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It’s been a bad year for the Blue Jays. And while it’s gotten a little better in the last month or so—and much better since, say, their 1-9 start—they still just can’t manage to pull themselves to .500, even as they’ve continually hovered just under the mark.

Today’s 11-4 loss to the Rangers marked the ninth time this year that the Blue Jays have lost a game that would have put them at .500. Nine times they’ve been one game away from shedding a losing record, and nine times they’ve come up short.

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Today should have been one of their better chances at pulling even, facing the with their best pitcher on the mound in Marcus Stroman. But he had his worst outing of the year so far—giving up seven runs in four innings of work, including three home runs. Carlos Gomez benefitted especially, going 3-for-4 with five runs batted in and two dingers:

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The 11-4 drubbing was rough, but most of their chances to get to .500 have been similarly so—four of the nine games so far have involved giving up 10 or more runs, and the Blue Jays have scored two runs or fewer in five of the nine.

Better luck next time. Some time. Eventually. Probably.

[SportsNet]