Every team in the AL East is at .500 or better. For those of you out there that don’t realize, this means that when the Blue Jays are facing the AL East each and every team has won more than half of the games that they have played. So when the Blue Jays have a 10 straight games against the AL East and manage to win half of them, that’s pretty good.
After having their 11-game winning streak snapped, the Blue Jays managed to take just 2 of 7 games against the Rays and Red Sox. While clearly the Blue Jays had hoped for better results, it could have been much worse. The Blue Jays are still hanging around, and within striking distance of both the AL East and Wild Card, and after the start to the season the Blue Jays had, that’s all we can hope for.
This week’s GBOAT was an easy choice. Finally looking like the Cy Young winner the Blue Jays thought they had acquired in the offseason. Taking the mound in Tropicana, Dickey mowed through the Rays lineup, allowing just 2 hits and a walk on his way to a complete game shutout (throwing less than 100 pitches!).
This game was an absolute pleasure to watch, not only was it an afternoon game, but Dickey led the Jays to victory in just over 2 hours. After years of having Jason Frasor toe the rubber for the Jays, I feel like I’ve experienced innings of relief that were longer.
Omar Vizquel Award for Ineptitude
With an ERA in his one start of 37.80, it was just too difficult to give this (dis)honour to any other member of the Blue Jays. It was an ugly blow up for Chien-Ming Wang, but it was a blow up that should have been somewhat expected.
Was it really rational for us to expect Wang to continue to pitch at anything other than replacement level with his recent track record? Absolutely not. Did I think that the Blue Jays could quite literally do no wrong during their 11-game streak? Absolutely.
If the worst performer on your team for the past week is a journeyman starter whom will likely be replaced in the rotation as soon as possible, you can’t really complain.
Since I didn’t post this on time because it was Canada Day and all (plus I was moving, give me a break!), the Blue Jays have already gotten off to a good start to the week with R.A. Dickey continuing to look good, and the bats out in full force (so maybe I wasn’t that busy and just wanted to go to the game, sue me). Three more games against the Tigers followed by a 3 game set against the Minnesota Twins round out the Jays week. With 12 games until the All Star Break it would be a nice All Star treat to watch Jose Bautista starting in right field while his Blue Jays are sitting in at least 3rd place in the AL East.