Blue Jays' fate should be determined over next 20 days

Once the all-star break ends, the Toronto Blue Jays have their best opportunity to turn the season...

Once the all-star break ends, the Toronto Blue Jays have their best opportunity to turn the season back around. (USA Today)

Steve Simmons, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:43 PM ET

TORONTO - Twenty days to change a season.

Thats where the battered, frustrated, in need of a trade or three Blue Jays find themselves after the all-star break.

Somehow, in this season of so much injury, confusion and despair, there is still hope.

Somehow, the never available American League East is available.

But it needs to happen now. Over the next three weeks.

When the baseball schedule plays in their second-place favour. When the schedule offers the greatest possible challenge for the first-place Baltimore Orioles. When there are 17 games to make a run, a legitimate run, with so many key pieces missing.

This is the time.

This is the opportunity.

It has to happen now or this becomes just another footnote of a season gone wrong, a possibility lost in time.

Over the next 17 games, the Blue Jays play the worst pitching team in the American League, followed by the worst hitting team. Thats the first seven games, the first three against the last-place Texas Rangers at the Rogers Centre starting Friday night; the next four against the last-place Boston Red Sox, again at home.

The Jays need to be minimum 5-and-2 in those games. Minimum. The Rangers cant pitch. The Red Sox, if you can believe this, cant hit.


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