Toronto Raptors: Welcoming culture could make Toronto a free agent hotspot in offseason

Toronto Raptors: Welcoming culture could make Toronto a free agent hotspot in offseason

With a win last night against the Orlando Magic, the Toronto Raptors are in a three-way tie for the final play-in spot. For most fans, the recent two-game win streak has come as a surprise, as most Raptors starters are either injured or out resting. During this time, the likes of Paul Watson, Freddie Gillespie, […]
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Author: Alaa Alarashi / Raptors HQ

Gerrit Cole and the Yankees’ bullpen shut down the Blue Jays

A struggling offence going up against Gerrit Cole went about how you’d expect it to go. The Blue Jays drop the first game of the series by a score of 3-1.

Things worth mentioning…

Things were actually looking pretty good for the Blue Jays’ bats early on. The team scored a run in the first inning when Bo Bichette and Vlad Jr. hit back-to-back singles and then they threatened in the second inning when Lourdes Gurriel walked and Rowdy Tellez (FINALLY) picked up his first hit of the season. But after that? A whole lot of nothing. The Yanks went ahead and retired 20 Blue Jays in a row from the second inning until the eighth when Marcus Semien hit a loop single off of Darren O’Day. In the ninth, Randal Grichuk hit a double off of Aroldis Chapman, but Tellez got rung up on one of the worst strike three calls you’ll ever see…

This was strike 3 to end the Yankees Blue Jay game. A brutal week for MLB umpires. pic.twitter.com/ND0RSuBQ0D
— Molly Knight (@molly_knight) April 13, 2021

On the other side, the Blue Jays pitchers also did a very good job of shutting …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

The Blue Jays host the Los Angeles Angels for Dunedin’s big-league debut

After dropping two of three games in Texas against the Rangers, the Blue Jays will look to get back on track as they host the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim for a four-game set at home in Dunedin.

This weekend’s series will feature the Blue Jays’ “home” opener and it’ll also represent the first-ever big-league games played at TD Ballpark in Dunedin. We’ve seen plenty of spring and Single-A games played in Dunedin, but the town has never been host to a real, regular season Major League Baseball game.
It’s also been ages since we’ve seen the Angels. You have to go all the way back to June of 2019 for the last time these two teams met. Bo Bichette wasn’t even on the roster at that time, so this will be quite a different-looking Blue Jays squad for L.A. to face.

Shohei Ohtani hitting a home run off himself. This guy is just incredible pic.twitter.com/MNzhYES5Ns
— Gabe (@PIayoffTanaka) April 5, 2021

How they’re doing…
The Angels are a really difficult team to project. They’re obviously loaded with a bunch of high-level talent, namely Mike Trout, but they can never seem …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

The bats don’t show up and the Blue Jays lose the rubber match

When you come into a game against a guy with a 135.00 ERA, you expect to score some runs. That didn’t happen. The Blue Jays lose the rubber match by a score of 2-1 and now sit at 3-3 on the season.

Things worth mentioning…

Hyun Jin Ryu got the start today and wound up with an incredibly unfortunate loss. He went seven innings, allowing two earned runs on seven hits and zero walks while picking up seven strikeouts. The only damage he really allowed was a solo dinger in the second inning and then the Rangers scored another run that inning largely because Vlad Jr. couldn’t scoop a ball at first. Long story short, Ryu pitched very well and didn’t deserve to have an L hung next to his name.
The only offence the Blue Jays mustered came when Marcus Semien smashed a solo dinger off of Matt Bush in the eighth inning. Otherwise, it was a limp day for the bats. Cavan Biggio had a great chance to bust things open with the bases loaded and one out but he grounded into a double play. Rowdy Tellez came up in the ninth inning with Joe Panik …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Toronto Raptors: How Jalen Suggs could make it easier to move off of Kyle Lowry

Toronto Raptors: How Jalen Suggs could make it easier to move off of Kyle Lowry

While Gonzaga’s legendary win against UCLA in the Final Four was one of the greatest games in college football history, the NBA was watching this game to see if star Bulldogs point guard Jalen Suggs could come through in the clutch. The Toronto Raptors, who could lose Kyle Lowry this offseason, have to like what […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Do the Maple Leafs need to trade for a top-six winger?

