Apr 22, 2013; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Orioles pitcher Chris Tillman (30) pitches in the third inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Joy R. Absalon-USA TODAY Sports

One Game At A Time

No fan of the Toronto Blue Jays knew for sure if the Blue Jays were going to make the playoffs during the offseason. No fan of the Jays knows if they’re going to make the playoffs now.

What we thought we knew is that the Jays were going to have a good enough team that you’d feel comfortable knowing they had a chance to win each game before it was played.

With the Blue Jays underperforming to start the season they’ve already taken that feeling away.

I can’t speak for the rest of the fan base but I know I was nervous before the last game of the Orioles series.

That’s crazy because there should have been nothing to be nervous about! Look at the pitching matchup for Pete’s sake! It was Brandon freaking Morrow against some Triple A scrub that the Orioles picked up on the waiver wire and were forced to use because their rotation got messed up from a rain delay on the weekend.

The game kind of ended up being played out the way you’d expect with the Blue Jays leading 5-2 after 6 innings. But they still scored all their runs through homers up to that point which is something you can’t rely on against a typical big league starter. So the offense is far from being cured.

The Blue Jays were 8-11 coming into the Orioles series. My mind set was let’s sweep them and get on a roll. Unfortunately it didn’t work out that way. The Jays got owned by not great to be nice starters Chris Tillman and Miguel Gonzalez.

As a fan it’s hard to not see the Blue Jays start the season on a roll. It’s frustrating to not see them win series or go on an extended win streak.

The Blue Jays have reminded us it’s going to be a grind all year in the AL East. You can’t decide which games or series the Jays should win or predict a winning streak.

As the players, coaches, managers and GM’s always say you just have to take it one game at a time.

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  • Amir777

    I follow the Blue Jays from thousands of kilometers away in the Middle east, and although I don’t have the luxury of being in touch with the events as much as someone sitting in Toronto, I think I have a good sense of what is causing the ongoing drought: mediocre batting and pitching coaches. I can’t forget how hastily they were selected, and lame reasoning offered for their hiring: no other incentive works better than promotion from within the organization.

    I do not understand how you come to trust a grade A+/A squad with two coaches without any MLB level coaching credentials (with all due respect bullpen coach does not qualify for the title). It is no different than leaving a A380 passenger plane (if you don’t know about the plane, look it up) at the hands of two freshly graduated pilots; it is just too much of a responsibility and tremendous wisdom, experience, player handing, mentoring, and vision required for the job. Remember the kind of wizardry the likes of Brad Arnsberg and Gene Tenace (along with Cito Gaston) pulled for pitching and offense over the years. Arnberg squeezed every drop out of his average squad (aside from Roy), and the level preparedness was exemplary, and for Tenace, it’s well documented esp. regarding Jose and team in 2008-10 seasons.

    During spring, Walker claims ‘My role is mostly supervisory and I let them [pitchers] follow their own routines’. What is that suppose to mean? Someone in that position has to lead and define direction, and because of his stature, players have to look up to, highly respect him and treat him as a master of his craft rather than an ordinary Joe assigned to the job. Walker admits ‘he started late with Romero’, well that is all the difference between high caliber MLB coach than someone who has just started learning the ropes in that level. I think his statement should be extended to many other players on the team.

    I don’t know much about Chad Mottola, but the numbers speak for themselves: ranked 18th overall for a team with such a high talent.

    Maybe it is too soon to judge, but I believe coaching has had a big part in the current situation.

    • http://twitter.com/Wrayzerblade Michael Wray

      Wow some great points and a very well thought out comment. At first I was going to say it’s too early to worry and coaches can only have so much impact, but after thinking about it more I think you might be right. There seems to be a general lack of preparedness around this team, especially with the pitching staff. I sometimes feel like they forget Spring Training ended almost a month ago.

      Great comment hope to hear more from you on the site!