The Jays and O’s: King of the Spoilers

The Al East, unlike any other division, has a three-headed monster: the Yankees, Red Sox, and Rays. And then there are the Blue Jays and the Orioles; the typical 4th and 5th place of the division in the past four years. Toronto and Baltimore are usually a team that quickly finds themselves out of the pennant race with the tough division. Although the Rays, Yanks, and Sox are a better baseball team than both Toronto and Baltimore, the Jays and O’s do one thing better than all three. Like many mediocre teams in MLB, the Jays and Orioles play “spoiler” in the month of September. These two teams have the biggest ‘spoiler’ job in all the MLB, being in the AL East. While some teams (like the Rays and Red Sox) are competing in tight race to the playoffs, the Jays and Orioles are playing their hearts out just to put a huge dent in the competitive team’s chances. As pesky as these ‘spoiler’ teams get, I truly believe that all teams should be putting in a 110% effort everyday even if they have no chance of making the postseason. It is the true sign of a hardworking team, that really takes pride in their job. The Rays were in this situation for a long 9 years, so they definitely have played this role before. This year the Jays have been the team helping out the Rays, and the Orioles have been the team giving them issues.
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Toronto has won four of their last six against Boston, helping the Rays get back into the conversation. Quite frankly, the Rays wouldn’t even have a chance at this point if it weren’t for the Blue Jays. Toronto has fought to the death against Boston; winning two resilient comeback victories and displaying full-out effort in close games. This is a team that all teams should look up to as a role model. 
They might not win that many games or have a stacked roster, but they know that every game is a big game. As for the Orioles, this role has become a routine September for them. Unfortunately, their main victim this year so far is the Rays. Baltimore won the series two out of three at Camden Yards, which cost the Rays important ground in the battle with Boston.

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Baltimore’s job is just getting started though, with all of their final 14 games of the season against playoff contenders. Hopefully they are just getting warmed up, as half of those four games are versus Boston. As for the members of Rays Republic, good job Jays and good luck O’s!

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5 comments

  1. mlblogsgiantsbythebay

    Yossif, to the Orioles, Jays and Mariners, right now is their postseason. Definitely, it doesn’t surprise us. However, continued success against the Red Sox this weekend. I enjoyed the game last night, especially the broken bat single through their shortstop.
    -Wayne
    http://giantorture.mlblogs.com

  2. mlblogsyossif

    Wayne- That success must continue and the Rays need to win both of the next two games at Fenway. Hopefully they will.
    Blue Jays Nest- When the Red Sox miss the playoffs, it is pure joy to me. Last night’s loss was a killer, they have big work to do.

    • Hussain

      This story has a happy ending: One week after she mierstyously disappeared — only to turn up unharmed in Vancouver — Toronto teenager Michelle Yu apologized Monday night in a brief statement outside her North York home.“Your kindness, from everybody, has shown me how much I am really loved … I’m so sorry for putting everybody through this,” she said.When asked how she got to British Columbia, Ms. Yu said “it’s been a really difficult time” before going back inside the house. (from The National Post)

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