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That sinking feeling...

MLB: Los Angeles Angels at Toronto Blue Jays
A beautiful sight
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(Un)fortunately I missed yesterday’s game, because i was in a conference call with Mr Duvet and Mr Pillow...

I did a bleary eyed look at my phone to see an 8-1 scoreline and my heart leaped for a second- a much needed win!

Alas reality set in when i put my glasses on and realised we had lost. Again. In compelling fashion. Stop me if this sounds familiar.

Oh, and the Rays are now above us in the standings- just to make it even more of a rubbish week.

Its not a surprise given our recent run of ‘form’ - losing nine of our last 11 games, including a 1-6 homestand against the Angels and A’s, losing our last seven series and now have a home record of 12-17.

Its fair to say that we are brutal right now and maybe its time the organisation makes some brutal decisions? Shi Davidi explains this in more detail.

Josh Donaldson also says that the Jays are failing in all aspects of the game in a piece by Richard Griffin. Hmm, tell us something we don’t know Josh!

Our current bullpen woes are well documented and shows just how much we are missing Roberto Osuna.

We could be missing him a lot more, as John Heyman suggests that Osuna could serve a very significant ban.

Jaime Garcia is due to be activated tomorrow which i suppose is a minor positive, assuming he doesnt get shelled when he makes his start against the Phillies on Saturday. Currently he has a 6.28 ERA through his first eight outings, with his command being the biggest issue; he’s walked 21 over 38 2/3 innings. He is clearly sitting too close to Sanchez in the dugout.

On a more positive note, Vladimir Guerrero Jr’s solo shot and Bo Bichette’s two-run homer accounted for all of Double-A New Hampshire’s offense in a 4-3 loss against Reading. They both finished 2-for-4 at the plate, with Bichette also reaching once via a walk and recording his 10th stolen base in the contest.

Vlad now has a Minor League-best average of .427 with his third straight multi-hit performance, and he’s now up to nine home runs and 46 RBIs through 42 games.

The Bison went down 11-8 to the Chiefs despite a late charge, where they scored the final seven runs of the game. The early 10-run deficit was too much for the team to overcome in their homestand finale. Even with the loss, the Bisons finished their seven-day stay in Buffalo with a 5-2 record.

Sean Reid-Foley, made his debut following his promotion from New Hampshire but only went 2.1 innings, giving up 8H, 8ER, 2BB, 2K. Dalton Pompey, Richard Urena and Rowdy Tellez had 2 hits and Danny Jansen 3 with 3RBI.

And to finish the news on an upbeat note; the Rangers are the gift that keeps on giving: