The most overused phrase from Toronto Sports Media over the past week has been "what could be Halladay's last game as a Blue Jay."
Drew from Ghostrunner on First noticed that Rogers has been milking this for all it's worth and I think L.J. from The Te of Inglett had the best line: You may see Roy Halladay pitch for the Jays for the last time for the third time.
With the impending trade deadline in mind, Halladay put the rumors in the back of his head and went to work against the Seattle Mariners. The same storyline that precluded each Halladay start also coincided with the same results over the past three games for Halladay; no run support.
Over his past three starts the Blue Jays have averaged just 2.3 support runs for Halladay. Normally, that would be more than enough to win the game, but the Seattle Mariners chipped away with 11 singles and an RBI-double from Ken Griffey Jr. which was the eventual game-winning hit.
If it weren't for hits from Aaron Hill and a two-run home run by Adam Lind in the seventh inning, the Jays could have been the victim of a no-hitter by Ryan Rowland-Smith. It was another tough loss, which now puts the Blue Jays record in one-run games at 11-20.
Even more shocking is that all 15 games that the Jays have lost in the month of July have been by three runs or less.
After losing so many games by such a close margin, it's apparent that the immediate problem with this team isn't the pitching, it's the hitting.
Note to the next (or current) general manager of the Toronto Blue Jays for the 2010 season: this team needs to add more to the offensive cavalry if they're going to compete next year.