HOUSTON - Here we are again, approaching crunch time in the baseball season and ó guess what? ó the Blue Jays are playing out the string.
And doing it badly.
While everybody else in the American League East is bearing down for some September showdowns, the only grinding going on in Toronto is fans grinding their teeth.
Friday night against the Houston Astros, who own the worst record in baseball, the Jays were humiliated 12-4 in losing for the sixth time in a row.
The Blue Jaysí lineup, riddled by injuries, looked hardly different from one they might send on the two-hour bus ride to Kissimmee to play the Astros in the second week of March.
They stayed with the young, inexperienced Astros into the fourth inning but Houston turned a one-run game into a runaway with five runs in a bat-around fourth. From that point on, the Jays had no answer and no fight left in them.