Blue Jays are blowing their chance to return to the playoffs

Blue Jays' Edwin Encarnacion slams his bat after popping up against the Orioles on Saturday. (FRED...

Blue Jays' Edwin Encarnacion slams his bat after popping up against the Orioles on Saturday. (FRED THORNHILL/Reuters)

STEVE SIMMONS, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:53 PM ET

TORONTO - The Blue Jays didnít simply make a decision to spend money this season. They carefully calculated why this would be the right year to finally make the move.

The calculations were correct. Only theyíre blowing the opportunity.

This is a season without great teams in the American League East, maybe without great teams in the American League at all. The possibilities were ripe ó but performance and injury has all but delivered another lost season as June approaches.

The Jays lost Saturday afternoon to Baltimore, the Yankees won, the Red Sox won, the Orioles won and the thud of last place grows more apparent. In most seasons, it has taken 90-plus wins to get to the playoffs. This season, the conventional thinking was that number would drop. And at the same time the number of playoff teams increased a year ago.

Can you say opportunity lost?

Playing under .500 baseball at Rogers Centre, the Jays would have to close to .700 ball at home to have chance to climb back in. But when only the pitiful Houston Astros have worse pitching than the Jays, donít bet on that happening.


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