Blue Jays Beat Orioles After Buck Showalter Makes the Worst Managerial Decision Of the Year

Blue Jays Beat Orioles After Buck Showalter Makes the Worst Managerial Decision Of the Year

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The Toronto Blue Jays walked it off in the 11th inning because for some insane reason Ubaldo Jimenez was on the mound for the Baltimore Orioles.

When you have the best closer in the league – a closer who’s in the Cy Young conversation no less – you’d have to figure that’s the guy you’d want in the 11th inning of a do-or-die game. At least, you’d want him over a guy who had a 5.44 ERA and 1.56 WHIP in the regular season. Nope, that’s not Buck Showalter’s style.

Enter Ubaldo Jimenez:

*Matt Wieters knew.

Yup, that happened. Showalter actually thought it’d be a good idea to have the season ride on Ubaldo Jiminez instead of Zach Britton.

Jimenez didn’t throw ONE good pitch in his appearance. He served one on a platter to Devon Travis who singled, then another to Josh Donaldson who did the same, and finally another to Edwin Encarnacion who hit the three-run homer that ended it.

That being said, I have just one thing to say to Jimenez…

This game is 1000% on Showalter. There’s simply no excuse. Britton was healthy and if there’s a time to put in your best pitcher, that was the time.

As much as the Orioles screwed this one up for themselves, I do want to give the Blue Jays credit where credit is due. Marcus Stroman and Francisco Liriano both stepped up.

Let me start by saying I couldn’t have been more wrong about Stroman coming into this game. I thought Baltimore would cruise to an easy win as a result of starting Stroman over Liriano.

Well, I was wrong. Stroman did his job allowing just two runs in a quality start. As for Liriano, he ended up being the MVP out of the bullpen.

But hey, is there a better way to start the MLB postseason? We had it all in this one. Now I just can’t wait to see what goes down in this Blue Jays-Rangers ALDS.

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