Toronto Blue Jays Thriving In Spoiler Role

By Thom Tsang
Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

Don’t look now, but the Toronto Blue Jays are starting to discover that winning games can be a nice change of pace.

Maybe it’s the Houston Astros. After all, despite the rising stars currently plying their trades at Minute Maid Park, the fact is that there’s not much of a better reality check than losing a series to the worst team in baseball.

Since the bluebirds did just at towards the end of August, it’s been bad news for the playoff contenders that have come around to face Toronto.

Just ask the New York Yankees, Kansas City Royals and Arizona Diamondbacks. All three teams (especially the Bronx Bombers) likely thought that a series against what had been arguably the biggest challenger for the worst-in-MLB title was just what they needed to either get a leg up on their playoff race or to keep their hopes alive.

All three, however, came out on the losing ends of their respective three-game series against Toronto, with the DBacks being the Blue Jays’ latest victims as they’ll have to try and win the final game of the series just to salvage a sweep to avoid falling any further back from the eight-game deficit they now face from the second Wild Card spot.

Whether it’s the pitching (like Esmil Rogers‘ gem on Monday) or the hitting (a 10-run, 15-hit performance at the expense of Wade Miley and co.), the Blue Jays are firing on all cylinders right now, trying their best to at least provide a little bit more than a speed bump for any teams thinking they’d catch a break in this part of their schedule.

Sure, while it’s probably natural for Blue Jays fans to wonder why it is that this team didn’t show up more consistently throughout the season (outside of their 11-game win streak), the fact that they’ve refused to simply go into doormat mode (after letting a doormat step all over them) going into the final stretch of the season is at least somewhat encouraging, yes?

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