Raptors Game Tonight: Raptors vs Jazz Odds, Starting Lineup, Injury Report, Predictions, TV Channel for Jan. 7

Raptors Game Tonight: Raptors vs Jazz Odds, Starting Lineup, Injury Report, Predictions, TV Channel for Jan. 7

The Toronto Raptors caught a massive break as they try to pick up their fifth consecutive victory. While the latest Raptors odds originally had them as an underdog against one of the best teams in the West, they have since done a complete reversal after the injury report came out. Toronto will look to avenge […]
Raptors Game Tonight: Raptors vs Jazz Odds, Starting Lineup, Injury Report, Predictions, TV Channel for Jan. 7 – Raptors Rapture – Raptors Rapture – A Toronto Raptors Fan Site – News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Read More

Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

News from the Rink: Leafs return to practice, Marner and Tavares skate

After a few days off due to a league-wide shutdown (and Christmas break), the Leafs are back practicing today.
It’s the Leafs’ first practice since December 16th — a day before players started entering COVID protocol. Toronto’s game vs. Columbus on Monday night has been postponed.
Their next game will be on Wednesday night vs. Pittsburgh.
Players at practice on Boxing Day
As the Leafs continue to deal with players in COVID protocols, this is who was at practice today:

Players participating in today’s practice:
Forwards: J. Anderson, M. Bunting, K. Clifford, P. Engvall, O. Kaše, M. Marner, A. Matthews, N. Ritchie, B. Seney, A. Steeves, J. Tavares
Defencemen: A. Biega, C. Dahlström, J. Holl, F. Král, T. Liljegren
Goalies: I. Scott, J. Woll
— Leafs PR (@LeafsPR) December 26, 2021

Mitch Marner has returned after being placed on LTIR. He collided with Muzzin at practice on December 3rd and was out long-term with a shoulder injury. John Tavares was also at practice, which means he’s out of COVID protocols.
Toronto called up Alex Steeves, Alex Biega, Carl Dahlstrom, and Filip Kral from the Marlies. Brett Seney is also practicing after suffering a hand injury vs. Edmonton on December 14 …

Read More

Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

Raptors: DeMar DeRozan details how Masai Ujiri traded him to Spurs

Raptors: DeMar DeRozan details how Masai Ujiri traded him to Spurs

The Toronto Raptors were able to finally break through and win their first championship in franchise history in 2019, but DeMar DeRozan was not along for the ride, as Masai Ujiri made the most famous trade in franchise history by sending him to the San Antonio Spurs in order to acquire Kawhi Leonard. The trade […]
Raptors: DeMar DeRozan details how Masai Ujiri traded him to Spurs – Raptors Rapture – Raptors Rapture – A Toronto Raptors Fan Site – News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Read More

Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors: 3 positive takeaways from dominant win against Rockets

Raptors: 3 positive takeaways from dominant win against Rockets

OG Anunoby and the Toronto Raptors were able to break their losing streak in just about the most emphatic way possible, as they followed up two subpar performances against divisional opponents in Philadelphia and Boston with a wire-to-wire victory against the Houston Rockets. The Rockets might be a young team that is rebuilding this year, […]
Raptors: 3 positive takeaways from dominant win against Rockets – Raptors Rapture – Raptors Rapture – A Toronto Raptors Fan Site – News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Read More

Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Leaflets: Some stray thoughts heading into the expansion draft roster freeze

Today we’ll be granted a short break for trades and buyouts as the league heads into it’s roster freeze until after the expansion draft. While there were plenty of rumours of Alexander Kerfoot or Travis Dermott being on the move, nothing has materialized yet, and with just five hours to go, it seems like the Leafs roster is locked until Wednesday night when the Kraken player selection will be made official.
While it’s possible the names of players protected by each team will start leaking out tonight, nothing official is expected from the clubs until tomorrow.
Here are a few of my stray thoughts heading into what will be a busy couple of weeks for the Leafs.
The best trade partner might be the Seattle Kraken
Once the lists are made official and it is known who teams are leaving exposed in the draft, it might not be the worst thing for the Leafs to connect with the Kraken and ask them to do a bit of shopping on Toronto’s behalf. Especially on positions such as goaltender this could be a huge advantage for both Seattle and the Leafs if they can find a situation that …

Read More

Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Robbie Ray, Hyun Jin Ryu, and Steven Matz will face Texas out of the All-Star Break

Come out of the All-Star break with your ace on the mound.

That’s what the Blue Jays are doing, as Robbie Ray will start for the team on Friday in Buffalo against the Texas Rangers. After Ray will be Hyun Jin Ryu and Steven Matz.

