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  1. Worth noting that the Blue Jays are 5-7 against the AL East (2-7 if you exclude Baltimore). They have fattened their record against the AL Central (11-5, mostly White Sox and Royals) and AL West (8-5). It does seem like they’ve had less success against some of the better teams in the AL.

    Comment by Greg — May 19, 2010 @ 1:58 pm

  2. I wonder what will happen when we face better pitching, though. We’ve been taking big hacks at pitches out of the zone a lot and we’ve been fortunate to face a lot of pretty weak pitchers command-wise.

    Comment by Tyler — May 19, 2010 @ 2:02 pm

  3. Shaun Marcum and Ricky Romero have been revelations. It’s a shame this team has to play in the AL East.

    Comment by Obligatory Sox Fan — May 19, 2010 @ 2:41 pm

  4. If you’re going to note that, you might as well note that while they are 2-7 against Tampa and Boston, they’ve only lost 3 of them by more than 2 runs. They’re not as good as either team that’s for sure, but they’re staying more or less in there. Which is a moral victory for us Jays fans, kinda.

    Comment by Justin — May 19, 2010 @ 2:44 pm

  5. You know what I hate? When guys say, “but they haven’t played against the Yankees or Red Sox”. You know who else doesn’t, the AL West and AL Central and no one prefaces discussions of the Rangers with “they haven’t played against the yankees yet.”

    Comment by Scott_Hayter — May 19, 2010 @ 2:55 pm

  6. Regardless of our competition so far as a Jays fan I am thrilled with the results so far… we are 5-1 vs Texas which is great… sure we are beating up on the other divisions but its what good teams do… Now if they can get Lind & Hill going to offset some regression from the “overachievers” and turn some of the AL East 1 run losses to wins then they might have a chance to continue to be a pleasant surprise this year

    Comment by jmeloche — May 19, 2010 @ 5:00 pm

  7. As a Torontonian, the Jays have opened up my eyes or at the very least, given me a set of bifocals. When examining hitters, I’ve almost always assumed that pitchers are perfect throwing machines. If a hitter is having trouble against low-and-outside fastballs, the pitcher will pound him with the low-and-outside fastball: situation solved.

    The 2010 Blue Jays have taught me that even with glaring holes in your swing, you can just sit back and wait for a mistake that you’ll beat like a disobedient wife. If the pitcher throws perfect pitches for the entire AB, good for him; otherwise, it’s smash-kill time.

    This is a team of frat-kids that’ll hit on anything and everything until they find success. They don’t care if they look like a fool getting shot down because when it’s bed-time, they’re not sleeping alone.

    Comment by Kris — May 19, 2010 @ 6:38 pm

  8. Interestingly, the road trip the Jays start tonight is the exact road trip where their season came off the rails last year–3 series, with a road interleague series in the middle.

    Comment by Torgen — May 19, 2010 @ 7:26 pm

  9. I think it’s important to point out that the Jays (just) lead the AL in XFIP. If they keep that up until the end of the season it’ll be the 4th straight year they’ve done this. All the while dealing with serious injury problems to most of their young starters, losing Burnett and of course the god-king himself.

    Comment by DR — May 19, 2010 @ 8:19 pm

  10. Certainly, nobody prefaces the Yankees’ pitchers stat lines with, “But they haven’t pitched against Toronto’s murderer’s row yet.”

    Comment by Torgen — May 19, 2010 @ 8:38 pm

  11. A critical factor going forward will be the starting pitching behind Marcum and Romero. If three of Morrow, Cecil, Eveland, Rzep, Litsch, Ray, Mills, Drabek and Stewart (mostly likely three of the first five names) can step up and pitch well, the team has a chance to do very well in 2010. Of course, their chances in the AL East are pretty slim, even if they keep playing .585 ball, but the team has been a lot of fun to watch.

    Comment by greenfrog — May 19, 2010 @ 8:59 pm

  12. Someone less interested in being defensive, and more interested in knowing what he was talking about, would realize that this is because the Rangers have 12 games remaining against those two teams. The Blue Jays have 30. You really don’t think that makes a difference?

    Comment by Carligula — May 19, 2010 @ 11:42 pm

  13. Even though I don’t think this run will go on for much longer, as a Jays fan I must say that this is a pretty good start for a rebuild. It’s fun while it lasts.

    Comment by Frag — May 20, 2010 @ 1:14 am

  14. The same thing happened last year – they had an excellent start but their early season schedule was light on matchups against NYY, BOS, and TB. Their fortunes predictably turned when they got into the rougher part of their schedule.

    Of course that’s not meant to detract from their nice start; I would rather see them go 23-16 in mostly winnable games against generally weaker competition than 13-26.

    Comment by Jason B — May 20, 2010 @ 11:48 am

  15. Can you have a “murderers row” with Lyle Overbay batting fifth? Although he *has* murdered lots of rallies and scoring opportunities this year…

    Comment by Jason B — May 20, 2010 @ 11:49 am

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