The Morning Edition (June 20, 2013)

Clip art illustration of a Cartoon Tiger with a Missing Tooth

From Last Night:

  • Bruce ties it in the 9th and Phillips wins it in the 13th as the Reds beat the Bucs 2-1
  • Myers drives in his first two to lead the Rays over the Sox
  • Medlen shuts down the Mets
  • Papelbon allows the Nats to tie it in the 9th, Suzuki delivers a GS in the 11th
  • Yanks and Dodgers split a DH

What I’m Watching Today:

  • Oswalt returns to the bigs with the Rockies against Zimmermann (7p Eastern)
  • Moore and Pettitte at Yankees stadium (7p Eastern)
  • Felix Hernandez faces the Angels (10p Eastern)

The Big Question:

  • After 8 straight wins, are the Blue Jays getting back in this?

I’m doubtful despite the hot streak. Despite 8 straight wins, they are still 7.5 games back of first place and 4.5 back of the second wild card. That isn’t a number too big to overcome, but the problem is how many teams are between them and their goal. To make up the terrible start, they would have to outplay at least two other teams the rest of the way plus the distance they are already back. I’m not sure they are good enough. Fangraphs’ own standings projection is equally skeptical of the Jays, figuring them for 82 wins. New English D has them at 83 wins, and I feel pretty good about that. One week in June isn’t enough to convince me the first 10 weeks didn’t happen.

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