Many factors in play for Blue Jays in second half

Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista says a trade would be a

Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista says a trade would be a "tremendous help," but he believes they have a strong team as is. (AFP)

Ken Fidlin, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:59 AM ET

TORONTO - To attempt to get a handle on where this Blue Jays season is going, you have to understand where it’s been. When you get to the point where you think you understand where they’ve been, then you understand that there’s no way on this earth you can predict where they’re going.

Not this weekend. Not next week. Not next month.

“We’ve been a team of extremes,” commented manager John Gibbons last week.

That they have.

Through the first four weeks, the bullpen was a mess, costing them at least four wins. Still, they were treading water at 10-11. During a six-week period from April 25 through June 6, they were just about the best team in the majors, at 27-12. Only the San Francisco Giants (27-11) had a better record during that stretch.

At that point, the bottom fell out of the most potent offence in baseball, leading to an 11-23 record over the last six weeks. A succession of key injuries only added to the problems. Only the woeful Texas Rangers, who happen to be in town to get things started after the all-star break, were worse at 7-27.

Those three very different phases add up to a 49-47 record, four games in arrears of the Baltimore Orioles in the surprisingly weak American League East.

So, now what? How can this season that is surely circling the drain, be salvaged? Or can it?


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