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2014-05-29 12:49:22 PM  
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2014-05-29 01:32:30 PM  
I imagine they'll do okay this next series.

/bitter drunken Royals fan
 
2014-05-29 01:52:20 PM  
You laugh subby but I'd be willing to bet even money Damien Cox or Steve Simmons pukes out an article predicting that within the next two weeks.
 
2014-05-29 01:58:00 PM  

Tr0mBoNe: [imagizer.imageshack.us image 515x600]


THIIIIIIIIIIIIIS!

And fark Simmons and Cox, they are what's wrong with Toronto sports media.  How anyone gives them a modicum of time is beyond me.
 
2014-05-29 02:30:06 PM  
I'll freely admit that before the season I was frothing about management not making any moves to strengthen the rotation. I'm pleasantly surprised - the Jays have started hitting like they were projected to last year, and the top of the rotation has been solid, if not spectacular - they hold opposing teams down and take advantage of the hot bats.

We still have some iffy stuff happening in the 4 and 5 spots on the rotation, and it seems like the bullpen goes all to pieces if anyone gets hurt (witness the charlie foxtrot that happened when Janssen was out for a few weeks), but it's sure fun to watch right now.
 
2014-05-29 02:40:17 PM  
The snark against the Jays has been brewing over the week.  http://mlb.si.com/2014/05/28/toronto-blue-jays-first-place-al-east-co n tenders/
 
2014-05-29 02:42:38 PM  
FTFAIt's the first time in nearly 14 years the Jays have held the division's top spot this late in the season

It's still May, so you can sort of understand the skepticism.
 
2014-05-29 02:58:21 PM  

Nana's Vibrator: FTFAIt's the first time in nearly 14 years the Jays have held the division's top spot this late in the season

It's still May, so you can sort of understand the skepticism.


And this is Toronto, where the Leafs are Stanley Cup contenders in October and golfing in April.
 
2014-05-29 02:59:02 PM  

Five Tails of Fury: I'll freely admit that before the season I was frothing about management not making any moves to strengthen the rotation. I'm pleasantly surprised - the Jays have started hitting like they were projected to last year, and the top of the rotation has been solid, if not spectacular - they hold opposing teams down and take advantage of the hot bats.

We still have some iffy stuff happening in the 4 and 5 spots on the rotation, and it seems like the bullpen goes all to pieces if anyone gets hurt (witness the charlie foxtrot that happened when Janssen was out for a few weeks), but it's sure fun to watch right now.


We have to trade for another starter of above average quality. We're close, though. Real close.
 
2014-05-29 03:01:58 PM  

DeadpoolNakago: The snark against the Jays has been brewing over the week.  http://mlb.si.com/2014/05/28/toronto-blue-jays-first-place-al-east-co n tenders/

Add that all up and the Blue Jays seem like more of a middling club. Given that they are the only AL East team currently boasting a positive run differential, however, that just might be enough for them to contend deep into the season.


Winning because everyone else shiat the bed is still winning.
 
2014-05-29 03:11:01 PM  
Count me among those pleasantly surprised by the Jays' current run, especially with the insane offense they're producing.

/they still need pitching help, though
//I swear, I think Morrow's taken McGowan's place on the DL now that McGowan's finally healthy again
 
2014-05-29 03:14:56 PM  

Tr0mBoNe: DeadpoolNakago: The snark against the Jays has been brewing over the week.  http://mlb.si.com/2014/05/28/toronto-blue-jays-first-place-al-east-co n tenders/

Add that all up and the Blue Jays seem like more of a middling club. Given that they are the only AL East team currently boasting a positive run differential, however, that just might be enough for them to contend deep into the season.

Winning because everyone else shiat the bed is still winning.


I feel they'd be winning even if there was another contender in the east. Their run differential is better than Detroit's. The top 4-5 of the lineup is just scary (may they stay healthy).
 
2014-05-29 03:27:38 PM  

Tr0mBoNe: Five Tails of Fury: I'll freely admit that before the season I was frothing about management not making any moves to strengthen the rotation. I'm pleasantly surprised - the Jays have started hitting like they were projected to last year, and the top of the rotation has been solid, if not spectacular - they hold opposing teams down and take advantage of the hot bats.

