Broken Wing

Over an advertiser-sponsored dinner last night with both Mrs. SF and Mrs. YF, YF and I were off in our own little universe discussing the state of the division.  At one point, I questioned why the Blue Jays seemed to be getting a free pass on the "downside" argument.  That is, everyone keeps saying how the Yankees could win 100 games, but that their staff is so shaky they could win 85 games.  Same with the Sox – Peter Gammons just this past week (ESPN Insider, unfortunately) re-raised the possibility of a Red Sox implosion, a lazy supposition that has been beaten to death all over the blogosphere, by Sox lovers and haters alike.  A quick snippet:

The 2006 Red Sox could be 95-wins good. They also could be a third-place team that is a lot closer to the Orioles than the Yankees. This is reality. They knew it was coming.

No shit, Peter. 

But the Blue Jays, who have been touted as an up-and-comer, and who made significant splashes in this year’s free agent market, have largely escaped this downside speculation despite a very shaky rotation full of health risks.  At times they have been boosted as the new kids on the block, ready to challenge the Yankees and Sox. But as far as I can tell they have also been immune from the questioning that this site’s two namesake teams have faced.  Not any more. 

3 comments… add one
  • Is somebody putting a curse on these pitchers leaving Florida? First Pavano’s shoulder goes haywire, now Burnett has a sore elbow (a Tommy John repaired elbow by the way). Is Josh Beckett next? Let’s hope so.
    Not to change the subject, but I see Sheff is whining about his contract again.
    Sigh… Sheff has been a great player for the Yanks the past two years, and Yank fans surely appreciate his contributions.
    But Sheff will have made 39 MILLION dollars for his three years with the Yanks after this season. He feels like his back is against the wall. Poor Gary.
    To listen to him talk about his contract situation, he sounds like a guy whose unemployment is about to run out who is having a hard time finding a job.
    If I had that much money I would figure the world was going to come to an end.

    whatever March 18, 2006, 11:06 pm
  • We’re very glad to have Sheff, but we realized a long time ago he’s not being paid for his great powers of reasoning.
    Cash has been good before at calming him down. Go Cash! No more cash, more Cash (unless Cash decides to give him more cash).

    john March 19, 2006, 2:59 pm
  • Everyone loves the poster who stoops to wishing an injury on an opposing team’s pitching staff….

    Brad March 19, 2006, 11:29 pm

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