Free Falling

The Longest Losing Streaks in Blue Jays history:

12 — May 31-Aug. 10, 1981 (strike year)
11 — Aug. 26-Sept. 6, 1977
10 — June 18-28, 1994
9 — July 17-30, 1977
9 — June 4-14, 1978
9 — April 24-May 3, 2002
9 — May 1-10, 2007 (ongoing)

The current drought matches the fourth-worst losing streak in team history. It also is one loss shy of tying the club’s worst skid to begin a month. During the 12-game losing streak in ’81, Toronto lost 10 games to begin August. The Jays have dropped all nine of their ongoing slump in May.

ON DECK: Toronto’s A.J. Burnett will look to right the ship against Tampa Bay’s Scott Kazmir, who is 2-3 with a 3.17 ERA in nine starts against the Blue Jays. He’s 2-2 with a 4.94 in four career outings at the Rogers Centre. Burnett, on the other hand, is 5-1 with a 2.56 ERA in nine career outings against the Rays. Burnett is 7-2 with a 3.40 ERA in 12 career starts in Toronto.


Could be 10 by tomorrow night. Kazmir was dominant last time but still lost. Injuries are to blame but if the situation doesn’t change, heads will roll in management and expect a major shakeup. It’s probably unwarranted but with high expectations comes high risks.

JORDAN: Concerning your report that Gibbons and Halladay cited poor control and faulty mechanics for the poor performances.

I thought of a question that might be worth asking one of them. Could Halladay’s recent uncharacteristic struggles be because of more mental “strain” than physical? In the past, we have seen Doc stop losing skids. But the team is spiraling, injuries are piling up.

Could Doc be putting too much pressure on himself to be perfect with every pitch? This is situation is entirely different from anything before. 33% of the starting nine have been on the DL. 40% of the rotation is on the DL, setup man is injured indefinitely, and closer gone for season.

Halladay is a focus machine. But even he is human sometimes.

DOC ON THE DL????? I know it seemed evident in his last couple outings, but this is probably the worst news of all. 4 to 6 weeks is a long time without DOC, especially with Ryan out for the season. Maybe time to start dangling trade bait to get some top end pitching (if possible)….can Jon McDonald pitch?? I’d rather see him take a shot, then take chances on what we have left (he’s pretty much the only one outperforming his predicted level)….do we have anyone else left?? No offense to what we have, but without DOC, there isnt much left to rely on.

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