Help doesn’t come as Toronto’s season ends –

TORONTO — The 2021 season concluded as a story of what could have been for the Blue Jays, who watched as Rafael Devers hit a two-run home run in the ninth inning in Washington to end their playoff hopes.

Toronto took care of its own business on Sunday afternoon, beating the Orioles, 12-4. But after Aaron Judge and the Yankees walked off the Rays, 1-0, in the Bronx for New York to wrap up the top AL Wild Card spot, the Blue Jays needed a Red Sox loss to advance to a tiebreaker at Fenway Park on Monday. Boston stormed back from a 5-1 deficit to tie its game against the Nationals before Devers hit his clutch homer, helping the Red Sox to a 7-5 win as Blue Jays fans watched on the Rogers Centre’s big screen. 

This was a heartbreaking ending for a Blue Jays team that went 91-71, good enough for a postseason berth — or at least a tiebreaker — most years. Toronto took all three games from the Orioles this weekend, which it needed to do, but the Blue Jays were never in full control of their own fate, which was ultimately their downfall.