Posted by: Jeremy | October 3, 2010

One last high note for Cito

Gaston went out on top in this one, too

Eighty-five wins. Gotta be honest, I didn’t see this coming. Marc Rzepczynski put the finishing touches on the Jays’ remarkable season this afternoon, giving up just an unearned run over seven innings as Toronto beat the Twins 2-1. Pretty good, but with Roy Halladay in the picture, I figure this team would’ve finished 110-52. Thanks a lot, Alex Anthopolous.

Rzepczynski won his third straight start, finishing the season 4-4 in 12 starts and lowering his ERA from 6.47 to 4.95 with four strong outings to close it out. Jesse Carlson and Shawn Camp were flawless in the eighth and ninth, with Camp picking up his second save and dumping his ERA to an impressive 2.99 to finish the year.

The Jays scored their runs on solo homers by Edwin Encarnacion (his 21st, and fifth in the four-game series with the Twins) in the fifth and Adam Lind (his 23rd) in the seventh, giving them 257 to finish the year — good to tie the 1996 Orioles for third all-time, and seven short of the record of 264, set by the 1997 Mighty Mariners. Stay tuned — I’m planning to honour the Blue Jay mashers with a Facebook photo gallery in the next couple days.

With a win in his home finale already in the bag, Cito Gaston also went out on a winning note in his last game at the helm, closing his career 894-837 (.516), including a 211-201 (.512) mark since returning in June 2008. Those classy Twins did their part to add to the Cito lovefest this afternoon as well, and not just by losing three of four in his final series — in a pre-game ceremony, former Jays Paul Molitor, Jack Morris and Orlando Hudson joined Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire to donate a $2,500 cheque in Gaston’s name to the Jays Care Foundation. Heartwarming, to say the least.

With the win, the Jays, at 85-77, finish 10 games better than last season and about 60 better than most of those s0-called experts predicted (that’s right, just about everyone had them at 25-137 or so). Is it safe to call 2010 Toronto’s most impressive season since 1993? No doubt about it. Here’s hoping next year at this time the season will just be getting started.



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