Breadcrumb Path Hyperlinks Toronto Maple Leafs Toronto Blue Jays Sports activities Betting Sports activities NHL Hockey Basketball Baseball Publishing date: Jun 05, 2022 • 25 minutes in the past • 11 minute learn • Be a part of the dialog Toronto Blue Jays’ Vladimir Guerrero Jr. will get water dumped on him by teammate Teoscar Hernandez. Getty Photos Article content material Ready for Guerrero. Commercial 2 This commercial has not loaded but, however your article continues beneath. Article content material It sounds extra just like the identify of a film or a guide — Ready for Godot, Ready for Guffman, Ready to Start — however for now, it stays central to this spectacular, fascinating and oddly puzzling Blue Jays season. The Jays have discovered themselves within the standings proper about the place they have been anticipated to be — among the many greatest groups in baseball. They usually’ve managed it, by some means, with minimal contribution from the smiling Vladimir Guerrero Jr., who final season was flat out the very best hitter in baseball and this season is again making an attempt to find himself once more. Article content material He led the American League final 12 months in nearly each class that mattered. He was ferocious at bat, when he hit and when he didn’t. Within the month that simply ended, Guerrero hit .217 with simply three dwelling runs, eight RBIs and an OPS of .681. Final Might, with fewer at-bats, Guerrero had seven homers, 20 RBIs, extra runs scored, a .350 batting common, a .490 on-base share and a 1.153 OPS. Commercial 3 This commercial has not loaded but, however your article continues beneath. Article content material That was a Corridor of Fame month for Guerrero who had a Corridor of Fame season final 12 months with the Jays. At the very least up to now two video games, Guerrero is beginning to look extra like himself than all of final month. It’s one factor to not be producing. It’s one other to have mushy and weak at-bats, so many one-bounce groundouts till the house runs of Friday evening and Saturday afternoon. The Jays received eight video games in a row just lately and are enjoying on the 90-plus-win tempo they’re going to should be a playoff staff. If they’re successful all these video games with out a lot contribution for Guerrero, that speaks for the remainder of the lineup. However what occurs when he will get sizzling: Does that imply fewer shut video games, fewer one-run video games, extra blowouts like Saturday’s win over Minnesota, fewer nights by which supervisor Charlie Montoyo has to juggle his bullpen to discover a approach to get to the ninth inning? Commercial 4 This commercial has not loaded but, however your article continues beneath. Article content material Guerrero nonetheless must be the man on this lineup: The bat who carries the Jays into the post-season. They know that. He is aware of that. Now the hope is the wait is near being over. We apologize, however this video has did not load. THIS AND THAT At no time, did the Maple Leafs have the Tampa Bay Lightning working round disorganized the best way the New York Rangers have within the first two video games of the Jap Convention remaining. Yeah, the Leafs may have overwhelmed Tampa, particularly in time beyond regulation of Sport 6, however they didn’t make the Lightning look misplaced, the best way they at the moment seem in opposition to the Rangers … New York appears too huge, too quick, too intense, too powerful on unfastened pucks to lose this sequence. Even of their greatest video games in opposition to the Lightning, the Leafs have been by no means as exhausting on the puck because the Rangers appear to be … How do you get a goalie like Igor Shesterkin? For essentially the most half, you get fortunate. Shesterkin was the eleventh goalie chosen within the 2014 NHL draft. Amongst these taken earlier than him: Thatcher Demko, Alex Nedeljkovic, Vitek Vanecek, Elvis Merzlikins, Ilya Sorokin and Ville Husso. That’s a robust 12 months for goalies. 