Category Archives: Weekly Things

Three Things From Week Six

Week Six (May 10 – May 16) began on a sour note with the Jays self-destructing in back-to-back losses at Fenway Park, continuing their struggles against baseball’s better teams.  But the week ended with a flurry of victories: a sweep-avoiding win on Wednesday over the Red Sox followed by a sweep of the AL West leading Texas Rangers back in Toronto. 

 The Jays now sit at 23-16, 3rd in the AL East and only two games behind the defending world series champion Yankees for the Wild card.  It’s still early, but it’s hard not to be excited by this young team. 

Here are three things that came out of week six: Continue reading Three Things From Week Six

Three Things From Week Five

The beat goes on for the Jays.  After a 6-1 week five (May 3 – May 9) Toronto finds itself in third place in the AL East, 19-14 overall and 2.5 games ahead of the Red Sox.  With a three game set ready to begin tonight in Fenway, the Jays have a chance to extend that lead and keep Boston’s early season misery going. 

Here are three things about the Jays from week five: Continue reading Three Things From Week Five

Three Things From Week Four

Taking three of four from Oakland at the end of week four (April 26 – May 2)  salvaged a rough start for the Jays, and left them at an even .500 through 26 games.   The week started with three very competitive games against Boston that were at once encouraging and frustrating.  Encouraging because the Jays proved that they could play with elite competition like the Red Sox, but frustrating because they know they can not consistently beat them.  However, the fact that this ballclub, who was predicted to finish dead last, has won an equal number of games as they’ve lost, is a good sign.

Here are three noteworthy things from the week that was for the Jays: Continue reading Three Things From Week Four

Three Things From Week Three

The third week of the 2010 schedule was an up-and-down affair for the Blue Jays. They had their first taste of tough AL East competition with a three game set in Tampa, and finished the week with a 3-3 record. But shoddy bullpen work played a part in all three losses, leaving a black mark on what could have been a stellar week. Starting pitching continues to be a strong spot for Toronto, but poor hitting is putting heavy pressure on the bullpen, which, aside from Kevin Gregg, is crumbling. Continue reading Three Things From Week Three

Three Things From Week Two

*Originally written April 19th

Nobody expected a first place finish by Toronto this year, so the fact that they fell a bit in week two is not surprising. What is surprising is that the fall came at home. Toronto was miserable on the road in 2009 with a 31-50 record – third worst in the American League. But their home record of 44-37 was very respectable, especially considering the division where the Jays reside. same sites Unfortunately that hasn’t carried forward into 2010, with Toronto dropping five of their first seven home games, including a three game sweep at the hands of the Angels. The struggles at home are a big story from the second week of the season. Here are three more: Continue reading Three Things From Week Two

Three Things From Week One

*originally written April 12th

Who would have thought it was possible? After one week the Toronto Blue Jays are 5 – 1 and sitting in first place in both the American League East, and the entire MLB. For a team that was picked by virtually all baseball experts to finish dead last, Toronto couldn’t have asked for a better start. After a tough loss on opening day, the Jays have rebounded for five straight wins heading into the home opener tonight.

As good as it’s been, it’s important not to get too caught up in the start. Less than 4% of the season has been played, and not even the most optimistic Jays fan believes Toronto can sustain this pace. The Jays are still picked by most, if not all, observers to finish in the basement come October. But the great start has allowed the fans to focus on the good things about this team, and has even started building some excitement in the city. Continue reading Three Things From Week One