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Old 07-31-2017, 03:00 PM
 
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Jays made a couple moves on Monday: They moved Liriano to the Astros for 2 outfielders: Nori Aoki & propect Teoscar Hernandez who coincidentally, hit his first career home run off of Liriano.
Jays also sent reliever Joe Smith to the Indians for a couple minor prospects.

Estrada & Bautista are still on the team, but both are August trade candidates.
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Old 08-02-2017, 08:25 PM
 
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Maybe a little too late as they are on pace for only 78 wins which isn't going to be good enough, but it's a series win. 1 series at a time....

Monday: Jays 6 @ White Sox. Terrible loss which pretty much sums up their season. They started the game up 6-0, and were still up 6-1 heading into the bottom of the 8th before the Sox scored 4 runs to make it a 6-5 game. They were still up 6-5 with 2 outs in the 9th, but 2 runners on, and back-to-back singles lead to Osuna's second straight blown save.
Tuesday: Jays 8 @ White Sox 4. Donaldson & Smoak each hit homers for the Jays as there was no blowing this lead!
Wednesday: Jays 5 @ White Sox 1. Donaldson had his second straight game with a homer, and the Jays got 3 runs in the 8th and 9th. After Biagini put the first 2 runners on base in the 9th, Osuna came in, and got the final 3 outs for the save.

Jays, after playing an MLB most 27 games in July, will have a much needed off day in Houston before beginning a series with the Astros on Friday (their only 4 days off in the month were the All Star week). Cesar Valdez (1-0, 6.59) starts for the Jays on Friday against Brad Peacock (9-1, 2.62), Marco Estrada (4-7, 5.19) starts on Saturday against Charlie Morton (9-4, 3.77), and Mike Fiers (7-6, 3.97) starts for the Astros against Marcus Stroman (10-5, 3.19) on Sunday in the likely season finale between the 2 teams. Friday's game is at 8:10, Saturday's game is at 7:10, and Sunday's series finale is at 2:10. White Sox head to Boston for a 4 game series in the battle of MLB Sox's which begins on Thursday.
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Old 08-06-2017, 08:09 PM
 
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The loss at the end of June against the Royals when they blew a 3 run 9th inning lead with Osuna unavailable basically killed them for the rest of the season, and the 9th inning Sunday punched them in the stomach again. I don't have much expectations but these are still BRUTAL ways to lose. What's the old adage Trout: Good teams find ways to win games, and bad teams find ways to lose games, something like that?? The Astros have been in the playoffs since Memorial Day, and the Royals are currently holding the second wildcard spot, while the Jays are residing in last place in the AL East, putting that old wives tale to the test.

Friday: Jays 7 @ Astros 16. Every Astros starter had at least 1 hit (18 total), every Astro except Jake Marisnick scored at least 1 run, and Josh Reddick, Marwin Gonzalez, and Carlos Beltran were the only Astros without an RBI. What makes this even more frustrating is the fact the Astros did this explosion without arguably their 3 best players: Both SS Carlos Correa and RF George Springer are on the DL so obviously weren't playing, and 2b Jose Altuve got the game off after going hitless his previous 2 games and they STILL put up 16 runs on 18 hits This team has the best AL record for a reason.
Saturday: Jays 4 @ Astros 3 (10 innings). Ryan Goins had the game-winning hit off of former Blue Jay Francisco Liriano
Sunday: Jays 6 @ Astros 7. Osuna allowed 4 runs on 5 hits in a brutal 9th inning as the Astros sent the Jays packing to the airport with a sour taste in their mouth.

Jays will have Monday off to lick their wounds before the Yankees come to Toronto for 3 games starting Tuesday. C.C. Sabathia (9-4, 3.81) starts Tuesday against J.A. Happ (4-8, 3.92), Masahiro Tanaka (8-10, 4.93) starts Wednesday against Cesar Valdez (1-1, 7.63), and Marco Estrada (4-7, 5.12) starts Thursday against Sonny Gray (6-6, 3.41). All games begin at 7:07. Astros also have Monday off and will start a series in Chicago against the White Sox on Tuesday.
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Old 08-11-2017, 10:02 AM
 
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Tuesday: Yankees 2 @ Jays 4. Donaldson had 2, two run homers for the Jays 4 runs on the night.
Wednesday: Yankees 11 @ Jays 5. Nick Tepesch started and allowed 3 home runs replacing the injured Cesar Valdez in the rotation.
Thursday: Yankees 0 @ Jays 4. For the 2nd time in 2 weeks Sonny Gray lost a 4-0 decision at the Rogers Centre. In the last week of July, Gray, while he was still with the A's lost a 4-0 decision to the Jays but all 4 runs were unearned after a Gray throwing error, and on Thursday Gray allowed 3 runs with 2 earned. Jose Bautista hit his 36th career home run against the Yankees in the 7th passing the Rays Evan Longoria for most career home runs hit by active players against the Yankees.

The final home interleague series is this weekend against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Jameson Tailon (6-5, 4.60) starts for the Pirates against Marcus Stroman (10-5, 3.17) on Friday, Chris Rowley (ML debut) makes his big league debut against Trevor Williams (5-4, 4.17) of the Pirates on Saturday, and J.A. Happ (5-8, 3.77) starts against Chad Kuhl (5-7, 4.53) in the season finale on Sunday. Friday's game begins at 7:07, while Saturday & Sunday games begin at 1:07. Yankees head home to start a 3 game series against the Red Sox on Frday
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Old 08-14-2017, 12:37 PM
 
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They are hanging in there.

Friday: Pirates 4 @ Jays 2. All 6 runs were scored in the first 3 innings. Jays got single runs in the 2nd and 3rd while Pirates got all 4 runs in the 3rd.
Saturday: Pirates 2 @ Jays 7. Chris Rowley struck out 3 and allowed 1 run in 5 1/3 in his major league debut as the Jays scored 3 unearned runs.
Sunday: Pirates 1 @ Jays 7. Jays scored 5 runs in the first on Donaldson's 2 run homer, Ryan Goins 2 run double, and a Goins steal of home.

Rays come to Rogers Centre for the final time of the 2017 season for a 4 game series beginning on Monday. Jake Odorizzi (6-5, 4.38) starts for the Rays against Nick Tepesch (0-2, 9.00) on Monday, Marco Estrada (5-7, 4.85) starts Tuesday against Blake Snell (0-6, 4.69), Marcus Stroman (10-6, 3.00) starts on Wednesday against Jacob Faria (5-3, 3.19) and Chris Archer (8-7, 3.84) starts for the Rays against Chris Rowley (1-0, 1.69) on Thursday. Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday games begin at 7:07, while Thursday's game is at 4:07. Pirates are off on Monday and starts a 2 game series in Milwaukee against the Brewers on Tuesday night.
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Old 08-17-2017, 08:33 PM
 
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They are right here in the thick of things. They've tied Baltimore & Tampa at only 3 back and they still have 2 series (7 games) against the Twins, 3 games with the Royals, 7 against Baltimore and 6 against the Yankees so they are very much in the thick of things.

Monday: Rays 1 @ Jays 2. All runs scored in the first 2 innings as Donaldson had a 2 run homer in the 1st which stood up as Nick Tepesch only allowed a Wilson Ramos home run in the 2nd for the Rays lone run.
Tuesday: Rays 6 @ Jays 4. Donaldson had a 3 run homer, but the Jays were done in by 2 Marco Estrada bases loaded walks in the 6th which ultimately turned out to be the difference in the game. Ramos homered for the second straight games and Lucas Duda also homered for Rays runs.
Wednesday: Rays 2 @ Jays 3. Donaldson went 2-3, Steve Pearce homered, and Ryan Goins had what turned out to be the game wining hit in the 6th.
Thursday: Rays 3 @ jays 5. Donaldson had 2 homers, homering for the 4th time in 5 games, and in a 3-3 tie, Smoak added on to his career home run total knocking his 33rd for the eventual winner.

