running away atop their division, the truth is that the "stacked" Yankees are more like the stuck Yankees, in third place disappointingly, and their superstar GianCarlo Stanton is anything but.  Stanton has been hitting a paltry .197 at the plate, difficult to believe, and there will be a batting order shift coming soon in a bid to shore things up, as they say.

Meanwhile, the Toronto Blue Jays have been a pleasant surprise on the heels of the Boston Red Sox, just 3 GB and with an opportunity to hedge up with this series against New York.  (The Yankees are 6.5 GBL Boston but not too far off of the Jays.  Another reason for Toronto to remain hot here).

The Yankees & the Blue Jays split their opening game series in Toronto.  Since then however, the Blue Jays have been winning two out of threes in many a series in which they've played so far, the latest being a Royals sweep of K.C.

Josh Donaldson will not join the Jays for this trip.  Donaldson may go off the 10-day DL but will not be activated.  DH Kendrys Morales, who sat out with a hamstring strain, will rejoin the roster.

LET'S GO BLUE JAYS!

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Ok Blue Jays Talk / Re: 2018 Toronto Blue Jays General Season Thread
« on: April 19, 2018, 01:37:16 AM »
S-w-e-e-p!

For the first time since July 2017 the Blue Jays finally swept a series, and this time it was the Kansas City Royals with a resounding 15-5 debacle last night.

Curtis Granderson's Grand Slammer, plus Teoscar Hernandez who came up short of hitting for the cycle, were more than a  handful for the Royalsto deal with.

Hernandez with his two singles, a triple, and a two-run homer has been on a tear of late.  Certainly making a case for himself to stay with the big club.  He sports a .421 BA which includes one homerun, three doubles, a triple plus six RBIs.  In the games in which Hernandez has played so far, the Blue Jays have scored 39 runs.

The Jays have now won 12 of their first 17 games, not seen since 2009 and the sixth time they've done so in franchise history.

Now it's onward to Yankee Stadium and a date with the Yankees.  Looking very much forward.

Game story:
https://www.thestar.com/sports/bluejays/2018/04/18/granderson-hernandez-lead-offence-as-hot-hitting-jays-sweep-royals.html

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By the numbers:  showcasing how Bergeron (& subsequently his line) plus others were key in games 1 to 2 for Boston, and how the Leafs turned the tide in Game 3:



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Whoa!

You can say that again.  More like Wow!

The Toronto Raptors upended the Washington Wizards 130-119 in Game 2 of this Eastern Conference First Round playoffs.  That gives Toronto a 2-0 lead in the series.

To top it all off, the Raptors set a playoff franchise record of 44 points in the first quarter. Some could say the game was over right there.  The Raptors made short work of the Wizards game plan, if Washington even had one that is, as Toronto got contributions from nearly every player on that court and on that bench.

DeMar DeRozan's 37 points, Lowry's 12 assists, Valenciunas' 19 points & 14 rebounds, Wright's 11 points, Anunoby's defence, the list goes on.

All in all, a consistent and persistent effort from the Toronto Raptors that the Wizards had no chance of matching.  That's simply because when on winning mode, the Raptors are among the best at it.  Period.

Game 3 goes Friday in Washington.

GO RAPTORS!


https://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/nba/raptors-impressive-building-lead-fighting-adversity-game-2/

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All Sports But Hockey / Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
« on: April 18, 2018, 03:18:33 AM »
Not this time.

The Toronto FC and Mexican squad Chivas de Guadalajara kicked off their CONCACAF Champions League Final at BMO Field Tuesday night (April 17), but it wasn't the results TFC wanted.  Guadalajara defeated TFC 2-1 here in the First Leg of this Final.

Chivas got on the board early -- 65 seconds into the matchup -- but Toronto's Jonathan Osorio countered twenty minutes in the half, becoming the highest scoring player (& Canadian-born) of this tournament.   Kudos to Osorio on that goal -- he headed thw ball while crashing bodywise into the post.  At least no one can fault him for trying.  It definely paid dividends.

The TFC had plenty of chances and opportunites to forge ahead but instead it was Chivas that ended up scoring the go-ahead & winning goal in the 72nd minute.  Too bad.

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“At the end of the day, the score comes down to finishing your chances and not giving away goals you shouldn’t give away,” Vanney said.

Now TFC needs a wing & a prayer for the Second Leg to be played next Wednesday April 25 in Mexico.  TFC need to score not less than two goals and limit Chivas to zero, otherwise to overtime they will go.  Hope that doesn't happen. 

The Mexicans are taking absolutely nothing for granted as far as their coach is concerned, considering TFC's winning performance so far in this tourney:

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“There’s still 90 minutes left in this game. The result is still open,” he said.

GO TFC!


https://www.thestar.com/sports/tfc/2018/04/17/toronto-fc-digs-hole-in-first-leg-of-concacaf-champions-league-final.html

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