The Blue Jays bullpen comes up big as the team escapes Fenway with a split

After dropping the first game of this two-game set, the Blue Jays bounced back thanks to a combined seven-pitcher effort to take down the Red Hot Red Sox. Boston had been rolling so heading into their stadium and earning a split is a fine outcome.

Things worth mentioning…

Given the way Boston has been hitting and given the way they got to Hyun JIn Ryu, it was certainly valid to be nervous that the Blue Jays were rolling into Wednesday’s game with a combination of bullpen arms. But the Pitching Puzzle approach worked out, as Trent Thornton and Tommy Milone combined to go four-and-one-third innings allowing just two earned runs and then David Phelps, Ryan Borucki, Rafael Dolis, Tim Mayza, and Anthony Castro closed the door. All told, only three runs earned, which is impressive given Boston had been averaging 5.5 runs per game this season.
It was an up-and-down game for Cavan Biggio on Wednesday. He was put in the leadoff spot, which was a controversial choice given he isn’t really getting on base, but Biggio did well, as he managed two walks and set the table nicely. His play in the field wasn’t quite so good, …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Toronto Raptors: Second half flurry leads to huge win over injured Nets

Toronto Raptors: Second half flurry leads to huge win over injured Nets

With a healthy starting lineup for the first time since March 30, the Toronto Raptors were able to come away with a 114-103 victory against the Brooklyn Nets, extending their winning streak to four games while taking control of the No. 10 seed in the Eastern Conference. Although the win comes against a depleted Brooklyn […]
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Author: Nickeem Khan / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors: Kyle Lowry to be awarded honorary degree

Toronto Raptors: Kyle Lowry to be awarded honorary degree

Toronto Raptors legend Kyle Lowry has been adorned with many titles over the last few years, including All-Star, potential Hall of Fame player, and NBA champion. In the future, he might need to add “Dr. Kyle Lowry” to that always-growing list. Lowry is in the middle of what many are assuming will be his final […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Why the Toronto Raptors’ 2019 title will mean more than a Maple Leafs Cup

Why the Toronto Raptors’ 2019 title will mean more than a Maple Leafs Cup

I know, I know… you’re probably thinking  “Nope, there’s no way the Toronto Raptors will ever top the Toronto Maple Leafs in the city.” To a certain degree, you’re right. Toronto is and will always be a Leaf town, everyone knows that. It is an interesting hypothetical to chew on, however. The Leafs are heading […]
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Author: Eddie Huband / Raptors HQ

Save percentage and the Leafs success

Here’s the thing, we all know what happened last night, and no one is going to be more familiar with what happened than the Leafs goaltenders. Quite simply, David Rittich shit the bed. He’s not the first Leafs goaltender to do it this season, and there’s a lot of evidence showing that he won’t be the last one either.
Unfortunately the truth is the Leafs desperately need goaltending to stay afloat in the playoffs. I’m not sure you need to make a case for stellar, lights out goaltending, but a salvageable effort that keeps the Leafs in the game. To put it plainly, when the Leafs have received a .900 save percentage from their goaltending, they’ve only lost twice this year. Once in a 2-1 loss to Montreal, and once getting shutout 3-0 by the previously mentioned David Rittich when he was still a member of the Calgary Flames.

It is painfully obvious that Leafs worst hockey of the year has coincided with the worst goaltending stretches of the year, and the Leafs best hockey has come at times when they’ve been receiving consistent goaltending. The six recent games, as seen in the ugly …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

How good is the Leafs goaltending? Bad.

I don’t really know how to start these anymore. The Leafs have played good, but their goaltending sucked. That’s it. Where do they go from here? I have no idea.
My main hope is that Frederik Andersen can return to the net soon and hopefully provide some stability.
As we wait for that though — give my video a watch. Maybe it’ll help you like it helped me. Enjoy!

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors: Could free agent Alec Burks be a bargain for the Raptors?

Toronto Raptors: Could free agent Alec Burks be a bargain for the Raptors?

The Toronto Raptors might be on the fringes of the playoffs in what has been a difficult season to get through, but Masai Ujiri could be gearing up to make some bigger additions in the offseason. Stealing from a division rival could be a nice strategy to follow, as New York Knicks guard Alec Burks […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors: Gary Trent Jr. reacts to Derek Chauvin guilty verdict

Toronto Raptors: Gary Trent Jr. reacts to Derek Chauvin guilty verdict

One of the most-watched murder trials in recent history finally concluded today, as Derek Chauvin was found guilty of murder and manslaughter after killing George Floyd in Minneapolis over the summer. The move prompted reactions from all over the sport, and Gary Trent Jr. and the Toronto Raptors were by no means silent on this […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

TLN Three Stars: SPOILER ALERT-David Rittich didn’t make the cut

The Leafs lost 6-3 to the Canucks. Their second loss to Canucks following their return from COVID. The Leafs five loss in a row. If you are looking for silver linings and optimism in this post, you’ll be disappointed. I mean, we still can scrape together three worthwhile Leafs for the three starts, but to say that goaltending was an issue was an understatement. To say I want to see Morgan Rielly and Justin Holl on the ice together, who be a damned lie. To say I understand what Alex Kerfoot does on a nightly basis and get why he’s on the second line, will only be met with a confused look, followed by my desire to curl up in the fetal position. This game was unfortunate from top to bottom, and the Leafs have not inspired much confidence after Kyle Dubas boldly went all in by trading draft picks for depth.
The Leafs did pick up a powerplay goal, and Marlies callup Adam Brooks picked up a short handed goal, but even the high points tonight were quickly deflated. So let’s get on with it. We can salvage three stars tonight, so let’s do it.
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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Hyun Jin Ryu gets knocked around for the first time this season as the Blue Jays fall in Boston

The losing streak extends to three as the Blue Jays get dropped in Boston by a score of 4-2. Those Sox, they might be pretty good!

Things worth mentioning…

For the first time this season, Hyun Jin Ryu got hit. Heading into tonight’s game, Toronto’s ace had allowed just four earned runs over the course of 19 innings. Tonight, he allowed four in five innings. Ryu was masterful through his first three innings but the Red Sox got to him their second time up to bat. In the fourth inning, Ryu allowed a single, a single, a homer to Xander Bogaerts, a double, and a triple for four runs. He managed to work through a double and a fielding error in the fifth inning and then got pulled. Boston just came off a win in which they put up six innings in the first on Lucas Giolito, so I wouldn’t pin this so much on Ryu pitching poorly, more so on Boston being very hot.
Even despite Ryu’s ho-hum start, the Blue Jays bats, yet again, did virtually nothing. The team scored only two runs, both on solo homers from Bo Bichette and Randal Grichuk. They only …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation