Toronto Blue Jays: What Should the Last-Place Birds Do?
The New York Mets' struggles thus far this season have been well documented.
After Sunday's action, the underachieving Mets are only 33-35, despite an excessive $130 million payroll.
The Mets, 6.5 games out of first place in the NL East, were supposed to runaway with the division title, thanks to the acquisition of left-handed ace Johan Santana.
Manager Willie Randolph has been rumored, in recent weeks, to be getting the axe should the losing continue.
But what about the Toronto Blue Jays?
While the Jays weren't expected to win the AL East, they entered the season with one of the deepest starting-rotations in baseball.
No. 5 starter Jesse Litsch has pitched well enough to win seven games already, while Shaun Marcum owns the AL's best ERA at 2.43. Dustin McGowan, who almost had a no-no against Colorado last June, has potential.
There's also veteran A.J. Burnett and ace Roy Halladay.
The pitching has come through so far, owning baseball's third-best ERA at 3.45. The Jays bullpen has 24 saves, second-best overall, despite closer B.J. Ryan's recent struggles.
But Toronto, which doesn't have a lot of hitting and has lost far too many one-run decisions, is dead last in the AL East, with a 35-36 record, and 8.5 games behind Boston for the divisional race.
A last-place team, despite all that pitching.
The Jays trail Tampa Bay by six games in the Wild Card, with four teams—including Baltimore (yikes!)—ahead of them. You just know that the Tigers and Indians, who are currently behind the Jays, are bound to start winning.
Toronto recently lost two of three to the Orioles (who were in last place at the time), and they then turned the same trick against the Mariners (who have the worst record in the majors).
The Jays haven't been able to put runs across the plate and have already wasted several great outings by their starters.
What should the Blue Jays do? Stand pat and hope the pitching continues to hold up, or make a move of some sort?
The Jays will take on teams like the Brewers (36-33), the Pirates (34-36), the Reds (33-38), the Braves (34-36), and then the Mariners (24-45) again, to close out the month of June.
Certainly very winnable games against a mediocre bunch of teams.
I ask again, what should the Blue Jays do at this point?
Going .500 or worse for the rest of the month does not bode well for this team. The Jays will need to sweep a couple of these series to stay in the race.
In New York, the Mets get scrutinized to death—and they should.
But what about in Toronto?
Is anything going to happen soon?
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