Raptors’ OG Anunoby becoming an All-Star lock due to hot start

Raptors’ OG Anunoby becoming an All-Star lock due to hot start

The Toronto Raptors have been on the receiving end of some pretty tough injuries this season, as Pascal Siakam and Precious Achiuwa have both missed time. With Gary Trent Jr. having struggled offensively and Scottie Barnes in and out of the lineup, OG Anunoby has saved this team’s backside. Anunoby was one of the main […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Precious Achiuwa injury update: Raptors big man far from return

Precious Achiuwa injury update: Raptors big man far from return

The Toronto Raptors have been one of the more impressive teams in the Eastern Conference when you factor in all of the games that their best players have missed due to injury. Losing an All-NBA player like Pascal Siakam and the Sixth Man in Precious Achiuwa is tough to shoulder. Achiuwa tore up some ligaments […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Deranged O.G. Anunoby trade is pure comedy for Raptors fans

Deranged O.G. Anunoby trade is pure comedy for Raptors fans

The Toronto Raptors have seen both Pascal Siakam and Precious Achiuwa pick up some nagging injuries over the first few days, and part of the reason that they have continued to win games has been the excellent play of O.G. Anunoby. This is the finest version of the two-way stud we’ve seen. Anunoby is averaging […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

1 big takeaway as O.G. Anunoby leads Raptors to win vs. Heat

1 big takeaway as O.G. Anunoby leads Raptors to win vs. Heat

O.G. Anunoby and the Toronto Raptors may not have had Pascal Siakam, Precious Achiuwa, or Gary Trent Jr. healthy for their tango with old friend Kyle Lowry and the Miami Heat, but they couldn’t use that as an excuse. Bam Adebayo and Tyler Herro were unable to suit up for Miami in this one. Even […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

The Blue Jays are reportedly among the teams interested in RHP Kodai Senga

The Toronto Blue Jays are among the teams who have expressed interest in a free-agent pitcher. In other news, water is wet.

Jon Morosi appeared on MLB Network on Monday and reported that there are a number of different teams who are scouting Kodai Senga “very intensely.” The list of teams that Morosi mentioned are the Blue Jays, the Los Angeles Angels and Dodgers, the Texas Rangers, and the Seattle Mariners.

At least five teams are in on Japanese pitching sensation Kodai Senga @jonmorosi has the latest on the right-hander’s free agency market and where he could fit in a major league rotation. #MLBNHotStove pic.twitter.com/C2vYXx5akI
— MLB Network (@MLBNetwork) November 14, 2022

Senga is the top Japanese free agent on the market this winter, and perhaps the most hyped pitcher to come out of Japan since Shohei Ohtani came overseas back in 2017. He generated a lot of hype for himself with a strong performance for Japan at the World Baseball Classic in 2017 but hasn’t been made available to Major League clubs because his NPB team, the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks, are philosophically opposed to using the posting system.
In 2022, Senga posted a 1.94 ERA over the course of 22 appearances. He struck out 9.8 batters per nine innings and walked 3.1 per nine. Senga relies on a four-pitch mix, with a fastball that averages 96 miles per hour but has apparently touched as high as 102. He also has an off-speed weapon that’s referred to as a “ghost fork.”

Kodai Senga has been up to 102 mph, throws a ghost forkball, slider, curve & cutter. 1.89 ERA in 148 innings this year.
Senga’s agent noted Kodai would like to play in a big market on a win now team and is versed in/wants to learn more about analytics.
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— Michael Mayer (@mikemayer22) November 14, 2022

An interesting thing about Senga is that he isn’t a traditional Japanese free agent whom Maj …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Leafs left with the easy task of naming Keith Petruzzelli the starter for Saturday night

Leafs left with the easy task of naming Keith Petruzzelli the starter for Saturday night

It seemed like it always should have been Petruzzelli’s game and one that was confidently announced a week ago so his family had time to shuttle to Toronto for his NHL debut, but if there was any doubt about who should be getting the start, it should be cleared up by this recent insight from Sheldon Keefe:

