TORONTO - Alex Anthopoulos keeps waiting for the next hot streak.
He may be waiting a while now.
The normally optimistic Anthopoulos, still believing in his high-priced roster, unwilling to concede anything in the American League East or wild-card race, must know deep down that his starting pitching is cellar-bound and there’s little chance of changing that in the second half of the major league season.
And that, more than anything else, must sting — considering so many of his highly publicized moves of the winter were intended to repair the starting rotation.
This rotation, right now, even with everyone healthy — which isn’t the case — isn’t good enough to be a playoff team. R.A. Dickey’s Cy Young Award is yesterday’s news and somewhat irrelevant to today’s Blue Jays. He led the National League in strikeouts last year and was second in earned-run average among starting pitchers.
Today: Dickey is 34th in the AL in earned-run average, 23rd in strikeouts.