Thursday, June 10, 2010
Is This the Tipping Point?
By Ian Hunter
For the third straight game, the Blue Jays helped the opposing starting pitcher resemble a Cy Young candidate.
In the past three games, the Blue Jays have totaled a mere 11 hits.
Yes ... just 11 hits in three games. Add up all the earned runs in the past three games, and you will come up with five. In comparison, the Rays scored seven runs during Tuesday's fifth inning alone.
At the risk of being labeled as a bandwagon jumper, my baseball sixth sense tells me that this could be the tipping point for the 2010 Toronto Blue Jays.
Last season, it was the road trip from hell that began the infamous fall from grace from the top of the standings. The year prior, it was the road trip to Progressive Field in Cleveland which eventually cost John Gibbons his job.
I'm begging to get that same eerie sense about this particular road trip, too.
The way the Blue Jays have played against the Rays this week and the Yankees on Sunday reminded me of this very same Blue Jays team from years past that for one reason or another could not figure out their opponent's starting pitcher.
Plus, it didn't help that Shaun Marcum blew up bigger than Violete Beauregarde. Luckily, most of the Blue Jays starting pitchers have each cashed in a "get out the doghouse free" card anyway, and this was only the first blowup of the season for Marcum.
The rest of the team though? For the third straight game, they have been stunned at the plate I can't even put it into words how lost they look right now. And it's not like there is one shining ray of hope in the lineup, they have all look bad this week.
At least there was one positive to take away from last night's debacle: David Purcey's impromptu mop up performance. I don't know what it is about relievers in situations when the game isn't on the line, but it seems like someone from the bullpen always comes through with a couple of solid innings of relief after the starter has hit the showers.
Now it's all up to Brett Cecil to change the course of this series with his ocular lenses. Go get 'em, Brett Skywalker!