76ers series proved OG Anunoby’s long-term value to Raptors

76ers series proved OG Anunoby’s long-term value to Raptors

The Toronto Raptors lost their playoff series to the Philadelphia 76ers in six games. While the need to improve is evident, there are also many things the Raptors can look forward to in the future. The Raptors saw flashes of what they’ll be receiving in their young core of OG Anunoby, Precious Achuiwa, and Rookie […]
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Author: Sai Pirapakaran / Raptors HQ

Philippe Myers excited for opportunity to play important hockey with the Marlies

The Toronto Marlies lost an important piece when Alex Biega was traded to Nashville, but they later gained it back in a loan move.
Philippe Myers was added onto Toronto’s roster back on March 23rd, two days after the NHL’s trade deadline concluded. It’s the first time in the past three seasons that the 25-year-old was being sent down to the AHL. But looking at this as a demotion wouldn’t be right, as this is an opportunity to prove his worth on a good Marlies team.
“Obviously it’s a good opportunity to get some games in, play lots of minutes, and just try to have fun with it,” said Myers after practice on Friday. “For me, it’s just I haven’t played that many games this year with Nashville, so I’m just trying to get my legs back under me and just find my game again and go from there.”
The 25-year-old has only played seven games with the Marlies but already fills an important role playing key minutes on Toronto’s top pairing. He, and Teemu Kivihalme have been one of the best defence pairs the Marlies have had this season, usually playing against the opposing team’s top lines.
“Myers has come in and stepped up with Kivihalme in being kind of a …

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

Looking at what the Blue Jays lost in the off-season and what they gained

The Blue Jays lost three key players in free agency from last season’s 91-win team: Robbie Ray, Steven Matz, and Marcus Semien. They replaced those three players with Kevin Gausman, Yusei Kikuchi, and Matt Chapman.

The general consensus I have seen seems to be that overall the team is better as they will have full seasons from José Berríos, Alek Manoah, a healthy George Springer, and fewer question marks in the bullpen, but the three new players aren’t quite up to the same level of who they are replacing.
Which makes sense — it’s incredibly difficult to replace a Cy Young winner and someone who finished in the top three of MVP voting. Let’s dive into it and see what the numbers say.
We’ll start with how these players performed last season…
2021 Season
IP
ERA
FIP
K/9
BB/9
WAR
Robbie Ray
193.1
2.84
3.69
11.54
2.42
3.9
Kevin Gausman
192.0
2.81
3.00
10.64
2.34
4.8
Steven Matz
150.2
3.82
3.79
8.60
2.57
2.8
Yusei Kikuchi
157.0
4.41
4.61
9.34
3.55
1.1
Ray is underrated by FanGraphs version of WAR. It’s a FIP based WAR so Ray doesn’t look as good as Gausman does, despite their stats being pretty similar. Per Baseball-Reference WAR, Ray has the edge 6.8 to 5.2. Given the ballparks Ray pitched in and the competition he had to face, it’s not a hot take to say Ray had the better season. That’s not to discredit what Gausman did. He had a tremendous season in his own right, and finished sixth in NL Cy Young.
With Matz and Kikuchi it’s a tale of two halves. Matz didn’t have a great first half of the year, likely due to pitching in minor league ballparks. His first-half ERA was 4.72, and threw July it was 4.58. Once the Blue Jays returned to Toronto Matz was incredible with an ERA of 2.69 in August and September. The poor first half masked some of his success in the second half, but overall he was very good and his production will be difficult to replace. Kikuchi was just the opposite. He had a strong first half pitching to a 3.48 ERA and was the Mariners representative at the All-Star Game. He then fell off a cliff in the second half of the season. He p …

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Author: Paul Berthelot / Blue Jays Nation

