Trouble With the Trop

Maybe it’s the catwalks. Maybe it’s the cowbells. Or maybe it’s the approximation to the fictional Del Boca Vista Phase III condominiums.

Whatever reason it is, the Toronto Blue Jays have one hell of a time trying to beat the Tampa Bay Rays on the road. Since 2006 2008, the Blue Jays have compiled a 4-17 record at Tropicana Field.

It’s funny because both the Blue Jays and Rays have performed much better on the road than they have at home. The Jays are 16-11 on the road and the Rays are a dominant 22-8 away from home.


Oddly enough, it appears there’s no such thing as home field advantage for both teams. While both teams have a winning record on home turf, they are both just 3 games above .500 at home.

So the Summer of Tallet (™ Tao of Stieb) continues tonight as Brian Tallet looks for his first win of the season. It was initially thought that Tallet would just make one spot start last week against Tampa Bay, which would make way for Jesse Litsch’s long-awaited return.

Just like the boys from The Hangover, Litsch will remain in Vegas trying to regain his composure and figure out why there’s a tiger in his bathroom. Until then, Brian Tallet has bought himself some more time in the fifth starter’s spot.

Ian Hunter

Ian has been writing about the Toronto Blue Jays since 2007. He enjoyed the tail-end of the Roy Halladay era and vividly remembers the Alex Rodriguez "mine" incident. He'll also retell the story of Game 5 of the 2015 ALDS to his kids for the next 20 years.

5 thoughts on “Trouble With the Trop

  • June 8, 2010 at 8:56 pm

    I knew it was bad. I didn't know it was 4-17 bad. Fack.

  • June 8, 2010 at 9:01 pm

    Shouldn't that be "since 2008"? 9 games a season plus the 3 we've already played this year.

  • June 8, 2010 at 9:12 pm

    Yeah, I had a feeling it was bad too – but I couldn't believe it was only 4 wins since 2008. They couldn't even win at Disney!

    Torgen, my bad – fixed it up. Got a little ahead of myself there.

  • June 8, 2010 at 9:52 pm

    Whatever you do, don't look at Tallet's line in the Trop last year.

    Ah shit. Too late.

  • June 8, 2010 at 10:24 pm

    Tao, I'm going to refrain from looking at Tallet's line because it might make me hit the bottle before tonight's game. Ignorance is bliss, baby!

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