We still have some iffy stuff happening in the 4 and 5 spots on the rotation, and it seems like the bullpen goes all to pieces if anyone gets hurt (witness the charlie foxtrot that happened when Janssen was out for a few weeks), but it's sure fun to watch right now.

We have to trade for another starter of above average quality. We're close, though. Real close.


If they're still in it in a month, expect them to be a leader in the Jeff Samardzija sweepstakes. The cubs need pitching prospects, which is all the Jays have, and with so many of their key guys getting old the Jays probably have to go all in this year if they think they're contenders.
 
2014-05-29 03:33:00 PM  
Keep calm and encarnaciON

/fark y'all I'm being treated to great baseball by an extremely talented team
 
2014-05-29 03:36:02 PM  
I was gonna say I didn't know half these guys were still in the league
 
2014-05-29 04:08:54 PM  
Have the Blue Jays yet gone the way of the Cubs and decided the way out of their slump was
with some ridiculous mascot?  Maybe "Clark" (the Cubs' mascot) could meet up with
"Jay Jay" (a proposed name for the Jays' mascot, if they don't yet have one), and engage in a
few choruses of  "I'm a Loser" ("...and I'm not what I appear to be...").
 
2014-05-29 04:11:03 PM  
It's all good, but why couldn't the Cardinals and Braves DO THEIR JOBS?! My God, the Braves are making a crap Red Sox team coming off a huge losing streak look like contenders.
 
2014-05-29 04:13:14 PM  

Li'l Robbie: Have the Blue Jays yet gone the way of the Cubs and decided the way out of their slump was
with some ridiculous mascot?  Maybe "Clark" (the Cubs' mascot) could meet up with
"Jay Jay" (a proposed name for the Jays' mascot, if they don't yet have one), and engage in a
few choruses of  "I'm a Loser" ("...and I'm not what I appear to be...").


That happened years ago. They fired fan favourite BJ Birdy and replaced him with a hip gangsta bird named Ace.
 
2014-05-29 04:55:33 PM  

blujackit: I was gonna say I didn't know half these guys were still in the league


That's because the Jays, despite playing in the fourth-largest TV market in North America, get very little US coverage.

Up here, however, their owners are one of the Canada's largest media companies (Rogers) who pysh their flagship product through virtually every communication channel in existance.

Imagine if Comcast and Time Warner formed a single megacompany and owned one baseball team. Kinda like TBS and the Atlanta Braves ("America's Team") except bigger.
 
2014-05-29 05:01:23 PM  
Yeah, it'd be nice if this hot streak would end already, lol.  Maybe it's just that, a streak, or maybe the preseason hype that surrounded them last year was just a season too soon.
 
2014-05-29 05:11:15 PM  

cheezitmojo: I imagine they'll do okay this next series.

/bitter drunken Royals fan


Came here to post the same thing.
 
2014-05-29 05:21:32 PM  

DeadpoolNakago: Tr0mBoNe: DeadpoolNakago: The snark against the Jays has been brewing over the week.  http://mlb.si.com/2014/05/28/toronto-blue-jays-first-place-al-east-co n tenders/

Add that all up and the Blue Jays seem like more of a middling club. Given that they are the only AL East team currently boasting a positive run differential, however, that just might be enough for them to contend deep into the season.

Winning because everyone else shiat the bed is still winning.

I feel they'd be winning even if there was another contender in the east. Their run differential is better than Detroit's. The top 4-5 of the lineup is just scary (may they stay healthy).


I've never bought the argument "You've only beaten bad teams/teams that are slumping".  Good or bad you still have to win the damn games.  How many times in the last 8 seasons have the Leafs missed the playoffs largely due to the fact they lost games against teams they should have beaten handily?  "Oooh the swept the Rays, big deal."  Ummm, they SHOULD sweep the Rays, that's the point.  They should not have been able to sweep Oakland yet they did(in pretty damn convincing manner too).
 
2014-05-29 05:35:07 PM  
Jays are looking good, but they also had an 11 game winning streak last year and still finished last. They need another starter and a decent player at second.
 
