9:30 PM Eastern
The Blue Jays are done with interleague play! Huzzah!
They finished an ugly 7-11 on the year – only the last-place Indians and A’s were worse in the American League (at 5-13). And the Jays got to play the NL East, where EVERY team had a losing record in interleague, as well as a set with the Reds, for some reason, who were 6-9.
It’s amazing how bad this team is at beating the National League, and how much it always costs them in the standings.
This year, in interleague, the Jays finished three games worse than the Yankees (if the Yanks hold on to win tonight), SIX games worse than the Rays and four games in arrears of Boston. To put it another way, that’s how many games they lost to three teams they are now chasing. When interleague started, all those teams were chasing the Jays.
If the Yankees hold on to win tonight, they’ll lead the Jays by three for the wild card. Granted, the Yanks played six against the Mets (and went 4-1 going into tonight) and the Jays didn’t play the Mets at all. But the Jays got swept by the Marlins – at home – and the Rays went 5-1 against Florida.
Watch at the end of the season how important three games against the Yankees, four games against the Red Sox and six games against the Rays might be. It’s astounding how the Jays simply can’t take care of business against the senior circuit.
Here’s today’s Alex Seixierofied version of The JaysTalk, for your listening pleasure:
Kudos to Aaron Hill for the two home runs to make him the Jays’ all-time single-season leader in homers by a second baseman. Don’t tell the guy I just traded him in the Fat Elvis league.
Tomorrow night, to celebrate my final day on the disabled list, Roy Halladay will be activated and tasked with taking down T-Bay as the Jays try to move back into a tie for third in the East. Make sure you tune in Jerry, Alan and Zack Cooper at 7:00 PM Eastern! I’ll be on with Hogan and Toth at 10:30 AM Eastern to help break down the weekend and set up the rest of the homestand. If the Jays take the series from the Rays 2-1, it’ll be their second straight 5-4 homestand. That’s not exactly making hay while the barn door is closed, or some such.
Rational, reasonable comments are always welcome!