Keefe says Matt Murray will not play tomorrow. They will make that decision of who starts tomorrow. @BodogCA @RinkWideTOR
— David Alter (@dalter) November 12, 2022

While the Leafs have historically shied away from the idea of having their goaltenders make NHL debuts on Saturday night nationally broadcast home games, this one hits a little different than the standard fare. For one, there really doesn’t seem to be much of a choice, but we’ll get into that later. There’s also the fact that this is a game against the Vancouver Canucks. The 4-7-3 Vancouver Canucks that seem to be hanging on by a thread. It’s not a bad opponent to line an inexperienced goaltender up against, and in that sense it couldn’t have worked out any better.
It also seems that no one is delusional enough to believe that Petruzzelli will be making his case for a Leafs job tonight either. This is about as one and done as it gets. Good or bad, by Tuesday Keith will be riding a bus with the Marlies, and the Leafs will at least feel comfortable enough with Matt Murray wearing a ball cap f …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

The Houston Astros have won the 2022 World Series, bring on the transactions!

The Houston Astros have won the 2022 World Series.

This is the second World Series in their 51 years of existence. Their first one came back in 2017, but there’s a huge asterisk next to that one due to the trash bin banging scandal which came to light in 2019.

“THIS TIME THEY FINISH THE JOB!”
SOAK IT IN, HOUSTON! @astros pic.twitter.com/RaONvzDRx5
— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) November 6, 2022

It was well deserved for the good team in Texas, as they dominated the American League with a 106-56 record, the second-best record in Major League Baseball.
To get to the position, they swept the Seattle Mariners in three games in the American League Divisional Series All three games were relatively close, including an 18-inning marathon game that saw the Astros win 1-0 to clinch the sweep.  In my opinion, even if the Blue Jays beat the Mariners in the Wild Card Series, they weren’t getting by the Astros.
They also swept the New York Yankees in the American League Championship Series, a lot less close than the ALDS, but still funny as hell.
The Philadelphia Phillies were the first to beat the Astros, winning games one and three. However, the experience of the Astros was too much for the Phillies to overcome, as they fell in six games in Houston. Yordan Alvarez gave the Astros a 3-1 lead, and they never looked back.

YORDADDY TO THE MOON. pic.twitter.com/4BiiPpjcTM
— Houston Astros (@astros) November 6, 2022

This snaps a trend of a different National League East team beating up on the Phillies, as the Washington Nationals won in 2019, and the team from Atlanta won in 2021. The plague season doesn’t count.
Had the Phillies won, current Blue Jays 5th outfielder Bradley Zimmer would’ve been entitled to a ring, as he spent a few weeks with the Phillies before being re-claimed off waivers by the Jays. However, former Blue Jays Aledmys Diaz has won his first ring.
The Astros winning the World Series is also notable because 73-year-old Dusty B …

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Author: Brennan Delaney / Blue Jays Nation

Raptors: O.G. Anunoby makes history with insane defensive skills

Raptors: O.G. Anunoby makes history with insane defensive skills

The Toronto Raptors have had a solid season start and have a 5-4 record after Friday night. The base of this early season success has been built on a rock-solid defense. The biggest reason behind the Raptors being so solid on that end of the court has been the play of O.G. Anunoby. The British […]
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Author: Sourav Mahanty / Raptors HQ

Raptors: Pascal Siakam injury update is not ideal for Toronto

Raptors: Pascal Siakam injury update is not ideal for Toronto

Pascal Siakam and the Toronto Raptors have been soldering on without Fred VanVleet over the last few games, as back problems have forced names like Christian Koloko and O.G. Anunoby to step up. When called upon, most of Toronto’s role players have done their job. While Toronto has shown they can win without VanVleet for […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

3 players Raptors star O.G. Anunoby will kick off All-Defensive team

3 players Raptors star O.G. Anunoby will kick off All-Defensive team

The Toronto Raptors and their fans have been preaching the All-Defensive team gospel of O.G. Anunoby for years now, but even their most impassioned pleas can fall on deaf ears. Anunoby has had the perfect confluence of circumstances that have prevented him from getting such notoriety. Missing tons of time due to injuries in the […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