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David Price snags Kevin Pillar's HR while warming up in bullpen (Video)

David Price caught a home run ball by teammate Kevin Pillar while warming up in the Toronto Blue Jays bullpen during the second inning of Game 4 of the ALDS. Pillar's solo homer in the second inning extended the Blue Jays lead to 4-0 over Texas. Price didn't have to move from where he was standing, and made the catch look easy.Price came into the game in the fifth inning, earning...
Via Holdout Sports
1 hour ago  |  Discuss

Blue Jays push ALDS to Game 5 with 8-4 victory over Rangers

Among the many reasons that the Toronto Blue Jays were viewed as a favorite to win the AL pennant (at least among the staff here at The Outside Corner) was their lineup’s ability to crush opposing pitching. Playing the role of Wile E. Coyote underneath a piano dropped from the sky in Monday’s Game 4 of the ALDS was Rangers starter Derek Holland. Toronto jumped on Holland right...
Via The Outside Corner
1 hour ago  |  Discuss

Trying to find reason in the David Price decision

In the fifth inning of a 7-1 game, Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons went to the mound to retrieve starting pitcher R.A. Dickey with two outs and one baserunner aboard. After being staked to a big lead by his offensive mates, Dickey had set to shutting down the Texas Rangers, and had allowed only five hits, while walking none. Dickey had thrown only 78 pitches, and by virtue...
Via Baseball Essential
1 hour ago  |  Discuss

RECAP: Blue Jays Bring Series Back to Toronto

Toronto is now one game away from completing a three-game comeback after going down 0-2 to start the ALDS. The highest scoring offense in Major League Baseball came to life Monday night, defeating the Texas Rangers 8-4. Toronto scored 108 first inning runs this season, and tacked on three more today. It started with Ben Revere bunting for a base hit. He was working on doing exactly...
Via Baseball Essential
1 hour ago  |  Discuss

The Culmination of the R.A. Dickey Experiment

The scientific method begins by asking a question. Ask a question, do some research, and form a hypothesis. Once you’ve got your hypothesis, it’s time to do a little testing. Or, to employ a more lively word, experimenting. Once the test, ahem, experiment is underway, data is collected and analyzed, leading to new questions, new hypotheses and new experiments. Over in Toronto...
Via Fangraphs
9 hours ago  |  Discuss

Marco Estrada leads Blue Jays to 5-1 win over Rangers

There will be no Division Series sweeps this year. The Toronto Blue Jays beat the Texas Rangers 5-1 on Sunday night to cut the Rangers’ ALDS lead to 2-1, ensuring that there will be a Game 4 on Monday afternoon at Globe Life Park. Both sides got off to slow starts in the first two innings, with each side going down 1-2-3 in the first and second innings. In the third, Dioner...
Via The Outside Corner
22 hours ago  |  Discuss

Troy Tulowitzki’s three-run homer puts Blue Jays ahead 5-0

The Toronto Blue Jays were pressuring the Texas Rangers all game in Game 3 on Sunday night, but couldn’t completely break through. That is, until the sixth inning, when Troy Tulowitzki launched a three-homer off of Chi Chi Gonzalez to increase Toronto’s lead to 5-0. Tulo. Of course — Joe Lucia (@Joe_TOC) October 12, 2015 The Jays grounded into an...
Via Bloguin Best
23 hours ago  |  Discuss

It’s Not Even Close To Being Over For The Toronto Blue Jays

Marco Estrada has been the Blue Jays most consistent starter in 2015 Game 2 was a marathon. 14 innings long with home runs, a huge Brett Cecil injury, a benches clearing argument fueled by Keone Kela and Josh Donaldson, and Rougned Odor continuing to be a thorn in the Toronto Blue Jays sides. The biggest moment was in the top of the 14th inning when it appeared Troy Tulowitzki...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Toronto Blue Jays Make ALDS Roster Change

After Toronto Blue Jays LHP Brett Cecil suffered a calf injury in game two of the ALDS on Friday, the Blue Jays have added RHP Ryan Tepera to the ALDS roster in place of Cecil. Immediately following a rundown during his appearance in the eighth inning of their game two, 14-inning matchup with the Texas Rangers, Cecil came out of the game. It wasn’t immediately apparent what the...
Via Baseball Essential
2 days ago  |  Discuss

The Rangers have knocked the Blue Jays down, but not out

It’s not hard to figure out the most surprising team in the early going of the 2015 MLB Playoffs: the Texas Rangers. At the same time, you won’t have to look much further to find the postseason’s biggest disappointment. By dropping two straight at a subdued Rogers Centre, the Toronto Blue Jays are in the most precarious of situations. The team that was the hottest...
Via The Sports Daily
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Confessions of a Life-Long Fan

Let’s just get this out of the way. I am one of those 38-year Blue Jays fans.  My parents even let me come home from school at lunch one cold day in April, 1977 so that I could watch that snowy Home Opener. And when the highly hyped and equally disappointing Bill Singer let loose with that first pitch, called by the late Don Chevrier and Hall of Famer Whitey Ford (who was...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Toronto Blue Jays: An Unexpected Turn of Events

Toronto Blue Jays’ Marco Estrada What looked like a series for the Toronto Blue Jays’ taking has turned a complete 180 degrees. With the Blue Jays’ extra inning loss in Toronto on Friday, they now have their backs against the wall down 2-0 in their best-of-5 American League Divisional Series against the Texas Rangers. To make things worse, the series is headed to Arlington...
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Blue Jays reliever Cecil suffers muscle tear, may be done for postseason

