October 01 2016 03:14PM
Here we are. Important October baseball in Boston, just as we expected — but nothing like we expected.
This was supposed to be the series. From the beginning of the season when we first looked ahead in the schedule, we knew this series in Boston was going to be the one that mattered the most. Blue Jays and Red Sox. Two contenders. An epic battle for the playoffs.
But instead of duking it out for the American League East crown with the Red Sox on their home turf, the Jays, after a horrific, gut-wrenching, I-want-to-look-away-but-I-just-can’t catastrophe of a September in which they spat out a measly 11-16 record, are now fighting for the second Wild Card seed.
It's been ugly, and unless the Jays can pull out a win tonight, it's going to get even worse.
September 11 2016 10:48AM
In perhaps their most important game of the 2016 season to date, J.A. Happ and the Blue Jays delivered. Happ held the Red Sox to two runs over six excellent innings, the Benoit, Grilli, Osuna combination shut things down the rest of the way, and a Melvin Upton two-run bomb in the second inning coupled with a Jose Bautista RBI single in the third was enough to get the Jays back in the win column for the first time in nearly a week.
Fuck, that was really, really necessary. I had almost forgotten what winning felt like! With the win, the Jays valued themselves back to within just one game of the Red Sox for first in the American league East, meaning despite that absolutely horrific week in which everything went literally as bad as it possibly could have and it seemed to many that the sky had fallen, this race is far from over.
September 10 2016 11:00AM
Last night, the Blue Jays welcomed the Red Sox to town to kick off the most important series of the season (until a couple of weeks from now when they play again at Fenway). And it didn't go very well! The Jays booted the ball around in the field, making life difficult for Marco Estrada, who was having a difficult enough time anyway, and their bats couldn't get much going off of Rick Porcello, ultimately resulting in a very disappointing 13-3 loss.
Remember a week ago when they Jays were leading the division by two games? Well, life happens fast sometimes. The defeat extended Toronto's losing streak to four games (including losses in six of their past seven games) and also extended Boston's lead in the division to two games. Uh, not good! Snap out of it, please!
Melvin Upton Jr. is the Blue Jays, the ball is the American League East pic.twitter.com/VdAkvbJKy3— Richard Lee-Sam (@RLeesam) September 10, 2016
September 04 2016 09:46AM
They're supposed to be easy wins. That's what you expect when you see the name of the division's last placed team on the schedule. Get the automatic wins against the junk-ass Rays out of the way so we can worry about the Orioles and Red Sox, ya know, the real teams that actually matter. But it isn't that simple. It never is.
There's never an easy win in September when you've been grinding day in, day out for five months straight. And that's exactly what we've come to understand this past week as the Jays have had an unfathomably difficult time with terrible teams clawing away at them from the basement. First it was the Angels, now it's the goddamn Rays. It's frustrating as hell, of course, but it's the reality of the torturous, unpredictable, gut-wrenching game of baseball.
September 03 2016 11:54AM
You'd think that playing a team sitting in last place with a record 20 games below 500 while you're in the heat of a September playoff race would be some kind of godsend. But that's never the case with the Tampa Bay Rays, who, while terrible, are completely capable of being inexplicably and frustratingly good, especially when you have to face them in the abandoned Costco covered with light green carpet that they call a stadium.