Fifteen days ago, Roy Halladay left the mount at the Rogers Centre and Blue Jays fans collectively held their breath in anticipation of some good news. We can now finally breathe a sigh of relief as Doc is ready to go once again.
Having Roy Halladay back in the Blue Jays rotation is like getting a shot of adrenaline. The team has definitely missed the dependability of having him pitch every fifth game and they’ll look forward to his return. Amazingly, Doc has missed two weeks but is still holding on to the best record in baseball at 10-1. His time on the DL probably hurt his chances of starting the All-Star game for the American League and caused him to lose some momentum, but ultimately Halladay only has two words on his mind right now … Cy Young.
It’s only fitting that Halladay is the one to kick off the series against the Tampa Bay Rays which actually marks the beginning of thirteen straight games against teams in the American League East. With a series sweep, the Blue Jays can leapfrog ahead of the Rays by two games. Or with a series win, the Jays can pull even with the Rays in the Wild Card race. There is no such thing as losing two or all three games in this series because playing catch-up to the third place team in the division is not something you want to do before the All-Star break.
In honour of Roy Halladay’s return, I’ll be liveblogging this momentous occasion over at The Score. Glad to have you back, Doc.