Jays play their final interleague series of the year as they head to Wrigley to take on the defending champs for a weekend set beginning on Friday. J.A. Happ (6-8, 3.63) starts Friday against Jake Arrieta (12-8, 3.73), Jose Quintana (3-2, 3.86 [7-10, 4.33 combined with the White Sox and Cubs]) faces Tepesch (1-2, 5.25) on Saturday, and Estrada (5-8, 5.09) starts Sunday against Kyle Hendricks (4-4, 3.45). What's great about playing games @ Wrigley Field over the weekend..................Friday afternoon baseball!! Which means all 3 games begin at 2:20. Rays head home to face the Mariners beginning on Friday.
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Old 08-22-2017, 01:31 PM
 
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That was a pretty exciting series.......................too bad they ended up losing all 3 so it wasn't quite as exciting for Jays fans. Here's the recap.

Friday: Jays 4 @ Cubs 7. Cubs had a 5-1 lead into the 8th before the Jays got 3 runs in the 8th; 1 on Pillar's double and 2 scored on a Goins single, but Javy Baez homered in the bottom half to put the game out of reach for the Jays.
Saturday: Jays 3 @ Cubs 4. Ian Happ had 2 RBI's, and Anthony Rizzo had what turned out to be the game winning RBI with a 7th inning single.
Sunday: Jays 5 @ Cubs 6 (10 innings). Apparently, this was the first time the Cubs had ever trailed by 2 or more runs in extra innings and come back to win . Cubs got all 3 regulation runs in the 3rd on an Albert Almora 3 RBI double. Bautista had an RBI in the 4th, Zeke Carrera grounded into a double play which scored a run in the 5th, and Miguel Montero homered in the 6th to tie the game. Pillar singled (after making a great catch running into the brick wall in center making another superman catch) in the 10th and Nori Aoki drew a bases loaded walk. Unfortunately, Jays fans have seen these collapses before and this was another one. Osuna struck out Kyle Schwarber to start the 9th, but Schwarber reached base on a wild pitch (foreshadowing for later on in the inning, keep that in mind), Ben Zobrist followed with a single to move Schwarber to 3rd, and a wild pitch with Rizzo batting moved Zobrist to 2nd and scored Schwarber. Rizzo would move Zobrist over to 3rd with a ground out to second. Baez struck out (the game should be OVER at this point), but another ball got passed Raffy Lopez, and Lopez took too long looking Zobrist back to 3rd, so Baez was able to reach base. So, if you are keeping track at home Osuna has recorded 3 outs and 2 strike outs, but has the tying run on 3rd base and the wining run on first. Baez would steal second followed by Jason Hayward getting hit by a pitch to load the bases. Alex Avila had the game winning single to right field, with the throw from Bautista being too far to the 1st base side, and Lopez wasn't able to recover in time to get Baez back.

Both teams are leaving Chicago, and had Monday off. Rays head to St. Pete for their last series of the year with the Rays as both teams are unlikely to both make the wildcard game for 3 games beginning on Tuesday with the loser of this series probably out of the race. Chris Archer (8-7, 3.84) starts for Tampa against Chris Rowley (1-0, 2.61), Marcus Stroman (11-6, 2.99) starts against Austin Pruitt (6-4, 5.37) on Wednesday, and Alex Cobb (9-8, 3.80) comes off the DL to start for the Rays Thursday against J.A. Happ (6-9, 3.90). Tuesday & Wednesday games begin at 7:10 with the Thursday game beginning at 1:10. Cubs head to Cincinnati for 3 games with the Reds beginning on Tuesday.
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Old 08-25-2017, 05:01 PM
 
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AAAAAAARGH!!!!!!!!!!! 3 games separated by a total of 4 runs, with the Jays unfortunately losing 2 of 3.

