IN PHOTOS:

The Eh Game

Blue Jays still can’t overcome interleague play

Alan Hudes
Eh Game

View photo

.

The Jays stumbled against the Miami Marlins Sunday, giving them a non-winning record in interleague play again

As the Toronto Blue Jays prepared for their final interleague game of the season on Sunday, the team had a chance to make rare franchise history.

And then they blew it, in embarrassing fashion no less.

The Jays were shut out by the Miami Marlins 9-0, dropping their final interleague record for the year to an even 9-9, instead of a winning mark of 10-8. It may not sound like a big deal, until you check the record books.

Long described as a key to any potential post-season aspirations, the Jays have only had a winning record in interleague play once since 2004, when the American League began dominating the National League. Since that time, Toronto's overall record against the Senior Circuit was 74-87 heading into Sunday; far behind the traditional powerhouses in their division in the Yankees (97-64) and Red Sox (104-57). Even the Tampa Bay Rays, who were AL East basement dwellers until 2008, have a better mark at 88-73.

[Video: Justin Ruggiano robs Brett Lawrie with incredible catch]

But there the Blue Jays were, with a chance to sweep the Marlins and bring their record over .500 for only the second time in eight years. And they couldn't pull it off. Again.

Along the way, the Jays also swept the Philadelphia Phillies, and took two of three from the New York Mets. But they lost two of three to Atlanta, and Milwaukee and three straight to Washington. While it's certainly an improvement over last year's 8-10 record or the 7-11 mark recorded in 2010, it's just not good enough, especially for a team that believes it will be real contenders from 2013 and beyond.

The AL East is always going to be baseball's toughest division, and the importance of winning against New York, Boston, Tampa and Baltimore will continue to remain significant. But if the Jays can't match their rivals' level of play in interleague competition, they can forget about reaching the playoffs altogether.

Sign up for Yahoo Fantasy Hockey
View Comments (1)
  • Things to watch in Team Europe-Canada World Cup finals

    Things to watch in Team Europe-Canada World Cup finals

    Canada, as expected, is in the World Cup of Hockey finals. Team Europe, an unexpected contender, also is in the best-of-three series. ''Nobody would guess we could be in the final,'' Marian Hossa said after helping Europe beat Sweden 3-2 Sunday in … More »

    AP - Sports - 55 minutes ago
  • Lloyd shows human side, including rift with her family

    Lloyd shows human side, including rift with her family

    Carli Lloyd's voice catches just briefly when she considers whether revealing the emotional scars of a longtime rift with her parents might someday bring her family back together. Lloyd started the rest of the way and scored both goals in the … More »

    AP - Sports - 2 hours 25 minutes ago
  • Europe beats Sweden in OT, into WC final

    Europe beats Sweden in OT, into WC final

    Tomas Tatar stuffed in a shot, triggering quite a celebration. Tatar scored his second goal 3:43 into overtime to give Team Europe a 3-2 victory over Sweden on Sunday in the World Cup of Hockey semifinals. As Swedish goaltender Henrik Lundqvist … More »

    AP - Sports - 9 hours ago
  • Raised-fist Olympians punished in 1968 will be received at White House

    Raised-fist Olympians punished in 1968 will be received at White House

    Tommie Smith and John Carlos, the two African-American athletes sent home from the 1968 Olympic Games for their raised-fist protest on the medal podium, will receive a long-awaited moment of redemption at a U.S. team event at the White House this … More »

    Reuters - 9 hours ago
  • Team Europe stun Sweden in OT to reach ice hockey World Cup final

    Team Europe stun Sweden in OT to reach ice hockey World Cup final

    By Frank Pingue TORONTO (Reuters) - Team Europe extended their unthinkable run at the World Cup of Hockey with a stunning 3-2 overtime win over favored Sweden on Sunday to earn a surprise berth in the best-of three final against hosts Canada. … More »

    Reuters - 10 hours ago