Wednesday, August 29, 2007

29 Games to Go ...

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Sometimes all it takes is a few days away to refresh your mind. But in a long 162 game schedule, those days off can be few and far between.

I took a few days off to see the sights of Toronto this past weekend, and found it was just the rest I needed as a Jays fan. With this season’s emotional highs and lows, sometimes it’s good to take a break. Unfortunately, the players themselves don’t get that same luxury. Any days off are usually spent resting after a long road trip.

Looking at the big picture, losing one game here and there really doesn’t count for much. But if you’re the Blue Jays - it IS a big deal. They have played 45 one-run games; which leads the majors. On the other hand, the Blue Jays lead the MLB in team ERA since the All-Star Break.

So am I saying that the Blue Jays need a vacation? No - that is impossible. Some players on the team have been mentally on vacation for parts of the season.

Though it was good to see John Gibbons put Vernon Wells back in the leadoff spot. Vernon has been most productive in the leadoff spot, and putting him back there is a great decision to spark the Jays offense.

Although it’s been disappointing to see the Jays not close out series sweeps, it’s impressive to see them win series against strong American League teams. When the Jays are focused; they can make a playoff run. It’s just unfortunate that it’s a little too late for this year.

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