ESPN says the Jays are Scary … NEXT year

Wednesday, September 17, 2008  |  by 

Aside from contracting an STD from Alyssa Milano, apparently the second most frightening thing in the American League are the Toronto Blue Jays. According to Howard Bryant at ESPN, the Blue Jays are “dangerous and tantalizing” this season. But like many Jays fans already know, he agrees that it’s too damn late to make a run in ’08.

They go on to interview Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon, and for some reason … Sean Casey of the Red Sox about their thoughts on the Blue Jays. Maddon says the Jays have the best pitching in the majors (which they do), and Casey basically says that the Blue Jays missed their window earlier in the season to be in contention for the playoffs.

Maybe that will change in 2009, because it appears that both Ricciardi and Cito will likely be back for another year. We basically already knew Cito was coming back, but it was likely that 10-0 run that saved J.P.’s job for another year.

I remember hearing a caller on Jays Talk on Saturday afternoon that asked Mike Wilner: “Does assembling the best pitching staff in baseball really warrant firing the General Manager?” Touche.

At this point, I think the team should be looking forward to next year. No manager ever wants to raise the white flag on a season, but they really need to start building to content for next season. Since Shaun Marcum hurt himself again last night, I don’t think there’s any point in bringing him back out with just 2 weeks left in the season. Shut Marcum down for the year, because the Jays will need all the starting pitching they can get when Opening Day 2009 rolls around.

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