Just win, baby

As far as one-sided pitching matchups go, the one at Yankee Stadium tomorrow may be hard to top. For the good guys, you’ve got Roy Halladay, coming in with a 10-2 record and a 2.56 ERA (third-best in the American League). Against New York in his career, he’s 16-5 with a 2.79 ERA in 33 starts.

For the Evil Empire, you’ve got Chien-Ming Wang, who currently sports a 1-6 record and a 10.06 ERA. The Yankee hurler, who has failed to complete six innings in any of his eight starts this year, is 1-3 with a 6.35 ERA in his five starts since returning to the rotation after a brief sentence to the bullpen.

Of course, all of this means nothing. On paper, the Jays look pretty good. But last time we checked, these games don’t get played on paper. There is one certainty though: the Blue Jays really need to pick up a win. With Friday’s 4-2 loss in the series opener, Toronto fell to 42-39, a full seven games back of division-leading Boston, and five games back of this same New York ballclub in the wild card race.

These Blue Jays are fading fast. They’ve lost five of their last six, and are 8-12 over their last 20 contests. And here’s the kicker: their schedule only gets more difficult from here. If they want any sort of chance at making the postseason, they’re going to have to hold their own against the mighty Yanks and their other AL East opponents.

We hate to denote games in July as ‘must-win’, but if there’s been a more appropriate time to throw that term out there this year, we can’t remember it.

Doc-Wang, tomorrow at 1:05 pm in New York …


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