It appears the Toronto Blue Jays have simply run out of gas.
Saddled with a lackluster offense and little hope of making the playoffs, the Blue Jays will open a three-game series at Camden Yards against the Baltimore Orioles.
The stumbling Jays, losers of 12 of their past 16, managed just 16 hits in their weekend series against last-place Tampa Bay, including just four in Sunday’s 1-0 loss. Toronto has been shut out 11 times, tied with Oakland for most in the AL.
“When it goes bad it seems like it goes bad for everybody,” shortstop Russ Adams said. “I don’t know what the key is going to be to get out of it.”
Toronto, which has scored three runs or less in 10 of its last 15 games, sits two games below .500 and was nine out of the wild card lead heading into Sunday’s game.
“When you struggle as a whole, everybody tries to do a little more. You press a little bit. The toughest thing to do is hit a baseball,” Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said.
The Orioles have also lost 12 of 16 and are looking toward next year.
Baltimore had little to offer against Boston on Sunday, managing just seven hits in a 5-1 loss.
The one thing the Orioles have going for them on Monday is Bruce Chen. The veteran left-hander completely shut down the Blue Jays on Wednesday, allowing two hits over eight innings in a 7-0 victory.
“This is one of the best games I’ve ever felt and pitched,” Chen said Wednesday. “I just felt like I was on.”
Chen is 4-2 with a 2.28 ERA over his last seven appearances, including six starts.