Toronto Raptors should look into trading for Canadian Brandon Clarke

Toronto Raptors should look into trading for Canadian Brandon Clarke

The Toronto Raptors found it very prudent to lean on a Canadian backcourt during the latter half of the 2020-21 season, as the standout play of Chris Boucher and the surprising production Khem Birch tallied when he came to Toronto gave this squad a boost. Might they add yet another compatriot to the fold in […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors draft: Matthew Hurt has plenty of value in NBA Draft second round

Raptors draft: Matthew Hurt has plenty of value in NBA Draft second round

The Toronto Raptors draft could go in several different directions early in the draft given the lack of consistency outside of the top five prospects, and they could be equally as surprising with two of their second-round picks. If a few lucky breaks go Toronto’s way, they could end up drafting former Duke stud Matthew […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Nate Pearson And The Blue Jays’ Bullpen

It’s an issue on the mind of Blue Jays fans everywhere — how can we fix the bullpen?
But before fixing the problem, it has to be identified, and the issue with the bullpen is that there are so many issues with the bullpen.

We’re all well aware of the man-games lost to injury in the pen already this season, and given the recent history with pitchers in general, it’s not likely to correct itself any time soon. Pitchers are going to spend time on the IL, especially when they’re throwing triple-digit fastballs every other night. It’s unavoidable. Still, when you add up the IL stints from Yates, Phelps, Merryweather, Romano, Dolis, Castro, Milone, Borucki, Cole, and Bergen it’s tough to ignore it as the leading symptom for what ails the back end of Toronto’s pitching staff.
Still, as serviceable as Ryu, Ray and Matz have been, the Blue Jays need more from their starting rotation. They’re currently third-worst at IP per start ahead of Baltimore and San Diego. Taxing your bullpen when you’re already down a closer and two high leverage guys, at the very least, is not a recipe for …

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Author: DeuceDoucette / Blue Jays Nation

Michael Bunting would be a dollar and a pound bargain for the Leafs

F#ck it, I guess we’re talking about free agents now. We could be talking about the Leafs match up against the Lightning, but nah, talking about free agents that can fit into the narrow bit of workable cap space for the Leafs is cool too. Though today we’ll hopefully get to have our post up for more than 20 minutes before the player we’re talking about announces they have no intention of playing for any team other than the one they are currently with.
So in the spirit of finding someone who is both affordable and would want to play in Toronto, we’ll dial things back from aging superstars, and refocus on a player that might have had his NHL breakout season last year. That player is Michael Bunting.
Michael Bunting checks a lot of boxes for things that the Leafs could use:

First of all, he’s 25, so he’s about as young as you can find when you’re talking unrestricted free agents. He hasn’t played in the NHL enough for the Coyotes to retain him as an unrestricted free agent, so their loss could very easily be the Leafs gain. Younger is …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Raptors: 3 free agent power forwards to sign after Pascal Siakam surgery

Raptors: 3 free agent power forwards to sign after Pascal Siakam surgery

The Toronto Raptors were looking to lean on Pascal Siakam to be a stabilizing force as they tried to fight their way back to the postseason, but Nick Nurse and the rest of the organization were dealt a major body blow that will make it even tougher for them to turn things around. The Raptors […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

The bullpen implodes as the Blue Jays lose a heartbreaker at Fenway

I’m writing this as the Jays have the bases loaded in the top of the 9th with two outs. I’m basically live-tweeting this game so you get to see me unravel in real-time!
Win or lose, the point of the blog stays the same. “GET HELP”. The Jays had 16 hits, stranding 13 runners. The game was tied 5-5 in the ninth. This cannot happen.
Things worth mentioning…

Coming into the 6th, Stripling was having an incredible outing. He only allowed 1 ER in 5 IP and was having an incredibly efficient outing throwing under 70 strikes. He struggled a bit, leaving after getting two outs with runners on the corner. In comes Chatwood and oh my, was he ever bad tonight.The first batter he hits, second he walks to walk in a run… again. He throws a wild pitch allowing another runner in and then proceeds to hit a second batter on a 3-1 count. May as well get your money’s worth instead of walking him eh? They survive the inning maintaining the lead. In the top half of the inning, Semien gets a single, then proceeds to get picked off for the second time in three games. Bichette and …

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Author: Brennan Delaney / Blue Jays Nation

Raptors: Chris Boucher must emerge as a star after Pascal Siakam surgery

Raptors: Chris Boucher must emerge as a star after Pascal Siakam surgery

The Toronto Raptors might’ve taken it on the chin in 2020 due to some historic bad luck, but they were banking on the likes of Fred VanVleet, Pascal Siakam, and Chris Boucher turning things around in 2021 as they return to their Canadian digs in the hope of competing in what is a very competitive […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors: Pascal Siakam out five months after shoulder surgery

Toronto Raptors: Pascal Siakam out five months after shoulder surgery

The Toronto Raptors’ success in the next few seasons will be tied inexorably to the play of power forward Pascal Siakam, who took a bit of a step back in 2020-21 after such a dominant All-Star campaign the season prior. Siakam might’ve scored 21.7 points per game and set a new career-high in assists per […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Blue Jays vs Red Sox 06/11/21 – Odds and MLB Betting Trends

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The Toronto Blue Jays have their most reliable starter of late on the mound as they go into a road environment where they have had some modest success. The Blue Jays are +115 away underdogs and the Boston Red Sox are -133 home favorites with a 9.5-run total on the betting lines for Friday at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.
The Blue Jays are 6-6 in their last 12 games as an away underdog against the Red Sox. They are also 7-4 in their last 11 games as an away underdog, with the total going UNDER at betting sites in just four of the games. The Red Sox are 6-4 in their last 10 games as a home favorite, with the total going UNDER six times (how the OVER/UNDER works).
Blue Jays vs Red Sox | OddsShark Matchup Report
The Blue Jays, who are 31-29 this season, are eighth out of the 30 MLB teams with 4.85 runs scored per game. They are second in OPS at .755. On the pitching side, the Blue Jays are 14th in earned-run average (4.02), and their relievers rank 12th (3.74).
The Red Sox, who are 38-25, are MLB’s third-highest scoring team at 5.00 runs per game. They …

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Author: Nation World HQ / Blue Jays Nation

Our playlist for dealing with the Leafs

Our playlist for dealing with the Leafs

To say we’ve been feeling down around these parts is probably an understatement. We’re having a rough couple of weeks coming to terms with not only the Leafs loss, but the fact that the sweeping changes we want to see are very unlikely to happen. I know I’ve ate my feelings, drank my feelings, and rode my bike out into the woods to dance out my feelings. While I recommend all those coping mechanisms, the ones that we as a TLN team can collectively work through together is feeling our feelings through music. It’s for that reason that we’ve put together a playlist of songs based on the question: What song are you listening to in order to cope with the Leafs losing? 
Here’s our playlist:
Ryan Hobart:
As it was a rainy day today, and the Leafs are not in the playoffs anymore, I was self-medicating by listening to Taylor Swift’s latest new album, Evermore. While listening to Tis the Damn Season, it seemed to really answer some feelings I had. The Toronto Maple Leafs are my ‘babe for the weekend’, and there are so many different ways this season could have …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation