No winning season for you!
It was a great run but after three straight seasons of 80+ wins, the Toronto Blue Jays are guaranteed to finish under .500 this year. Just to show you how often the standings change year to year in baseball, the Jays were among a few elite teams that had consistently strung together winning seasons. Unfortunately, they had nothing to show for it.
The story of last night’s game was one that we were all too familiar with; Scott Richmond running into trouble early in the game. He was long overdue for a great start and I honestly thought last night he was going to turn it around. Richmond looked great through the first two innings, and that’s when the wheels came completely off.
At this point, Richmond will ride out the remainder of the season in the starting rotation, however with each loss he is increasingly hurting his chances of making the starting rotation next year. A strong showing over the next few weeks could put him back in the good books, though.
Once again, major props goes out to the middle relievers in the Blue Jays bullpen. On Wednesday night, it was Shawn Camp who was called upon after Brian Tallet exited the game and put up three innings of scoreless relief. Last night, it was the legendary Dirk Hayhurst who put up an impromptu clinic against the Rays for three innings.
Nobody likes to be on a losing team, but that just means the winds of change are about to sweep through this team. Hopefully things start happening sooner rather than later.