After an ugly 2-4 homestand that saw the Blue Jays lose two more series – they have only won one series so far this year – the Jays hit the road for seven straight games vs. division rivals. With four games upcoming in Tampa – somewhere the Jays never seem to fair well – and then three in Boston, the Jays need to go at least 4-3 in my opinion.
There was a glimmer of hope at the end of the homestand, as the Jays pounded out a season high 15 hits on Sunday. For a week now, with a couple exceptions, batters have been seeing the ball better and are starting to drive it up the middle instead of trying to pull everything over the wall.
Let’s hope Mark Buehrle kicks off the road trip on the right note tonight vs. the Rays. Buehrle has been plaqued by the longball this season and needs to keep the ball in the park and give the Jays offence a chance. The Jays offence needs to put up some runs on this road trip and take the pressure off the pitching staff and the defence.
So the Jays are 11-21. Hardly inspiring. However, if we assume 90 wins will grab a playoff spot (it usually does, but doesn’t always – just ask last season’s Rays), we need to go 79-51 through the remainder of the season. Not impossible if we start playing well right now. However, the longer we wait to go on a run (and a truly believe we will at some point) we may be out of it and leaving fans thinking about next season by August.
79-51 means the Jays need to play .608 ball the rest of the way. Again, not impossible. But with every series loss the chances of making the playoffs become more improbable.
It’s strange to say this early in May, but these next seven games are really important!