2014-05-29 06:13:58 PM  

nikku88: Jays are looking good, but they also had an 11 game winning streak last year and still finished last. They need another starter and a decent player at second.


Lawrie?

Love how they've worked Francisco at third when facing righties and tolleson has saved our asses twice during this streak.

If we don't have to sell a Sanchez or stro away for a one year starter, then I'm fine saying I'm content with Liam until morrow comes back in a month
 
2014-05-29 06:16:33 PM  

Flappyhead: DeadpoolNakago: Tr0mBoNe: DeadpoolNakago: The snark against the Jays has been brewing over the week.  http://mlb.si.com/2014/05/28/toronto-blue-jays-first-place-al-east-co n tenders/

Add that all up and the Blue Jays seem like more of a middling club. Given that they are the only AL East team currently boasting a positive run differential, however, that just might be enough for them to contend deep into the season.

Winning because everyone else shiat the bed is still winning.

I feel they'd be winning even if there was another contender in the east. Their run differential is better than Detroit's. The top 4-5 of the lineup is just scary (may they stay healthy).

I've never bought the argument "You've only beaten bad teams/teams that are slumping".  Good or bad you still have to win the damn games.  How many times in the last 8 seasons have the Leafs missed the playoffs largely due to the fact they lost games against teams they should have beaten handily?  "Oooh the swept the Rays, big deal."  Ummm, they SHOULD sweep the Rays, that's the point.  They should not have been able to sweep Oakland yet they did(in pretty damn convincing manner too).


Another person who doesn't understand how beating the rays is huge for club psyche.

Looking at their schedule so far, it's actually quite impressive where they are at.
 
2014-05-29 06:17:32 PM  

bingethinker: Nana's Vibrator: FTFAIt's the first time in nearly 14 years the Jays have held the division's top spot this late in the season

It's still May, so you can sort of understand the skepticism.

And this is Toronto, where the Leafs are Stanley Cup contenders in October and golfing in April.


And this is the Jays who are contenders in April and a speedbumb for the rest of the AL East by the end of June.
 
2014-05-29 06:51:28 PM  

DeadpoolNakago: The snark against the Jays has been brewing over the week.  http://mlb.si.com/2014/05/28/toronto-blue-jays-first-place-al-east-co n tenders/


Stupid author is stupid.

"Not helping the pitching staff is the fact that Toronto remains a poor fielding team."

Are you for real?  Seriously, stupid Yankee fanboy author?

Defense is:
3rd in fielding percentage
2nd in assists
Getting above league average across most advanced fielding at C, 2nd (when Lawrie is there), 3rd (again Lawrie, who's in line for GG), SS, and all 3 OF positions.  The only weak spot slightly is at 1st and 2nd when Lawrie isn't there.

Poor fielding?  We won yesterday because of our outstanding fielding.

As for Delabar and Cecil.  They are #1 and #2 in holds for the league.  Sure Ks have regressed for Delabar (while climbing for Cecil), but they are there to hold games for us, and they have done a great job.

You know the American (cough yankees/sox cough) writers are getting nervous when they are trying to undermine the Jays.


What an embarrassment of an article.  While most of us Jays fans remain cautiously optimistic (injuries can strike at any time and killed us last year), our defense and hitting is what will lead the way.  Pitching hopefully straightens itself out, and if we can get another solid starter, we should be poised for a run (AA go get us Shark, we know you have a hard on for him).
 
2014-05-29 06:58:24 PM  

nikku88: Jays are looking good, but they also had an 11 game winning streak last year and still finished last. They need another starter and a decent player at second.


Which meant shiat.  That just got them back to .500 baseball at the time and they were spent just clawing back to that point.

Lawrie and Reyes didn't play as they were out with injuries.
Some clown named Wang had 3 of his 6 starts during that run.
We had Kawasaki fever (who's a AAA player at best)
and we had JP DudeBro behind the plate still doing JP DudeBro things.

Not all winning streaks are the same. This one has put them out in front by 3 games.  This run has given them confidence we NEVER saw last year.  This team now knows they can perform at a high level and beat the supposedly "better" teams than them.  They have their swagger back, they are having fun.  That's a dangerous thing that the other teams should be concerned about.

The true test will be how they overcome a loss, or a string of losses after this streak.
 
