Blue Jays suffer reversal of fortune with awful August

Even the return of slugger Edwin Encarnacion hasn't improved the Jays' fortunes in August. (AFP)

Even the return of slugger Edwin Encarnacion hasn't improved the Jays' fortunes in August. (AFP)

KEN FIDLIN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:53 PM ET

On the morning of Aug. 1, hours after baseball’s frantic trade stampede had ended without Toronto participating, the Blue Jays were 60-50 and in possession of the American League’s second wild-card spot, still with their eyes upon the Baltimore Orioles who were just 1.5 games ahead of them in the AL East.

Now, as August is about to draw to a close, the Blue Jays own the worst record in the league for the month at 7-16 (tied with the Chicago Whites Sox). The Orioles have run off to hide on them and the New York Yankees, who were 3.5 games behind Toronto at the start of the month, are now three games ahead.

Over the course of the month, the Jays have lost an incredible 11 games to the Kansas City Royals. Toronto’s intention to play meaningful games in September has been squashed.

“We came out of the all-star break playing very well,” recalls manager John Gibbons. “And then we had a good road trip even though we scuffled coming out of Houston."


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