Despite a huge September run, Toronto comes up a game short in the A.L. wild card race
Looking back on the Toronto Blue Jays 2021 regular season, which came to a disappointing end on Sunday afternoon in early October, we can judge the glass as either "half full" or "half empty."
The 162-game season was a mixed bag of excitement, outstanding individual performances, chaos, and crushing defeat. To their credit, the Blue Jays roared back into playoff contention during the final month of the season. However, splitting a crucial late series at 2 games apiece to Minnesota and then losing a critical Game 3 in the home series against the New York Yankees ultimately killed off Toronto's playoff hopes.
Here's the final chapter to what might have been a storybook season had Toronto made the playoffs, which wasn't to be:
The New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox will meet in the AL Wild Card game.
The longtime rivals both collected dramatic wins on Sunday, the final day of baseball's regular season, to punch their playoff tickets. That fended off the possibility of a three- or four-way wild-card tie with the Blue Jays and/or Mariners. Toronto and Seattle were eliminated Sunday despite 90-win seasons.
Unlike the Red Sox who were pushed to the brink in their final game of the season at Washington, the Blue Jays left little doubt about who was winning their season finale. Toronto launched four home runs and notched 12 hits against the lowly last-place Baltimore Orioles en route to a 12-4 victory. Unfortunately for the Blue Jays, it wasn't enough.
Toronto entered Sunday needing some help in order to force a Game 163. Namely, the Blue Jays needed at least one of the Yankees or Red Sox to lose. That didn't happen, and, as such, the Blue Jays will begin their offseason in earnest on Monday.
So, the 2021 baseball season is over for Toronto. It was a wildly entertaining season, but not worthy of a wild card. Better luck next season.