Toronto Raptors: Chris Boucher’s roster designation provides challenge for Nick Nurse

Toronto Raptors: Chris Boucher’s roster designation provides challenge for Nick Nurse

The Toronto Raptors are in the process of trying out a bunch of different lineups as they try to figure out what works and what doesn’t near the tail end of this cursed season. While power forward Chris Boucher has been one of the pleasant surprises this year, he has come with some flaws that […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

This Raptors-Mavericks trade gets Kristaps Porzingis to Toronto

This Raptors-Mavericks trade gets Kristaps Porzingis to Toronto

The Toronto Raptors are in the process of unturning every stone at the Trade Deadline as they look to acquire some size, and the Dallas Mavericks might’ve just started to dangle a very shiny lure in front of them by making Kristaps Porzingis available. League sources told Bleacher Report that Dallas has “sniffed around” the […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

The fact Gerrit Cole is just a dream for Blue Jays fans is sad

Gerrit Cole is in the process of putting together one of the best walk years in baseball history.

Heading into free agency for the first time in his career, Cole will also most likely be adding his first-ever Cy Young Award to his trophy case. He’s coming off a league-leading 2.50 ERA across 212 1/3 innings while an absurd 13.8 strikeouts per nine. To top it all off, Cole struck out 15 batters in a dominant showing against the Rays in Game 2 of the ALDS on Saturday.

Gerrit Cole, Fastball, Knuckle Curve & Slider Spins. pic.twitter.com/7m2bLI9mlG
— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) October 6, 2019

The season (and post-season) Cole is carrying into free agency is something we haven’t seen in a long time. In fact, it could be the most impressive since Greg Maddux became a free agent back in 1992.
The closest comparables from recent memory to what Cole is doing right now would be David Price in 2015, Max Scherzer in 2014, and CC Sabathia in 2007. Like Cole, all of those guys were still in their 20s coming off of Cy Young calibre seasons, but nobody came anywhere near touching Cole’s strikeout totals from 2019.
There have been other amazing pre-free agent seasons since 1990, …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation