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The Blue Jays have won eight in a row … and have a chance to make a move

Jun 20, 2013, 9:44 AM EDT

Toronto Blue Jays Adam Lind is congratulated by team mate Edwin Encarnacion at home plate after he hit a three run home run against the Colorado Rockies in Toronto

Toronto keeps on humming along. They won their eighth straight last night, beating the Rockies 5-2. They are now 12-4 in the month of June and only seven and a half games out of first place. Thanks, mostly, to the pitching getting on track. The pen was great last night — it’s been a strength all season — but the rotation is becoming more reliable as well.

Here’s the fun part: they’re getting hot just as they turn to face their betters in the AL East. They have a three-game series against Baltimore ahead of them, where they will whip out Dickey, Wang and Johnson, much to my juvenile glee. Then they get three against the Rays and four against the Red Sox.

If they stay hot in this stretch, they’re back in the race. After everyone declared them dead.

  1. missthemexpos - Jun 20, 2013 at 9:51 AM

    To beat Baltimore they better have a plan to deal with Crush Davis, otherwise he can single handily put a stop to the reawakening Blue Jay season.

    • Shayna - Jun 20, 2013 at 10:54 AM

      Just took a look at Lindy’s splits against the AL East. Batting .500 against the Balt-O’s in 24 at-bats. Sparkling! I think we’ve got some hope of a good performance here.

      And while I’m on that page, he’s batting .300 against the Evil Empire in 10 ABs, .227 against Boston in 22 ABs, and .176 against the BayRays in 17 ABs. Good news is that he doesn’t have to carry us alone. That’s what you have teammates for!

      • alang3131982 - Jun 20, 2013 at 11:30 AM

        Oh, if he did it in 24 at bats then, yeah, he’s got this one!

  2. alang3131982 - Jun 20, 2013 at 9:56 AM

    The AL East is going to be a bloodbath:

    Run differentials: AL east: +108, AL Central: +42. AL West: -86.

    • indaburg - Jun 20, 2013 at 12:21 PM

      It sounds like it’s already a bloodbath. Isn’t it grand?

  3. chacochicken - Jun 20, 2013 at 9:57 AM

    Dickey, Wang, and Johnson. You can’t make this stuff up.

    • proudlycanadian - Jun 20, 2013 at 10:05 AM

      That trio should be sufficient to stiff the O’s.

    • cur68 - Jun 20, 2013 at 10:18 AM

      That’s The CockPunchTrio™ to you, mang.

    • Detroit Michael - Jun 20, 2013 at 10:18 AM

      That card has been played already.

    • southpaw2k - Jun 20, 2013 at 10:29 AM

      I hope the Orioles screw all three of them.

    • polonelmeagrejr - Jun 20, 2013 at 10:33 AM

      engaging column today.

    • habsman - Jun 20, 2013 at 3:24 PM

      And our national symbol is the noble Beaver.

  4. tc4306 - Jun 20, 2013 at 9:57 AM

    “If they stay hot in this stretch….” That is a big “if.”
    The O’s have been just as hot, going 7-3 including whacking Verlander, destroying Porcello and perhaps ending Valverde’s career.

    Adam has been having not trouble keeping up with the Jones’
    and Orange Crush (Davis) has been goofy good. And that kid at third base
    is better than an empty stall…. as the horsemen like to say.

    If Lind stays hot, Rasmus keeps his eyes closed and runs into a couple
    and if Eddie takes the parrot for a walk a few times, it could be a fun weekend.

    • detroitr1 - Jun 20, 2013 at 10:20 AM

      “…and perhaps ending Valverde’s career. ”

      Thank you for that. Seriously. That’s not sarcasm.

  5. proudlycanadian - Jun 20, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    The Blue Jay bull pen has been terrific ever since Oliver and McGowan came off the DL and they called up Wagner and Perez. The era’s of the 4 relief pitchers used yesterday are: Wagner 0.87, Cecil 1.46, Delabar, 1.75 and Janssen 2.28. The Rockies had been the best hitting team in the NL, but were shut down by the Blue Jay pitchers.

    • cur68 - Jun 20, 2013 at 10:25 AM

      How have you missed Cecil’s record, PC? This is not like you. He’s pitched a team record with his 1-2-3 inning last night. I do believe that’s 38 consecutive batter’s faced and none have garnered a hit off of him (beating David Cone’s 36). In fact, if Gibbons hadn’t had him IBB Cuddyer the other day, he’d have had ANOTHER record: >25 faced without any reaching base by any fashion off of him.

      Here’s some happy reading for you:
      http://sports.nationalpost.com/2013/06/20/brett-cecil-excels-in-perfect-role-with-blue-jays/

      That’s really something, eh?

    • indaburg - Jun 20, 2013 at 12:29 PM

      I’ve been watching more of your boys recently and they have a lot of things going right. The bullpen as you mentioned. I’ve also noticed a lot of good solid defense. Rajai Davis is a pleasure to watch on the basepaths, as a BB could easily become a triple once his wheels start turning. Fundamentally, they look good. They’re not making mistakes and beating themselves like they were earlier this season. As a pure baseball fan, it’s fun to watch. As a Rays fan, I’m totally tripping. Buckle your seatbelt. The ride is about to get really fun.

  6. heyblueyoustink - Jun 20, 2013 at 10:14 AM

    Had some BlueJays move into my back yard. They took advatage of that chance without a notable penis reference.

    Though, as is their nature, they are a bit dickish when it comes to other birds.

  7. crispybasil - Jun 20, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    And just as Toronto’s pitching starts to get better, the starting rotation in Boston is starting to look a little shaky.

  8. kw27p - Jun 20, 2013 at 10:18 AM

    They still suck

    • nbjays - Jun 20, 2013 at 10:20 AM

      Harry, is that you?

  9. brianincbus - Jun 20, 2013 at 10:20 AM

    I see what you did there Craig “‘Whip out’ Dickey, Wang, and Johnson”. Well played!

    • Old Gator - Jun 20, 2013 at 10:57 AM

      Yeah, especially if you’re in junior high school.

      • indaburg - Jun 20, 2013 at 12:16 PM

        I do happen to be in junior high school. Mentally, in any event.

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