Tuesday: Jays 5 @ Rays 6. Nori Aoki had a leadoff home run for the Jays, but Chris Rowley allowed 4 runs in 3 1/3 and the Jays rally fell short as they had the tying run on 3rd with 1 out and failed to get him in
Wednesday: Jays 7 @ Rays 6. Jays went up 5-0 after 2 innings, but needed a Pillar home run for the game winning run in the 8th.
Thursday: Jays 0 @ Rays 2. Corey Dickerson scored both runs for the Rays, but Kevin Kiermaier stole the win for the Rays. Jays had runners on 1st & second with 1 out down 1 in the 5th knocking starter Alex Cobb out of the game, and Kiermaier made a great diving catch for the second out to prevent the tying run and probably the go ahead run from scoring. After a walk to Donaldson loaded the bases, Kiermaier ended the inning with a sliding catch, and the Jays never got a runner past 1st base after Kiermaier's 2 catches.

3 game series against the AL Wildcard leading Twins starts on Friday. J.A. Happ (6-9, 3.90) starts for the Jays Friday against Bartolo Colon (5-10, 6.66 [but 3-2, 4.66 since singing with the Twins]), Dillon Gee (1-0, 2.84) starts for the Twins Saturday against Marco Estrada (5-8, 5.07) and Kyle Gibson (7-10, 5.76) starts for the Twins Sunday against a pitcher TBD for the Jays, and then they'll host Boston Monday-Wednesday of next week. All 3 games against Boston start at 7:07 along with Friday's game with Saturday & Sunday games starting at 1:07. I'll be away for the weekend, so I'll update this after the Boston series. Rays head to St. Louis to play the Cardinals this weekend, while the Twins head home to play the White Sox next week.
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Old 08-31-2017, 02:09 PM
 
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Well.....it was a good 2 year run, but they clearly didn't have it this year. I'm about as optimistic as you can be, but after this atrociously awful home stand, you can officially write off 2017 for them. The writing was on the wall for a while, especially after they began the season 6-17, but then they would go on sustained stretches to reel you in, only to kick you in the stomach and falling back to mediocrity. I still go back to my magic number which will sum up this year: 0-9. That 0-9 represents the number of games the Jays had this year where they had a chance to get back to .500. They failed in all 9 of those games, and after the 9th game (late June in Texas) they haven't even been close to sniffing .500 again. Sure, there have also been some terrible losses, from the game in KC where they gave up 4 runs with 2 outs to lose to KC, the final game in Texas, and the finale of the Cubs series where Osuna threw 3 wild pitches including two on strike outs which allowed the runner to reach but the 0-9 in games they had a chance to get back to .500 was the killer for them. It was that invisible hurdle they could never clear and what prevented them from being a good team and what likely lead to those losses. As the old saying goes "Good teams find ways to win games, bad teams find ways to lose games." The Royals, Astros & Cubs are all good teams, and were able to win those games, maybe if the Jays could've cleared that .500 hurdle they would have been a good team, and those results would have been different, but they could never clear that .500 hurdle, were also a mediocre to bad teams, and hence found ways to lose games. My only hope for these final 29 games is to give it their all, play the Orioles, and Red Sox tough, knock the Orioles out of the playoffs, and the Red Sox out of the East division, but don't give up just because the season is over. I'd be more aggravated if they went through the motions this final month than I would have been the first 5 months, but luckily they have a manager (Gibbons) that I don't think will tolerate giving up and not giving it your all. If you lose, that's fine, just make sure you give it your all.
Friday: Twins 6 @ Jays 1. Justin Smoak had a homer and 2 other hits, but the rest of the lineup was baffled by the old guard, Bartolo Colon who scattered 9 hits in 6.2 but only allowed the 1 run (Smoak's homer).
Saturday: Twins 9 @ Jays 10. Looked good for the Jays after a 6 run 5th put them up 8-2, but the Twins scored 6 runs in the 8th and 9th.
Sunday: Twins 7 @ Jays 2. Byron Buxton went 4-5 with 4 runs and 5 RBI's and 3 home runs as the Twins dealt the Jays a serious blow to their playoff chances.
Monday: Red Sox 6 @ Jays 5. Jays had a 3-2 run after 6, but a 4 run Boston 7th with the blow a 2 run homer from Christan Vazquez and a scare from the Jays in the 9th with Smoak's 36th homer got them the first game in Toronto.
Tuesday: Red Sox 3 @ Jays 0. Chris Sale became the fastest player in major league history to reach 1,500 strikeouts as he & Craig Kimbrell made short work of the Jays as only 1 runner reached 3rd base on the evening.
Wednesday: Red Sox 7 @ Jays 1. What was another close game into the last 3rd of the game (1-1 after 6) turned into another blowout victory for the beantowners with a 2 run 7th and than a 4 run 8th to blow the game open. Mitch Moreland contributed 4 RBI's in those 2 innings, a 2 run homer in the 7th to break the tie, and than a 2 run single in the 8th. With the loss, the Jays finish the home portion of their schedule against the Red Sox with a 1-8 mark, the lowest winning percentage at home against ANY team (minimum of 6 games) in a season. On the year they are 3-10 against the beantowners with 2 series still to play both in Boston in September.

