Toronto Raptors: 2K22 ratings revealed, OG Anunoby disrespected

Toronto Raptors: 2K22 ratings revealed, OG Anunoby disrespected

NBA 2K22 is here, and the Toronto Raptors are underrated again. With the always controversial 2K ratings finally out, Raptors fans have tons of grievances that they need to air, with Pascal Siakam and OG Anunoby firmly at the top of the list. Siakam has an overall rating of 83. He is rated lower than […]
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Author: Kahfeel Buchanan / Raptors HQ

Auston Matthews graces NHL cover for second time in three years

Auston Matthews is back on the cover of an NHL game.

Back again @AM34 is your #NHL22 cover athlete!
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— EA SPORTS NHL (@EASPORTSNHL) August 19, 2021

This will be the second time in three years where Matthews has appeared on the cover of EA Sports’ NHL game.
“I grew up playing the game and it’s really special to be on the cover in general, and to be on it again, I’m still just as excited.” Said Matthews in a video from the Toronto Maple Leafs’ Twitter account.
Matthews joins Jonathan Toews and Alex Ovechkin as the only players who have been NHL cover stars twice.
“It’s a huge honour.” Said the 23-year-old. “Being on the cover not once, but twice, is truly humbling.”
There have been some fans who are upset about Matthews being on the cover of the game again. But really, who else could you ask for? Sure there have been plenty of players from the Tampa Bay Lightning who are deserving, yet Matthews is different.
Winner of the Rocket, one of the best goal scorers in the world, and if not the best right now, …

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

Meet the Sellers: Baltimore Orioles

The Baltimore Orioles, yet again, sit at the bottom of the competitive AL East division. Going into July 23rd, the Orioles are the only sub .500 team in that division. They have an abysmal 31-64 record, sitting 27 games back of the division-leading Boston Red Sox. The Orioles are clear sellers but could be in store for some promising seasons if they continue to gather high-end prospects. Before the season, MLB.com ranked the Orioles 5th in their farm system rankings. 

Baltimore could be a tough trade partner for the Blue Jays in my opinion because the players to be mentioned are all under contract for a few years. Will the Orioles want to move these players to a division rival? Another question mark is the availability of John Means; however, he is omitted from this article because I do not see the Orioles flipping a cost-controlled pitcher of that quality this season. I believe he should be kept and built around, and I do not think they should sell him to someone in the division. On the other hand, I could see the Orioles selling off effective relievers with term, although they may not be as cheap to acquire as you …

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Author: Eric Lightfoot / Blue Jays Nation

Toronto Raptors free agency: 3 Atlantic Division free agents to chase

Toronto Raptors free agency: 3 Atlantic Division free agents to chase

Should the front office once again work their magic and create some extra cap room, the Toronto Raptors should have some much-needed cap space that they can use to attack some of the holes that dragged this unit down to the lottery in the 2020-21 season. While this group should be able to compete for […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Meet the Sellers: Detroit Tigers

The Detroit Tigers are a sub .500 team again this season.

In 2019, the Tigers were an abysmal 47-114 on the season, and struggled again last year, finishing 23-35. The Tigers have improved subtly this season, but still hold a record of 38-46.
Surprisingly, they have been better than the Kansas City Royals (future article) and the Minnesota Twins. The Tigers are currently in a great spot, as they have the second-best farm system in baseball according to MLB.com. A few trade deadline deals could help improve an already loaded organization.
The three players I envision being available and worth trading for are all arms. One is a former Blue Jay, and the other two have been valuable bullpen arms this season. As mentioned in previous articles, the Jays still need bullpen help and starting pitching help if want to take the next step. There is no such thing as too many arms. Acquiring a legitimate starting pitcher could help shift Ross Stripling (who has been great) back to the bullpen where he has thrived in the past with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Doing such would help the Blue Jays’ bullpen even more.
Here are some players that would fill the …

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Author: Eric Lightfoot / Blue Jays Nation

BJN Radio Ep. 20: Another disappointing series against a quality opponent

Yet again the Blue Jays have dropped two games in a three-game series.

The team had a nice winning streak going against the Yankees, Cleveland, and Miami, but they got shut down by a pair of contending teams in Houston and Chicago.
On this post-White Sox series edition of BJN Radio, we welcomed writer and friend of the website Paul Berthelot on to talk about the Blue Jays’ bullpen issues, whether we should have any concern about Hyun Jin Ryu, and if it’s time for Nate Pearson to come up and pitch out of the bullpen.
We also talked about MLB’s “foreign substances” issue and what it means for the Blue Jays and the league in general.
Finally, we looked ahead to the upcoming four-game series with the Red Sox in Boston. The Sox haven’t fallen off a cliff yet and, at this point, it seems like they probably won’t. This is yet another good team the Blue Jays are facing and they need to start beating some of them.
You can listen to the episode here…

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Jack Campbell, and the Leafs are very good at hockey

The Leafs defeat the Montreal Canadiens, again. William Nylander and Morgan Rielly with the goals that put Toronto over the top. You cannot forget about Jack Campbell who has a .951 save percentage after the first three games. That’s craziness.
Two more wins until they can eliminate the Habs. Can they do it? It’s very possible. I hope you enjoy today’s video!

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors: What can Kyle Lowry do during Toronto’s playoff push?

Toronto Raptors: What can Kyle Lowry do during Toronto’s playoff push?

The Toronto Raptors are officially confusing everyone again. Just when it seemed they were in tank mode and headed for the lottery, the Raptors have won four games in a row. The Raptors, and leader Kyle Lowry, are toying with the emotions of their fans and the NBA at large. The Raptors, like Lowry, don’t […]
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Author: Jose Guzman / Raptors HQ

A disappointing weekend in Kansas City is capped off by limp bats and some “WTF, Charlie?” moments

Yet again, the Blue Jays came out of an impressive series win against the Yankees and gave it all back by underperforming against a mediocre opponent. The Royals win the finale by a score of 2-0, the Blue Jays drop the series 3-1, and they now sit at 7-9 for the season.

Things worth mentioning…
Robbie Ray made his second start of the season and it was a really weird one. Despite walking six batters, Ray managed to walk the tightrope and not allow a single run over five innings of work. Out of 92 pitches thrown, he only generated 41 swings, and only 13 whiffs, which is pretty unusual for a strikeout guy like Ray. Even when he’s walking a lot of guys, as he was today, Ray generally still gets more whiffs than that.

After Ray came out of the game, we got a big-time “what the fuck, Charlie?” moment. Tim Mayza came out and pitched a scoreless sixth, and then Montoyo opted to bring in T.J. Zeuch to face the middle of Kansas City’s order in the seventh. Zeuch allowed a double on his first pitch and then allowed Sal Perez to smash a two-run bomb to …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Toronto Raptors predictions: Best-case scenario core player comparisons

Toronto Raptors predictions: Best-case scenario core player comparisons

Part of the fun of having a young team again is that fans are able to daydream about what each of our players might one day become. If they aren’t finished products, then in the starry eyes of the optimistic fan, the sky is still the limit. Because of this, the Toronto Raptors predictions for […]
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Author: Avishai Sol / Raptors HQ