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Chicago White Sox Jose Abreu rounds the bases after hitting a home run off Toronto Blue Jays pitcher R.A. Dickey (right) Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

A missed opportunity for the Blue Jays means what?

With the other AL East teams all playing one another, the Jays hosted the White Sox for a series beginning June 26th.

Chicago White Sox Alejandro De Aza reacts after being caught stealing home against Baltimore Mandatory Credit: Joy R. Absalon-USA TODAY Sports

White Sox Alejandro De Aza after being caught stealing home against Baltimore. Mandatory Credit: Joy R. Absalon-USA TODAY Sports

The White Sox are the worst team by record (38-44) that the Blue Jays have faced since the Tampa Bay Rays in a month, and these Sox had lost 6/7 before limping in to TO. Considering how bad the White Sox have been on the road (10 games under .500), this was an opportunity to create separation in the division, as the other teams in the division would be beating up on one another.

I was thinking that if the Jays could sweep the Sox, after a series beating New York, then that would set us back on track after a problematic / terrible June which included a stretch of 2-8.

The White Sox actually took 3/4 from the Jays, including their first shutout of the year.

Jun 29, 2014; Toronto, Ontario; Chicago White Sox Adam Eaton (1) celebrates with shortstop Alexei Ramirez after defeating the Toronto Blue Jays 4-0 at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports

The Jays lead in the AL East has shrank to just 1.5 games (Baltimore).

In an article I just wrote,  I asked if this Jays’ team is different than all the rest (who haven’t tasted the playoff since 1993), “or if these are just be the same old Blue Jays, bluffing us along, tricking its fans that this season is different (yet again), when all they really are is the same old Jays, who will inevitably miss the postseason.”

After this difficult series against the White Sox, it appears that after all, it’s just the same old Jays.

Now it won’t get easier for the Jays. After a brief Canada Day stint against the first-place Milwaukee Brewers, they go on the road for 11. They are losers of their last 9 of 13 games.

Canada needs the Blue Jays, just as much as the Blue Jays need Canada Day to right their sails before a tough road swing which sees them go to MLB-leading Oakland for a four-game set. The A’s probably really want to avenge the sweeping the Jays put on them in a series at Rogers Centre in late May.

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