The trouble with the 2014 Yankees: When a winning streak ends, a losing streak begins

I always knew my kids would grow up, learn about sex and eventually leave the house. I recognized that my beloved dog would only live for about 12 years, then start crapping all over the place and need to be slumbered. I have embraced the reality of changing seasons, shifting political allegiances and even transitory love. But damn, I thought we'd beat the Blue Jays at home...
July 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Royals rally to beat Blue Jays 8-6 in 10

TORONTO -- Omar Infante hit a two-run single in the 10th inning and the Kansas City Royals overcame two home runs by Edwin Encarnacion to beat the Blue Jays 8-6 on Thursday night, snapping Toronto's winning streak at nine games. Facing Todd Redmond (0-4), Alcides Escobar singled to begin the 10th. Pedro Ciriaco was hit on the front of the helmet while squaring to bunt and Nori...
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May 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Blue Jays vs Pittsburgh Series Recap and Analysis

Ryan Couckuyt Toronto Blue Jays Writer @curlmonster7 You are not going to believe this, but the Blue Jays salvaged another series by avoiding another sweep on Sunday Afternoon. They defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates by a score of 7-2. In all reality, they easily could have and should have swept the Pirates. But, I guess sometimes that’s just how the cookie crumbles. In the first...
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May 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Toronto Blue Jays: Squandering leads are hurting the team

Lately, the Toronto Blue Jays have been losing games after being ahead, going into the late innings. Case in point.  The Jays were ahead 5-3 going into the ninth inning in the first of three game series against the Pittsburgh Pirates this past weekend.  Pittsburgh scored three unanswered runs and ended up winning the game 6-5.  Talk about a heart breaker. It got even worse for...
May 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Gibbons: Blue Jays 'shell-shocked'

Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons admitted that his team was "a little shell-shocked" following another late-inning collapse in Saturday's 8-6 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates. Aaron Loup gave up three runs in the seventh inning and Todd Redmond served up the game-winning hit in the eighth Saturday, one day after Toronto squandered a two-run ninth inning lead in...
Via Pro Sports Daily
May 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates bats 'sing in the rain' against Blue Jays

The rain came in the eighth inning, a brief spurt that lasted only a few minutes. It mimicked the Pirates’ scoring — brief spurts in the late innings that gave them their second come-from-behind victory in as many days. In an 8-6 victory against Toronto Saturday night at PNC Park, the Pirates scored six runs in the seventh and eighth innings, five of them against the Blue Jays...
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May 04, 2014  |  Discuss

The New Protective Hat For MLB Pitchers Is Huge-And More Morning Links

  Last Friday Toronto Blue Jay Todd Redmond was provided with one of the new protective hats for Major League pitc…
April 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Blue Jays pitcher models new headgear (photo)

The most recent incident to reignite the discussion of whether or not Major League pitchers should wear protective headgear occurred on March 19 when the Cincinnati Reds' closer Aroldis Chapman took a line drive to the face during a Spring Training game. The ball struck Chapman's forehead and forced him to have surgery that included inserting a metal plate into his head...
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April 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Here's MLB's new protective cap for pitchers (PHOTO)

Major League Baseball approved a protective cap in January for pitchers designed to minimize the injuries caused by being hit by batted balls, especially line drives drilled back to the mound. On Friday, the Toronto Blue Jays’ Todd Redmond showed off the latest model.The cushioned safety plates, made by isoBLOX, are sewn into the hat and custom fitted. The caps weigh an extra...
Via The Other Paper
April 19, 2014  |  Discuss

PHOTO: MLB new protective hat for pitchers

Pitchers are always focus on getting outs, they never expect a 100 mph comebacker to them which ends being a serious injury.MLB agreed to allow a new protective hat exclusively for pitchers to protect their skull, as many consider it as a good idea.However, I finally understood why none of the pitchers don’t want to use it, it’s very awkward and looks uncomfortable too.Todd Redmond...
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April 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Jays Pitcher Todd Redmond Models New Protective Cap For Pitchers (Photo)

It’s always scary when a pitcher takes a line drive to the head, which is why the MLB approved a model of a special protective cap that was supposed to be available for the 2014 season. When Cincinnati Reds closer Aroldis Chapman was struck in the head during spring training, Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Alex Cobb (who during the 2013 season was also hit with a line drive) complained...
April 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Orioles continue to cut it close with win over Blue Jays

The Orioles have only scored two runs in 21 innings against the Blue Jays, but Saturday night’s 2-1 victory at Oriole Park had the heady feel of one of those extra-inning wins that made 2012 such a magical year and the O’s still have a chance to win the series if they can muster some offense against Jays left-hander Mark Buehrle. David Lough eventually delivered a game-winning...
Via Pro Sports Daily
April 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Tigers' Verlander solid in spring debut

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) -- Justin Verlander pitched one-hit ball for four innings in his spring debut for the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday, a 3-2, 10-inning loss to the Toronto Blue Jays. Verlander's spring routine has been postponed by his recovery from core-muscle repair surgery on Jan. 9, and his first scheduled start was rained out last Thursday. The former MVP and Cy Young Award...
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March 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Yankees Spring Training Game 6: Home runs continue in win

