Jays 6, Rangers 3
- Tough, weird, frustrating game.
- That said, the better team won this series. The Jays may be the best team in baseball at this point.
- I'm not going to talk about this game, though. I don't have anything I want to say about it, and I doubt y'all really want to read about it.
- I do want to say this has been a fun, amazing, remarkable, unexpected season. This was a team people were picking to finish last in the West this year. This was a team that looked dead in the water in early May, that was under .500 in mid-August. And this team won the A.L. West, for the sixth time in team history, and took the A.L. East champs to the final game of the ALDS.
- I picked a photo from the final game of the season to go with this post, but I picked a happy, celebratory one, because ultimately, this should be viewed as a happy, celebratory season. 2011, 2012, 2013...I was sick when those seasons ended. Those were depressing kicks in the stomach. 2014 was a season long cluster. 2015, though? I don't know...I'm disappointed, but I just can't feel that upset about how things turned out.
- Delino DeShields and Rougned Odor and Joey Gallo and Keona Kela and Chi Chi Gonzalez and Nick Martinez all got significant playing time this year, and Lewis Brinson and Nomar Mazara are knocking on the door, and we have Shawn Tolleson and Sam Dyson and Jake Diekman under team control for a while, and oh, when Yu Darvish gets healthy, we're going to have a Yu/Hamels/Marteen/Holland top four of the rotation next year.
- So yeah, for what appeared to be a transitional season, things turned out pretty well, both for the short- and the long-term.