Yes, it was gutless of the Rangers to wait until the final meeting of the season to go after Jose Bautista. But the Blue Jays have bigger problems than Joey Bats taking one in the jaw from Rougned Odor.
Lost amid the brawling was the fact that Toronto, a chic pick to reach the World Series, is a mess. Heading into a four-game set at Minnesota, the Jays had lost five straight, giving them more losses than the Yanks. Toronto led MLB in runs and slugging by a wide margin last year. They’re now ninth in runs and 11th in slugging in the AL. MVP Josh Donaldson was hitting .194 in May, Troy Tulowitzki .196 for the season.
They’re also 11th in ERA. R.A. Dickey is getting rocked again. They’re too reliant on young starters Marcus Stroman and Aaron Sanchez. It’s too early to panic. The Jays were 18-24 at this point last year and went to the ALCS. But that team had David Price, a rental who went 9-1 down the stretch. They won’t be active in trades after sacrificing prospects to go for it last year. With the White Sox, O’s, Mariners and Red Sox all improved, Toronto is in big trouble.