Painful loss vs. 76ers uncovers vital truth about Pascal Siakam, Raptors’ roster

Painful loss vs. 76ers uncovers vital truth about Pascal Siakam, Raptors’ roster

Pascal Siakam and the Toronto Raptors came into their matchup against Joel Embiid and the Philadelphia 76ers with eight losses in their last 10 games. Even with O.G. Anunoby returning to the fold, the Raptors were met with a very difficult game on the second night of a back-to-back in hostile territory. The Raptors actually […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

1 stud and 1 dud from Raptors’ tough preseason loss vs. Bulls

1 stud and 1 dud from Raptors’ tough preseason loss vs. Bulls

Gary Trent Jr. and the Toronto Raptors came out of the gate playing like their hair was on fire in the preseason, dominating the Utah Jazz by 32 points in a victory and mounting a crazy comeback against the Boston Celtics in their house. After getting their butts kicked by the Rockets, Toronto welcomed the […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

The Blue Jays are alive again

It wasn’t pretty, but it counts.

The Blue Jays came into Monday night’s game with the Chicago Cubs badly in need of a win after being swept by the Los Angeles Angels, a team you really shouldn’t be getting swept by if you have aspirations of playing in October.
Things were looking incredibly bleak in the sixth inning as Tim Mayza came into the game in relief of Jose Berrios and promptly gave up a two-run double to P.J. ‘Please Stop Asking If It’s Short For Pyjamas’ Higgins that made the game 4-0 in favour of the Cubs.
Berrios was getting squared up by the Cubs and he gave up some loud contact but the Blue Jays’ defence bailed him out a few times. He managed to navigate his way to four earned runs over five-and-two-thirds innings on 10 hits and one walk while striking out four.

What. A. Catch.#NextLevel | @BlueJays pic.twitter.com/ru6rsNCStZ
— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) August 30, 2022

As fans everywhere were debating who to fire and trade in the off-season, Matt Chapman and Raimel Tapia drew back-to-back walks before Danny Jansen brought the team to life with a three-run bomb. In the eighth inning, Cavan Biggio hit a two-out double and then Chapman drove him home with a single to tie things up at 4-4.
While the Blue Jays had played well fundamentally in the first nine innings, things started to get weird in extras. Alejandro Kirk was intentionally walked but then got doubled off as he slid into second base with his leg sticking up in the air. Jackie Braldey Jr. and Santiago Espinal let a routine fly fall between them and Bo Bichette got Vladimir Guerrero Jr. tangled up with a baserunner with an errant throw to first.
Thankfully, some excellent pitching from Yimi Garcia and some impressively bad clutch hitting from the Cubs resulted in the Blue Jay …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

3 2023 NBA Draft prospects Raptors should start scouting

3 2023 NBA Draft prospects Raptors should start scouting

The Toronto Raptors came out of the 2022 NBA Draft with another role player added to the roster in Arizona center Christian Koloko. Adding someone with his defensive prowess despite lacking a first-round draft pick is something only an executive like Masai Ujiri could pull off. The Raptors have possession of their 2023 first-round pick, […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

The Blue Jays just lost to Kansas City’s Triple-A team

Yikes.

The good vibes that came from the series sweep of the Phillies were violently dashed tonight as the Blue Jays fell to the Kansas City Royals 3-1.
The Jays failed to capitalize on a night that had lots of promise; Kevin Gausman making his return to the mound, the aforementioned sweep of the Phillies, and an opportunity to register another sweep before the All-Star break against a very inferior opponent.
Although he didn’t have his best stuff, Gausman still managed to provide the Jays a quality start and keep them in the game. Outside of the 6th, Gausman allowed at least one baserunner in every other inning. The Royals got to Gausman in the 5th, as Edward Olivares cashed in a lead-off double by Nicky Lopez. The very next batter, Bobby Witt Jr. deposited a Gausman fastball into the left field seats.
Gausman’s line: 6 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, and 6 K’s. While Gausman kept things afloat, the offense wrote a different story.

Angel Zerpa, he of the 4.36 ERA with Double-A Northwest Arkansas, is through four scoreless innings here at Rogers Centre. So, there’s that. #BlueJays
— Gregor Chisholm (@GregorChisholm) July 15, 2022

The Blue Jays failed to get much going against Royals hurler… *checks notes* …Angel Zerpa. Matt Chapman smashed a solo home run off of Zerpa in the bottom of the 5th to get the Jays on the board, but that was the only thing that made the Royals pitcher …

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Author: Evan Stack / Blue Jays Nation