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Starting Pitchers:
Monday September 24  7pm
Dallas Keuchel LH (Astros)  11-11 3.71 ERA  vs  Marco Estrada RH (Blue Jays   7-13  5.57 ERA

Tuesday September 25  7pm
Josh James RH (Astros)  0-0  2.81 ERA  vs   Sam Gaviglio RH (Blue Jays)  3-8  5.18  ERA

Wednesday September 26  4:30pm
TBD  vs  TBD

All games on SN & SN590.


The Houston Astros (98-57) visit the Rogers Centre in a three-game series against the Toronto Blue Jays (71-85).

The Astros, who just clinched a playoff spot, are 4.5 G above second place Oakland As in the A.L. West division.

The Blue Jays are coming off a split of their most recent and last weekend homestand of the year versus Tampa Bay Rays.

This series will see the return of former Blue Jay closer Roberto Osuna, now in an Astros uniform

The guy the Jaya received in the trade going the other way, closer Ken Giles,  has been 12 for 12 on the year for Toronto.

This series marks the final homestand
of the year for the Blue Jays.


All Sports But Hockey / Re: 2018-2019 NFL Thread
« on: Today at 09:11:47 AM »
Well, it just had to be broken at some point, and it finally was!  The Detroit Lions after 70 games -- make that four years -- had themselves a 100 yards rushing game, topping it off with a  26-10 victory over the New England Patriots.

The record, by the way, is held by the Chicago Cardinals of 1937 to 1945 -- 79 games.

All Sports But Hockey / Re: 2018-2019 NFL Thread
« on: Today at 09:03:06 AM »
Quarterback Patrick Mahomes and the KC Chiefs continued their trailblazing ways, as Mahomes surpassed Peyton Manning's early season (first three games) TD total of 12 (2013) by1 (13 for Mahomes), in a 36-27 win over the SF 49ers.

All Sports But Hockey / Re: 2018-2019 NFL Thread
« on: Today at 08:53:57 AM »
Who'd a thunk it?  The Buffalo Bills -led Josh Allen thumped the Minnesota Vikings 27-6, making this a nightmare outcome for bettors.  Who would have expected a one-sided result from an underdog (Buffalo) over a contender (Minnesota).  Not even close. 

Buffalo fans can definitely do their happy dance.

Not since 1995 has an underdog beat a huge point spread.

General NHL News & Views / Re: 2018-2019 NHL Thread
« on: Today at 08:37:14 AM »
When to pull or when not to pull the goaltender:  Of Malcolm Gladwell's "Revisionist History" (podcast) & the analytical, statistical, and mathematical model used by two math whizzes in determining the above...

For subscribers to The Athletic:

For non-subscribers: -- click on link in the webpage entitled "Pulling the Goalie: Hockey and Investment Implications"

Or just click here:  (PDF or download format)

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Contracts for the Big-3
« on: September 22, 2018, 07:21:37 PM »
Swirling, swirling...

Forget Faulk, keep Willy.

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Contracts for the Big-3
« on: September 22, 2018, 07:04:40 PM »
The latest news on Nylander-Dubas contract impasse:

It is reported that GM Dubas favoured a bridge deal, but that the Nylander camp wants "Leon Drausaitl" money, translation.. big contract which involves long term deal.

Not that we haven't read anything before on this Nylander contract situation but it is also reported that if no bridge then Dubas' other option favours the $6M mark, as opposed to the Nylander camp's version.

General NHL News & Views / Re: 2018-2019 NHL Thread
« on: September 22, 2018, 05:29:46 PM »
Poor Aaron Eckblad, face and all:

For something like this to happen in the preseason?  Max Domi was apologetic and he should be:

I feel bad about it, Domi told reporters at the Canadiens practice facility. Its not the way I wanted to handle that. Its an emotional game and, obviously, Im an emotional player. I feel bad about it and hope hes OK. But, I have to suffer the consequences of it."

Ok Blue Jays Talk / Re: 2018 Toronto Blue Jays General Season Thread
« on: September 22, 2018, 03:21:42 AM »

With wind gusts hovering above the Rogers Centre (considering the weather), the Blue Jays got windswept on this night.  On the scoreboard that is, in an 11-3 whitewash at the hands of the Rays.

Jays starter Sean-Reid Foley, who  simply got into control issues again and had poor command of his pitches, as Tampa Bay made short work of him in banging in four runs off him in the four innings in which he pitched.

Well, the game itself was tied at one point  on before Toronto imploded on the mound and Tampa Bay's offence exploded at the plate.

Good job on the part of Gurriel & Gritchuk -- Lourdes Jr.  hit two home runs and Gritchuk's solo (which had tied it up).

Ok Blue Jays Talk / Re: 2018 Toronto Blue Jays General Season Thread
« on: September 21, 2018, 09:29:53 AM »
Bombs away!

This was one of the greatest, if not the greatest ninth-inning rallies ever displayed by a Blue Jay club.  And how!

The Jays came from behind an 8-2 deficit to win it 9-8 Thursday against the WC-seeking Rays.

First it was Rowdy Tellez who solo homered early in the game.  Then in the ninth came  Danny Jansen's three-run blast that brought the score closer.  Some other offensive contributions, plus Lourdes Gurriel Jr.'s two run shot that tied it up.  Fonally, the ever dependable Justin Smoak blasted a walk-off home run to win it.

