Good luck trying to think of another month quite like the one you just witnessed, Blue Jays fans. You’ll be thinking for a long time, because there isn’t one: August 2015 has been the best month in the 39-year history of the franchise, and it isn’t particularly close. Toronto improved to 21-5 this month after this past weekend’s commanding sweep of the Detroit Tigers, and can make it 22 wins in August with David Price taking the mound at home Monday night against Cleveland.  It’s as dominant a month a big-league team could hope to have. Go ahead, try to pick your favourite stat: The Blue Jays had five series sweeps in August. Between Aug. 2 and Aug. 13, they reeled off their second 11-game win streak of the year. Their run differential during this span is +89. Their average margin of victory is 4.8 runs. Seriously, this isn’t just your run of the mill hot stretch. How rare is it for the Blue Jays to crack 20 wins in a month? It’s only happened seven times since 1977 . What makes this August haul even more impressive is that the Jays have had four off days this month, meaning they’ve had fewer opportunities to rack up the W’s than their predecessors in Toronto. Rank Year Month GP Record Win % 1 1988 Sept/Oct 29 22-7 .759 2 2015 Aug. 26* 21-5 .808 3 2003 May 29 21-8 .724 4 2014 May 30 21-9 .700 5 1992 May 30 21-9 .700 6 1989 Aug. 29 20-9 .690 7 2008 May 30 20-10 .667   As you can see, the Blue Jays have never had a team finish a month with a winning percentage above .800. A loss Monday would drop that number to .778, which would still be the best month in club history. Of course, all these team wins wouldn’t be possible without a number of standout individual performances. Edwin Encarnacion has led the charge, mashing 11 home runs in August and hitting an absurd .402/.458/.927. With those numbers, it’s no surprise he’s riding a 25-game hitting streak – the longest streak in the majors this season. He’s been supported in the lineup by American League MVP candidate Josh Donaldson and perennial All-Star Jose Bautista. Donaldson continues to be a force at the plate. Like Encarnacion, he’s crushed 11 homers to go with a .408 OBP in August. Bautista’s right there behind him, with 10 homers and a OBP of .374. Even bottom of the order bats Ben Revere (.316/.371/.347) and Ryan Goins (.303/.439/.439) have stepped up in a big – likely unsustainable (see, .366 and .367 BABIP respectively) – way. And while the offence gets the bulk of the credit, the pitching staff deserves its due, too. The starters have put up a 3.08 ERA and averaged over 6 1/3 innings per start in August. The bullpen – boosted by the additions of LaTroy Hawkins, Mark Lowe, and Aaron Sanchez over the last month – has combined for a 2.16 ERA and 2.97 FIP . That’s a significant improvement over how Toronto’s pitchers performed earlier in 2015.

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For the New York Mets, August has been like a dream, and nothing sums up their charmed life better than the saga of Wilmer Flores. On July 29, reports surfaced that Flores was being traded in a deal that would bring Carlos Gomez to the Mets. An emotional Flores wiped tears from his eyes on the field, but the trade was never completed.

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Blue Jays slugger Edwin Encarnacion connected in the first inning against Detroit, homering for the third straight at-bat. Encarnacion hit three home runs and matched a Blue Jays record with nine RBIs in Saturday’s 15-1 win over the Tigers. Sunday’s solo drive extended Encarnacion’s hitting streak to 25 games, the longest in the majors since a 28-game run by Colorado’s Nolan Arenado in 2014.

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The hats were thrown on the field by Blue Jays fans — the traditional hockey tribute when a player scores three goals — after Encarnacion hit his third home run of the game and third grand slam of the season in the seventh inning. The three home runs gave him nine RBIs, equaling the club record set in 1977 by third baseman Roy Howell against the New York Yankees. Encarnacion admitted he did not know what the hat throwing meant until reserve catcher Dioner Navarro explained it.

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(The Sports Xchange) – Justin Verlander lost his bid for a third career no-hitter on a leadoff double in the ninth inning and had to settle for a one-hitter as the Detroit Tigers beat the Los Angeles Angels 5-0 at Comerica Park on Wednesday. Angels catcher Chris Iannetta lined a 2-2 pitch onto the chalk of the left field line as Verlander came up just shy of becoming the sixth pitcher in major league history to record at least three no-hitters.

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A full house welcomed the surging Blue Jays home from an eight-game road trip, roaring with approval at another big win for the AL East leaders. Josh Donaldson and Troy Tulowitzki hit back-to-back homers, Jose Bautista also connected and Toronto won for the eighth time in 10 games, beating the Detroit Tigers 5-3 on Friday night. The crowd of 46,518, Toronto’s fifth straight sellout, turned up the volume as rookie closer Roberto Osuna finished things off by striking out the side on nine straight pitches after falling behind 3-0 to leadoff batter J.D. Martinez.

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Matt Shoemaker grew up 30 miles south of the Motor City, rooting for the Detroit Tigers. Pitching for the first time in the Tigers’ home, Shoemaker made it memorable. Shoemaker threw one-hit ball into the eighth inning, Albert Pujols drove in one run and scored another and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Detroit Tigers 2-0 Thursday.

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The Los Angeles Angels’ postseason fortune could hinge on how they handle their remaining road games. After losing 12 of their previous 13 road tilts, the Angels (65-62) began this nine-game trek by winning two of three from Detroit. “It’s special to be able to do it here, but more importantly to get a win in a tight playoff race,” said Shoemaker, whose Angels are among three teams within one game of each other for the AL’s second wild-card spot.

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In many ways, Justin Verlander is the perfect symbol of an uncertain future for the Detroit Tigers. When he spent more than two months on the disabled list and then struggled in his first few starts of 2015, it looked as if Verlander’s best days were long behind him – a bad sign for Detroit, considering his exorbitant contract that lasts through at least 2019. Now, the future suddenly looks a bit more promising for Verlander.

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(Adds late games) Aug 26 (The Sports Xchange) – Highlights of Major League Baseball games on Wednesday: – - – - Astros 6, Yankees 2 Right-hander Collin McHugh pitched 6-1/3 innings while designated hitter Evan Gattis homered twice as the Houston Astros scored four times in the fifth inning during a 6-2 victory over the New York Yankees. McHugh held the Yankees to five hits, struck out eight and walked two. …

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