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Thursday's Say Hey, Baseball includes the Blue Jays surviving, the Cubs going home and a whole lot of Daniel Murphy. Subscribe for your daily Say Hey!

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Both the Blue Jays and Cubs faced elimination on Wednesday, and only one of the two managed to avoid it. The Blue Jays forced a series return to Kansas City and a Game 6 by defeating the Royals 7-1, rebounding from the beating they took in Game 4 that put them on the brink in the first place.

The offense deserves credit for waking up again, but starter Marco Estrada -- who also pitched well in Game 1 but to no avail -- was the real start of the day. Thanks to Estrada, David Price gets to take the mound again, and if he pitches like David Price instead of like he has in the postseason in his career, then Marcus Stroman is waiting for another chance at a series-winning start.

The Cubs get no such chances, as they were swept by the Mets in an NLCS in which they never once had a lead. Daniel Murphy continued to be an unstoppable force at the plate, and this time around, he was joined by Lucas Duda. With Steven Matz followed by most of the better portions of the Mets' bullpen, the Cubs had no chance from the start.

It feels too soon to say goodbye to this Cubs' team, but at least the Jays survived to give us more baseball until next week's World Series start. Toronto and Kansas City will face off on Friday night, so we also managed to avoid a situation where the American League pennant is won during an afternoon game. Great work all around, everyone. The one major downside of early starts was bypassed, and we all get a breather on Thursday with the threat of elimination on Friday and, if we're lucky, Saturday, too.