The Jays got baseball’d pretty good tonight. Hard to see it as anything other than that. J.A. Happ, by the skin of his teeth, wasn’t quite able to keep the Twins to just the two runs he gave up to the first pair of batters he faced — a second straight night in which the Twins plated the first two men they sent up — and it didn’t really even matter anyway. Somehow the Jays just couldn’t quite get anything going off of Kevin Correia — Kevin fucking Correia! — finding themselves shutout for the third time in four games. But you know the old saying: the distribution of hits over a given period of time isn’t even, so to take too much from this four game sample, as opposed to the much larger one that shows they’re leading the majors in league- and park-adjusted wRC+, would be more than a little hilariously dumb.
At least I think that’s how the old saying goes.
Anyway, that doesn’t mean that the team has to be the best forever, of course — they may not be by Wednesday morning! — but they sure are better than this. And I think the number of hard-hit balls they produced tonight probably indicates that as well, just as the flukiness of the result is indicated by the fact that, before tonight, Kevin Correia had left a game having given up zero runs just three times in his previous 71 starts.
So… oh well. The Jays are now 39-27 with 96 games to go, meaning they could lose every other day for the 16 weeks remaining in the season and still finish with 87 wins. There is a lot of losing to come, in other words. That doesn’t mean they don’t need to be mindful of the trouble spots on their roster — yes, they need to acquire another starter (and certainly they will, so shut up about it), and yes they could use help in the bullpen, at second base, and they need to stay healthy and keep monitoring just what they have in Juan Francisco — but as far as them losing a couple in not-gorgeous fashion? With this cushion they have and the second-place O’s losing to keep the Jays’ AL East lead at 5.5 games? I can live with that.
Just… y’know… get out there tomorrow and beat these fuckers.