The Toronto Blue Jays Will Never Fly with John Gibbons

Todd ReillyCorrespondent IJune 19, 2008

At 35-38, they currently sit three games below .500. They are riding the winds of a four-game losing streak in which they've looked more like a AAA ballclub than the last remaining Canadian team in the majors.

The Blue Jays are dead last in the American League East, and they show no signs of being a contender down the stretch. The lineup, top to bottom, is amongst the best in the majors, but the results aren't there.

It is desperation time in Toronto.

Offensively, the Blue Jays have been non-existent and are having a tough time converting runs when they have the opportunity. With Vernon Wells, Alex Rios, Scott Rolen, and Matt Stairs in the starting nine, home runs should not be an issue, but surprisingly it has become a major sore-spot for the team.

Going into last night's contest against the Brewers, the Jays were projected to finish the season with 102 home runs, the all-time third-lowest total for the franchise since the season length became 162 games.

The hammer is going to fall, but who should be taking a seat?

The answer is so-called manager John Gibbons, as GM J.P. Ricciardi has provided the coach with a team capable of making a run at the division title.

Littered with talent, this year's Jays have major preparation issues, as continual slow starts have put the team behind the eight ball. Over the past couple weeks, the bats haven't heated up until the seventh inning, when the game is already out of hand.

Pitching and defense have been a pleasant surprise, and perhaps with better guidance on the bench, the team can turn the tables. But as long as Gibbons is in charge, the Jays will find themselves without wings.