The #BlueJays rotation will come out of the All-Star break with:
Robbie RayHyun Jin RyuSteven Matz
— Keegan Matheson (@KeeganMatheson) July 15, 2021

Having Ray as the first starter out was really a no-brainer as he’s been Toronto’s best starter thus far. Ray starting on Friday means that he’ll also be in line to make his next two starts against the Boston Red Sox, which are key games in the team’s pursuit of the American League East crown.
The other interesting thing here is the plan to roll with three lefties against Texas. I would assume this is because Joey Gallo, a lefty, is Texas’ only good hitter, and it also leaves the Blue Jays with a pair of righties, Alek Manoah and Ross Stripling, going up against Boston’s righty-heavy lineup with J.D. Martinez and Xander Bogaerts.
Many had been hoping that we would see Thomas Hatch called up in place …

Read More

Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

BJN Radio – Ep. 29: Taking a trip around the American League with MLB dot com’s Jordan Horrobin

It might be the All-Star break but The Content never sleeps!

We did a special edition of BJN Radio this week, talking about the Toronto Blue Jays beating the National League in the All-Star game thanks to a monster homer from Vladdy, a double from Teoscar Hernandez, and an RBI from Marcus Semien.
After that, we welcomed MLB.com jack-of-all-trades beat reporter Jordan Horrobin to the show to take a trip around the American League. We touched on whether or not the Red Sox are frauds, why the Yankees have been so stunningly mediocre, what the Blue Jays should do at the trade deadline, and whether or not there are any other teams in the wild-card clump that we should be worried about.
Finally, we looked ahead to the upcoming series against the Texas Rangers and talked about how the Blue Jays should acquire Joey Gallo, Ian Kennedy, and Kyle Gibson before the first pitch is thrown on Friday night.
You can listen to the episode here…

Read More

Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Top to Bottom: Thoughts on all of the Blue Jays position players at the All-Star break

We’re at the All-Star break and the Blue Jays are sitting third in the American League East with a 45-42 record, four-and-a-half games back of the Oakland A’s for the second wild-card seed with a pair of teams in Cleveland and Seattle to hop.

To be blunt, the first half has been a strange ride. The bats have been quite good, the starting pitching has been fair, the bullpen has largely been a mess, and there have been a whole bunch of injuries. Put it all together and the Blue Jays are wildly underachieving based on their run differential, as their Pythagorean record courtesy of Baseball-Reference sits at 50-37.
With nothing going on for a few days, I’m going to take a look at everybody who has suited up for the Blue Jays this season, what they’ve done so far, and what we can expect from them in the second half. I’ll start with the 17 position players and rank them based on FanGraphs’ wins above replacement.
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (4.6 WAR)
There isn’t much that needs to be said here. Vladdy’s breakout season has been magnificent.
He’s currently slashing a .332/.430/.658 line with 28 homers. …

Read More

Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Meet the Sellers: Kansas City Royals

Going into the All-star break, the Kansas City Royals are clear sellers.

Coming into the season, they were considered a dark horse in the AL Central after some interesting offseason signings. They went out and signed OBP king, Carlos Santana, and traded for then Boston outfielder, Andrew Benintendi, while having a solid young nucleus. They were expecting a big jump this season from some of their young minor league arms. Guys like Brady Singer, Jackson Kowar, Kris Bubic and Daniel Lynch have not been able to repeat successful minor league numbers. Instead, the Royals sit at the bottom of the division with a 36-53 record. 
The Royals have some interesting pieces potentially on the block. One of which has struggled mightily this season but is a great buy-low candidate. They also have an ace that has put up terrific numbers this season before he hit the IL. Moreover, they have a reliever with closing experience. That reliever used to be elite, is struggling this season, but is coming off a solid campaign in 2020.
Here are some players that would fill the Blue Jays’ needs…
Brad Keller
This would be a perfect buy-low opportunity for the Jays. He has had his …

Read More

Author: Eric Lightfoot / Blue Jays Nation

Dodgers, Astros atop World Series odds at all-star break

by OddsShark (@OddsShark) – Sponsored Post
At the all-star break, the value on the World Series odds board might lie with teams that have an inside track to winning a division.
The Los Angeles Dodgers are set as the +350 favorite on the latest 2021 World Series odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. The top of the board also includes the Houston Astros (+500), San Diego Padres (+700), Chicago White Sox (+700), New York Mets (+900), Boston Red Sox (+1000), San Francisco Giants (+1000), Milwaukee Brewers (+1200), and Tampa Bay Rays (+1200) (how sports betting works).
The Dodgers, who are attempting to become MLB’s first repeat champion since 2000, have the lowest earned-run average in baseball and a deep offensive lineup that has covered for a slow start by former National League MVP Cody Bellinger. One issue is the potential loss of righthanded pitcher Trevor Bauer, who is facing a domestic violence investigation.
Los Angeles is in a tight three-way NL West race with San Diego and San Francisco.  The Giants could be the value play due to pitching and hitting depth. They have MLB’s second-lowest staff ERA and have hit the most home runs in MLB even though Brandon Crawford is the only regular with more than 12. The …

Read More

Author: Nation World HQ / Blue Jays Nation