The Toronto Blue Jays: They Are Who We Thought They Were

Bare KnucksAnalyst IMay 22, 2009

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JUNE 27: Scott Downs #37 of the Toronto Blue Jays pitches against the Twins June 27, 2007 at the Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Toronto Blue Jays won, 5-4.  (Photo by Scott A. Schneider/Getty Images)

Another night, ANOTHER Blue Jay loss at the hands of the Boston Red Sox.

Earlier this year I wrote about the Blue Jays and the fact that they had not proven themselves to me by beating the rest of the AL East.

I believe I pointed out the fact that they would run into the Yankees and Red Sox multiple times toward the end of the month of May, and that if they were still at the top of the league I would give them credit.

Well, they are still 1 ½ games above Boston, so I suppose some credit is due. However, before Toronto fans get to excited about their 27-16 start, I think there are some important things to point out:

As I said, to be the best you have to beat the best—or at least compete with the best. The Jays are now a combined 1-4 against the Yankees and Red Sox, the teams they will need to go through to punch their ticket to October baseball.

Tallet looked good against Boston Tuesday night, but he was ultimately out-dueled by senior citizen Tim Wakefield. The Blue Jays were then shut down by Brad Penny the following night, losing 8-3.

The Yankees and Red Sox are starting to show signs of life, not a good sign for the first place Jays.

With A-Rod back in the lineup, Mark Teixeira’s bat has never been hotter. Even Johnny Damon and the rest of the Yankee lineup have seen an increase in production.

Sabathia is starting to pitch respectably, and overall the Bronx Bombers are on a tear, winning their last nine games as of May 21.

As for the Red Sox, not only are they coming off of two straight wins against the Jays, but they’re struggling stars are also starting to look normal again. Varitek and Ortiz both went deep in Wednesday night’s game. In fact 'Tek did twice.

Jason Bay continued his hot streak, and Penny added another quality start. Kevin Youkilis made his return to the lineup a successful one, contributing three hits.

With Daisuke Matsuzaka coming back to oppose the Mets in the first game of the upcoming interleague series, it seems the Red Sox are getting along just fine as they continue to get healthier.

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