Toronto Raptors: Should Nick Nurse win Coach of the Year again?

Toronto Raptors: Should Nick Nurse win Coach of the Year again?

After a dismal 2-8 start, the Toronto Raptors suddenly find themselves in a position to grab a top-four spot in the Eastern Conference, and they have head coach Nick Nurse to thank for the stunning turnaround. As fans of the Raptors know too well, The NBA is all about narratives. It always has been, and […]
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Author: Eddie Huband / Raptors HQ

Should the Blue Jays extend Justin Smoak?

The Toronto Blue Jays are suddenly an exciting offensive team. Full of young stars that have the potential to carry a team into eventually winning more games than they lose, but beyond the Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Bo Bichette, and Cavan Biggio trio, there appears to be a newly found hole in the future infield.
Rowdy Tellez was destined for that position and slotted in there over last winter, but to say his 2019 has been disappointing could be an understatement. Through the last month of the 2018 season, he provided an excellent story with some powerful home runs and what seemed like an unending slugging streak.
But as he was given more responsibility this season, his .222/.281/.421 slash line through a total of 324 plate appearances makes one wonder if he’s really the player that could be in that position long-term when everything is put together for a contending team.
He found a resurgence in Triple-A Buffalo midseason, hitting for an astronomical 186 wRC+ and 1.138 OPS in 109 PA,  but his production returned to what it was before he was optioned down to the minors. Since his return on August 14th, Tellez has a .592 OPS — it is only 10 games of hitting, but his hot streak …

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Author: Thomas Williams / Blue Jays Nation