TORONTO - After he pitched one of his best games as a Blue Jay on Tuesday night to help Toronto to its only win of this current road trip so far in Anaheim, R.A. Dickey was trying to lend some perspective to the sky-is-falling mentality surrounding the team as it tries to get its feet back under it.
The Jays have played some terrible baseball on their way to a 10-20 record in their last 30 games. There’s no doubt about that. On the other hand, there are possibilities still available to this team that haven’t existed this late into the season in this century.
“There is an opportunity for our ball club to take the next step into the postseason,” said Dickey. “It’s there for the taking. We have to have some things go our way, of course. Any championship team has to have that. It’s right there for the taking. We don’t believe we’re out of it, or that we’re going to sink into oblivion and we’re going to go after it as hard as we can.”
As bad as the Blue Jays have played since early in June, they have lost significant ground only to the Orioles. At 2.5 games behind, with 69 games remaining on the schedule, don’t forget that only once in the last two decades have the Jays been anywhere near this lofty a position at the All-Star break. That occurred in 2000 when they got to the break tied for first. Two days later, they fell to second and eventually finished third, 4.5 games back.