Limp offence and questionable management decisions cost the Blue Jays in the rubbermatch

Strong pitching, limp bats, puzzling decisions, and a late-game bullpen meltdown. Ladies and gents, your 2020 Toronto Blue Jays.

Things worth mentioning…

Coming into the game, the big draw was Nate Pearson making the second start of his career after a brilliant debut in Washington last week. Things didn’t go quite so well for Pearson this time largely due to some issues with his command, but he still showed incredibly promising signs of what makes him such a good pitcher.
Pearson went five innings, scattering three earned runs. Two of those runs came directly from some poor command. In the first inning, he walked Dansby Swanson on four pitches and Freddie Freeman golfed a two-run homer immediately after. In the fourth, Marcell Ozuna hit a single and advanced to second on a wild pitch before eventually scoring on a sac fly.

But still, the positive here is that, despite not having his best command, Pearson was still able to put together a strong start for the Blue Jays. Atlanta mustered just two hits off of him over five innings and he struck out five. Pearson’s best moment of the night came when he made Johan Camargo, …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

NHL History: Felix Potvin posts shutout in 1994 playoffs as Toronto Maple Leafs beat Chicago Blackhawks

After a strong regular season led by Doug Gilmour, Dave Andreychuk and Wendel Clark that saw the 1993-94 Toronto Maple Leafs post a 43-29-12 record, they squared up with the Chicago Blackhawks.

Having taken out the visiting club in games one and two at the Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto hit the road for games three and four — games the Leafs fell in 5-4 and 4-3 (OT).
In game five, a match that took place today in 1994, Felix Potvin shut the door and Mike Eastwood lit the lamp en route to a crucial 1-0 victory. Eastwood’s goal came at the 10:07 mark of the third on the powerplay as Blackhawk Gary Suter sat two minutes for hooking.
Potvin, meanwhile, stopped all 17 shots he faced at Toronto put a series stranglehold on Chicago. Two nights later it was deja vu for the Leafs, who held onto a 1-0 lead all night to once again shutout the Blackhawks as they eliminated Chicago from the playoffs.
Toronto went on to face off against the San Jose Sharks who the Leafs routed in seven games. But in the third round, Toronto was no match for the Vancouver Canucks. Despite the Leafs …

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Author: Zach Laing / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors: Has Terence Davis hit the dreaded “rookie wall”?

After a strong start to the season, Terence Davis’ play has dropped as of late for the Toronto Raptors. Has he hit the dreaded “rookie wall”? It wouldn’t be hyperbolic to suggest that Terence Davis has been one of the stories of the season; not just for the Toronto Raptors but in the whole of […]
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Author: Thomas Valentine / Raptors HQ

Three takeaways from Toronto Raptors stout victory vs Orlando Magic

The Toronto Raptors put in a strong defensive performance to defeat the Orlando Magic 113-97. What did we learn from the victory? The Toronto Raptors were back in action and hosting the Orlando Magic for the second time this season after already defeating them once back in October. The Raptors were coming into Wednesday night’s […]
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Author: Thomas Valentine / Raptors HQ

Should we be worried by the Toronto Raptors rebounding?

Despite their strong start to the season, the Toronto Raptors have struggled to rebound the ball. Is it time to panic? X games into the season and the Toronto Raptors have a winning record and sit among the pantheon of strong NBA teams in 2019-20. Even without Kyle Lowry and Serge Ibaka for the last […]
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Author: Thomas Valentine / Raptors HQ

Analysis: Where did Toronto’s scoring go in Game 2?

After a strong opening game, there was really no excuse for the Raptors’ offense to dry up as much as it did in Game 2. How did it happen? We investigate. There’s no other way to say it: Game 2 was disappointing for Toronto. The Raptors’ defense from Game 1 held up just the same — but if you don’t score on the Warriors, you don’t beat the Warriors. And the Raptors just could not score.
Here’s what went down in Game 2 of the 2019 NBA Finals.
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The Raptors put up a 109 DRTG in Game 2, which is actually a slight improvement on their Game 1 result of 112 points allowed per 100 possessions. But their offense from Game 1, a fantastic 122 ORTG, was nowhere in sight.
The Raptors scored just 103 points per 100 possessions in Game 2 instead. They would have needed an ORTG of 109 or better to beat the Warriors in this one, assuming the other end stayed the same. Obviously, they didn’t get it.
In the regular season, the Warriors played 42 games in which their opponent put up an ORTG of less than 109. They were 37-5 in those games. You just can’t beat the Warriors with that kind of offense. …

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Author: Daniel Hackett / Raptors HQ

Raptors struggle in Game 2, lose to the Warriors 109-104

Toronto played a strong first half, but let the Warriors get into their usual groove in the third quarter. It cost them the game, and now the Raptors head to Oakland tied 1-1 in the Finals. The whole city was riding high the last three days, as the Toronto Raptors won their first ever NBA Finals game. The juggernaut Golden State Warriors they were matched-up against were feeling, as a result of injuries and depleted depth, more vulnerable than they’d ever been. The Raptors were one home win away from seizing control of the series, positioning themselves as the team to potentially end this Warriors’ dynasty. Kawhi Leonard was going to re-sign, Kyle Lowry was re-writing all the narratives. Everything was perfect.
And yet, the Warriors are still the Warriors, and tonight, in very typical Warriors fashion, they were able to build the Raptors’ hopes up, only to dash them, winning a tight 109-104 game on the back of a crushing third quarter run.
The game was something of a two-man show to start, with Klay Thompson carrying Golden State while Kawhi Leonard dominated for the Raptors. Toronto’s floor spacers missed some easy early shots, but Leonard got …

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Author: Jacob M. Mack / Raptors HQ

Raptors vs. Magic Game 3 Thread: Updates, TV info, and more

The Raptors looked strong in Game 2, but now they head to the Magic Kingdom for the first playoff game in Orlando in seven years. How will Toronto fare? Let’s watch. There’s a certain kinship between the teams of Toronto and Orlando. Yes, the latter franchise actually has been the the Finals a couple of times (despite existing only half a dozen more years than the Raptors), but both generally exist outside the main narrative of the league. Despite the animus we Raptors and Magic fans are supposed to feel for each other in this present moment — what with the squads locked in a 1-1 opening round playoff series — we can also acknowledge this intertwined fate.
We’d be hard-pressed to get the fans in Orlando to admit that now though as they gear up for their first playoff game in seven years. We Raptors fans can relate to that, having survived a five-year drought of our own before the We the North era began in earnest in very late 2013. Prior to that, at the turn of the decade, it was possible to look at the Magic with something approaching envy. They almost tasted gold a decade ago; and …

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Author: Daniel Reynolds / Raptors HQ