The Toronto Raptors’ brand new team identity: The “Run-N-Fun”

The Toronto Raptors’ brand new team identity: The “Run-N-Fun”

When looking at the teams of old that were so iconic, so unique, that they warranted a nickname of their own, you may think that they need to be one of the most devastating teams in basketball history. Phi Slama Jama, The Bad Boy Pistons, The Showtime Lakers, etc. By that metric, Scottie Barnes and 2021-22 Toronto […]
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Author: Avishai Sol / Raptors HQ

4 Leafs who have stood out before first round of cuts

Most NHL teams have trimmed down their rosters, but the Toronto Maple Leafs want to wait until Wednesday to do that.
It’s been an exciting training camp for some players on the Leafs. There have been a few subtle surprises throughout that could make for an interesting in-season story. Some of the other players, though, who I’ve wanted to see improved over the summer have left me wanting more.
After losing Zach Hyman to the Edmonton Oilers, Toronto needed that void filled. It could be Nick Ritchie or Michael Bunting who could fill it. Either of those players may not live up to Hyman’s standards, but someone who can do his job is essential.
The bottom-six, though, is a toss-up. You could argue that the only player who deserved a spot before preseason started was Jason Spezza.
One of the final spots is on defence. I, personally, didn’t know this, but apparently, there’s one open spot on the Leafs’ third pairing. To me, I believed it would be a third pairing of Rasmus Sandin and Travis Dermott unless Timothy Liljegren came in and changed some minds. However, I don’t think he did that for …

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

Raptors: Nate Bjorkgren has returned to Toronto as a consultant

Raptors: Nate Bjorkgren has returned to Toronto as a consultant

NBA teams were aggressive in poaching assistant coaches away from Toronto Raptors head coach Nick Nurse last year, as they figured that some of the pixie dust that helped boost Toronto in their championship run in 2019 could rub off on their respective teams. This is a big reason why Nate Bjorkgren was hired to […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

A Fortnight On The Farm: Volume Nine

The farm teams are winding down now, though not in the uniform fashion to which we’ve been accustomed.

The full season leagues have two more weeks to go in the regular season, with all but AAA following the season with a five-game playoff series (all of the Jays affiliates on those levels are mathematically out already) and AAA having both a regular-season champion declared based on the best overall regular-season record in the AAA East and AAA West – and the Bisons are 3.5 back of the Durham Bulls for that crown in the East (and are on track to finish first in their division). After the regular season, there’s an odd little 10-game sprint to be named the overall AAA champion.
The complex teams won’t have any sort of post-season, with the Florida squad ending play the same weekend the higher level teams do, and the Dominican team playing through to the last weekend of the MLB season. On to the recaps.
Complex
As I’ve noted before, far and away the most high-profile player on the Dominican squad is bonus baby Manuel Beltre (typically found listed among the Jays’ top 15 prospects). The 17-year-old shortstop took a little …

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Author: Tammy Rainey / Blue Jays Nation

Raptors: 3 free agents fans should be relieved Masai Ujiri didn’t chase

Raptors: 3 free agents fans should be relieved Masai Ujiri didn’t chase

The Toronto Raptors were one of the more active teams this offseason, as they acquired Goran Dragic and Precious Achiuwa in a trade with the Miami Heat for Kyle Lowry in one of the more memorable sign-and-trade moves we’ve seen in some time. They were a somewhat major player in free agency as well. Toronto […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

A Fortnight On The Farm: Volume Eight

The full season farm teams are at or just passed the 3/4 mark, the majority of likely promotions among them have occurred (apart from those driven by the specific needs of any given team) though I should not be surprised to see some complex team players added to the D-Jays down the stretch. At this point in the season, some players have slowed due to fatigue (particularly given the absence of a season at all last year) and some presumably have flagged and then gotten their wind again. Shorter trends can be misleading, so we’ll take that into account.

Buffalo
For basically the whole season I’ve put the spotlight on Kevin Smith, and now he’s in the majors. Recently the team enjoyed the arrival of Otto Lopez but he, also, was with the big team for much of the past week (in 11 games before the promotion he seemed to have hardly missed a beat, with an .814 OPS). Scanning down the list of hitters you’ll find those on top are promoted or traded or otherwise left the team. Those left are mostly veterans. Nonetheless, this is the one among the teams in the system enjoying success, sitting in …

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Author: Tammy Rainey / Blue Jays Nation

Red Sox vs Blue Jays 08/06/21 – Odds and MLB Betting Trends

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Both teams’ trends suggest the Toronto Blue Jays are in a position to amend a home record against a division rival that has taken a beating during rebuildings and a forced relocation. The Blue Jays are -132 home favorites and the Boston Red Sox are +112 underdogs with a 9.0-run total on the MLB odds for Friday at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com (how the moneyline works).
For the first time since 2016, the Blue Jays are a home favorite against the Red Sox at the Rogers Centre in a matchup where both teams have records above .500. Since 2017, Toronto is just 3-11 as a home favorite against Boston. However, the Blue Jays are 14-6 in their last 20 games as a home favorite, with a 9-9-2 OVER/UNDER split at sports betting sites. The Red Sox are 9-11 in their last 20 games as an underdog on the road, including a 2-8 record in their last 10 such matchups. The total has gone OVER in 14 of Boston’s last 20 away-underdog matchups.
Red Sox vs Blue Jays | OddsShark Matchup Report
The Red Sox have a 64-46 record and hold the first wild card position in the American League. They are …

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Author: Nation World HQ / Blue Jays Nation

BJN Radio Ep. 24 – The winning streak reaches four!

Boy, playing terrible teams sure is fun!

Fresh off of winning back-to-back games against the Orioles on Saturday and Sunday, the Blue Jays rolled into Miami for a two-game set with the Marlins and picked up a sweep, ultimately pushing their winning streak to a season-high four games.
We talked on the post-series podcast about George Springer’s ho-hum return and where he should be in the lineup, the excellent pitching of Robbie Ray and Ross Stripling, and the bullpen bouncing back with six effective innings. We also talked about Mark Shapiro’s radio hit on Thursday morning in which he said he was confident the team would add pieces to help them be competitive.
You can listen to the episode here…

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Looking back at Ross Atkins’ history as a buyer at the trade deadline

Death, taxes, and good teams being buyers.

Those are the three things guaranteed in life. The Blue Jays since their World Series wins in 1992 and 1993, to put it mildly, have not been good. However, the Blue Jays have had three playoff appearances in the past six seasons with another more potentially on the way. This young Blue Jays team is just a few steps away from being a contender, barring a starting pitcher and a power-hitting third baseman.
While speculating which moves they will make is fun, this blog will discuss how Ross Atkins and Mark Shapiro handle trade deadlines in buyer situations. This current management has made the playoffs twice since taking the reins in late 2015.

2016
2016 was a weird year, not just for a newly graduated high schooler like myself, but also for this Blue Jays team. While he left in the off-season, the makeup of the 2016 Blue Jays team belonged to Alex Anthopoulos. This isn’t to say that Atkins and Shapiro hadn’t brought in players. An important move before the 2016 season came in the form of J.A Happ, a somewhat surprisingly good replacement for the departing David Price. This is when I and maybe a …

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Author: Brennan Delaney / Blue Jays Nation

3 reasons the Toronto Raptors are better than the Wizards

3 reasons the Toronto Raptors are better than the Wizards

The Toronto Raptors continue to be one of the most bipolar teams in the NBA, as a month of March in which they totaled one victory has been followed by a fantastic April that has them back in the playoff hunt. They are joined in this unique schizophrenic club by the Washington Wizards, who are […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