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Predicting where Elvis Luciano starts the 2020 season

It was rather weird that the Blue Jays selected Elvis Luciano from Kansas City in the 2018 Rule 5 Draft. At the time an 18-year-old hurler who’d never pitched above Rookie, Luciano wasn’t exactly the most natural choice for a team to select. Still, Ross Atkins and the Blue Jays chose him and became instantly…

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Blue Jays fend off Rays in final set of 2019 season

Well, it’s all over now, folks. In the last series of the 2019 season, the Blue Jays (cumulatively 67-95) handled the playoff-bound Tampa Bay Rays (96-66) admirably, holding their ramshackle lineup at bay and stringing together some solid starts and relief appearances to take the series and finish the season on a winning note. Here’s…

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Blue Jays, nearing the end, take series from Orioles

In a long, and, at times, frivolously played series against the lowly Baltimore Orioles, the Blue Jays clawed and limped their way to a relatively impressive series victory in their second-to-last series of the season. Here’s a look at the good, the bad, and the weird from this week’s series at Rogers Centre: The Good…

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Yankees crush Blue Jays in team’s final road series

For now, and only for now, the Blue Jays are done visiting Yankee Stadium. In the team’s final away series of the season, they were rocked, roughed up, and rammed by the mammoth New York Yankees. Though they did show some signs of life at various points, the series was disappointing overall. Here’s a look…

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Backed by Biggio, Blue Jays sluggers demolish lagging O’s

Though it was *just* the lowly Baltimore Orioles, the Blue Jays were able to lay waste to their opponents this week in what can only be described as an absolute pounding. Thanks to relentless onslaughts of offence, satisfactory pitching, and some timely defence, the Blue Jays took all three games in Baltimore to further diminish…

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Mighty Yankees fall to Grichuk, Blue Jays in penultimate meeting

In yet another surprising turn of events, the Blue Jays (now 59-91) miraculously took two of three from the 98-53 Yankees this weekend, finishing off with a 4-2 record against New York and Boston this week. With timely hitting and (occasionally) flashy defence, the Blue Jays sharply manoeuvred their way through the iron wall that…

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Blue Jays claw out series victory against slumping, tired Red Sox

In the season’s penultimate homestand, the Blue Jays, forever varying their lineups and defensive alignments, hosted the lowly and, now Dombrowski-less, Red Sox in a semi-meaningless three-game set this week at Rogers Centre. Though there were definitely some gaffes for the boys in blue, they played an overall solid set, taking two of three from…

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Blue Jays stay cold, drop all four to Rays in Tampa

Even if it was, for a while, denied, it now appears possible, even probable, that the Blue Jays will lose 100 games this season, with this weekend’s four-game slaughtering in Tampa Bay illustrating that almost to perfection. Due in large part to a lack of pitching, non-existent offence, and occasionally sloppy defence, the Blue Jays…

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Anthony Kay keeps Rays at bay in sound major-league debut

Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo took a long and meaningful stroll to the mound to relieve young hurler Anthony Kay on the night of his major-league debut, almost as if to allow Kay, 24, to be congratulated by his teammates on a job well done prior to being removed from the game. Upon arriving at…

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Sure-handed Braves dominate Blue Jays in abbreviated interleague battle

In the team’s final interleague series of the season, the Blue Jays (now 55-85), strolled into Atlanta to face off against the steadfast Braves in an abbreviated two-game set that featured a slew of openers and relievers battling against one of the National League’s most potent offences. Though the Blue Jays dropped both games, worsening…