5 – 6 starters from 4 rounds of the draft. Shesterkin was a third-string goalie on a KHL staff when the Rangers picked him … What a life in purpose the Rangers have had long-term: With little interruption they’ve gone from Ed Giacomin to John Davidson to Mike Richter to Henrik Lundqvist to Shesterkin. That’s 50-plus years of prime netminding in New York … Drafted one choose earlier than Shesterkin in 2014: Michael Bunting … Hold listening to assumptions that Johnny Gaudreau, who grew up half an hour exterior Philadelphia, will signal as a free agent with the Flyers this summer season. Evidently, Calgary desires to maintain Gaudreau, who completed the season with 115 factors and a league-leading +64, the best plus-minus quantity for a ahead since Wayne Gretzky in 1987 … Actually, is anybody sitting dwelling questioning what the betting line is for the second interval of a playoff sport? Is there any actual demand for these items or are networks merely enjoying to their multitude of playing advertisers and their very own playing pursuits right here? Till there’s confirmed demand, that is gratuitous and pointless. Commercial 5 This commercial has not loaded but, however your article continues beneath. Article content material HEAR AND THERE How a lot is Cy Younger Award winner Robbie Ray lacking his pitching coach, Pete Walker? This a lot: In his first 11 begins final season, earlier than he acquired actually sizzling, Ray gave up simply 24 earned runs. To this point, he has given up 36 runs with a 4.93 earned run common in Seattle, the place there’s a lot doubt about his costly signing … Heading into Saturday afternoon’s sport, Kevin Gausman had given up 17 earned runs in his first 10 begins with the Jays … In Dave Stieb’s first two seasons with the Blue Jays, the staff misplaced 204 video games in whole. When Stieb pitched, nonetheless, the Jays have been 25-and-25. When Stieb didn’t pitch, the membership was 95-179. As nice as Alek Manoah has been with the Jays — the Jays 23-7 in his 30 begins — the circumstances are nearly absolutely the reverse of Stieb. Manoah’s Jays are 69-47 since he was referred to as up final Might … Can’t get anybody to disclaim this however I’m fairly sure that Alejandro Kirk is in his 50s and used to play third base in my senior man’s slo-pitch league … Jameson Taillon, who pitched for Canada within the World Baseball Basic and has a Canadian passport, although he was born in Florida, is having a profession 12 months with the first-place Yankees. He’s 6-1 with a 2.30 earned run common after 10 begins. He’s a candidate to start out the all-star sport … The Jays want Jose Berrios to be proper, particularly contemplating the well being of Hyun-jin Ryu is an on a regular basis challenge, perhaps for the remainder of his profession. If the Jays have a beginning rotation of Manoah, Gausman and a good Berrios, that’s spectacular. In the event that they don’t have Berrios in type — he had the worst earned run common of all AL beginning pitchers heading into Saturday afternoon’s first rate begin — then they’re going to wish one other beginning pitcher. In the event that they don’t want one already to interchange Ryu. Perhaps, lastly, there’s a spot for Nate Pearson … When the Jays traded for Matt Chapman, I wrote a be aware about him being an excellent defensive participant however his offence considerably just like the departed Randal Grichuk. After all, this led to the same old screaming social media assaults. So right here we’re in June, Chapman has six dwelling runs, Grichuk has 5. Chapman has struck out 49 occasions with a low batting common, Grichuk has 45. Chapman has a disappointing OPS of .648, Grichuk is at .717. Neither will get on base sufficient. Each strike out an excessive amount of. Simply wished to say. Commercial 6 This commercial has not loaded but, however your article continues beneath. Article content material SCENE AND HEARD When the Maple Leafs received their most up-to-date Stanley Cup in 1967 they solely dressed 5 defenceman. One among them, Larry Hillman, handed away on Friday. Tim Horton, Allan Stanley and Marcel Pronovost are gone as nicely, leaving Bob Baun because the lone survivor of the Toronto championship blueline. Baun is 85 years younger. Each goalies, Terry Sawchuk and Johnny Bower, have handed. However up entrance, distinguished Leafs corresponding to Dave Keon, Frank Mahovlich, Bob Pulford, Ron Ellis, Jim Pappin, Pete Stemkowski and Mike Walton are nonetheless round to inform their tales … You might have forgotten all about Jake Gardiner however he’s signed to a different 12 months