Toronto Blue Jays

David Price Traded to the Blue Jays

(TORONTO) Growing up in Toronto, I am no stranger to sporting defeats. Whether it is the Raptors, Leafs, Blue Jays etc. I have seen every team in the city fail miserably.

Price is 7-0 at the Rodgers Centre in 9 starts. He also holds a 3.86 ERA. (AP Photo)

Price is 7-0 at the Rodgers Centre in 9 starts. He also holds a 3.86 ERA. (AP Photo)

From blowing a three goal lead in the third period (Leafs) to a single player scoring 81 points on a team in one game (Raptors), to having a 21-year playoff drought (Blue Jays), and being a franchise that no one wants to be in (All of them). Many sports fans in Toronto have been beaten down by Toronto teams so bad that fans tend to get excited easily.

However, Toronto sports fans are now allowed to get excited for good reason because along with Troy Tulowitzki being acquired by the Blue Jays on Monday night, David Price is now a member of the Toronto Blue Jays. 

The Blue Jays acquired David Price from the Detroit Tigers in exchange for three minor league pitchers in Daniel Norris, Matt Boyd, And Jairo Labourt.

Any baseball fan can be excited about David Price being on their favorite team. He's a former Cy Young winner, historically pitches well in the Rogers Centre, and this year he has a ERA of 2.53 - 12th in all of baseball - and a whip of 1.11. In addition to that, this season Price is 4th in innings pitched, 9th in strikeouts, and has a 4.75 strikeout-to-walk ratio.

Overall it is a good deal for the Blue Jays, however it is a risky deal as well, for one reason; David Price has an expiring contract which means the Blue Jays can only get 10 guaranteed starts out of Price and are most likely not re-signing him.

This deal can go one of two ways. One, David Price has no impact and the Blue Jays do not make the playoffs, as well as lose Price in the off-season plus the three prospects, one of which (Norris) looks very promising.

However their is the second way that this deal can go. Price can have a big impact and help lead the Blue Jays to the playoffs, from there only God knows what happens.

In either case, Price is most likely going to another team after this season but as fans we do not have to be concerned with that. As fans we can get excited that the Blue Jays on paper look posed to end their post season drought. 

Re-Opening Day

The last time the Orioles played in front of a home crowd was April 26th. The last time they played at Camden Yards was April 29th before having to move their home series against the Rays to Tampa because of the unrest in Baltimore. Even though it has only been 2 weeks, it seem like forever since the Orioles has played at home in Camden Yards. I decided to attend “Re-Opening Day” and I can say that seeing the O's take the field gave me a sense of normalcy, which I think this entire city needed. 

Ironically, the Orioles home opener this season was against the Blue Jays, Toronto winning 12-5, but tonight in “Re-Opening Day” the O's defeated the Blue Jays 5-2 for their 14th win of the season. Orioles currently sit 4th place in the AL East, 5.5 games behind the 1st place Yankees. 

20,000 fans showed up to welcome the O's. Even though The Yard was less than 50% filled, it had the atmosphere of a sold out crowd. Everyone wanted to show their pride for the city of Baltimore. The players wore jerseys with "Baltimore" on the front and fans wore their "Baltimore" shirts. It was a beautiful sight at the yard tonight. (Kendall Hilton/ Fan-i Sports)

20,000 fans showed up to welcome the O's. Even though The Yard was less than 50% filled, it had the atmosphere of a sold out crowd. Everyone wanted to show their pride for the city of Baltimore. The players wore jerseys with "Baltimore" on the front and fans wore their "Baltimore" shirts. It was a beautiful sight at the yard tonight. (Kendall Hilton/ Fan-i Sports)

O's got off to a fast start thanks to Ubaldo Jimenez 1-2-3 inning, striking out the Blue Jays first three batters on 17 pitches. Jimenez was awarded the win and MVP honors for his performance, striking out 9 batters, and only allowing 2 earned runs in 7 innings of work. This was probably one of Ubaldo's best games as an Oriole, along with his performance in the “No Fans Game”. So far this season, Ubaldo 3-0 at Camden Yards with a sub-2.50 ERA, and 23 strikeouts in 21 innings. He hasn't lost at Camden Yards since June 13th 2014 against the Blue Jays. 

The momentum continued into the bottom of the first, Orioles scoring 3 runs off of 2 long-balls. Manny Machado hit a leadoff home run (6th) to the bleachers and Chris Davis hit a 2-run bomb (8th) to the exact same area Manny hit his.

Adam Jones also hit a home run in the 7th inning, giving him 6 for the season. Jones is batting a .360, leading the MLB with 41 hits and 23 RBIs, both top ten in the MLB. I really think AJ has a great opportunity to capture the AL MVP crown but the O's will have to either win the division or make the playoffs for him to be a realistic candidate. Individually, I think he will do his part because I don't see him slowing down. (AP PHOTO) 

Adam Jones also hit a home run in the 7th inning, giving him 6 for the season. Jones is batting a .360, leading the MLB with 41 hits and 23 RBIs, both top ten in the MLB. I really think AJ has a great opportunity to capture the AL MVP crown but the O's will have to either win the division or make the playoffs for him to be a realistic candidate. Individually, I think he will do his part because I don't see him slowing down. (AP PHOTO) 

The Blue Jays would get on the board in the 6th and 7th inning, Ezequiel Carrera knocking in both RBIs off his 2 doubles. Baltimore enemy #1 Jose Bautista wasn't in the lineup tonight but he did pinch hit in the 9th inning but grounded out to end the game, Zach Britton claiming his 7 save of the season. 

This was a necessary win for the O's, who are still sitting under .500 ball, not only because of their slow start but to give the fans of Baltimore some much needed positivity. Last time I attended an O's game, I sat in the press box but today I bought a ticket and it felt good to sit and watch the ballgame as a fan and native of Baltimore. Joining in on chants, cheering during full counts, just being an Orioles fan, something you can't really do sitting in the press box. It is a great luxury being in there and an honor that I will never take for granted if given another opportunity but it's nothing like sitting in the bleachers or standing above the bullpens. 

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