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GameThread for Game 154: Rays @ Jays

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The second last regular season game at Rogers Centre this year.
The clinching of a post season game really means a lot to me. It has been such a long time coming. That doesn't mean it has all been bad since the last playoff game. I'm not someone that think that unless the team make the playoffs it's all been a waste of time. Baseball is entertainment for me. If the game is entertaining and we lose, I'm still glad I watched. I watched Roy Halladay and enjoyed him. Just because I didn't see him in the playoffs doesn't retroactively take away that enjoyment.
But.....I'm going to love the playoffs.
I had a kind of unrealistic hope that I'd go to some playoff games, but I'll enjoy just as much (likely more) on TV.
Anyway, there is time for a long celebration post in my near future. Today we have another game, another chance to subtract one from our 'magic number' to win the division.
On a related subject, I saw this in a Sporting News article about the complicated path that shows the Jays have clinched a playoff spot.
Bottom line: It's not official, but there is no way the Blue Jays can miss the playoffs at this point. While the team's magic number remains one, the magic number of more importance now is six: any number of combined Blue Jays victories and Yankees losses locks up the AL East for Toronto.
Which means nothing, who cares if MLB doesn't consider it clinched. We know better.

Today's Lineups

TAMPA BAY RAYS TORONTO BLUE JAYS
Brandon Guyer - LF Ben Revere - LF
Steven Souza - RF Josh Donaldson - 3B
Evan Longoria - DH Jose Bautista - RF
Logan Forsythe - 2B Edwin Encarnacion - DH
Asdrubal Cabrera - SS Justin Smoak - 1B
Richie Shaffer - 3B Russell Martin - C
James Loney - 1B Ryan Goins - SS
Kevin Kiermaier - CF Kevin Pillar - CF
Rene Rivera - C Cliff Pennington - 2B
Chris Archer - RHP David Price - LHP
Oh goody, we get to go another 7 rounds of the Colabello thing. Bowling Guy, if I say anything about it, ban me. I'm serious. Honestly folks, we know all the opinions, shut up about it.
But do try to remember that, even if Gibby doesn't agree with your world view, that doesn't make him incompetent. Smart people can disagree. There seems to be a new feeling, among baseball viewers, that anything done that we don't agree with means the manager is a fool. Which, of course, is not true. You can disagree with someone and still not think them less than bright. Or at least you could before Twitter.
I've watched baseball for a long time. I've watch Hall of Fame managers. Earl Weaver, in my view was as smart a manager as I've ever seen, and he still did many things I totally disagreed with. That doesn't change my feeling that he's the best manager I've ever seen.
I used to complain about Cito a lot. And I had people that thought I hated Cito. Which wasn't true. It was just that there were things I disagreed about. That's part of life. If you can't figure out that sometimes smart people will disagree with you, it is time to learn.
GO JAYS GO!


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