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Baseball is a funny game! R.A. Dickey and Miguel Gonzalez had given up a combined 50 home runs (25 apiece) heading into their final starts of the season. Instead of a home run derby and offensive fireworks, only one run was scored.

Dalton Pompey is greeted by first base coach Tim Leiper after a single to lead off the second inning. Pompey was later picked off at first.

Munenori Kawasaki
grounds out to second base moments after the Pompey pickoff.

Anthony Gose rounds first base after lining one to right field.

Gose slides in to second base safely ahead of the throw to Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy.

Josh Thole hits a comebacker to the mound to strand Gose at second.

R.A. Dickey pitched six innings of one-run ball on two hits and three walks but one of the hits was a solo homer to Jonathan Schoop in the fifth inning. Dickey struck out a pair and saw his earned run average go down to 3.71.

Ryan Goins hit a two-out triple in the fifth inning but Jose Reyes lined out to right to end the inning.

Jose Bautista singled and stole second base to start the sixth but Baltimore reliever Ubaldo Jimenez struck out the side swinging.

Sean Nolin warms up in the bullpen but he did not get to pitch in the game. The lefty threw all of one inning for the Jays after his September call-up.

Edwin Encarnacion singles off Orioles closer Zach Britton to lead off the ninth inning. Encarnacion was replaced by Juan Francisco on the basepaths and he was doubled off first base after a Danny Valencia liner to first. Three pitches later, the season was over as Britton got Dalton Pompey to swing and miss at the next three pitches to preserve a 1-0 Orioles victory and prevent a three-game sweep.
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Mike Green - Wednesday, October 08 2014 @ 07:33 PM EDT (#294373) #
Thank you for all the wonderful pictures this season, #2JB.
Eephus - Wednesday, October 08 2014 @ 11:53 PM EDT (#294374) #
Agreed. Tremendous work. It's been really cool all year long getting an early glimpse at some possible future Blue Jays.
Parker - Friday, October 10 2014 @ 03:59 PM EDT (#294403) #
I just heard the SN audio clip of Anthopoulos stuttering and stumbling his way through blaming the bullpen for the disappointing season, and a terrible, inexplicable thing happened to me: I actually began to miss that slimy windbag snake oil salesman J.P. Ricciardi - at least Ricciardi sounded like he knew what he was talking about when he spewed a bunch of self-serving nonsense. Anthopoulos sounds like a kid who got caught with his hand in the candy jar trying to explain why the chocolate all over his face is someone else's fault.
Gerry - Friday, October 10 2014 @ 04:38 PM EDT (#294404) #
I just listened to it now. AA did keep coming back to the bullpen. That wasn't the only reason for the Jays missing the playoffs but AA must think it is the one that sells best.

When Blair asked if all the coaches would be back AA said it was still under evaluation, not exactly a vote of confidence.

AA downplayed and essentially disagreed with everything in the Shi Davidi article from earlier this week.
Mike Green - Friday, October 10 2014 @ 05:06 PM EDT (#294405) #
The bullpen was not the only weakness on the club, but what was the single largest problem area?  You could definitely argue that it was the bullpen, probably due to a combination of individual performances, health and less than optimal usage. Nonetheless, single-mindedness from AA on this front is not a good sign given his history of reliever acquisitions.

I guess this means that we can expect a couple of Frank Francisco, Brad Lincoln type acquisitions. 

Parker - Friday, October 10 2014 @ 05:41 PM EDT (#294406) #
There's no question that the bullpen was a weakness this year, but it's pretty common knowledge that most relievers have inconsistent performances year-to-year. Counting on guys without long track records of dominance or guys who have a lot of injuries in their past simply isn't a very good plan.
bpoz - Saturday, October 11 2014 @ 09:32 AM EDT (#294411) #
We had 79 losses this year. I wonder if it is possible to break down which section of the team was responsible. Injuries too are a factor.
bpoz - Saturday, October 11 2014 @ 11:39 AM EDT (#294412) #
I too think AA is going to have to take some heat for the Jay's results over the last 2 seasons.
We all seem to agree that more wins in 2013 & 14 would have been good. Many have suggested moves/actions that could have been made to help this happen.
For the record, I believe AA was trying to win in 2013 & 14. But what about 2010, the team had a winning record at the trade deadline & on Sept 1st but were very far out so winning an extra 4 games or so would not change much in the overall picture. So thinking and acting for the future has some merit. But then winning 89-91 games is somewhat satisfying for many teams' fans. 91+71=162 games.
So close to the trade deadline your record has to be reasonably close to getting that 20 game differential. Of course you could start August with an 8 game winning or losing streak. That is the uncertainty of baseball, of which I have no answer.
Lastly other teams under value our prospects, and so ask for a lot, then over value other teams prospects and complete the trade.
Original Ryan - Saturday, October 11 2014 @ 12:33 PM EDT (#294414) #
Lastly other teams under value our prospects, and so ask for a lot, then over value other teams prospects and complete the trade.

I don't think that's necessarily the case. First, fans have a tendency to overvalue the prospects of their favourite team. Fans are always hearing great things about those prospects, but aren't always exposed to the similarly great things being said about prospects in other organizations. I suspect GMs of other teams value Toronto's prospects just as much/little as anyone else's prospects.

Secondly, you have to take the asking prices you hear in the media with a grain of salt. The media reports aren't necessarily accurate, and it's possible those reports are simply a starting point for negotiations that isn't reflective of what the other team is actually willing to agree to.

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