Fans of the Toronto Blue Jays have been waiting a long time to see their team play some meaningful games in the month of September. For the last few seasons, the Jays have improved their team to assemble an exciting and talented group of guys in hopes of capturing their first AL East division title since 1993. Unfortunately for Toronto, what looked like a promising chance at the playoffs has been washed away by a terrible month of August.
Entering August the Jays held a 60-50 record, which was just one and a half games behind the Baltimore Orioles for first place in the East. They also held sole possession of the second Wild Card spot at that time, but an awful month has quickly crushed the hopes of the Blue Jays.
How awful you ask? Well, they’ve posted a horrendous 7-16 record in August and have averaged 3.4 runs per game. They’ve scored four runs or less in 14 of their last 23 games and now find themselves an unreachable nine games behind the O’s in the East. The Jays are five-and-a-half games out of the second Wild Card and have four teams ahead of them fighting for one spot.
It has become an agonizing routine for Blue Jays fans the last few years — another potential playoff run fizzles out and the Jays are heading towards their fifth losing season in six years. The only difference is this time it looks like the O’s will capture the division title instead of one of the other three East teams besides Toronto.
If the Orioles hold on for their first division title since 1983, that will make the Jays the team that’s waited the longest to top the East. Also if the O’s hold on, it means that the last five division crowns have been won by four different teams, all East teams except the Jays.
The Blue Jays are a testament to the marathon that is a 162-game baseball season that’s unlike any other major sport. There are so many games and so much time that it makes for a roller coaster ride season for many teams. Any team can get hot for a week or two, but playing solid baseball over a six-month period takes a lot more than simply talented players. The Jays are once again one of the teams that peaked too soon and couldn’t maintain their solid standing into September.
With a month left to play in the 2014 season, you can’t mathematically eliminate the Jays from making a miraculous run at the second Wild Card, but realistically it’s shaping up to be another disappointing finish after a very promising start.