The Toronto Blue Jays have had three three-game winning streaks this season. Unfortunately for them, they’ve also had one three-game losing streak, one four-game losing streak and one five-game losing streak.
Add it all up, and you’ve got a 24-30 record entering play June 3.
“We haven’t been real consistent,” Blue Jays righty R.A. Dickey said on CBS Sports Radio’s Tiki and Tierney. “We haven’t played great defense and we haven’t pitched well.”
But they have scored a lot of runs. In fact, Toronto is fifth in the majors in run differential (+27).
“The one thing that’s kind of misleading about run differential is you’ll have four or five games where you score 12, 13 runs, and you’ll have 10 games where you score one, yet your run differential will still be high,” Dickey said. “You got to be careful making a judgment off that one stat.”
Dickey, the 2012 NL Cy Young winner, is 2-6 with a 5.53 ERA this season, as the Blue Jays rank dead last in the American League with a 4.50 ERA. They’re also last in saves (six), second to last in quality starts (20) and 11th in strikeouts (367).
“We need to pitch better, myself included,” Dickey said. “I need to be more consistent. I’ve had kind of a go where I’ll throw a complete game and then the next game I’ll throw five innings, give up five runs. And then I’ll throw eight innings, and then I’ll throw six innings (and) give up six runs. So I just need to be more consistent myself (and) as a staff in general. I think you’re going to see that we’re going to perform better as we go. We’re only a third way into the season. We still have two-thirds of our season left. So we’re all optimistic that our numbers are going to trend toward the regular numbers that we’ve put up in the past.”
Despite being six games under .500 – including 10-18 on the road – the Blue Jays are just 4.5 games out of first place in the AL East. It’ll be interesting to see whether the Blue Jays try to add an arm or two before next month’s trade deadline.
“I think all that’s going to depend on us,” Dickey said. “I think we’re going to have a month here for us to really try to make a go at this. We’ve been given a real gift – and that gift is we’re six games out of .500, yet we’re only four-and-a-half games out of first place. Every year, there’s a division in baseball that kind of spins their wheels like this and everybody’s right in it until one of the teams decides, ‘Okay, enough’s enough. We’re going to run away with this.’ And we need to be the team that says enough’s enough. That’s going to take us pitching better, playing better defense and just being more consistent in general as a baseball team. We score zero runs off (Jordan) Zimmermann and we score seven runs when (Max) Scherzer pitches. There’s no rhyme or reason. Thats the beauty of baseball, too – that things like that can happen. But at the same time, there’s a way for us to be a little bit more consistent.”