It was only a few days ago that things were looking extremely promising for the Toronto Blue Jays in their quest for a return to the playoffs.
The Blue Jays were riding high on Thursday after completing a sweep of the Boston Red Sox to cap an impressive 6-1 road trip that also saw them take three of four games against the New York Yankees. With a soft schedule looming, the Blue Jays appeared poised to put some distance between themselves and the other wild-card hopefuls chasing them.
Instead, they returned home and got swept by the Los Angeles Angels, a team playing out the string on another disappointing season and one that had lost six in a row entering the series at Rogers Centre. All told, the Blue Jays were outscored 22-3 across the three games as some of their American League rivals made up ground in the standings.
Toronto lost Friday's game in blowout fashion as Los Angeles cruised to a 12-0 victory. The Blue Jays honoured the 1992 World Series-winning team before Saturday's contest then proceeded to get completely shut down by two-way sensation Shohei Ohtani en route to a 2-0 defeat. But Sunday's sloppy, mistake-filled 8-3 loss was what truly sent a number of fans off the deep end in what has been a roller coaster 2022 campaign.
Here's a sampling of the reaction from disgruntled Blue Jays supporters:
This team is a joke right now. Sloppy baseball. No excuse. #BlueJays
— Jessica Powell (68-57)⚾️ (@jpsports1796) August 28, 2022
The #BlueJays do not look like a team that wants or deserves to win.
— Jason Cherniak (@Cherniak) August 28, 2022
OMG #bluejays … get it together … you are looking like the Bad News Bears right now …
— Michelle Hynes (@hynesmc) August 28, 2022
This #BlueJays team is bent up right now. Is it the time for us to lower our expectations?
— BlueJays-at-Heart (@mweng01) August 28, 2022
It’s about that time for the monthly Blue Jays players-only meeting.
— Tom Ruminski (@TomRuminski) August 28, 2022
Probably worst 3 games I've seen #BlueJays play this year. The LAA made us look silly top to bottom. At this point, without looking at their records you'd be hard pressed to convince me Jays are still the better team, let alone in a playoff spot.
— Hillary Phillips (@heyhill45) August 28, 2022
I never know which #BlueJays team will show up. The one that plays well for stretches? Or the one that gets swept and outscored 22-3 by a bad team in front of the former champs and sold out crowds? 🤷🏼♂️
— John Lancaster (@jlancasterCBC) August 28, 2022
Charlie Montoyo was the problem. Sure.
— Sid Seixeiro (@Sid_Seixeiro) August 28, 2022
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Co. will have a chance to rebound right away as they host the Chicago Cubs — another team well below .500 — for a three-game set beginning Monday. The Blue Jays then hit the road for series against the lowly Pittsburgh Pirates, the upstart Baltimore Orioles and the middling Texas Rangers. This stretch could very well define Toronto's season.
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