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Blue Jays-Angels: Toronto Pounds the Ball in 13-1 Victory over LA

TORONTO - APRIL 6:  Aaron Hill #2 of the Toronto Blue Jays stands at bat during the Opening Day game against the Detroit Tigers at the Rogers Centre on April 6, 2009 in Toronto, Ontario. (Photo by: Dave Sandford/Getty Images)
Adam GreuelSenior Analyst IMay 7, 2009

Is this team for real? 1st in the MLB in batting average (.297), 3rd in on-base percentage (.366), 3rd in home runs (37) and 1st in runs (189), an amazing 28 runs ahead of the second place Los Angeles Dodgers.

Today's 13-1 stomping of the Los Angeles Angels was a great example of how the Jays season has gone so far. 15 hits, 13 runs and they chased Angels starter Anthony Ortega from the game after he pitched just one and one-third innings.

Every player had at least one hit, every player scored at least one run, five players had at least two hits, and only three players were held without an RBI. Vernon Wells and Lyle Overbay both had three run home runs, while Aaron Hill hit a two run shot, his team leading seventh of the season.

Some say that this kind of tear can't continue, and there are probably right. But, who is to say that with this insanely good 20-10 start, that the Jays will miss the play-offs? Even if the Jays played the rest of the season at a .500 winning percentage, they would end the year with a respectable 86-76 record.

With the pitching we have coming back from injury in Ricky Romero, Casey Janssen, and potentially Jesse Litsch, things might get even better for the injury depleted Jays. A big reason the Jays pitching has held up is Roy Halladay, the team MVP and the franchise.

A lack of run support likely cost Halladay the Cy Young last year, but through seven starts this year, he is 6-1 and the Jays have scored 7.9 runs per game with him on the mound. The only thing standing between him and the Cy Young is Kansas City Royals pitcher Zach Greinke.

It was a disappointing game for the Angels, who had to use four relief pitchers and only managed to scratch out seven hits and one run on Halladay and Shawn Camp. Things turned really ugly when Justin Speier got very angry at the umpire and then started to yell at his own bench coach.

Up Next: Robert Ray (0-0) attempts to win the series for the Jays against young righty Jered Weaver (2-1).

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