Wow.  Proves the kids (who kickstarted the comeback) are indeed alright.

On the pitching front, Jays starter Sam Gaviglio was less than stellar and the same could be said of the Jays relievers, none of whom could stem the tide of Tampa runs on the scoreboard.

Winner was David Paulino, the Jays reliever who earnwd his first-ever Major League win.

General NHL News & Views / Re: 2018-2019 NHL Thread
« on: September 20, 2018, 07:38:45 PM »

He probably won't get any regular season games, which is dumb, but on the other hand having to open the season going head-to-head against Matthews/Tavares/Kadri seems like a fair punishment.

Getting regular season games suspension for something that happened in the pre-season (especially when the pre-season has begun) is the way to go.

If this had happened in the last to second last game of the pre-season, then it may be more reasonable to give the player a couple of regular season games suspension.

In actuality, I am surprised not at the suspension, but at Domi's careless actions.  Then again, maybe he figured since it was pre-season, he could get away with it or just didn't care for the end result.
If he had still been with Arizona, and an incident like this had happened, being suspended and not playing in pre-season games probably would not have had much impact on his eventual playing (due to familiarity of team (mates), linemates, play structure/strategy and other variables, etc.).  But being with a new team, it's a whole different level (unless one is an experienced veteran), to adjust and become familiar as well as comfortable to set & blend in.

So, dumb play, Max.

Johnsson - Lindholm - Kapanen...The Leafs shining new fourth line, special teams & PK unit (Lindholm/Kapanen ):

The line's biggest asset (or advantage) is their speed, speed, speed.  Enough to create chances and shift on the fly.  Lindholm is the key to the line being it's centre and the one who caters and needs to know his wingers.  So far, it's pretty apparent Babcock likes what he sees.

Andreas Johnsson summed it up best:

Like Babcock, he sees Lindholm, who he played against in Sweden, as the Leafs solution in their fourth-line centre hunt.

Hes skilled, hes a very smart guy, he can pass and shoot. Knowing he came from a really good season last year in Sweden, one point per game, I can feel hes really confident out there and can find passes and spacing, Johnsson finished.

I think hes a very good two-way player and I feel like he can back up me and Kappy really good if we fly down. Hes going to find a position where he can shoot or get back the puck. I think hes a very complete player who can do everything out there so I don t feel like hes going to have any problem. Hes going to be really good.

All Sports But Hockey / Re: The Official TFC/Soccer thread
« on: September 20, 2018, 04:46:57 AM »
Remember when the Toronto FC ousted Tigres UANL in the CONCACAF Champions League Quarter-Finals last Spring?

Well, not this time.

In the inaugural  Campeones Cup, played at BMO Field Wednesday evening, Tigres UANL  certainly wasted little time in making sure they'd end up on the winner's ledge, in defeating TFC 3-1.  Not only did they get a trophy but were awarded $340,000 (total) winner's purse.

For the TFC, it was yet another stigma in a miserable season.  Toronto coveted the award in hoping to add to their already impressive arsenal in that department, but the Mexicans obviously had other plans to make sure it would stick.  Not that it was easy since the TFC has racked up plenty of respect on that side of the border.

"It wasn't easy because TFC has a good team and has good-quality players," Tigres coach Ricardo (Tuca) Ferretti said after the match through an interpreter.

"It's a tough team," midfielder Jonathan Osorio said of Tigres. "They deserved to win today and congratulations to them."

Toronto is currently out of a playoff spot, nine points out with six games remaining in the season.

The race for the post-season push begins Saturday when the TFC visit the New York Red Bull


Ok Blue Jays Talk / Re: 2018 Toronto Blue Jays General Season Thread
« on: September 20, 2018, 03:49:23 AM »


Starting Pitching:
Thursday September 20  7pm
Ryne Stanek RH (Rays)  2-3  2.49 ERA  vs  Sam Gaviglio RH (Blue Jays)  3-8  5.25 ERA

Friday September 21  7pm
TBD  vs  Sean Reid-Foley RH (Blue Jays)  2-3  5.54 ERA

Saturday September 22 7pm
TBD  vs  Thomas Pannone LH (Blue Jays)  3-1  3.77 ERA

Sunday September 23  1pm
TBD  vs  Ryan Boruck LH (Blue Jays)  4-4  3.86 ERA

All games on SN & SN590.

Source:,, FOXSports

The Tampa Bay Rays (85-66) come to town to play the Blue Jays (69-83) at the Rogers Centre in a four-game series.

The Rays, who sit third in the A.L.East,; still have a chance to sneak into the post-season, 6.5 GB for the WC spot.  The regular season is nearing it's end soon, so the clock is ticking for Tampa Bay as the pressure mounts as every game becomes closer to a must-win.

The Blue Jays wo are riding a four-game winning streak, are currently coming off having taken two out of three from the Orioles in their most recent road series.

For the Jays, this series marks the first of their last seven game homestand of the year.

Of course, as Toronto has long been out of a playoff spot, -it would be something if the Jays coild make this a miserable series for the Rays.  With all the youngsters in the lineup and playing before the the faithful, how can they go wrong?

Should be interesting.


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