Like Halladay & Romero, Stroman the Latest Blue Jays Ace in Need of Repair

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Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman pitches to the Philadelphia Phillies during the first inning of an interleague baseball action in Toronto, Tuesday, June 14, 2016. (Mark Blinch/The Canadian Press via AP)

Ace. It’s all Marcus Stroman heard all offseason, with the departure of David Price to the Boston Red Sox the Blue Jays had a hole at the top of their starting rotation. Stroman, 24 at the time was expected to step up into being the Blue Jays ace and there was reason to believe he was capable of doing so.

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Where Are They Now ? : Steelers 2008 SuperBowl Team Part III

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TAMPA, FL – FEBRUARY 01: James Harrison #92 of the Pittsburgh Steelers reacts after scoring a touchdown on an 100 yards interception return in the second quarter against the Arizona Cardinals during Super Bowl XLIII on February 1, 2009 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images) ORG XMIT: 80670228 GTY ID: 70228TL003_Super_Bowl_XL

The third and final part of the Where Are They Now installation will catch up with the Steelers linebackers and secondary. These players were ultimately responsible for a defense that finished 1st in Total Defense, 1st in Passing Defense, 2nd in Rushing Defense and 2nd in Sacks. The linebacker group struck fear into opposing quarterbacks and caused fans to refer to the defense as the Steel Curtain II. This name is not far-fetched, as the Continue reading

The Return of The Bangers : Blue Jays Offense Mashes in June

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TORONTO, CANADA – JUNE 11: Kevin Pillar #11 of the Toronto Blue Jays bats in the second inning during MLB game action against the Baltimore Orioles on June 11, 2016 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Kevin Pillar

Fifteen games into the month of June, the Toronto Blue Jays are starting to look like a ball club that we are accustomed to seeing. Striking fear into opposing pitchers, quality at bats and simply out scoring the opposing team into defeat.

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Where Are They Now? : Steelers 2008 SuperBowl Team Part II

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The first part of this three-part series took a look at the Steelers skill positioned players on offense, while this second part will take a look at the players in the trenches. The offensive and defensive line represented polar opposites for the Pittsburgh Steelers, the defensive line regarded as stout and the best in football contrasted the sometimes comical offensive line that many analysts labelled the worst in football. Whether the best or the worst, the Continue reading

Where Are They Now? : Steelers 2008 SuperBowl Team Part I

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More than seven years ago, on the night of February 1st 2009, The Pittsburgh Steelers accomplished a feat not done yet by any other NFL franchise : win six Lombardi Trophies. On this night, for the second time in four years, the Pittsburgh Steelers hoisted the Lombardi Trophy following a 27-23 victory over the Arizona Cardinals. The game was won on the backs of a modern Steel Curtain defense that ranked 1st in the NFL in almost every category and playmakers on offense such as Ben Roethlisberger, Hines Ward and Santonio Holmes. Trailing 23-20 with just over 2 minutes left, Roethlisberger and Holmes put Continue reading

Why Jason Grilli is a Win-Win Move for the Blue Jays Bullpen

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The Blue Jays acquired former All Star reliever Jason Grilli from the Atlanta Braves Tuesday

At the seasoned age of 39, Jason Grilli is not expected to be the saviour of the Blue Jays shaky bullpen, Grilli is instead a solid veteran upgrade in low leverage situations, a role held by the names of Arnold Leon, Ryan Tepera, Pat Venditte and Dustin Antolin. Grilli is not the final piece to solidifying the 2016 bullpen but Grilli is a small stepping stone that comes with little risk as the Atlanta Braves will be covering majority of his remaining Continue reading