TORONTO -- Toronto Blue Jays reliever Brett Cecil tore his left calf muscle during Friday's AL Division Series game and might be done for the postseason. Cecil, Toronto's top left-hander in the bullpen, was injured while tagging Mike Napoli in a rundown that ended the eighth inning of a 6-4 loss to the Texas Rangers. He had to be helped off the field. Toronto manager John Gibbons...
Via AP on Fox
3 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Derek Holland wipes backside with Blue Jays towel

Texas Rangers pitcher Derek Holland let Toronto Blue Jays fans know exactly how he felt about them during Game 2 of the ALDS on Friday. Holland, who is typically a starting pitcher, began warming in the bullpen in the ninth inning of a 4-4 game. As he was walking around and limbering up, he noticed...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Liam Hendriks on his Evolution to Blue Jays Bullpen Stud

Liam Hendriks bombed as a starter. Pitching almost exclusively in that role prior to this season, he went 3-15 with a 5.92 ERA. The ineffectiveness turned him into a nomad. The 26-year-old Australian was property of five organizations – including Toronto twice – from December 2013 to October 2014. This year, he bolstered the Blue Jays bullpen. In 58 relief appearances, Hendriks...
Via Fangraphs
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Ocstroberfest: Marcus Stroman Takes The Hill In Game Two

Marcus Stroman takes the mound for game 2 The Toronto Blue Jays returned to the post-season for the first time in 22 years. I had the pleasure of being in attendance and was it ever LOUD. From the introductions of the Texas Rangers to David Price striking out the side in the 2nd to the ‘Tulo’ chants for Troy Tulowitzki and Jose Bautista‘s solo shot in the 6th, the Rogers...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Blue Jays surprise nine-year-old fan who lost father to cancer

Nine-year-old Toronto Blue Jays fan Jack Blunt received quite the surprise after being summoned to the library at his school only to find Ryan Goins and Kevin Pillar waiting there to meet him. With hats and shirts in hand, the two Blue Jays stars were at the school specifically to spend time with Jack … and to give him four tickets to Thursday’s Game 1 of the ALDS against...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Josh Donaldson exits game after getting kneed in head by Rougned Odor (Video)

With the Toronto Blue Jays succumbing to the David Price Quandary-solving Texas Rangers in Game 1 of the ALDS on Thursday by the final of 5-3, here’s one case of literally adding injury to insult. Third baseman Josh Donaldson, Toronto’s resident AL MVP frontrunner, was forced to exit the playoff contest in the fourth inning...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Playing Postseason Pepper 2015: Toronto Blue Jays

As we said this morning, we’re spending the day looking at the American League while trying to manage the significant worry that comes with the NLDS matchup.  We saw their opponents in the first post, so let’s take a look at the Toronto Blue Jays before their afternoon first pitch. If there has ever been [...]
Via The Cardinal Conclave
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Donaldson leading by example in MVP-caliber year for Blue Jays

During his time in Oakland, Josh Donaldson went from unknown to underrated to invaluable in just a couple of seasons.This quick transformation took Donaldson by surprise as he didn't realize he was "the guy" until he reflected on his time there.This transformation has helped him tremendously with the Toronto Blue Jays, where he was evolved into an MVP front runner and superstar.“I...
Via Fox Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

What pushed the Toronto Blue Jays to the AL East title?

We all the know the story by now. The Toronto Blue Jays were hovering around .500 at the trade deadline, with another mediocre season on the horizon. The Jays had talent, but needed an extra boost to really propel them into true contenders. General manager Alex Anthopoulos knew that, and delivered, bringing in an impressive mix of stars and veterans to help the club, with the...
Via The Outside Corner
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Toronto and the Postseason Crapshoot

Let’s just be real here and leave the analysis aside for a moment: it’s difficult to picture the Blue Jays losing. They got smoked yesterday, but only after clinching their division, so their lineup was missing its starters. That can be forgiven. Their overall run differential is better than second place by nearly 100. They have baseball’s best record since the All-Star break...
Via Fangraphs
11 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Munenori Kawasaki too drunk for English questions

It has been a magical year for the Toronto Blue Jays. The team clinched their first division title since 1993 and is peaking at the right time heading into the postseason. The Jays demolished the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday 15-2 and won the AL East title. With a record of 92-66, the team has a great chance to have home-field advantage leading up to the World Series. Players...
Via The Sports Daily
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Troy Tulowitzki’s return will propel the Blue Jays to the World Series

The Toronto Blue Jays will be competing in the playoffs for the first time since 1993 when they defeated the Philadelphia Phillies to win the World Series in historic fashion. The probable AL East champions are destined to make a deep playoff run, if not make it back to the World Series. A bulk of the credit has to go to GM Alex Anthopoulos, who made some blockbuster trades at the...
Via Sportsnaut
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Blue Jays clinch playoff berth, end 22-year drought on technicality

The Toronto Blue Jays are headed to the playoffs for the first time in 22 years, but you might be able to find some guys on the team who don’t know it yet.   The Jays beat the Tampa Bay Rays 5-3 on Friday and went into Saturday’s game with a magic number of one, or so it seemed.  But the schedules of a few other teams showed that Toronto already had punched its ticket to...
16 days ago  |  Discuss

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