It hasn’t been smooth sailing for the Toronto Blue Jays by any means this season, but this one was especially ugly.
Entering a critical series with the Texas Rangers — one with massive playoff implications in the American League wild-card race — Toronto held a 1.5-game lead over Texas and looked to be surging after winning eight of its last 10.
Boy did those good vibes fade in a hurry, however, as Toronto dropped all four games of the critical set — culminating with a 9-2 loss on Thursday night after dropping a disastrous 10-0 decision on Wednesday. All in all, the Rangers outscored the Jays by a whopping total of 35-9 over the series at Rogers Centre.
The Blue Jays, who now sit 2.5 games back of the Rangers and on the outside of the postseason picture, will also lose the head-to-head tiebreaker with Texas if it comes down to that for a playoff spot. The loss also dropped the Blue Jays to 1.5 games back of the Seattle Mariners, who were idle on Thursday, in the race for the third and final AL wild-card berth.
“We’re as pissed as anybody. We’re mad,” Blue Jays ace Kevin Gausman said after Thursday’s defeat. “We’re all competitors, we don’t like what happened this series.
“We’ve got a bad taste in our mouth. But we can’t do anything right now but keep going.”
Vladimir Guerrero Jr., who has struggled mightily all year and especially in this series, got off the schneid somewhat with a two-run homer in the bottom of the first to give the Jays the lead. But that glimmer of hope and positivity was short-lived as Texas quickly responded in the top of the second to regain the lead and did not look back from there — pouring in eight unanswered runs en route to its third blowout win of the series.
The boo birds were out at Rogers Centre — louder and louder with each Rangers run — for the second night in a row after the crowd serenaded the team with jeers amid Texas’ rout on Wednesday.
Gausman, who has seen his performance dip since the All-Star break, tried to shoulder the blame for Thursday’s disheartening loss, even though the Toronto offence mustered just two runs.
“Today is completely on me,” said Gausman. “To go out and give the lead away (to Seager’s home run) and then Vladdy comes up and takes the momentum back and then I give it up right away (with Seager’s double) is just unacceptable and that whole game after that is on me…
“Vladdy took the lead for us and I gave it right back. That’s tough. We’ve got to use that going forward, use whatever frustrations we have and try to take it out on the other teams.”
The one-sided series saw the Blue Jays’ odds of making the playoffs plummet from 79.3% before the series to 46.8% after it, according to FanGraphs. The Rangers, meanwhile, saw their postseason odds shoot up to 78.7% from 51.7% after the sweep.
The good news for the Blue Jays is there are still 15 games remaining on the regular-season schedule (starting with a three-game set vs. the Red Sox this weekend) and the odds aren’t totally stacked again them just yet. It’s not undoable, sure, but Toronto will now have to go on a hell of a run over the next two-and-a-half weeks to be in a playoff spot come October.
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How to Spot a Trustworthy Online Casino in Canada
Spotting a trustworthy online casino isn’t hard once you know what to look for, but until then, you better hold off on signing up or making a deposit. This quick guide on how to find a reputable online casino will cover five different factors you can evaluate to determine whether or not a casino is trustworthy. While you could just use a site like the trusted source WikiHow that lists the best online casinos Canada, it does help to be able to evaluate the trustworthiness of casinos on your own. Likewise, you shouldn’t believe everything you read on the internet. Casino review sites are a great resource, but it doesn’t hurt to also do a little digging of your own. Without further delay, here’s a quick and easy guide on how to spot a trustworthy online casino.
Checking for Proper Licensing and Regulation
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Never play at a casino that does not have a license or whose license is unverifiable. The easiest way to verify a license is to head to the licensor’s website and cross-check their registry with the name of the casino you’re looking at. If a license does appear in the registry, always double-check the names and domain names associated with the license. Some scam sites use domains that look similar to real casinos and act as if they are operating under their license. When in doubt, head to the URL listed on the license you find in the registry to be sure that you’re at the right site.
Evaluating the Casino’s Security Measures
Examining the Casino’s Game Selection
Game selection is another important factor to consider when choosing from the best online casinos Canada. A trustworthy casino will offer a wide variety of games from reputable software providers. Look for popular titles from well-known developers such as Microgaming, NetEnt, and Playtech. Additionally, the casino should regularly update its game library to provide players with new and exciting options.
Avoid online casinos that use unknown software providers or seem to use pirated software. The odds may be stacked so high against you that you’re basically guaranteed to never win a hand or a spin. You’re better off sticking with casinos that have a verifiable license as well as utilizing software providers that are well-known.
Verifying the Casino’s Customer Support
Good customer support is essential for a positive online casino experience. A trustworthy casino will have a responsive and knowledgeable support team available to assist you with any queries or concerns. Look for casinos that offer multiple support channels, such as live chat, email, and telephone. Additionally, check for the casino’s operating hours to ensure that support is available when you need it. You should also try and give their customer support a test run. By simply asking their 24/7 Live Chat simple questions about the site, you can get a feel for their response time and overall knowledge. Sites with poor customer service will often take a long time to connect to an agent and be unable to answer even the simplest of queries.
Looking for Fair and Transparent Bonus Terms
Bonuses and promotions are a common feature of online casinos, but it’s important to carefully review the terms and conditions associated with these offers. A trustworthy casino will have fair and transparent bonus terms, clearly outlining the wagering requirements, maximum bet limits, and any other conditions that apply. Avoid casinos that have overly restrictive or confusing bonus terms, as this may indicate a lack of transparency.
In conclusion, when looking for a trustworthy online casino, it’s important to consider factors such as proper licensing and regulation, security measures, game selection, customer support, and bonus terms. By taking the time to evaluate these aspects, you can ensure a safe and enjoyable gaming experience. Remember to always gamble responsibly and set limits for yourself to avoid any potential issues.
Canadiens acquire Tanner Pearson, trade Casey DeSmith to Canucks
A third-round pick in 2025 also goes to Montreal in the deal completed Tuesday.
Pearson hasn’t played since suffering a broken hand last November during a game in Montreal.
Pearson, 31, had one goal and four assists in 14 games last season.
In 590 career games with the Canucks, Pittsburgh Penguins and Los Angeles Kings, Pearson has 133 goals and 139 assists for 272 points.
The Kings picked the Barrie Colts product in the first round (30th overall) of the 2012 NHL Draft.
Pearson is in the final year of a three-year contract with a cap hit of $3.25 million.
DeSmith, 32, has been with the Pittsburgh Penguins since 2017-18. He was acquired by the Canadians in a three-team deal also involving the San Jose Sharks last month.
DeSmith was 15-16-4 with a 3.17 goals-against average and .905 save percentage last season.
In 134 career games, the undrafted DeSmith is 58-44-15 with a 2.81 GAA and .912 save percentage.
DeSmith is on the final year of a two-year deal with a cap hit of $1.8 million.
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