TDIB 07 May 2008

Wednesday, May 07 2008 @ 08:55 AM EDT

Contributed by: Dave Rutt

Well, at least the Jays banged out 10 hits last night - only the third time since April 20th.

The team's previously much lauded OBP has fallen from a season high of .370 on April 15 to .332, and they haven't scored more than 5 runs since that 11-3 shellacking of the Orioles on that day 3 weeks ago.

I wasn't watching the game last night, but apparently McDonald and Eckstein both got hurt. Scutaro will be the starting shortstop for now, and Jorge Velandia, who's having a career year at AAA could get the call.

Manny and Ortiz went back to back last night, as they so often have over the years, and Manny is now only 2 HRs away from the fabled 500 mark. The Jays and Sox don't meet for a while, so no. 500 likely won't come at the Rogers Center.

Gavin Floyd almost threw a no-hitter last night against the Twins. Joe Mauer broke it up with a double in the 9th. It's the second time this year that Floyd has come close, and John Danks has also had one going late into the game this year. If those 2 guys continue to pitch well, watch out for the south-siders (I'm skeptical though, Floyd has a 19:18 K:BB through 39 innings).

Albert Pujols struck out twice last night, the first time he's done that all year. He now sports a still ridiculous 34:12 BB:K.

Despite winning several close games of late, the Jays are still only 6-13 in close games this season, and their pythagorean record is 19-12, tied with LA for 3rd best in the AL behind #2 Boston and the Best Team in the American League, the Oakland A's. Here's hoping Matt Garza inspires the bats to wake up tonight at 7:07.