Let’s go streaking

With the Blue Jays having officially earned ‘winning streak’ status by notching their third straight Thursday night, it’s time for a look at the top streaks in franchise history.

Tony Twice the Jays have won 11 games in a row — most recently during the 1998 campaign. Toronto was just two games above .500 (68-66) that season before posting an 11-1 win over Kansas City on August 27 that began a string of 11 straight victories. Kelvim Escobar earned three wins during that stretch, while Roger Clemens won twice. Meanwhile, Tony Fernandez — back for his third stint with Toronto — hit safely in each of the last 10 wins, posting an impressive .486 (18-for-37) batting average with eight RBIs and 10 runs scored during that span. Unfortunately, the Jays lost seven of their next 11 and ultimately finished four games behind the Red Sox for the AL wild card.

The other 11-game win-streak in Blue Jay history happened in 1987, the year that Blue Jay fans would dearly like to forget. But, instead of rehashing the seven straight losses to end the season, resulting in a missed postseason opportunity, let’s focus on the positives shall we? From June 2-13 that year, the Jays went undefeated, earning six wins against the Orioles, three against the Yankees and a pair against the Mariners. Dave Stieb, Jimmy Key, Mark Eichhorn and Jeff Musselman each picked up two wins during that stretch. Once again, Fernandez — the only player on both the 1987 and 1998 ball clubs — hit safely in 10 of 11, this time batting .395 (17-for-43) with nine runs scored. What can I say, the man likes streaking …

A.J. Burnett turns in a gem Thursday night, tossing seven shutout innings against the Bronx Bombers at Yankee Stadium … With a 6-0 win, Toronto improves to 11-10 on the season, a half-game ahead of the Orioles for second place in the AL East … Vernon Wells enjoys a 3-for-3 night at the plate, giving him a .317 average overall, tops among Blue Jay regulars … Riding a three-game win streak, the Jays return home tomorrow to face the Texas Rangers …

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