Toronto Blue Days: Falling Fast in the AL East

Stamati HoriatesCorrespondent IMay 28, 2009

OAKLAND, CA - MAY 10:  Jose Baustista #23 of the Toronto Blue Jays bats against the Oakland Athletics during a Major League Baseball game on May 10, 2009 at the Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

Two weeks ago, the Toronto Blue Jays were on top of the world.  About to start their longest road trip of the season, the Jays had just swept the Chicago White Sox in four games, and were leading the mighty AL East while contending for the best record in Major League Baseball.

What a difference a road trip can make.

After East Coast stops in Boston, Atlanta, and Baltimore, the Toronto Blue Jays are finding that the only thing harder than making it to the top is staying there.  Losers of nine straight, the Blue Jays go into Thursday with a much needed day off—needed if for no other reason than to lick their wounds.

Now sitting at third place in the division (behind Boston and NY), and a game and a half out of first, Toronto embarks on a nine-game homestand in hopes of turning it back around.  But it won't be easy.

The Jays will face the Boston Red Sox, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, and the Kansas City Royals for three games each. This should prove to be a tough task for Toronto this week.

However, in order to stay in contention and prove that they belong in the AL East conversation, the Blue Jays will have to pull themselves together once again and regain their early season form.

If not, Toronto will be in for a much longer season than they planned, and there will be many more blue days to come.

Stamati Horiates