It’s time for the Maple Leafs to get a little greasy

Lost in the outrage over yet another officiating debacle in last week’s game against the Arizona Coyotes, when a missed holding the stick infraction by Jakob Chychrun against Auston Matthews directly resulted in a Maple Leafs overtime loss, was an appreciation for Chychrun’s gamesmanship.
Despite the negative outcome for the Leafs, you have to hand it to Chychrun, who gambled (and won) that officials would be too cowardly to call a non-automatic penalty in overtime. It’s no secret that the lion’s share of NHL referees are hesitant to the point of paralysis when it comes to making tough calls in critical moments that would be considered as directly impacting the outcome of a game. Weaponizing that reality is what separates gamers from players.
Going down through the Maple Leafs roster, who are the gamers? Aside from Michael Bunting, who would have the audacity to pull something as greasy and risky as what Chychrun did, at that pivotal moment, in the pursuit of winning?
For the most part, the Leafs are comprised of model citizens. Collectively, they don’t take many penalties (T-27th in penalties taken-per-60), almost never take major penalties (T-31st in major penalties), and are frequently the second-most physical team in any given game (T-29th in hits given-pe …

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Author: Mark Norman / The Leafs Nation

There won’t be a Rule 5 Draft this year

One thing that’s pretty much been lost in the excitement of CBA Day is the fact that there won’t be a Rule 5 Draft this year.

The Rule 5 Draft was supposed to happen back on December 9 but that got postponed as Major League Baseball instituted a transaction freeze as the league went into a lockout at the beginning of the month.
So, according to Zach Buchanan of The Athletic, rather than re-scheduling it and shoving it in somewhere amidst all the chaos of free agency and spring training happening at the same time, there just won’t be a Rule 5 Draft for 2021.
This is a nice little win for the Blue Jays, as they had a few interesting prospects who were set to be eligible for the draft.
Back in November, the team added Hagen Danner, Bowden Francis, Zach Logue, and Leo Jimenez to the 40-man roster ahead of the Rule 5 Draft deadline, leaving names such as Samad Taylor, Miguel Hiraldo, and Eric Pardinho available to other teams.
These are middle-of-the-pack prospects that nobody should lose sleep over, but, still, it’s a little extra ammunition for the Blue Jays if they want to trade for, say, Jose Ramirez. …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

2 studs and 1 dud from quality Raptors victory against Spurs

2 studs and 1 dud from quality Raptors victory against Spurs

The Toronto Raptors may have lost Yuta Watanabe and Svi Mykhailiuk to the health and safety protocols earlier in the day, but Fred VanVleet, Scottie Barnes, and Gary Trent Jr. still gave this team enough firepower to pick up yet another home victory as 2022 gets kicked off. Toronto was taking on a shorthanded San […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

3 Pistons players the Raptors should consider trading for

3 Pistons players the Raptors should consider trading for

The Toronto Raptors may have lost at home to former coach Dwane Casey and the Detroit Pistons, but that doesn’t change the fact that these two teams are heading in different directions. The fact Detroit is on such a divergent path could help convince the Raptors to make some trades. While Toronto seems content to […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors Game Tonight: Raptors vs Warriors Odds, Starting Lineup, Injury Report, Predictions, TV Channel for Dec. 18

Raptors Game Tonight: Raptors vs Warriors Odds, Starting Lineup, Injury Report, Predictions, TV Channel for Dec. 18

The Toronto Raptors lost a heartbreaker against the Nets despite the fact that COVID-19 protocols left Brooklyn with only a handful of healthy players in that game. At least the latest Raptors odds have Toronto picking up a victory against one of the very best teams in the league. Toronto will welcome the Golden State […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors Game Tonight: Raptors vs Knicks Odds, Starting Lineup, Injury Report, Predictions, TV Channel for Dec. 10

Raptors Game Tonight: Raptors vs Knicks Odds, Starting Lineup, Injury Report, Predictions, TV Channel for Dec. 10

The Toronto Raptors could not have lost their most recent home game in a more crushing fashion, as a game-winning tip-in was waved off at the very last second. The latest Raptors odds have them picking up a win against a rival, but they are almost as evenly matched as possible. The New York Knicks […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors Game Tonight: Raptors vs Grizzlies Odds, Starting Lineup, Injury Report, Predictions, TV Channel for Nov. 30

Raptors Game Tonight: Raptors vs Grizzlies Odds, Starting Lineup, Injury Report, Predictions, TV Channel for Nov. 30

The Toronto Raptors have lost nine of their last 12 games, putting this team on a crash course for the lottery if they don’t manage to turn things around quickly. Will the latest Raptors odds claim that they are going to get back to winning or stay mired in their losing ways? Nick Nurse and […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