TORONTO - Is this the start of the backslide, the avalanche from the top of the mountain?
After rolling through May at a record clip and continuing on in the opening week of June, the Jays have hit a speed bump at the most inopportune time.
On Wednesday afternoon before a throng of 45,080, with the vast majority chipper and cheery students, the Jays were dropped 7-2 by the Minnesota Twins.
It was their second loss in a row and fourth in their past five games and in no way is that a springboard to success, what with a tough 10-game road trip opening Thursday in Baltimore.
The Jays will play a four-game set against the O's, their closest pursuer in the AL East, beginning Thursday and following that series they move to the Bronx and three games against the Yankees. They conclude with three games in Cincinnati.
Last year, you may recall, the Jays went 0-10 at Yankee Stadium, so this trip perhaps they are due.