TORONTO - It has become the time of the season where losing teams, and that includes your Blue Jays, claim that one of their goals is to finish at .500 or better.
The ‘if we can only get to .500’ chant was, of course, one of their goals approaching the all-star break and on that occasion, even with the frenzy of Munenori Kawasaki and an 11-game win streak in June, they whiffed in spectacular fashion.
Following a 5-5 road trip that included plenty of ups-and-downs, the Jays had Thursday to cool their heels and collect their thoughts as they prepare for their final 48 games of the regular season.
They open with a four-game series at home against the Oakland A’s followed by three more home dates against John Farell’s Boston Red Sox.
Part of the process over the remaining seven-plus weeks will be trying to figure out just who to retain moving forward and who to toss to other teams or toss aside altogether.