With their 4-3 extra inning win against the Tampa Bay Rays last night, the Toronto Blue Jays improved their record to 19-27 heading into a four game series against the Baltimore Orioles. While the Jays are eight games under .500 and nine games back of the AL East lead, pitcher R.A. Dickey still believes this team can make a push for the playoffs.
Dickey told the media this week that if the Jays can get their record to .500 by the All Star Break in July, that they’ll have a strong chance of making the playoffs for the first time in 20 years.
“I would say the hope that I hold onto is that we’ve won six out of our last nine games and we’ve got (Josh Johnson) on the horizon, a healthy J.J.,” Dickey said. “We’ve got Jose Reyes ahead of schedule. If we can get to .500 by the all-star break, I feel that we can still take this thing down,” Dickey explained.
Dickey has done his part of late to get the Jays back into contention in the AL East. In his last three starts he has two wins and a no decision while striking out 20 batters. It finally looks as though he is returning to his form of last year which gave him his first Cy Young award.
Dickey also said that this is not a one year experiment, where if they don’t win this year the entire team will be blown up in the winter. Most players are under long term contracts, and this is a team that could potentially stick together for a long time, while achieving a lot of success. But he’s like everyone else in the organization, and he wants to win now.
It’s not going to be an easy task for the Jays to get in the playoffs. To reach the 90 wins which are usually what most teams need to make the postseason, they’ll have to go 71-45 in their remaining games. The Jays have the talent to do it; it’s just a matter of when they’ll put everything together.
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