Toronto Blue Jays Hit Rock Bottom In Houston

by Clayton Richer | Posted on Sunday, August 25th, 2013
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John Gibbons

In case you haven’t been paying attention the Toronto Blue Jays have officially hit rock bottom and are on the verge of being swept by the worst team in baseball. Yes, the Houston Astros have manufactured 20 runs in 2 games against the lifeless Jays and sit poised for the 3-game sweep. The Jays are mired in a 7 game winless streak rotting in the basement of the American League East 18.5 games out of first place and 16 games under .500.

The Blue Jays are 57-73 and sport a .438 win percentage in comparison to this time last season where they were equally pathetic with 56-69 with a .448 percentage. However, last season the Jays had a stocked farm system to boast and lust about, not so much this season.

The Jays have used 13 starting pitchers this season, the second most of any team utilizing the likes of Chien-Ming Wang, Todd Redmond, Esmil Rogers, Ramon Ortiz and Chad Jenkins to take the bump at various points in the season.

The Blue Jays disastrous season has been a hot topic of discussion on radio waves across the country with blame being cast on anyone and everyone associated to the organization. The General Manager Alex Anthopoulos and Manager John Gibbons seem to be the two scape goats who garner the most votes. Unfortunately, I have watched a ton of Jays games this season but I still have to see either one of them swing a bat or throw a pitch. The blame has to fall on the players and the players alone and I would hope that all 25 players would echo that same sentiment.

Anthopoulos assembled a team that on paper had everyone fooled as the Jays were being crowned beasts of the east before a pitch was even thrown at spring training. The team had talent, speed, power, swagger and there was no way this bunch would not win 100-games, unfortunately for Jays fans the season started.

The ship began to sink from the get-go with the injury to Brett Lawrie during the World Baseball Classic, and poor Gibbons was left without a life vest treading for survival. The Lawrie injury was compounded by the devastating and debilitating injury to shortstop Jose Reyes two weeks into the season. Game, set, match.

You want to cast blame and point fingers at a season lost. The you need to focus your attention on the Josh Johnson‘s of the world, the Emilio Bonifacio‘s, the R.A Dickey’s, the J.P Arencibia’s, the Melky Cabrera‘s, the Maicer Izturis‘s. These players failed us miserably, all having disappointing below average seasons.

I can handle losing to an extent but what burns me is when the team celebrates a home run like they just won the World Series pointing, laughing and doing the “Lo viste” around the bases or in the dugout. Hey guys, your in last place, have lost seven in a row and are playing terrible baseball. Just a thought, maybe we could keep the celebrations for when your actually winning on a consistent basis and playing up to you salaries.

It is August 25th, 130 games into the 2013 baseball season and the Blue Jays do not have a 10 game winner yet. Both Mark Buehrle and R.A. Dickey respectively have 9 wins apiece. Buehrle is the only starter on the team with a winning record at 9-7 even after getting off to a horrendous start. The injured Josh Johnson is 2-8 with a 6.20 era, the always injured Brandon Morrow has an inflated era at 5.63, Dickey at 4.49. J.P. Arencibia and Colby Rasmus have struck out a combined 254 times, Melky hit 3 home runs steroid free this season.

Do you still think John Gibbons should be sent packing for the imperfections and lack lustre play of 25 over-paid professional athletes. What more could John Gibbons possibly do with this under-achieving group?

I realize Jays fans are thirsting for blood and some accountability for yet another losing season but the players are responsible for the rock bottom. Like it or not John Gibbons will be back again next season, only this time he wont forget his life preserver.


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Clayton Richer
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Clayton Richer is an MLB scribe from north of the border with a slight bias for the Toronto Blue Jays. Clayton has also been the shop-keeper at Baseball Hot Corner since the sites inception in 2012. Follow and interact with Clayton on Twitter @MLBHotCorner or @ClaytonRicher

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