May 25, 2014; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Rays left fielder Brandon Guyer (5), center fielder Desmond Jennings (8) and right fielder Wil Myers (9) celebrate after they beat the Boston Red Sox at Tropicana Field. Tampa Bay Rays defeated the Boston Red Sox 8-5. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Time to Really Find Out If The Blue Jays Are For Real

For the first time since 2010 the Toronto Blue Jays have won 4 series in a row. It’s been a stretch that has gone from hard to harder but the Jays won consecutive series over Indians, Rangers, Red Sox and Athletics.

Not only that but the Jays are on a 6-game winning streak having beaten the World Series champion Red Sox and the best team in baseball to this point Oakland Athletics.

The Jays are spoiling fans with two 5-game winning streaks in the same season. IN THE SAME MONTH!

They have a 17-7 record in May and are 16-5 in their last 21 games.

I feel safe in saying that for most fan bases this would be more than enough to convince you that your team is going to be competitive this season.

But Blue Jays fans are jaded. 20 years of irrelevancy will do that you.

Fortunately for the Jays and their fans, the Jays have their own personal test to see if they are for real as they start a series with the Tampa Bay Rays.

You know the whole story of how the Blue Jays have been absolutely owned by the Rays the last 7 years. You’ve seen it for yourself and it gets talked about excessively whenever the Rays play the Jays.

Sure they won a series against the Rays at home last season but that really isn’t that comforting if you ask me.

I have to admit over the years Rays’ series are the only ones I ALWAYS have enthuasiasm for just to see if the Jays can beat them.

Of course if the Jays don’t win this series with the Rays the good vibes aren’t going to go away. But at the same time losing a series to the Rays even after they’d been so hot would feel like typical Jays.

Remember who broke up the Jays 11-game win streak with back to back losses last season, the Rays.

The Rays have always had the Jays number even when they are hot.

And the Rays are on a 4-game winning streak of their own with a win against Oakland and 3 straight against the Red Sox. How do you like that?

I don’t know how I got this far in this post without mentioning the standings. The Rays are 23-28 and 6 games back of the Jays. So winning this series just doesn’t make you feel good about the Jays but it puts even more distance between them and the Rays. That would just be beautiful even in May.

I can’t remember the last time I could say that even if the Rays sweep the Jays they’ll still be ahead of them in the standings.

The Jays have been the best team in baseball during the month of May. They are hot but are they winning a series against the Rays hot?

If they are it’s going to be really hard for even the most cynical Blue Jays fan to not buy into this team.

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  • nickgarciataria

    This article pretty much sums up why I hate the Rays so much more than I hate the Red Sox or Yankees.

    • 70-92

      because they’re well run, don’t waste money on fading talent and draft and trade impeccably? nah, I hate Boston and New York A LOT more–they just outspend everyone for decades and cover their myriad of mistakes with more money

  • JaysHopeful

    What do you think is it that has given the Rays their edge over the Jays? It is effective starting pitching, crafty management, defensive adaptability, a familiarity with turf? Or are Canadian retirees just giving away trade secrets in St. Petersburg?

    • nickgarciataria

      I doubt it’s a familiarity with turf because then the all time head to head would be more even.

      There’s something going on, because I can’t think of any other pairing where one team is this dominant over the other.

    • Dedd

      I think maybe they’ve scouted the Jays extensively in Dunedin?

  • revolu888

    You know i bet it’s cause the Ray’s have got their scouting down to a tee. And because we’re in the same division they can exploit our weaknesses just that much more.

    Though honestly it hasnt been just the rays that have beat us up over the past couple of years, all of the AL east have had our number.

  • themarsist

    I’m really not a grammar Nazi…but…

    “The Jays have been the best team in baseball during the month of May. THERE hot but are they winning a series against the Rays hot?

    Come on.

    I’m a partially employed English teacher and you guys are a respected online sports publication. If you need an editor, I’m looking for work.

  • Mike Hradil

    Yea bro the Rays suck. Look at the Jays lineup. ok now look at the Mediocre Rays lineup… now back to the Jays.. BOOM!!! Thats whats up! oh and Jays pitching has been solid.

  • Rodger Thornhill

    I guess the answer is YES!