Raptors Game Today: Rockets vs Raptors Odds, Prediction, Pick, TV for Oct. 11

Raptors Game Today: Rockets vs Raptors Odds, Prediction, Pick, TV for Oct. 11

The Toronto Raptors looked nigh unbeatable during their first of two games against the rival 76ers, but subsequent road games in Philadelphia and in Boston against the Celtics have failed to yield any wins. At least the latest Raptors odds have them getting some welcome reprieve against a Western Conference foe. Scottie Barnes and the […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Hyun Jin Ryu got lit up again. What now?

Hyun Jin Ryu hasn’t really looked like Hyun Jin Ryu lately.

Last season, Ryu was the Blue Jays’ MVP. He posted a 2.69 ERA over 12 starts, finished second in American League Cy Young voting, and was the only one in Toronto’s rotation who could go out and consistently have a good outing until the team acquired Taijuan Walker ahead of the trade deadline.
This season? It’s been a rollercoaster ride.
Ryu has a 4.34 ERA over 29 starts. While he can still have very strong, vintage Ryu outings, such as his masterful start in New York a couple of weeks ago, there simply isn’t the same feeling when he takes the mound as there was ast season. At this stage, Ryu stands as Toronto’s No. 5 starter, as even Steven Matz seems like the better bet to put up an effective start when he goes out.
Since that aforementioned start in New York in which Ryu held the Yankees to just three hits over six innings of work, he’s been drilled by two basement teams, the Baltimore Orioles and Minnesota Twins. In those two outings, Ryu has gone four-and-one-third innings, allowing 12 earned runs on 13 hits and two walks …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Raptors rumors: Is Alex Antetokounmpo coming to Toronto?

Raptors rumors: Is Alex Antetokounmpo coming to Toronto?

Just when it looked like the Toronto Raptors rumors were about to die down, Masai Ujiri may have pulled an interesting name out of his hat. Apparently still not over the fact that Giannis Antetokounmpo chose to stay with the Milwaukee Bucks long-term, Ujiri has shown interest in his younger brother, Alex Antetokounmpo. While Giannis […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors: Pascal Siakam confirms Nick Nurse beef is over

Toronto Raptors: Pascal Siakam confirms Nick Nurse beef is over

The Toronto Raptors looked like a very disjointed team last season, as playing an entire stretch of home games away from Scotiabank Arena might make it more difficult to get any sort of momentum going. Even Pascal Siakam and Nick Nurse, an All-NBA player and Coach of the Year who both have championship rings, got […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

BJN Radio – Ep. 45: A record-setting weekend in Baltimore!

That was certainly a trip.

Things looked really ugly on Friday when the lowly Baltimore Trash Birds ended the Blue Jays’ eight-game winning streak despite Robbie Ray being on the mound, but, after that, things got very, very good. The Blue Jays pulled off back-to-back last-second comeback wins in their doubleheader on Saturday, with George Springer and Bo Bichette hitting clutch homers to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. And then, finally, on Sunday, the bats popped off for 22 runs, coming very close to setting a franchise record.
We talked about this whole wild weekend, ranging from the few ugly starts that Toronto’s pitchers had, Orioles manager Brandon Hyde spazzing out at Robbie Ray, the speculation about sign stealing, all the way to the wild records that Toronto set this weekend. Finally, we took a look ahead at the upcoming series against Tampa Bay and we looked at what Boston and New York have on tap.
You can listen to the episode here…

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Two comeback wins in Baltimore move the Blue Jays into a tie for a playoff spot

Saturday looked like a complete disaster until, all of a sudden, it wasn’t.

Hyun Jin Ryu and Ross Stripling both got smacked around in the first game but a four-run rally, led by a clutch two-run homer from George Springer, gave the Blue Jays an 11-10 come-from-behind win. In the second game, Keegan Akin no-hit the Blue Jays through six innings and then Toronto teed off for 11 runs in the seventh to win 11-1.
Like last Friday against Oakland, the first game on Saturday was yet another in which the Blue Jays’ win probability was on life support. In the bottom of the sixth, Ramon Ortiz advanced to second on a wild pitch and Baltimore had a 98.3 percent win probability.

Teoscar Hernandez led the top of the seventh off with a double, Corey Dickerson Walker, Lourdes Gurriel hit a very long single, Jake Lamb hit a sac fly, and that line started dropping. Danny Jansen then flew out, leaving George Springer as Toronto’s last hope. And, as Springer has done so many times in his career, he came through clutch…

The @BlueJays trailed by 3 in the last inning…
George Springer changed that! pic.twitter.com/fD8UdV92jU
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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Raptors: Nets trade is bad news for two former Toronto players

Raptors: Nets trade is bad news for two former Toronto players

Just a few days ago, it looked like the Brooklyn Nets were going to roll into the 2021-22 season with a lineup heavily influenced by last year’s Toronto Raptors squad, as power forwards Alize Johnson and versatile combo guard DeAndre’ Bembry figured to be contributors off of the bench. That all changed after the Nets […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors: Evan Mobley, Scottie Barnes both compliment Toronto’s culture

Raptors: Evan Mobley, Scottie Barnes both compliment Toronto’s culture

The Toronto Raptors looked like a lock to end up with Gonzaga point guard Jalen Suggs with the No. 4 pick in the 2021 NBA Draft, but both USC center Evan Mobley and Florida State power forward Scottie Barnes have entered the mix over the last few days. Suggs looks like a point guard that […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

The Leafs should re-sign Zach Hyman the player, but the contract is probably where we see him part ways

I think a season or two ago, if you looked at the Leafs current pending free agents, you probably would have expected Frederik Andersen to be the big fish that the Leafs need to find that cap space to bring back. But, after another rough season from Freddie, and Zach Hyman emerging as a top six forward these past two seasons, it’s Hyman that many are scrambling to find a way to bring back next season.
The conversation about bringing back Hyman is probably the most unique one on the team, because there’s two completely different factors that can change anyone’s answer, and it makes it make sense to both keep him and let him go. He’s a great player, but once we start talking the kind of money and term it would take to bring him back, it makes it much harder to do so.
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Of course, we can’t decide whether we want to bring him back if we don’t know what kind of player we’re bringing back. Of course, there’s one thing most Leafs know about with Zach Hyman: he’s a very good player, and was valuable …

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Author: Scott Maxwell / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors: Malachi Flynn should look to Mike Conley as a role model

Toronto Raptors: Malachi Flynn should look to Mike Conley as a role model

The Toronto Raptors looked as if they were going to rue the day they drafted San Diego State point guard Malachi Flynn in the first round of the 2020 NBA Draft, but the young stud and April Rookie of the Month has turned things around in a major way. Unfortunately, we didn’t get to see […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