Yet another late-game heartbreaker as the Blue Jays drop a winnable series in Boston

Mitch Moreland finally got his revenge for Game 5 of the 2015 ALDS. His two-homer game was the difference against the Blue Jays in the rubber match as the rest of the Red Sox managed just two hits.

Things worth mentioning…
I had hoped heading into the series that facing the Red Sox and their abysmal pitching would help bring the Blue Jays’ bats to life. That didn’t happen. The team managed just eight runs in the three-game series, which is an even lower output than the 3.12 runs-per-game they had rolling into Boston. When you’re facing Ryan Weber, Zack Godley, and Boston’s create-a-player bullpen, that isn’t ideal.
On the positive side, we saw some nice offensive flashes from some key players in Toronto’s lineup. Vlad Jr. had his best series of 2020, picking up four hits, a couple of walks, and a double. He’s now 7-for-21 in August with four extra-base hits. Bo Bichette also had a solid series, hitting a homer in Game 3 while picking up doubles in the first two games. The issue is lower in the order, where Randal Grichuk, Travis Shaw, and Rowdy Tellez haven& …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Girls Will Be Girls: A Look At The Online Female Fan Experience

In 2015, Morgan Rielly – a player I am a huge fan of and who I happen to think is a great guy – caught some deserved heat for bemoaning a Leafs’ losing streak by saying about the team, “you’re not here to be a girl about it.”

Morgan Rielly today said positive approach, strong work ethic during tough time was key. “You’re not here to be a girl about it.”
— Jonas Siegel (@jonassiegel) February 20, 2015

In May of this year, Brendan Leipsic and other men in the hockey community were found to be using derogatory, misogynistic language about women in social media conversations. This type of language and behavior is pervasive in the NHL, and it permeates out to the fan experience. It’s 2020 – why are women still made to feel like they don’t belong, or need to prove their worthiness, in hockey spaces?
The history of misogyny and toxic masculinity in the hockey community is no secret. In the past few months alone numerous examples have come to light and painted a clear picture of the type of language and behavior that is considered normal and typical – “locker …

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Author: MerOutLoud / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors: How does Norman Powell fit into the Raptors Future?

Drafted in the second round of the 2015 NBA Draft by Milwaukee before being traded to the Toronto Raptors, Norman Powell has had a bit of an up and down career so far. However, if this season is a benchmark for what to expect from him going forward, Norman Powell fits into the Raptors’ future […]
Toronto Raptors: How does Norman Powell fit into the Raptors Future? – Raptors Rapture – Raptors Rapture – A Toronto Raptors Fan Site – News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Author: Jason Mills / Raptors HQ

Alex Anthopolous discusses the Troy Tulowitzki trade, Jose Reyes being a sunk cost, and intangibles

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again — 2015 content doesn’t get old.
Scott MacArthur had Alex Anthopolous on his Morning Drive show on Thursday to re-live the earth-shattering acquisition of Troy Tulowitzki that he made ahead of the 2015 trade deadline. A handful of interesting things come up here, especially around just how poorly the organization viewed Jose Reyes’ ability as a player at the time and how highly AA has come to view intangibles in players.

On Jose Reyes being a sunk cost…
We had gotten to the point where, for us, Reyes had become a sunk cost. It was to the point where we felt it wasn’t going to be an option for us to continue to play him at shortstop. And that was going to be an issue, he was very well-liked in the clubhouse, putting him on the bench was not going to be an option.
We had him through 2017, and I believe off the top of my head, Tulo had a total of five years left, Reyes had a total of two years left. But looking at Reyes as a sunk cost, we had …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

The Giving Marv

Martin Marincin was traded to the Leafs on June 27, 2015. On the same weekend Toronto drafted Mitch Marner, Travis Dermott, and Jeremy Bracco, adding a depth defenceman from Slovakia was a footnote. Looking back now, in the state of the Leafs blueline it is surprising there was not more excitement about Marincin.
By the time he got to the Leafs, Marincin had already represented Slovakia multiple times at the World Juniors, World Championships, and Olympics. He was a 23 year old, 6’4″ (now listed at 6’5″) defenceman with 85 games of NHL experience, and it only cost the Leafs Brad Ross and a 4th round pick. Marincin was originally selected 46th overall by Edmonton in 2010, they actually traded Riley Nash for the pick.
At that point the knock on Marincin was making bad decisions with the puck, and not being able to stick on a horrendous Oilers blueline was not a good sign for him. He joined the Leafs at an extremely turbulent time, en route to a last place finish in search of the great Papi.
Almost 5 years later, there are few faces in the Leafs organization that have been around longer than ‘Marv’. I’ve decided …

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Author: Earl Schwartz / The Leafs Nation

Forgotten Raptors Playoffs: Patrick Patterson becomes the analytics darling in 2015

2015 will never not be a bad memory to bring up to Raptors fans, but given 2Pat’s career since, he probably remembers it fondly. Welcome to Forgotten Raptors Playoffs! All throughout the 2019 NBA Playoffs, we’ll be looking back at past Raptors series — going all the way back to 2000 — and digging into the hidden, underrated, forgotten or straight-up wacky subplots and memories!
Today we look at that oh-so-painful first-round sweep in 2015.
The Situation
Toronto Raptors (49-33, 4th seed) vs. Washington Wizards (46-36, 5th seed)
The Outcome
Washington sweeps Toronto 4-0 in the best-of-five series.
What Everyone Remembers
What we’d all like to forget: A shaky (especially on D) Raptors team with an injured Kyle Lowry seemingly gave everything they had to get Game 1 to overtime… then put up very little resistance in OT or in the next three games as Washington and Paul Pierce stomped the Raptors into the ground.
What You Should Probably Remember Instead
Patrick Patterson did it all.
Well, all is an exaggeration. He didn’t do anything that helped the team, you know, win a single game, or anything.
But! Look at the numbers! Patterson had a staggering .713 true shooting percentage in the series; that …

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Author: Josh Kern / Raptors HQ