There is a hint of October in the cool, damp air. As usual, that's a signal that the Blue Jays' season is over. This is a team tradition Ricky Romero wants no part of.



"It's always a bitter feeling when you're sitting at home watching on TV," said Romero, who tossed his last game of the season on Saturday. "People ask me: 'Who do you have in the World Series?' Well, I don't want anyone to win. I want it to be us.



"I don't want my season to end. As excited as I am to see my family and spend time with them, I wish we were playing October baseball."



Wednesday's season finale will be as close to October as the Jays will get and they'll need that win to finish at level .500. Tuesday night, they lost their 81st game of the year, a 2-1 decision to the White Sox that featured a strong seven innings from another 2012 rotation candidate, Henderson Alvarez.



Alvarez gave up just seven hits, including a solo home run by Tyler Flowers and an RBI-single by A.J. Pierzynski that accounted for Chicago's runs.



Mike McCoy hit his second homer of the year in the eighth for Toronto's only run.



For this season, Romero will have to settle for a breakthrough personal campaign that produced a 15-11 record, a 2.92 ERA, 225 innings with 178 strikeouts and a walk-rate that continued on a downward spiral.



"There's been steady improvement throughout the year that's taken him from being a very good pitcher into that small group of pitchers in the American League," manager John Farrell said. "There have been improvements in a couple of areas.