2014-05-29 07:26:42 PM  

thecpt: Flappyhead: DeadpoolNakago: Tr0mBoNe: DeadpoolNakago: The snark against the Jays has been brewing over the week.  http://mlb.si.com/2014/05/28/toronto-blue-jays-first-place-al-east-co n tenders/

Add that all up and the Blue Jays seem like more of a middling club. Given that they are the only AL East team currently boasting a positive run differential, however, that just might be enough for them to contend deep into the season.

Winning because everyone else shiat the bed is still winning.

I feel they'd be winning even if there was another contender in the east. Their run differential is better than Detroit's. The top 4-5 of the lineup is just scary (may they stay healthy).

I've never bought the argument "You've only beaten bad teams/teams that are slumping".  Good or bad you still have to win the damn games.  How many times in the last 8 seasons have the Leafs missed the playoffs largely due to the fact they lost games against teams they should have beaten handily?  "Oooh the swept the Rays, big deal."  Ummm, they SHOULD sweep the Rays, that's the point.  They should not have been able to sweep Oakland yet they did(in pretty damn convincing manner too).

Another person who doesn't understand how beating the rays is huge for club psyche.

Looking at their schedule so far, it's actually quite impressive where they are at.


Hope you're not referring to me.
 
2014-05-29 07:33:46 PM  

Flappyhead: You laugh subby but I'd be willing to bet even money Damien Cox or Steve Simmons pukes out an article predicting that within the next two weeks.


Oh, I don 't laugh, and you're probably right about a local hatchet job being on the horizon but I'm not overly surprised at the performance and was feeling a touch bitter about the negative predictions pre-season until basically now. I had highish hopes and they're being met.

And extremely entertaining baseball, such as theirs thus far, is always fun.

Go Jays go.

/subby.
 
2014-05-29 07:41:41 PM  

LoR75: nikku88: Jays are looking good, but they also had an 11 game winning streak last year and still finished last. They need another starter and a decent player at second.

Which meant shiat.  That just got them back to .500 baseball at the time and they were spent just clawing back to that point.

Lawrie and Reyes didn't play as they were out with injuries.
Some clown named Wang had 3 of his 6 starts during that run.
We had Kawasaki fever (who's a AAA player at best)
and we had JP DudeBro behind the plate still doing JP DudeBro things.

Not all winning streaks are the same. This one has put them out in front by 3 games.  This run has given them confidence we NEVER saw last year.  This team now knows they can perform at a high level and beat the supposedly "better" teams than them.  They have their swagger back, they are having fun.  That's a dangerous thing that the other teams should be concerned about.

The true test will be how they overcome a loss, or a string of losses after this streak.


While I am cautiously optimistic, I won't start to get excited until, at least, the break.

An awful April and May completely destroyed them last year before their streak. A bad but not that bad April and an earlier winning streak don't go too far in allaying fears. If they had been over .500 prior to the streak it might be a different story.

And there are clear weaknesses with the team. Pitching is obvious. You mentioned they have good defense at second and short, unfortunately Lawrie can only play one at a time. Encarnacion clearly can't keep up the pace he has the last couple weeks. And I do question their depth, can they overcome a couple key injuries?

The fact that the AL East is probably the weakest it has been since the strike is a good sign even if some of these weaknesses are preyed upon combined with the two wild cards I am optimistic about a playoff race this year, but won't count on it.
 
2014-05-29 07:46:35 PM  

dywed88: LoR75: nikku88: Jays are looking good, but they also had an 11 game winning streak last year and still finished last. They need another starter and a decent player at second.

Which meant shiat.  That just got them back to .500 baseball at the time and they were spent just clawing back to that point.

Lawrie and Reyes didn't play as they were out with injuries.
Some clown named Wang had 3 of his 6 starts during that run.
We had Kawasaki fever (who's a AAA player at best)
and we had JP DudeBro behind the plate still doing JP DudeBro things.

Not all winning streaks are the same. This one has put them out in front by 3 games.  This run has given them confidence we NEVER saw last year.  This team now knows they can perform at a high level and beat the supposedly "better" teams than them.  They have their swagger back, they are having fun.  That's a dangerous thing that the other teams should be concerned about.

