The case for and against leaving Jared McCann exposed in the expansion draft

The case for and against leaving Jared McCann exposed in the expansion draft

When the Leafs announced they had acquired Jared McCann at a very low cost, fans were ecstatic that the team was adding a talented player at a reduced rate which would help the team on the path towards improving on the previous season’s unfortunate finale. So eyebrows were raised when they left him exposed ahead of the expansion draft, and then confusion turned to anger once reports came out that he was the player taken by the Seattle Kraken.
The frustration stem from the decision to leave Alexander Kerfoot unprotected when there were rumblings that he would be moved and with Justin Holl being one of the four defencemen protected despite a regression in the latter half of the 2021 campaign. Under normal circumstances, this would not be a major concern given the team views itself as a contender looking to do damage in the postseason. With the Leafs, these are not normal circumstances, especially because they were fresh off their biggest blown lead yet and the fanbase’s anger towards the team’s shortcomings is at an all-time high.
Now, there’s no question losing a player of McCann’s calibre stings, even if he isn’t high on …

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Author: Michael Mazzei / The Leafs Nation

Raptors: Jonathan Kuminga going to the Cavs would be a dream for TOR

Raptors: Jonathan Kuminga going to the Cavs would be a dream for TOR

The good news for the Toronto Raptors is that they ended up with the No. 4 pick in the 2021 NBA Draft. The bad news is that with Detroit, Houston, and Cleveland picking ahead of them, they will likely be forced to take whichever player in the consensus top four falls to them. However, the […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors: Is Ben Simmons sign-and-trade feasible after nixed Pacers offer?

Raptors: Is Ben Simmons sign-and-trade feasible after nixed Pacers offer?

The Toronto Raptors, should they be looking to make a super-aggressive move in order to get back to the postseason, might need to call up a hated rival and potential Kyle Lowry destination in the Philadelphia 76ers, as they appear to be listening to offers on All-Star point guard and former No. 1 overall pick […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors: Canadian Joshua Primo could be flying up draft boards

Toronto Raptors: Canadian Joshua Primo could be flying up draft boards

The Toronto Raptors are working hard to figure out who they should add to their roster in the 2021 NBA Draft given the fact that they own a pair of consecutive second-round picks in the draft. If they want to potentially stay local and draft a Canadian, their best shot at landing an instant contributor […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

5 NBA rule changes the Toronto Raptors need to see next season

5 NBA rule changes the Toronto Raptors need to see next season

The Toronto Raptors didn’t have the season they would have liked. There are many reasons that things went sideways. They include injuries, COVID-19, and not getting the opportunity to play a true home game thanks to the team being relocated to Tampa. One reason that never comes up in the failure of the season is […]
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Author: Jeff Borsuk / Raptors HQ

Bullpen help! The Blue Jays acquire Jacob Barnes from the New York Mets

Today, the Jays announced that they traded 24-year-old minor leaguer Troy Miller to the Mets in exchange for the 31-year-old reliever Jacob Barnes.

Let me just tell you that the ERA stat is not the most sophisticated descriptor of how good a pitcher is. Jays fans immediately flocked to whatever medium they use to view stats and saw a glaring 6.27 ERA. His FIP this season doesn’t fare much better, coming in at 6.22. However, his xFIP is at an acceptable 4.29.
So why the inflated ERA? Well because he gives up a boatload of HR/9. This season, his HR/9 is at a very scary 2.89 while his HR/FB% is at 25%. It’s safe to say his 18.2 IP this season for the Mets has been pretty poor. If you’ve paid close attention, I have been saying “this season” describing a 31-year-old. There’s more to the story than just a 6.27 ERA and HR/9 of 2.89.
Last season for the Angels, he pitched 18 innings. This season, he had a 5.50 ERA, which again, doesn’t look great on paper. However, looking at better metrics than ERA, we can see his FIP was an astounding 2.25 while his xFIP was a 3.24. He struggled in 2019, but his …

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Author: Brennan Delaney / Blue Jays Nation

A Fortnight on the Farm: Volume Two

As is the nature of such things, players get hot, and they get cold, they have a horrendous game or a magnificent one, but even as we know one or two games do not a trend make, even a couple of weeks can create an intriguing illusion which can fade just as quickly.

So I’m looking for trends over the last two weeks, grooves having been found (or lost) but also letting this be informed by the ongoing accumulation of a larger sample where appropriate (this is inescapable for pitchers where samples are still tiny). You’ll see why as we go along.
Dunedin Blue Jays
As I mentioned, it’s my custom to reverse order each time so I’m starting at the bottom this time. The temptation here, and for all these teams, will be to report on the top prospects first and who am I to resist temptation? The most highly touted player on this roster is unquestionably SS Orelvis Martinez. When last we checked, the Top 100 (per Pipeline and others) prospect was off to a slow but not embarrassing start, sporting an OPS of .705 13 strikeouts in 12 games.
Over the last two weeks, he’s seemingly …

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Author: Tammy Rainey / Blue Jays Nation

Toronto Raptors: Malachi Flynn should look to Mike Conley as a role model

Toronto Raptors: Malachi Flynn should look to Mike Conley as a role model

The Toronto Raptors looked as if they were going to rue the day they drafted San Diego State point guard Malachi Flynn in the first round of the 2020 NBA Draft, but the young stud and April Rookie of the Month has turned things around in a major way. Unfortunately, we didn’t get to see […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Can we close this thing out please?

They just never make it easy, do they.
In the salary cap era, the Leafs have played six playoff series’, and have played in six games where they can eliminate their opponent and move on to the next round. They have lost all six games. Four of those six are in game sevens, so the other team has just as much to lose, but this is the second time they’ve had an opportunity to close out a series before game seven, the other one being game six (in Toronto!) against Boston in 2019.
There’s no doubt that this series is different than the other ones. For starters, this is the best team the Leafs have iced out of the six playoff series’, and not just that, but they’re playing arguable their weakest opponent of the six. Columbus is debatable, but the skill gap wasn’t as big as it is in this series. On paper, this team should win this series, and not even need a game seven.
But, it’s the Leafs. They always have a habit of messing things up, and no matter how unlikely it seems, it’s always inevitable.
If this team wants to …

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Author: Scott Maxwell / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors draft: Kessler Edwards could be a second-round steal

Toronto Raptors draft: Kessler Edwards could be a second-round steal

The Toronto Raptors draft changed when they acquired two second-round picks in the Terence Davis and Matt Thomas trades, and Masai Ujiri could snag another franchise cornerstone with some deft footwork. Pepperdine might not be a breeding ground for NBA talent, but wing Kessler Edwards looks like a very tantalizing prospect. Playing under former Washington […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