October 15 2016 11:21AM
For the second year in a row, the Jays were shut out by their opponent in Game 1 of the American League Championship Series, this time by former Cy Young winner Cory Kluber.
The Jays certainly had their chances to score. In each of the first three innings, they managed to get two runners on base, but failed to come up with that big hit to break the game open. Kluber worked his way out of danger, which excellent pitchers like himself tend to do, eventually found a rhythm, and cruised the rest of the way.
Marco Estrada pitched an excellent game, tossing eight strong innings and making only one mistake to Francisco Lindor in the seventh inning that resulted in Cleveland's only two runs. Unfortunately, Estrada was given literally zero room for error, as Kluber and the back-end of Cleveland's bullpen shut the Jays down.
October 09 2016 03:09PM
Happy Thanksgiving, fellow Canadians!
You want to know what I'm thankful for this fine Sunday? The fact that our young ace Aaron Sanchez is on the mound at Rogers Centre with a chance to send the Blue Jays to the American League Championship series with a win. Let's do it!
October 02 2016 04:41PM
These guys are so happy. pic.twitter.com/X9PRF5zV10— Ian Hunter (@BlueJayHunter) October 2, 2016
And you can finally exhale (for now)!
Backed by a phenomenal pitching performance from Aaron Sanchez and a clutch two-run single from Troy Tulowitzki, the Blue Jays squeezed out a 2-1 win to cap off the 2016 regular season in Boston, and will now host the Baltimore Orioles in the wild card game on Tuesday.
October 02 2016 12:05PM
After things had gone so so so terribly wrong over the past few days, literally everything went right last night. The Jays squeezed past the Red Sox with some small ball in the ninth inning, snapping their three-game slide, and the Orioles, Tigers, and Mariners, all teams jockeying with them for wild card spots, took a loss.
It sure as hell wasn't pretty, last night's game, but the result simply couldn't have been better. Now, on the final day of the 2016 Major League Baseball season, the Jays are in complete control of their own destiny. A win will guarantee them a play-in game at Rogers centre. A loss guarantees things will be a lot more confusing.
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.