In a game against the Edmonton Oilers, where the Maple Leafs lost in overtime, I had one thought on my mind:
Do the Maple Leafs need to trade for a top-six winger?
I explain in my video why I think they should, but why I also think Toronto shouldn’t. Plus, there is the goalie situation too — and does Kyle Dubas need to go down that road? We’ll see.
But an overtime loss to the Oilers isn’t as bad as it seems. The Maple Leafs drove the play for the most part (up until the final minutes of the third period) and were the better team tonight. Edmonton just scored on the goaltender who wasn’t as dangerous as the one he was up against (Michael Hutchinson vs. Mike Smith).
I hope you enjoy tonight’s video and why I think the Maple Leafs should/shouldn’t trade for a top-six player.

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

Raptors: Kyle Lowry passes Chris Bosh on all-time Raptors scoring list

Raptors: Kyle Lowry passes Chris Bosh on all-time Raptors scoring list

Thursday’s game against the Atlanta Hawks represented more than just an opportunity for the Toronto Raptors to get the second half started off right. It was a chance for Kyle Lowry to once again prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that he is the best player to ever wear Raptors colors by passing Chris […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Maple Leafs lose 3-1 to the Canucks – Rate That Leafs Game

As the Maple Leafs entered a back-to-back against the Vancouver Canucks, one thing was certain — it was going to be a tough game for Toronto. And that it was.
They struggled to score on Thatcher Demko who made it really tough for the Leafs to get anything past him. He stopped 31 shots in a 3-1 win.
We also received some sad news shortly before last night’s game ended. Walter Gretzky, the father of Wayne Gretzky passed away at 82. In my video, I explain what kind of impact he’s made on the game of hockey. His legacy will always be remembered and Walter was someone who grew the game immensely. Rest in peace, Walter Gretzky.
I hope you all enjoy the video.

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

Matthews and Andersen make their returns as the Leafs look for the sweep of the three-game tilt vs Edmonton

After posting two straight shutouts against the Oilers, the Leafs appear to be getting two huge boosts to their lineup on Wednesday:

Sheldon Keefe says Auston Matthews and Frederik Andersen will both play for #Leafs tonight
— Kristen Shilton (@kristen_shilton) March 3, 2021

Auston Matthews told the media yesterday that he wants to return when he knows he is at 100% efficiency and it won’t hinder his abilities long-term, so it sounds like he was given the green light to be reinstated into the lineup. While it might not be the best idea given how chippy the end of Monday’s game got, he will no doubt provide a significant jolt to the Leafs offensive unit.
Frederik Andersen also coming back brings some much-needed stability to the crease that has been off the ruckus these last few days. Toronto will need him to stay healthy as Jack Campbell re-aggravated his leg injury during Saturday’s win and it’s unclear when he will be back (although he did get some reps in during the morning skate).

Campbell skating today, but not confirmed as replacing Hutch as back-up to Freddy. Barabanov coming out for Matthews, Nylander is OK.
— Lance Hornby (@sunhornby) March 3, 2021

One …

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Author: Michael Mazzei / The Leafs Nation

Raptors: Pascal Siakam struggles as Heat scorch Toronto in frustrating loss

Raptors: Pascal Siakam struggles as Heat scorch Toronto in frustrating loss

Coming off a hard-fought game against the Philadelphia 76ers, the Toronto Raptors suffered a tough 116-108 loss against the Miami Heat on the second night of a back-to-back. The Raptors moved to .500 on the season with the win over Philadelphia, but they are taking on a Heat team that is a far cry from […]
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Author: Nickeem Khan / Raptors HQ