Toronto Raptors: Say hello to the Tampa Bay Raptors

Toronto Raptors: Say hello to the Tampa Bay Raptors

The government has given their reply to Masai and the Toronto Raptors, and it’s one most people might not like. For the first time since their inauguration in 1995, the Toronto Raptors will be playing their home games away from home. It was reported today that the government denied the Raptors’ request of playing their […]
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Author: Alexandro Fidanza / Raptors HQ

Robbie Ray: “Don’t be concerned about where we play, just be concerned about the guys in the clubhouse”

Robbie Ray was given $8,000,000 by the Blue Jays to be a pitcher, but he’s also doing a little PR work on the side.

The newly-signed Ray held a media availability over Zoom on Monday in which he talked about his decision to stick around in Toronto (Buffalo? Somewhere???). Ray noted that he fit in very well with the club right off the hop and that he liked the idea of a one-year deal because he could rebuild his value and test free agency again next winter. Pretty standard stuff.
The most interesting part of the interview, though, was Ray’s response to what he would tell other free agents when it comes to the uncertainty around where the Blue Jays would play next season. To that, Ray suggested not to worry about it and to instead worry about the group the Blue Jays have in their clubhouse and on their staff.
“Don’t be concerned about where we play, just be concerned about the guys in the clubhouse, the staff that we have,” Ray said. “The coaching staff, the training staff, they’re all top-notch. This team is really good.”
This is definitely a nice thing to hear. We’ …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Another way too early look at the Leafs and the expansion draft

Given that we don’t know when this season will start or end and when we’ll see the expansion draft it’s probably a bit premature to start planning for how the Leafs will approach it. Of course we’ve looked at this draft twice before on the site, so we’ve set a precedent with being okay with that. With new faces on the roster that changes some of the views on who the Leafs should protect and expose and some additional work that may need to be done will be highlighted below.
Like the Golden Knights draft, the Leafs find themselves in the optimal situation of, 1. sending a player to another conference rather than having them stay in the East, and 2. easily being able to protect their core players, and having most of their young players exempt from the draft. Not having to worry about losing or protecting players like Robertson and Sandin will be huge, as either one of those players can likely be counted on to replace whatever player is taken from the Leafs in the draft.
The rules for the expansion draft remain the same as they were for Vegas:

Current NHL teams can …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

The Blue Jays escape The Trop with a split

Given how much of a cursed hellhole The Trop is and the amount of bad experiences we’ve had there at the past, coming out of there with a split in a four-game series is a huge win. Take it and run.

Things worth mentioning…

To be honest, heading into it, this really didn’t look like a game the Blue Jays would win. They were starting Tanner Roark against Blake Snell, Tampa Bay’s ace. But Roark was OK for the Jays, going five innings and scattering three earned runs. You always like for your starter to go six, but Roark was good enough and gave the Jays a chance to win on Monday.
The offence predictably didn’t get much going off of Snell (two runs over five-and-two-thirds) but they worked him hard enough that he wasn’t able to go deep into the game. That was key because it meant the Rays had to dig into their broken-down, taxed bullpen. In the seventh inning, Santiago Espinal drew a two-out walk off of Edgar Garcia, who then handed the ball over to Aaron Loup. Cavan Biggio would reach base on catcher interference ( …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Hutchinson placed on waivers

It comes as no surprise, given the imminent return of Freddie Andersen that Michael Hutchinson has been placed on waivers today. And while we all knew it was coming, we’ll look at the logistics of it anyway.

Michael Hutchinson (TOR) has been placed on waivers
— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) February 13, 2020
That stat line for Hutchinson isn’t particularly friendly this year…
GP
W
SV%
GAA
QS
GSAA
15
4
0.886
3.66
0.273
-9.72
And in three games, Jack Campbell is already to have of Hutchinson’s win total as a Leaf this season. So yeah, this move is understandable.
Will he get claimed?
I honestly can’t imagine why he would, unless another team is looking to move one of their NHL goaltenders, and they would rather ride out the year with Hutchinson rather than promote their third string guy. I’d look at a situation like Ottawa, where they are attempting to move Anderson or Detroit if they are looking to move Bernier or Howard, or the Devils if they realize that Hutchinson might be good enough to be their starter.
No matter what, it’s probably not happening.
Hutchinson on the Marlies
Given that the …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation