The Toronto Raptors are even failing to pull off the dignified tank

The Toronto Raptors are even failing to pull off the dignified tank

The 2021 NBA season has been a rollercoaster ride for Toronto Raptors fans. After a flailing start, the Raptors looked to be coming back into form, only to immediately be ravaged by COVID-19. Since then, it has been much more of the former than the latter as Toronto has struggled to even keep up with […]
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Author: Jack Long / Raptors HQ

The dream of an undefeated season has come to an end

Well, it was a good ride. After operating at a 162-0 pace through the first two days of the 2021 season, the Blue Jays lost to the Yankees by a score of 5-3 and are now mere mortals with a 1-1 record.

Things worth mentioning…

Ross Stripling got the start and pitched, well, just about exactly how you’d expect a swingman, long-reliever type to pitch against the Yankees. Stripling managed to get through only three-and-one-third innings, allowing three earned runs on seven hits and three walks. There wasn’t really a point in Stripling’s outing where you really felt all that confident that a Yankee explosion wasn’t right around the corner. This pretty much sums it up…

Official line for Ross Stripling: “Well that could’ve been worse.”
— Drew F (@DrewGROF) April 3, 2021

Rafal Dolis also had himself a difficult inning in relief, which isn’t something we’re used to based on how things went for him last year. Of course, with Dolis, even though he posted a sparkling ERA in 2020, he was always the type where you felt he was walking the tight rope given how many balls he threw. In Saturday’s outing, Dolis came in …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

The dust has settled and George Springer is a Blue Jay. What’s next?

What a ride this week has been.

It kicked off on Monday when the team inked Tyler Chatwood to a one-year deal to pitch out of the bullpen. That move, unsurprisingly, was met without a hell of a lot of fanfare, but Tuesday’s addition of Major League Baseball’s saves leader in 2019, Kirby Yates, moved the needle a bit more.
And then there was this…

Source: #BlueJays and George Springer in agreement, pending physical
— Brendon K (@_bkuh_) January 20, 2021

Brendon Kuhn came out of left field and told us that the Blue Jays and George Springer, the top position player on this year’s free-agent market, had agreed to a deal. The signing, which ended up being worth $150 million, was the biggest in franchise history, eclipsing Vernon Wells’ massive extension back in 2006 and dwarfing the deal Russell Martin signed ahead of the 2015 season.
Things didn’t slow down on Wednesday. First, Michael Brantley was a Blue Jay, and then he wasn’t. Hazel Mae and Ken Rosenthal both reported a deal was done, but that report got debunked and Brantley ended up re-signing in Houston.
As nice as it would have been to have Brantley in the lineup, this week …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

The bats go completely silent as the Rays end the Blue Jays’ winning streak

It was a great ride, but the Blue Jays’ winning streak is over after six games. The bats fell asleep as the team got edged by the Rays 2-1 in extra innings.

Things worth mentioning…

Without any starters available, the Rays operated with a bullpen game, starting Aaron Slegers with the intention of getting a couple of good innings. The Blue Jays couldn’t solve Slegers at all, as he ended up tossing four hitless innings. It wasn’t until Sean Gilmartin came into the game in the fifth inning that Toronto finally got something going. After walks to Vlad Jr. and Lourdes Gurriel, Joe Panik hit a single to load the bases. Finally, Cavan Biggio came up and took a bases-loaded walk to drive in what would be the Jays’ only run of the game. Not ideal!
In the seventh inning, the Jays threatened again as Biggio hit a single and stole second with Randal Grichuk at the plate. Grichuk would strike out, but catcher Mike Zunino couldn’t handle the pitch, allowing Grichuk to trot to first. But, rather than setting up a first-and-third situation, Biggio tried to book it home, where …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Maple Leafs Pregame #45: 5 Things to watch for against the Jets

After a rather long train ride out east, the Jets are enjoying the luxury of flight on their road trip around the Atlantic division. Tonight they get the privilege of playing Toronto against the Leafs, who having to deal with their devastating one game losing streak which has shaken all our beliefs about this team.
Lineups

LW
C
RW
Forwards
ZACH HYMAN
Rating: 73.9#46 LW

AUSTON MATTHEWS
Rating: 82.2#2 C

MITCH MARNER
Rating: 78.5#6 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 78.19#5 FL1

ALEXANDER KERFOOT
Rating: 72.8#70 LW

JOHN TAVARES
Rating: 80.0#8 C

WILLIAM NYLANDER
Rating: 78.0#9 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 76.92#3 FL2

PIERRE ENGVALL
Rating: 73.2#60 LW

JASON SPEZZA
Rating: 70.2#151 C

KASPERI KAPANEN
Rating: 73.0#59 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 72.11#12 FL3

MASON MARCHMENT
Rating: 73.2#59 LW

ADAM BROOKS
FREDERIK GAUTHIER
Rating: 68.9#127 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 71.06#14 FL4

DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS
Defense
MORGAN RIELLY
Rating: 76.0#10 LD

TYSON BARRIE
Rating: 76.4#12 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 76.17#5 DL1

MARTIN MARINCIN
Rating: 71.8#82 LD

JUSTIN HOLL
Rating: 73.2#45 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 72.51#26 DL2

TRAVIS DERMOTT
Rating: 72.8#57 LD

CODY CECI
Rating: 71.5#81 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 72.16#15 DL3

LW
C
RW
Forwards
KYLE CONNOR
Rating: 78.8#9 LW

MARK SCHEIFELE
Rating: 79.3#12 C

PATRIK LAINE
Rating: 75.1#28 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 77.74#6 …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation