Blue Jays' (mostly) ugly numbers don't lie

The Jays' Jose Reyes missed 67 games after injuring his ankle versus the Royals in April. (Reuters)

The Jays' Jose Reyes missed 67 games after injuring his ankle versus the Royals in April. (Reuters)

KEN FIDLIN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:05 AM ET

TORONTO - There is no single explanation for the Blue Jays’ deplorable record at the all-star break, just a multi-statistical paradox that makes you shake your head in wonder.

How did everybody from Alex Anthopoulos to the bookmakers in Vegas get it so wrong?

There’s an old saying about there being three kinds of lies: Lies, damned lies and statistics, inferring that numbers can be manipulated to make any argument.

In the case of the 2013 Blue Jays, here are six numbers that pretty much explain the past and present state of the team.

5.07

That would be the bloated earned-run average of the Blue Jays’ starters — all 13 of them who have been used this season. At great expense, both financially and in farm system assets, the Jays rebuilt their rotation in the off-season and then watched as all that currency circled the drain.

In the franchise’s 36 seasons, only four Blue Jays starting staffs have sported ERAs over 5.00.


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