Raptors discussing 3-team trade with eyes on Jakob Poeltl

Raptors discussing 3-team trade with eyes on Jakob Poeltl

The Toronto Raptors are starting to kick their trade pursuits into high gear, as Gary Trent Jr. is being shopped all around the league. While he could be traded away to avoid having to pay him a gigantic contract in free agency, Trent is arguably having the best season of his career. Trent has averaged […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Latest Raptors mock draft has Toronto adding brilliant scoring wing

Latest Raptors mock draft has Toronto adding brilliant scoring wing

Toronto Raptors mock draft season is starting to draw closer, as Masai Ujiri has seen his team move closer to winning the Victor Wembanyama lottery than making the postseason. The Raptors have some very clear needs that he needs to address in the draft, starting with their lack of height and electricity on the offensive […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

NBA insider says OG Anunoby trade would give Raptors insane haul

NBA insider says OG Anunoby trade would give Raptors insane haul

The Toronto Raptors are starting to drift ever closer to the Victor Wembanyama sweepstakes, as the 13-18 team has lost six straight games and won just two of their last 11 contests. The play of OG Anunoby remains spotless, however, as he keeps getting better on both ends. After years of getting tossed aside by […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Notes and observations about each of the Blue Jays starting pitchers

The Toronto Blue Jays starting rotation is fascinating to me. They have three pitchers pitching like front-line starters, while the back end of the rotation has some upside.

Do I think the rotation is good enough to make the playoffs? Absolutely. Is it good enough to make a deep run in them? That’s a little hard to say, and it really just depends on one guy.
Jose Berrios:
The trade for Jose Berrios was good. Heck, I’d even argue his contract that he signed in the past off-season was good even, despite his inconsistent play in 2022. Which is odd, given his prior success.
From 2017-2021, Berrios posted a 3.74 ERA and 3.79 FIP in 793.1 innings pitched, the 7th most during that stretch.
This season has been difficult for the 28-year-old righty, as he’s posted a 5.28 ERA and 4.83 FIP in 134.2 innings pitched. Moreover, his 21.7 K% is below his career average of 23.5%, and his mark of 26.1% last season.
That isn’t to say there haven’t been some bright spots. For starters, he arguably has the nastiest stuff out of any of the Jays starters.
Not just that, but 13 of his starts have been considered “quality starts” (6 innings pitched with 3 or less earned runs). Furthermore, four more starts (what I’m deeming a “solid start) that have been an inning or less away from a quality start, so 17 of his 25 starts have actually been pretty solid.
In those 17 good starts, he’s pitched 107.2 innings and has an ERA of 2.59 and a …

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Author: Brennan Delaney / Blue Jays Nation