No more Interleague!

Cito Gaston doesn’t like Interleague play. Mostly, he’s against having his pitchers hit in National League ballparks, risking injury in the process. But you can’t blame the Jays manager if he’s just simply against the entire charade. After all, his team can’t seem to beat the NL.

With a 6-5 loss to the Marlins Saturday afternoon, the Blue Jays dropped to 0-5 in Interleague play this season. That makes the club a miserable 4-16 against Florida since Interleague play began in 1997 (and they’ve dropped the last seven in a row).

The Jays are consistently bad when it comes to playing the National League. Including Saturday’s loss, Toronto is now 101-115 (.468) overall, and they’ve posted a winning record in just three seasons (1998, 2003 & 2007).

Notes: Moving the struggling Vernon Wells out of the run-producing No. 4 spot in the lineup makes sense. But moving him into the No. 3 spot (the spot reserved for a team’s best all-around hitter) does not. In fact, it’s quite bizarre. Since the move, Wells has gone 0-for-9 with four strikeouts and has left seven men on base – including the possible game-tying run in the bottom of the ninth on Saturday … Alex Rios, meanwhile, has responded to his move down in the order to No. 6. In the last two games, Rios has gone an impressive 6-for-8 with a double, a home run, three runs scored and a pair of RBIs. He was 4-for-4 Saturday afternoon … Casey Janssen has not been the rotation saviour that some had alluded to. Since making two quality starts upon his return, the 27-year-old has gone 1-2 with an 8.31 ERA in three June starts … Outside of Rios and Lyle Overbay, who hit his eighth homer of the season Saturday, the Jays managed just one other hit. And that was from pinch-hitter Rod Barajas in the ninth inning. In other words, Scutaro, Hill, Wells, Lind, Millar, Bautista and Chavez combined to go 0-for-24 on the afternoon. Ouch.

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