The true test will be how they overcome a loss, or a string of losses after this streak.

While I am cautiously optimistic, I won't start to get excited until, at least, the break.

An awful April and May completely destroyed them last year before their streak. A bad but not that bad April and an earlier winning streak don't go too far in allaying fears. If they had been over .500 prior to the streak it might be a different story.

And there are clear weaknesses with the team. Pitching is obvious. You mentioned they have good defense at second and short, unfortunately Lawrie can only play one at a time. Encarnacion clearly can't keep up the pace he has the last couple weeks. And I do question their depth, can they overcome a couple key injuries?

The fact that the AL East is probably the weakest it has been since the strike is a good sign even if some of these weaknesses are preyed upon combined with the two wild cards I am optimistic about a playoff race this year, but won't count on it.


A true Toronto sports fan.

I'm right there with you, we've had our hearts broken so many times.
 
2014-05-29 09:04:22 PM  

inclemency: dywed88: LoR75: nikku88: Jays are looking good, but they also had an 11 game winning streak last year and still finished last. They need another starter and a decent player at second.

Which meant shiat.  That just got them back to .500 baseball at the time and they were spent just clawing back to that point.

Lawrie and Reyes didn't play as they were out with injuries.
Some clown named Wang had 3 of his 6 starts during that run.
We had Kawasaki fever (who's a AAA player at best)
and we had JP DudeBro behind the plate still doing JP DudeBro things.

Not all winning streaks are the same. This one has put them out in front by 3 games.  This run has given them confidence we NEVER saw last year.  This team now knows they can perform at a high level and beat the supposedly "better" teams than them.  They have their swagger back, they are having fun.  That's a dangerous thing that the other teams should be concerned about.

The true test will be how they overcome a loss, or a string of losses after this streak.

While I am cautiously optimistic, I won't start to get excited until, at least, the break.

An awful April and May completely destroyed them last year before their streak. A bad but not that bad April and an earlier winning streak don't go too far in allaying fears. If they had been over .500 prior to the streak it might be a different story.

And there are clear weaknesses with the team. Pitching is obvious. You mentioned they have good defense at second and short, unfortunately Lawrie can only play one at a time. Encarnacion clearly can't keep up the pace he has the last couple weeks. And I do question their depth, can they overcome a couple key injuries?

The fact that the AL East is probably the weakest it has been since the strike is a good sign even if some of these weaknesses are preyed upon combined with the two wild cards I am optimistic about a playoff race this year, but won't count on it.

A true Toronto sports fan.

I'm right there with you, we've had our hearts broken so many times.


Particularly as a person who first started following baseball in 1995...
 
2014-05-30 08:52:35 AM  
Jose Reyes throwing it away was unexpected. My profanity was audible 3 counties over.
 
2014-05-30 09:59:14 AM  
As an A's fan, I gotta say I was totally impressed with the Toronto Blue Jays when they swept us. They're the team that I want to face in the ALCS, because to be the best, you gotta beat the best. Good luck, Toronto Blue Jays fans. Y'all got a mighty fine baseball team there.
 
2014-05-30 12:39:38 PM  

Tr0mBoNe: Jose Reyes throwing it away was unexpected. My profanity was audible 3 counties over.


Tonight is a big one.  How they rebound from these kinds of losses is going to show a lot about what the team is made of.
 
2014-05-30 01:11:12 PM  

Flappyhead: Tr0mBoNe: Jose Reyes throwing it away was unexpected. My profanity was audible 3 counties over.

Tonight is a big one.  How they rebound from these kinds of losses is going to show a lot about what the team is made of.


Just too devastating. They literally had a ten game win streak in their hands and threw it away. I don't know how they recover.
 
2014-05-30 06:57:52 PM  

Decillion: Flappyhead: Tr0mBoNe: Jose Reyes throwing it away was unexpected. My profanity was audible 3 counties over.

Tonight is a big one.  How they rebound from these kinds of losses is going to show a lot about what the team is made of.

Just too devastating. They literally had a ten game win streak in their hands and threw it away. I don't know how they recover.


Dude this is a Toronto team we're talking about.  Somebody sneezes too loudly and they fall apart.
 
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