with the Carolina Hurricanes at simply over $4 million on the wage cap. That’s going to hinder the Hurricanes’ low season spending and so they must get Vincent Trocheck, Martin Necas and Tony DeAngelo signed — and that’s not attending to different free brokers they could want like Nino Niederreiter, Ian Cole and Max Domi … The Leafs used to sing the praises of scout Jim Paliafito, the previous Ontario League GM, who did every kind of industrious work signing gamers out of Russia, his greatest being Ilya Mikheyev. Paliafito predated Kyle Dubas as Leafs GM and now he’s out and nobody from the Leafs is basically saying why … What instantaneous replay was supposed to be in skilled sport and what it has turned out to be are two various things. Initially, it was simply to get calls proper. Easy. Now, it’s about specialists in rooms with technical gear, watching each play for every thing potential: It’s not about only a name and a play. It’s manner past what it was hoped it might be and nothing is much less attention-grabbing than the conversations that comply with the questionable leads to each sport … I don’t bear in mind Victor Hedman trying as gradual he appeared within the first two video games of the Jap Convention remaining. Usually, he can gradual the sport all the way down to his velocity and succeed. One of the best gamers do this. He has definitely struggled with the Rangers by means of two video games. Commercial 7 This commercial has not loaded but, however your article continues beneath. Article content material AND ANOTHER THING The NHL is all excited to be averaging 768,000 viewers within the playoffs for his or her video games on TNT, TBS and ESPN within the playoffs. That’s up considerably from final 12 months. However perspective for all: Sunday Night time Soccer within the U.S. averages 14 million every week and Monday Night time Soccer does 12 million. The biggest rated sport to this point within the playoffs on American tv: Sport 7 of the Toronto-Tampa sequence, which is uncommon contemplating a Canadian staff concerned … Per capita, by the best way, Canadians watch extra sports activities on tv than People do … One phrase about Jacob Trouba: Harmful … Once they received their Stanley Cups, the Avalanche had Joe Sakic and Peter Forsberg as their two centres. Now, it’s not a lot of a step again with Nathan MacKinnon and Nazem Kadri on strains one and two. And if he’s enjoying centre, Leon Draisaitl and Connor McDavid is Wayne Gretzky-Mark Messier like … Zach Hyman had 9 playoff objectives heading into Saturday evening in Edmonton. That’s greater than Mitch Marner in six playoff years and two greater than Auston Matthews has scored the previous three playoff seasons … The NBA Finals jogs my memory of the 12 months 1995, when the New Jersey Devils swept the favoured Detroit Purple Wings and nobody noticed it coming. The Celtics play that form of defence. This received’t be a sweep, however they are going to shock individuals … Sufficient with the dumped liquids on the submit sport Blue Jays interviews. There’s a time for that. Each win will not be the time … When Leo Cahill coached the Argos in 1972, lengthy earlier than there was NBA and MLB in Toronto, the Argos averaged 33,053 followers a sport. Final season, at an excellent BMO Stadium, the Argos’ common attendance was 8,053 … The late, nice Gorilla Monsoon would have turned 85 on Sunday. And a contented birthday to Nick Kypreos (56), Henry Burris (47), John Carlos (77), Jonathan Huberdeau (29), Nick Abruzzese (23), Francois Beauchemin (42, Armoni Brooks (24), Tony Pena (65) and Radko Gudas (32) … And hey, no matter turned of Landon Wilson? Commercial 8 This commercial has not loaded but, however your article continues beneath. Article content material We apologize, however this video has did not load. FIRED GORTON NOT AROUND TO BASK IN RANGERS’ SUCCESS Followers of the Montreal Canadiens have to be thrilled by what they see of the New York Rangers within the Stanley Cup playoffs. This staff is the work of Jeff Gorton, fired inexplicably final Might by the Rangers, now the top of hockey operations with the rebuilding Habs. Take a look at the Rangers now, with Igor Shesterskin in purpose, with Adam Fox and Ok’Andre Miller and the crushing Jacob Trouba on defence, with Mika Zibanejad, Artemi