Monday Morning Recap – April 16th, 2018

After a busy weekend across the board in sports here is the bullet point recap for all the events that matter:

Toronto Blue Jays:

After an impressive late game comeback in Cleveland on Thursday night (with no help from Stroman) The Blue Jays had the remainder of their series postponed due to rain. Give it all the shit you want, but there are never rainouts at the SkyDome in Toronto, erm… Rogers Center.

Winning in Cleveland is pretty big and another point in the column of “the Jays don’t suck.” Led by Donaldson DL call up Teoscar Hernandez and Tulo replacement Aledmys Diaz, Toronto came back from a 4-1 deficit to win 8-4 in Cleveland – suck on that, Edwin.

Toronto Maple Leafs

Coming off of a terrible night in Boston for game one of their playoff campaign, Toronto followed up with an even worse performance in game 2. 7-3 was the score, and no the Argonauts didn’t play the Patriots, it just looks like a low-scoring football affair when one team musters up a touchdown in hockey (note the Patriots would win 183-0 if the played the Argos).

Andersen, pulled once all season (for performance) for the leafs, allowed three goals on five shots before sharing the misery with backup Curtis McElhinney. A legendarily bad performance by Andersen was matched by the performance of his defensive core.

Nikita Zaitsev and Ron Hainsey to be specific. Hainsey looked gassed from minute one, and despite fighting did little to nothing to help his team compete on the ice – pucks off the glass, Ron, not up the middle!

Zaitsev had his worst game in a Leaf’s jersey Saturday night. He hasn’t looked himself since a DL stint for illness, losing body mass and with it his physical edge, but i’m wiling to let him prove himself next season. Clearly rushed back due to the deficiencies on the back end, Zaitsev has a long term deal here in Toronto so once the Leafs get swept, he should rest and retrain for next season. Regardless, garbage performance on Saturday Nick, don’t let it happen again.

Toronto Raptors

Not religious beasts in nature, the Raptors have does the unlikely and exorcised their first game demons in the playoffs. In a game that was pretty close until late, the Raptors slammed a bunch of three-pointers down the throats of the Washington Wizards and took game one. 1-12 in game ones before this match up, with a record of 0-5 at home in that stretch, Demar, Kyle and literally every player on the bench factored into this win.

Campaigning a culture change in the off season, coach Dwayne Casey found a way to keep his team but improve their play without splashing cash in free agency. The bench mob was active, the three pointers were a plenty, and the ball shared heavily – this must have been dat new new Kid CuDi was talking about! Raps up 1 on that Wiz.

Manchester City Win the Premier League

In the most lacklustre way, Manchester City have won the Premier League. Without registering a loss in the 2017 portion of this season, Manchester City were destined to win the League. It got a little hairy in the last few weeks as Champions League matches stole their attention and form. After losing to Liverpool in Champions League quarterfinal play, City refocused on the League.

In between Liverpool legs (nice) City had the opportunity to emphatically win the league over cross town, top of table rivals Manchester United. Despite being up 2-0 at the half, they got clowned by a man with blue hair in the second half, as Paul Pogba’s brace lead to a 3-2 comeback for United.

But, just as Manchester United had taketh away, they gave it right back this weekend. After City did their job in beating England’s national squad, sorry I meant Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United flubbed an easy win against all but relegated side West Brom, losing 1-0. It’s kind of a solid troll job by United to be fair, they steal all the thunder of City winning in a match and reserve the celebrations to instagram – another defensive masterclass by Mourinho!

Other Notes:

Shohei Ohtani is good – averaging nine strikeouts per start, the pitching and hitting threat out of Japan is legit. 2-0 on the season, a 0.46 WHIP, and 2.08 ERA back this too. Not to mention as a DH he is hitting .367 (BA) with 3 home runs and 11 RBI’s. Hand up – I didn’t think this guy would make the transition, but damn. was I wrong. Let the annals of history reflect this.

Boston is still great and the Yankees are still bad. The AL East doesn’t look like what anyone thought it would right now. Boston and New York were meant to be duking it out over the top spot in the division, but don’t look now as the Toronto Blue Jays are up two games on the Bronx Bombers. Injury trouble will be quoted, but it’s bit piece players that are on the DL, its really the under performing stars that highlight the problems for the Yanks. Giancarlo, Judge and Sanchez are not what we thought they were. Oh yeah, and the Red Sox are destroying teams – pencil them in for the World Series.

Vegas should be taken seriously. It’s not early, it’s not a fluke, and it’s not just good luck. Vegas is the best team in the West. Up 3-0 in the series on the LA Kings, Vegas got kinda screwed with the awful playoff seeding this season but are not letting it slow them down. They are taking the Kings and grinding them down to nothing and it’s making me very very happy. Only Tampa, Boston, and San Jose have had easy-ish series so far but Vegas, baby, they’re the real deal!

Dez Bryant was cut by the Dallas Cowboys. The face of the franchise for the last few years (because Romo’s face is too punchable), Dez has been cut by Jerry Jones and co. this weekend. He snapped back on Instagram stating he didn’t want this and that he loves Cowboys fans, and then immediately did an interview saying that its a real possibility he stays in the division. Hmm. Regardless of where Dez lands I think we can all agree, it wasn’t a catch.

Bartolo Colon is still the best thing in the MLB. Losing a perfect game in the seventh inning, Colon showed the world that age, physical shape, and having multiple families spread out across the America’s are all non factors in the great world of MLB pitching. I hate the Texas Rangers but this lovable character is turning me.

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Adam Smith

Avid fan of The Toronto Maple Leafs, West Ham United, Minnesota Vikings, and Toronto Blue Jays. Involved in all things sports from playing (poorly) to tracking on twitter, my love for the teams I support tends to bleed into all aspects of my life!

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