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Offense comes up empty, Jays lose 4-0 to Orioles


Boston Red Sox vs. Toronto Blue Jays- 10/2/16 MLB Pick Odds and Prediction

CC Sabathia pitched 7 1/3 effective innings, finishing his eighth season with the Yankees by allowing one run and four hits.

As I said, the Tigers’ odds to make the playoffs aren’t great, but they’re very much alive with four winnable games ahead.

“We’ve been roughed up over the last week or 10 days and what glares at you is Benoit’s loss because he had been that go-to guy”.

You could nearly hear what he was thinking as he looked around the building where he spent the prime of his career bashing baseballs into blue seats: “Is this it?”

Not how you would expect the team that leads the major leagues in home runs to generate its offence, but as long as they scored more runs than the Blue Jays on Thursday night it was good enough.

With Mookie Betts on second base and Hanley Ramirez at first base, the Boston Red Sox were a single away from tying the Blue Jays, a double away from taking the lead.

“Boy, he was solid”, Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. Stroman, deserving of a far better fate, has now endured 20 consecutive innings with no run support.

Jimenez allowed one hit in 6 2/3 innings to improve to 8-12 on the year.

Price went 5 innings, allowing one run, four hits (one homer) and three walks while striking out four.

NEW YORK-The Orioles loss on Saturday certainly complicated their life.

Entering play on Sunday the tiebreak scenarios are seemingly endless, especially with the Detroit Tigers having one extra game on Monday if it impacts playoff standings.

Later, the Blue Jays’ 2-1 victory at Fenway Park meant they would host Baltimore. Jimenez has been on a tear but quite some time now, but the Orioles shining veteran picked the ideal time to come through in the clutch and guide the O’s to their biggest win of the season.

You could say that there have been happier times for the Blue Jays. Either way, you play the 162 games, and you wait for the truth about a team be revealed. Neither team is trustworthy so I’ll take the better odds…

Hyun Soo Kim drove in Bourn – who drew a leadoff walk and stole second – on a two-out single to right field to give the Orioles a 3-0 lead.

Wieters made it 4-0 with his RBI single off Stroman in the eighth. He is winless in eight starts. “The guy doesn’t panic … he’s only 21, but he pitches mature beyond his years and he came out when we needed him most”. The Orioles would host that game based on their 5-2 record against the Tigers this season. Their 11-16 record was the worst of any month of the year and is only really close thanks to a poor 11-14 start to the season in April.

The crowd of 47,791 was Toronto’s 39th sellout.

Aaron Sanchez said he didn’t know – and didn’t care – that the Blue Jays had already clinched a spot in baseball’s post-season.

After returning to the Blue Jays lineup on Thursday, the second baseman believes he’s over the left shoulder scare he dealt with in the aftermath of the melee with the New York Yankees on Monday.

If the Orioles hold on and earn a wild card spot this weekend, Jimenez and Kim will have played critical roles down the stretch and especially in this final week. It was called after a delay of 4 hours, 13 minutes. New York’s starter will be RHP Michael Pineda (6-11, 4.68).

Blue Jays: RHP Marco Estrada will start against the Red Sox on Friday night as Toronto wraps up the regular season in Boston.

On the plus side, Tillman gave up just one earned run in 5 frac23; innings to the Jays, but considering that he allowed nine baserunners and his off-speed stuff didn’t look that sharp, the start had a decidedly smoke-and-mirrors feel to it.

With the Tigers playoffs hopes on the line, Jordan Zimmermann (9-6, 4.88 ERA) takes the mound for just the third time since June 30 as he recovers from neck and control issues.