New York Yankees 8 — Toronto Blue Jays 2 Competing for the fifth spot in the rotation, lefty Vidal Nuno got the task of starting today’s game. An error by shortstop Eduardo Nunez would be erased by Austin Romine who threw out Jose Reyes attempting to steal second base. Nuno would get the second out soon after but slugging right fielder Jose Bautista would get a hold of one and...
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March 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Ranking 2013′s Rookie SP Class: #11-20

Tony Cingrani was one of 2013′s most exciting pitchers to own. Part 2 of our three-part countdown of 2013′s rookie starting pitcher class brings us the guys you might actually consider rostering in 2014! As with last time, I decided to rank these pitchers based solely on their fantasy potential in 2014, which means their chance at a starting rotation spot and their peak innings...
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December 06, 2013  |  Discuss

2014 Minor League Preview: Toronto Blue Jays

Organizational Talent Rankings via Baseball America 2013 (22) | 2012 (5) | 2011 (4) | 2010 (19) | 2009 (19) 2013 Affiliate Records MLB: [74-88] AL East AAA: [74-70] International League – Buffalo AA: [68-72] Eastern League – New Hampshire A+: [63-68] Florida State League – Dunedin A: [61-78] Midwest League – Lansing A(ss): [39-37] Northwest League — Vancouver Graduated...
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December 04, 2013  |  Discuss

Last-place Blue Jays finish at 74-88

Starting pitching was a problem all season for the Toronto Blue Jays, and game 162 was no exception. Todd Redmond was knocked out before the end of Tampa Bay's six-run first inning and the Rays held on to beat the Blue Jays 7-6 on Sunday, clinching a tie for an AL wild-card berth. A season that began with high hopes of ending a two-decade playoff drought soon turned sour in...
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September 29, 2013  |  Discuss

Rays drop 2nd straight to Blue Jays, fall into WC tie

TORONTO (AP) -- The Tampa Bay Rays dropped into a tie with Texas for the second AL wild-card berth, losing to Toronto 7-2 Saturday as Ryan Goins and Kevin Pillar hit two-run home runs for the Blue Jays and J.A. Happ won for the first time in four starts. The Rays (90-71) lost their second straight following a seven-game winning streak and dropped a half-game behind Cleveland (90...
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September 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Blue Jays-Orioles Preview

With their playoff hopes all but gone, the Baltimore Orioles can turn their attention toward finishing above .500 for the second consecutive season. That goal will have to be obtained without the help of All-Star third baseman Manny Machado. Baltimore begins what could potentially be a very long stretch without Machado on Tuesday night when it opens a three-game set against the...
Via AP on Fox
September 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Blue Jays hammer Yankees in rubber match

If you can’t join ’em spoil ’em. That’s the Blue Jays’ motto these days. They may not be playing meaningful games this month but they can at least do their best to ruin it for those who are starting with the New York Yankees. The Jays dealt a big blow to New York’s playoff hopes by winning Thursday’s rubber match 6-2 thanks to seven strong innings from starter Todd...
Via Pro Sports Daily
September 20, 2013  |  Discuss

A Minor Review of 2013: Blue Jays

There is always a bit of a lull between the end of the minor league playoffs in September and the start of the annual top prospects lists in early November. Because of that gap, I’m breathing new life into an old feature that I wrote for the site in FanGraphs’ infancy back in 2008 and 2009. The series ‘A Minor Review of 2013′ will look back on some of the major happenings...
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September 17, 2013  |  Discuss

MLB Game Picks - Friday: September 13, 2013

Why yes, it is Friday the 13th. That means the picks will have good luck today, right? The 12th was not too bad. Seven out of eleven was not as blah or bad as the previous days. I did not expect the Yankees to win a game that Phil Hughes started. The beleaguered pitcher was yanked after pitching just 50 pitches (and he pitched well). David Robertson tried to give the game back...
Via The Flagrant Fan
September 13, 2013  |  Discuss

2013 Fantasy Baseball Daily Fix: September 13

DraftKings Team of the Day Today I’m playing in a $1 Double Up contest, where half the participants earn some cash. Even though the baseball season is winding down DraftKings is in full swing with NFL and college football games to play throughout the season. When you sign up don’t forget to claim your deposit bonus. Player  Matchup Salary Note SP – Stephen Strasburg ...
Via The Fantasy Fix
September 13, 2013  |  Discuss

MLB Game Picks - Tuesday: September 3, 2013

September is killing me so far. The first two days of the month have been a disaster. The only saving grace has been two straight Game of the Day picks coming in. But otherwise, it has been really bad. And it was bad even considering I correctly predicted Felix Hernandez would lose, the Yankees would win a game that Phil Hughes started and that Mat Latos would pitch better than...
Via The Flagrant Fan
September 03, 2013  |  Discuss

D-backs try to get back on track againts Blue Jays

The Diamondbacks were going to need an incredible September to have any chance of winning the NL's second wild-card spot. But they've gotten off to a poor start to the month after a shaky finish to August, putting a serious dent in their playoff aspirations. Arizona looks to avoid a fifth loss in six contests as it continues a three-game set against visiting Toronto on Tuesday...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
September 03, 2013  |  Discuss
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