Both teams open 4 game series on Thursday night on the road in AL East stadiums. The Jays are in Baltimore where Marco Estrada (6-8, 5.04) starts against Jeremy Hellickson (8-7, 4.88 [2-2, 5.46 since being acquired from the Philies]), Joe Biagini (3-9, 5.40) returns to the starting rotation on Friday and will face Kevin Gausman (10-9, 4.98), Wade Miley (8-10, 4.99) starts for the Orioles Saturday against Marcus Stroman (11-6, 3.11) and Chris Tillman (1-7, 7.91) starts the season finale at Camden Yards against Brett Anderson (2-3, 6.83 [0-1, 1.59 since coming over from the Cubs]). Thursday, Friday, and Saturday game times are at 7:05 with the Sunday game at 1:35. Red Sox head to Yankee Stadium to play the final series of the year against the Yankees.
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Old 09-03-2017, 06:51 PM
 
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Yay, another blown save for this team!! Story of the season

Thursday: Jays 11 @ Orioles 8. Morales finished 4-5 with 4 runs, 7 RBI's and 3 home runs. Orioles were up 5-2 after 3, but the Jays got 8 runs in the 5th & 6th to take the lead.
Friday: Jays 0 @ Orioles 1 (13 innings). Jonathan Schoop double scored Manny Machado who started the inning with a single for the lone run of the game and the walkoff in the 13th inning.
Saturday: Jays 7 @ Orioles 2. Pillar, Donaldson, and Darwin Barney each hit home runs. Marcus Stroman left the game in the 2nd inning after getting hit with a line drive, but luckily it sounds like he won't miss much if any time.
Sunday: Jays 4 @ Orioles 5 (12 innings). Donaldson had a 3 run homer in the 3rd, and the Orioles cut into the lead with solo home runs by Wellington Castillo (3rd), Mark Trumbo (4th), and a Trey Mancini sac fly (6th) that tied the game. Michael Saunders gave the Jays the lead back with a single in the 7th, and Castillo had his second home run of the game in the 9th to tie it at 4 to hand Osuna his 9th blown save of the year, and Trumbo won it with a walk off single in the 12th

Both teams have 3 game series against division opponents this season. Even though its Labor Day weekend, the Jays will only be making their second trip to Fenway Park this year as they play the Red Sox. Rick Porcello (9-15, 4.45) starts for Boston Monday against J.A. Happ (6-10, 3.96), Marco Estrada (7-8, 5.23) starts Tuesday against Eduardo Rodriguez (4-5, 4.40), and Joe Biagini (3-9, 5.01) starts against Doug Fister (4-7, 4.19) on Wednesday. All 3 games begin at 7:10. Orioles stay at home and begin a series with the Yankees on Monday afternoon.
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