After a four-plus hour delay, the decision was made to postpone Thursday's game and make it up Monday, if necessary. The Indians will simply slide Merritt back to Friday rather than start Adam Plutko in the series opener against Kansas City.
Scribner entered in the sixth inning with two on and a run already in. He struck out the first two batters and then got George Springer to ground out to preserve a 7-4 lead. Scribner was sidelined almost all year with a back injury, but since returning in early September, he hasn't allowed a run in 10 appearances (12.1 IP) with 14 strikeouts and one intentional walk.
The southpaw was called upon in a pressing spot on Wednesday, entering with a pair of runners on base and one out in the top of the seventh. Cecil successfully work around the trouble while extending his streak to 15 straight scoreless outings. The 30-year-old should continue getting opportunities to pitch in high-leverage situations with Joaquin Benoit possibly out for the season because of a torn left calf muscle. Cecil been a rare bright spot in the Jays' struggling bullpen during the final month.
Grilli is just one of the Jays' relievers that has struggled in recent weeks. The righty has allowed five runs over his last inning of work (recorded just one out while surrendering four runs last time out), and after starting September with a 3.08 ERA, he now sits at 4.01.
With the Blue Jays so close to seeing their AL Wild Card magic number drop to two games, closer Roberto Osuna was instead charged with a second blown save in his last three appearances. Osuna's latest outing was his fourth in five days, and it's possible that fatigue is playing a role in his recent performance.
Britton was afforded the save chance after Hyun Soo Kim hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the top of the ninth inning. The Orioles' closer has allowed just four runs all season, and three of those came in the first month of the campaign. Britton is on the verge of completing a perfect season, as he currently sits 47-for-47 in save chances.
The rain was falling in New York when Kimbrel entered the game, which may have contributed to his location problems -- just 13 of his 28 pitches were strikes. He was yanked in favor of Joe Kelly, who served up a grand slam to Mark Teixeira. The performance was shocking after Kimbrel had been lights out since mid-August.
He saved one game for the Reds earlier this year and has spent a lot of time in high-leverage situations for the Angels, thanks in no small part to the 2.78 ERA and 1.19 WHIP he's notched over 46.1 innings since coming over to Anaheim. It's surprising to see them turn to him in the ninth with how effective Andrew Bailey's been, though.
That's about as easy as they come. The veteran closer has had a bit of a tough 2016, as his typically unimpeachable control has been off, but he's still put up his third consecutive season with a save total in the mid-30s. That's not to say his declining control isn't a concern looking ahead to next year, though.
Per the report, Goody's locker has been cleared out, and so with the season set to end Sunday it would seem to imply he won't be back for the remainder of the year. If that's the case, the 25-year-old closes out 2016 with 34 strikeouts in 29 innings (10.6 K/9), but an uninspiring 4.66 ERA and a 5.34 FIP that suggests he was even lucky to attain that mark.