Panarin and 50-goal scorer Chris Kreider up entrance together with the spectacular child line of Filip Chytil, Alexis Lafreniere and Kaapo Kakko — and all of them have been introduced in when Gorton first scouted for New York or later turned normal supervisor. He stole Ryan Strome from the Oilers. He wound up with Ryan Lindgren as a part of the Rick Nash commerce to Boston. Gorton was capable of purchase the rather-brilliant Fox below uncommon circumstances from Carolina. Commercial 9 This commercial has not loaded but, however your article continues beneath. Article content material And now look? One 12 months after lacking the playoffs, one 12 months after Gorton and staff president John Davidson have been proven the door, here’s a staff discovering its legs and its explosive fashion and has Tampa Bay on the ropes within the Jap Convention remaining. Yeah, the brand new GM Chris Drury made some good acquisitions since taking on — including Barclay Goodrow from Tampa; Andrew Copp from Winnipeg; Frank Vatrano from Florida; Tyler Motte from Vancouver. However the huge fellows have been the difference-makers right here — Shesterkin in purpose; Fox on defence; Panarin and Zibanejad up entrance. All introduced collectively by Gorton. This jogs my memory of what Dale Tallon did with the Chicago Blackhawks earlier than being proven the door. He constructed a Stanley Cup champion. He simply wasn’t round to have fun when the Hawks received thrice with the gamers he had acquired. Commercial 10 This commercial has not loaded but, however your article continues beneath. Article content material THOMSON GETS THE SHOT HE DESERVES Each time Rob Thomson got here to the Rogers Centre, often with the New York Yankees, he would be certain to cease and say his hellos. That is the one place for Main League Baseball in Canada and he was one of many few coaches within the huge leagues to nonetheless name Canada dwelling. On every of his journeys, we’d discuss slightly baseball, we’d discuss slightly hockey, we’d discuss what was occurring within the metropolis or the nation or with the ballclub or with the Leafs. He’s a Sarnia man — and that half by no means left him — as he went on to work for the Detroit Tigers, the New York Yankees and most just lately the Philadelphia Phillies after his minor-league enjoying profession ran its course. Alongside the best way, there have been some job alternatives and interviews to get huge league supervisor jobs, however every time any person else acquired picked and every time Thomson was nice going again to his bench teaching job, first with the Yankees and most just lately in Philadelphia. Commercial 11 This commercial has not loaded but, however your article continues beneath. Article content material On Friday, he acquired the large name below troublesome circumstances. When the Phillies determined to fireplace supervisor Joe Girardi, one in every of Thomson’s closest buddies, they supplied the supervisor’s job to Thomson. With Girardi’s blessing, Thomson agreed to the appointment. He’s now the supervisor in baseball-crazed Philadelphia, the interim supervisor for a Phillies staff that has struggled this season. And he’s totally understanding of being the primary Canadian to handle a big-league staff for greater than a day in 88 years. On July 12, the Phillies journey to Toronto for a two-game sequence. These might be particular video games and particular days for Thomson. This can be one season for him: There could also be extra. In 1989, Cito Gaston was named interim supervisor of the Blue Jays. He went on to win two World Collection in his first 9 seasons managing the Jays. Share this text in your social community Commercial 1 This commercial has not loaded but, however your article continues beneath. From our newsroom to your inbox at midday, the newest headlines, tales, opinion and pictures from the Toronto Solar. By clicking on the join button you consent to obtain the above e-newsletter from Postmedia Community Inc. You could unsubscribe any time by clicking on the unsubscribe hyperlink on the backside of our emails. Postmedia Community Inc. | 365 Bloor Road East, Toronto, Ontario, M4W 3L4 | 416-383-2300 Thanks for signing up! A welcome e mail is on its manner. 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