Closing the Gap

Wednesday, August 27, 2008  |  by 

A quick glance at the American League East standings today shows the Blue Jays just a mere 2 games back of the New York Yankees. There are just a few games separating 3rd from the 4th place - and we probably could have never predicted this situation at the beginning of the season.

If the Blue Jays were to finish the season in third place ahead of the Yankees, I would consider that to be a success. A secondary goal for the 2008 Blue Jays should be to finish 10 games above .500, or higher. And believe it or not, the Jays have not finished 10 games over .500 since … you guessed it, the magical year of 1993. In fact, the best season in recent memory was 2006 when they finished with a 87-75 record - finishing in second place ahead of the Boston Red Sox.

Let’s hope that the Red Sox hand the Yankees another few losses, so that the Blue Jays have a chance to catch up. I have a feeling that a good finish by the Jays this year will convince good old Uncle Ted to open the purse-strings a little more, so we can land a great DH for the 2009 season.

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