The Blue Jays rollercoaster season resumes tonight in Toronto and the team’s future is just as cloudy as its past.
So who are the Blue Jays? Are they the team that put together a 27-12 from late April into June, or the team that slumped to an 11-23 record leading up to the All-Star break? Chances are we’ll find out sooner rather than later.
The Jays are a -110 pick ‘em tonight against the Texas Rangers and desperately need to get out of the gate quickly. Toronto is 49-47 and trails the AL East-leading Baltimore Orioles by four games. If the Jays are going to get back in the pennant battle, they’re going to have to make up some ground quickly.
Toronto has a pile of winnable games coming up. The Rangers are the worst team in the American League at 38-55 so the Jays need this series at home to get the ball rolling. From there they have seven games against the Red Sox, three against the Yankees, and four against Houston before they host Baltimore in a three-game set in early August. The Orioles have a much tougher row to hoe with tough series against the Angels and Athletics.
If the Jays were playing with a full deck, their supporters would likely have a lot more confidence in the team coming out of the break. They’ll take the field tonight without the services of Edwin Encarnacion, Brett Lawrie, and Adam Lind – all of whom are battling injuries.
“Everybody wants to pick up the slack, especially when you lose Lawrie, Lind and Encarnacion, all big cogs in the engine of our offence,” R.A. Dickey told reporters.
“Hopefully, when the second half rolls around, we’ll be able to take a deep breath and whatever it is we have to offer individually, we’ll bring that.”
The Jays could use a win from Dickey tonight. Dickey is just 7-9 this year and has won only one of his last six starts.
“Bottom line is, we’ve got to figure out how to win some of these games that we’ve been losing, especially close ones,” Jays All-Star Jose Bautista told reporters. “Hopefully we can manage to keep winning enough games to stay in one of the top two positions in our division, and when we get all our big bats back, kind of get back in the thick of things.”
The Blue Jays are set at +1400 to win the World Series.