Blue Jays Can Put AL East On Notice
Aug 13, 2013; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Jose Reyes (7) congratulates third baseman Brett Lawrie (13) after scoring against the Boston Red Sox in the fifth inning at the Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY SportsIf you think you got baseball figured out you should be a millionaire from betting alone.
Before the season started many people felt the Toronto Blue Jays were going to be better than usual and that the AL East was going to be less competitive than usual.
Instead the Jays are even worse than usual and the AL East is even more competitive than usual!
The last time the Red Sox were at Rogers Centre David Ortiz told the Toronto Star his opinion on the Jays.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if next year they come back and just whoop everybody’s a@@, to be honest with you. I thought that was going to be the situation this year, I swear to God.”
It’s not much consolation but if Big Papi is right about this hypothetical butt whooping the Jays will give everyone next season they can start by giving the AL East a little sneak preview this season.
They have that chance now because the rest of their schedule goes Orioles, Yankees, Red Sox, 1 makeup game with the White Sox, Orioles, Rays.
Besides I’m very sick and tired of hearing about how the Jays are “playing their best baseball of the season right now”. Yeah the fact that they haven’t played a good team in 2 weeks might have something to do with that!
If you can beat the AL East then you’re really playing your best baseball of the season.
Now I know you’re reading this, scrolling your eyes, calling me an idiot, thinking the Jays are 23-38 against the AL East this season why would they have success against them now.
Not only did I see your reaction to the beginning of this post but for my next voodoo trick I can convince you the Jays could have more success this time against the AL East in just one sentence.
NONE OF THE GAMES ARE AT YANKEE STADIUM OR TROPICANA FIELD.
Consider yourself ninja’d.
Still don’t feel better about their chances now?
You should because if you take the losses in those ball parks out this season the Jays are 23-22 against the AL East.
That’s not spectacular either but hey 500 is a lot better than 15 below.
And every AL East team is still in contention so either way every game the Jays win from here on out will affect a division rivals playoff chances or at the very least hurt their chances to get home field advantage in the playoffs.
But the rest of the Jays schedule is bigger than just playing spoiler. The Jays have a chance to show the AL East that they plan on being relevant in 2014 by putting a hurt on them now.