Justin Smoak, the most underrated Blue Jay?

It’s not always a bad thing to be forgettable. Not necessarily being the most memorable player can make it easy to slip under someone’s radar and be considered undervalued.
Since every single transaction or discussion about a team’s management is about player value, having a player that is worth considerably more than what they take up on the payroll or on the roster, is seen in a positive light.
Justin Smoak’s 2019 has cemented the 32-year-old as an undervalued player, but an increasingly important one in these offensively-dire days for the Blue Jays.
Of course this has been known in general to all Jays fans, but Smoak has been even more impressive in this young season. He’s one of the only consistent batters that this team can rely on to provide some offence and has been for the past couple of years, but his current performance is one of the bright spots looking down this lineup.
There isn’t many of them, but Smoak’s steady production can be another reason to tune in for some mediocre Blue Jays baseball. The living antithesis of a flashy player, he will most likely gain interest from people who …

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Author: Thomas Williams / Blue Jays Nation

Series Preview: Who are these kids?

After what was a forgettable series against the big-bad Red Sox, the Blue Jays are welcoming in a couple of new kids who grew up die-hard fans of the boys in blue. Canadians Cal Quantrill and Josh Naylor will make their homecoming debuts during this three-game series in “The Six.”
The Blue Jays will also be calling-up one of their top-prospects as well for this series. No. 9 of the top-30 prospects within the Blue Jays minor-league system, Cavan Biggio will be added to the active roster ahead of this series. Now while I believe this just to be a move made out of necessity, the Blue Jays clearly need additional offensive-support and Biggio will likely provide that positioned in either the outfield or infield.
Friday at 7:07 ET
Trent Thornton has really found his stride this month with the Blue Jays. After struggling for the majority of April, Thornton has now been able to put together quality starts in three out of his four starts this month. Thornton will now be looking to earn his 2nd-win at the major-league level against the new-look Padres.
Despite their reputation, Thornton actually matches-up very well against the Padres. This lineup from the city that …

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Author: Thomas Hall / Blue Jays Nation

Forgotten Raptors Playoffs: Jason Kapono earns his contract in 2008

It was the most forgettable Raptors playoff series of all, but Jason Kapono had a postseason to remember (for himself, at least). Welcome to Forgotten Raptors Playoffs! All throughout the 2019 NBA Playoffs, we’ll be looking back at past Raptors series — going all the way back to 2000 — and digging into the hidden, underrated, forgotten or straight-up wacky subplots and memories!
Today we look at the least memorable series in Raptors history: The Eastern Conference quarter-finals in 2008.
The Situation
Toronto Raptors (41-41, 6th seed) vs. Orlando Magic (52-30, 3rd seed)
The Outcome
Orlando defeats Toronto 4-1 in the best-of-seven series.
What Everyone Remembers
Uh… does anyone remember this series? I think the only thing anyone remembers is that Sam Mitchell decided to start 7-foot sophomore Andrea Bargnani at small forward in the first two games of the series. You can guess how that worked out.
What You Should Probably Remember Instead
You should probably just forget this series ever happened, but if there is one slightly hilarious thing about it, is that it’s the best that Jason Kapono ever looked in a Raptors uniform.
Kapono signed with the Raptors as a free agent following the team’s unexpectedly successful 2006-07 …

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Author: Josh Kern / Raptors HQ