Swindling with Seattle

Friday, June 13, 2008  |  by 

The book of baseball says “you play well against sub-par teams, and you get lucky if you win against elite teams”. Well, it seems like the Blue Jays are reading it totally backwards. After dropping 2 out of 3 from Baltimore, and 2 out 3 from the worst team in MLB - The Mariners, I am scratching my head trying to find the answers.

On Tuesday, McGowan was incredible. He pitched the first complete game of his career, giving up just one single run against the Mariners. I had the pleasure if watching it all from the 12th row from 1st base. What an incredible game; both Wells and Wilkerson went deep, and the Jays ended up winning 3-1.

But on Wednesday, it was quite the different story. Marcum pitched a gem, going 8 strong innings fanning 9 batters and giving up just a single run. But for some reason, the Blue Jays could not put up a run to save their lives (or the game). Scott Downs and B.J. Ryan were awful, walking 5 batters in 2 innings, letting in the winning run.

I was also at the game that day; but this time in the .500’s. Maybe I should have checked the promotional dates, because it was Teletoon kids day. So I was surrounded by screaming school-children. Throw in a hangover, and it was a horrible, horrible, game.

So now we enter inter-league play; the Jays spend the next two weeks playing teams in the National League, kicking off Friday against the best team in the majors - the Chicago Cubs. There really isn’t any history in this series, so it will be interesting to see where this next 2 weeks takes us. But it really can’t get any worse, right?

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