It has been no secret to Blue Jays fans that when Inter League games come along, the team tends to under perform. The team has not had a winning record in inter league since 2007 when they went 10-8. Funny enough they also started the first two months of 2007 with a losing record (25-28) and went on to finish the year above .500 with an 83-79 record.
Let’s have a quick look at the past 3 seasons;
- 2012- (9-9) 27-24 In April and May
- 2011- (8-10) 28-27 In April and May
- 2010- (7-11) 31-22 In April and May
While the team has not been embarrassing during these series’, they have always been in contention in the beginning of the year so the mediocre play never hurt there chances at the post season.
Currently the Blue Jays are 1-0 in Inter League games with 19 games left. Like 2007, the blue jays are under .500 (16-24) and this 2 game series against the defending World Champions could be what the team needs to gain more confidence before they play more divisional games later this week.
Another reason playing well in Inter League games has become so important to the Blue Jays is because of the addition of the Houston Astros to the American League. There are now 20 inter league games each team needs to play in so the Blue jays need to find ways to win every one because the hole they have dug for themselves is deep.