Toronto Raptors: Play of Gary Trent Jr. is creating a financial issue

Toronto Raptors: Play of Gary Trent Jr. is creating a financial issue

Gary Trent Jr. is creating the very financial crunch that the Toronto Raptors management seemingly were trying to avoid by trading for him and Rodney Hood. Since he’s joined the Raptors, Trent has been good. Very good. He is shooting 39 percent on the three-ball and is averaging 17.9 points per game since joining Toronto. […]
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Author: Jason Mills / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors: Malachi Flynn and Yuta Watanabe playing well speaks to Raptors’ culture

Toronto Raptors: Malachi Flynn and Yuta Watanabe playing well speaks to Raptors’ culture

Lost in Gary Trent Jr. completely eviscerating the Cleveland Cavaliers last night was the fact that the Toronto Raptors picked up the victory thanks to a very balanced effort, as role players like Malachi Flynn and Yuta Watanabe had their best individual games of the season, and potentially their entire careers, last night. Just a […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors: Gary Trent Jr. and his historic start with the Raptors

Toronto Raptors: Gary Trent Jr. and his historic start with the Raptors

Newly acquired guard Gary Trent Jr. has made quite the impression through his first handful of games with the Toronto Raptors. Trent was the main piece coming back to Toronto in the Norman Powell trade, wherein he was dealt to the Portland Trail Blazers on trade deadline day almost two weeks ago. This deal showed […]
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Author: Joseph Zita / Raptors HQ

Trent Thornton and taking the next step

Trent Thornton was announced this week as the Blue Jays fourth starter. He was the Blue Jays only reliable starter last season, throwing 154.1 innings over 29 starts. The results were a mixed bag with a 4.84 ERA, 4.59 FIP and 4.94xFIP.
Thornton has a bit of a funky delivery which made repeating his mechanics difficult and caused inconsistencies in his release point.

No pitcher is going to have a perfect release point every time, but Thorton’s range here is a lot larger than most pitchers. For comparison here are a few Blue Jays right-handers: Chase Anderson, Sam Gaviglio, Tanner Roark.
No one is going to release the ball from the exact same spot every time. You can see with each of these pitchers there is variance but none of them have the same vertical range that Thornton does.
This inconsistency has caused a problem for Thorton as he is essentially tipping his pitches.
Look at Thornton’s release points again. There is plenty of yellow and blue near the top, indicating breaking ball and pink much lower for the fastball. It’s a subtle difference but one major league hitters can certainly pick up. The results speak for themselves. …

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Author: Paul Berthelot / Blue Jays Nation