Baseball fans so consumed with the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry may not realize that Toronto finished ahead of Boston last year in the AL East.
That’s how much talent the Blue Jays have when they are healthy. And healthy these days, the Blue Jays are NOT. At 14-21 and 9Â½ games behind Boston, the Jays have lost two-time Cy Young winner Roy Halladay some 4-to-6 weeks after an emergency appendectomy, losing closer B.J. Ryan (shoulder) for the season and then seeing top slugger and potato chip Troy Glaus pull a leg muscle running to the first base. Let’s not forget top leadoff batter Reed Johnson has been out all year. How does last sound?
O’s at Jays: A.J. Burnett has stepped up big since ace pitcher Roy Halladay went down. JAYS.Tigers at Red Sox: Lefty Mike Maroth 0-6 vs B’s. BOSOX.
Reds at Pads: Arroyo lost 2-0 to Penny. Now Peavy. UNDER.
Rangers at D’Rays: TB’s Kazmir 24K in 18 IP vs Texas. DEVIL RAYS.
Brewers at Phils: Ben Sheets 2-0 last 3. BREWERS.
SUNDAYYankees at Mets: ESPN. Remember the Maine! He’s 5-0 and could go here. METS.
Last week: 6-3.
Season: 32-14 (69.6%)