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May always seems to give the Jays some problems. However,
this year was the first time the Jays were in a position to have a bad May and still
be right in the thick of things. While everyone was complaining about their
9-game losing streak the Jays almost managed to finish the month 0.500 and were
only 3 games back by the end of the month. But what happened in May??
After winning rookie of the month in April, Scott Richmond has been struggling a bit recenetly.
The one thing that puzzles me about Richmond
though is that he usually only has one bad inning per game. If he is able to
get out of that bad inning it has been lights out for the opposing team. His problem
is that sometimes he digs the team too much of a hole and they cannot recover.
In the losing streak the offence completely disappeared. In the nine games the
Jays were only able to score more than 3 runs once! Up until that point the
Jays were averaging 6 runs per game. An overworked bullpen also faltered
slightly when the Jays were in striking distance and the bull pen could not
hold it. The kicker being the finale against the Orioles where the Jays offence
came back late in the game and pulled ahead in extra innings only to watch the
bullpen give up the lead.
Any positives that can be taken out of May? Even after losing 9 games in a
row the Jays finished the month 14-15. Not only that, they also took 2 of 3
immediately after the losing streak.
So looking towards June, and interleague play, the Jays really need to buck up
on the road. They only have 10 road games this month (Tex, Phi, Was) and with
their dominance at home so far this season this is a good chance for them to
reclaim first place from the resurging Yankees. Annoyingly this season the Jays
have seen AL East opponents few and far between, they have yet to see the Rays,
so when they are playing “weaker” divisions they must take advantage.
Looking forward to a great June with lots of good baseball!
KEY LOSS — Jesse Litsch out for the season with Tommy John Surgery